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Our Amazing Brethren!

The Holy Spirit commended the brethren of Thessalonica through Paul’s written word in saying, “For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth…” (I Thess. 1:8) This speaks volumes to the labor and dedication of these brethren. Their actions spoke “louder than words” and their love and devotion to Christ was noticeable in word AND deed. What is pertinent and applicable for us is to ask, “What was at the core of them being so noticeably faithful?” There are indeed three different elements to answering that question that are revealed in verse 3: work of faith, labor of love, and steadfastness of

The Parable of Just Socks and Shoes

Once upon a time, a dad who lived in the hot and humid swamp of southeast Texas was taking all of the kids out to get ice cream on a hot August day. He told all three kids to get ready to which they replied “ok” in acknowledgment of hearing and understanding him. The youngest asked for help because she was too small to get ready all by herself. And so the Dad helped her to finish getting ready. By the time he finished helping the little one, the middle child was already standing at the door ready to go. The Dad looked around for the oldest and found him playing on the computer. The Dad said, “Son, I told you to get ready so we could go get ice cream.” The son replied, “I am ready! I just nee

A Woman of Honor

In Titus 2:4 the H.S. reveals that older women are to encourage, or train, younger women to, “love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands…”. By the very words of God, THIS… is a woman of honor. In today’s world it may seem that not only do women not respect and aspire wholly to those words; but that there is not even the desire to. With all the feminism and humanism in the world are there women who still seek to be honorable as God has called them to be? Yes there are, and I’d like to share with you the example of one. This woman honors her husband by loving him. She had a deep and abiding love for her husband

Parable of the Just Father

There once was a young boy living in a “Christian” home. His mother was a Homemaker and his father a Judge. They always taught the young boy that it was important to “Be Like Christ.” They taught the young boy about God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness, and how people are to emulate that in their lives. As the young boy grew older he got in a fight at school. Before his parents were to ground him he said, “I’m sorry. I’ve asked God to forgive me and He is gracious and will, and so you have to also if you are like Him.” At 16 he borrowed his parent's car without permission. When they found out, they were furious, and right as they were about to ground him for life he said, “I’m sorry. I’ve aske

It Doesn’t Take Talent

I was listening to some Sport’s Radio talk show hosts lamenting that their hometown Houston Astros were off to the worst start in baseball (2010). But the complaining, from both broadcasters and callers, was not the abhorrent lack of skill or talent on the team this year. We all knew that and expected it ahead of time. Rather, it was the lack of “fire” or “desire” that the players seemed to exhibit in practice, warm up, and in game time. One announcer put it best by saying, “You don’t need talent to hustle.” In Houston, and for true sports fans, that’s what we want to see. Regardless of circumstances, we want guys who will try, who will fight, who will give it their all. We can forgive them

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