Learning from Failure

Those of us who are Americans love success.  We celebrate it; we work hard to achieve it; and we honor those who attain it.  Take the Fourth of July as an example.  In a few months, we will do what we do every year – we’ll have parades, and speeches, and festivals and fireworks.  On…

How Should We Wait?

There are some dates that are forever etched in our memories because of the significance of what happened on that day.  For those of you who have been around a few years, December 7, 1941 was one of those days, when Pearl Harbor was attacked.  For nearly all of us, September 11, 2001 was one…

By What Authority?

There are some people who have an amazing ability to walk into any situation and immediately take charge.  There was a Stephen Spielberg movie that came out 20 years ago — Catch Me If You Can – which was about a guy like that.  It was based on the real-life story of Frank Abagnale, Jr.…

Cleaning House

The great classic novel Moby Dick is a story of obsession and revenge. If you’ve read that book, you know that almost everything from the beginning of that book leads up to a final confrontation.  From the moment we are introduced to Captain Ahab with his peg leg and we’re told that it was the…

A Difficult Lesson to Learn

I want to begin this morning by giving you a pop quiz.  I’m going to give you an advertising slogan and I want you tell me what the product is.  “Snap! Crackle!  Pop!” (Rice Krispies).  “The Quicker Picker-Upper” (Bounty).  “Just Do It” (Nike).  “Melts in Your Mouth, Not in your Hand” (M&M’s).  “Plop, Plop, Fizz,…

The Cost of Discipleship

Sueanne and I were thinking recently about some of the safety features that cars have today that we didn’t have when we were growing up – air bags, antilock brakes, backup camera system, seat belts (well, we had seat belts back then but nobody used them).  And I think you would all agree that safety…

The Second Touch

            In astronomy, every now and then, there will be some unusual event that really captures people’s attention.  For example, Haley’s Comet comes around every 75 years or so and it always gets people excited.  Every couple of years, there will be a lunar eclipse.  But probably the most spectacular astronomical event is a solar…

Do You Still Not Understand?

Does anybody here remember when tents were simple?  There was a time when, if you wanted to go camping and you went to the store to buy a tent, they only came in one style: a simple two-man pup tent – two poles, some canvas, and a few pegs for the ropes.  But that is…

What Amazing Power!

Most of us are familiar with Albert Einstein.  We know him as this brilliant professor, head covered with white hair, writing E=MC2 on the blackboard.  We regard Albert Einstein as a great genius. But there is another side to Einstein that you may not be as familiar with.  Before he achieved a place of honor and…

The Magic Seed

This morning we continue in our study of the gospel of Mark, and if you’d like to follow along in your Bibles, we’ll be in Mark chapter 4. The story of Jack and the Beanstalk has been a children’s favorite for many years.  And you know how the story goes.  Jack and his mother were…