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Words

They can be helpful, kind, true, encouraging, uplifting, cheerful, supportive, hopeful, generous, lavish, beneficial, valuable, proper, holy, wholesome, constructive, useful, profitable, practical, positive, good, praiseworthy, soothing, honorable, honest, excellent, healing, peaceful, instructive, stimulating, thought- provoking, bold, visionary, fervent, stirring, well-timed, fitting, appropriate, friendly, gentle, and inviting. They also can be harmful, hateful, vicious, indecorous, vulgar,…

Taste and See

Tom Petty said it as well as anyone, “Waiting is the hardest part.” For most of us, it is not our nature to be sanguine when waiting. Yet, much of life is spent waiting. On one level, there is the waiting that is foisted upon us simply because of the systems and situations and policies…

Second Chances

Yesterday, Georgia and Alabama played in the SEC Championship (yesterday from your perspective, assuming you are reading this on Sunday. As I write this, the game is still two days away). A few Decembers ago, Georgia and Alabama played in this very same game. Like this year, Georgia was #1 in the country at 12-0,…

Stranger Things

It is an interesting exercise to have conversations with fellow church members about our hymns. As far as preferences go, people are all over the map. This applies not only to style, but also to the messages of our songs. I have found that even though the words in a song might be absolutely biblical,…

The Last Fruit

One of our sweet ladies at church supplied me this past Sunday with some late-season tomatoes. They were very, very good (they didn’t last beyond Sunday afternoon, by the way). As she handed them to me, she cleverly quipped, “These are not first fruits. These are last fruits.” I laughed with her, and merrily— greedily,…