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THROUGH IT ALL

      About this time last year, I began my “From Daniel’s Den” article with these words:

      What a year 2020 has been! To borrow from President Roosevelt, 2020 is a year that “will live in infamy!” A common theme over the past several months has been “Enough already” as many people want to erase the past twelve months and embrace a new year.


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CHRISTMAS LIGHT: DISPELLING THE DARKNESS

      At a recent funeral, several speakers presented memories and reflections regarding their relationship with the deceased. The first speaker had known the individual about which he spoke since high school. The second speaker was a niece who shared some meaningful experiences from the perspective of a younger relative. The third speaker was a semi-retired preacher who a few folks might know…his initials are J.F. and his name rhymes with “Tim Neutral.”

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ADVENT: A SEASON OF CELEBRATION

      About the time that I was graduating from high school, the band Kool and the Gang released the song “Celebration” that was wildly popular in the United States and around the world. The lyrics include phrases such as “There’s a party goin’ on right here, a celebration to last throughout the years” and “Celebrate good times, come on!”

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ADVENT: A SEASON OF ADORATION

      The American Bible Society is one of the many Christian non-profit organizations that my mom supports. In fact, she has participated in the society’s “Bible-a-month” club for many years. Recently, she found some gospel/scripture tracts that had been published by the ABS years ago. One tract presents the announcement of Jesus’ birth by the angel to the shepherds (Luke 2:8-20). Entitled Great Joy for All, the cover of this tract is being used with permission as the graphic for the current edition of “From Daniel’s Den.”

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ADVENT: A SEASON OF EXPECTATION

      Phillips Brooks, a well-known and respected Episcopal preacher in the mid-19th century, served churches primarily in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. With his impressive physical stature (Brooks stood 6’4” and weighed 300 pounds) and oratory prowess, Brooks held the attention of his congregants who eagerly learned and responded whenever he stood in the pulpit and proclaimed biblical truth.

Read more...

ADVENT: A SEASON OF PREPARATION

      On the first Saturday of October, I visited a local home-improvement store that has a national presence. Upon entering, I immediately came face-to-face with numerous artificial trees that seemingly were positioned as “greeters” to alert shoppers that Christmas soon would arrive and that a nearly unlimited choice of tools, floor covering, paint, yard-and-garden equipment, and other spruce-up-around-the-house items could be purchased as a gift to oneself or for a special someone.

Read more...

THANKS-GIVING: LIVING WITH AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

      With Thanksgiving Day approaching, many folks regard this national observance merely as a holiday designed to watch ballgames and to eat a lot of good food. And, while gathering with family and friends certainly is enjoyable and edifying, limiting one’s expression of thanks to a once-a-year experience that “starts with the gobbler and ends with the cobbler” may reflect a somewhat shallow attitude and an incomplete approach for being thankful and exhibiting a grateful heart.

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WHO DOES JESUS USE?

      John Wesley asserted, “Give me a hundred men who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God and I will shake the world. I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen and such alone will overthrow the kingdom of Satan and build up the Kingdom of God on earth.”

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SHEPHERD SERVANTS: WORKING FOR THE LORD

      “Working for the Lord doesn’t pay very much but the retirement plan is out of this world.” My wife presented a cross-stitched version of this declaration to my dad on the occasion of his birthday one year. My dad hung this birthday gift on his office wall in the Church Music Department at the Baptist Building.

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PASTOR APPRECIATION: PART THREE (SEE-CHER AND PLEACH-ER)

     The Southern Baptist Convention was organized in 1845 at the First Baptist Church of Augusta, Georgia. As a tribute to the faith of the Convention’s founders, the church placed an inscription in the building: “Men who see the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable.”


Read more...

THROUGH IT ALL

      About this time last year, I began my “From Daniel’s Den” article with these words:

      What a year 2020 has been! To borrow from President Roosevelt, 2020 is a year that “will live in infamy!” A common theme over the past several months has been “Enough already” as many people want to erase the past twelve months and embrace a new year.


Read more...

CHRISTMAS LIGHT: DISPELLING THE DARKNESS

      At a recent funeral, several speakers presented memories and reflections regarding their relationship with the deceased. The first speaker had known the individual about which he spoke since high school. The second speaker was a niece who shared some meaningful experiences from the perspective of a younger relative. The third speaker was a semi-retired preacher who a few folks might know…his initials are J.F. and his name rhymes with “Tim Neutral.”

Read more...

ADVENT: A SEASON OF CELEBRATION

      About the time that I was graduating from high school, the band Kool and the Gang released the song “Celebration” that was wildly popular in the United States and around the world. The lyrics include phrases such as “There’s a party goin’ on right here, a celebration to last throughout the years” and “Celebrate good times, come on!”

Read more...

ADVENT: A SEASON OF ADORATION

      The American Bible Society is one of the many Christian non-profit organizations that my mom supports. In fact, she has participated in the society’s “Bible-a-month” club for many years. Recently, she found some gospel/scripture tracts that had been published by the ABS years ago. One tract presents the announcement of Jesus’ birth by the angel to the shepherds (Luke 2:8-20). Entitled Great Joy for All, the cover of this tract is being used with permission as the graphic for the current edition of “From Daniel’s Den.”

Read more...

ADVENT: A SEASON OF EXPECTATION

      Phillips Brooks, a well-known and respected Episcopal preacher in the mid-19th century, served churches primarily in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. With his impressive physical stature (Brooks stood 6’4” and weighed 300 pounds) and oratory prowess, Brooks held the attention of his congregants who eagerly learned and responded whenever he stood in the pulpit and proclaimed biblical truth.

Read more...

ADVENT: A SEASON OF PREPARATION

      On the first Saturday of October, I visited a local home-improvement store that has a national presence. Upon entering, I immediately came face-to-face with numerous artificial trees that seemingly were positioned as “greeters” to alert shoppers that Christmas soon would arrive and that a nearly unlimited choice of tools, floor covering, paint, yard-and-garden equipment, and other spruce-up-around-the-house items could be purchased as a gift to oneself or for a special someone.

Read more...

THANKS-GIVING: LIVING WITH AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

      With Thanksgiving Day approaching, many folks regard this national observance merely as a holiday designed to watch ballgames and to eat a lot of good food. And, while gathering with family and friends certainly is enjoyable and edifying, limiting one’s expression of thanks to a once-a-year experience that “starts with the gobbler and ends with the cobbler” may reflect a somewhat shallow attitude and an incomplete approach for being thankful and exhibiting a grateful heart.

Read more...

WHO DOES JESUS USE?

      John Wesley asserted, “Give me a hundred men who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God and I will shake the world. I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen and such alone will overthrow the kingdom of Satan and build up the Kingdom of God on earth.”

Read more...

SHEPHERD SERVANTS: WORKING FOR THE LORD

      “Working for the Lord doesn’t pay very much but the retirement plan is out of this world.” My wife presented a cross-stitched version of this declaration to my dad on the occasion of his birthday one year. My dad hung this birthday gift on his office wall in the Church Music Department at the Baptist Building.

Read more...

PASTOR APPRECIATION: PART THREE (SEE-CHER AND PLEACH-ER)

     The Southern Baptist Convention was organized in 1845 at the First Baptist Church of Augusta, Georgia. As a tribute to the faith of the Convention’s founders, the church placed an inscription in the building: “Men who see the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable.”


Read more...