Clarksville, TN – I don’t often judge people. But there are some times when you can bet I am: When you fail to wash your hands in a public restroom (I could write a whole blog just on that). When you are rude to your waiter or waitress. When you treat your spouse or child like dirt. I am probably judging you.
Don’t act like you never judge me. You might judge the fact that I drive a gas guzzler, or how I dress, how I parent, that I was divorced, that I am a Christian, or that I am a Christian after years of sinning. We all, at times, pass a certain degree of judgment on one another, but boy do we hate when someone judges us! Then we judge them for judging us. Wow. What an awesome bunch we are. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – The world’s largest educational accrediting organization has announced that Clarksville Christian School (CCS) has been granted formal accreditation by its governing body.
AdvancED (formerly SACS—Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) recently notified CCS of its decision. This most recent accreditation now makes CCS a dually accredited school, having also received accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) last July.
Now before you get defensive, let me say this. It could be me too. This article is for the wives. Any one of us at any time could be at risk for a failing marriage if we miss this big point:
Love Isn’t Enough
This is the part where I tell you what’s wrong with America. We tell girls that being “loved” is the most important thing in the world (after being beautiful, right?). We show them fairy tale romances and doting, chivalrous men fulfilling their every whim. In the U.S., more women do the leaving, a striking 2/3 of the time! «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – Just in case you are wondering, I am not a big fan of movies. My husband, Chris, on the other hand, is a huge fan of movies. If I watch a movie, I am pretty picky about the content. He loves movies of all types and topics. I feel I could be accomplishing so much during the 2 hours of time that passes as I sit watching a movie. To him, watching a movie is a time to escape, relax and hang-out.
So, when we find a movie we both enjoy, it is a reason to celebrate!
Recently, Chris went to see Les Misérables, and when he came home giving it a glowing review, I knew I had to see it. And I have, twice! The film did not disappoint! «Read the rest of this article»
Last year I learned a lot about myself and about life in general. To the surprise of most, those lessons were not learned at church or in school. I learned them while practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! The biggest lesson I learned is that when it comes to difficult situations, posture is everything.
Allow me to explain.
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, good posture is everything. The name of the game is breaking your opponents base. If you can get the other guy off balance, you will almost always be in a position to finish. I know this because as a white belt, I am usually the guy who is off balance! I have been submitted by guys who are 60 pound lighter than I am simply because of their good posture and technique and my poor posture. My natural tendency is to try to “muscle” out of bad situations. While I am using brute force, the other guy is patiently waiting and conserving energy until I either get tired or lose my base (posture). Posture matters.
The Bible talks about good posture often. «Read the rest of this article»
Music Program will showcase middle school students
Clarksville, TN – Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Clarksville Christian School will host The Spirit of Christmas musical program Tuesday, December 13th from 6:30pm-7:00pm in the auditorium of Hilldale Church of Christ.
Students will perform Christmas classics and feature the ladies trio of “Winter Wonderland,” Boomwhackers®, bell choir, and recorder players. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by Brother Shepherd
In the summer of 1986, I was invited to an Evangelistic Conference in Amsterdam, Holland sponsored by the Billy Graham Association. There was about 8,000 Evangelists from all over the world there. One of the things that stood out to me was the importance that was put on THE WORD OF GOD.
One of the affirmations we were asked to affirm was this, “We confess Jesus Christ as God, our Lord and Savior, who is revealed in the Bible, which is the infallible word of God.” «Read the rest of this article»
Semi-daily preaching by a Semi-daily Preacher on a semi-daily basis
It almost seems like it never happened now, like it wasn’t real, like it was some kind of a too-good-to-be-true dream I had during some kind of sugar high. But deep down I know it was real.
I KNOW for a fact that they USED to wash your windows and check your oil every time THEY filled your car up with gas. Try to tell that to somebody under the age of 40 and they’ll look at you like you’re wearin’ a stovepipe hat and a 3-piece suit made out of logs.
Let’s face it – things have changed since those days. We live in a do-it-yourself, self-service world. Gasoline procurement was just the start. Now, I take money out of the bank without a teller, check myself out of the grocery store and take out my own tonsils (coming next November!). «Read the rest of this article»
Because of some recent deaths of some friends, my thoughts have been about Heaven. In the book of John Chapter 14, verses 1-6, it reads John 14:1-6
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. «Read the rest of this article»
Semi-daily preaching by a Semi-daily Preacher on a semi-daily basis
As members of this semi-global Blongregation know, today is my niece’s wedding. Which only means one thing:
ALL EYES WILL BE ON ME.
If you’re not a Preacher you won’t understand that. You see, MOST folks think that weddings are about the cake, the dress, the bride, or possibly the “after the ceremony” reception dance moves of that annoying little 6 year old kid who CLAIMS he’s Break Dancing.
All weddings have those dumb, little kids. I can’t STAND ‘em. For the record that kid ISN’T Break Dancing! He is simply doing what is called: “Rolling Around On The Floor In Your Church Clothes.”
I will never understand why everybody’s always so impressed with that cocky, little punk. I’ve been “Breakin’” since I was 35, I should know what it’s supposed to look like, but nobody claps when I do it. Barbarians. Anyhow…
The pressure is on for me today not only to take over when the scheduled Preacher passes out or drops dead in the middle of the ceremony (which happens all the time. It’s why I go to weddings in the first place. It’s called: Emergency Preaching), but more importantly to perform my obligatory wedding miracle.
This all started with Jesus, of course. When he was at the wedding in Cana, his mother asked him to change water into wine. So he did it and everybody got happy. Once again, the Bible proves that people love magic tricks at weddings. And as a Bible-based, “with it” Preacher, I recognize this fact and never disappoint.
Often, preparing for my wedding miracle can take more time than the sermon itself. And that makes sense. Look, miracles can be tough to pull off these days. Audiences just aren’t as easily impressed as they were in Jesus’ day. I blame the Internet. And roller coasters.
You’d think turning water to wine would be fairly easy to pull off – it is not. Personally, I think baptizin’ a fat guy is easier. And THAT is tough to pull off, take it from me. Fat guys tend to float on ya. Anyhow…
Doing the water to wine thing will be tough to pull off today primarily because this IS Oklahoma. While they do love their Bible here, they prefer their own reading of it whenever possible. So, instead of “Water to Wine”, I’ll probably have to settle for “Water to KOOL-AIDE.”
Won’t be nearly as impressive, I know, but it oughtta save me from gettin’ another dis-fellowshipment.
The good news is, so far this morning, my warm-up sessions have been going pretty good. I’ve already changed my orange juice to water and my coffee to decaf.
Don’t believe me? Take a look.
As together we stand and sing.
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