What a joy it is to robustly sing worship songs that are pleasing to the ear and yet rich in biblical truth. Here is a line from the song from Chris Tomlin, All To Us,

Let the glory of your name

Be the passion of the church.

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sheep birdSeries: The Empty Nest Family Shepherd: A Fatherly Pastoral Letter to Adult Children

Article #2: Greetings from Your Father

Previous Article in Series: The Empty Nest Family Shepherd - Introduction to 1 Thessalonians and Series

Now that we have dispensed with the introductory material that gives credence to the connection between this pastoral epistle and a father’s words to his adult children, let’s jump into the text.

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace.

–1 Thessalonians 1:1

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Meeting George Strait

June 7, 2014

straitToday is the day for the final George Strait concert. He will be performing at the home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas at the age of 62. It should be some farewell as The Cowboy Rides Away.

Strait has 44 #1 songs on his resume and has sold more gold and platinum albums than anybody except for Elvis and The Beatles. While I am working, I have my Pandora set to the George Strait channel.

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84We are going back to 1987 for this movie review. Recently I was scrolling through the listing guide for television when I noticed a movie that top billed Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench. That list piqued my attention. When I saw that it was a movie was put out by Mel Brooks film company, I almost passed it by. I did not have any interest in an unknown cousin of Blazing Saddles.

I am so glad that the Anthony Hopkins appeal to me overruled the Mel Brooks disinterest. This movie was well worth the time and I highly recommend it.

The movie will not appeal to those who need explosions, chases, sex and violence in their flicks. It will certainly appeal to those who are Angliophiles and bibliophiles. In the opening scenes set in post World War II, Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) searches for out of print English Literature books in the bookstores of New York City. Hanff eventually writes to an antiquarian book shoppe in London manned by Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins).

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Vance Havner

Vance Havner

I never had the privilege of hearing Vance Havner preach when he was living. I have heard countless stories from those who have heard him. He coupled the preaching of biblical truth with a unique wit. This combination made it difficult for his hearers to forget the truth he had taught.

Yesterday I was listening to part of a sermon from years ago (he passed in 1986) while driving north on I-95. His subject matter was from the popular verse in Romans:

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Milk & Honey

June 5, 2014

milkWhen Moses met with the LORD on the mountain at Horeb, God called out Moses to be the leader of his people out of the slavery in Egypt. As part of the promise, God told Moses that He would give the people a land. Here is the that promise.

I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

–Exodus 3:8, ESV (emphasis added)

In 1981 I spent part of the summer in Jerusalem studying a course on the geography of the Holy Land. The school rested just outside of the wall of the city. I spent my nights in a dorm room on the campus.

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