Ryan Rotela is a junior at Florida Atlantic University. Recently Deandre Poole, the instructor in his intercultural communications class gave the students this assignment. “Take a blank piece of paper, write the name “Jesus” on it in large capital letters, place it on the floor and then step on … [Read more...] about Holding Firm to What We Believe
A second grade Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of Jesus visiting Mary and Martha. She carefully explained how Martha had hurried to clean the house and cook a special meal. She then paused and asked, “What would you do if Jesus was going to visit your house today?” One … [Read more...] about It’s Alive
“The real meaning of Easter is not decorated eggs, new clothes, or the beginning of spring,” reads an Easter card. The inside of the card proclaims, “It’s chocolate!!” Friends, I think most of us in this room realize that is not the real meaning of Easter. This morning we celebrate the … [Read more...] about Is Your Heart Burning?
Yes, yes we say, without a thought for the day. Running and fretting to make ends meet, Rushing from Suzie, to Joe, to Pete. Our lives, in upheaval, have turned to a tizzy, Never completing because, we’re too busy. All we must do for a tranquil soul, Is employ, a word, just one, called … [Read more...] about Time to Rest
The eighty-three episodes of “Lost in Space,” which ran on CBS Television from 1965-1968 are pretty much forgettable. The Sci-Fi series which captured the imagination of many Americans in those years was one which debuted a year later, “Star Trek.” Yet, there is one line from Lost in Space that … [Read more...] about A Warning to Welcome
It disturbs me how Americans sometimes appear obsessed with celebrities. Athletes, movie stars, and pop musicians continue to draw huge crowds, make tons of money, and receive much more attention in our culture than their accomplishments seem to merit. A few weeks ago, I watched a minute or so of … [Read more...] about Who is Your Hero?
It seems to happen more and more frequently, the older I get. I was looking all over the house for a pair of reading glasses and all the while, they were hanging from the collar of my sweater. They were right there the entire time, I just did not see them. Well folks, the same thing sometimes … [Read more...] about The Death Defeater
Though the battle of New Orleans is not exactly the highlight of military history, it stands out in my mind for three reasons. 1. It was the most decisive American victory in the war of 1812. During the fighting British casualties—wounded and killed—were almost 2,500, while American casualties … [Read more...] about Already, but Not Yet
I want you to think for a moment and figure out how many years or months it has been since you started coming to Chisholm Baptist Church on a somewhat regular basis. If you have not started doing so yet, that is fine. That is an easy answer—zero. Okay, how many folks were not coming here two … [Read more...] about Don’t Let Your Soul Drift
From 1994-2003, Touched by an Angel was one of the top series on television. I always enjoyed watching the show. The plots were creative and wholesome. The theology presented was rather shallow, but usually not heretical. And I really liked Roma Downey, not so much because I thought she was … [Read more...] about Cooler Than the Angels