Family Notes 30/12/2015

THE THIRTIETH DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. GracEmail subscribers Chester and Angela Woodhall mark forty-five year mission milestone Britishers Chester and Angela Woodhall, long-time gracEmail subscribers, are celebrating their 45th year as missioners taking the gospel to countries across the southern parts of the African continent. It is thought they … [Read more...]

NO ONE-DIMENSIONAL PEOPLE

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. When I was a child, there was a man at the other end of the block whom we kids named "Grouchy Grubbs." Whether he disliked boys and girls in general or only those who were his neighbors we did not know, but he certainly did not like little Fudges, Dunnavants, Chandlers, Kuykendalls, Chumleys, Rollingses, … [Read more...]

Family Notes 21/12/2015

THE TWENTY-FIRST DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. WHAT WILL MATTER It is easy to find people willing to praise the old-fashioned virtues, more difficult to locate folks who demonstrate those virtues year after year by their lives. I know no one who does that more consistently, more humbly, and with more enthusiasm and good cheer than my dear friend, gracEmail … [Read more...]

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRISTMAS

THE TWENTIETH DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. The greatest miracle associated with the birth of Jesus, I suspect, is not the conception of a child in Mary's virgin womb. No, the greatest miracle in this story is the incomprehensible accomplishment that Christians call the Incarnation--a bona fide reality driving all that happens later and making it all … [Read more...]

Family Notes 16/12/2015

THE SIXTEENTH DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. COLE, SINATRA, AND SHELBURNE Picture your most comfy chair, your favorite beverage, and a private concert of standards like "Moonglow," "The Very Thought of You," and "The Way You Look Tonight." This musical treat awaits you on the latest CD from singer and gracEmail subscriber Curtis Shelburne titled "For … [Read more...]

WE SOW BUT GOD GROWS

THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. In a previous gracEmail I told of speaking, in a B'Nai B'rith program, on the Christian understanding of the Old Testament. As we moved into Q&A from Lecture, I urged these Jewish men to consider the claim of Jesus of Nazareth to be the Messiah foretold by the Hebrew prophets. A gracEmail subscriber who read … [Read more...]

Family Notes 09/12/2015

THE NINTH DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. USES PRAYER JESUS TAUGHT gracEmail subscriber Roger Harper, who happens to be a priest in the Church of England, proposes using as a conversion prayer the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray, and he explains as follows: May I suggest an alternative prayer for beginning the Christian life? ‘Our Father, in … [Read more...]

IF JESUS IS MESSIAH, WHY IS WORLD SUCH A MESS?

THE SIXTH DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. The Jewish leaders sitting before me were in Houston from several states, guests of B'Nai B'rith for a week of continuing education and self-improvement. Waiting to teach, advise and encourage them were a physician, a psychologist, a financial planner, a personal trainer, and a rabbi. My assignment was to explain in … [Read more...]

Family Notes 03/12/2015

THE THIRD DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. THANKS FOR THE THANKS! A few years ago, a surgeon who treated me asked if I minded if he prayed for me and that began a wonderful conversation that lasted until he discharged me. This week, I received an email thanks and update from the surgeon, to whom I now offer my thanks in return. Following is a portion of his … [Read more...]

Family Notes 02/12/2015

THE SECOND DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN. HUH??? I was reading a blog article recently about the use of evangelistic tools. At the end of the article were comments by readers. The first comment, obviously a spoof and not based in fact, said: Did you hear that Billy Graham Ministries has abandoned the Sinner's Prayer? They wanted a fresh slogan to appeal to … [Read more...]