A Blessed Life (1)

I was the first child and only son born to Stanley Morrison and Garnetta Padgett. They were married on December 21, 1941. Shortly after their wedding, Stanley was called to serve his country during WWII.  After serving in the Army Signal Corps in England and France, he came home safely to a wife who had…

Try A Little Kindness

The late Glenn Campbell had many great hits, including “Try a Little Kindness.”  The words of the refrain go like this: “You got to try a little kindness; Yes, show a little kindness. Just shine your light for everyone to see; And if you try a little kindness; Then you’ll overlook the blindness; Of narrow-minded…

A Bank Account

A 92 year old petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by 8:00, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.  After many hours of waiting patiently…

A Little Horse Sense

   Most everybody who knows me knows that I love horses.  Currently I have five of them.  There’s Blazer, Fancy, Mountain Lady, Champ and Killian.  I don’t ride much anymore, but during the winter I feed them every day.  When it isn’t freezing cold, I sit on a bucket and just watch and listen to…

Believing When It’s Hard to Believe

Avid fans of the Andy Griffith Show will remember Mr. McBeevee. He was a utility worker that Opie met, a man who climbed trees, wore a hard hat, had tools strapped on a tool belt, and jingled when he walked. Mr. McBeevee befriended Opie and Opie was so impressed that when he described his new…

An All Powerful Love

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) This well known and often quoted verse was spoken by Jesus to Nicodemus as He explained the new birth. The heart of the verse contains the following truths….

Standing On God’s Promises

I once heard it said that it is easy to sing Standing on the Promises when sitting securely on the church premises. It becomes more difficult when we are tempted, tried and tested. What God promises He provides. Our task is to trust. Our journey through life will present many occasions for standing on a…

An Antidote For Worry

I have a good friend who sends me jokes and humorous stories on a regular basis. In the last batch of funny material was a story I’ve been telling lately. With apologies to those of you who have heard it already, I’m telling it again in printed form. Jack had been a compulsive worrier for…

The Light Of The World

There are some basic biblical and life truths in the gospel of John that we do well to note. Last Sunday I made quick mention of the contrasts John includes in his writing. One such sharp contrast was contained in the text from the sermon last week. Light and darkness are the terms that are…

The Gospel of God’s Son

The gospel of John will be the subject of my preaching for the beginning weeks of the New Year.  I feel led in that direction, and will plan to follow that leading until there is an indication for a need to change. John’s gospel is different from the other three gospels, which are called Synoptic…