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C. Everett Koop, M.D.

C. Everett Koop, M.D., formerly the Surgeon General, states that during his 35-plus years of practicing medicine, “Never once did a case come across my practice where abortion was necessary to save a mother’s life.”

C. H. Spurgeon

One of England’s finest preachers was C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892). Frequently during his ministry he was plunged into severe depression, due in part to gout but also for other reasons. In a biography of the “prince of preachers,” Arnold Dallimore wrote, “What he suffered in those times of darkness we may not know...even his desperate calling on God brought no relief. ‘There…

C. I. Scofield

Many years ago in St. Louis, a lawyer visited a Christian to transact some business. Before the two parted, his client said to him, “I’ve often wanted to ask you a question, but I’ve been afraid to do so.”

“What do you want to know?” asked the lawyer.

The man replied, “I’ve wondered why you’re not a Christian.”

The man hung his head, “I…

C. S. Lewis

Nature never taught me that there exists a God of glory and of infinite majesty. I had to learn that in other ways. But nature gave the word glory a meaning for me.

Cadillac Dealer

An auto dealer, facing bankruptcy, was walking along a beach when he kicked a bottle and out popped a genie.

“Thanks for setting me free,” said the genie. “To show my appreciation, I’ll grant you one wish.”

“Okay,” said the auto dealer, “I want to be the only foreign car dealer in a major metropolitan market.”

“Done!” cried the genie.

Immediately,…

Calculated Ambivalence

While pursuing a story about equivocation in high office, I was told, “He gave an if-by-whiskey speech.” My source, asked about his curious compound adjective, said he thought it was a Florida political expression possibly borrowed from a Minnesota Congressman. That triggered a call to Richard B. Stone, now a Washington banker, but a former U.S. Senator from Florida familiar with that state’s…

Calendar

July, the seventh month, was named after Julius Caesar. Not to be outdone, the Emperor Augustus called the following month August after himself. Since that month had only thirty days at the time, he borrowed a day from February and added it to August, making sure that his month would not be inferior to Julius Caesar’s.

Call It by Its Real Name

Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman told of a distinguished Methodist minister of Australia who preached on sin. One of his church officers came afterward to talk with him in his study. He said to the minister: "Dr. Howard, we don't want you to talk so plainly about sin, because if our boys and girls hear you talking so much about sin, they will more easily become sinners. Call it a mistake if you will, but do…

Call to Ministry

Chariff Haddad is a Lebanese Christian. As a teenager, he struggled with a sense of call to ministry. During a shower following a soccer game, he was thinking about all the reasons he could not answer that call: his family, his desire to become an engineer. He prayed that it was impossible to do it financially. He said to God, “It’s impossible for me to change people’s hearts.”

Suddenly, Haddad’s…

Called From and To

What we are called from and called to:

I. Called from labor to rest (Matt. 11:28)

II. Called from death to life (1 John 3:14)

III. Called from bondage to liberty (Gal 5:13)

IV. Called out of darkness into light (1 Pet. 2:9)

V. Called from bondage to peace (1 Cor. 7:15

VI. Called to the fellowship of His Son (1 Cor. 1:9)

What we are made by obeying the call:

I. We are made sons…


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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
the Week of Proper 6 / Ordinary 11
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