Just A Thought

Just A Thought Article

Harvest Sunday!

This Sunday (or today, depending on when you read this) is Harvest Sunday.  It’s been a longstanding tradition that has done a lot of good for a group that is doing a lot of good in our community.  It also keeps the preacher a tad more…shall we say….stationary… while preaching. The group is Carpenter Place. …

Game 7 – Who’s Watching?

About 20 million people watched the Astros win the World Series this week.  I am – quite likely – the only one who was thinking about the 12th chapter of Hebrews while watching.  Let me explain.  [But first, a recap for those of you who haven’t been in Bible class lately.  After listing the heroes…

Words of Encouragement

There are times when life situations happen and we just need a few words of encouragement. I would like to have that available for you when those times happen. There is a display of booklets now in the library for that very purpose. They are written by authors from Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, Faith…

Not of This World

The two detectives carefully and cautiously made their way through the dark corridors of the spooky, old mansion on the outskirts of town. They were investigating the unexplained phenomena reported by some of the local residents. “Look there!” whispered one of the detectives to the other; pointing toward a cobweb-wrapped staircase that ascended into darkness.…

Tomorrow Is Too Late

Have you ever heard the saying, “You marry whom you date?” Have you ever known someone who wasn’t choosy about the type of person they dated, but claimed they planned to find a good Christian mate someday? That doesn’t make much sense, does it? Eventually you’re going to marry one of the people you date.…

An Act of Pure Evil

This past Sunday night in Las Vegas, NV, a terrible thing happened. A psychopath fired on 22,000 outdoor concertgoers from 32 stories up.  In 72 minutes, his heinous actions ended 59 lives and injured close to 500 others.  It is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.  Before the dust settled, before any facts were…

Because It Works

Know Your Bible Sunday is right around the corner.  On October 22, we will update the Northside family on our TV ministry and ask for financial commitments for the coming year.  We have done that for the past 31 years, so some of you will be hearing about KYB for the first time, and a…

Shame or Grace in our Family

Relationships are the core of our existence. They often determine our identities, our understanding of God and our acceptance of self. Relationships will either result in our joy and peace or our stress and angst. I would like to present two forms of families for your consideration. I think the contrast is so compelling and…

Big Problem, Bigger Solution by Mike Ward

On a recent Wednesday evening, as the teens were filing into the teen room for class, I raised my hand to give one of the boys a simple, straightforward “high five.” But on this particular night, our “high five” was anything but simple and straightforward. I’m not quite sure whose fault it was (his), but…

Customer Service by Mark Yeakley

Before I became a minister I worked in the field of information technology providing computer support for fellow employees of a large oil company. In my 24 years there I had several occasions to take classes on customer service. Now this may be obvious to some, but others might wonder why I would need to…