Do you feel like God is testing you?

Do you feel like God is testing you?

Feb 27

I believe this is the church in Evergreen, Alabama.  Dad was the pastor there for 18 months.  It was around 1954.  I was about three or so years old.  I remember there were a lot of physical challenges.  The parsonage was a decent place to live, but had few comforts.  The congregation was small and so was dad’s salary.  The luxuries most people enjoy today were not even thought about at...

Sorrow … grief … death

Sorrow … grief … death

Feb 16

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From Dad’s favorite quotes…..     Sorrow is our John The Baptist, clad in grim garments, with sought arms A son of the wilderness, baptizing us with bitter tears, preaching repentance – Behind Him comes the gracious, affectionate, healing Lord; speaking peace and joy to the soul.   On This side of the grave we are exiles, On that side citizens… On this side...

Pastor Ken – On Calvary….

Pastor Ken – On Calvary….

Feb 12

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God allowed Calvary to show man the seriousness of selfish behavior and breaking the law.  He could have forgiven man without it – only to have men think lightly of sin..! No Judge who wants his son to respect the law would think of ignoring or excusing the crime his son committed.  He may pay the fine himself – grieve and agonize over the consequences – but he can never just...

Is your Bible precious to you?

Is your Bible precious to you?

Jan 22

I read an e-mail from Lifeway Christian Stores.  It contained an article from author, Angie Smith.  Angie was going through a rough time and told how the sales staff was kind to her, prayed for her and helped her buy a new Bible.  When she returned home she sat with it in her lap, thanking God for His grace. It reminded me of a story my dad used in several sermons.  When a dear saint went home...

Kindness vs. Honesty

Kindness vs. Honesty

Jan 09

Are you so kind that you hurt people? Our society is obsessed with hurt feelings. We go to great links to protect everyone’s feelings.  We would rather lie to people than take the chance of escalating emotions or causing a confrontation. There are times when tact and kindness must be observed regardless of the honesty that needs to be shared.  Biblical compassion demands that we be kind...

Being Perfect is not a Christian goal…..

Being Perfect is not a Christian goal…..

Jun 21

Being Perfect is not a Christian goal…..being Christlike is. Being Christlike means we are balanced.  We realize that we have faults yet we refuse to allow those faults to dictate our life and instead we strive to be like Christ.  We realize that we will never be perfect, yet we strive and pray and work to reach higher goals.  We are NEVER satisfied with being flawed. John 14:21...

An Empty World

An Empty World

May 11

 An empty world Let’s do a little science fiction thinking. Suppose suddenly due to some mysterious, out of space invasion every single human being on earth suddenly disappeared. You were left as the absolute master of earth. It would undoubtedly solve a lot of problems for you. You could walk into the Cadillac agency and without a credit check or down payment drive off in their most expensive...

Jesus and Peanut Butter

Jesus and Peanut Butter

May 11

Jesus and Peanut Butter   A few years ago Berkeley University in California was the scene of bitter political struggle and unrest. The college got quite a bad name because of the radical students and their demonstrations. Mark Twain understood the danger of suspecting everyone when he said, “All generalizations are false, including this one.” To think all the students at...

God’s Great Gift of Time

God’s Great Gift of Time

Mar 04

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Thanks to Ken Jansen of Downpour, we are trying to save the audio tapes of (my dad) Pastor Ken Crocker’s sermons.  This audio – “God’s Great Gift of Time” is relevant today.  As we rush around trying to accomplish all our hopes and dreams, it’s very important that we stop and evaluate how we spend our time.  ...

Is God Real?

Is God Real?

Jan 08

There are many reasons to believe in the existence of a God.  Some people search for ways to reconcile their faults and inadequacies.  Some people search for philosophies that will give them permission to do whatever they want without guilt.  Some people use faith as a way to feed their own selfishness and collect  millions of dollars for misrepresenting their religion.  Even more people join a...