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What does it mean to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?

Mark 12:28-34; Deuteronomy 6:1-9

February 26, 2017

The Lord’s Account

Today I would like to share two of the many personal stories I’ve been privileged to hear in the last few weeks about the Corinth Legacy Capital Campaign.  The first is from Carl and Eugenia Welch.  More than forty years ago, early in their married life, they had read in the Old Testament that the “first fruits” belong to God.  They decided to establish a separate checking account they called “The Lord’s Account.”  Each month from then until now, the first check they have written each month was to the Lord’s Account.

Through the years this money was considered untouchable for any other living expense, investment, or spending desire.  The Lord’s Account was for giving to the general church budget, a missionary, or a capital campaign.  They even kept some of it in reserve for an emergency appeal, but they always knew the money in that account was sacred.  One of the things I love about the current Capital Campaign at Corinth is that we’re tithing to Missions beyond the church – creating our version of The Lord’s Account.  Read more »

Is it possible I have not heard God’s Word because my money has deluded me? 

Isaiah 6:1-10; Matthew 13:1-23


Hearing check

Matthew 13 is a passage about hearing, literally and figuratively. A substantial crowd emerges from the Galilean towns, walking through fields to the shore of the lake where they found Jesus. Without an available amphitheater, the glassy surface of the Sea of Galilee acts as an amplifier to project the sound. Jesus began telling stories. Read more »

Do the things that matter most to God matter most to me?

John 2:12-17; Psalm 69:6-12


Why I feel

I want you to feel something today. The opposite of love is not hate; it’s apathy. When a married couple in crisis gets to the place where either one or both of them doesn’t feel anything – they not only don’t feel passion or happiness around each other, but they don’t feel anger or jealousy either – that’s not a good thing. The things we value the most evoke the strongest emotions. I was disappointed in the outcome of the Super Bowl last Sunday, but whatever… it’s just the Falcons. Last year with the Panthers it was different.

Like most (but not all) men, I don’t think of myself as a very emotional person.Those who know me best don’t let me get by with it. Read more »

Why I Am Here

Jesus came to change everyone and everything, everywhere.

Luke 4:14-21; Isaiah 61:1-7

Defining moments

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been asking people, “What is your defining spiritual moment at Corinth?”

One Dad described taking his daughter, an only child, to her first youth group meeting. She had been inside only a minute or two when she ran out of the building “with a look of fear and desperation.” She didn’t know anyone, and she feared rejection. On her heels came Pastor Paul to calmly reassure her and take her back inside. Daughter and parents are now very much a part of our Corinth family. Read more »

If you look down on Scripture, Jesus is going to end up looking a lot like you.

 John 10:22-39; Psalm 82:1-8


Simple messages (Bob Thompson)

Those who travel with me or work closely with me notice two things about me. I need bathrooms more often than most people, and I like ice cream more often than most people. This past Tuesday while out making visits I stopped at Wendy’s on Fairgrove Church Road to use the restroom. While I was there, I figured I’d grab a Frosty.

The lady behind the register said, “May I have a name for the order?”

“Bob,” I answered.

“Philip?” she said.

What came out of my mouth was, “How did you know my son’s name?” What went through my head was, “How does ‘Bob’ sound like ‘Philip’?” Read more »