Nudge: Complete this sentence: “I am …”

who-am-iOne blogger wrote 20 sentences he said will change your life, all starting with the phrase, “I am …”

I’d like to pick up that idea here and invite you to complete the sentence with life-changing, positive words that apply to Christians, that have to do with Christian identity, reality, and felicity. (Be sure to share this with your friends.)

So give one or more phrases in the comments area to the phrase, “I am …”

#christian-identity, #daily-nudge, #positive-thinking

Daily Nudge: Books of the Bible

I thought I would ask a question to get some discussion started on the Fellowship Room. I don’t know if this has been asked before or not. I’m not sure where I heard it. Nevertheless, here is the question.

If you were on a deserted island and could only have two individual books of the Bible, which ones would you want and why?

Speak up and share your thoughts on this interesting questions. Maybe they are your favorite books of the Bible or maybe they would serve special purposes for your situation.

What say you?

#bible, #books, #daily-nudge

The Flood of 1990

The little town of Elba, Alabama can only be gotten to by going downhill. It could be dammed up and make a wonderful fishing pond, complete with the antiquated courthouse for the fish to dwell. It was in that little town that we lived in 1990 when the famous flood came and changed our lives forever.

We lived three blocks from the county courthouse. The rain was coming down in hard sheets and it woudn’t stop. I felt an uneasiness that I had never felt before that something bad was going to happen. We went to stay with mother on the outskirts of town. As the day ended and the night progressed we noticed streets were filling with water. There was no place for the water to go, so it started rising and our little town began filling up. The levee around the city was protecting the city from the higher water outside it, but the levee broke on the morning of March 17, 1990, and the bowl filled up. Inside the bowl of Elba was our house and two vehicles, and everything we treasured and thought we needed.

No one lost their life in the flood. The memories are vivid still.


Favorite Fast Food

My favorite fast food would be Taco Bell. At this time it is only a memory; nothing of the sort available where we live. 🙂

#daily-nudge, #food

Life Away From Christ

I don’t know where I would be without Christ besides lost for all eternity. It would be dramatically different, to be certain. I preached my first sermon nearly 30 years ago and I’ve been preaching full-time for sixteen years. Most of my life has been involved in church work. In other words, I’m not sure that I would have anything that I have now. I know that I would not have my wife and daughters because without Christians, I would never have met them.

I expect I would be working in retail or as a journalist and I would be very much a different person than  I am now. Best not think about it.  All I can do it to try to be the very best person I can be and to be eternally grateful for all that Christ has done for me!

#daily-nudge, #faithfulness

God Put a Rainbow in the Sky

The rainbow immediately comes to my mind when thinking about today’s nudge. In 1990 we were flooded in the small town of Elba, AL. As we stood on the hill behind mother’s house and watched the raging water rising, I kept asking myself where was the next highest hill and could we get to it. It was then that I thought of the rainbow that God put in the sky and it gave me peace in the mighty turmoil.



An action and a reaction would be when one uses sarcasm and the recipient of that sarcasm does not appreciate the reply. It is not always easy to know when sarcasm is being used – especially in print.


This was kind of a “visit.” Eddie Brin…

Eddie Brinkley

Eddie Brinkley during his October 11, 2010 interview at GBN

This was kind of a “visit.” Eddie Brinkley came to the Chattanooga area back in October, 2010 to hold a meeting. I drove up there to attend a night of the meeting, but also to take bro. Brinkley to the Gospel Broadcasting Network’s facility to record an interview. He has been a longtime preacher “hero” of mine, and I can’t even tell how much of a thrill it was for me to be able to go visit with him and sit down like that and talk with him about his training under Marshall Keeble, his experience in local work, and so on. It was only my 2nd time being able to meet him in person, since he lives all the way in Wharton, TX (near Houston).

I have posted a few excerpts from that interview on the GBN Facebook fan page. There are 4 clips, varying from about 2 minutes to 5, (link is below).

Bro. Brinkley is one of the most humble men I have ever met, and it truly was an honor to have him “visit” the Chattanooga area, as well as for me to be able to go up that way and “visit” with him for the interviews!

Here is the link if anyone wants to watch the excerpts:

#daily-nudge, #gbn, #nudge, #preacher, #visitor

All time favorite movie

“The hills are alive with the sound of music…..” My all time favorite movie is The Sound of Music. I like it until the soldiers start chasing the family, and then I lose interest and move on to other things.

#daily-nudge, #movie

Lord of the Rings

I agree with Stephen that Lord of the Rings is by far my favorite movie. Great theme, no bad language or sexual innuendo, etc. Stephen, you should take the time to read the books, for they are definitely better than the movies (and that’s saying a lot).

The Hobbit is a nice little book, too, though on a completely different level…it is supposed to be currently in production as a movie (2 actually…one covering The Hobbit and another that would basically serve as a prequel to LOTR), with several of the same actors and production crew. It keeps running into snags in production (some legal, some labor, etc.), so we’ll see if all of us LOTR fans ever get to see that.

#daily-nudge, #lord-of-the-rings, #movies, #nudge

The pest I dislike most

Fireants!!!! I hate those things. Red imported fire ants were accidentally introduced to the US on trade ships from South America in the 1930’s.

Fireants pose serious threats to people and small animals. They are invasive and inflict painful stings and can even kill human beings. When stung by one the pain nor sore heals quickly. As of yet we have found absolutely no way to get rid of them. They can be all over you before you know it and do lots of damage fast. The burning pain caused by their bites is terrible. If someone could come up with a solution that was successful in eradicating fire ants, they could retire rich!



Randal asked, “What’s guaranteed to make you roll your eyes upward? And maybe groan as those eyeballs disappear into the inner recesses of the brain?”

Generally, it’s when people do anything really stupid when they *should* have known better, and then whine about the results and consequences.  For example, people who get get an embarrassing tattoo while drunk.  The TV show COPS generally brings on rapid eye rolling.

#daily-nudge, #exasperation

I’m not really into sports all that muc…

I’m not really into sports all that much, probably because my kids aren’t. If they were, then whatever they played would be my favorite. 🙂

#children, #daily-nudge, #kids, #sports

When I think of authority, I think of. . .

comfort, encouragement, and love. The One who has complete authority is the same One who loved me so much that He gave His life for me. Am I under his authority? Absolutely, where else would any child of God want to be.

On a news note, I spent the day at one of my favorite places, Freed-Hardeman University, enjoying Makin’ Music. We took a group down and enjoyed the fellowship and great weather.

We have some beautiful talented kids in the church. Let’s keep them in our prayers.

#authority, #daily-nudge, #encouragement, #news

Largest Gathering I’ve Been In

The largest gathering I have ever been in was an Alabama concert. The largest spiritual gathering I’ve ever been in was at a DLU function in Nashville.

#concert, #daily-nudge, #gathering