Enjoying the Journey

A Word for Young People About Parents

By Scott Pauley | September 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

Like most children, when I was very young, I memorized the Ten Commandments.  The fifth commandment says, “Honour thy father and thy mother.”  It is repeated eight times in the Bible.  As a boy, if my mother said something once I was supposed to listen.  If she said it twice, I was definitely supposed to listen.  If she had to say it three times, it was too late to listen!  When God repeats something it is always for emphasis. This is God’s word to every young person: “Honour thy father and thy mother.” For many years I quoted it without even knowing what it meant.  The word honor means to assign value to something, to treat it as a prize. …

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Acres of Diamonds

By Scott Pauley | September 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

When I was thirteen years old an elderly preacher in the mountains of West Virginia gave me a book.  It was old and dusty.  There were no pictures and at the time it seemed like a good book just to put on the shelf.  Several years passed before I actually read its yellowed pages, but after reading them I would never forget them. Russell Conwell was a preacher and educator.  He started what is now known as Temple University in Philadelphia.  Conwell traveled the world giving a very famous lecture over 5,000 times.  Any honorarium that was given to him was in turn given to some young person to help them through college.  But the value of his lecture was…

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Dealing with Goodbyes

By Scott Pauley | September 23, 2013 | 5 Comments

Goodbyes are hard.  I was standing in a security line at an airport not long ago preparing to go through the regular process that has become so much a part of flying.  In front of me was a young lady who was weeping.  Occasionally she would turn around and strain to see if her loved one was still there.  A faint smile.  A wave.  Another goodbye.  With all that has changed about travel through the years, some things never change.  It is not easy to say goodbye to those you love. My attitude was much different than the young lady who was in line with me.  You see, I was going home.  On the other end of my flight was…

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Christianity is a Crutch

By Scott Pauley | September 17, 2013 | 4 Comments

Recently I was in Vancouver, British Columbia for a meeting.  On Saturday night I had a little time alone at the hotel and decided to do the Christian (and Canadian) thing: walk across the street to Tim Horton’s for a cup of coffee and a donut.  It is good to immerse yourself in the culture when you are traveling!  (At least this was how I justified the donut.) It was a beautiful evening in downtown Vancouver and I enjoyed the walk.  As I waited at a crosswalk to return to my room, a distinguished looking man nearing seventy years of age came and stood beside me.  A conversation was initiated and very soon I realized that the Lord had given…

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Pop Culture and Pop Christianity

By Scott Pauley | September 14, 2013 | 2 Comments

Pop culture has received a great deal of attention in recent years.  Television and the Internet gave it momentum and the proliferation of social media has only increased its influence.  Pop culture is the attitudes and ideas of “popular culture” expressed through music and current trends.  It is, in many respects, the enemy of God and God’s truth.  Popular culture is not new – it is Satan’s way of binding generations by convincing them to accept new norms that are far below God’s intent. Yet while we preach against the effects of pop culture, most believers and churches have been swept up into a wave of “pop Christianity.”  The lines are drawn in different places, but the principle is the…

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