Thanksgiving, Thankfulness and Pilgrim Robert Cushman

One Can’t Spend Too Much Time On The Topic of Thankfulness This week the theme of my posts has been thankfulness and Thanksgiving. In case you missed any, here is a look back at the week. Click on the title of the post to read it. Do You “Say Thanks” or “Give Thanks”? It’s more […]

How Robert Cushman Came to Preach the First Sermon Ever Printed in America

The Lasting Spiritual Contribution of Pilgrim Robert Cushman In December of 1621 Deacon Robert Cushman, the business agent for the Plymouth Colony, arrived in America on the Fortune. He had been on the Mayflower, but when the Speedwell was found unseaworthy he stayed in England. Even though he didn’t arrive on the Mayflower the Pilgrims […]

Happy Thanksgiving From A Descendant of Pilgrim Robert Cushman

A Brief History of Pilgrim Robert Cushman As a child growing up in the 1960’s each year our teacher would talk about the Pilgrims and how many believed they celebrated the first Thanksgiving. They had survived a brutal first year, being the second group from England to successfully settle in the New World. Their reason […]

Living in the Zone of Thankfulness

How Thankfulness Can Be Integrated Into Every Area of Your Life Top performers such as athletes and musicians talk about the experience of “being in the zone.” In general it describes when a person is able to perform at a higher than normal level. I’ve heard professional basketball players say when it happens it’s like […]

Do You have an Abundance of Thanks To God?

Overflowing with Thanks to the Lord This past Sunday night we had a Thanksgiving Dinner at our church. As my wife Margaret was preparing a pumpkin pie she needed help getting it into the stove. The pumpkin filling came all the way to the top and she didn’t want to spill any over the side. […]

Do You “Say Thanks” or “Give Thanks”?

A Memorable Expression of Thanks I rode the bus to school when I was in high school. One morning we came to the last stop in our neighborhood. There was usually only one person there, an older boy. On that day the bus driver stopped and he wasn’t there. Rather than drive away, which she […]

7 Reasons Why People Gamble, 11 Reasons Why As A Christian You Shouldn’t

The Irony Of The Title Of This Post About Gambling Gambling is so pervasive in our culture that most people know the numbers 7 and 11 are “lucky” numbers, although they may not know why. I didn’t, I had to look it up. Gambling is even accepted in our churches. We read about famous megachurch […]

2 Comforting Aspects of God’s Providential Care for You

God’s Providential Care Is Not A Well-Known Doctrine If you’ve gone to church for even a few years it’s likely you’ve learned about some of the important doctrines or teachings of the Bible. One of the ways pastors equip you for the Christian life is to explain doctrine and show you how it works in […]

Why Providence Not Luck Explains Our Good Fortunes

Providence Defined: It’s About God Providing A high school student gets accepted into a top college. A good friend lands her dream job. A husband finds his wife’s long lost wedding ring. A childless couple, after years of frustration and disappointment is able to adopt a beautiful, healthy baby. How do you explain it? We […]

3 Reasons Why the Bible Doesn’t Use the Word Luck and Neither Should You

Luck is A Bad Four Letter Word “What’s wrong with luck?” you wonder. “Aren’t there worse four-letter-words that you could write a post about to get people to stop using them?” No, I don’t think so. Everybody above the age of five knows what those other four-letter-words are to be avoided. Luck is in a […]