By Res Spears Message delivered December 2, 2018 at Liberty Spring Christian Church One of the benefits of being an only child is that I never had to compete with brothers or sisters for attention or for seconds at the dinner table or for anything, really. Some people would say that the atmosphere tends to create spoiled children who grow up to be spoiled adults. Whatever. They’re just jealous. Anyway, since I never had to worry about brothers and sisters beating me to the presents on Christmas morning, I was never in a huge hurry to open them. I wasn’t … Continue reading Wake up and watch out!
By Res Spears Message delivered November 4, 2018 at Liberty Spring Christian Church Some of you know that Annette and I celebrated our anniversary yesterday. Seventeen years. It seems like so much longer. OK, so that’s my favorite joke. Annette has been hearing it for 17 years, and I think she’d be the first to tell you that it never gets old. Right, honey? Well, the truth is that our time together has probably seemed a lot longer for her than it has for me. I’m the one who got the great deal in this arrangement. She got the factory … Continue reading Don’t be corrupted
By Res Spears Message delivered October 28, 2018 at Liberty Spring Christian Church During our last communion service together, we talked about some of the things that happen over shared meals, and we talked about the significance of shared meals to the building of community. Today, we’re going to continue in that vein as we explore a parable that Jesus told when He was a guest for a meal at the home of a Pharisee. Turn with me to Luke, Chapter 14, and — as you’ve probably grown accustomed to by now — while you’re doing so, I want to … Continue reading Be ready for the feast
By Res Spears Delivered October 21, 2018 at Liberty Spring Christian Church You all probably have recognized by now that I love to tell embarrassing stories about myself. And some of you have probably heard this one before, but it’s one of my favorites, because it tells you something about me AND something about my mother. As hard as it may be to believe, I was not a perfect child. I’ll pause a moment while you collect yourselves. No, I wasn’t always perfect, and sometimes I wasn’t always even good. And sometimes I chose to cause problems for my mother … Continue reading Be ready for discipline
Be like the Smyrnans — faithful By Res Spears Message delivered October 14, 2018 at Liberty Spring Christian Church At the risk of making my wife (and maybe my mother) cry this morning, I want to tell you about the dog that I had when we got married. Inky was a border collie mix, and she was the smartest and most faithful dog I’ve ever had. For many years, she was my constant companion. I took her everywhere – to work, to visit friends, on long drives in the convertible. She would stand in the backseat of that Toyota Celica … Continue reading