Archive | December, 2007

Does EBC need a bigger sanctuary??

31 Dec

You tell me!

Bad Southern Accents

30 Dec

Surfing around tonight I saw a movie supposedly set in SC. “Carolina Moon” was the title . . . What I found was the typical Hollywood attempt to mimic the south.

Things like:

*Accents that sound as if they came from a Cracker Jack box, turning many one syllable words into two or three

*Lots of mud and farm equipment

*Most of the locals had a cumulative IQ of 87 (I literally mean if you added all of their IQs up, it would total 87)

*And, of course, the obligatory use of old, old words drawn out ever so slowly.

All I know is this: I don’t know anyone who sounds, talks, or acts like these folks in South Carolina. Now, maybe in Georgia . . . .

Life REALLY IS Precious

28 Dec

About three weeks ago I stood at a graveside with a family, buring a father and grandfather. Yesterday, I sat with that same family because of the sudden loss of ANOTHER father and grandfather. Two days after Christmas. It is a breath-taking thing for them . . . Unexpected.

For us, a reminder that life really is precious and there is NO guarantee of tomorrow. I say those words from the pulpit from time to time, but this is evidence of the TRUTH of those words.

Hug your kids, tell EVERYONE you need to that you love them, and live life to the fullest. And, by all means, let your family know where you stand with Jesus Christ. One of the only positives in the events of the last couple of days for this family is the fact that they know, with no doubts, their father/grandfather accepted Christ and lived for Him. His hope is secured in Christ. What a gift for his family!

TWO Sermon links

26 Dec

Messengers and the Message – Dec 16

The Greatest Gift – Dec 23

Tiny Kris

25 Dec

Last week when Krissy’s physical therapist told her she could reduce to only one crutch, it was a tremendous Christmas gift to me and an additional annoyance to her.

Because, I have been following her around quoting Tiny Tim. I have probably done it 1000 times (seriously) since last Wednesday. And, I threatened to make her end the Christmas Eve service last night by standing up and saying it.

In my zeal to make a joke, I realize that there is an entire generation who might not know who Tiny Tim is, and who have no idea of the significance of the line.

So, my Christmas gift to you is this: I searched You Tube, and other spots on the web, and could not find the clip. So my gift is this: WATCH A CHRISTMAS CAROL and you will get it!!!

Hope you find what you are looking for!!

24 Dec

Yes, it is CHRISTMAS EVE!!! Beneath the star, the Wise Men found the Savior of the World. Tonight and tomorrow, millions will open gifts found beneath a tree. But, none of us will find true peace without the real reason for Christmas . . . Jesus Christ!
Hope you discover that truth this Christmas!
Merry Christmas from the Wikes!
PS – Krissy says, “God bless us, everyone!”

What do YOU want for Christmas?

21 Dec

WORLD PEACE . . . (Or, Whirrled Peas) That is what I told Krissy last night when she asked me the question. She pressed me on it, so I told her the yellow Hummer at Craig’s Used Cars (anyone who knows me KNOWS that is not true: I would stress out too much every time I pulled up to a gas pump)

What do YOU want for Christmas?? What would you say? I wonder what the most popular gift is this year . . . What is the really hot item that no one can find?? A few years ago it was Tickle-Me Elmo. People were paying big bucks for a little red dude that danced . .

The gifts of the first Christmas were powerful: SALVATION . . . Peace on earth, goodwill to men. A couple of years later, gold, frankencense, and myrrh were popular. But, seriously, if you could have ANYTHING you want for Christmas this year, what would it be??

Something to think about as we fight traffic, long lines, and the stress of the holiday . . .