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A Thanksgiving Suggestion

November 20th, 2017 by Dr. Dan

Sometimes preachers have thoughts during their sermons that did not occur to them during the preparation time. It happened to me several years ago on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. As expected, I was preaching on being thankful, using the example of the one leper out of ten who returned to thank Jesus for healing (Luke 17:11-19), when I suddenly departed from my notes and suggested the folks think of three people for who they were thankful, then tell them of their thankfulness in the next three days, before Thanksgiving Day. Later that day, the thought hit me that I too, should take this advice. Thus, began an annual Thanksgiving week tradition for me. Unknown to me, one of the people I thanked that first year was a relative of a man who was in the congregation where I first offered the suggestion. The Sunday following Thanksgiving, that man, thanked me for practicing what I preached. I was sure glad I responded to my own suggestion. How about you? Are there people you need to thank this week? May I suggest you do so?

Monday Morning Manna Changes - Prayer and More

November 13th, 2017 by Dr. Dan

Ten years ago I began writing “Dr. Dan’s Monday Morning Manna” and sharing it with whoever was interested in reading it. One of the methods of sharing was the subscription list, of which you (and over 500 others) are a part. Unfortunately, the world is full of people who have nothing more to do than hack into web sites and mess up delivery systems. So, being grateful for those who have assisted us via our website over the years, we are discontinuing the current subscription service for the Monday Morning Manna. You will automatically be switched to direct e-mail service and continue to receive the Morning Manna every Monday morning via MailChimp. If you choose to unsubscribe, you can easily do so at the bottom of the document.

Thanks for being a faithful follower of the Monday Morning Manna. If you have not yet discovered it, the first years of Manna have been released in book form by the World Wide Publishing Group as, “Morning Manna: Hidden and Unhidden.” You can order your copy from the publisher at http://store.worldwidepublishinggroup.com/morning-manna-hidden-unhidden-pb/.

Or from amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/Morning-Manna-Unhidden-Dan-Crawford/dp/1535186844/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509986001&sr=1-1&keywords=Morning+Manna%3A+Hidden+and+Unhidden&dpID=51s9g2VnYBL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch. It is available in book form, or Kindle.

Thanks again. Below is the final Manna to be delivered via this subscription method. Next Monday, your copy of the Manna should arrive at your e-mail address via MailChimp.

Dan Crawford
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Prayer and More

Every time there is a mass shooting in a church, someone asks me if it causes me to re-live the emotions of September 15, 1999 at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth – my home church – where a lone gunman entered a “See You at the Pole” Rally with two guns, two hundred rounds of ammunition, and a home-made pipe bomb. Before he took his own life, he killed seven people, wounded seven others, and traumatized hundreds including members of my family. The answer is always the same – an agonizing yes. But this time – First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, with 26 dead, twenty injured, and a small Texas town traumatized – my mind went to another event. When I was the Baptist campus minister at Pan American University, we were on a retreat in the mountains of southern Mexico. We had been warned not to go outside the camp after dark due to the wild animals in the mountains. Nevertheless, a student named, Jimmy, did just the opposite. When word got out about his absence in camp, students gathered in the cafeteria. After a long silence, a student said, “I think we need to get in a circle and pray” to which another student, a new, not-yet-discipled student, exclaimed, “Pray H____! Let’s go get Jimmy.” Last week, and following every mass shooting, there were a lot of people encouraging prayer. I’m all for it. We need to pray. Survivors need our intercessory prayer. Injured, most definitely need prayer. But we all need more. It’s time someone did something about semi-automatic weapons designed for warfare, but then used for killing innocent people, even children. It’s time someone did something about mental illness, especially that which leads to violence. It’s time someone did something about those who “fall through the cracks” of society’s law and order. Pray? Absolutely. But isn’t it about time to go get Jimmy, to do something to prevent further trauma? By the way, as you pray, remember to pray for spiritual awakening. It may well be the only solution.

Monday Morning Manna Changes

November 6th, 2017 by Dr. Dan

Ten years ago I began writing “Dr. Dan’s Monday Morning Manna” and sharing it with whoever was interested in reading it. One of the methods of sharing was the subscription list, of which you (and over 500 others) are a part. Unfortunately, the world is full of people who have nothing more to do than hack into web sites and mess up delivery systems. So, being grateful for those who have assisted us via our website over the years, we are discontinuing the subscription service for the Monday Morning Manna. If you wish to continue to receive the Manna, here are five possible ways you can do so:

1. Via regular E-mail. If you wish to continue to receive the Manna via your e-mail address, just let me know. Contact me at discipleallnations@pobox.com or text me at 817-637-4967, and give me your name and e-mail address. The major difference in this method is that you will not be receiving the Manna at 5am (Central Time) each Monday, but rather a bit later in the morning.
2. Via Facebook. Some of you are already my Facebook friends, and thus are able to see the Manna on your Facebook site at some time on Monday mornings. This will continue. If you are on Facebook, but not one of my Facebook friends, go to https://www.facebook.com/dan.crawford and request Facebook friendship with me.
3. Via LinkedIn. If you are on LinkedIn, you can find me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-crawford-78165417/. Request to join my Network. The Manna is posted every Monday.
4. Via Twitter. If you are on Twitter, you can find me at https://twitter.com/DrDanRC. Request to be one of my Followers. The Manna is posted every Monday.
5. If all else fails, you can go to the web site for the WestCoast Baptist Association, (metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada) where the Manna is posted every Monday morning - http://westcoastbaptist.ca/.

Thanks for being a faithful follower of the Monday Morning Manna. I sincerely hope you will continue to read the Manna through one of the above methods of delivery. And if you have not yet discovered it, the first years of Manna have been released in book form by the World Wide Publishing Group as, “Morning Manna: Hidden and Unhidden.” You can order your copy from the publisher at http://store.worldwidepublishinggroup.com/morning-manna-hidden-unhidden-pb/.

Or from amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/Morning-Manna-Unhidden-Dan-Crawford/dp/1535186844/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509986001&sr=1-1&keywords=Morning+Manna%3A+Hidden+and+Unhidden&dpID=51s9g2VnYBL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch. It is available in book form, or Kindle.

Thanks again,

Dan Crawford

Leave my Clock Alone

November 6th, 2017 by Dr. Dan

We observed time-change Sunday again yesterday. I’ve been doing this twice a year for fifty years, and I still can’t remember which way to change my clock. Do I fall backward or forward? Do I spring up or down? I occasionally just wait till later on Sunday morning to see what my computer has done with the time The first time I observed this change was in 1966, and I was Pastor of a small, rural church in deep East Texas, while completing my Seminary degree. The deacons voted not to change their clocks, concluding, “The guvment has no business messin’ with God’s time.” I laughed. Five decades later, I agree. The writer of Ecclesiastes said there was, “A time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). but I’m not sure he meant there was a time to mess with time. Paul twice wrote that we should be “Redeeming the time” (Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:5). I want to do that, but it’s hard to redeem the time, when I don’t know what time it is. So leave my clock alone. It’s OK if it gets dark too early or stays daylight too long. I’ll adjust. And in the process, I’ll redeem the time. Whatever time it is on your clock, are you redeeming it?

Long Lasting Friendships

October 30th, 2017 by Dr. Dan

I love friendships. I guess that’s why I love my college Homecoming so much. I have friends that have come and gone. I have friends with whom I have completely lost contact. I have a few friends who have chosen to no longer be friends. But college friends – they are special, and as the years pass by ever so quickly now, they become more special. A few weekends ago, we gathered once again for Homecoming, where it seemed like every third sentence began with “Do you remember . . .” Old yearbooks were dusted off and pictures were found. Floats, football games, basketball championships, dining hall stories, Chapel speakers, pranks, dormitory life, late night coffee shop visits, road trips, and oh, yes, classes. I almost forgot classes. Is that why we attended college? Seems at times, we allowed our education to interfere with our development. But sadly, every year finds fewer and fewer classmates attending Homecoming. Death, health issues, travel challenges, competition with grandkid’s schedule, family concerns, these all contribute to lower numbers in attendance each year. So, we walked across campus again, like we did more than fifty years ago – well almost like we did back then. It was holy ground to us – first because we so often met God there, but also because of blessed friendships that lasted through the decades. We have friends, and we keep friendships, because we are friends. The writer of Proverbs said, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly” (Proverbs 18:24). C.S. Lewis wrote, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” Take some time this week to remember, and give thanks for your long-term friendships.