Archive for January, 2012

Waiting for Winter

Posted on January 30, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We are still waiting for winter in Mississippi. Old-timers assure us that severe cold spells will come, but it is almost February and we have had only two nights in which the temperature has dipped below freezing. Good grief, it was up to 78 last week! I have been waiting for a hard freeze to […]

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Living and Leading Confidently

Posted on January 27, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?” In preparation for a couple of events at which I have been invited to speak on leadership, my thinking reverted to this verse in Job 4:6. It became an anchor for me in stormy times and a foundational truth […]

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Celebrating 46 Wonderful Years!

Posted on January 23, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Anniversaries and birthdays are dated markers that reflect a lifetime of events and relationships. It is hard to believe that it was 46 years ago when Bobbye finished college at mid-year, and I returned to Mississippi from seminary to claim her as my bride. Already the love of my life, our shared passion to serve […]

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What Do You Have?

Posted on January 20, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”–1 John 3:17 This is a verse I find myself wishing God had never inspired to be included in His Holy Word, because every time I read it, it […]

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Does God Help Tebow?

Posted on January 19, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Everyone else is speculating on this question so why not jump in before the roller-coaster football season of Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos fades from our memory. Have the miraculous comeback and overtime wins been orchestrated by God because Tebow is faithful to give Him praise and credit for everything in life? If so, […]

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Back in the Classroom

Posted on January 17, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

No, I am not going back to school though I do have an insatiable thirst for learning and acquiring knowledge. I am amazed at those my age seeking to earn additional degrees later in life. I’m quite confident I could handle it, but I prefer more freedom and flexibility in my reading and learning experiences […]

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Is Jesus Being Lifted Up?

Posted on January 13, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself” (John 12:32) This proclamation of Jesus in foretelling His death on the cross has always jumped out and grabbed my heart, almost leaving me breathless. I have always been inclined to read the Bible literally, and having been involved […]

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Not Missing the Airlines

Posted on January 11, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

A recent news report acknowledged that more than 100,000 domestic flights had been canceled by U.S airlines this past year. Having been victimized by such cancellations in the past, I rejoiced I was no longer in a lifestyle that subjected me to such abuse. Somewhere along the way air travel had become the bane of […]

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Around the Neighborhood

Posted on January 9, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Hectic holidays are behind us with programs, socializing, and time with family. Decorations are packed away, and a New Year’s Day tradition is firmly established of hosting Bobbye’s family–sister, three nieces spouses and kids. It has been a delightful week of relaxing, planning, and watching bowl games. Unseasonable temperatures into the 70s have allowed us […]

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New Year–New Beginning?

Posted on January 6, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Anyone who knows me is aware that I thrive on organization and planning. I’m the compulsive calendar keeper and list maker. I love strategic planning, how to get from point A to point B, driven by goals and objectives. A new day, a new week, a new year has always been a stimulating opportunity for […]

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