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Spiritually Speaking

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have the challenging honor of caring for my 1-year-old granddaughter. We drop “Gaga” off at the school and head for the office at Shamrock Church of Christ. To say the least, I need to rearrange that office space to...

 

Spiritually Speaking

In Genesis 6, as the author is describing the state of the world just prior to the flood, we are told that the thoughts and intentions of men’s hearts were only on evil all of the time. As a result, we learn that “It repented God that He had...

 

Spiritually Speaking: God is and God rewards

“Without Faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). One of the oddities...

 

Spiritually Speaking: However it's translated, faith comes first

And so, after months of enjoying the cheers and challenges of the Book of Hebrews, we arrive at one of the most well known chapters in the New Testament. Hebrews 11 has been dubbed the “roll-call of...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Suffering for Christ's sake

Greetings from the land beyond the river! We are still living out of boxes, but they are OUR boxes, and we love them. A funny thing happened on the way to our new ministry. Since the elder assigned to...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Good news and bad news that's the same news

I just received a text from one of my favorite young men, Corey Shirey. Not only is he a fellow minister, but he also took several of my class offerings while I was with NWOSU (Ride Rangers Ride).... Full story

 

Spiritually Speaking: Better than cupcakes

My alter-ego is a second-grade teacher. Mr. Tyree (sir) spends his days encouraging 7 and 8-year olds to read, write legibly, and remember their mathematical fact families. Perhaps as important as tho...

 
 By Dr. W. Jay Tyree    Local    July 3, 2020

Spiritually Speaking: The PH Factor

Long ago, in a city far, far away (in Wisconsin), I was a singer in a rock and roll band. I’m sure just by saying that I have drawn a few readers closer to my camp while driving others immediately...

 

Blood and sacrifice

I was raised in the city. I was predominantly raised by my mother, since she had the challenge of being a stay-at-home mom until I was well into my teens. I was well fed. Most of the meals at our...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Learn, grow, continue, repeat

Boo Boo Kitty is about to lose her mind. Around midnight, she came into our room (a place she is forbidden to be) and began quietly mewing at the back door. You see, Boo Boo’s friend and protector...

 

Spiritually Speaking: The voice of God

Did you ever get the feeling that God was trying to tell you something? We often pray, “God, help me know the right thing to do.” Then, wait and watch; hoping He will give us an unmistakable...

 
 By Dr. W. Jay Tyree    Local    June 5, 2020

Spiritually Speaking: Humility meets Gravity

I’d like to take a break from our survey of Hebrews and dedicate this week’s article to a few moments of personal thanksgiving. It’s OK with me if you tag your praises alongside mine – even...

 
 By Dr. W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 29, 2020

Spiritually Speaking: Changing the Law to fit Jesus

Have you ever noticed how few golfers “of color” are on the PGA tour? Prior to Tiger Woods, the only name that comes to mind is Calvin Peete. He had 12 wins on the tour – which ain’t too shabb...

 
 By Dr. W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 22, 2020

Spiritually Speaking: Jesus, the forever high priest

Just think how great he [Melchizedek] was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the...

 
 By Dr. W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 15, 2020

Spiritually Speaking: Melchizedek, both priest and king

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest...

 
 By Dr. W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 8, 2020

Spiritually Speaking: Behind the curtain

“... We who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the...

 
 By Dr. W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 1, 2020

Spiritually Speaking: No swearing! … with one exception

After years of study and growth in the Kingdom, do you still have those moments when you suddenly see something you haven’t noticed before? This morning, as I am hurrying to get my article in by...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Faithful service

Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case – the things that have to do with salvation. God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the...

 

Spiritually Speaking: The swinging pendulum

Years ago, one of my instructors observed that “only a broken pendulum stops in the middle.” He was referring to the wide cultural swings that happen in society at large, and how they might...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Firsts

There has to be a first. Before things in life become normal, there has to be that original “we’ve never been here before” moment. Living in the house with a 7-month-old is a daily reminder....

 

Spiritually Speaking: A grown-up faith

As the writer moves on from his discussion of Jesus’ obedience and suffering, he enters a very challenging – even accusatory – section of the letter. Here are the final few verses of chapter 5:...

 

Spiritually Speaking: The massive mystery of it all

I'm not sure how much longer I can ride the pity party but thanks, again, for the calls, cards, and countless prayers. I am making steady, slow progress. “(7) During the days of Jesus’ life on...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    March 13, 2020

Spiritually Speaking

A few passages of Scripture come immediately to mind: Throw yourself down, for God will give His angels charge over you and you will not dash your foot against a stone (or perhaps) let anyone among you who thinks that he stands, take heed lest ye...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Introducing the Accapella picnic

We now interrupt our regularly scheduled article for an important message from our sponsors. For the better part of 50 years, the family at College Hill Church of Christ has hosted the Annual Alva...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Give it a rest

We’ve already spilled quite a bit of ink on the subject of God’s invitation to enter His rest. But before I’m willing to give it a rest, I’d like to jot down a few short paragraphs to tell...

 

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