“101 Reflections” is the compilation of ten years of weekly articles written
by Dennis Lynn for the McCormick Messenger in McCormick, SC, while he served
as pastor of McCormick First Baptist Church. During his last year in McCormick
after much encouragement from others, he rewrote the articles, hopefully
improving upon them, and put them in a book format. Below you will find two
brief excerpts from critics of the book.
"Dennis has been gifted by God to communicate and teach simple Biblical truths
through his real life experiences as a high school football coach, Baptist
minister, father, husband, and grandfather. After reading the first
"Reflection", I found myself wondering what Dennis had in store for me in the
next. It was hard to put down.” Mike Martin Forestville Baptist Church,
Travelers Rest, SC
"What a joy to pick up Dennis Lynn's book and find reflections for real,
everyday life. It doesn't matter whether I'm struggling with doubt or fear or
strength or attitude, Dennis Lynn's words are there to comfort, encourage, and
challenge me. Vonda Skelton, Author Speaker and Leader of Women’s Retreats
Now, enjoy a sample Reflection for yourself and determine whether you believe
this is a book worthy of a place on your book shelf.
"Don’t Be Satisfied with the Hulls"
Years ago my wife went to the corn mill to buy fresh ground corn meal. The
biggest inconvenience with fresh meal is that you must sift it before using
it. One evening as I was preparing cornbread I stood sifting the ground meal.
I was sifting it over the trash can and the good part was going into the can
and I was left with the hulls. As I stared down into the sifter, it was
obvious I had done a very foolish thing. I took solace in the fact that I
really knew better and this was a temporary lapse in intelligence.
Each day we sift through the things that come into our lives. Many people sift
through life and let the best things go into the trash can, while they
preserve and hang onto the hulls.
Jesus promised those who follow Him would not have to settle for the hulls. He
promised to give those who follow Him His joy, His peace, and a life filled
with abundance. Most people would give anything to have these things . . .
anything but control of their wills. Instead of following His guidance, people
seek to distinguish between the hulls and the important things on their own.
If they are diligent they may experience a taste of happiness along the way
but they will not find the deep joy, peace and abundance God wishes to give
Every day, people come to the autumn of their lives knowing they have chased
after things that do not satisfy the deepest needs of the spirit. They have
done it their ways, but in the process, they have settled for the hulls rather
than the meal.
My temporary lapse of intelligence was easy to remedy. I simply dumped the
hulls into the trashcan and began again. In life, it is not always that
simple. Sometimes it takes a long time to correct the wrong choices we have
made. The good news is it can be done. You can start where you are and live
the remainder of your life seeking after the things Jesus tells us will bring
joy, peace, and abundance.
The starting point in any journey is the first step. The first step is being
willing to accept the truth that Jesus’ way is always the best way. Are you
ready to make that first step?