Shelby G. Floyd

One of the favorite figures of speech applied to the church is that of a way, a path, and a road that leads from one place to another.


Christianity is a definite way over which the redeemed pass from earth to heaven. In a day when highways and roads are so familiar, it is easy for some people to get the idea that there are many ways for one to reach heaven. It is a popular doctrine that we are all going to heaven in different ways. While this is popular, is it the truth? Continue reading “THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS”

The Road Less Travelled


Shelby G. Floyd

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The photo that I have shared on the screen was taken by someone down at Indiana University. It was shared to me by my granddaughter. I told her that I would use that in a sermon and today I am fulfilling that pledge. I really like that photo that pictures the difficult and narrow road. All of us need to be on the difficult and narrow road that leads to life eternal.

I read about a farmer who had a dog that stayed by the side of the road and chased every car that came by. One day his neighbor said do you think that dog will ever catch a car. The old farmer replied that he wondered if he ever caught a car what would he do with it! At the end of my street we have a family that has a dog tied to the tree and every time we go by he barks and chases the car. He has worn a path all the way around the tree. And like the dog chasing after a car, many of us also are chasing after meaningless goals. And what are we going to do when we reach those goals that are without purpose? Someone has said, “Life is hard by the yard, but by the inch it is a cinch.” We all need to be pursuing worthy goals yard by yard an inch by inch! And so doing we will be blessed and satisfied when we reach those goals. Continue reading “The Road Less Travelled”

The Potter and the Clay


Shelby G. Floyd

One of the earliest inventions and crafts, known in the history of man, is that of the potter’s wheel:

“Another important invention was the potter’s wheel. Earlier, men had fashioned pots by molding or coiling clay by hand, but with the potter’s wheel, men could turn out a symmetrical product in a much shorter time…Although none of these ancient wooden potter’s wheels have survived, examples made of clay and stone have been excavated. The oldest, found at Ur in the lower Euphrates Valley, has been dated around 3250 B.C. Potters wheels were used in Syria and Palestine around 3000 B.C., in Egypt some 250 years later, in India before 2500 B.C. and in Greece about 1800 B.C. On the other hand, they did not appear in England until approximately 50 B.C. and in the Americas until 1550 A. D.” –Civilization Past and Present, Volume 1, Wallbank-Taylor, page 35.

In a hymn book we have a song titled, “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” which includes these beautiful words,

Have Thine Own Way Lord!
Have Thine own way!
Thou art the potter; I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

By a figure of speech, the words of this song, compares God to the potter, and his people to the clay. If we yield to his will, like a potter he can mold us and make us a vessel of honor; but if we refuse his word, we can mar like clay in his hands, and fit ourselves as vessels of destruction and wrath.

The figure of speech of the potter and clay as applied to God and his people is found several times in both the Old and New Testaments. But the application of this figure of speech is nowhere made plainer than in the book Jeremiah, where we read of Jeremiah being sent by divine direction, down to the potter’s house to observe an object lesson. Continue reading “The Potter and the Clay”