Malden Makes Five! The List Grows…

First there was Ed McMahon; then Farrah Fawcett; then Michael Jackson who was followed by Billy Mays.  Would there be another famous actor / performer to

Karl Malden
Karl Malden

follow these?  Yes, indeed, Karl Malden joined the ranks of this remarkable list of celebrities who recently died.  I had a long-time interest in Karl Malden–a genuine appreciation for the way he played his parts.  When a friend told me today of his death–I immediately asked, “You mean the actor with the big nose?”  I thought he was one of the all-time best character actors of the last 35 years.   He was also the man who reminded us “Never leave home without it” and he was, of course, talking about our American Express card.  I believe he did  those commercials for some 22 years.   Remember the 1970’s TV detective series,  “The Streets of San Francisco?”  He made that show.  He was Lt. Mike Stone and his sidekick on that series was Michael Douglas, son of Kirk Douglas.  Malden had known Kirk Douglas when Douglas was a dancer named Isador Demsky working summer stock in the Adirondacks.  Malden said, “If I had a son, I’d wish he was like Michael.”  However, he had two daughters.  Karl was born Mladen Sekulovich–try saying that three times real fast.  When he left home to pursue his acting his father cautioned him, “Son, never do anything to disgrace the family name.”  Not only did he not disgrace it–he memorialized it in many of his films.  He would give an obscure actor the name “Sekulovich” knowing it would make his dad proud to hear the family name in a movie.

Whatever the role, Karl Malden made it believable. When a great actor like him dies you realize you have already been missing him.  He was to a role like Morgan Freeman is today–each would make the movie or TV program better.   The next time you look at your American Express card–remember Karl Malden.  He was one of the good ones.   He died on Saturday, the fourth of July at age 97.  Think about this: He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mona Greenberg and his two daughters and three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.   I think he honored the admonition his father gave him when he was first starting out to be an actor about protecting the family name.

One of my readers wrote asking if Karl Malden was a Christian.  I responded by saying I did not know.  I still don’t.  I hope he was.  My reader was accurate when he pointed out that Mr. Malden’s goodness ( I had commented he was one of the good ones) would not earn him any points toward Heaven.  I feel sure most of us, if not all of us, would have been pleased to have Mr. Malden as a neighbor.  I do believe he was a good man.  But Christ did not come to save good men, he came to save sinners.  I am certain Karl Malden joins the rest of us and I do mean ALL OF US in this fact–We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God.   The Scripture puts it this way, “22Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:  23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; –Romans 3:22-23

Here we have a universal truth from the Bible–All can have the righteousness of God through our faith (belief) in Christ and those who do not exercise that belief in Christ are lost in sin.  How many–all.  A friend once said to me and others, “All means all and that’s all that all means.”   I know this, if there was a time when Mr. Malden exercised personal faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and believed that He was raised from the dead he was at that moment saved for eternity.  That’s the plan God has for each of us.  Have you been saved?  There are plenty of articles on this blog that will help you find salvation.  The best you know how turn from your sinful ways to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Trust in Him.  Call upon His Name and ask Him to save you.  He will do it.

Should We Love Our Enemies?

Read Matthew 5:43-48 By Michael Guido, The Sower

Matthew 5:43-48
43-Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44-But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45-That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46-For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47-And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48-Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

A reporter asked a man, “How old are you?”

“Ninety,” the man replied, “and I don’t have an enemy in the world.”

“Beautiful,” said the reporter. “What’s your secret?”

“I outlived them all,” he explained.

But it’s not a matter of outliving your enemies; it’s outloving them. The Bible says, “Love your enemies.”

No matter what a person may do to you, don’t allow yourself to desire anything but his highest good. Is he cruel to you? Be kind to him. Does he hate you? Love him.

This love isn’t something of the head but of the heart. When you become a Christian,  the Lord fills your heart with His love.

Give in to the Lord, won’t you?

Prayer: Father, constrain us to love Thee and others as Thou dost love us – willingly and wholeheartedly: in Thy name. Amen.

Life Church

Have you discovered www.lCraig   Craig Groeschel started this church in 1996 and now ministers through some 13 campuses via satellite broadcasts.  There are a number of congregations that have freely associated their church body with this unusual collection of churches.  I watched on Fox television this week (April 23,2009) as this church presented Dave Ramsey to over 6000 congregations connected to Life and Fox Business Network nationwide (worldwide).  Remarkable undertaking and it all started in Edmond, Oklahoma.  Another remarkable thing about this church is their generosity.  The pastor freely gives their ministry resources to other congregations.  He wants to be a blessing to your church.  I urge you to visit and register.  Then explore their site.  You will discover hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of graphics, sermon material and resources without a dime of cost to you or your church.

Protect Your Family


Simple Safety PlanThanks to my cousin, Max Sewell, for this important safety tip.  This tip may save your life or the lives of your loved ones.  A PERSONAL NOTE: Had I practiced this one It would have saved my car.  It was stolen out of my garage (Keys were inside the car). 

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents your Dr’s office, the checkout girl at the market, everyone you run across.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:

It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar rapist won’t stick around… After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there …… This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime..

P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a problem.

Please pass this on even IF you’ve read it before. It’s a reminder.

Talmage: As I Knew Him

A brief look into the family life of T. DeWitt Talmage.  Just a glimpse. 

Dr. Talmage
Dr. Talmage

However, important stories of how his family learned about the saving power of Jesus Christ.  Remarkable conversions. 


 My father was a religious, hard-working, honest

man. Every day began and closed with family worship, led by my father, or, in case of his absence, by Mother. That which was evidently uppermost in the minds of my parents, and that which was the most pervading principle in their lives, was the Christian religion. The family Bible held a perfect fascination for me, not a page that was not discoloured either with time or tears.

My parents read out of it as long as I can remem-

ber. When my brother Van Nest died in a

foreign land, and the news came to our country

home, that night they read the eternal consolations

out of the old book. When my brother David died

that book comforted the old people in their

trouble. My father in mid-life, fifteen years an

invalid, out of that book read of the ravens that

fed Elijah all through the hard struggle for bread.

When my mother died that book illumined the

dark valley. In the years that followed of lone-

liness, it comforted my father with the thought of

reunion, which took place afterward in Heaven.


To the wonderful conversion of my grandfather

and grandmother, in those grand old days of our

declaration of independence, I trace the whole

purpose, trend, and energies of my life. I have

told the story of the conversion of my grandfather

and grandmother before. I repeat it here, for my



My grandfather and grandmother went from

Somerville to Baskenridge to attend revival

meetings under the ministry of Dr. Finney. They

were so impressed with the meetings that when

they came back to Somerville they were seized

upon by a great desire for the salvation of their

children. That evening the children were going

off for a gay party, and my grandmother said to

the children, ” When you get all ready for the

entertainment, come into my room ; I have some-

thing very important to tell you.” After they

were all ready they came into my grandmother’s

room, and she said to them, “Go and have a good

time, but while you are gone I want you to know

I am praying for you and will do nothing but pray

for you until you get back.” They did not enjoy

the entertainment much because they thought all

the time of the fact that Mother was praying for

them. The evening passed. The next day my

grandparents heard sobbing and crying in the

daughter’s room, and they went in and found

her praying for the salvation of God, and her

daughter Phoebe said, ” I wish you would

go to the barn and to the wagon-house




for Jehiel and David (the brothers) are under

powerful conviction of sin.” My grandparent

went to the barn, and Jehiel, who afterward

became a useful minister of the Gospel, was

imploring the mercy of Christ; and then,

having first knelt with him and commended his

soul to Christ, they went to the waggon-house,

and there was David crying for the salvation of

his soul.  David, who afterward became my

father. David could not keep the story to himself,

and he crossed the fields to a farmhouse and told

one to whom he had been affianced the story of

his own salvation, and she yielded her heart to

God. The story of the converted household

went all through the neighbourhood. In a few

weeks two hundred souls stood up in the plain

meeting house at Somerville to profess faith in

Christ, among them David and Catherine, after-

ward my parents.


My mother, impressed with that, in after life,

when she had a large family of children gathered

around her, made a covenant with three neigh-

bours, three mothers. They would meet once a

week to pray for the salvation of their children

until all their children were converted — this inci-

dent was not known until after my mother’s death,

the covenant then being revealed by one of the

survivors. We used to say : ” Mother, where are

you going ? ” and she would say, ” I am just

going out a little while ; going over to the neigh-

bours.” They kept on in that covenant until all

their families were brought into the kingdom of

God, myself the last, and I trace that line of

results back to that evening when my grand-

mother commended our family to Christ, the tide

of influence going on until this hour, and it will

never cease.


My mother died in her seventy-sixth year.