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Dream Bigger – Ask More

"You do not have, because you do not ask." (James 4:2 ESV) James the Apostle had the spiritual gift of bluntness. We've received the benefit of his brutally honest thoughts, such as when he answers a common question with such a common sense answer. Why don't I have? Because I didn't ask. And he goes on to point out that often when we ask, we're doing so for selfish reasons. I want to challenge you today to do some pretty important things. Dream Bigger Whatever it is …

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The Pastor As a Motivator

Pastor, no one on the planet bears more responsibility for motivating a group of people than you. W. A. Criswell, one of my own preaching heroes, defined preaching as "seeking to move a man's will God-ward." He went on to define teaching as "instructing that man in the will and ways of the Lord." I agree with the late Dr. Criswell that both are the tasks of the local church Pastor, but it was his definition of preaching that captured my heart. At the end of every message, …

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Content Marketing Is the Marketing That Matters

Remember when Bubba was running through the list of potential shrimp dishes with Forest? Marketing could be handled the same way. Let's see, there's email marketing, attention marketing, social media marketing, word-of-mouth marketing, print marketing, traditional marketing, new media marketing, permission marketing... and on and on we go. Which one matters most for we who are blogging for income? Ultimately, content marketing matters the most. We need reliable hosting, a …

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I Believe In Divine Healing

When W. A. Criswell was asked, "Do you believe in divine healing?" his response was simply, "Is there any other kind?" I love that! James 5 contains a passage of Scripture that addresses prayer. It's often misunderstood, but if we grasp its meaning, we'll unlock some amazing truths that will mature us in our prayer life. 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the …

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Do Something that Matters

One of my favorite movie lines was uttered by Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbor. His character, Capt. Rafe McCawley, travels to London before Hawaii was attaked so that he could fly with the British Royal Air Force. When he lands, his new commanding officer asks, "Why is it so many of you young Americans are so eager to die?" McCawley responds, "I'm not eager to die sir, I'm just eager to matter." That sums up my life. …

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