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A Sweet Gift from My Church Family

I've spent a long time hunting down every book written by the late W. A. Criswell, and I have all that I know of that he wrote. One thing I have searched for, to no avail, is an autographed copy of his study Bible. So Sunday, Bethel presented me with one!! …

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I Love the Local Church

Last night I was privileged to speak in the annual Bible Conference of First Baptist Church in Garfield, Arkansas on the subject of the local church. I've posted some follow-up thoughts on the subject on Bethel's website. In short, there's nothing like the local church when it's working right! Read There's Nothing Like the Local Church. …

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Killing Giants

Tomorrow, I'm beginning a new series of messages on the battle between David and Goliath. That's where we are in our journey through the Word, right in the middle of 1 Samuel, and I'm going to slow down and dedicate the four Sundays of March to this wonderful story. …

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Merry Christmas To You All

I wanted to pass along the letter that we're mailing out to everyone in our church family, just in case someone misses it... Dear Family and Friends, We want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! It’s so hard to believe that 2009 has slipped away so quickly. We continue to feel so blessed under God’s care and are so happy that He has placed us into such a wonderful church family! The year has brought about some major developments in our family’s …

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I So Appreciated Being Appreciated!

Yesterday, our church family blessed us (yet again) with a wonderful luncheon for Pastor Appreciation month. I'm honored!! I often stand before our congregation and tell them I'd do what I do for free (of course, I don't mind that they don't take me up on that) because of the joy it brings. They really make it easy in many respects to be their Pastor. Let me tell you some ways this is true... …

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Thoughts About Feeding the Hungry

Last night we had a very special dedication time for our Storehouse food distribution ministry. Everything has been done with excellence. We're well prepared and ready to go. Tomorrow the doors will open and we'll be feeding the hungry and providing groceries to families in need. As part of our church family's time together, I shared some general thoughts about feeding and serving from God's Word. They're random, but I wanted to post them here... …

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The Storehouse Is Almost Ready

Today was exciting in that we received an enormous amount of food at a great price for Bethel's new Storehouse Ministry which will be launching Tuesday as our way of feeding hungry people in northwest Arkansas. We're still in need of food and volunteers, and probably will be for a long time to come, but we're getting closer. I've been moved by the spirit of cooperation and teamwork going into this venture. It's a blessing to me to be a part of a church with such a great …

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Gleanings from Easter Sunday

I just wanted to take a minute to pass along my own personal blessings gleaned from yesterday and from the whole Easter week. Here are some things that have touched my heart... Jesus was glorified all over the world as people presented the truth of the death, burial and resurrection. Our church was packed with people, some of whom brought friends and family to hear the message. My parents came into town and spent the weekend with us, so we hung out, talked, and ate …

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To God’s People: In Times of Gloom… Shine!

Early mid-morning yesterday, reports began trickling in from various sources that Walmart was laying off people from the home office (located here in Bentonville, Arkansas). By day's end, I think the number was around 850, maybe more. Walmart, McDonald's, and Dunkin' Donuts were three of the only companies that I had read about in the last month or two that seemed to be doing well in the midst of the recession. Something about the news reports, emails, and phone calls …

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Merry Christmas from the Cox Family

Dear Family and Friends, It seems impossible that three years have passed since we moved our family to northwest Arkansas. . We feel so overwhelmed when we think about all with which God has blessed us since coming home to Bethel. Ella started the first grade and seems to be coming out of her shell a “little” bit-(she gets that from her daddy). One of our greatest gifts this year was Ella making the decision to place her trust in Christ and accept Him as Savor. We look …

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