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7 Ways to Outlive Your Life

I've just finished reading Max Lucado'snewest book, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference, and I feel... challenged! The premise of the book is that we have a choice to do things that will make an impact that outlasts us. Life is a temporary assignment, but the effects of our lives are permanent. Lucado begs the question over and over again, what are you doing to outlive your life? What are you doing that matters in eternity? How are you investing yourself …

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Blog Action Day: Give the Gift of Water

It's Blog Action Day, which is a web-wide event in which bloggers and media companies give attention to a significant need in the world. Today is all about water. Water is everywhere. I live next to the Pacific Ocean, which is one big part of the world covered by water. Sometimes, looking across the surface of the sea, you forget just how precious clean, drinkable water is throughout the world. That's true in the United States (in places like Las Vegas), but it's far more …

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Jesus Is the Hand That Steadies Our Plate

I found this clip to be extremely moving. It's a profound illustration of how Jesus gets into our mess... …

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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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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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Stories About Giving… Starting with Shoes

This past Sunday, I talked about giving. Toward the end of the message, I challenged people to take off their shoes and leave them at church. We give away shoes several times per year and hundreds of people come with a need. As people walked out of church barefoot across the cold, hard concrete, they were to feel just a bit of what it is to be homeless and shoeless. So dozens left their shoes and our lobby is now covered with them! What has really encouraged me is the …

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Everybody’s Got Shoes, My Lord!

That's a lyric from an old gospel song about needing new shoes to walk around heaven someday. Well today, we gave away almost 500 pair of shoes at Bethel Baptist Church. Two news crews even showed up and we'll be on the evening news on 2 channels (and I wore horizontal stripes!) - KNWA and 4029. I'll see if I can find news stories about it later to post, and I'll also be posting a couple of photos on Bethel's web site in the next day or two. This happens to be a difficult …

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