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“I Feel” Versus “I Know”

Feeling and Knowing

Right now, I feel tired. I also feel that I'm spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere, and that I'm failing to meet the expectations of others. I feel bogged down in things that need doing, and I feel inadequate to the tasks that loom largest in my life - be a great husband, a great Dad, and a great …

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Before You Plant a Church, Clarify Your Calling

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The work of planting a new church will probably kill you. On my first day in Greek Grammar class in Bible college, Dr. Jesse Thomas walked in and stood at the podium to offer a brief welcome, "Welcome to boot camp." Serious students survived, some even thrived, but some fell by the wayside because of their …

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Winning the War Over the Flesh

There is a universal battle in the lives of believers between the flesh and the Spirit. We waver between doing what our fleshly instincts tell us to do and doing what God is telling us to do. This is a timeless battle. As we look through the life of David, we've come to a spot in his life where I believe he …

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Walking In the Confidence of God’s Calling

Gideon is one of my favorite Bible heroes. In my wife's Bible class curriculum, he's known as "G. I. Deon!" I especially love the way he's introduced... The way Gideon sees himself: Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. ~Judges 6:11 His further questioning of God's choice …

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Exchange Worthlessness for Confidence

Moses grew up in Egypt as the adopted son of the daughter of Pharaoh himself. He was royal by adoption, privileged in his childhood, educated, cultured, and trained for political leadership in the home of the most powerful man in the world at the time. But he was raised by his birth mother by a divine act of …

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Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

The title of this post is attention-getting for an obvious reason - most people fear the thought of standing before a group of people and speaking... out loud. I was too, and still am to some degree. When I was a kid, I was painfully and awkwardly shy. In the fifth grade, I had to give an oral report on the …

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Graduation Day

Today was kind of tough... for Momma anyway. We saw our little girl "walk the line" to graduate from Preschool. The theme was What A Wonderful World, which all nineteen graduates sang together. They actually played Pomp and Circumstance as they marched in. She got a diploma and an award for Developing the Most …

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What A Wonderful World

At our wedding, Angie and I chose to have Louie Armstrong's song played... What a Wonderful World. In light of yesterday's shootings, and so many other monumental tragedies in recent years, is it really a wonderful world? We were driving to Fort Smith yesterday for the annual meeting of the BMA of America and …

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Your New Identity

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." -2 Corinthians 5:17 There is much to be said for the power of our identity. The way you live your life, make decisions, and carry yourself all depend on how you define and identify …

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My Great Source of Confidence

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time; casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you." -1 Peter 5:6-7 Those are the words I used to read about 30 seconds before I would preach. Now they ring in my heart naturally. It has been said that people …

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