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Happy First Birthday, Grace Hills!

Cold Baptism

Northwest Arkansas is a fantastic place to call home, and thousands of people are calling it home for the first time, many of whom don't have a relationship with Jesus. So a year ago, Grace Hills Church launched publicly to reach people far from God. In that first year, thirty people went public with their …

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Ir-rev-rend: Christianity Without the Pretense


Pastor Rick Warren has often said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and an ounce of pretense is worth a pound of manure." Fake faith is a pet peeve of mine, and it is certainly an issue God addresses rather directly in Scripture. I believe God is serious about it because ultimately, …

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We Need That Old Time Religion!


I'm writing this article to a generation that might never have heard the old song, Old Time Religion (so I included a clip from an old movie for you). I grew up in an old-fashioned church. We had an old building, built in 1833, and an old cemetery with civil war era headstones. We sang old songs on old …

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4 Attitudes You Can Choose Today


Sometimes God takes me back to kindergarten, spiritually speaking. I spend time reading theological treatises, but I sometimes forget the most basic and simple of truths. Here's one of those basic truths I sometimes struggle with: We choose our attitudes. We don't choose our circumstances. We don't choose …

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The Fine Line Between Fear and Fun

Fear and Fun

My wife headed for Vegas this past weekend, so I took a day off and headed with the kids over to our pool. I put my one-year-old son, Sam, in his frog suit and held him in the rather cold water. He had a blast, but whenever I would move around much or hold him away from me, he would get this great look on his …

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How to Know When God Is Up to Something


Is the earth still spinning? Are waves still crashing on the beach? God. Is. Up. To. Something... guaranteed! It's been well over ten years since I led our church in Kentucky through a study of Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, the classic work by Henry Blackaby and Claude King. The …

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Jolt! by Phil Cooke. Make Change Work For You

Jolt! Get the Jump On a World That's Constantly Changing

Change is guaranteed to be consistent. Our personal growth is not. I first met Phil Cooke at a conference at Prestonwood Baptist Church a few years ago where he signed a copy of another of his books for me - Branding Faith. Listening to Phil speak to our breakout session about media and branding fed my …

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Books: Real-Time Connections – Linking Your Job With God’s Global Work

Real Time Connections by Bob Roberts

A few months ago I had the privilege of meeting Bob Roberts in his office in the Dallas area and he gave me a copy of his book, Real Time Connections: Linking Your Job with God's Global Work. He even signed it with the inscription "Change the world. Don't let people go to hell. ~ Bob Roberts." Simple task, …

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Who Am I, Really?

I've had on my to do list for a long time the desire to record my testimony and use it on the websites I manage. It's one thing to say "I'm a Pastor." It goes even further to say "I'm a family guy." But what I really want to emphasize is that I'm a saved sinner, a blood-bought believer in Jesus Christ. I'm …

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The Meaning of Life? Let Me Check in the Back.

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Can't see the video? The Meaning of Life? Uh, Let Me Check in the Back via Vimeo. The day Toy Story 3 was released on DVD, I was at CVS pharmacy where they offered a sweet deal for it, but they weren't even aware of this monumental event. They had to get the DVD's out of the back. Sometimes, our faith is …

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