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Things I'm Thankful for Today

I'm actually thankful for these things every day, but today in the U. S. is especially set aside for the purpose of saying (or blogging) thanks for such things. Gratitude is life-changing and invites the blessings of God into our lives. So let me offer my thanks to God for... Being a holy, wise, perfect, immutable, unchanging, sovereign, loving, gracious, awesome Creator! Giving His only Son, Jesus, who died on the cross to pay the penalty of my sins. Granting me …

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10 Things I’ll Miss About Life In Arkansas

We've made the move. It's been crazy, hectic, stressful, and lonely. It's been exciting, mysterious, and thrilling as well. We have much to anticipate, not because of where we are or what we're doing, but because of Whom we serve. Looking back is always bittersweet. I've spent a lot of time in the last seven days reflecting on the last few years of our lives which we've joyfully spent in the "natural state." I wanted to share with you (from our past and from our future) …

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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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The Secret to Having Friends

John R. Rice often described biblical theology as "profundity wrapped in simplicity." This is one of those truths that is both deeply profound, and wonderfully simple. If you want friends... (wait for it) be friendly! …

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Don’t Miss the Joy of Loving People

I became a Pastor in February of 1997, almost 12 years ago. In that 12 years, I've learned a lot about the Scriptures, about theology, and about the methodologies of ministry. But one of the most important lessons I've ever learned is to really love people. In one of my early pastorates, I received some advice that, had I taken it, would have in some respects stripped joy all but completely from my life. I was told never to get close to anyone. Always remember that "they" …

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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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I Am Bound to Give Thanks

In his second letter to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul begins by saying "I am bound to thank God always for you all..." I've always loved that little snippet of Scripture because of its plain message - I am bound, obligated, indebted to give thanks. It's the least I can do in light of all that our wonderful God has done for me. I wanted to take a few moments and list out some of those things for all who will read. …

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My Friend, Scott Attebery, and His Family

You hear about the "next things" happening in the lives of friends from college - graduation, marriage, children. Today I learned that my friend, Scott Attebery, lost his wife to an auto accident in Pine Bluff. She passed away earlier this morning. His experience was documented here, and you can see who Scott is here. Our hearts break for him and his family. We didn't know Jill, but Scott was a leader among students at CBC and has been a great Pastor to his church in El …

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Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas morning, and I'm sick again. Not that I'm complaining. It's actually become a tradition. Just a few years ago I basically lost Christmas day because of some kind of wicked, evil flu! I think it's God's way of keeping me a bit humble, and challenging me to express my gratitude in spite of a little illness, which I'd like to do... …

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The Association of Baptist Students

Cory and I had a nice treat today in visiting with the directors of the Association of Baptist Students at the University of Arkansas. After touring the property, I was impressed with their ability to squeeze so much out of so little. Rather than a state-of-the-art facility, they were "making do" with three older houses, all in need of some repairs. I appreciated so much hearing the hearts of Director Warren Dugas and Associate Director Brad Harris. Is collegiate ministry …

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