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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 the weather, the direction of the economy, what people around us will do, or the direction of world events. If we could choose our circumstances, we would avoid …

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What I Really Deserve

This week, I'm staying in a nice hotel in Ocala, Florida, driving around in a rented Camaro, and eating fresh fruit - all sweet gifts from The Church at the Springs where Pastor Ron Sylvia and others are hosting Nuts & Bolts, a conference for church planters. I feel very blessed to be here. I don't deserve it. What I do deserve is the full weight of the wrath of God toward sin for my rebellion against God. I learned a huge lesson a long time ago from my friend, Bobby …

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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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Reasons I’m Thankful for My Wife

Today is the day before Thanksgiving. In years past, I've gotten to spend this day with my family, either in the car traveling, or with extended family. I miss that today! I'm sitting in my office at Saddleback, which I enjoy, but not nearly as much as being with Angie. Let me tell you why... …

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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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I'm Frustrated with All This Free Stuff!

Here's something I find funny. It's how quick we are to complain about everything that gets handed to us for free. We may just be the most spoiled generation in history, but we tend to suck the joy out of freebies. Examples, you ask? "Ah, stinkin' Twitter is down again!" (uh, it's free) "I'm so annoyed by Facebook's games." (yep, free) I had to park 90 feet from Walmart's door. (parking is... free) The sermon was kinda long today. (Offerings are optional) Rain, rain, go …

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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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Three Years And Counting!

I love being the Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church. This past Sunday marked three years that my family and I have been serving here and as I said from the pulpit last night, God has blessed us so far beyond what we deserve! We've come to love and know the people here and we've built a trust-relationship with them. They appreciate the Word of God and they show appreciation for their leadership. I am so humbled by them! Yesterday was an awesome day. We closed out our Sunday …

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