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When the Church Is Working Right

Old Pews

I believe that Jesus was the first church planter. I realize that most evangelicals refer to the Day of Pentecost as the "birthday of the church," but the church was really born as Jesus began gathering His earliest disciples, and the plan and strategy for the church had been in existence for eternity …

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Sacrifice Everything For Buried Treasure

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Last night, I spent some time with the Association of Baptist Students at The Hedge, their Tuesday night gathering. I talked about going "all in for the kingdom" and shared from the parables Jesus told about the value of discovering the rule and reign of Christ over all things. The Kingdom of Heaven is like …

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Enjoying the Favor of God

Favor of God

Yesterday, I talked about defining the favor of God, and I defined it as enjoying the undeserved kindness of God. I also said you can spot the favor of God when you see that He has sovereignly chosen to bless something or someone for the purpose of bringing Himself glory. His favor is never for our enjoyment …

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Dear Church… Go and Multiply

Multiplying Seed

My friend, Stephen Gray, has recently made a comment on Twitter that has really hit home with Angie and I... Church multiplication is a spiritual decision of a church to put the needs of a desperate world before self-preservation. And that reminds me of another thought offered by my mentor, Grady …

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Go Ahead… Make the Call

The other day I had to call the telephone company to get them to repair our line at church. The call I made was quite an ordeal. I never actually spoke to a human being. Instead, my voice was interpreted by a computer who routed me through a very elaborate schema of menus until I was finally able to schedule a …

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God’s Kingdom On Earth – Wouldn’t That Be Great?

Richard Baxter once prayed, "Lord, what thou wilt, when thou wilt, where thou wilt." And he meant it. But where on earth can we go to find a place where God's will is done perfectly? Nowhere - only in God's "kingdom" is His will carried out with perfection. …

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Caesar vs. Jesus: A Tale of Two Kingdoms

It never hit me until today. Just listen to Luke 1:1-7 like you've never listened before... And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, …

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Glory Filled My Soul

This past Sunday was perhaps the most awesome day of ministry I've ever experienced. Like the old gospel song says, "Heaven came down and glory filled my soul." It wasn't great planning, great music, or great preaching that made the day great, it was our great God visiting us in a powerful way in response to a …

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Are You Breathing?

"Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!" -Amos 6:1 I remember a movie I saw as a kid about a family that was moving across the country. They owned a Saint Bernard dog that was so fat and lazy they only …

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No Man Like-Minded

"But I trust the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. For I have no man like-minded, who will naturally care for your state." -Philippians 2:19-20 Paul knew of noone else in the world who would be as others-focused as Timothy. He qualified …

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