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Mourning with Rick and Kay Warren and Family

I've started to write this post quite a few times, and each time, I've deleted it. It's hard to know what to say when someone you admire and love goes through something as tragic as what Rick and Kay Warren have endured the last few days. Their son, Matthew, ended his own life at the age of 27 after battling severe mental illness for many years. I have heard Rick speak of this behind closed office doors, asking for prayer and pouring his heart out concerning his love for his …

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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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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 were reflecting on some of the tragedies that have taken place at this same time of the year such as the Oklahoma City bombing (April, 1995), the Waco compound burning …

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Weeping For the Hurting

"Jesus wept..." -John 11:35 I found out this morning that a couple who belong to my church lost their son in an untimely death. I can't imagine their pain or their loss and what they will be facing in the coming days. I only pray God's Spirit will remind them moment-by-moment of God's steadfast love for them and for their son who is now safe in His arms in heaven. When I received the call, I was over three hundred miles away on a weekend vacation. On the drive home, my …

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True Patriotic Heroism

"Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field." -Judges 5:18There are a lot of great songs in the Bible. The book of Psalms reads like a hymnbook without notes. There is the song of Moses and the song of Miriam. Judges, chapter five, contains the song of Deborah after she and Barak fought with Jabin and Sisera. The fight must have been hard fought and though God gave them victory, much loss must have been …

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Living In Jesus’ Name – Part 2

In my last blog, I explained that living in the name of Jesus means living with His approval. Today, we need to learn that living in the name of Jesus also means living under His authority, and also living in the power of His authority.Jesus said to His church, "All power in heaven and in earth is given unto me... Go ye therefore..." We are commanded to go in the authority of Jesus. We can be victorious over life's struggles only in the power of Jesus. This authority over …

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Living In Jesus’ Name – Part 1

I, like many Christians, pray "in the name of Jesus." At least I say the words before the almost mandatory finale, "Amen." But what do those words mean... "in the name of Jesus?" Do we realize the impact of them? And do we realize that more than praying in the name of Jesus, we should live in the name of Jesus? Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:17, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the …

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Get A Good Night’s Sleep

”I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” –Psalm 4:8It seems that bedtime is the toughest time for us to cope with the reality of life. It is then that we begin to feel the anxiety of all that we must face the next morning. It is then that our losses are felt most deeply, in a dark and quiet place. It is there that loneliness sets in most heavy and where our fears are most striking.David proclaimed that he could sleep …

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The Point of No Return

”Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” –Hebrews 12:15-17One of the hardest truths of Christianity to …

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A Caring Community

"And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need." -Acts 2:44-45Luke did not record the history of the beginning of godless communism but rather the beginning of a caring community. As can be seen in Acts 6, noone was forced into relinquishing their possessions, rather most of the people simply volunteered their wealth for the benefit of others. At the time Luke wrote the …

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