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When You Don’t Know How to Pray

When my wife and I were going through a seven-year period of secondary infertility, we often found ourselves completely unable to understand what God was doing in our lives. Our prayers were seemingly going unanswered and we often wondered what God was trying to teach us. I sometimes found myself wondering if we were praying for the right answer. You may have found yourself in a similar place in your prayer life. When a loved one has what looks like a terminal disease, do we …

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Prayer: The Great Joint Venture

Charles Spurgeon once said, "Prayer moves the arm that moves the world." One of my mentors, Grady Higgs, often says that "nothing heavenly happens on earth without prayer." In other words, there are things God is willing to do - wants to do - but He has chosen to do them only in response to prayer. Prayer, then, is like a great joint venture between the Creator and His creatures. In prayer, we join forces with the God of the universe to accomplish His will around us. Jesus …

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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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The Great Adventure of Prayer

We're beginning a new Wednesday night Bible study series on prayer and it's based on the book by David Jeremiah, Prayer, the Great Adventure. We've been talking a lot about the theme of "Search & Rescue" as the missional focus of our church in a lost culture, and prayer is the power-giving foundation of being missional, so we're going to use our midweek adult Bible studies to strengthen this area of our church family's life. …

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What Is Prayer?

Prayer is something that most people believe in. If you believe in some kind of higher power(s), you believe in some kind of prayer. If you believe that the triune God of Scripture is exclusively God, as I do, then you believe that biblical prayer is the only true kind of prayer. But that doesn't seem to settle the issue. What does the Bible say about prayer? It depends on whom you ask. Within evangelical Christianity in the last couple of centuries, there seem to have …

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The Rush of Summer

Isn't summer supposed to be our vacation from the busyness of life? This summer, for the Cox family, is flying right by in a whirlwind of activity. We've traveled to see family in three different states (Missouri and Georgia for Angie, Kentucky for me). We're getting ready to spend a week at church camp. And then, it will be time for Angie to return to work, for me to get busy with a new church year, and for Ella to begin Kindergarten. In the midst of being busy in these …

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On Your Feet, Soldier!

This past Sunday, I began preaching in Genesis with chapter one, verse one. The message started a lengthy commitment to preaching all of the word. I don't think I've ever been as satisfied by a message in all of my ministry. I had studied and prepared for about six weeks for just the first chapter of Genesis. So how was it? Exhilarating! The choir was tuned up and did an awesome job. Singing Shout to the Lord with them was great. They also sang a favorite of mine, There Are …

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Graduation Day

Today was kind of tough... for Momma anyway. We saw our little girl "walk the line" to graduate from Preschool. The theme was What A Wonderful World, which all nineteen graduates sang together. They actually played Pomp and Circumstance as they marched in. She got a diploma and an award for Developing the Most in Confidence throughout the year. We're so proud! Angie handles moments like these with a mothering sadness. Her little girl will never graduate from Preschool again. …

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In the Beginning

This week is very monumental for me. I am preparing to begin preaching through the entire Bible this Sunday morning. It has been a ministry-long dream. Since reading the autobiography of Dr. W. A. Criswell, who preached through the Scriptures over an almost eighteen year period at First Baptist Church in Dallas, it has seemed an unreachable and impossible task. I can't tell you how much I've thought and prayed about this assignment. In my mind, I've tried to place myself …

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A Little Taste of Three Or More Kids

Well, we've been the parents of but one child for almost five years now. I remember Bill Cosby saying something about us not being allowed to use the title "parent" until there were at least two. This morning, we had three. Me, Angie, Ella, Jayden, and little Quinton all headed down to the Hotel breakfast area... so the adventure began. It was a packed house and we found one little tall table in the corner. We made about six trips for food, napkins, drinks, forks, and then …

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