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My Great Source of Confidence

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time; casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you." -1 Peter 5:6-7 Those are the words I used to read about 30 seconds before I would preach. Now they ring in my heart naturally. It has been said that people place the fear of public speaking right up there with death! For me, confidence does not come naturally and yet I have grown to enjoy and thrive in speaking from my pulpit …

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An Irresistable Witness

“And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.”—Acts 6:10These words were not written about Jesus, nor any of the apostles. They were written concerning a layperson named Stephen, a man “full of faith and of the Holy Ghost and of wisdom.” The Bible tells us that as a result of Stephen’s ministry, “many people were added to the Lord.” Even the members of the Sanhedrin, who had spent their lives studying the Law, were unable to stump him on the …

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The Two Halves of Sermon-Making

Great preachers and professors today differ on the best way to communicate the gospel. I'm still a strong advocate of book-by-book, expository preaching and I've found it to be a very divinely blessed method in the spiritual growth of God's people. I also believe that expository preaching is the greatest way to preach the gospel of Jesus to our generation. Nonetheless, there is a more important aspect of preparing sermons than the method used. There is also the spiritual …

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Piles of Anxieties

I must say that yesterday was one of the most stressful days of my ministry thus far at Bethel. It seemed as though God had a bulleted list of tests for me to take. Last night as I sat through the church-wide interview with our potential Associate Pastor, my mind was taken to a familiar passage of Scripture, 1 Peter 5:6-7, which says, "Humle yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, …

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Thank God For the BMA of America

I grew up in a staunchly conservative Southern Baptist church, where I first heard the gospel and received Christ as my Savior. I was baptized by Doug Riley, a man who was committed to the faithful proclamation of God's inerrant Word. Many of my heroes in the faith are or were Southern Baptist leaders.I have benefitted greatly from W. A. Criswell's heart for the preaching of the Word of God in its perfect entirety. I've been inspired to be a more wise and well-equipped leader …

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Precious Memories

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” –Jeremiah 6:16This weekend, my family and I are traveling to our hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky to see family. This may be our last trip to the bluegrass state until the holidays, so we’re going to squeeze all we can out of this quick jaunt. One great privilege for me, …

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My First Sermon

“Moreover brethren, I declare unto you the gospel… Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose the third day according to the Scriptures.” -1 Corinthians 15:1-4I can still remember pacing back and forth down the long dirt pathway behind Scottsville Road Baptist Church the night I preached my first sermon before the small crowd of family and friends. My hands were sweating, my voice quivering, and I ran through my notes in …

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Everywhere

“Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word.” –Acts 8:4Sometimes one little word in Scripture can speak volumes to our hungering hearts. Notice the word “everywhere.” We are quick to complain about the moral state of modern society, yet we are so slow to carry Christ to the masses of lost individuals. What do we expect of a world without Christ when we do so little to change it with the gospel?The other day I attended a ministerial alliance …

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Blessed Persecution

”And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad… Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word.” –Acts 8:1, 4 At the close of Jesus’ ministry, just after His resurrection, He instructed the apostles and the church they would lead to “go into all the world” and preach the gospel everywhere. God has always wanted to be known to men everywhere, hence His great effort to …

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I Just Can’t Help It

”For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” –Acts 4:20One of the greatest excuses in life is “I can’t help it.” I’m guilty of saying it often. We overeat, we overreact, we overdo it and we say, “well, I just can’t help it, that’s just how I am.” Even worse, we’ll say, “I just can’t help it, that’s just how God made me.” Here’s a new challenge: Let’s use the phrase “I can’t help it” in a good way.Jeremiah once decided that he wanted to quit preaching …

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