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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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