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I Want To Be A Sharpened Arrow

Today I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Jimmy Pritchard, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Forney, Texas. He gathered with about a dozen ministers at First Baptist Church of Centerton and shared with us from the depth of his own ministry. Everything he said went straight to my heart and was exactly what I needed to hear. I'm going to share some other thoughts over the next few days, but thought I'd being by relating this thought he shared from the book of Isaiah... …

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I Know My Purpose… Now What?

I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I'm saved and secure. I'm on my way to heaven someday. But I still live here and I know that my purpose is to glorify Jesus Christ in all of the life that I have left. But how? A common plight Christians suffer is this wrestling between getting ready to do something, and doing it now. When I surrendered to God's calling on my life to ministry, I wrestled - do I spend some years in school, doing little and learning much, or do I get …

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Preaching with Sincerity

Paul addressed the issue of sincerity in preaching on several occasions throughout the New Testament. One such instance is 2 Corinthians 2:17, "For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ." As I have reflected on this verse, it's given me some comfort to know that the issues that plague modern Christianity also faced the apostles. I've also found an important principle in preaching - …

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The Deep Impact of "Simply God’s Word"

This past Sunday was Open House Sunday at Bethel, and what a blessing it was to greet half a dozen new families and share a wonderful fellowship meal with our church family. My pride factor was increased as Bethel's members paid special attention to quality and friendliness. Much preparation went into the day and it was well worth it! But Sunday evening was far more of a blessing to my own heart. In fact, most Sundays are just that way.On Sunday mornings, we rush in to tie up …

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