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God’s Five Purposes for Your Marriage

Angie and I are approaching our 17th wedding anniversary. I'd love to say that we've always been happily married, but that kind of dishonesty wouldn't help you much. Happiness rises and falls, for all of us, married or not. And happiness isn't the real goal of life anyway. Every day, I pray a prayer over my children that says, "God, help them to first be holy (set apart for You), and then to be healthy (physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially), and finally to be …

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Be a More Balanced Church

Remember the old V-8 commercials where someone who wasn't taking in a balanced diet would be leaning to one side? That's what I think of as I read the thoughts and opinions of various church leaders about "what the church should be all about." It typically sounds something like one of the following... Jesus was a disciple-making discipler who discipled disciples, so the church should be all about making disciple-making discipling disciples as well. Let's disciple some …

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For Whom Do You Live?

This video is very touching. It's short. It has subtitles. But it says so much! …

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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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Do Something that Matters

One of my favorite movie lines was uttered by Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbor. His character, Capt. Rafe McCawley, travels to London before Hawaii was attaked so that he could fly with the British Royal Air Force. When he lands, his new commanding officer asks, "Why is it so many of you young Americans are so eager to die?" McCawley responds, "I'm not eager to die sir, I'm just eager to matter." That sums up my life. …

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The Nightline Debate: Proving the Existence of God

Last night, millions watched the debate between Kelly and Brian Sabient (representing atheism) and Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron (attempting to prove God's existence without using faith or the Bible). I have reviewed as much of the video as I can stand and have come to some interesting conclusions. At first, I was disappointed in Ray's use of Scripture in his opening comments. He had made a commitment to prove God's existence without the Bible and then proceeded to use the …

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Unique Car Tricks

This past Sunday, I began preaching a revival meeting for Beacon Baptist Church in Gravette, Arkansas. It's been a real privilege and honor to do so, especially considering that the church's Pastor has been such a great leader within our association. Bro. Dan Fagala has remained at the same church for over thirty-five years and has served in a multitude of denominational capacities. On Monday, he and I went out on Beaver Lake in his boat to fish for crappies, to no avail. We …

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I Want to Climb Higher

In today's devotional reading from J. Sidlow Baxter's book Awake My Heart, there is a particularly moving paragraph that not only puts into perspective what the Christian's worldview ought to be, but also inspires us to remember the ultimate end of that worldview... Christ's people were never meant to live at the world's sea-level. We are meant to have a mountain view, the long view, the wide view, the really understanding view. We are meant to see the happenings of our time …

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Running From God

But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord..." -Jonah 1:3 A devoted Sunday School teacher once taught her class the story of Jonah being swallowed by the whale after running from God. She added all the flare and drama she could muster, then she proceeded to ask them what the moral of the story was. One little boy spoke up, "You can't keep a good man down." Jonah is introduced to us as a man on the run. I believe that there are too many Christians …

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Life… In All Its Complexity

The blog has been put on hold for a couple of weeks now, primarily because of all that my wife and I have been experiencing in our personal lives. Here's a recounting of it... On Monday evening, October 30, Angie left her ladies' Connection Cafe meeting feeling well, but by the time we drove from the church to our house (just a couple of minutes) she was in terrible pain. We decided to go to the emergency room. Our beloved friends, Cory and Lachelle McCaig, came to sit from …

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