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Meekness is the Leverage of Leadership

In today's world, meekness = weakness. God does not view it that way, however. The Bible says of Moses,"Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." (Numbers 12:3) And in a world where power is everything, Jesus entered the scene in a wooden manger surrounded by barnyard animals. He grew up in an humble village, the son of a carpenter, of modest means. He lived His life serving others, yet Jesus was certainly the most influential …

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Why Honoring My Wife Matters So Much

If I'm not honoring my wife, I cannot possibly claim to be growing spiritually. Neither can you. I'm planting and pastoring a church. I write articles for Christian blogs and websites. I'm Editor of one of the world's leading websites for Pastors. I also consult with ministries on social media and communication strategies. I've spoken in a conference or two. But if I don't honor my precious wife, I could count all of that other stuff pretty much worthless. Here's how the …

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The Lord Who Heals and the People Who Worship

I must confess, as a Baptist, it took me a rather long time to come to understand the healing nature of God. We Baptists, as Adrian Rogers put it, "believe in miracles, but trust in Jesus." I still believe this is best. But I also freely admit that in our reaction to the extremism of "healing evangelists" like Binny Hinn and other obvious hucksters and false prophets, that we have a tendency to write off all supposed healings as a mere charade. Scripture, however, clearly …

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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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Whom Do You Love?

"Love not the world... for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world, and the world passeth away..." -1 John 2:15-17 Remember Louis Armstrong's great What A Wonderful World? Angie and I had that song played at our wedding. This truly is a wonderful world in many respects. It's the place where we view the glory of God in creation. This world is where Jesus came to minister and to …

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Run for Cover

"The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?" -Amos 3:8 I was sitting out on my back deck recently working on a message late at night when I heard a strange noise from the woods that surround our home. It was the sound of the crunching of leaves under the heavy tromping of some kind of large animal. Then, I heard a huff of breath. I assume the animal was a deer, which would pose no particularly serious threat, but since the …

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To the Bitter End

"And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords (of the Philistines), and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life... And he judged Israel twenty years." -Judges 16:30-31The old Testament is filled with stories that seem very disconnected with us culturally and religiously. Samson is no exception. His life seems to be …

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When You Can’t Get Through to God

"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." -Psalm 66:18Perhaps this verse, among others, is the source of the idea that "God doesn't hear sinners" (which He does) except for the "sinner's prayer." This odd and old-fashioned idea ignores God's omniscience through which He hears and knows everything. There are two important words in this verse that need to be rightly interpreted. First, the word "regard" comes from the Hebrew word har which means to approve …

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God’s Will For Every Believer

"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification... For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7)It's very easy to get caught up in the pursuit of something secondary to God's great purpose for us as believers. We constantly face the temptation to be driven toward success or popularity, possessions or prestige. But God has caught us and called us to a higher purpose, a better life, a heavenly goal. We've been called to …

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Quit You Like Men

“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”—1 Corinthians 16:13I’ve always enjoyed watching baseball but I do believe the sport lacks a significant element today and that is team loyalty. Some of my favorite players were George Brett, Robin Yount, and Cal Ripken, Jr., all of whom stayed with their respective teams through the high and low years, no matter what. Trades were rare deals and contracts were secondary to being part of a team for life.I feel …

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