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What I Really Deserve

This week, I'm staying in a nice hotel in Ocala, Florida, driving around in a rented Camaro, and eating fresh fruit - all sweet gifts from The Church at the Springs where Pastor Ron Sylvia and others are hosting Nuts & Bolts, a conference for church planters. I feel very blessed to be here. I don't deserve it. What I do deserve is the full weight of the wrath of God toward sin for my rebellion against God. I learned a huge lesson a long time ago from my friend, Bobby …

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Things I'm Thankful for Today

I'm actually thankful for these things every day, but today in the U. S. is especially set aside for the purpose of saying (or blogging) thanks for such things. Gratitude is life-changing and invites the blessings of God into our lives. So let me offer my thanks to God for... Being a holy, wise, perfect, immutable, unchanging, sovereign, loving, gracious, awesome Creator! Giving His only Son, Jesus, who died on the cross to pay the penalty of my sins. Granting me …

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My Thanksgiving List

Yesterday, I had several hours in the car to think and pray while my wife slept (her way of helping get us to the destination, I think). I thought of all kinds of things I'm really thankful for, and wanted to spill out my list on my blog, in no particular order... I'm thankful for... …

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I So Appreciated Being Appreciated!

Yesterday, our church family blessed us (yet again) with a wonderful luncheon for Pastor Appreciation month. I'm honored!! I often stand before our congregation and tell them I'd do what I do for free (of course, I don't mind that they don't take me up on that) because of the joy it brings. They really make it easy in many respects to be their Pastor. Let me tell you some ways this is true... …

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