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Today Is Brought To You by the Number 12

On June 14, 1997, I woke up excited. I got dressed and drove to Scottsville Road Baptist Church and sat in the parking lot for a long time. My bride was inside wondering if I was sitting outside having second thoughts. I was really just thinking about how I was going to get through the rain and into the building without seeing her. The rain stopped. I made it inside. The day was awesome!! It's been awesome since then too. This is not a brag session about how great our …

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A Whirlwind Adventure

I just returned home from a whirlwind adventure! We started out last Monday and stopped in Branson to spend a couple of nights with Angie's family. We spent a day at Silver Dollar City, ate at some good restaurants, and spent some time by the pool with the kids. Then we headed to my hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky where I was scheduled to perform the wedding of a couple whom we had come to know over our years of ministry there. Ella had flowergirl duties to perform as …

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Ten Years… And Counting!

Today marks our tenth anniversary as a married couple. I've done quite a bit of reflecting back on that very special moment when we were pronounced husband and wife by my father-in-law. I showed up at the church a few hours before the wedding and it was pouring down rain. I wanted to wait until it slacked off and until I could be sure I wouldn't see Angie a moment too early. She was inside wondering if I was re-considering! I wasn't re-considering, and I haven't since. I …

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Going Back to (Vacation Bible) School

I love VBS week! I love to watch kids having fun. I love to see the people of God in action, doing their thing to accomplish ministry to families. More than anything, I love seeing little ones embrace the story of Jesus as their own. It's awesome! This year's VBS has been a blessing to my heart for quite a few reasons. One is that we've started out with about twenty more kids involved than last year. Two is our Associate Pastor, Cory McCaig has done an absolutely awesome job …

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Graduation Day

Today was kind of tough... for Momma anyway. We saw our little girl "walk the line" to graduate from Preschool. The theme was What A Wonderful World, which all nineteen graduates sang together. They actually played Pomp and Circumstance as they marched in. She got a diploma and an award for Developing the Most in Confidence throughout the year. We're so proud! Angie handles moments like these with a mothering sadness. Her little girl will never graduate from Preschool again. …

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What A Wonderful World

At our wedding, Angie and I chose to have Louie Armstrong's song played... What a Wonderful World. In light of yesterday's shootings, and so many other monumental tragedies in recent years, is it really a wonderful world? We were driving to Fort Smith yesterday for the annual meeting of the BMA of America and were reflecting on some of the tragedies that have taken place at this same time of the year such as the Oklahoma City bombing (April, 1995), the Waco compound burning …

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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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When God Foresees Our Forsaking

"And the Lord shall scatter you... And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands... But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if you seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." -Deut. 4:27-29 Imagine saying on your wedding day, "Honey, I know in advance you're going to cheat on me, but if you come home and love me again with all your heart, I'll take you back." Or imagine saying on the day of your child's birth, "Little …

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