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Cultivating A Shepherd’s Heart

This past week I was privileged to hear Dr. H. B. London, who always speaks right to my heart. He related a conversation he had with Henry Blackaby about the significant turning point in Blackaby's spiritual life. It was the time God basically said to him, "You're not going to rush me anymore." From that point on, Blackaby decided to simply give to God whatever time God wanted each day. Today, I heard the words of the apostle Paul in writing to the Thessalonians... …

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Anna, The Waiting Prophetess

My wife is speaking tonight at Bethel's Ladies Retreat over in Grove, Oklahoma. The goal of the retreat this year is to help women discover, value, and share their "story" - the story of what God has done in their lives. My wife's story is one of waiting, which is what she's going to share there. In preparation for it, I wrote a narrative, kind of a short historical fiction story about Anna, the prophetess who was present at the dedication of Jesus. I wanted to share it …

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So Be Good for Goodness’ Sake

What do you think of Amish people? Just a few years ago, an Amish community suffered a terrible tragedy. What was demonstrated by the residents was forgiveness, togetherness, and integrity. The world watched and mourned with them, albeit from a distance, as they sought no particular glory for themselves. The world's opinion of them, in general, is that they are "good people." Of key words mentioned as the fruit of the spirit, the middle three are …

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Gleanings from Easter Sunday

I just wanted to take a minute to pass along my own personal blessings gleaned from yesterday and from the whole Easter week. Here are some things that have touched my heart... Jesus was glorified all over the world as people presented the truth of the death, burial and resurrection. Our church was packed with people, some of whom brought friends and family to hear the message. My parents came into town and spent the weekend with us, so we hung out, talked, and ate …

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The Emotional Up’s And Down’s of Easter Weekend

This week has been great. No complaints, so don't think my talking about emotional up's and down's has much to do at all with outward circumstances. Rather, Easter weekend brings it's emotional roller coaster in the form of our identifying with Jesus. We travel with Him through the shadows of persecution, the intimacy of the upper room and His final days in the home of His friends at Bethany, and then into the Garden of Gethsemane where Satan and his minions began to …

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When Good Design and Effective Marketing Clash

That's right - great design work can sometimes be counterproductive to effective storytelling. Seth Godin addresses this point in his blog on The first question every web site designer must ask. His basic conclusion is that some organizations need for the public to stand in awe of the design, but some don't. The design can distract people from the story. How do you feature the right stuff? …

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I Think It’s Time To Be Concerned

I'm deeply concerned. Jesus made a bold statement once about the influence of believers when He said, "If the salt loses its savor, it is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled under the foot of men." I've just finished reading an article by Al Mohler that gives an articulate voice to a rising concern within Christianity - are we losing our savor? …

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A Firm Foundation For Life

Download the MP3 Based on 1 Peter 1:17-25 ONE GREAT TRUTH: The foundation upon which our faith is built - the blood of Christ and the Word of God - is unshakable, unchanging, and everlasting. …

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If We’re Praying, We’re Growing

Prayer is a classroom, and God is the Teacher. In prayer, we learn just how big He really is. I've recently been teaching through Jesus' model prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 and my friend Chris Price posted a picture on Twitter (follow Chris) of some notes he had jotted down about the attributes of God in the model prayer. As I came to the close of my series, I kept reflecting on that thought, and especially on the final line of Chris' notes, "prayer is an expression of …

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