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Spurgeon on Loving the Brethren

One of my favorite websites is The Daily Spurgeon where my friend Nick spends a lot of valuable time culling the pages of Spurgeons sermons and works to offer up a daily couple of paragraphs from one of history's greatest preachers. Today, Spurgeon echoed something that has been on my mind lately about Loving the Brethren. Basically, we can stand against what we interpret to be biblical error, we can expose falsities, and we can disagree strongly, but we ought to love the …

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Shepherd the Flock

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What’s Happening to My Denomination?

The Southern Baptist Convention has recently released its Annual Church Profile report, which spells out that the denomination is in decline. Last week, the Baptist Missionary Association of America welcomed three new churches into its fold. While we have a hard time tracking statistics of churches that have died, I'm going on an assumption that we lost more than three. Mainline Protestant denominations have been declining for a decade or more. What's happening to my …

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Knowing Christ

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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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