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The Great Adventure of Prayer

We're beginning a new Wednesday night Bible study series on prayer and it's based on the book by David Jeremiah, Prayer, the Great Adventure. We've been talking a lot about the theme of "Search & Rescue" as the missional focus of our church in a lost culture, and prayer is the power-giving foundation of being missional, so we're going to use our midweek adult Bible studies to strengthen this area of our church family's life. …

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What Inspires Me: Where To Find Some Great Quotes

I've recently taken up the habit of writing down all the great inspiring quotes I read in a Moleskine and I've been posting them in groups here on my blog. I can see pretty quickly that this will become overwhelming to my readers, and it also won't be very easy to index them and search them. So, I'm utilizing a Tumblr blog to catalog them away for reference, and for sharing. You can now read all the inspiring quotes I find at whatinspires.brandonacox.com or by clicking …

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Would You Care To Help A Friend?

I have a friend, Adrian Rodriguez who is a graphic and web designer living in Rogers, Arkansas. As you can see from this blog post, Adrian's wife's family lost their home in a fire this week. Contact him through his blog or use his Paypal instructions if you could donate even a small amount of money. Also, Adrian is in search of employment currently, and he's a talented designer. I'm sure he'd love it if someone in northwest Arkansas picked him up and he'd be a good …

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Start Your Family Well (What To Pray Over Your New Home)

Last night I had a pretty neat experience. A couple who have recently married and begun their new life together asked me to come and bless their home, something I've never been asked to do in almost 14 years of ministry. The short version - we talked about Jesus and prayed over their family's future. The long version... They showed me around each room and then we talked for a while about some friends of theirs whom they are praying for over various needs. Then we talked …

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Invitations, Altar Calls, and Great Conclusions

I admit an area of weakness in my preaching - concluding (I think it's one weakness among many). It's jokingly said that preachers have a tendency to circle the runway quite a few times instead of landing the plane. One of the primary problems is that we don't usually plan our sermons with the end of the message in mind. We work diligently on the content, presentation, exegesis, and illustrations, but we don't plan for the end. Seth Godin writes about presentations and the …

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Moleskine-Worthy Inspirational Quotes – #3

Here's the third installment. I've now moved to doing 2 pages from my moleskine instead of 1, so as not to overwhelm my subscribers. The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority. ~ Ken Blanchard Let us count that it is evermore our highest honor and our greatest glory, to lay aside all honor and all glory, and to win honor and glory out of shame and humiliation for Christ Jesus' sake. ~ C. H. Spurgeon …

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Moleskine-Worthy Inspirational Quotes – #2

I didn't think I'd fill up another page so quickly, but I'm preserving these highly inspirational quotes for posterity. Someday my grandkids might be reading this blog thinking 2 things... 1.) So that's what motivated Grandpa and 2.) What in the world was a moleskine? The highest compliment to a leader: other leaders follow. ~ John Maxwell …

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Moleskine-Worthy Inspirational Quotes – #1

Get Your Own Authentic Moleskine!I received a nice new for Christmas and it remained empty for almost a month. I couldn't decide what to do with it and didn't want to waste the opportunity. Finally I decided it would become the permanent record of quotes from whatever I'm reading that inspires me. I further decided that whenever I fill up a page, I'll share them with you. Here's installment one of moleskine-worthy quotes... Never try to explain God until you've obeyed Him. …

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A Brief Warning to Leaders: All Failure Is Public

Here's the warning, from John Maxwell's 21 Most Powerful Minutes In a Leader's Day: Some people like to believe that their private imperfections won't have public consequences, but they always do. Leaders cannot escape who they truly are, and what they do in the dark comes out in the light. If what they do is good, it builds character in the leader and trust in the people. If it's bad, then it undermines everything they do until there's no solid ground left for them to …

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The Church: A Life Saving Station

Tonight is VISION NIGHT at Bethel. That simply means I'm sharing my vision for Bethel in the year 2009 - what I believe God has placed on my heart as the leader of the congregation for us to emphasize and accomplish in the next twelve months or so. (I will post the audio later.) What I'm sharing will be the overflow of a lot of what I've been reading, studying, and praying about lately and what I shared at the BMAA Missions Symposium. And this, which was written in 1953 by an …

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