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Walmart Is Not Immune… And Neither Are You

This is our morning paper's headline: Walmart Not Immune. This has been kind of a dark day in northwest Arkansas. Many woke up today with no place to go. They will receive two months of severance pay, but the ripple effect of the layoffs has yet to be determined, and it may simply be a sign of things to come. The headline grabbed my attention because these recent layoffs have made people within our local economy feel the way we do when any tragedy strikes... vulnerable. …

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To God’s People: In Times of Gloom… Shine!

Early mid-morning yesterday, reports began trickling in from various sources that Walmart was laying off people from the home office (located here in Bentonville, Arkansas). By day's end, I think the number was around 850, maybe more. Walmart, McDonald's, and Dunkin' Donuts were three of the only companies that I had read about in the last month or two that seemed to be doing well in the midst of the recession. Something about the news reports, emails, and phone calls …

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My Hometown: Bowling Green, Kentucky

My friend, Cory, sent me this very cool YouTube video of a guy singing about my hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky. I recognize every spot you see. Totally cool! And comments are open! …

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A Little Message for Dads

Very cool video from kid to Dad... challenged me! And this... More important than leaving an inheritance is leaving a legacy. ~ John Maxwell …

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Graphics for a Sermon Series on the Seven Letters of Revelation

Danny Kirk, Pastor of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church in Florissant, Missouri needed a graphic to represent his upcoming sermon series based on the seven letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor in the Revelation. I started with an image of a fragment of ancient Greek architecture, overlaid it with a transparent grunge image, placed the number "7" around the title in various fonts, sizes, and transparencies, and added the sermon titles and series graphics. The idea is to build …

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Book Review: It Came From Within, by Andy Stanley

Everything you say and do comes from the heart... everything! That's exactly what Jesus said, along with Solomon and other biblical writers. And that's what Andy Stanley tells us in his book It Came From Within. Most of us like to think like the Pharisees, that our problems have to do with what goes into our bodies, but Jesus challenged that thinking with the revolutionary thought that the only things that ever get said or done are those things that are lurking inside of …

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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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