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2008 Already?

Yep, another year. Tonight I've thought about the upcoming year differently than usual. Instead of focusing only on my intentions for the upcoming year, I've thought a lot about the unpredictables. What might change? How will things be different? Who will be the next President? How will the economy perform? The questions are endless. How about the biggest of all... will Jesus come again this year? …

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Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas morning, and I'm sick again. Not that I'm complaining. It's actually become a tradition. Just a few years ago I basically lost Christmas day because of some kind of wicked, evil flu! I think it's God's way of keeping me a bit humble, and challenging me to express my gratitude in spite of a little illness, which I'd like to do... …

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The Greatest Sunday Ever!

I've thought this before, but I really think this past Sunday was one of the greatest Sundays of my life! We had a near record crowd and three new additions to our church family. I got to baptize one and receive another for baptism, in addition to watching someone re-commit her life to Jesus. I also preached a message consisting of only one point and it worked! God blessed it. Even more than that, we enjoyed having people in our service who are not accustomed to going to …

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Russia Trip Is On Again

I had written in a previous post that my mission trip to Russia was postponed. I was supposed to be gone just after Thanksgiving (would have been in Russia right now) but there were some issues that the Russian Baptist Union needed to work out. Everything is settled and we'll be leaving on Wednesday, February 6 and returning on Thursday, February 14 (Valentine's Day). …

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Awesome Time of Worship

Sundays don't feel like worship sometimes! I know that sounds crazy coming from a Pastor, who preaches to and leads an entire congregation in worship every week. But for me, the music portion of our service is usually a time when my attention is arrested by everything happening up front and the message I'm about to preach. …

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Awesome Video

Normally, I delete emails that get forwarded to me that have already been forwarded to hundreds of other people - they're kind of like spiritual junk mail in the life of a Pastor. But I decided to follow this particular link, watch this five minute video of a youth conference and... WOW! It's quite powerful. Watch all the way to the end. …

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When Tradition Is Meaningless

I'm currently studying Zechariah, chapter 7 in the course of teaching through the Minor Prophets on Wednesday nights. We've been covering these dozen books in leaps and bounds, but sometimes I am forced to slow down and really camp out in a shorter passage of Scripture. Such is the case here. …

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Russia Postponed

I received the news last week that our Barnabas Touch mission trip to Russia is being postponed at the request of the Russian Baptist Union. We're now looking at the spring but the trip is still on. Honestly, it may work out better as far as the holidays are concerned and I still have my passport! Powered by ScribeFire. …

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The Network for Church Vitality

Bethel is a member of the Baptist Missionary Association of America, which is a wonderful group of churches who cooperate together to share the gospel around the world. I love the BMA and am personally quite loyal to her work. Nonetheless, as many leaders in the BMA recognize, we no longer look like a healthy association. The problem is not numbers, in and of themselves. Sure we're baptizing less, adding less members, and starting fewer churches, but that could result from a …

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Passport to Russia!

Everyone has warned me about applying for a passport - "don't wait too late - it takes 3 months or more..." Even the post office gave me this same information. But alas, it arrived in about 4 weeks! It's a God-thing. Receiving my passport just reminded me of the whole reason I applied for it to begin with... God has opened a door for me to accompany a few other men to Russia just after Thanksgiving. We're going to be speaking in a training conference, of sorts, for Russian …

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