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A Whirlwind Adventure

Ella as a Flowergirl

I just returned home from a whirlwind adventure! We started out last Monday and stopped in Branson to spend a couple of nights with Angie's family. We spent a day at Silver Dollar City, ate at some good restaurants, and spent some time by the pool with the kids. Then we headed …

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Edify One Another

As we've journeyed through some of the "one another's" of the New Testament, I've become more and more convinced that these are some of the Bible's most difficult teachings to keep. I can look in my own life each week and see examples of times I've not honored these principles. …

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Get Along With One Another

We've been going through the "one another's" of the New Testament on Wednesdays at Bethel and it's been a nice journey so far. I think the Scriptures themselves can simply break our hearts over the need for a close bond of fellowship within God's family. The first was "love …

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Finding Life’s Rhythm

This past Sunday I preached from the fourth commandment, which is really two commandments in one: 1.) work six days, and 2.) rest one. We explored the extreme views on sabbatarian doctrine - legalism which asserts we must keep every point of the Old Testament sabbath laws and …

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Made With Real Chocolate Chips?

I opened a package of store brand cookies the other day and that's what was written on the package - "Made With Real Chocolate Chips!" I reflected on the crazy thinking behind this marketing plan for a long time. I finally decided this store brand would never be anything more …

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Tips for Cutting Edge eCommerce

eCommerce is the technology that allows for the exchange of currency for goods and services online. If you don't know about ecommerce already, welcome to the 1990's! Since ecommerce makes money, it often costs money to set up... a lot of money! I wanted to weigh in with some …

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The Blessed Chaos of Vacation Bible School

This week is our church's Vacation Bible School, a week filled with what I call "blessed chaos." Yesterday, my day started around 8:30 am and ended about 11:00 pm. It was filled with a hospital visit, some technical support, a few phone calls, getting our laptop and projector to …

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No Lone Rangers Allowed

As I prepared my message a couple of weeks ago on this topic, "No Lone Rangers Allowed," my Ministry Assistant emailed me to see if I was sure I wanted the title to go into the bulletin as I had sent it to her, which was "No Lone Rangers Aloud." What's funny is, it proved the …

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How My Preaching Has Changed

I love preaching! In fact, few other activities bring me the joy of standing before God's people delivering a message from His Word. I'm passionate about it! What I'm really passionate about is seeing the change it brings about in people's lives. When I preach the Word faithfully …

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Go Fly A Kite

Saturday, I flew a kite! It was a beautiful breezy day and my daughter had just gotten a cheap (99 cent), flimsy kite, so we headed over to the front yard of the church. On the way I thought, "This is never going to work, but at least we'll have a nice walk on a pretty day." Much …

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