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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Agony of Defeat

Oh, the agony of defeat! First, it happened Thursday evening in our softball match-up. We lost the first game to Bentonville Church of Christ by a decent margin, but we were pounded the second game 26—3. Ouch! I’m guessing about nine other guys are wishing I just wouldn’t have …

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