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A-4 – Three Familiar Words

Comments Off on A-4 – Three Familiar Words 02 October 2014

These three familiar words I have referred to in another post in a different context. They are so helpful I am returning to them here. These are three familiar words we learned as children that still apply in our youth and adulthood. They offer us constructive counsel for life’s relationships and responsibilities.

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A-3 – Power and Possibilities

Comments Off on A-3 – Power and Possibilities 26 September 2014

Two things to think of today: power and possibilities! You have been endowed like all of the people God has created. Sometimes we think we are insignificant, second-rate, unimportant, out-classed. That is never so, but we can believe it to be so. That is self-defeating. God has given you power, and He has designed you with some incredible possibilities of things He wants to do through you.

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A-2 – The Creator and Cause of Church Unity

Comments Off on A-2 – The Creator and Cause of Church Unity 19 September 2014

What causes unity in a New Testament Church? In a day when there are all kinds of worship styles, models of church growth, contrary religious persuasions, political and theological differences that are pronounced, how can there be a semblance of unity in a congregation? I hear a lot of talk from church members about the disunity in their churches. That is not new. I have been in a family of pastors from my birth. My grandfather, father, and twin brother have all been pastors before me. I have served as a senior pastor for almost five decades. So, I know a good deal about church life. I have been fortunate to have had mostly blessed and peaceful times in the churches where I have served. I had a brief and challenging time in one church where there was sudden and damaging disunity. In any case, I have seen unity at it’s godly best, and I have seen disunity at its grossest and worst. I pray for church members and pastors and leaders to find what we should have known all along – there is a Creator and Cause of church unity.

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A-1 “I’s” You Can Magnify

Comments Off on A-1 “I’s” You Can Magnify 12 September 2014

We often talk about the need to de-emphasize the “I” in our lives. It is important to learn to live for others and not just for self. We remind one another that, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” All of that is good because it keeps us from thinking we are the center of all that is happening. It reminds us that it is not all up to or for us. Jesus, our greatest Example of how to live, taught us the importance of self-sacrifice and selfless living! In the next couple of moments let me challenge you to think of…

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366 – Love that Lasts: Shock-proofing Your Marriage

Comments Off on 366 – Love that Lasts: Shock-proofing Your Marriage 05 September 2014

It is amazing the number of people who are unhappy with their present marital circumstances. Husbands and wives are living together in a house that has become nothing more than a hotel and a restaurant. Relationships are fractured in some cases. Other partners are living together in an arrangement where there is no openness and dialogue and where an attitude of tolerance prevails at best. When marriage gets plowed under the circumstances of life: child rearing, careers, social commitments, educational demands, financial pressures, kids growing schedules of activities, even religious activities; it needs to be renewed and revived and restored to the quality of the “first love” that the couple experienced in their courtship’s happy day. How can that be done in the midst of the Twenty-First Century rat race we live in?

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365 – From Drudgery to Daring

Comments Off on 365 – From Drudgery to Daring 29 August 2014

How motivated are you? Are you excited that it is Friday morning and it is time to awake and go to work? What was your level of enthusiasm as you heard the alarm clock sound this morning? Many people live life as if it were a drudgery. It is all they can do to force themselves to go to work. They feel as if they are on a treadmill and they wish they could stop it and get off. What will it take to turn things around and turn your feeling of drudgery into a life of daring adventure? Here are three elements that could make the difference in your life.

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364 – TODAY IS A BIG DAY!

Comments Off on 364 – TODAY IS A BIG DAY! 22 August 2014

A lot is made of the “Big Days” in our lives. Some people live for the “Big Days,” when they think something special is going to happen. Sometimes big things are scheduled and people get all excited and make preparations for what they believe is going to be special. We get all excited about the “Big Day” when our football team begins its season. It’s a “big deal” when we anticipate a promotion at work or  raise. We are motivated to get up and go when we think something special is going to occur or that we will see someone who is special to us. But, are we missing the bigness of each day that God gives us life?

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363 – FORGING THROUGH FAILURE!

Comments Off on 363 – FORGING THROUGH FAILURE! 15 August 2014

Failure is a part of life. It is one of those things we encounter along our pathways that is inevitable. We cannot avoid it! If we attempt anything worthy in our lives we will encounter it. Each of us fails at some time in our lives. There are no exceptions. The psalmist said, “Don’t look to men for help; their greatest leaders fail” (Ps. 146:3 LB). I’ve had to work my way through failures throughout my lifetime. I have seen individuals and institutions, even churches, have to work their way through failures and on to success. I’ve also seen some of those give up and give in and become failures instead of forging through it. In fact, one of the key ingredients of success is failure. Namely, how we respond to it. Here I want to challenge each reader, individual or collection of individuals, to decide today to forge through the failure you are struggling with!

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362 – Drop the Baggage!

Comments Off on 362 – Drop the Baggage! 08 August 2014

LuggageGuilt and the fear of punishment are terrible players on the stages of our minds. When we feel the pangs of a guilty conscience it strikes at the very core of our being. It can lead to serious emotional and even physical illnesses. When we feel guilty, and assuming we are conscious of our mistakes, we fear God and His punishment for our wrongdoing. Many people carry around guilt for what they think are unforgiven sins of the past. That is as foolish as persons attempting to carry around tons of unneeded luggage on every trip they take. You would not carry excess baggage on a trip at today’s airline costs for baggage. Neither should you try to carry around the excess baggage of unforgiven, or what you suspect to be unforgiven, sins in your life. So, what can you do? Will God forgive you?

The answer may surprise you!

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361 – The Timeliness of God’s Blessings

Comments Off on 361 – The Timeliness of God’s Blessings 01 August 2014

Do you ever feel that God’s blessings are being delayed? Sometimes we think that we have prayed a long time for something, and it begins to look to the faithless and faltering as if the blessing is never coming. We think we know God’s will about something, and we wait impatiently until the seeming delay causes us to stop asking and then all of a sudden the answer comes – the blessing is received. Let’s talk about the timeliness of God’s blessings because He is never a minute early or a moment late with them. We will look at the story of Jacob and Rachel in the Old Testament for some help understanding this.

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“Redeemed”

The painting in my logo is by an artist named Kelly O'Neill.



If you appreciate excellence in art and are captivated by works that grip your emotions and proclaim the remarkable truths of God’s Word, you will want to know more about the very compelling art piece that is part of my ministry logo.

Kelly O’Neill is a remarkable young artist who very masterfully depicts the compassion, grace, and redeeming love of Jesus Christ in her painting, “Redeemed.” No painting has so grabbed my emotions and stirred my gratitude to Christ for His redeeming love as this one. Technically unparalleled, inspired, heart-stirring, and mind captivating are words I used upon seeing it for the first time.

Getting to know Kelly and the background of her wonderful work have served as great motivators as I launch out on a new ministry path in my own life. Kelly is also the developer of my website.

I commend her and her work to you and encourage you to visit her website www.TheArtistOfLife.com

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