Are You Giving Satan Too Much Credit?

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We’ve all said something like, “Satan is really working on me right now.” And while this may be a true statement, I’m not sure its always helpful. James 1:14 teaches that “each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.” Because we are born sinners (Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:10-18), our flesh already has sinful desires. … Read More

6 Vital Questions Before Preaching Your Next Sermon

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Will this sermon help my hearers understand this passage better? This assumes you preached a passage, which I would argue, is a prerequisite for biblical preaching. Explaining a passage means more than reading verses and their meaning. The passage must be explained within its context. This helps avoid misinterpretation and misrepresentation of Scripture. Taking a verse out of context (even … Read More

Heaven

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What will heaven be like? Randy Alcorn presents a thoroughly biblical answer, based on years of careful study, presented in an engaging, reader-friendly style. His conclusions will surprise readers and stretch their thinking about this important subject. Heaven will inspire readers to long for heaven while they’re living on earth. My experience with the book, Heaven, was timely.  I took the … Read More

5 Ideas For Blessing Your Pastor

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Hebrews 13:17 declares, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.“ In other words, don’t take your church leaders for granted. Instead, bring joy to … Read More

Loving My Roots

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I have friends from many different evangelical denominations. We love, support, and encourage one another in kingdom work. My roots happen to be planted in the Baptist Missionary Association of America (BMA). While there is plenty to say about the dangers of denominational pride and competition, there is also plenty to say about appreciating and loving the place God has … Read More

Slippery Rocks

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It was a turning point for my son. Up until that day, he had been nervous about jumping in and getting his head under water. Yet, for some reason, things just clicked that afternoon. We were swimming in a river (of all things) with a group of friends. Several kids found a big rock to jump off of and were … Read More

Priceless

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Quick… what is the first book printed in the United States? Not the Gutenberg Bible –it was printed in Germany. But that’s close… The first book believed to be printed in the United States was printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640. And yes, it was Scripture -specifically, the Psalms. It was published by the Puritan leaders of the Massachusetts Bay … Read More

Every ’78 Pontiac

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In Neuroscience, the Reticular Activating System refers to a set of connected nuclei in the brain that monitors and filters information being taken in by the senses.[1] When the brain becomes familiar with certain stimuli or patterns of stimuli, the Reticular Activation System becomes more sensitive to that information. It is what allows a person to pick up on an … Read More

Is Your Discipleship Whole?

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Discipleship has been used and misused to the point that the word itself has become almost meaningless. It begs for clarification. Everyone would agree that discipleship should be transformational (Check out Transformational Discipleship by Geiger, Kelley, and Nation). But what exactly is being transformed? At this point I see three popular, yet incomplete, views: 1)   Belief-Driven Discipleship: This view sees … Read More

God Equips When We Obey

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I remember one of the first days I was pastor of Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas I called on a man to pray, and silence followed -much silence. Finally, I heard the man say, “I pass.” I was a little stunned to say the least. I didn’t know you could “pass” on public prayer! After the service, one … Read More