The Closer the Better

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Integrity and character are hard to find. Especially given the fact that we naturally expect people to have “hidden agendas.” Whether it is a salesman, politician, newscaster, or neighbor, we sadly have trouble believing integrity and character exist. There are some legitimate reasons for this. Our experiences have been shaped by people’s false motives and dishonest dealings. We’ve all felt … Read More

Knowledge vs. Skill

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Knowledge is great, but it is no replacement for skill. If a man said, “I know every play in the playbook,” we wouldn’t automatically assume he is an NFL quarterback. If a woman said, “I can name every bone in the human body,” we wouldn’t necessarily call her “doctor.” And if someone said, “I know every planet in the solar … Read More

Leaving Home For Love

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In July of 2008, Mom and Dad had just finished building a new house. It was going to be their last move. Dad had already retired and Mom was just a few years away. The new house was just outside of town with plenty of land for dad to justify buying a tractor. At the time, Jill and I lived … Read More

Who Is Responsible For The Pastor’s Joy?

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He’s not a soldier, but he fights for truth; He’s not a police officer, but he watches out for me; He’s not a university professor, but he teaches me; He’s not a social worker, but he is always available to listen to me; He’s not a professional consultant, but he provides guidance for me; He’s not a relative, but he … Read More

Proper Proclamation

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To preach simply means to proclaim. It doesn’t necessarily mean raising one’s voice or getting “worked up.” What is important about preaching is the content of the sermon and the manner in which it is presented. The content must be biblical and the presentation must be representative of the nature of Christ.   Content: A sermon must start with Scripture. … Read More

Hypocrite Dad

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I knew something was wrong when we were getting in the car Sunday morning and Bryce said, “I know, I know, we’re in a hurry –we’re always in a hurry.” His comment caused me to pause. Is that the message I’m always sending him? Is that how he sees me –as a frantic, impatient timekeeper? Is that the extent of … Read More

Three Plans Every Church Needs

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God has blessed my church with plenty of talented members of the medical community. If a medical emergency were to take place, it is reassuring to know how quickly and efficiently our members could work to resolve the issue. But what if our church didn’t have people with medical expertise? Or what if there had been a different kind of emergency? … Read More

Wake Up

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Sometimes my son has difficulty waking up. I’m not talking about being a “sleepy head” and not wanting to get out of bed. I’m talking about pulling back the covers, stepping on the floor, walking in the kitchen, sitting in front of his breakfast and still being asleep. I guess its technically sleepwalking. But basically, he has the strange ability … Read More

How to Make an Effective Announcement

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The morning worship service was broadcast live each week on the local radio station. So, the pastor knew he had to wrap everything up by noon. At the close of the sermon, he glanced at his watch to see that he had only one minute left, so he quickly transitioned to announcements. Imagine driving in your car and tuning in … Read More

One Story to Get Stuck In Your Brain

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A friend texts you a strange picture of a piece of rusted iron fashioned into the shape of the number “1.” As you try to figure out the significance of the picture, another text arrives from the same friend. It is the same image; only this time the picture shows a wider angle. The iron “1” is actually a dagger … Read More