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The Church: A Beautiful Mess – Part 1

The Church: A Beautiful Mess – Part 1

When my kids were little, I remember coming home to a house that was a disaster, with toys and stuff everywhere and my wife was completely worn out. I could tell that it had been one of those days! As I looked at my three kids playing in the midst of the mess, I thought to myself, This is my beautiful…

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12 Leadership Insights from the Book of Nehemiah by Author Warren Wiersbe

12 Leadership Insights from the Book of Nehemiah by Author Warren Wiersbe

Blessed by these insights from the book of Nehemiah by Warren Wiersbe. If you are involved in any type of leadership this is worth the read. 1. He knew he was called of God The worker who doesn’t have a divine calling to the work is like a house without a foundation or a ship without an anchor, unprepared for…

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Joy Out Of Sorrow

Joy Out Of Sorrow

“God doesn’t give us joy instead of sorrow, or joy in spite of sorrow, but joy in the midst of sorrow. It is not substitution but transformation.” -Warren Wiersbe In John 16:21-22 Jesus illustrated this truth by the birth of a baby: “A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she…

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Tearing Down Idols or Lifting Up Jesus

Tearing Down Idols or Lifting Up Jesus

“After the Philistines captured the Ark of God, they took it from the battleground at Ebenezer to the town of Ashdod. They carried the Ark of God into the temple of Dagon and placed it beside an idol of Dagon. But when the citizens of Ashdod went to see it the next morning, Dagon had fallen with his face to…

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Worth The Read!

Worth The Read!

I was deeply blessed this morning by this great word from Charles Haddon Spurgeon in his devotional – Morning and Evening! I pray that it blesses you as well! Have a Jesus-filled day! – Pastor Rob Charles Spurgeon – Morning Devo “For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 1:5 Here…

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Put On The Lord Jesus Christ

Put On The Lord Jesus Christ

Ray Stedman is one of my favorite Bible teachers to read. He is with the Lord now, but his teaching ministry lives on through publications like this one, which ties in nicely to our current study in Colossians. Hope you are blessed! “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires…

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The Power of Words

The Power of Words

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” –  Proverbs 12:25 After sharing about some recent struggles with a good friend of mine, he shared this encouragement: “Worry never robs tomorrow of it’s sorrow, but only saps today of it’s joy.”  Quickly, I was reminded of how many times I have allowed things like worry…

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An Opportunity For Great Joy

An Opportunity For Great Joy

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” – James 1:2-4 I love the way the New…

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The Battle is Already Won!

The Battle is Already Won!

“Take heart.  I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 In the heat of war, in the depths of the battlefield, nothing is more unsettling than the unknown.  If I got drafted today and was placed into a firefight, I’d be sweating bullets! I’d be thinking, “Is this the end? Can I make it?” Imagine if someone showed up with a crystal…

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Forgetting Your Past

Forgetting Your Past

“Leave the broken, irreversible past in God’s hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.” – Oswald Chambers One of the saddest things that I witness on a regular basis as a pastor is people whose lives have been crippled by past failures, mistakes, sins, and hurts. I meet people all the time who are unwilling, afraid, or…

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I Am Writing…

I Am Writing…

I am an avid reader. As a pastor, I spend a good deal of my time reading commentaries and books about theology, soteriology, ecclesiology, ministry, and leadership. One of the things that always intrigues me is discovering the reason or purpose of why someone wrote a certain book or article. What is the point the writer wants to make? What…

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