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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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What Will You Leave Behind?

What Will You Leave Behind?

I was thinking today about that glorious day that is coming soon upon the earth; the day known as the rapture of the church. Yes, I still believe in the rapture! That day Paul talks about in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, where Jesus comes, not to the earth, but to the clouds, and where His bride is caught up to meet…

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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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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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Redeemed!

Redeemed!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through…

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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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The Father’s Pleasure

The Father’s Pleasure

“Seek the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” – Luke 12:31-32 I still remember the very first time I read this. I was floored by the phrase “It gives the Father great pleasure to give you the kingdom.”…

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Be Amazed!

Be Amazed!

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall…

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The Glory of Your Name!

The Glory of Your Name!

We have been singing a new song recently at our Church called “All to Us” by Chris Tomlin. It is a great worship song that is an anthem, declaring that Jesus is all to us. There is one line in the song that resonated with me because it is a great description of what I really desire to be the…

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Your Purpose?

Your Purpose?

“Chariots of Fire” is one of my all-time favorite movies. The story of the Scottish Olympic runner, Eric Liddell, is so inspiring. Liddell was a man of faith and conviction. I love the part in the movie when his sister is trying to get him to give up running and to go to China to be a missionary. She is…

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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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Not Just Anyone, But Everyone

Not Just Anyone, But Everyone

When it comes to our kids, my wife and I don’t let just anyone watch them. Even though we are surrounded by a large amount of skilled, qualified and affordable babysitting options, we find ourselves having some pretty strict reservations when it comes to the care of our two precious (and hyper) boys. We have issues. However, when we look…

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Living With Expectation

Living With Expectation

“Expectations in your life just lead to giant disappointments.”  – Michael Landon I read this quote from the famous actor, Michael Landon, and thought how sad but true! All of us have experienced the disappointment of an unmet expectation. We expect things from our spouse, our children, our pastors, our friends, and from life in general. We expect our coffee at…

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Was David Bipolar? Part 2

Was David Bipolar? Part 2

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about David entitled, “Was David Bipolar?” To be honest, the title was simply meant to get people’s attention, which it did! I appreciated the comments, especially from a friend named Chris, who in a polite way challenged my stereotypical misconceptions of Bipolarism.  I was immediately convicted by his comments because when I wrote the…

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Was David Bipolar?

Was David Bipolar?

Have you ever read the Psalms of David and thought to yourself, “This guy sounds bipolar?”  For example, in Psalm 13, David starts out complaining and questioning God. “How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How…

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