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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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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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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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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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Overcoming Distractions

Overcoming Distractions

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” – Matthew 6:6 Have you ever been distracted? The other day I was driving behind a lady who was texting. She was definitely distracted,…

Steady Walk

Steady Walk

”Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed.” – Psalm 37:34 I love this verse, especially the part about traveling steadily along the Lord’s path, because the Lord’s path is a steady walk, a daily walk and consistency is a big key. Learning how to be patient and…