September 21, 2016

How should I vote and the sobering truth about this election?

Fear is a terrible motivator for decisions.  The Bible says that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and of a sound mind.  Both Presidential campaigns are using fear to move voters as a simple sampling of commercials would reveal. Fear actually moves people more than other styles of communication and motivation.  I hesitate …

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September 13, 2016

Authenticity

Listeners tend to grant trust to communicators who know how to brand and market their ideas rather than communicators of truth.  It is a day of style over substance.  Paul warned that a time would come when people would turn from the truth and be turned aside to fables (2 Timothy 4:4).  In the last days, Jesus said that there …

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August 26, 2016

God is with you

Acts 7:9 states: “And the patriarchs becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt.  But God was with him.”  I have to confess that when I read this a few days ago I thought just the opposite.  It does not sound like God was with him.  He was envied by his brothers.  His success was their failure.  His blessing did not please …

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August 18, 2016

Is America Ashamed of Christians?

As I have watched the Olympic games, I have been moved by the sense of national pride that everyone feels for our athletes.  As a Christian, I fear that America is not proud of Christians anymore.  According to the most recent Gallop pole, 75% of all American identify themselves as Christians, down from 80% eight years ago. Another Gallop pole …

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August 10, 2016

A piece of my mind and heart for teachers

Mrs. Chasteen was my 11th grade trigonometry teacher.  I was a perpetual underachiever in junior and senior high school.  I squeaked by and passed ninth grade.  Tenth grade was better for me.  Then I arrived in Mrs. Chasteen’s class.  I made very good grades in her class.  She pulled me aside one day and had a little talk with me.  …

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July 26, 2016

My time Management Secrets

How can we organize and maximize the time given us as leaders, pastors, and believers? Every day is a gift of 86,400 seconds.  At midnight, whatever you failed to use is lost.  A balance is not carried over to the next day and you’re not allowed overdrafts.  Each day the bank named Time opens a new account with you.  All …

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July 21, 2016

Alcohol, Pastors, and Christians

Perry Noble, founding pastor at NewSpring Church in South Carolina, was dismissed eleven days ago because of alcohol abuse.  Perry was one of many pastors who defended social drinking among Christians.  While not a major emphasis of his ministry, it was there.  NewSpring elders reported the sin publicly, as 1 Timothy 5:20 says, so that the rest may fear.  Reports …

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July 8, 2016

(Video) Pastor Cloer and Deputy Minnis

With the recent shootings by police officers, on Thursday before the tragedies in Dallas, I interviewed deputy and pastor Lou Minnis. His words brought understanding and balance during a turbulent time. Watch this interview for incredible wisdom from a mature leader…

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June 23, 2016

My thoughts on the 2016 SBC

I had the privilege of attending the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis MO.  I must confess that the events in Orlando affected my experience and my ability to participate.  We returned early for a prayer meeting on Wednesday.  Nonetheless, I do have some thoughts on what happened and what I experienced. The Attendance First, I was encouraged to …

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