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In the Maker’s Eyes

I have not had the blessing of raising a child and I am for sure not planning to do so soon, but I have been one before and have had experience with close friend’s children in the past. When you think about children’s art, or your art from when you were a child (and frankly, my art to this day), to be honest… it is horrible. Most times, it is an indistinguishable conglomeration of lines and shapes and crayon strokes…
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THE BLESSING OF FREEDOM

Harry Houdiniis arguably the greatest magician to ever live. One reason for his great success was the fact that he was a phenomenal escape artist. According to legend, he once bragged that there wasn’t a jail cell in the world from which he couldn’t escape, provided that he could go into the cell dressed in his street clothes and work in complete privacy. A small town in England had built a new jail that they believed to be escape-proof, so they…

The Blessing of Proclaiming

During this past quarter on Wednesday nights, I have had the immense opportunity to teach a course on personal evangelism in my office. The class has been one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had in ministry to date. The incredible roster of genuine evangelistically minded and hearted people has been an inspiration to me. At the beginning of the quarter, I challenged each student to select three individuals that they had an influence with whether that be…
SEAL

THE BLESSING OF SEALING

Four successful and wealthy brothers met for dinner one evening and began discussing the extravagant gifts they had given their elderly mother for Christmas. The first said, “I built her a big house.” The second said, “I installed a movie theater in her house.” The third said, “I bought her a new Mercedes.” And the fourth said, “Since mom loved reading the Bible and she can’t read anymore due to her poor eyesight, I reached out to this preacher who…

The Heart of an Evangelist

Of all the people in the New Testament, there is only one person ascribed the name, “The Evangelist.” In the book of Acts, we read of a man named Philip, a man who wound up working in Caesarea. Before that, Philip was one of the seven chosen in Acts 6 as one of the men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit, and full of wisdom according to verse 3. Many believe this was the first institution of deacons…
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THE BLESSING OF PRAYER

I once heard a story about a young boy’s family who went to his grandmother’s house for dinner. Once the food was placed on the table, the boy quickly fixed his plate and began to eat. His mother said, “We haven’t asked God to bless the food yet. You know that at home we always say a prayer before we eat.” The boy replied, “But we don’t have to say a prayer here. This is grandma’s house. She knows how…
Free Will

THE BLESSING OF PREDESTINATION

A man arrived at the gates of heaven and noticed that there were two lines. One had a sign labeled “Predestined,” and the other, “free will.” He headed over to the predestined line first, and while waiting, an angel came up to him and asked, ”Why are you in this line?” The man said, “Because I chose it. ”The angel replied, “Well, if you ‘chose’ it, then you should be in the free will line.” So the man obediently wandered…

The Greatest Conundrum Facing the Gospel Today

If someone were to sit down and begin writing a list of the greatest problems facing the Gospel today they would end up with a pretty extensive list. Division, confusion, hate, false teaching, comfort-zones, divisiveness, bias, and apathy are some, just to name a few, of the conundrums that the Gospel and those who proclaim it face on a daily basis. No doubt these are some troubling factors contributing to the issues, but they are not the greatest issue. The…
#blessed

THE BLESSING OF CHOSENNESS

The month of November is associated with many things—Election Day, Veteran’s Day, Black Friday, and not shaving—but November will always be primarily associated with Thanksgiving. Our modern version of Thanksgiving is often associated with a three day harvest feast which took place at the Plymouth Colony in 1621. This feast was attended by approximately fifty Pilgrims and ninety Native Americans, and it celebrated the Pilgrim’s first successful growing season. The objective of this feast, as well as other similar thanksgiving…
Bible and Polotics

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT POLITICS? (PART 3)

With politics taking center stage in our society due to a divisive Supreme Court confirmation and pending midterm elections, maybe it is time we consider what the Bible has to say about political matters. For the record, this will not be an investigation or critique of political ideologies, platforms, or parties; instead, it will be a three week study of some key biblical principles affecting the Christian’s relationship with the government. Two weeks ago, we observed the relationship between God…
Path To Glory

THE PATH TO GLORY – PART FIVE

So, you want to bring glory to God? Isn’t it a wonderful thought? Isn’t it almost unbelievable that imperfect, sinful people could bring glory to our Creator, Sustainer, and Savior? And yet, we have studied a passage of Scripture over the past few weeks that has shown us a clear “path” that leads to doing just that. And here we are, at the end of this study of Philippians 1:9-11, to examine the final step in this important and amazing…
Path To Glory

THE PATH TO GLORY – PART FOUR

In the world of sports, the phrase “respect the process” is often used to remind people that there is no “magic wand” or “easy button” that can create a winning team. It takes hard work, discipline, and lots of “behind-the-scenes” effort to be successful, and anyone who thinks otherwise is most likely nothing more than a “consumer” with a lack of understanding about the dynamics and inner workings of these organizations. The process is important. The process is the path…