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TRAIN A TIMOTHY

Timothy was unique as a minister because of his age, frequent illnesses, and what appears to be a timid spirit. Such obstacles could hinder many individuals from becoming successful ministers, but Timothy had a secret weapon named Paul. Paul referred to Timothy as his “beloved and faithful child in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:17; cf. 1 Timothy 1:2, 18; 2 Timothy 1:2), and as a ”fellow worker” (Romans 16:21; cf. 1 Thessalonians 3:2). Timothy became one of Paul’s most reliable…

Joy and Happiness

What are some things that bring you happiness in your life? What about these things provide you with that feeling of happiness? As you briefly stop and contemplate these things, it’s fairly easy to start coming up with multiple answers ranging from spending time with family or friends all the way to more simple things like enjoying ice cream or a good meal. Now, with that list made, what are some things that bring you joy? Is there a difference…

Saving the Saved

If you’ve ever had an illness or injury that was of any significance or seriousness, you probably know how annoying but necessary the constant check-ups are to maintaining your wellness. Going through rigorous physical therapy, periodic check-ups, or other appointments that seem to be forced upon you can grow to be a nuisance. Even though these often seem to be overkill, the doctors are simply trying to maintain our wellness. What if they “fixed” our original problem and then never…
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PURSUE A PAUL

Research has revealed that one of the most critical elements to preventing new converts from leaving the church is relationships. According to one study, “Each new person should be able to identify at least seven friends in the church within the first six months.”1 In other words, developing faith-based friendships is critical to faith development. Maybe that is why relationships played such a vital part in Paul’s ministry. Paul was a man who thrived on relationships. Rarely do you find…

Do You Know What You Hold in Your Hands?

This week I found myself at a loss as to what I should do concerning one of the people who showed up to our doors asking for assistance. She was a sweet tiny little woman who spoke little to no English whatsoever. I slowly but surely discerned she was searching for a class where she could learn the English language; she only spoke Vietnamese. Sadly, I had no idea how to help her, how to assist her, and most importantly,…

Priceless

A few years ago I was in Tallahassee for a speaking engagement, and, while there, I was invited on a canoeing trip down the Wacissa River with a local youth group. The Wacissa is formed by several underground springs and is known for its crystal clear water. In fact, it is a popular location for scuba diving enthusiasts because of one’s ability to explore underwater caves without the impediment of murky water. On this particular occasion, my group traveled down…

A Mother’s Sacrifice

In a 1945 Texas newspaper article, written on the recent success of a local athlete, we are given the first known mentioning of a commonly hea­rd phrase that states, “Behind every great man there is a great woman.” If you’re like me, you have heard this phrase many times and in many capacities. Most commonly, it seems as if it’s used by successful men who are seeking to give due credit to their spouse’s part in their accomplishments. Today, I…

The Glory in Rejection

Rejection is no stranger to any of us; we all have experienced it. Regardless of how much talent, pizazz, wit, good looks, or brains one might have…everyone experiences rejection in life. There are so many different areas of life that can lead to potential rejection: rejected in a job interview, rejected in regards to a pay raise, rejected from the job promotion, rejected for a loan, rejected by that person you have always wanted to date, rejected by a friend…all…

BE A BARNABAS

William Arthur Ward once wrote, “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” I believe that sentiment embodies the example of a man named Joseph who was integral to the growth of the church during its infancy. In Acts 4:36 we are introduced to Joseph. We tend not to remember him for his surname but for…

Prepared But Not Ready

On June 28th, 1914 an assassination took place in which the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, was killed by a political extremist while riding in a parade. This single event is credited as the lynchpin that set off the first World War, one that would last over four years and forever change the course of history. Armies from around the world prepared themselves to enter into this conflict, whether or not they truly were ready is the question. WWI is…

Forgetting Nemo

On May 30th, 2003, one of the greatest animated films to ever be made came into theaters. Finding Nemo became a generational sensation from the very opening weekend and still rests easily in the list of the top ten grossing animated films of all time. Finding Nemo was a worldwide phenomenon raking in $940,335,536 and four Academy Award nominations. The beautiful story of a father searching for his son that was lost and overcoming insurmountable odds to see once again his baby…
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RESTOLOGY

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention posted an article on their website entitled, “Insufficient Sleep is a Public Health Epidemic,” which documented research from the past decade on sleep-related behaviors.[1]According to their research, thirty percent of adults report getting an average of less than or equal to six hours of sleep per night when they actually need at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night. In other words, many people fail to get the rest they need…