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Sunday Rewind: What is “the right thing” in James 4:17?

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The Overwhelming Ocean

The ocean has a way of reducing me. Minimizing my world appropriately.  Diminishing my apparent importance.  Decreasing my seeming necessity. Lessening, little by little with every wave, my life. And for good reason. There’s something about the sheer magnitude and unrelenting consistency of the sea that exposes my lack of both. Endless miles of water, […]

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It Pays to Prepare!

Preachers like to believe people remember our sermons. Our word-plays and “sermon-in-a-sentence.” Our crafted messages. Our air-tight and logical outlines. We remember these aspects, so we think they—our hearers—do, too. Truth is, what most people actually remember best are the personal stories. Stories, yes, that highlight truth and provide a window into God’s Word. But […]

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Losing Your Temper … for Good!

As January unfolds, I realize in just a few months I’ll be half a century. Add to this the fact that in 2014 the church we planted will mark its 10th anniversary, and I’ve admittedly spent more time than normal reviewing and reflecting upon the past, especially God’s incredible faithfulness and amazing grace. In thinking […]

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Taking the Escalator Down

Few prophets describe humility better than Micah. In the last part of chapter 2, he essentially says… 1. Humble people submit to God’s provision as their Shepherd (2:12). They enjoy his role as supplier, and gladly say, “He takes care of me.” 2. Humble people submit to God’s authority as their King (2:13). They embrace […]

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Christmas or Me-mas?

The current commercialization of Christmas makes me wonder if we shouldn’t call it “Me-mas.” From many angles, December can be an awfully self-centered time of the year, can’t it? It can produce the very thing God hates—self-centeredness and pride. Let’s be honest, when you spend … $24,500 on a genuine Lost in SpaceB-9 robot, or […]

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What You See Isn’t Always What You Get

His name was Michael, and the year was 1993. I was a youth pastor in Georgia, and had heard through a another YP that Michael, who was going to be helping us with a local function, was simply “out-of-this-world” when it comes to youth work. Whatever needed doing, I was informed he would be willing […]

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