Category Archives: Purpose

Finding Purpose Following Failure

Last week we wrote about the extraordinary demonstration of compassion and forgiveness by Brandt Jean to Amber Guyger, the woman who shot and killed his brother, Botham Jean.

Now we learn that the Judge presiding over the case, Tammy Kemp, has been accused of “an abuse of her power.”

What awful act did Judge Kemp commit? Continue reading

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Becoming Mission-Minded

Last night Norma Jean and I attended the mid-week Bible Study service at the Downers Grove church in suburban Chicago where my friend and former college classmate Steve Wolfgang preaches. After being out of the country for 25 days, it was good to be “home.”

Steve’s class focused on the mission of the church. As an assignment, he had asked the class to write a “mission statement” either collectively or individually. As someone who has worked with churches through the years in developing Biblical mission statements, I was interested in hearing what the class had to say. Continue reading

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Five Lessons We Learn From the Jerusalem Church

Last night we concluded a meeting with the Northside church in Hillsboro, Ohio. It was special to return where we first began full-time preaching 47 years ago.

Our theme was WHAT MATTERS MOST based on Acts 2:41-47. Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Resolve Dissolve!

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Some sage quipped that “a New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”

How often have we began the new year with good intentions, but two weeks into the year, we’ve already abandoned that diet, failed to exercise, and gotten behind on our Bible reading program.

Sound familiar? Continue reading

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Answering the Call of God

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When you’re a preacher you get some pretty interesting questions. Particularly from people who are not familiar with the church. One question received several times through the years, especially when we move, has to do with my “calling.”

“When did God call you to preach?”

“How were you called?”

“Did you feel called to move to Texas?” Continue reading

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God’s Purpose For My Life

Your Purpose Green Road Sign Over Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

On Wednesday Ohio Governor John Kasich told reporters “Throughout my campaign I have always said the Lord may have another purpose for me.”

Kasich commented that those words always perplexed the pundits regarding his commitment in his quest for the Presidency. He said, “It shows to some degree how little they understand about life.”

The Governor then concluded his prepared remarks by announcing, “I have always said that the Lord has a purpose for me as he has for everyone. And as I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward, and fulfill the purpose of my life.” Continue reading

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Can We Be Like the Jerusalem Church?

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The 2013 theme of the Hickman Mills church where I preach has been RESTORING OUR FOCUS.

In yesterday’s post on “minister” I mentioned a different emphasis we had each month this year.  One of our new readers asked if I would list the other goals that we have been focused on for the year.  I thought others might like to know about the process in which we have been engaged.  Continue reading

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