Category Archives: Purpose

Don’t Let Your Resolve Dissolve!


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?


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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How Can I Know God’s Will?


I was talking to a lady last week who was being evicted from her apartment.  She  expected the Judge to evict her in three days.  However, to her surprise,  she was given two weeks.

She suggested to me that it was God’s will.  God gave her an extra two weeks.  I’m not so sure that apartment manager thought it was the will of God for this woman to get two months of free rent! Continue reading


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The Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World.”   It is called  “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.”

The Temple’s inspiration was supposedly based on the great love the Moguel emperor Shah Jahn had for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.  When she died he was devastated.  Grief stricken, he ordered this edifice erected as her final resting place.  No expense would be spared in honoring his beloved.  Continue reading


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Five Purposes of God’s People


Sir Christopher Wren was England’s greatest architect of all time.  There is a legend that when St. Paul’s Cathedral was being built, a visitor walked on the site where three stone cutters were working.

He asked the first one, “What are you doing?”  He replied, “Cutting stone. I work four hours in the morning.  Four hours in the afternoon.”

He asked the second man, What are you doing?”  The worker looked up, wiped his brow and said, “Just making a living.  I earn six pence a day.”  Continue reading


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