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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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Great Verses of the Bible: Daniel 1:8

 

I recently read a story about Charles Spurgeon, the 19th-century British evangelist, who was conducting a boys Bible class on the book of Daniel.

One of the boys was asked to read some verses aloud, and he came to the passage in Daniel 6:3 which reads “…Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him.” 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

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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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Do You Know Where You’re Going?

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, who lived from 1841 to 1935,  is regarded as one of the greatest Supreme Court Justices of all time.

Justice Holmes was extremely intelligent, highly respected and often quoted.  However, it is said that he was a bit absent-minded, as illustrated by this story.

Apparently, Justice Holmes was riding a train one day, when the railroad Conductor began walking down the car, checking tickets. As the ticket-checker approached, he watched Holmes search his wallet, unable to find his ticket. Frustrated, Holmes then checked each of his pockets. Still no ticket. 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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How Can I Know God’s Will?

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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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