Our Words Have Power!

I know you’ve heard the old children’s taunt, “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me!” And as an adult you know that nothing could be further from the truth. Words DO hurt, and usually the hurt lasts much longer than any physical hurt from sticks or stones. Our words really do have power. Power to encourage, strengthen, help, enlighten, and motivate, but also power to destroy, discourage, belittle, and yes, hurt deeply. The Bible has much to say about words. I would like us to consider some scriptures here.

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Why Do People Go To Church?

Recently, a friend of mine who has just planted a new church in our area went on Facebook and asked this question: Why do people go to church? It got me to thinking. Why DO people go to church? If you go to church, do you know why? Have you ever asked yourself that question? If you don’t go to church, what are the main reasons you don’t go? I think these are important questions that not only need to be asked, but also need to be answered. 

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Is American Christianity Real?

Over the past several weeks, I have been troubled in my spirit. I am questioning much of what America calls Christianity. I am having problems justifying what I see in our churches and even our pulpits with what I see in the Bible, especially the New Testament. I mean, is it possible to be so “on fire” for Jesus that our lives are completely devoted to serving him and proclaiming him to a lost world? Because that’s what I see the Bible telling me, and frankly, I fall short and I believe we as a Church fall short as well. This bothers me!

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Bear One Another’s Burdens

We find in Paul’s letter to the Galatians this verse: Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
(Gal. 6:2)  Have you ever thought about how well we who call ourselves Christians carry out this command? I mean, do we really bear one another’s burdens? People often ask me why Christians attend church so often. Most secular people just don’t see the need and certainly don’t think they have the time to “waste” sitting in a dull, boring church service Sunday after Sunday. After all, Sunday is the only day for some families to do activities together. At least that’s what they tell me. When I hear questions like that, it reminds me how little people understand the purpose of church. So I’d like to break it down for you, at least this is what I think….

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Does God Really Make a Difference?

This coming Sunday, I’ll be preaching about being in step with the Spirit of God. In our series on Freedom in Christ in the letter to the Galatians, Paul takes us to what I would call the crux of the Christian life…. how to actually be effected by the Holy Spirit who lives inside us, in other words, how to allow God to make a difference in our lives. As a a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ, we all believe that the Spirit of Christ dwells in us. This is repeated several times in scripture. (Read Romans 8:9-11 to see what Paul says about it) So if Christ’s Spirit dwells in us, it should make a difference in our lives, right? Then why are so many Christians living in defeat, despair, discouragement, sin and all the rest and look no different than any other person in the world? Good question, read on!

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Children Are a Blessing!

Every summer our association of Baptist churches, about 38 churches in all, participate in children’s camps. We have an excellent camp facility at Spring Bluff just north of Sullivan off of Hwy 185. We have a boy’s camp, a girl’s camp, a youth camp and a day camp for preschoolers. To be honest, in past years it has been a struggle for these camps to draw adult counselors or to even get children to attend. Our camp directors should be applauded for their perseverance and tenacity over the years. They never gave up and this year it has paid off by proving to be a record  year! After all is said and done, they will have ministered to over 200 kids and youth! And, several lives were changed in the process. It has truly been a fruitful harvest! To God be the glory! But now what? Is that the end of the story? 

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Freedom in Christ

I have begun a new sermon series on the New Testament book of Galatians. Galatians is all about the freedom we enjoy in Jesus Christ. Apparently, there were those in Galatia who were perverting the gospel by adding to it. As I thought about that, it got me thinking…. I know….very dangerous. Read on!

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How To Deal With Dryness

I recently attended a local pastor/friend’s ordination service. It was an excellent service where two young men were ordained as elders in their denomination. I was especially captivated by the sermon. The speaker talked about dryness. Usually at about this time of year, people start complaining about how dry the weather is and how we need rain for crops to grow and plants to flourish. Summers around here can be pretty dry, but the point of the sermon I heard was not about dry weather, but rather dry Christians. That got me thinking….

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Unity Without Uniformity

Some of my pastoral colleagues and I have been having discussions lately about unity within the body of Christ. This is a touchy subject because as you probably know, every Christian denomination has several distinctive doctrines that can become quite divisive. Unfortunately, these differences have become major stumbling blocks in our attempts to attain unity. But here is where I think we often get it wrong. When the Bible speaks of unity, I don’t think it means we all have to agree on everything. I can’t even agree with myself half the time! No, I think it means we put aside our minor differences and focus on the majors – the fact that we believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ and his saving power to change a life and bring eternal life to all who call upon him. We call it unity without uniformity.

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Beating a Dead Horse

Yes, that’s right. I know I’m beating a dead horse. And all the millennials out there (If they took the time to read this blog) would say I’m just a cranky old man. Okay, I’ll accept that I am a bit cranky on this Monday morning. (And I’m definitely old!) As I write this blog, I look out my office window and see an absolutely marvelous spring day with the sun shining and the temperature in the 70’s. So why am I so cranky? Well, if you must know, keep reading…

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