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You Can Make a Difference

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Christian Life, Current Events, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, United Methodist | 0 comments

You Can Make a Difference

The most commonly asked question of pastors is, “What is God’s will for my life?” The human mind and heart is built for the answer to that question and we will search for that answer until we find it or until we simply give out. “What’s God’s will for my life?” is three too many words according to Henry Blackaby. His theory is that the words “for my life” both dilute and confuse the first three words in that sentence. His instruction is sound. Ask God to disclose His will and then act in...

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Sometimes Change is Good

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Sometimes Change is Good

I’ll never forget the sage words of a mentor nearly 30 years ago. A great man who was blessed to manage a young, fresh out of seminary, all-change-is-good minded pastor said with love, “Sometimes, change is good.” That pastor was me, and I must admit as I look back I was convinced that there was much that needed to be changed about church and society, and I had a pretty darn good idea that my way of change would be best for all. Sometimes, I was right…but sometimes I was dead wrong. In thinking about the collateral...

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Sage Advice

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Sage Advice

Paul’s wise instructions to Timothy become more captivating to me the older I get. Maybe it’s because I am more open in these latter years to wise instruction and realize the shortcomings of my great learning and keen intellect (chuckle). God was so wise to inspire Paul by the Holy Spirit, to give such wise instruction that is not bound by time, history or culture because it speaks to the very nature of humanity and God’s tireless work to restore in us His lost image. There are literally hundreds of examples I could...

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Fear Not

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, United Methodist | 0 comments

Fear Not

Easier said than done, eh? I mean we all have issues before us that strike fear into our minds and hearts. The financial, the marital, thoughts about the future, including what may feel like the end of the runway, are just a natural part of what runs through our mind. The fear of failure has threatened me hundreds of times huffing and puffing at my fragile self, but has yet to defeat me. Thanks be to God! This simple but sobering phrase is recorded no less than sixty-two times in the Old Testament and New Testament KJV. God says it, Jesus...

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Same Self Attraction

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Same Self Attraction

Another interesting week in this surreal world in which we live. Barely visible in the western world of public media are the human rights atrocities that are occurring all over the world and unspeakable human suffering while the top stories clamor of the obsession over our right to be self absorbed. I wonder if more people were in Vanity Fair this week than in the Bible? We really need to stop and think, where is God in our lived priorities? We have heard plenty about the rights of people, in fact the short list in both the legislative...

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Miracles

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Miracles

Today was a banner day of worship and community exemplifying how God is moving in and among His people. It was also a glorious reminder of Jesus’ promise in John 14 that “we would do even greater things.” One of our staff people shared an update about his grand-nephew who we had been praying for since before he was born. The in utero prognosis was not good for this little one to live beyond his first birthday. However, we joined together with hundreds of others and after much prayer, a transplant, and two surgeries, the...

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Finding Your Life

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, United Methodist | 0 comments

Finding Your Life

I was blessed today to be with a group of pastors who took time to share life. These guys have been together for years pastoring churches and navigating life. It is an easy group to love and I really appreciate their honesty and vulnerability. Because this group is comprised of people who pastor some of the largest churches in America and they all experience dynamics of loneliness and isolation. It’s not that any of us desire loneliness and isolation. It’s just that so few really understand what it’s like. The good news is...

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A Miraculous Opportunity

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues | 0 comments

A Miraculous Opportunity

In a conversation with a new friend, I was elated to hear of his excitement and passion for what he describes as a miraculous opportunity for the American church. You heard me right, he is excited about the potential and possibilities despite the fact that many continue the laborious wail over the western church going the way of Europe in the decline of evangelical Protestantism. Dr. Jehu Hanciles is the Director of World Christianity at Emory’s Candler School of Theology and when he speaks about the possibilities people get excited....

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The Spot

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

The Spot

I am really looking forward to what will be my seventh trip to the Holy Land later this year with a group that is answering God’s call to make the journey of discovery. I love the Old City of Jerusalem and just seeing it makes me yearn for the New Jerusalem. For everyone who has been to the Holy Land,  it is a trip of lifetime. Sure, there are vacation spots that for some might be spectacular, but this trip is about our beginning, our present, our future, and our eternity with God and one another. That’s what makes it once in a...

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The Much Aligned Life

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues | 0 comments

The Much Aligned Life

The life I have always wanted begins with, ends with, and is for God’s glory. Not the misaligned life nor the much maligned life, but the much aligned life. That’s what I’ve set my heart on for I know there is a life that God offers through Christ that is the life I’ve always wanted to live. We give thanks to God for coming to save us through the life, sacrifice, and atonement of Jesus Christ. But how much more impactful is God’s gift if we not only receive Christ by faith, but then submit ourselves to the...

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