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Friday, 10 June 2016 11:13

Nine Things Great Leaders Do

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The book of Acts describes the amazing story of Jesus’ work through the Holy Spirit in the early church. With an explosive start, problems were certain to surface. And they did. In the first example of internal dissension the Apostles displayed great leadership. The church had grown so rapidly that some of the widows were being overlooked in the regular distribution of food (Acts 6.1-7). And murmuring began that potentially could fracture the church. However, they lead the church well and model for us 9 things great leaders do.

Saturday, 04 June 2016 12:41

Push On!

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About two years ago I accompanied my sons on a hike up Mount Le Conte, a 6,593 foot mountain peak in the Smoky Mountains overlooking Gatlinburg, Tn. This is a grueling hike. I have made the hike a number of times. This particular hike was different. I was approaching my sixtieth birthday and my sons were in their 30s. The energy and age difference was obvious. I had to push on, even when I felt like my engine was running out of gas. (I can laugh about it now.)

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:22

Five Things I Hate about the Church, Part 2

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One: I hate the conflict. It has been with us from the beginning (see Acts 6:1-7). God can use conflict to achieve good results, but it’s no fun and unless it’s handled well will, it can hold the church up to ridicule in the community.

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One: I like the idea of church – a regular gathering of the redeemed to worship, remember, nurture one another, hammer out questions, and hold one another accountable. After all, “it is not good for man to be alone.” We were made needing one another and do not function well in isolation.

Saturday, 14 May 2016 14:16

You Thought You Had It Bad!

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Do you ever feel like you have it bad? All of us have been there. A good prescription for such times is studying the trials experienced by the Apostle Paul. I recently led a study of II Corinthians. A major emphasis in this book is Paul’s sufferings and trials. Any minister who reads this book will find his trials to be minimal in comparison. When we think we have the worst situation possible we can look around and find someone whose situation is worse. This is certainly the case when we compare our trials to those of Paul.

Monday, 09 May 2016 10:11

Lucy Doeth Good!

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Judy and I have a dog named Lucy. Lucy is a delight to be around. She always wags her tail when someone approaches her. She always has a cheerful countenance.  She will help you keep things in perspective. A while back I came home from work with a negative spirit. I walked into our home and Lucy helped me change my attitude. She convinced me to play ball with her. It is hard to play ball with a dog and not receive a new perspective.

I hate disappointing people. And, every time I say the word “NO,” someone isn’t happy with my answer.

That’s reality.

Friday, 22 April 2016 15:44

Relax!

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Has anyone ever suggested that you relax? Such suggestions usually stir my hidden animal instincts. I want to strike these people. LOL! Most of the time these suggestions come from people who care about me. The suggestions also come at times when my face betrays me. Those who know me see the need for me to relax. The need to relax slips in when the demands are greater than the energy or the clock does not allow enough flexibility to get everything done.

Saturday, 16 April 2016 09:33

God Will Allow You More Than You Can Bear Alone

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“Don’t try anything today without relying on the power of God!”

I occasionally like to correct a myth I have heard all my life. How many times has someone said to you, “God will never put more (trials) on you than you can bear”?

I challenge you to show me that in the Bible. God WILL allow more than you can bear.

The problem I have with that lie is that, as innocently as it is given - even offered mostly as encouragement, it’s not encouraging at all.

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