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A Compassionate Person

A Compassionate Person

I’ve known and worked with a wide diversity of people in the last 40 years of pastoring and teaching. I’ve worked with people who lived in homes that were so big and so beautiful; frankly, it made me nervous to go inside. And, I can remember a fellow with crooked teeth and scars on his face who, every Sunday, walked from the Union Gospel Mission to sit on the second row in church.

Here is what I know: Scratch any person, and they will bleed. Everybody carries a load. I would like to put a badge on every person that reads, CAUTION! HUMAN BEING. HANDLE WITH CARE.

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Listen

Listen

There was a wonderful story carried in Reader’s Digest many, many years ago. It is the story of Arthur Gordon. He was a successful man but under an enormous amount of pressure. He was feeling ill and went to the doctor for diagnosis and treatment. The doctor knew him well enough to know that this was not a problem that was physically based. And, this was a doctor wise enough to not mask the symptoms with medicine but to treat the true cause of the problem.

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A Godly Person

A Godly Person

Being a Godly person. That’s a challenge. Sometimes I feel like I’m not very good at it. That’s when I have to remember that I’m not the one who makes me “a Godly person.” Jesus does the work in me; it is my challenge to cooperate with what He is doing.

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A Living Reminder of Jesus

A Living Reminder of Jesus

A week ago, the school where I teach (Trevecca Nazarene University) celebrated the opening dinner of the school year. And, it happened to me again. An individual hurried up to meet me and in great overtures, complemented my on my exceptional skills at the piano. I quickly explained that I don’t play the piano. However, the gentleman continued thanking me for sharing my musical gift. It took two more explanations before he realized that I am not the person he thought I was. When he finally realizes the mistake, we both laughed as he explained, “You look just like him.”

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She Sold Her Possessions and Moved; that’s Faith!

She Sold Her Possessions and Moved; that’s Faith!

We use the word faith is two very different ways. First, there is “the Faith,” meaning accepting the doctrines and beliefs of the church. There are a few places in the Bible where faith is used in this way, but not many. Second, there is “faith that trusts,” meaning faith that results in action, putting your trust in God. This is the meaning of faith in most of the Bible.

Let me give you a human example of faith as a verb: May 2012, my wife and I celebrated our 10th anniversary.* It was more than a decade ago, I asked Shirley to marry me. I shared my heart with her, “you are the one I love, and I want us to build a life together.”

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Stay Focused

Stay Focused

  It is hard to focus when surrounded with distractions.  Imagine the driver who is balancing a morning coffee, holding his cell phone, dictating a text message, and snaking his way through the morning rush.  Dangerous? You bet! In our life in Christ, the distractions are plentiful: irritating problems, painful

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Remember Your First Love*

Remember Your First Love*

It is not easy to admit, but in the stress of life, we get distracted, spiritually distracted from the “first love,” our love for Jesus Christ. Let me outline four times and ways we are distracted and need to remember our first love:

#1 QUESTION: When do I need Spiritual Restoration?
ANSWER: When your heart is dead, and you are going through the motions.

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Pathways With Jesus

Pathways With Jesus

Jesus declared, “I am the way… no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). There is but One Way, yet, within that way is a path that connects especially with the way God created you.

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Priority #1

Priority #1

  Take a moment and read a familiar story from Scripture in a fresh translation, The Voice, Luke 10:38-41: 38 Jesus continued from there toward Jerusalem and came to another village. Martha, a resident of that village, welcomed Jesus into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, went and sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to Him

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Obedience. Really?

Obedience. Really?

Yet, Christians are called to obey. Charles Stanley said it well, “The bottom line in the Christian life is obedience and most people don’t even like the word.” How are we to think of obedience? What is obedience, really?

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