2012 Good News!  –  Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.DBLOG ENTRY

2012 Good News! – Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D

The year 2012 will be a challenging year: At the Sunday School class party a few weeks ago, we shared prayer requests for the new year.  In jest, I said, “My prayer is that I hope the Mayan’s are wrong.” The calendar “ends” on December 21, 2012.  No doubt in

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He Forgot  –  Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.BLOG ENTRY

He Forgot – Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.

Some years ago, I ran across a wonderful story in the setting of a little church in Southeast Asia.  An unusual member of the church was an old woman who was given to visions.  The pastor was skeptical.  Every few weeks, the old woman would report to the pastor, “Jesus

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He Was Born Here   –  By Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.BLOG ENTRY

He Was Born Here – By Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.

“The service had a different feel to it,” that is what my pastor friend told me.  When my friend reached the end of his message, he said, “I sense that there are several people here today who have a desperate need for God in your life.  If you’d like to

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What Were You Thinking?     Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.BLOG ENTRY

What Were You Thinking? Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.

You have listened to one side of a conversation and wondered, “Where did that come from?”  I remember hearing one side of a cell phone exchange that went something like this, “You cannot be right… (silence)… If that is true, I won’t be involved… (silence)… that’s enough; I quit.” I

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A Christmas Tree Story – By Richard Leslie ParrottBLOG ENTRY

A Christmas Tree Story – By Richard Leslie Parrott

Many years ago I was at a gathering of a small group of friends who were sharing a quiet Christmas celebration. We were in a sentimental mood and openly shared favorite Christmas memories.  A friend of mine, Hugh Schmelzenbach, shared his memory, which I have never forgotten. The Story of Three

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My Soul Purpose – Recommended Reading on Church of the Nazarene websitesBLOG ENTRY

My Soul Purpose – Recommended Reading on Church of the Nazarene websites

We are blessed that My Soul Purpose is featured on the following three, Church of the Nazarene, websites.  Each site has a featured article on the book.  The book and workbook have been a labor of suffering and compassion.  My goal in writing the book was to give practical guidance

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God is in the ResponseBLOG ENTRY

God is in the Response

  We pray for those suffering from the storms in the midwest.  This week our church sent a team to Alabama to help with clean-up, to Haiti to help with rebuilding, and our prayers are with the people of the midwest. Across from our church, where a tornado destroyed Nashville

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Pastoring: the Job is Tougher than You ThinkBLOG ENTRY

Pastoring: the Job is Tougher than You Think

Years ago I heard Bill Hybels speak on Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power.”  The occasion was the Sunday Morning service at the end of a pastor’s conference.  Pastor Hybel’s words rang true then and now for ALL ministry leaders. Bill Hybels on “Leading a Church” I believe that the church

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The Power of Small Groups and Our Life in ChristBLOG ENTRY

The Power of Small Groups and Our Life in Christ

This week I am in Atlanta, GA., teaching a class in spiritual formation for the Salvation Army.  Part of the class is learning the power and purpose of small groups in forming our lives in Christ.  Today I read a historically accurate but imaginary description of a class meeting (small

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My Easter FaithBLOG ENTRY

My Easter Faith

Easter is a moment to remember where we stand.  I will tell you the foundation of my faith.  My faith firmly stands on two feet: Christ died for me. Christ lives in me. Keep it simple.  Don’t complicate it.  The whole of the Christian faith is this:  Christ died and

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