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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Yet, I Believe!BLOG ENTRY

Yet, I Believe!

  Maundy Thursday celebrates the Last Supper of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  We remember the event with Messianic Passover meals, with beautiful music, and an image of DiVinci’s painting, circled with a halo.  However, in contrast to these images, the event was encompassed with intrigue, betrayal, hidden agendas, and power-grabs.

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A Tribute to Lora Lee ParrottBLOG ENTRY

A Tribute to Lora Lee Parrott

    For Lora Lee Parrott – From A. Leslie Parrott Several months before my father, A. Leslie Parrott, passed away, he sent me a tribute he had written to my mother, Lora Lee Parrott.  Dad had written the tribute many years earlier (1991).  He wanted me to share his

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When the Pressure is on, what Matters?BLOG ENTRY

When the Pressure is on, what Matters?

  Businesses and churches share a common mantra today: “do more with less!” Our value to the organization, quakes and trembles in a trinity of demands: 1-relationships, 2-achievement, and 3-power.  Let me spell these out in a little more detail: Relationships:  Are you pleasing the right people?  Is there someone

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Backs Against the WallBLOG ENTRY

Backs Against the Wall

  Howard Thurman’s classic book, Jesus and the Disinherited, opens with this startling statement: Many and varied are the interpretations of the teaching and life of Jesus of Nazareth.  But few of these interpretations deal with what the teachings and life of Jesus have to say to those who stand,

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