Grandpa’s Bible – A True Story

Just about five years ago, Dr. Floyd Perkins, Nazarene Missionary and Bible College Professor, passed away. Dr. Perkins affected my life when he was my guide and host on a trip to Mozambique, 40 years ago. The story comes from one of his granddaughters.

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Below the Bottom Line

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Matthew 16:26

Helping people take hold of the deeper priorities of life is something I do in a seminar exercise called, “Below the Bottom Line.” Everyone is given a blank sheet of paper.

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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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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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Growing in Christ: Spiritual Discipline

My wife’s cousin, *Bruce Jeffcoach, is a high school chemistry teacher in San Joachim valley in California. On the walls of his classroom along with the Periodic Table, a chart of measures, and appropriate posters, is a sign over the middle of the board in the front of the room. You can’t miss it. John Wooden, the UCLA coach said, “discipline yourself, so others don’t have to.” Bruce writes, “I simply get my students attention with a quite pssst sound and point to the quote above my whiteboard. I hope that helps to put all in order.”

To grow in Christ requires Spiritual Discipline.

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Growing In Christ: Spiritual Care

  For life to survive and thrive, certain elements are required such as light, air, water, and nutrition.  For spiritual life in Christ to survive…

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Even Greater Things

Jesus takes our breath away with these words, “He (you) will do even greater things than these, because I am going to my Father” (John…

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What God Wants – FOR – Me?

  Honestly, you would have misread the title of this blog if I hadn’t set aside the key word, FOR. You are more accustomed to…

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Who Am I? I Am a Follower of Jesus

  Jesus knows who He is:  Bread of Life, Light of the World, Good Shepherd, Resurrection and the Life.  And, me? I am one who…

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Jesus left the upper room and made straight for the Garden of Gethsemane: The night air carried the odors and noises of overcrowded Jerusalem. The…