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Kory Cunningham

How My Goodbye Service Was a Foretaste of Heaven.

  Last night I got to taste a small glimpse of heaven.   If you didn’t know, last night was my final Impact service as the Youth Pastor of Hardin Baptist Church. Beginning in August, Nick Calhoon will become the new Youth Pastor and I will continue serving at Hardin as the Associate Pastor. So

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Kory Cunningham

The Secret Sauce of Prayer

I am a pastor, and I struggle with prayer. There, I said it. If you’re like me, you find yourself praying mostly the same things over and over again, fighting hard to concentrate because your mind constantly wonders. For years I thought the problem was me, but now I realize the problem was my method.  This

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Kory Cunningham

And The Rock Was Christ

If you have been following the story of the Exodus so far, you know that God is good and Israel is grumpy. Chapter 17 is no different. Here, we find the Israelites complaining for a third time about being either hungry or thirsty and grumbling to Moses instead of asking the Lord God to supply

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Kory Cunningham

Being Still Under Gunfire, Not Flowers.

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10a A Field of Flowers. As I read this verse, I couldn’t help imagining myself at the foothills of a beautiful mountain range, standing in a peaceful meadow next to a flowing stream of water. The air was crisps and the lilies were dancing to the

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Kory Cunningham

The Only Food that Lasts Forever

At night, I’m reading a kids’ version of The Pilgrim’s Progress to my boys. It has been a fun read because it takes me back to the first time I read the original version in Seminary a few years ago. If you haven’t read this book from the 1600’s by John Bunyan, I highly recommend

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Kory Cunningham

Teach your kids why we sing.

Parents, this devotion is designed to simply read to your kids (I suggest while eating a plate of cookies). Gather the kids around and read: Have you ever wondered why Christians gather every Sunday and sing songs about God? Today we are going to read from Exodus 15 where we find the people of Israel

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Kory Cunningham

9 Foxes Your Wife Wants You To Kill.

“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyard, for they are in full blossom.” (Song of Solomon 2:15) “Foxes” were little pest in the ancient world that spoiled vineyards by eating all the grapes. These foxes were small and hard to catch, yet if ignored they would kill the vineyard. In

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Kory Cunningham

Our Response to God

There are some things that demand a response. Like when your favorite team hits a buzzer beater to win a big game, you don’t just stand and yawn, you jump up and down and hug the closest person to you (or at least I do)! Or when you finally pull the trigger on that buck

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Kory Cunningham

The Lord is a Warrior

The people of Israel are now beginning their journey through the wilderness. They have discovered that God is not concerned with how fast they get there, but who they are when they arrive. And it is in the wilderness that the people will become more like God; seeing, trusting, and praising Him. In Exodus 14,

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Kory Cunningham

A Message Even Prison Can’t Shut Up

I still remember that gut-wrenching feeling As I looked down the manhole in the floor beneath me. I was on a study expedition to Rome with Southern Seminary, and our group was visiting Mamertine Prison, the place where the Apostle Paul more than likely spent his last days before being executed. The hole lead straight

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Kory Cunningham

Following God

Life is filled with decisions; what to eat for breakfast, where to go to college, whom to marry, where to live, work, and leave a legacy. Everyday life is filled with decisions, big and small, that will impact our lives and the lives of others. So in all those decisions, how will you decide? If

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Kory Cunningham

The day forever ended 

   Once a year the people of Israel would gather and hold their breath as the High Priest would go into the Holy of Holies to meet with God.  The High Priest entered through brood and with blood.  Blood to make atonement because there was a relationship that needed restoring. God was holy, perfect, and

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Kory Cunningham

To love is to hate. 

We often think of hate as the enemy of love, but sometime hate is its companion.  For example: To love good is to hate evil.  To love life is to hate murder.  To love truth is to hate lies.  To love purity is to hate impurity.  To love dogs is to hate cats.  To love

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Kory Cunningham

Remembering

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to forget things? Most of the time, the here and now consumes us, so we spend little time reflecting and remembering the past. After all, the past is in the past, right?  Yet some things are very important for us to remember. For instance, anniversaries are important

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Kory Cunningham

9 reasons Jesus is #1 

1. He is the image of God. If you want to see the invisible God, look into the eyes of Jesus.  2. Firstborn of all creation. This doesn’t mean He was the first created thing (look at number 3), but rather that He out ranks all creation and is preeminent over it.  3. He created

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Kory Cunningham

9 questions to see if you’re alive in Christ

At the end of his gospel, John gives us the purpose behind his writing. That purpose is for us to believe in Jesus, but not believe only, because John knew true belief always leads to new life in Jesus. That’s why John includes the word AND. After all, the point of Christianity is not for

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Kory Cunningham

Our biggest problem

Our biggest problem is not external, but internal. Our sins aren’t to blamed on bad raising, lack of education, or inherited behavioral traits. Our sin and rebellion is to be blamed on our hearts (says Jesus). For our sinful desires grow inside before they appear outside. It’s our hearts that cause us to think evil

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