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The lies we believe in the COVID-19 wilderness

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The way we see the world is often wrong. We see what is happening right now–the coronavirus pandemic–and panic in isolation. We focus on current problems and miss God’s constant provisions. Israel did the same as they wandered through the wilderness for 40 years. A constant theme surfaces in the book of Exodus and Numbers. God […]

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Philippians in 4-Weeks

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Download plan to Evernote with check boxes.  Goal — Read and respond to the Bible FIVE days a week to develop the habit of hearing from God. I’ll post daily videos on instagram and facebook to help you along the way. You can do it! Tools — Bible and Journal. Week 1   Philippians 1:1-2 Philippians 1:3-11 […]

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ESSAY: What is Expository Preaching?

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EXPOSITORY PREACHING I heard expository preaching before I could talk. Hardin Baptist Church called my father as their pastor when I was three months old. For the past 36 years I have listened to Bro. Ricky (Dad) preach verse-by-verse through books of the Bible. He opens the word, says what God said, and applies it […]

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Bankrupt to billionaire | Romans 3:22-23

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“the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:22-23 And there it is. The righteousness of God apart from the law. Righteousness not earned by good deeds, but free through faith. Not generic […]

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I’m taking 40 days off social media.

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I wrote this post in July to let people know I was taking a month off social media. I re-read it today and thought it was worth reposting with revised dates. I’m looking forward to the next 40 days free from the distraction of social media. I plan to scroll less and text, call, meeting […]

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But Now! | Romans 3:21

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But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it… (Romans 3:21) BUT NOW are wonderfully explosive words. They mark a turning point. Bad news turning good. Ice melting to water. But now is a new way God is giving His righteousness. […]

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Quicksand | Romans 3:20

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For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. – Romans 3:20 {Romans 3:21-26 is the heart of the gospel. This week let’s work through this passage.} In the first three chapters of Romans, Paul shows that everyone on the planet […]

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Is the Bible really God’s Word?

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In this Podcast episode Katie and I talk about the nature of the Bible and ways to engage and love it more. I’ve added these notes from seminary classes and other resources to serve as an companion to the podcast. I recommend listening to the podcast first. What is the Bible? God’s revelation of Himself […]

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Cousin Eddie… and the Cross.

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Holidays are awkward. Like Cousin Eddie—in his bathrobe—dumping RV sewage in Clark Griswold’s driveway. Cousin Eddie is an iconic Christmas figure because Christmas time reminds us we are part of a family with at least one or two “Cousin Eddie’s.” Family is beautiful—but it’s also crazy. Matthew begins his gospel with a genealogy to show […]