a word from the pastor

A tip to avoid a Bible-reading breakdown

Mid-February is that time of year when many of our New Year’s resolutions go the way of the dodo. Perhaps you began the year resolved to read the Bible through in 2020, but time and circumstance have slowly dissolved your resolve. Trust me, as I continue my own annual trek through the Scriptures,...
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The “Frozen Chosen"

Someone sent me a link to an op-ed in Baptist News Global entitled, 3 words for the church in 2019: ‘we were wrong,’ and suggested I respond. The op-ed should be of deep concern to anyone who believes the Bible is the Word of God and is the final authority on all matters of faith and practice. ...
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Intersectionality & Woke Culture: A New Hermeneutic?

A controversy has recently sprung up that raises questions about how we interpret the Bible. John MacArthur, speaking in a panel discussion at “Truth Matters Conference,” was asked to give a “pithy” response to whatever word the moderator spoke. The word (actually two words) was “Beth Moore.” His...
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Is Jeremiah 29:11 For Me?

My devotion this morning took me through several chapters of Jeremiah, where I read the very popular verse that has been plastered on posters, printed on t-shirts, and posted on social media to the extent it has become somewhat cliché: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, p...
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The “S” Word

In describing his church, a dear friend of mine made a very interesting comment. He said, “The only problem is we never hear about sin.” Sin is being censored out of our culture, and it’s being censored out of our churches. Things once thought sinful are now accepted as normal. We no longer know ...
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Breaking Out of the Plateau

pla·teau /plaˈtō noun 2. a state of little or no change following a period of activity or progress. I’ve often encouraged people to develop the habit of daily Bible reading, as I have found it a means of grace that I’ve come to cherish and sincerely desire others to experience. I once read tha...
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Daddy’s Bible

Judith and I recently visited my mom who lives in a small retirement community in Florida. It has been three years since my dad passed away and it seems on each visit, I discover something about him I didn’t know before. While helping mom with a small project I went in search of a Philip’s Head s...
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Put Yourself in the Story

Over the years I have come to cherish and protect my time in the morning with the Lord. Being a visual reader, I’ve always tried to picture the Biblical storyline in my mind as I go through the Bible each year. Recently, that practice became intensely personal as I read Mark’s account of Jesus he...
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Make a Commitment to God's Word in 2019

To cherish the Bible for the treasure it truly is, you must begin by reading it—consistently, purposefully, and prayerfully. A.W. Tozer once said, “the Bible was written in tears, and to tears it yields its best treasures.” With that in mind, I want to challenge you as the New Year approaches to ...
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Reflections on the Holy Land

My second trip to Israel turned out to be better than I had expected. Judith and I first journey to Israel in March of 2000, the same week Pope John Paul was there and whose presence affected our itinerary more than once. I mean, who knew that one man could shut down the Mount of Olives? Anyway, ...
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