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WWJD – A Dangerous Question To Ask?

I remember when the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) craze hit in the mid 1990s. Everybody was wearing the bands, and even though they were the opposite of chic, I will admit I had a couple. But what always baffled me were the people that wore ten bands all the …

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Church Building Righteousness

The church is not a building…the church is not a building…the church is not a building. If I had a penny for every time I heard this phrase, I would have a lot of pennies. Of course, it takes a boatload of pennies to actually have any money, so that …

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Goals Are Good…Until They Are Destructive

I am a task-oriented individual. I believe laying out tasks (or goals, if you prefer) for the week, month, or year is a healthy practice. Goals and expectations keep us focused on a particular aspect of our life that we want to improve upon. For instance, I set a goal …

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Sitting At The Feet…An Afternoon With John Perkins

Allow me to make a confession…there are days (and maybe weeks) in vocational ministry that seem monotonous. I will admit that most of the monotony is a product of my own downfalls and weaknesses. This is not to say those times are insignificant or unimportant, but it is to say …

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Want to Be Successful? Major in the Minors

Yeah, I know what some of you are thinking…majoring in the minors is a detrimental mindset to have. I will agree with you when the context is Christian ideology. Nothing is more damaging to the unity and progression of the church than individuals or groups of people focusing on trivial, …

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How Hate Can Lead To Holiness

Let me ask a question…What is the first thing that comes to your mind when I say the word “Satan”? Take some time to allow the question to sink in to your mind, and I will come back to it later. Those familiar with the Bible have probably been directed …

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Make Everyday A Birthday…For Others

Yesterday was my 28th birthday, which means I am one year closer to the dreaded age of 30, and everyone knows stuff starts falling apart after 30. FREE PIECE OF INFO: Life goes by really fast…do not take it for granted (and all of the grandparents reading collectively say, “Amen!”). …

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What If We Are Scared To Know God

What if we are scared to know God? I believe this is a legitimate question. I am writing this post on the heels of a difficult time in my own life. I would say most of my life has been pretty smooth sailing. I know people that have been through …

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Do You Have on the Lenses of Jesus?

In his most recent book, Follow Me, David Platt makes the following statement: As we turn to Jesus, he transforms us. As we die to ourselves, we live in him. He gives us a new heart – cleansed of sin and filled with his Spirit. He gives us a new …

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The Big 3…Are You Followable?

A few weeks ago I had lunch with a guy who recently moved to the Jackson area. During our meal, he began to explain to me why he did not feel as though he was cut out for youth ministry. He explained to me how he struggled to relate to …