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Are We There Yet?

Most of us have been belted into the back seat of life for the last four months, not knowing how long the trip will be, and not being able to see where we are going. In our journey called life, we want to know what the goal is, and to feel we are making progress toward it. But where is “there?”

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Going Viral

It seems like ages ago that businesses were told to close and people were told to stay home. That mandate seemed like the end of the world to many churches. While the church exists beyond the group that gathers, the Christian identity involves being an active part of the larger whole. Communication, caring, encouragement, and love … each involves meaningful, person-to-person interaction.

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Is Farming Risky?

Have you ever tried to grow a garden? Easy, right? Plant some seeds in the ground, water daily, then enjoy ripe tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, cucumbers or squash. But we rarely factor in the risk of possible losses. Even a simple thing like raising a garden involves risk.

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Life’s Secret Ingredient

The Bible is full of secrets which are given, or revealed, in almost every verse. But they are in plain sight, just waiting for us to discover them and put them to use in our lives. Most of the truths disclosed in the Bible show us the secret to a better life, or indeed, the “secret” ingredients of life at its best.  

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Multiple Choice

Recently I participated in an international webinar, in which the theme was how the coronavirus was impacting our lives and our ministries. It was also a discussion about how people can function during the shutdown. The shutdown has decimated many churches, whose business is relationships and building up people. Churches pay their bills from the offerings of people who attend. Today I was talking with a small business owner, and the owner said this shutdown is, “Really hard…you can’t pay the bills by just providing carryout food.” So this is a problem not just for churches but also for businesses. I ask you to pray for the businesses and churches of your town, and do what you can to support them now and when they reopen.

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What Do We Mean by “Essential?”

There’s a word we hear in the news and in daily conversations during this time of COVID-19 isolation; that word is essential. People like to purport their determination of what is essential and what is not. But is what is essential for them or essential for me? Is what is essential for me, essential for them?

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Are You Missing the Point?

Today I heard a man talking about surviving a tornado in Tennessee. His family and dogs were going down into the basement, when one dog went back upstairs, so the man went up to bring the dog back down, then the tornado hit. He threw himself down on top of his family to shield them. He later said that bricks came whizzing right through the doggy door! Then it was over. When they got up, the immediate area was intact, but the rest of the house was gone. The event was so overwhelming that he could barely speak about it. Looking at the video, all I could see was a door and a couple of feet of wall around it. From my perspective, it was an example of how God can preserve someone when all else is blown away.

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It’s Almost Morning!

Late winter is always a difficult time of the year. The dismal gray skies, the inclement weather, and the fog and mist dampen the environment and also dampen our mood and spirits. By this time of year almost everyone is ready to start singing “Here Comes the Sun,” ready to feel the sun’s warmth and to embrace the promise of new, hopeful days of new life.

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Have You Ever Had a Crisis of Faith?

Have you ever had a crisis of faith in your life, when you believed that God could do something to help your situation, but then also at the same time doubted if he would do it?

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Take a Deep Breath of God

In truth, many people today are most likely spiritually parched, like those dry bones. Many others live as though there is no God, and this scenario can become very dark and discouraging. Just as plants need light to help sustain and feed them, we humans need God to breathe life and perspective into us.

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Are You Rowing or Sailing?

I am reading a wonderful book by Joan S. Gray, entitled Sailboat Church. I believe it is going to be a spiritual blessing to Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church, as in a few weeks we begin to read through the book as a congregation, using it as a guide to help us rethink our church’s priorities and methods.

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Who is Your Father?

Many people are familiar with what is often called “The Lord’s Prayer.” In Matthew 6:8–9 (CSB) Jesus begins his instruction in prayer with: “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in Heaven, Your name be honored as holy.”   Those words immediately draw our thoughts to God, who is ruling in heaven. This is not a new concept, nor one that we have a hard time grasping. We tend to know that there must be a God who designed and rules over it all. Probably every religion in the world has some representation of a god who/that makes things work or function.

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God Always Bats Last

While life is not a mere game, we can learn many lessons from sports. Last fall, Don Davidson, of First Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA, reminded attendees at the BGAV annual meeting of an important standard rule in baseball. He pointed out that “In baseball the game is not over until the home team bats at the end of the ninth inning.”  Sometimes in life, when it always seems like it’s the ninth inning and you are behind, things can look so bleak that you consider quitting. But Dr. Davidson encouraged us to remember that the home team gets the last at bat, adding: “Wait and see what happens when God comes up to bat.”

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God, the Ultimate Transit Authority

January is a time to give thought to what we hope to accomplish in the new year, so to aid in your thinking about that subject, I would like to have you consider looking at your life with 20/20 vision. If you are a Christian, the plans that you make for the new year should be plans that relate to what God desires to do in and through your life.

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20/20 Vision

January is a time to give thought to what we hope to accomplish in the new year, so to aid in your thinking about that subject, I would like to have you consider looking at your life with 20/20 vision. If you are a Christian, the plans that you make for the new year should be plans that relate to what God desires to do in and through your life.

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