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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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From the Beginning to the End

A new year is upon us, and with it comes both anticipation and anxiety. We are excited about the new possibilities—albeit pursuing new possibilities is often accompanied by anxieties over the unknowns that come with new choices. God has blessed us to be alive to start 2020, and since he is a purposeful God, we know he has some purposes for each of us to fulfill each year. God has put us where we are to partner with him to accomplish his purposes.

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Role Reversal

Christmas is that time of year that seems to bring out the best in us. It’s the time when we experience a role reversal, as we think of others before thinking of ourselves. Perhaps this is a hidden by-product of Christmas. Is this role reversal a fluke? Or in the original Christmas event, did God give us an example of putting others first?

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What Are You Waiting For?

Waiting seems to be woven into the fabric of Christmas. We wait for the season to begin, and then we count down the days left until Christmas Day. We wait in lines when shopping in stores, wait for parking spots at malls, and wait for planes or trains to arrive.

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The Missing Ingredient of Thanksgiving

Some of the best meals are somewhat simple in their contents, but when prepared with love and slow-cooked with time-tested techniques, they become the food of kings. Several months ago we watched a television show where the chef sought to discover the secret ingredients of traditional meals—sometimes still prepared over open fires, or slow-cooked. His discovery is summarized in this statement: “Time is the missing ingredient in our cooking today.” And there is much truth to this statement.

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Follow the Invisible God

When Jesus invites people to enter into a relationship with himself, he uses the words: “Come, follow me.” We often read over those words and miss the meaning of the word “follow.”

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