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No Excuses

No Excuses While I ministered out West in the 1980’s, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City offered “No Excuse Sunday.” He listed the 15 most popular excuses given for missing church or avoiding involvement in ministries. Then he gave unusual answers. There were doctors present for those who made the excuse […]

Christ Community

Christ Community I shared last weekend about the dangerous dragon of individualism, which leads to independence from God and others. I gave a quick fly-over view of the first century church from Acts 15. This is so significant that I want you to read it for further meditation, study, and application. 1. There were obvious […]

Bless the Little Ones

Bless the Little Ones You probably know that after 20 years of faithful service as Preschool Director, Mrs. Beverly Burgoyne will be leaving our staff after Vacation Bible School. She and her husband, Paul, will be moving near her children in upstate Florida where she may be involved in teaching in some capacity. Beverly came […]

Do You Believe?

Do You Believe? In the recent Christian film, “Do You Believe?”, our Ultimate Man Day speaker for this year, Brian Bosworth (“The Boz”), played the role of a flawed believer. Brian’s testimony touched the hearts of about 1,000 men and boys recently. Like Mary and Martha, he answered the question, “Everyone who lives and believes […]

Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground A 17-acre plot in Adams County, Pennsylvania became “hallowed ground” when President Lincoln dedicated a cemetery and delivered the Gettysburg Address. The land that originally sold for $2,500 is now one of the most cherished sites in America. Janet and I have walked each of the areas of conflict of the greatest battle […]

The Mauna Loa of Scripture

The Mauna Loa of Scripture The volcano of Mauna Loa is actually the largest mountain on earth, three quarters of a mile taller than Mount Everest. Of course, much of that is under water, connecting to an underwater mountain range that forms the rest of the Hawaiian Islands. Similarly, the Jewish Feast of Passover (Seder) […]

Election Time

Election Time After all of the debate and campaigning, it is the time for Floridians to vote in the primary. This election is a significant time for believers to remember that we are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-16), actively preserving and penetrating as salt and illuminating as […]