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Give Thanks

When our lives are transformed by God’s grace and filled with the Spirit, one of the results will be a grateful heart.  We will approach every day, every relationship, and every circumstance with a bias toward giving thanks. Perhaps that’s why the Apostle Paul mentions gratitude and thanksgiving three different times in the space of just six verses (Colossians 3:12-16) that describe who we are and how we are to live in Christ.  This powerful passage concludes by saying: And...

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The Flu Shot and the Blood of Jesus

Virtually everyone is aware that we are in the midst of a particularly virulent flu season.  As the New York Times reported recently: “As of February 2, infection rates for the 2017-2018 flu season were still rising, higher than those in any year since 2009, when the swine flu was pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even more worrying, the hospitalization rate is the highest that the C.D.C. has ever recorded at this point in the season. It has just...

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And the Survey Says

What if you could survey about 80,000 people in more than 200 churches about their spiritual growth and how it happens? What if those people were all along a spiritual continuum – from merely “exploring” faith in Christ to an “all in” Christ-centered commitment? What if you could measure over fifty factors to assess their impact on spiritual growth? And what if those factors included: (1) beliefs and attitudes; (2) organized church activities; (3) personal spiritual...

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A River of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you will pause today personally to give thanks to God through Jesus Christ for all the “good gifts” that have come to you from his gracious hand. For as the Scripture says: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17, ESV).  He is indeed the “fount of every blessing!” The hymn-writer, Johnson Oatman, Jr., has challenged us well: “Count your many blessings, name them one by one;...

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The Reformation at 500

On October 31, 1517 – five hundred years ago – Martin Luther, a young Catholic monk, posted his 95 theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. That was the spark that set ablaze the religious movement we know now as the Protestant Reformation.  And it was a movement that literally and radically changed the world. But, one might ask, “Is the Reformation over?  What is its lasting significance?  Why should it matter to me?” One might also ask: “So, in...

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Healthy Habits

In these first few weeks of August, the focus for many in our community will be the return to patterns or habits that revolve around school. Five-year-olds will experience elementary school for the first time. Seniors will rise up as key leaders in their high schools. College students will come to town with their sights set on a career choice. Gone are the summer “sleep-in” days, lounging by the pool, and the yearly break in routine. Maybe you aren’t in this stage in your life. But...

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30 Years and Counting!

It was on March 14, 1987 – 30 years ago this past Tuesday – that my wife, Beverly, and I said “I do.” We could not have known then that the Lord’s plan was to bring us to Macon and to Ingleside in 1989, or that two girls would be born and reared, and launched into life from here. But now, from a three-decades-in perspective, we see that in ways far too many to number the Lord has “dealt bountifully” with us (Psalm 13:6) and that “the lines” of our lives “have...

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Robust and Relevant

Merriam-Webster defines these two terms this way: robust – a: having or exhibiting strength or vigorous health; b: having or showing vigor, strength, or firmness; c:  strongly formed or constructed relevant – a: having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand; synonyms include words like: germane, pertinent, and applicable, the latter meaning “bringing a general rule or principle to bear upon a particular case” I have contemplated a question quite often...

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One A Day?

Where does your mind go when you hear “one a day”?  My thoughts go to vitamins. In fact, “one a day” is a registered trademark of Bayer Healthcare LLC under which they market a family of fifteen or so different multivitamin products.  Bayer first introduced the “one a day” line in 1940. The idea is simple and compelling.  Take one vitamin every day and it will improve your overall physical health and wellbeing. A Chapter a Day.  In a similar way, last year I began...

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A Path to Spiritual Vitality

Do you yearn for greater spiritual vitality?  Do you desire to have a closer relationship with God?  Do you want to know more of his wisdom and power every day? If so, there’s a proven path revealed in Scripture that you should know.  It’s a path that begins and ends in real, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  And, it’s a path that can be outlined in four biblical words. What are those words?  Here they are: Come - the journey begins when we come to Jesus in...

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