encouragement

  • Comfort in Tragedy

      My heart, like yours I am sure, grieves for those families who lost loved ones in the senseless killing in Newtown Ct.  As I watched the news, and saw pictures of parents going to pick up their children only to discover with horror that their child’s life was lost, I wept for them and I […]

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  • A Time to Laugh…

    This past Monday, we celebrated Labor Day by enjoying our annual church picnic.    This is an event that most of the church looks forward to participating is.    We had perfect weather, a record attendance and enough food that would make any true Baptist proud. But is there more to a picnic than just […]

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  • WHY?

    I wonder if you have ever been stuck with a situation that is unanswerable?   In other words… you don’t know the answer “WHY” something happened.    A tragedy that enters someone’s life… an event that happened in someone’s childhood… a disease that has been diagnosed.    Those types of situations that tend to try and turn […]

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  • Defining or Being Defined by the Culture

      This week, as a society, we experienced an unprecedented announcement by our president that he is in support of homosexuals being afforded the same opportunity to marry as men and women have. This announcement, while it is not shocking to say the least, does ratchet up the departure of our culture from the truths of the […]

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  • What Anniversary’s Teach Me

    As we prepare to celebrate our 7th Anniversary of the Tri-State Baptist Church, I am reflecting upon the goodness of God in my life… and it has reminded me of some things that I want to share with you.   #1) The Gospel still works… when I got saved at 31 years old in 1993, […]

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  • A Refreshing Reminder

    The Christmas season has come and gone and as we all prepare for the New Year, it should not be without reflection upon what 2011 has taught us.   In my own life, there have been many lessons from last year and for 2012 I have set some personal goals that God will have to […]

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  • What to do when you are Criticized?

    Someone has said… “If you don’t want to be criticized then say nothing, do nothing and stand for nothing”. If you decide to speak openly… do something for God and stand on biblical truth… expect criticism. Now that we have that settled… what do we do when criticism comes. #1) Decide if there is any […]

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  • Learning Contentment

    It is amazing to me that we can live in a country of affluence and still be discontent. Many times it is because Christians tie contentment with material possessions or with life being on an even keel. In other words… as long as life is not in an upheaval and I have the latest gadget, […]

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  • Have we Thrown out the Baby of Standards?

    There was a time where spirituality in Independent Baptist Churches was measured by the outward standards that a person had…. we all know that a persons spirituality is a heart issue between them and the Lord Jesus Christ. However… here is the problem… in recent years, I have seen many people throwing out the baby […]

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