Known and Loved

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8 When He died ...I did not exist ...except in His mind. I was just another unborn sinner with a lifetime of future offenses ...but I was known ...He knew this lost and broken …

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Alone with Him

When we realize that God is not some faraway distant and disinterested deity... When we learn that He invites us to draw near on a pathway blazed by His Son... When we discover that He made us to be satisfied only by continuously and deeply drinking from the life He alone can provide... When we …

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purity

not a goal, but a result... not for religious professionals, but for His sons & daughters... not for gaining public attention, but for a divine audience... not for my reputation, but for my sanity... not a terminal destination, but a highway... not where I am going, but how... not a decoration on display, but the …

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Experiencing Easter

As the sun rises on this Easter morning, believers around the world are gathering to worship the One who completely defeated death (and every other enemy of the human soul). Sermons are being preached describing the biblical accounts of a risen Jesus. Each story is an eyewitness testimony of an encounter with a no-longer-dead man… …

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Birthed in Revival: Shubal Stearns and the Remarkable Expansion of Baptists in the South

Author's Note: Written in 2011, my purpose for this brief monograph was two-fold. First, I wanted to introduce Shubal Stearns, a pivotal figure in Baptist history, yet someone who is little known outside of academic circles. Second, I wanted to demonstrate the relationship between Stearns and the phenomenal growth of Baptists across the South. Many …

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The Beatdown: Runaway Expectations in the Life of a Pastor

Not. One. More. Thing. He was physically tired and emotionally spent. For four years he had done everything he knew to get the church growing again, but with no visible results. He no longer looked forward to preaching. Committee meetings had become gripe sessions. The mounting criticism of his leadership was withering to his soul. …

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LIFE in His Presence

When Jesus steps into the room... If you are blind, you will see; If you are deaf, you will hear His voice; If you are an offender of others, you will love others by seeking their forgiveness; If you are bound, you will be set free; If you are an enemy, you will be reconciled; …

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Counting Down to the Christmas Revolution

Looking for a personal devotional you can use for Christmas? I offer this one for FREE... no limits, no lines, and no waiting for a package to arrive! In 2012 following a year of great personal turmoil, I was led to write a devotional reflecting on the revolutionary nature of Christmas... one each day from …

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His Cross, My Victory

if His cross is the only victory I experience in this life it is more than enough to satisfy my deepest longings now and for all eternity none of my losses and defeats no matter how painful or shameful to me can withstand the boundless oceans of mercy still flowing from His triumph over the …

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Because You Have Been a Warrior

Thank you veteran... for leaving home and enduring hardships; for serving a cause greater than yourself; for seeking the welfare of the weak; for risking your life for the sake of others; for standing up for the freedom of all citizens (no matter whether they value the sacrifice you made for them). Because you have …

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