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God’s Call and Lessons Learned   1 comment

January 26, 1996. Twenty years ago today I experienced an epiphany. I felt the hand and heard the voice of God. Some do not believe such things are possible and I’m fine with that. What I know is my own experience. I was being shaped and molded proceeding that moment, and remarkable events have defined my life and ministry since. I could write volumes of the things I have experienced in times gone by, but this is a blog, not a novel. For this anniversary I want to summarize some lessons learned in this fantastic adventure. Perhaps they will serve as helpful hints to others called by God.

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Anniversary   Leave a comment

15 years.  Incredible.  15 years ago today I began an adventure in full-time ministry.  The things I have learned since March 1, 1999 could fill volumes in a library and 800GB of memory.  Perhaps it is best if I just point out the bigger lessons…

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Still My Favorite   Leave a comment

Christmas.  How I could so easily write it off this year.  The economy is still down, at least it is in my world.  The costs of raising two teenagers rises constantly, especially with one graduating high school and the other about to get his driver’s license.  Would YOU like to share my car insurance bill?  Diane and I have both had health issues this year with her ankle still not quite what it should be and my knees deterioration continues to heighten.

We have emotional issues dealing with stress – I’m sure you’re shocked.  My Dad passed away this year.  School has drained more of my energy than I told it to.  David Jr. and his family will not be able to make it up from the deep south this time; maybe in spring (fingers crossed).

If I wanted to, I could easily write off this year’s Christmas and sit at home and mope.

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A Special Anniversary   2 comments

October 11, 1972.  That was the day I knelt next to my father and invited Jesus Christ to become my Savior and Lord.  Today, October 11, 2010, I celebrate 38 years of knowing Jesus personally.  Have I been an ideal disciple or model believer?  Not even close.  Have I become the perfect Pastor having been in His service full-time for the past 11+ years?  Nope.  I’m still learning as I go on all accounts.

What strikes me about today’s anniversary is how this is the first one without the one who led me in that prayer.  Dad is gone, and reflection times seem so much deeper now.  I wish that wasn’t reality, but spiritual discernment is often a branch from the tree of retrospection. Read the rest of this entry »

Never Without Vision – Always Say Never, pt.6   Leave a comment

Ephesians 3:14-21.

The words of Proverbs 29:18 can be rather daunting if you think long and hard about them.  “Where there is no vision, the people perish” is the way the King James translates these words.  While I love many translations I have to admit I appreciate how The Message states this verse, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves.”

A church without a vision or dream from above loses its purpose.  God’s vision for the church is essential for forward motion as we strive to drive on into the center of His will. Read the rest of this entry »

Uncovered Dishes – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Hebrews 10:23-25.  Real Followers series part 5.

So far I have shared that real followers of Jesus Christ believe in Jesus, work at constant spiritual growth, immerse themselves in God’s word, and communicate with the Lord regularly if not frequently through prayer.

Today I focus on fellowship.  God calls the church to community.  There are great benefits in joining together for the Lord’s Kingdom work.  From today’s text, I see three things the church should do together. Read the rest of this entry »

Anniversary   Leave a comment

March 1, 1999 – March 1, 2009.

How does one celebrate their 10-year anniversary of full-time ministry?  Do I try to list names of all the folks who have made this such a blessing?  Do I recall accomplishments as if I’m retiring?  Do I go back into my calling period and reflect upon all of those people God put in my path as mentors and helpers?  Do I say “Hi Mom!” and wave at the camera?

If I dare try to list the names of those God has placed in my life as special mentors and helpers, I will certainly miss some.  Some may not wish to have their names published on the Internet.  All I know is this: God’s call on my life was and remains crystal clear.  He gets all the credit and glory for everything I am and do. Read the rest of this entry »