Thanksgiving Memories

So here are some things I remember from Thanksgivings growing up and Thanksgivings grown up . . .My mom making pumpkin pie. (By the way, my mother turned 93 yesterday and she still plays tennis, writes books, and gives speeches. If that's not something to be thankful...

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Welcoming Well

I have found that in church life, the more you prepare to receive guests, the more guests you will receive.It even happened back at Mt. Carmel Church in Monroe, NC, a congregation I served from 1990-1999. Once we put a plan in place that all first time guests would...

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Hand Written Note Stuff

Writing notes or letters by hand is fast becoming a lost art form. Almost a relic, like, well, like this letter signed by Abraham Lincoln. Except I do what I can to make sure that in our church culture at least, hand written notes become a recovered art form. That's...

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More Loved

So we've done How He Loves Us by John Mark McMillan both Sundays of the Loved series. You can see and hear it here, as performed by Kim Walker.The first Sunday, our own April Geiger did a heart-stopping, awe-inspiring, goose bumping version of it as part of our...

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Right In Their Own Eyes

Judges 17:6 says it this way:"In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes."And when people do what is right in their own eyes . . . they usually end up doing wrong.What was the cause of the dilemma in Judges 17? A...

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When People Cry

I spend last weekend in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where Julie and I attended my niece's wedding. My niece is the daughter of my brother, the one who was recently elected a District Judge. You can read that post here.But weddings usually make people cry.So do funerals....

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Loved Goes Global

This is a picture of Eben Joseph Whisonant.He's in Vietnam now.Soon he'll be home in the Carolinas. Our very own Cathy Whisonant is there today, deeply involved in the process of adopting him. Shortly, she'll bring him home to his new family at Good Shepherd.Cathy is...

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KidzBlitz

Tonight we'll have close to 700 kids at the church.We'll have many others who are kids at heart.If last year is any indication, a lot of those kids will understand and trust Jesus for the very first time because of KidzBlitz Live.And that makes all the planning,...

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Unexpected Abundance

With the economy in such turmoil and so many people uncertain about their own jobs, we almost didn't do any kind of stewardship campaign this fall.I'm glad we did.Oddballs built to that Sunday in which we asked people to make estimates of their giving to God through...

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Cool Church . . . or Spirit-Filled?

A friend told me not long ago that he feels Good Shepherd is trying really hard to be a "cool" church.Ouch. With love, but ouch.It probably hurts so much because there is more than a grain of truth in it. The language we use, the songs we sing, the visuals we display...

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