Fish Out Of Water

On the way back from a conference with some Methodist preacher friends, we stopped in the small town of Walterboro, South Carolina.To put it mildly, I was NOT in my element.The bag I'm holding contains two books I bought and not any antiques I discovered.

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The Wisdom Of Nahum

The Old Testament book of Nahum is an unlikely place for devotional reading.It consists primarily of warnings towards and judgments against the city of Nineveh, a locale we know mostly through the OT book of Jonah.And let's face it: Jonah is on the Hebrew best seller...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Australian Memories

Every year at this time, the eyes of the tennis world turn down under as the Australian Open kicks off the season in what they're calling "The Grand Slam Of Asia and The Pacific."And my mind turns to that time in 1976 when my parents, older brother and I spent five...

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Can You Interpret This One?

In last Tuesday's post, I admitted that I am unable to interpret dreams.Apparently, that includes my own.But did I have a doozy the other night . . .It was Easter Sunday.We had chosen to hold our worship services off-site. Some cavernous, confusing auditorium.Chris...

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Mission Trips Anyone?

We recently added a new feature to our website called "Impact Community."It details some of the mission trips we have planned in 2011.And if there's one thing I've learned about the people of Good Shepherd it's this: when you give them an opportunity to make a...

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The Church In One Body

During a hospital visit this week, a young woman said quietly to me, "I like the church because there are all different races there. I wouldn't want to go to a church that was just all white or all black."Music to my ears, of course.And then she said something that...

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Spirit And Spontaneity

In a planning meeting today for our next series (called The Forgotten God, based on the book by Francis Chan), our worship design team talked about some of the misperceptions people have of ministry that is truly "Spirit-filled."If a preacher stands and announces that...

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A Prayer That Makes You Think

As part of "Good Smell Rising" yesterday, I shared this prayer that I found in a collection edited by Chuck Swindoll:I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;I was made weak, that I may learn humbly to obey.I asked God for health, that I may do greater things;I...

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