Happy?

Here's something I teach on with regularity: God is not concerned with your happiness. He's concerned with your obedience.That's not an easy truth. It's not a pleasant truth.But it is a "true" truth.And it comes with a promise: any time we pursue happiness as a goal,...

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Why We Do What We Do (And Tongues, Revisited)

Last week, I received this email from someone in the church:I experienced something on Monday, while fasting, that I wanted to share with you. I'm not sure where to start, so I'll just say it. On Monday afternoon, I closed my eyes and prayed aloud that the Lord would...

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As It Is In Heaven

So what happens in heaven?Mitch Albom wrote about Five People You Meet In Heaven. Belinda Carlisle let us know that she believes Heaven Is A Place On Earth. Led Zeppelin sang, a bit more memorably than Ms. Carlisle, about the stairway to get there. And Jesus, of...

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Favorite Preachers

Here are my top five favorite preachers. Like ever.I limit the list to those I've heard and seen in person and those whose messages have moved and shaped me as a Christian in addition to forming me as a preacher. In almost every case, these speakers have the ability...

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Former Doubles Partner Makes Good

The guy to the right is Craig Kardon. In 1979, he and I won the Texas State Doubles Championship for Boys 18 and under. We never did that well outside of Texas, but we were still a pretty good team.He went on to play for the University of Texas, and far surpassed me...

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Perception Vs. Reality

This past Sunday, Eric & Karen Bromby did this sketch for us.Inspired by The Skit Guys, this piece came just before the sermon. Just before the sermon.It was hard to preach after being shredded like that, but it was worth it.

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Prayer & Fasting

We're having a church-wide fast today.I'm part of it. After all, it was my idea.Jesus tells his followers to keep their fasting private in Matthew 6:16-18. Yet this day is one of those rare occasions when in the spirit of solidarity, we'll encourage each other and...

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Reflections On Praying In Tongues

As you can tell from the message last Sunday as well as this week's posts, I have wanted to devote considerable time and energy to the subject of praying in tongues.So for today I want to share some concluding reflections on the subject:The best resource on the topic...

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When You Run Out Of Words

There are times when needs are so great or burdens are so heavy that I don't know what to pray for or even how to pray. It's as if the prayer issue is beyond my ability to articulate.Another way of saying it: I've run out of words.Which is the reality to which Romans...

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Spirit To Spirit Communication

"For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit." I Corinthians 14:2"For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful." I Corinthians 14:14Aren't those words...

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