What The Bible DOESN’T Say

One of the best ways to read Scripture is to ask yourself, "What is this passage saying by what it DOESN'T say?"For example, take a look at John 10:10, where Jesus says, "I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly."  Think of all the things that...

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The Week Ahead

It's Monday morning.Time to take stock of the week ahead.More than most, this week to come has an intriguing blend of the urgent and the important, and balancing those two has always been among my most difficult challenges in ministry.Here's a glance at some of what...

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X-Ray Launch — Diagnosis

Sometimes just looking at something isn’t enough.Sometimes you need to look inside it.An X-RAY allows you beneath the surface, to the places you can’t see with the naked eye.It exposes the deeper truth; the reality of your circumstances.It helps you know exactly what...

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Part 2 Of A Late In Life Reading Lesson

Yesterday, I confessed that I am just now learning how to read the New Testament epistles accurately, and as an example took you through the first fourteen verses of Ephesians.Once readers make the proper distinction between the "we" and the "you," they are...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Voices For Spoken Word

You know it when you hear it.A voice that calls a sporting event, reports the news, speaks over an advertisement, or proclaims the gospel -- and does so with the kind of depth and resonance that makes you want to hear it again and again and again.Usually that kind of...

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Bookends To A Sunday Worship Gathering

We started worship yesterday (September 8) with a look back at what God had done when the church "went home" the previous Sunday.After a montage like that people were in a mood to sing to the Lord and then to listen to his word. Then, as the service concluded 60...

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First Serve This Weekend

This weekend marks the return of our First Serve outreach.Good Shepherd ServeTeams will fan throughout our community and engage in works of mercy, justice, love, and helps.You can find your place to serve here. We believe that serving in love is vital evidence of a...

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Out Of The Trappings And Into The Heart

On a recent workday, a Methodist-preacher-colleague and I were having a conversation about church structure.  Committees, boards, budgets, and the like.Hardly riveting stuff, to be sure.Yet some enlightenment emerged.Here's why:  both of us realized that we...

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