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Tightening the Focus

Whenever we talk about discipleship, we always emphasize reading the Bible and praying. A lot of people will start reading the Bible with no particular goal in mind and meander around in the Scriptures for a few months until they get bored, and then drop it all together. Whenever Bible reading is mentioned again, they’ll simply say they didn’t get much out of it and not try again. So, let me ask this basic question: Why do we read the Bible in the first place? The answer is simple. We read the Bible to know Jesus better. We pray...more

It’s Never Been this Bad… Or Has It?

Every generation thinks they are living in the worst time of history – ever! The economy will never recover, the kids are out of control, politicians are crooks and the preachers are all hypocrites. “If we don’t turn our world around,” the conventional wisdom goes, “the whole world is going to hell in a hand basket.” These days, it’s hard to go more than one or two Sundays without hearing someone make a Doom’s Day prophecy. Before we get too carried away in our despair, let’s step back and think a minute. Do you remember studying the history of...more

Criticism

According to the people who stay up late at night and worry about these things, immediate feedback is a necessary part of learning. If you’re trying to learn a new skill, and do it well, you need to have a way of knowing if you’re doing it right or wrong while you’re doing it. Criticism. . .we all get it, so how do we deal with it? First, (and this took me a long time to learn) those critics are sometimes living with a lot of pain, and anger is the only language they know. I’ve learned to listen...more

Staying Within the Lines

Do you remember when you were coloring in your favorite coloring book and someone in authority (parent or teacher) would remind you to stay within the lines of the drawing on the paper? The pictures hung on the walls for admiration were all of those pictures neatly shaded between the lines. The pictures were perfect. . .just the right colors in just the right places. But what they had in neatness, they lacked in energy. So, most of us learned to color any way we wanted to – lines or no lines. It was our picture, our art, and...more

Why Men Don’t Wear Hats in Church

Before leading his team into the Sugar Bowl played that year in the New Orleans Superdome, Coach “Bear” Bryant was asked why he wasn’t wearing his trademark “hounds tooth” hat. “Because,” he said, “Mama told me not to wear my hat indoors.” We’re a few generations from the days when a well-chosen hat was part of a gentleman’s attire. In those days, a young man would have been educated in proper hat etiquette. A young man would have learned how to tip his hat to a lady, and which hats were considered “work” hats and which hats were considered...more
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