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As we enter the Advent season, it’s all too easy for us to lose focus of the true “reason for the season” (I know it’s cliché to say, sorry, I think it’s overdone too, but bear with me) amongst the hustle and bustle that comes along with the …

During the holiday season, we are always encouraged to remember all the things we have to be thankful for. Maybe you are one that absolutely adores the holiday season, or maybe you’re a little like me, who struggles with all the stressors thi…

“He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast; For my Savior loves me so, He will hold me fast.” The Christian life is promised to be a fulfilling one of purpose as long as one surrenders their own will to the will of the Father – but the Christian life is not promised to be easy. Forever fait…

“Oh beautiful, for spacious skies – for amber waves of grain.” Have you ever been so struck by the beauty of the world around you that you had to pause, take a moment, and write down the words that have sprung into your mind expressing your thoughts, as if in some effort to solidify what you…

“O soul, are you weary and troubled? / No light in the darkness you see?” When we are faced with the trials of life that trouble our souls, our humanity tends to give us a natural tendency to see only that which is in front of us. A gift of perspective is one that very few have, though it ca…

There inevitably come times in our lives when the Lord calls us to a place of acceptance of His assurances and promises, to a place of absolute trust – and it is in this place that He meets us where we are, and He teaches us to abide. Just as in Psalm 23, where God is described as a shepherd…

I’ll admit, prior to this week’s hymn being requested, I had never heard of it before. Upon reading the title, I was taken back to my high school English classroom where my teacher had the class memorize a new Bible verse every few weeks (this was a private Christian school, mind you). Every…

Undeniably in life, no matter how close we are to someone, some conversations are just hard to have. Whether it’s because they are awkward in general or require exposing vulnerability on our end, heavier topics can be hard to find ways to tal…

I touched a little last week on the Fruit of the Spirit. It is one fruit with several qualities-Love, Peace, Patience, Joy, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self-Control. Now everyone is different therefore, everyone will have…

What comes to mind when you think of surrender? When I asked myself that question this morning as I sat down to write this week’s Hymn History, I’ll admit that the first thing that came to my mind was from the ever-present shuffle of songs in…

The author of “I’ll Fly Away,” which is arguably one of the most widely well-known hymns ever written, is one that we have already learned about before with the history of the hymn “Jesus, Hold my Hand” - Albert E. Brumley. With over 600 publ…

While I usually feature the history behind an older hymn, this week I am choosing one that is a bit more recent. Released in 2001, “He’s Always Been Faithful to Me” by Sara Groves focuses on the spirit behind the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulne…

When you hear the word “victory,” what comes to mind? Perhaps a win for your favorite team, a relieving end to a hard-fought battle you read about in a history book, or winning a game of checkers? I want you to stop for a moment and think – w…

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Are you a morning person? Admittedly, I’m quite envious if you are as I’ve tried my whole life to be. Mornings are lovely, and even lovelier still if you are a believer who invites the presence of the Lord to join you as you sip your coffee o…

Have you ever had the opportunity to be completely anonymous? To put a piece of yourself into the world, yet no one attributes it to you; to arrive in a place where no one knows you, your family, your reputation, or your background; or to hel…

Think for a moment with me – I want you to think about the best friend (or friends) you have ever had. Pause for just a moment, and I would like for you to bring to the forefront of your mind every good thing about them. Every time they made …

In the year 1923, Thomas Obediah Chisolm wrote the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” when he was inspired by the words of Lamentations 3:22-23: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every …

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I thought of it a few days ago when the Southern Baptist Convention determined to move their 2023 annual meeting from Charlotte to New Orleans.

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When I was a boy preacher I heard affirmations from congregants such as, “Preacher, you really stepped on my toes today!” This remark meant I’d either raised my voice or spoke forthrightly about known sins (known sins in that day were smoking…

When I was a boy preacher I heard affirmations from congregants such as, “Preacher, you really stepped on my toes today!” This remark meant I’d either raised my voice or spoke forthrightly about known sins (known sins in that day were smoking…

Ephesians 6:12(NLT): “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

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It was a striking comment in a book we used in midweek Bible study. The chapter was about growing in relationships, and the writer said sometimes we had to “wound” others. He cited Proverbs 27:6: “The wounds of a friend are faithful . . . .”