Enjoying the Journey

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What to Do with Your Emotions

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Emotions are a gift from God. They are also marred with the sin nature of Adam. When they are under God’s reign they feel as He feels, but when they are “out of control” they are both deceptive and destructive. The longer I work with people, the more I come to see my own depraved heart, I am convinced that emotions are the devils playground. For some reason – perhaps because he knows how susceptible we are to suggestion – much spiritual warfare takes place at the soul level. In our emotions. Think of it. Depression. Anxiety. Fear. Anger. Guilt. Envy. Jealousy. Pride. Hatred. Despair. All emotions. Many times those who are most careful to avoid sins of the flesh…

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How to Keep Yourself Stirred

One of the hardest things in serving the Lord is keeping your own heart stirred about the work you have been given to do. We all struggle with it. It is called flesh. Flesh is weak. Flesh grows weary. You cannot trust the flesh. It is not difficult to get stirred – it is difficult to stay stirred! Without a doubt, emotions will come and go. There is an ebb and flow to life and ministry. But the Lord’s laborers should work to stay enthused about the most important work in the world – God’s work. Some people run from meeting to meeting always trying to find the formula. Others depend on some motivational speaker or leader to pump them up, prime…

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A Word of Encouragement for Single Adults

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For a time in our ministry Tammy and I had the privilege of working in the single adult department of our church. We had watched many of these young adults come through our youth ministry and it was a joy to see them continuing to grow in Christ. One Sunday a fine young lady was giving a very personal testimony of the Lord’s work in her life. As she spoke I saw more clearly than ever that all of the counsel we have given to single adults comes down to one thing. Life is not about marrying the right person, admission into a certain college, or choosing a career path. No, thank God, it is much simpler than that! Yes,…

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Dealing with Disappointment – Part 2

Have you faced any disappointment in the last week? The last 24 hours? The last 10 minutes? It is inevitable. Disappointments come. In the last post I shared with you a few observations from Luke 24 related to the causes of disappointment. Some things never change! (If you missed part 1 click here to read.) Thank God, the Bible does not just tell us about our problems – it gives divine solutions. The story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus also offers a cure for disappointment. There is light in the darkness. May I begin by sharing what cannot cure your disappointment…These disciples had already heard from others that the tomb was empty, that angels had appeared, that…

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Dealing with Disappointment – Part I

We all have them. Disappointments are a part of life in an imperfect world. Every day we face the possibility of disappointment with circumstances, people, and even ourselves. It may not sound spiritual but at times we are even disappointed with God’s ways – why doesn’t He do things the way we think He should? You are not alone. In fact, the original followers of Christ faced many of the same questions and struggles. They too had to deal with disappointment. Some time ago I was meditating in Luke 24 on the encounter two disciples had on the road to Emmaus with the risen Christ. Of course, they did not know that it was Christ and could never have known…

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Still Enjoying the Journey

About four years ago I began blogging. I have been more regular at times than at others, but it has been a good exercise for me. Many friends have been kind enough to read and respond. I chose “Enjoying the Journey” as a way of expressing that for the follower of Christ it is not just the destination that is wonderful! It is the daily walk with the Lord Jesus as constant companion. (Read one of the first posts on this subject here.) Since that time I have learned much about the way God leads us on the journey of life. In an early 2015 article entitled Along the Journey, I wrote, “On every trip there are decisions to be made…Inevitably we…

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What If It Doesn’t Turn Out Your Way?

Several years ago a dear friend said to me, “You are the kind of person that has a hard time if things don’t turn out the way you think they should.”  He was right.  The Holy Spirit has brought those words to my mind many times through the years.  There are moments in all of our lives and ministries when things are not coming together as we had hoped. Just today I have heard of two different men whose lives have taken turns that they never would have imagined.  Seen only through the eyes of our understanding this can produce tremendous frustration.  But viewed through the eyes of faith it is possible to have victory!  Disappointment comes when our purposes…

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Stay.

It is often easier to leave.  Problems come and we think that is our cue to go.  Our transient world tends to promote this idea.  “Leave the marriage!  Quit the job!  Forget the friendship!  Find another ministry!  Move on and things will get better.” The result is a plethora of broken marriages, empty churches, and frustrated lives.  People leave where they are and what they should be doing for many reasons…curiosity, boredom, discouragement.  Any reason will do, and the devil will always provide one. This year I will celebrate 20 years of being at Temple Baptist Church and Crown College.  I have learned so many things through these seasons of life, but perhaps the greatest is that there are rewards…

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Handling Criticism

I like to be liked.  So do you!  There is a great danger in seeking to please men – desiring to gain their compliments and avoid their criticism.  “The fear of man bringeth a snare” (Proverbs 29:25). Living for the praise of men is empty.  Accolades and acknowledgment do not bring fulfillment.  Beware!  Compliments will make you a man of men, not a man of God.  Listening to others boast of you is just as deadly as boasting of yourself. Dr. Lee Roberson used to say that we must “die to compliments and criticism.”  Both tend to rouse the flesh.  Men who walk in the Spirit cannot afford to listen to the flesh, whether it speaks positively or negatively. You…

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A Message Christian Young People Desperately Need

It is my privilege to speak to young people on a regular basis.  I have to admit that they are my favorite group to preach to!  You always know where you stand with teenagers.  My heart is always stirred as I look into their faces and consider the potential in every one of their young lives. More and more as I look into the eyes of Christian young people I see a sense of apathy.  Resignation.  Defeat. Could it be that the enemy has successfully convinced an entire generation that their world is too far gone?  Their lives too insignificant to impact 7 billion people?  The condition too bad for them to make a difference? The devil is a liar.…

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