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Seven Tips for This Year’s Bible Reading

Like many of you, we are beginning a new Bible reading plan in our home for 2017. I heard a wonderful message just last night on the subject of reading the Word of God. The Scriptures are so wonderful! We may grow stale, but the Lord is perennially fresh! We are instructed in 1 Timothy 4:13 to “give attendance to reading.” Reading the Bible is not the end of what we should do with the Word of God, but it is a good beginning. The simple discipline of reading the Scriptures will do wonders for your heart and home. It will give God the opportunity to speak to you in a personal way. There are a variety of different Bible…

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How to Make the Most of the New Year

A special hour-glass sits on the desk in my study. It was a gift from my family and means a great deal to me. It actually measures fifteen minutes of time and is a constant reminder to me that every moment counts. Minutes become hours. Hours become days. And days become – well, you get the idea. Recently my dad passed along to me a powerful quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799): “The hour-glass is a reminder not only of time’s quick flight, but concurrently also of the dust to which we shall at last return.” We measure time by years. By months. By events. By accomplishments. God measures time by days. God’s measurement of our lives is much different from…

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6 Things to Do in the Last 6 Days of the Year

The final week of the year is perhaps the strangest week of the year. It is like living in limbo. One year seems all but gone and the next is not yet here. Many will wait until January 1 to begin their resolutions. But wise men know “better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof” (Eccl. 7:8). Do you remember the intensity and intent with which you began this year for the Lord? Do not simply regret that it waned. Refuse to wait, and waste another day, to regain it! Finish well. End as you desired when you started. A new day begins best when the previous day ended right. And so it is with a new…

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A Personal Invitation to CORE 2017

One of Satan’s greatest tools is discouragement. I am afraid that many preachers are so disillusioned with the condition of our nation that they wonder if there is anything they can do to make a difference. This is a strategy of the wicked one. Never has a generation of believers had so much opportunity for the gospel! We must not allow our hope to diminish or our expectation to die. Christ is at work, and we should be too! There is nothing wrong in this world that the gospel cannot fix, and there is nothing missing in churches that revival could not supply! I am very happy to be a part of a special upcoming event, the first ever Conference On Revival…

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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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2015 – The Year of the Bible

Last January the American Bible Society released a study of the most “Bible-minded” cities in the United States.  Our city was ranked number one.  Knoxville, Tennessee was listed first in residents with the highest levels of regular Bible reading and belief in the accuracy of Scripture.  While I am happy that our town led this list I am puzzled at the lack of “Bible living” that is seen on a daily basis.  Belief affects behavior. One year later I can tell you that the greatest need in our city and in my own life is for more attention to be given to the Word of God.  Not lip service or academic discussion.  Diligent, personal, obedient study of God’s revelation to…

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My Thoughts on the Last Night of the Year

It was a joy to be with our church family tonight in the last hours of 2014.  We came to the Lord’s table together and our hearts were turned toward the Lord Jesus and what He has done for needy sinners.  Sinners like me. The end of another year brings reflection and remembrances.  The beginning of another lends itself to rededication’s and resolutions.  While there is nothing wrong with either, both must lead us to Christ.  As I look back on the last twelve months I am overwhelmed with my own failures.  The best of intentions and unfulfilled promises.  Sound familiar? If you are not careful such thoughts can lead to morbid introspection and despair. Here is a better thought:…

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Brief Thoughts on How to Make Prayer More Meaningful

The new year brings with it fresh thoughts about our devotional life.  We all need to give more time and attention to prayer.  To God.  Recently a fine young man sent me a message to ask for a few pointers on prayer.  I felt ashamed to speak on the subject in so many ways.  There is so much more to learn about true communion with God.  My answer to him was simple: 1.  Learn to pray by doing it. We do not learn to pray by listening to lectures on prayer or reading books about the subject.  Prayer is fellowship with God.  It is deepened only by time spent in His presence.  Find a place.  Make time.  Pray. 2.  Spend…

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How to Make the Most of the New Year

Another “how to” post?  Not exactly.  There will be no formula.  No equation.  No list.  No step by step instructions.  But there is a truth – one powerful truth – that can help you make the most of the year ahead. We measure our lives in years.  God measures them in days.  Read Psalm 90 and notice the Lord’s emphasis on “the days of our years.” The way to make the most of the year is to make the most of the days.  One day at a time.  In fact, very ordinary days can turn in to an extraordinary year. When the journal of the famed explorer Christopher Columbus was discovered, one entry seemed to fill most days.  It was…

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“At the Gate of the New Year”

It is Christmas, 1939, in London, England.  King George VI addresses the British Empire as he does every year at this time.  In his speech he quotes a beautiful poem that his daughter has just given him.  The powerful words would continue to be connected to the Royal Family for years to come.  They are inscribed on the gates of the chapel at Windsor Castle: And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:  “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied, “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.  That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known…

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