Enjoying the Journey

Archive for January 2019

Looking Ahead To February

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It is a privilege to labor with others for the cause of Christ. The Lord is doing some wonderful things in churches all over this country. I thank God for faithful pastors and praying people in so many places. Let’s pray for one another and commit to be faithful until Jesus comes! January has been a month of blessings and we praise God for it. As we approach a new month I would like to ask you to pray with us for the following meetings… Friday-Saturday, February 1-2 – Spiritual Avalanche Youth Rally, Gateway Baptist Church, Blacksburg, VA, Pastor Scott Souther Sunday, February 3 – Morning and Evening Services, Auburn Baptist Church, Riner, VA, Pastor Shake Smith Saturday, February 9…

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No Time To Change

This week I am preaching for a dear friend and wonderful pastor in south Florida. Tom Odom pastors the First Baptist Church of Southwest Broward in Cooper City. God is using him and his beautiful family and the work is being especially blessed of God. One of the joys in the ministry God has given us is in seeing former students and friends from Crown College. I meet them all over the country. This morning as I prayed my heart rejoiced in the fact that so many are staying true to Christ and to God’s Word. Pastor Sexton and a host of other Bible teachers gave us something that does not fade with time: a high view of God and…

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7 Ways To Use The Daily Podcast

Podcasts are a wonderful resource for personal, daily growth. Listening to the faithful teaching of God’s Word has often been used to instruct and inspire me along the way. My prayer for our Enjoying The Journey podcast is that the Lord would use it to help people get into the Word of God for themselves. Nothing should substitute for your own time in the Scriptures! As I travel I continue to meet people who tell me they are “enjoying the journey” in different ways. Here are a few ideas that have been shared with me by regular listeners: A guide for personal devotions. Don’t just listen; open your Bible and follow along! Go beyond the broadcast to meditate and study the passage…

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An Open Door To Reach The Colleges And Universities Of America

One of the early gospel efforts Tammy and I were privileged to serve in at Temple Baptist Church was the Christian Volunteers ministry on the campus of the University of Tennessee. During that time over twenty years ago God stirred a deep burden in my heart to reach college students for Christ. Kyle Austin also caught that passion and has now committed himself to helping local churches begin Collegians For Christ chapters at universities and colleges across America. I am happy to share his guest post and hope that you will pray about how God could use you to take the truth to your local campus and touch the world… Where can you go to reach America and its future leaders? Where can you go to reach atheists and agnostics from all over the world? What about Muslims from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, or Iran? What about Buddhists and…

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My 90 Day Adventure

Bible reading schedules have not been a great help to me. While I can appreciate the discipline they develop, for me they often became a distraction, a duty, a drudgery. Personally I have found it better through the years to take a smaller portion of Scripture each day and meditate on it. Each person has to find what works best for them. There is no clear cut pattern in Scripture for how many chapters to read each day! At different times in life you may vary your reading pattern as well. At the beginning of this year I decided that I was going to do something I had not done before and try to go through the Bible in 90…

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Great Minds Or Great Hearts?

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Early this week I was in Fort Myers, Florida. One afternoon between meetings I had the joy of visiting Thomas Edison’s and Henry Ford’s winter homes. It was fascinating to read about the lives of these famous innovators. And a little sad. As I sat watching a film about the bitter relationship between Henry Ford and his only son Edsel, I thought what a waste a great mind is without a great heart. Our world is full of great minds. Scientists, doctors, entrepreneurs, inventors, philosophers, teachers, leaders all make their mark on history. Yet too often when you read the personal history of great thinkers you discover that something is tragically missing in the deepest part of their lives. It…

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Help Us Spread The Gospel

I love the gospel. It was the good news of Jesus Christ that changed my life and my eternal destiny! Every good thing in my life grows out of the gospel. Day after day I am witnessing the power of the gospel to change hearts and homes. It is the only true light for our nation and the only lasting hope for this generation. Several months ago the Lord led me to write a gospel tract, Would You Like A New Start? Watch the brief story behind the tract here. Over the last few weeks I have met two people who looked at the question on the front of the tract and said the same words: “I need this!” They were different people – one…

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It’s Not Automatic!

It was embarrassing to say the least. There I stood in a public restroom waving my hands furiously under the faucet, grumbling that someone really should fix the sensor. Why on earth wouldn’t the water come out? Then I realized – it’s not automatic. That’s right, it was one of the old fashioned kind. The kind you have to turn on! No one was there to enjoy the spectacle but I had a good laugh at myself, and a reminder that everything in life is not automatic. Our world has become so automated. Everything it seems is automatic! With all of our smart technology we rarely think about so many things that other generations labored to have. But, is that…

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Help For Preachers

Today I have the opportunity to preach to a wonderful group of preachers. My heart is to encourage them. Thank the Lord for faithful ministers! Like their Chief Shepherd they live “not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” Yet in the midst of busy lives and labors ministers must pause long enough to minister to their own inner man. Too often while Christian workers are building the kingdom they are tearing down their own souls. It was for this purpose that Pastor Scott Hooks and I hosted The Preacher’s Rest last year in Hickory, North Carolina. The response was overwhelming. We had a wonderful time of fellowship, study, and prayer with so many preachers and their wives. Our desire…

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Channels For God

Last week I had the joy of spending a few days with my friend and fellow worker Stephen Troell. He and his beautiful family have been serving in the Middle East for the last six years and are now on the threshold of another great step of faith. Later this year they will transition to Baghdad to continue the work that God has given them to do. Stephen has been of inestimable help to me personally in our work. Faithworks Media produces our website, podcast, and resources. More than that, he has encouraged me to keep launching out into new areas in faith. The Troells are giving their lives to be channels for the love of God. I am writing…

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