Enjoying the Journey

Archive for August 2019

Endings And Beginnings – Our September Schedule

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It is amazing how quickly the summer season goes. Our kids are now back in school and hints of fall are in the air. As students return to their classrooms, we must all remember what God has taught us this summer. For many, the start of school is the restart of regular schedules and routines. Every day that schedule should include time with God, but we must guard that those times never become merely routine! September is a busy month of revival meetings. More than anything, our nation needs a fresh stirring of God’s Spirit. I often feel like the prophet Jeremiah, who lamented: “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:20). Pray with…

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On “Christian Celebrities” Renouncing Christ

A number of “Christian” celebrities have recently renounced their faith and begun to actively question the reality of God. Many are shocked and some are confused. What should we make of all this? This is not new. Judas was fairly well known and respected but he too renounced Christ. This is Satan’s work and just evidence of enemy movements. It really doesn’t matter who the person is. Remember how Judas’ story ends. The fact that a person is well known does not mean he knows the Lord at all. Only God knows the heart, but it is possible for people to be so consumed with the complexity of themselves that they miss the simplicity of Christ. The only star in…

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Free Pastor’s Luncheon This Week!

I love pastors and thank God for the privilege to labor with so many of them for the gospel. This week it is our privilege to host a special pastor’s luncheon with Evangelist Byron Foxx in my hometown of Beckley, WV. If you are a pastor, staff member, or evangelist within driving distance we would love to have you join us on Thursday, August 29. We will have a wonderful time of fellowship and look forward to sharing more information about the special gospel rallies being scheduled for next year in southern West Virginia… Location: Golden Corral Restaurant, 1320 N. Eisenhower Drive, Beckley, WV 25801 Time: Thursday, August 29, 11 a.m Purpose: Prayer and planning for the God Bless America…

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Guest Post: Fall On Your Face Before You Fall On Your Face

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Dan Knickerbocker is a happy Christian, a dear friend, and an encourager to God’s people. He is being used of the Lord in evangelism all over the country and is constantly emphasizing the need for fervent prayer in our churches. I am honored to post this article and pray that God will use it to stir us all to seek the Lord. -SP “…then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.”– Genesis 4:26b. “And Enoch walked with God – Genesis 5:22. “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with men..” – Genesis 6:3. Some fall on their face before God because they love Him, many because of a crisis, and others to know God’s will. Think of…

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Attn: Preacher’s & Preacher’s Wives!

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9). Weariness is common among workers. You cannot always put your finger on it – it may be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual – maybe a combination of different factors. Sometimes we must press through and work through the weary season. But sometimes it is best to come apart and rest awhile (Mark 6:31). We are just days away from The Preacher’s Rest and I want to encourage preachers and their wives to join us in Hickory, NC for this special time of refreshing. (Watch last year’s highlight video.) This year we will examine what is essential for ministers to keep…

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A Brand New Series Of Bible Messages Now Available

When I was a student in college, Dr. Frank Sells once challenged us to choose a “life book” – a book of the Bible to immerse ourselves in and to hide in our hearts. That book became the New Testament letter of Philippians for me. It has for many years served as both an anchor to keep me from drifting and a prod to move me forward.  Over time the truth of “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4) became the ministry emphasis of “Enjoying The Journey.” We all preach and teach out of the overflow of what God is teaching us. I love sharing with others the reality of joy that is found in…

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The Lost Art Of Christian Hospitality

Every week I have the privilege of being hosted by wonderful Christians.  While there is “no place like home” it is also true that there is “nothing like being with God’s people.” It’s more than friendship – it’s family. Recently as I spent time with some very gracious people I was reminded of the necessity and purpose of Christian hospitality. In the ancient world to open your home was to open your heart. The Apostle Paul repeatedly referenced the kindness that was shown to him on his missionary travels. Christian hospitality is more than merely meeting human needs – it is showing the love of God. The Lord Jesus Christ was frequently hosted in homes and blessed by the kindness of…

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Life’s Delays

Delayed. One of the most dreaded words in air travel. It glares in yellow letters from the airport monitors. The very word sounds like what it represents – a long indefinite period.  Few updates bring more downcast looks. Frustration rises. Immediately the questions begin to come…Why? How long? Is the new time accurate or just hopeful? What can we do differently? Will I make my connection or appointment? Whose fault is this anyway? Where can I get another cup of coffee while I worry? Pace if you want to. Fret if you will. Look for someone to blame. Join the ranks of those who are fussing about the inconvenience. But in the end we all just have to sit down…

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A Tract A Day

Just a few days ago my dad challenged our home church family to take 6 gospel tracts – one for each day between Sundays – and pass them along to others. Great numbers of people took 6 tracts to share with family, friends, and strangers. It has been wonderful to see the good response of people in the community and a wonderful reminder of a simple way to share Christ. As I have been working to stay “armed with the gospel” every day I have been reminded of several things: Giving out a tract is not the goal – pointing people to Jesus is the goal! In many instances a kind word and a gospel tract may open up a…

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Guest Post: Lessons Learned At The Bulletin Board

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You are going to be encouraged by this wonderful article by my friend Dr. Charles Keen. A great deal of wisdom flows through nearly 60 years of ministry. Read more from his pen at https://gcpublishers.org. In my school days, the “social media” existed in two mediums – the water cooler for the faculty and the bulletin board for the student. From these two locations, we kept current with (our) world view. The grade schoolers gathered at the bulletin board to check on their Spelling Bee status. The high school girls gathered to see if they made the cheerleading squad or the volleyball team. We boys world view consisted of the seasonal sport and to see if we made the cut. In our school that…

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