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As We Begin Our 5th Year In Evangelism

An Open Letter to Friends from Scott Pauley

Life is not a series of endings, it is a series of new beginnings. Five years ago we finished a season of ministry at a wonderful church and college, and began the gospel and revival work that God has given us. Now, we stand at the end of our fourth year and the beginning of another year of ministry. I am more excited than ever about what the Lord has called us to do! As we begin our 5th year in evangelism here are 5 of the greatest truths God is teaching me: The Bible is enough. God’s Word speaks to the deepest need of every heart. The Scriptures are all-sufficient in every place, every day. I can testify that…

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The Greatest Challenge I Have

A few days ago it was my great joy to untangle the many strands of Christmas lights that somehow magically weave themselves into ridiculous knots during the off season. Why can’t these things be easy? I muttered to myself (again), “There has to be a simpler way!” Something in all of us, at all seasons, cries out for simplicity. We all have our challenges in life. With age and responsibility comes new layers of things to work through. If you are not careful, life can get very complicated! In the midst of constant turmoil and complexity the Apostle Paul said that he had to work to live his life “in simplicity and godly sincerity” (2 Corinthians 1:12). Later in the…

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The Miracle Continues

Around this time of year it is not uncommon to hear someone refer to “a Christmas miracle.” A miracle is something that cannot be explained by natural wisdom or human ability. It is an intersection with almighty God! To be sure there are many miracles associated with the coming of Christ to Bethlehem: There is the miracle of the incarnation itself! God became a man without ever ceasing to be God. Deity was robed with humanity, glory was veiled by humility. The highest became the lowest. (Philippians 2:5-8) There is the miracle of the virgin birth. Never before and not since has a child been born without the aid of a human father. The miracle was not Mary, but the…

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Your Christmas Prayer List

Is your Christmas shopping list complete? Christmas card lists, grocery lists, gift lists…tis the season for written reminders! What about your Christmas prayer list? At this time of year it is easy to grow overly introspective. In fact, that can even become selfishness. It is easy to fixate on your own family and contemplate only your own wants. A Christian Christmas will always consider others. The greatest gift you ever give is intercession. Your prayers can touch hearts and homes that you cannot even see. Here are a few suggestions for your Christmas prayer list… Pray through your Christmas cards. Take each card, note, picture, or gift as a prayer reminder for friends and family. “I thank my God upon…

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For Those Who Love Children

“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.” The greatest way to impact the future of a nation is to reach another generation of children. More than ever, we need people with a passion to reach and teach children for Christ! My friend, Pastor Mark Fowler, worked with children for many years. Some time ago he compiled for his church a list from the life of Samuel of “What I Wish Every Child Had.” These are wonderful truths from 1 Samuel and I am happy to pass them along to you… Every child should be prayed for (1:10, 11, 20, 26-27). Every child should be given to God (1:11, 22,28). Every child should be taught to live…

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GUEST POST: America This Week

This week we witnessed a majority of the House of Representatives vote in favor of impeachment of the President. For months we have heard the most opprobrious language hurled back and forth between leaders. What is next? Our tremendous United States Constitution states: “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.” (Article 1, Section 3, Clause 6) However, even with the power of our political leaders, plus our government agencies with their manifold programs, they…

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Your Favorite Christmas Song?

They have been playing in our home for nearly a month now… You know the ones! Songs of the season. Christmas carols. It seems the whole world begins to sing at this time of year. The great philosopher, Charlie Brown, asked, “Why can’t it be Christmas all year long?” Lucy sarcastically replied, “You are a FANATIC, Charlie Brown.” Perhaps. And perhaps I am too. But, wouldn’t it be wonderful if people could live all year with a song in their heart? There is only one way for that to happen. The only song that lasts is a song about a Person instead of an event. We couldn’t stand songs about snow and the commercial trappings of Christmas all year long!…

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Absentee Christian Citizens

Over the last few days it has been my privilege to be on conference calls with a number of pastors from across the country. We have prayed together that somehow, by God’s grace, the Lord would send another spiritual awakening to our land. I believe 2020 will be a pivotal year for our nation and, more than ever, we need divine intervention! While I do not believe that the answer lies in politicians and government, I am convinced that God’s people must take their place as Christian citizens. Our country needs salt and light, grace and truth. Yet many believers are content to be spectators instead of participants. They are absent when they are needed most. Our friend, Chad Connelly,…

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Christmas Blessings

This is my favorite season of the year! I love the time with family and friends. But the older I get the more I realize that the greatest Christmas blessings are the ones that are wrapped up in Christ. Ones that are priceless and that do not change with the calendar. It is what Paul celebrated when he wrote to Philemon about, “acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ” (Philemon 6). The gift is Christ! The blessings are spiritual. As we study the Word of God we open those gifts, or rather, they are opened to us by the Holy Spirit. At this busiest time of the year beware of living so much in the fray…

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Take Your Town For Christ!

Do you love your hometown? Who will reach your town, your Jerusalem for Jesus? Today we meet with pastors from around our region for a time of prayer. This meeting will be held at the convention center where in July 2020 we will be conducting a gospel crusade. The goal is simple – we want to reach our Jerusalem with the truth of Jesus Christ! If each believer and every local congregation could get a vision for souls in their area what a tremendous impact could be made! The Apostle Paul said to a group of people where he had lived for three and a half years, “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have…

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