Enjoying the Journey

One of Life’s Greatest Questions: Where Is God?

By Scott Pauley | October 27, 2013 |

Life is full of questions.  One of the first questions children ask about God is a question that continues into theological discussions of people of all ages. Ask a child, “Where is God?” and you will see them point up.  Heaven!  God is in Heaven.  And so He is.  Almighty God sits on the throne of the universe, ruling the good and overruling the evil.  No matter how bad things may get we must never forget that God has not abdicated His throne. Ask a theologian, “Where is God?” and they will point all around.  He is everywhere.  The God of the Bible is omnipresent – everywhere at the same time.  The Lord is not bound by geography, time, or…

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Reflections on our World Mission Conference

By Scott Pauley | October 24, 2013 |

We have a lot of conferences and special meetings at Temple Baptist Church and Crown College.  Without a doubt, the meeting we have just concluded was one of the richest and sweetest meetings we have ever enjoyed.  God did a deep work in my heart. Pastor Sexton has said for years, “A great meeting is one in which God speaks to you.”  This was a great meeting. I have learned that the most important times in a special meeting are the days leading up to the meeting and the days immediately following.  It is not the services themselves but the prayer preparation and application afterward that make the difference.  Today has been a day of reflection in my own heart…

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I Am Praying for You!

By Scott Pauley | October 21, 2013 |

Some of the most beautiful words I ever hear are: “I am praying for you.”  (Especially if I know they are more than just words!)  My precious wife prays for me.  I have a praying mom and dad.  My children pray for me.  My pastor prays for me.  I have many friends who pray for me faithfully.  This means more to me with every passing day.  I believe in the power of prayer. God’s Word teaches that Jesus prays for us (Hebrews 7:25) and the Holy Spirit prays for us (Romans 8:26).  You can’t get better than that!  Robert Murray McCheyne said, “If I could hear Jesus praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a thousand…

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Dealing with the “Noise” of Life

By Scott Pauley | October 20, 2013 |

Ours is a noisy world.  Growing up in the country there were certain noises you grew accustomed to.  Crickets chirping at night.  Birds singing in the trees.  The sound of gunfire during hunting season.  And at times – quiet.  Beautiful quiet. I remember one of the first trips I ever made to New York City.  The sights, smells, and sounds of city life accost you at every turn!  You go to sleep to the sound of traffic and horns and awaken to more of the same. Country people don’t particularly like the sounds of the city.  City people have a hard time with the sounds (or lack thereof!) in the country.  We all grow comfortable to some degree of noise.…

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The Greatest Method of Bible Study

By Scott Pauley | October 18, 2013 |

Weeks ago I received a message late one evening from a fine teenager in our youth group.  This young lady has been a great encouragement to me and my wife.  She is growing in the Lord and serious about knowing Him better.  Her message was to the point: “I have been reading the Bible but I don’t know how to study it.  Can you help?” My mind flooded with ideas and suggestions – all helpful things.  We have an entire college class at Crown College on “Methods of Bible Study!”  But how could all of that be conveyed to a senior in high school in a brief period of time? Could it be that the greatest method of Bible study…

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