But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 15:30

05/22/17 Lord of the Nations

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READING: 1 Chronicles 16-18, John 7:28-53

“Proclaim His deeds among the peoples.”

1 Chronicles 16:8

I read today’s text, and I am reminded again that the God of the Bible is the God of the nations. He worked through His people so they might be a light to the nations, a witness...

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If you read this blog often, you know I love the local church. That doesn’t mean, though, that the local church never drives me crazy. In fact, here are things that still surprise me about churches after 31 years in ministry:

  1. Many still think the church belongs to them. No, they’d never...

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 15:30

05/21/17 Holiness Taken for Granted?

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NOTE: I am increasingly challenged by the holiness of God. For that reason, I am reposting this devotion from last year. 

READING: 1 Chronicles 13-15, John 7:1-27

It surely seemed quite severe, actually. The Israelites were moving the Ark of the Covenant from the home of Abinadab to...

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1 Peter 2:9  "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."

God has chosen you and made you holy. You are His special...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 15:30

05/20/17 To Whom Will We Go?

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READING: 1 Chronicles 10-12, John 6:45-71

“Lord, who will we go to?”

John 6:68

Many who followed Jesus decided that they could no longer do so. They heard him speak of eating flesh and drinking blood (John 6:53-56) and apparently interpreted His words literally. The saying was too...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 15:00

Saturday Suggestions: May 20, 2017

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Check out these recent posts:

5 Surprising Reasons Why Reaching Teens Should Be a Big Part of Your Church's Outreach Strategy by Greg Stier

These reminders will challenge you to give more emphasis to your student program.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:30

05/19/17 Security

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READING: 1 Chronicles 7-9, John 6:22-44

“. . . the one who comes to Me I will never cast out.”

John 6:37

God saved me when I was thirteen years old. Since then – now 43 years ago – I have never once doubted my salvation. I haven’t always walked with God like I...

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One reason many weekend worship services are ineffective is that we spend too little time preparing ourselves for worship. Take some time to answer these questions today, and use them to help you get ready to gather with your congregation this weekend:

  1. Am I certain I’m a Christian? If...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:30

05/18/17 A Kingdom on God’s Terms

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READING: 1 Chronicles 4-6, John 6:1-21

“. . . they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king.”

John 6:15

5000 hungry men, not including the women and children. Five loaves and two fish would not be enough to feed them. That idea is ludicrous, in fact . . . unless Jesus...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:00

12 Ways to Recognize Volunteers

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Most of our churches would be in trouble were it not for volunteers who serve faithfully every week. “Volunteer” is probably not the best word, since legitimate church membership assumes a willingness to serve – but I think we still should recognize those who serve well. Here are...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 03:00

SEBTS M.Div. May Promo

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If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know I seldom use this space to advertise something. This post is different because I believe in the Master of Divinity degree at Southeastern Seminary — a degree that can be completed fully online.  

The M.Div. with Christian Ministry can now...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 15:30

05/17/17 They Testify about me

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READING: 1 Chronicles 1-3, John 5:25-47

“. . . yet they testify about Me.”

John 5:39

Every day, I write these devotions because (1) I want to think more deeply about what the Word of God says, and (2) I want my readers to know God personally. My prayer is that every reader of these...

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I admit it – I have a temper. I’m generally able in God’s grace to control it, and to my knowledge, few people have ever seen it displayed. I know, though, that I’m not the only pastor who deals with this issue. Here are my thoughts about why so many pastors carry this trait:...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 15:30

05/16/17 Do You Want to Get Well?

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READING: 2 Kings 24-25, John 5:1-24

“Get up,” Jesus told him, “pick up your mat and walk!”

John 5:8

It surely seemed like a strange question. The man had been lame for almost four decades. He had been lying near the pool of Bethesda – where the stirring of...

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Last week, I posted, “10 Ways to Know if You’re on the Wrong Seat in the Bus.” Some of you graciously affirmed the post but then asked the follow up question, “What do I do now if I’m on the wrong seat?” Here’s my answer to that important question:

  1. Make sure...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 15:30

05/15/17 With All My Being

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READING: 2 Kings 22-23, John 4:31-54

“He did what was right in the Lord’s sight.”

2 Kings 22:2

It is almost hard to believe all Josiah had to do when he called the people to reform after Hilkiah found the Book of the Law in the Temple.  Having heard the word from the...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 15:00

10 Leadership Thoughts to Remember

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I could probably write this post for the rest of the day, simply because I have learned so much as a leader over the years (primarily because I had no idea what I was doing when I first took a leadership position, and I’m still learning today). For now, though, here are some leadership...

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Saturday, 13 May 2017 15:30

05/14/17 Come, See a Man

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READING: 2 Kings 19-21, John 4:1-30

“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did!”

John 4:29

I remember so many things that attracted me to Jesus when I first heard about Him. I was amazed that He loved me enough to die for me, and I was seriously grateful that He made it...

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John 1:29 “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"

Your job today is to direct others to the Lamb of God. It's really that simple — so rejoice in its simplicity, and point others to the Lamb. 

Authors: Chuck Lawless...

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We’ve all been there in one way or the other. As church members, we need to tell the pastor something – and the only time we see him is as he makes his way to the service. Or, as a pastor, we’ve been the recipients of those conversations. We don’t want to appear rude, but...

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Friday, 12 May 2017 15:30

05/13/17 Exiled

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READING: 2 Kings 17-18, John 3:19-36

“So Israel was exiled from their own land to Assyria.”

2 Kings 17:23

Sin always comes with a price. The cost may not be immediate, and it may seem that we have “gotten away with” something – but we do not fool God. The God of...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:30

05/12/17 Born Again

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READING: 2 Kings 15-16, John 3:1-18

“Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:3

I wonder why Nicodemus chose the nighttime to come to Jesus. It wasn’t like Jesus was hiding somewhere during the day. In John’s gospel, the...

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Jim Collins’ book, Good to Great, popularized the concept of “getting the right people on the right seat in the bus.” It’s not uncommon in church consulting to find church staff members who seem to be in the wrong seat. If you’re wondering about your role, here are...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:30

05/11/17 Whatever He Says

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READING: 2 Kings 13-14, John 2

“Do whatever He tells you,” His mother told the servants.

John 2:5

In my 40+ years of being a Christian, I would have saved myself much heartache had I done what Mary told the servants at the wedding in Cana of Galilee to do. When she recognized that the...

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I’ve written previously about my lessons learned as a young pastor (here,here, andhere), but I’m thinking today about things I wish I had done back then. Here are several of them:

  1. Go on an overseas mission trip. I didn’t take my first missions trip until several years into my...

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