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Cultivating & Guarding Children’s Love for Jesus

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    Why do children love Jesus so much? In the Gospels, it’s clear that they loved Jesus because He first loved them. Jesus wasn’t posing for future artists when He invited children to gather around him. Actually, He didn’t have to do any coaxing. Children loved Him. So did their parents, who were eager […]

How I Became “Pastor Cop”

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    First off, I have to tell you that never in a million years would I have ever thought that I would become so involved in Law Enforcement, especially while a full-time Sr. Pastor! Not only that, but I also currently serve on our regional SWAT team as the Chief drone pilot and as […]

Five Elements of a Great Worship Experience

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     Experiencing church for the first time as a twenty year old young man was quite the experience. I’ve been a part of brush arbor revivals, where you go out into a field and gather some sticks and build a structure to have a church service in. I’ve been in church services where […]

Why do I sing?

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    I enjoy singing. It’s fun. It’s been a big part of my life and I take satisfaction in using it to express my heart and as a tool to explore my relationship with God. It’s good for me. But that’s not why I sing. Singing connects people. It’s an activity we do together […]

She Rises Late and Her Kids Make Her Breakfast

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    It’s Not Gossip If Your Head Is Bowed Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. —James 1:26 I love catching my mother in sin. One time I heard her on the phone with a friend talking about […]

It’s About the Heart

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    It will be very difficult to embark (and remain) on a journey of transformation if we do not have confidence that we are already loved as we currently are. We don’t change so that we’ll be loved more by God. We are measurelessly loved by God, so we are free and enabled to […]

The Pharisee Frog

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    Many years ago the seminary where I attended had invited a guest speaker to preach at one of the chapel services. While I don’t remember anything about his subject I remember something he said in passing: “I have heard a lot of Pharisee frogs in my ministry. Always croaking ‘Yea but!’” For some […]

Seven People You Should Fire Right Now

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  I’ve been pretty lucky in ministry. Over the years I’ve only had to fire a handful of staff and volunteers. It’s the least enjoyable part of my job but also one of the most important. And if you’re a pastor, it’s one of your most important jobs. Allowing a person to continue in a […]

Why I Stopped Preaching Doctrine

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    I was saved as a teenager in the mid-seventies in a small church in a small town in southwest Missouri. Almost immediately I was taught doctrine. Even before I really knew what it was. The English word “doctrine” derives from the old Latin word “doctor” which simply meant “teacher.” Later Latin saw the […]