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The FAITHFUL Door, Shepherd, and Flock. As Jesus makes clear in the 10th Chapter of John, He is the DOOR, the GOOD SHEPHERD who has come to create through salvation “one FLOCK under one Shepherd.”  (John 10:16) As the DOOR, Jesus is the One and only way to the Father—the only source of salvation; the […]

FAITHFUL Guarantees I am borrowing heavily from the 50 Days of Hope devotional gifted to me by Jamie and Connie Cates.  The day 37 devotional centers on the idea of “Money-Back Guarantees.”  In it, author Lynn Eib shares of the many cancer patients she (a long-time cancer survivor) has encountered as a cancer support group […]

I will sprinkle clean water on you and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give […]

FAITH in FATHER Our minds seem to be clear on this: we serve ONE God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father and Son and Spirit are One in love and focus and purpose and Being… Our hearts seem to be a bit more muddled, however. So often, we seem to view Jesus […]

Undignified FAITH And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight.         (2 Samuel 6:22) Dignity is something I have thought about often the last couple months—or more accurately, the loss of dignity. Three hospital stays and a flurry of medical treatments has stripped […]

FAITH in Headship   What I am about to share with you is not easy or pleasant and comes with the sobering realization that there will be a price to pay… However, as the Shepherd appointed to guide and lead this flock, I would be spiritually negligent to ignore something that I am seeing in […]

FAITH in The Word It’s tax-free weekend in Tennessee! Woohoo! We get to buy things we need—and others things we really don’t—and save almost ten percent!! Not to cast guilt or shame on anyone who is in a shopping mood or who is planning to take advantage of the tax-free weekend, but Isaiah 55 (which […]

Small Group FAITH I shared last Sunday that I am beginning a sermon series on “Sowing for an Awakening.” I think most all of us would agree that the Church in America—and the Nation as a whole—desperately needs an awakening, a mighty move of God. I will speak much on the Spirit of prayer, and […]

Travailing FAITH My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you. (Gal 4:19KJV) There is something deep inside every one of us that wants to bless and please God. There is something deep inside every one of us that wells up in pride when we think we have […]

2016:  The Year of FAITH Welcome to the year of FAITH!  Let me say right off the bat that I think this will be an amazing year, yet one in which our congregational faith will be tested and refined…  As a result, we will walk in greater Faith—and greater victory—as we WALK by FAITH through […]