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Risking the Will of God?

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Paul wrote that the transformed mind helps the believer know what the will of the Lord is (Rom. 12:2). Jesus taught that only those who “do the will of my Father” will enter the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 7:21). Both Jesus and Paul spoke of discerning God’s will as a basic axiom of...

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Sermons on tough topics

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Russell Moore recently posted a good article on the Gospel Coalition website (read it here). The article talks about the dysfunction of being drawn to controversy, as we use say, “just for controversy’s sake.” While it is certainly true that many controversies are unavoidable...

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SBC relief in New Orleans

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  In photo: Louisiana Baptist Missions and Ministry Team Leader John Hebert (left, hat), Celebration Church Lead Pastor Dennis Watson (center, black shirt), Louisiana Baptist Convention President David Cranford (right, hat) and others were briefed about feeding operations by North...

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IMB fights cruel realities in global cities

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In 2020, 4.3 billion people lived in cities – that’s 56% of the global population. By 2050, it is estimated more than two billion people will be added to that number. The cruel reality is that 86,765 city dwellers die every day without a relationship with Christ. These city...

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On Endurance.

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“For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures.”    As Bill and I were talking in his kitchen it occurred to me that I had known him since the 1970s. We...

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The SBC ministering on the border!

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (BP) – With the current migrant crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border worsening by the day, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) churches and disaster relief volunteers are sharing the love of Christ by ministering to the displaced. Politics and views on...

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A spirit of wisdom.

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I think the word “revelation” in Paul’s phase “a spirit of wisdom and revelation” trips us up. If I just say that he prayed God would give the churches a “spirit of wisdom” we understand it easier. As I mentioned on Sunday, the idea of...

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Not Just About Us.

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A common criticism around the world of Americans is that they do not see the global picture. I was told a joke once while visiting another country about a local complaining to an American tourist that American’s are generally unaware of suffering in other countries. The American tourist...

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Deconstructing Faith.

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This article is a bit longer than usual, and a bit challenging.

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The Conquering Church and Avoiding Mission Drift

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The term “conquered” occurs 53 times in the CSB translation of the Revelation given to John. The Greek root, νικη, transliterates to nike and means “victory.” Look familiar? (If not, watch a sporting event or two.) How about that? Our sports...

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