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Crisis and Celebration

Lost. Just saying the word brings crisis. My mind immediately races back in time and remembers the trauma of losing my teaching Bible. Yes, the one with years of notes and well-scripted outlines. This Bible was given to me when I accepted the call into full-time ministry and had become a trusted teacher, friend, and ministry partner. For months, I searched my office, home, car, and the rooms where I taught. I literally searched the same spaces again and again...

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Transformed

I admit it—I enjoy cooking. Before following God’s call to vocational ministry, I worked for a successful Burger King franchise in Birmingham, Alabama. Working as a fast food manager requires extensive product knowledge and efficiency in working every station in the restaurant. Believe it or not, when Burger King first entered the breakfast business, biscuits were homemade with flour, sugar, salt, yeast, butter, milk, sifting, kneading, rolling, and baking. It was with terror that I approached the biscuit station for...

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Little is Much When God is in It

My childhood worship memories are filled with singing the great gospel hymns: “Amazing Grace,” “Because He Lives,” “Standing on the Promises,” and “Victory in Jesus.” Admittedly, singing loud seemed more important than singing in tune. And singing in parts trumped singing in unison every time. In 1924, Kittie Suffield wrote the often-sung hymn “Little is Much When God is in It.” The chorus proclaimed: Little is much when God is in it! Labor not for wealth or fame. There’s a crown...

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Are You the One?

[John]…asked Him, “Are You the One who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind see, the lame walk, those with skin diseases are healed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news. And if anyone is not offended because of Me, he is blessed.”  Matthew 11:3-6 (HCSB) Times of crisis often cause pause and force...

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Mistaken Identity

“Most Christians live out of their ‘mistaken identity,’ not out of who God says they are. When Christians see themselves as ‘sinners saved by grace,’ they have no choice but to live life as sinners, strenuously striving to become saints. Naturally, this effort leads to failure because we’re not in charge of our sainthood. Out sainthood has already been accomplished by our loving Savior, Jesus Christ. Therefore, when Christians are able to see themselves as ‘saints who sin,’ as Christ-in-me...

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