To Be Like Jesus

The words of this old hymn rang loudly in many ways this week as we launched a new sermon and study series on the life of Christ. Children and adults singing Jesus Messiah, pastors and teachers proclaiming the many facets of Jesus, and servants ministering to others in Jesus’ name all demonstrated what it means to be a Christ follower. The Bible reminds us in Galatians 4:19, Romans 8:28-30, and 2 Corinthians 3:18 that we are to be formed, conformed,...

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As We Go

Buckle Up! This week I was in a meeting concerning weather closings. At the meeting one of the participants asked “If this was the first incident of the year would we do anything different”? The question on my mind was “what have we learned through this process that is making us better at making these decisions”? Later that afternoon the Spirit reminded me that the question should be asked about our spiritual life also. “What have we learned through this...

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Purpose

I sat in the Upper Room, hanging on to the end of my rope. Over a few short weeks, I’d lost my wife to cancer and my purpose in life. Although I was in ministry at a local church, had a master’s degree from a leading seminary, and was living the American Dream, my head and heart were a mess. I no longer wanted to serve the church. In early morning convocation with God, I pleaded my case for either...

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Follow Me

Matthew tells us that Jesus inaugurated His public ministry by issuing three significant calls to those who would follow Him. These calls transcend time, apply to each of us today, and are found in in Matthew 4:17-23. 1. Believe and Follow Jesus The first call is to Believe and Follow Jesus. In Matthew 4:17 we read, “From then on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!’” Answering the call to salvation is the first step...

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Real Faith Lives in a Real World

Buckle Up! I was reading today on social media where one of our church leaders was sitting by the fire at home with no heat. After a call to check on them my mind raced back to the Alabama blizzard of 1993. We were living in Alexander City, Alabama. Kristen was in elementary and the boys were yet to start preschool. In the midst of the blizzard our family was at home with no power, no heat, no water and...

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