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No-bite Christianity

As John David Smith reported at the BMA of America National meeting, the United States is one of the only countries in the world where, overall, the church is in decline. There are plenty of theories available  as to why this is happening, but here is one more anyway. As a whole, I think American churches fit the cliché “all bark and no bite.” I actually think there are a great number of pastors who preach good doctrine. We have…

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Courage, So you don’t waste your vision

I will tell you something churches and church leaders need right now: courage. I am writing this article in the wake of attending the BMAA National Meeting in Little Rock. Throughout the meeting, the themes of church multiplication and discipleship were repeated and emphasized continually. Pastors were encouraged to consider church-planting and examples of that very thing were given as proof that even small congregations can multiply. “Amen” rang throughout the building at each missionary testimony and the charge that…

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Jaclyn Needs a Favor

Yesterday was my last day to teach King Hezekiah at the Community-Wide Ladies Bible study in Potosi, MO. What a unique and blessed experience! My heart was so encouraged by the faithfulness and response of the women. Thank you if you are one of the ladies who attended! What a beautiful group of women. God knows how far we’ve come and how thrilling it was for me to have had the opportunity to teach the study He placed on my…

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YAY! Another “Noah” Review!

I liked it. I cannot remember a movie that has had a wider range of opinions coming from people who seem to hold the same religious beliefs as “Noah.” I’m not talking about a difference in opinion between atheists and Christians, or even between denominations. I’m saying that if you go ask three different Baptists what they thought about “Noah,” you will probably get three vastly different opinions. Many of you are likely to think that my opinion is garbage.…

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An Honest Review of God’s Not Dead

First of all, I ask that you don’t read this review unless you are going to read the whole thing, word-for-word until the end. Of course this is all just my opinion, but if you care to know what I think, I want to be sure you don’t think I think something I don’t think. Got it? If you’re unfamiliar the plot of God’s Not Dead revolves around a Christian student defending the existence of God against his atheist philosophy…

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Lies the Church Believes Part 3: My Christian Service Always Pleases God

At my local church, it is made clear that every member of the body is expected to serve the Lord in some way.  I agree with that 100%. So, what’s the problem? The problem occurs at the individual level when a person believes that their service is primary, and that God is always pleased when someone tries to serve Him. Pick almost any book in the Bible, and I’m sure I can show you an example where people were serving…

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Insecure, I Think

God has been stretching me — pushing me to my limits spiritually, emotionally and mentally.  It’s crazy.  If I’m honest, the push should inspire, strengthen and grow me.  However, more often than not I’ve been struggling with insecurities.  I always thought I’d be most confident and secure in my thirties! Not so.  I feel the Lord expanding my territory, increasing responsibility and requiring more than I ever imagined.  Of course, nothing is possible without Him. That much is clear. What…

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The FABRIC of Family

Monday night I had the fun opportunity to speak at a Mother/Daughter banquet in my hometown.  Hometown speaking gigs are intimidating to say the least!  I’m happy to have made it through.  The theme of the night was family and since today is Mother’s Day, family life is heavy on my heart.  Here are the six things I introduced to weave or thread into the F.A.B.R.I.C. of your family. F – a Firm Foundation If there is one thing I…

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What’s Your Brand?

As I’m preparing today to speak on personal branding for an audience of administrative professionals, I opened my inbox this morning and found a fresh article by Ephesians Four Ministries.  I subscribe to their weekly devotionals. This particular one was quite timely and a great personal reminder for me, the speaker, to get and keep her act together! Personal branding moves us from wearing masks to wearing hats.  We all have many roles we play throughout our week.  The issue…

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Let Me Help You Get Organized and Save Money!

So, several years ago my husband and I read Dave Ramsey’s book, Total Money Makeover.  Nathan had become a regular listener to Ramsey’s nationally recognized radio program.  Through our Total Money Makeover experience, we discovered emeals.  Emeals is a meal planning system that I found extremely helpful.  As of yesterday, I learned there is now a new emeals APP!  I was so excited, I must share! A quick history… While my hubby and I were not in financial disarray, we…

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