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Are Sermons Effective?

Have you ever tested the effectiveness of sermons? I did. I was a brand new pastor in my first church — Mayfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mayfield, Kentucky. After finishing three years of seminary, I had been preaching for about … Continue reading

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Grace — God’s Righteous Attributes Continually Expressed

To “say grace” means to pray over a meal. “Grace” is sometimes a woman’s name. “Amazing Grace” may be the most popular hymn of all time.  A popular acrostic says:  “Grace — God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.” But what does … Continue reading

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If The Chosen Are Frozen, How Can God’s Fire Rage Through Our World?

We live in a world that is fastly fleeing from traditional social and moral constraints.  People nowadays uninhibitedly express their feelings and views without regard for what is decent, right, or wholesome, even when they are sober.  There is no longer a need to … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With Believing These Things?

What is wrong with believing that the Universe has a Creator–an intelligent designer–that it didn’t just happen as a result of time, chance, and “natural processes”? Why is the idea of a personal Creator considered “unscientific,” “religious,” “out dated,” or … Continue reading

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Humanity’s Biggest Failure

What is humanity’s greatest failure?  It is a failure of understanding, a failure of love, a failure of respect.  It is a failing of compassion, a failing of negotiation, a failing of faith.  It is trusting in human power rather … Continue reading

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God’s Watergate — Rivers Of Living Water

God’s watergate has nothing to do with the scandal that brought down President Nixon.  God’s watergate is in the human heart and when opened allows the living water of the Holy Spirit to flow from deep inside a person. Jesus said:  … Continue reading

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When The Toilet Paper Gets Turned Around

Once I attended a Career Track seminar in Nashville about change management. The presenter challenged us: “Reverse your toilet paper.” That wiped me out. Surely I hadn’t paid $99 for this silly bit of advice. The presenter said: “Change is difficult … Continue reading

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