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Humble Pie

Humble Pie

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  If you plan to host a Thanksgiving celebration, you would do well to begin planning now.  There are so many things to cook, from…

In the Sweet By-and-Byproduct

Yesterday, I was checking out the website of a church in another state, clear across the country, because a friend of mine is considering visiting that congregation.  They are a…

The Foolish Heart of a Pastor

The Foolish Heart of a Pastor

  Today, we find the Word of God taking a very human form.  Paul is so frustrated with false teachers in the church that he resorts to name-calling and foolish…

Concerning the Collection

Concerning the Collection

In 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, Paul writes about the donations he was collecting from the Gentile churches, for the purpose of aiding Jewish Christians who were in need in Israel.  He…

I Got Caught Wogging!

I Got Caught Wogging!

Yesterday, I got caught.  At church, no less!  Doing what I never want people to see me do. I was wogging. Yes—wogging.  That combination of walking and jogging that’s kind…

Self-Reliance or God-Reliance?

Self-Reliance or God-Reliance?

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard people say, “The Bible says that God won’t give you any more than you can handle.” This is a nice…

The Yoke’s On You!

The Yoke’s On You!

2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV) talks about being unequally yoked—a concept that sounds strange to modern ears. It says: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness…

Speak With Faith, Not With Feelings

Speak With Faith, Not With Feelings

Have you ever known someone who had a divisive personality, and was always switching loyalties back and forth?  What if that same person was sexually immoral, and proud of it?…

Perfect Mission—Imperfect Church

Perfect Mission—Imperfect Church

We Evangelicals often say that we are “Great Commission people.”  We take seriously Jesus’ call to evangelize the world.  Matthew 28:16-20 contains Jesus’ Great Commission to His disciples, reminding them that…

Just Because You Can…

Just Because You Can…

By Greg Smith I turned eighteen years old the June after I graduated high school.  Later that summer, our church’s youth group went on a mission trip to Georgia.  One…