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Haiti Update – Weeks 2 & 3

Another couple of weeks have passed in Haiti, and I definitely feel like I am now fairly comfortable with the culture and getting around the immediate area on my own (though discretion is always necessary). However, I have yet to attempt traveling beyond Petionville, as I am concerned with managing the return trip. As far(…)

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Christ in You: The Hope of The World

I have slowly been working my way through a very large book called, “John G. Lake: The Complete Collection of His Life Teachings” compiled by Roberts Liardon. Last night, as I read one of Pastor Lake’s sermons from April 26, 1914, I was stirred to pray that God would give me the grace to become(…)

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Empowered to Serve

Last week I wrote a blog about the reality of God’s Kingdom touching earth through miraculous deeds, and the fact that the Bible testifies that those things continue in the church today. Knowing many people who read my blog personally, I know that the “charismatic,” “continuationist” viewpoint is one that some do not agree with,(…)

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Haiti Update – Week 1

Well, it’s been a week since I flew to Haiti, so here’s an update on my experiences here. Missionary Flights International was awesome to fly with and their entire staff have servant’s hearts. We took off from Ft. Pierce, Fl in two DC-3 airplanes. Landed almost two hours later at Exuma Island, Bahamas to re-fuel.(…)

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The Tangible Kingdom

As I have been slowly working through the book of Matthew in my devotion time, there are certain themes that seem to recur again and again in the ministry of Jesus and the disciples – things like “the Kingdom of Heaven,” the testimony of things  seen, and the idea of bearing fruit. Very early on,(…)

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Ministry Update – February 2012

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS UPDATE LETTER The Flight is Booked. I’m On my way! Officially, I will be flying from Florida to Port-au-Prince, Haiti on March 1st to begin my 4 months of work there. What has changed, however, is that I will not immediately begin working with the Heart of God(…)

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Salvation Leads to Salvation

The other day, I started reading the book of Matthew, and as I typically do while reading, I had some thoughts come to mind that I wrote down to come back to and think on later. And it didn’t take long in Matthew for one of these thoughts to come to me. The book of(…)

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Pixelated – Taking a Closer Look at Our Lives

I have a graphic design friend who is a genius at his job. Watching him work photoshop is like watching a master pianist quickly playing his keyboard to create something beautiful. Out of sheer inspiration after seeing him work his magic, I decided that I need to learn to do what he does. Unfortunately, as(…)

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An Open Letter to Sasha Laxton

If you have not yet read any of the recent news articles about Sasha Laxton, the child whose parents are raising him as “gender-neutral,” you can do so here. ————————————————————————————————— Dear Sasha, I know that you are too young to understand what I want to tell you right now. I also know that you will(…)

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Law Breakers

Scenario: You are driving down the highway on a long road trip. The speed limit is 70 miles per hour, but knowing the chances of getting ticketed are slim, you push it up to about 73. Going around a long curve you are passed by another driver doing at least 85mph, which makes you mad.(…)

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Christians Who Don’t Love God

I have long said that if you don’t have a love for God and desire to pursue Him, then it doesn’t matter what your profession of faith. The reality is you are not saved. I know that this is a pretty rough statement. I even know that it can push people to use that Christian(…)

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Happy New Year

To all of my readers in 2011, I want to thank you for your continued support and encouragement. With this week being the holiday, and my final week of working part-time before I make final preparations to move to Haiti, I have decided to take the week off from blogging. I will be back to(…)

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Celebrating New Year’s for Eternity

Well, it is now the last week of 2011. It almost seems as though the year just began, and now it’s over. Many of us at this time of year begin to do some introspection of ourselves and analyze our lives over the past 12 months. We ask what we did well, and what we(…)

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Why Do Bad Things Happen to God’s People?

  “Why do bad things happen to good people?” We hear that question a lot. It very well could be the oldest cliche in the English language. As a Christian, we know the default answer: “There are no good people.” Right? I mean, Jesus Himself told the rich young ruler, “No one is good except(…)

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Love God and Do As You Please

“Love God and do as you please.” I think that is a great statement. Don’t agree? Well, don’t label me a heretic just yet. That is actually a quote from St. Augustine of Hippo, or rather a modern version of a quote from Him. Augustine’s exact quote within it’s surrounding context is this: “Once for(…)

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Ministry Update – December 2011

Well, this is it. The last few weeks of 2011 are quickly dwindling to an end. I do hope it has been a great year for each and every one of you. And now, as this year draws to a close, so does the current chapter of my life. As I write this, I am(…)

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Identity Crisis

“Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship.” I’m sure you’ve heard that old adage before. What people mean when they quote it is that the only hope for the Christian is not in religious actions or pious discipline, but only in our relationship with the Savior, Jesus Christ. This is because after the fall(…)

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Confession and Community

Last week I preached for Missions Emphasis Month at my church (you can listen to that sermon here). What I want to share this week is something that the Holy Spirit began convicting me about while I was preparing that sermon, to the point that I had to take action. It wasn’t the sermon message(…)

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Sermon Audio – The Motivation for Missions

Click to Listen – The Motivation for Missions (Preached from John 1:35-51 and John 4:1-42 on November 20, 2011 at Redemption Church, Odessa, TX) Related Blog Posts: A Better “Friendship Evangelism” Speak Boldly Spending Time With Dad Kingdom Builders – But Whose Kingdom?

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