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Thanksgiving?!? Humph…

Well, it’s Thanksgiving Week, but I am already having a rough time of it. Take today for instance. Things started out ok this morning, but then I got out of bed. It was already an hour later than I wanted to be up, but it’s hard to complain about an extra hour of sleep when(…)

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Righteous and Pursuing Righteousness

I know this blog is a day late, and to be honest, it isn’t the blog I intended on posting this week either, but after a good Gospel-centered discussion I had with my pastor and a few others from my church today, it is where my mind has been. I know that this is something(…)

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Sermon Audio – Prayer and Evangelism

Click to Listen – Prayer and Evangelism (Preached from Matthew 28:18-20 on November 13, 2011 at Redemption Church, Odessa, TX) Related Blog Posts: Just Do As You’re Told His Mission. Who’s Way? I’m Right, You’re Wrong Speak Boldly

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Ministry Update – November 2011

It is hard for me to believe that we are already this far into November. This year has gone by so quickly, and with my departure to Haiti inching closer, the pressure is on for getting final preparations made. The biggest things left on my agenda are to finish off my time at work, begin(…)

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The Lord Was With Joseph

Yesterday I had the privileged of speaking to my friend’s youth Sunday School class, and I spoke on the story of Joseph and the fact that at every stage of Joseph’s life (Genesis 37-50), no matter how bad it seemed like things got for him, it is clearly stated that God was with Joseph or(…)

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iPhone Christians

I love my iPhone. It does some amazing things that only a decade ago many people would have thought impossible from a handheld mobile device. But I have one major problem with my iPhone. The battery will not stay charged. I charge it over night, every night, yet when I use it too much to(…)

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Speak Boldly

Although I did not set out to do so, the last few weeks here have been very missions and evangelism focused. It began by discussing that the best evangelism happens when we see Jesus as a friend that everyone needs to meet. From there it went to the fact that we don’t need to pray(…)

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I’m Right, You’re Wrong!

This week I want to continue to build out on the topic I began two weeks ago. The basic premise of that post was that when God gives a clear command to do something in the scriptures, then we do not need to pray about whether we should do it and wait for Him to(…)

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His Mission. Who’s Way?

Last week I posted on the subject of, when God said to “go and make disciples,” it isn’t something we have to pray about. We should just obey. Now, while I do stand firm on that statement, I thought a good follow up would be to discuss things that we, as disciple-making Christians, must continually(…)

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Ministry Update – October 2011

TRANSITION FROM TRUCK DRIVER TO FULL-TIME MISSIONARY My move to full-time missions is officially underway, as I have given notice at my regular job. Most of you know that I have been driving an 18-wheeler to knock out all of my student loan debt. Officially, the driving job ends December 23rd, and on January 9th(…)

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Just Do As You’re Told

Last week I posted on here about a revised version of “friendship evangelism.” Now, as I am gearing up to head to Haiti in January and beginning to make my missionary plans beyond that, I have been thinking a lot about some distractions that can oftentimes get in the way of us actually “doing the(…)

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A Better “Friendship Evangelism”

I have a many great friends that I love dearly. I spend as much time as possible with the ones I can, and I miss all of them that live too far away to see regularly. I even get depressed sometimes when I can’t get some of them on the phone. (You know who you(…)

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The Days of Noah

Yesterday I had a great time with some friends of mine talking about various the different difficult topics we read in the Bible, and it became a good time of remembering the gospel for each of us as forgiven, children of God. The largest passage in question was Genesis 6, where it says, “The Lord(…)

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Waiting on a 2-cent Bullet

Yesterday, on the 10th Anniversary of 9-11, I was talking to an older man after church about all the blessings we take for granted here in America and the fact that the God who gave it all to us can just as easily take it back in an instant. (Example: the Nation of Israel in(…)

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Victim of Circumstance

We are coming up on a very busy time of year in America. School is back in session. Many families are scrambling to arrange one final vacation for Labor Day. Students are soon to be hit with sporting events and band practices. Businesses are gearing up for the final quarter of the year. We are(…)

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A Call to Christian Creatives

In last week’s post, the point I wanted to make was simply this: the beginning of human creativity is the creativity of God. We are created in the image of a Creator. Therefore, in carrying forth His image, humanity finds within itself an imaginative mind with a desire to design and create and build. We(…)

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Evolution versus Intelligent Designers

This post was originally published on 11/19/07 on this blog’s predecessor. Somehow in the move to WordPress it didn’t come along, yet it is one of my favorites, so I did some editing and brought it back. ———————————————– I have been thinking a lot this weekend about the arguments for evolution and the big bang(…)

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Sermon Audio – Train: An Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines

Click to Listen – Train: An Intro to Spiritual Disciplines Part 1 Click to Listen – Train: An Intro to Spiritual Disciplines Part 2 (Preached from 1 Timothy 4:7-8 on August 7th & 14th, 2011 at Grace Baptist Church, Odessa, Texas.) Related Blog Posts: iPhone Christians Battling Busyness Worship is War Spending Time With Dad

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Ministry Update – August 2011

Is it just me or is 2011 going by way too fast? It is already August and some schools are back in session. Wow. As most of you know, it has been a pretty eventful summer for me between working, church responsibilities, the 2011 Heart of God-East Africa trip to Uganda, and trying to make(…)

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Rejected

Today I was thinking about something that happened a few years ago when I was still in college. I had been spending a ton of time studying some of the harder concepts in Theology to grasp. Things about God’s justice and the finer points of salvation. I was really digging into the things that make(…)

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