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Hollow Trees

Did you ever wake up early in the morning thinking about the strangest thing?  Well, I woke up on Sunday morning thinking about hollow trees.  How is it even possible to wake up at 4:30 am thinking about such a thing I asked myself? After all, I have to preach 2 times on Sunday morning,...

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Your Posture is Critical

Do you have good posture? Well, before you answer that question, we should define posture. According to the dictionary, “Posture:  Noun.  The position of the body in movement or at rest.” Actually, believe it or not, your posture is critical. In can be good or bad. According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Good posture helps...

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Don’t Move My Chalkboard

I remember the day that every school classroom had a chalkboard.  If you can remember, the erasers were often full of dusty chalk and filled the air with a white cloud.  For that matter, even when you wiped the chalkboard with the eraser, it always left a chalky residue.  I even remember sneezing a few...

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No Excuses

I stood at my desk in the headquarters building about 16 years ago basking in good news. I just received a coveted Air Force assignment and was on my way to eventually commanding a squadron. The news was so good people were coming by my office and congratulating me. I thought to myself, all this...

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Anchor Your Tent Where God Called You

As most of you know, I don’t get to sit and listen to a sermon on Sunday mornings much because I’m typically preaching. However, this past Sunday, following a week serving with youth at a World Changers project in Little Rock, I was able to worship with family in Russellville. As the preacher read the...

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Status Quo Must Go

My mentor and friend, Mark Elliott, made a statement that will stick with me and is likely one I will repeat.  In a conversation about the death grip of status quo and resistance to change in many churches, Mark stated, “I’ve visited several churches over the years and if the 1970s return these churches are...

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Maybe we’ve forgotten who the church is?

Since the church is the “bride of Christ,” how would Christ want us to treat her?  For that matter, how would Christ want His bride, the church, to treat him? Some people say, “I believe in Jesus, but I don’t care much for the church.”  Others claim, “I can be a good Christian without any...

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The Great Omission

There are numerous churches all across America of various sizes, styles, and visions with variations of primary doctrine. These churches consider themselves evangelical, orthodox, mainline protestant or catholic. However, regardless of the traditions and denominations of these churches, there seems to be something missing in the broader spectrum.  There seems to be “The Great Omission.”...

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Whatever it takes

If you played football for my high school coach, you did “whatever it takes” to win.  “Whatever it takes” ranged from strength and conditioning, studying the playbook, learning the fundamentals of your position, doing well in class, adhering to a standard of conduct, attending practice and team meetings to putting it all together on the...

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Priorities

Obviously, as Christians, our priorities include God, family, church and our job.  In case you’re wondering, I include job because our work is God ordained. Ideally, we consider these (I call them the Big Four) to be our priorities.  However, unfortunately we don’t necessarily practice a lifestyle that reflects a biblically influenced order of priorities....

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