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Perspective: Authentic church membership
Mar29

Perspective: Authentic church membership

From my youngest days, I heard the definition of the church as a “body of baptized believers.” This is the way Baptists have always looked at the church and defined our membership. Simplistic but clear, this definition rips away many extraneous aspects and focuses on a regenerate membership in the church. During those days, I also heard Billy Graham state that he believed 50 percent of church members were lost. I struggled to...

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Perspective: Put your ‘ears on’
Mar22

Perspective: Put your ‘ears on’

Thirty or 40 years ago, a new rave of communication was given broad usage among the common public. It was called the citizens band (CB) radio. Some of you will remember the signature line for someone seeking to talk with another person with a CB radio, “Anybody got your ears on?” Because the channels were public, this was a person’s way of getting someone to listen and answer them. In the public arena of politics and, frankly, our own...

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Perspective: The loss of focus
Mar15

Perspective: The loss of focus

I grew up in the age of revivals and evangelistic meetings. My life was deeply touched by those periods when the church refocused on cleansing and “getting right with God” for believers, and on repentance and faith for unbelievers. Those periods were times of refreshing from the Lord. Let me point out that the most important word I previously stated is “refocused.” The church broke from regular routines in order to set hearts and...

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Perspective: Remarkable news to share
Mar08

Perspective: Remarkable news to share

Sometimes important information breezes by us, and we hardly notice. Our lives are filled with Twitter, Facebook, 24/7 news and media of every sort. Indeed, everywhere you look, people have something plugged into their ears to drown out the noise and to tune out the distractions. However, we do not want to overlook one piece of news that was stated in January. We do not want to miss this news because it is worthy of overflowing joy...

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Perspective: My legacy letter
Mar01

Perspective: My legacy letter

Recently, I challenged you to write a legacy letter to your family. I want to share this short version of my legacy letter. I hope it will serve to challenge you to write your own personal legacy letter as a witness to your family. Dear Family, I am so blessed to have been given each of you as a wonderful gift from the Lord. Across the years, you have heard me share my spiritual journey both in conversation and from the pulpit. But...

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