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First Person: Repent, believe, follow
Apr01

First Person: Repent, believe, follow

Confusion needs clarity; complexity calls for simplicity. As our circumstances grow cloudy, we should search for the big, bright lights to guide our steps. Pastors who are working to shepherd God’s flock in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis should allow big, bright Gospel lights to guide their work. As you pray and preach and counsel and converse, use three Kingdom beacons to keep you off the rocks: Repent, Believe in the Gospel and...

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First person: He finished well
Mar28

First person: He finished well

I thank God for Roy Moody. Sitting on my back porch early this morning, I found myself profoundly sad, remembering our loss of this good man and servant.  I met Roy just before he joined our Oklahoma City, Quail Springs ministry staff in 2006. He began helping us with senior adults and pastoral care and soon made himself an indispensable part of our work.  From 2006 to 2018, Roy Moody blessed me.  Let me tell you how: Roy Moody helped...

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Thank God for the telephone
Mar20

Thank God for the telephone

Thank God for the telephone. I promise this is the first time that sentence has ever come to my mind. I am not a huge fan of the phone, I would rather talk to a person face to face. I often feel like the phone allows everyone I know—everyone I do not know—to invade my space and interrupt my life. Most of the time, the phone seems like a necessary tool, a reality of life.  Not today, not in this season. As we work to shepherd the flock...

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Encourage: A strong dose of reality
Mar18

Encourage: A strong dose of reality

I have been exposed by my own words today. In fact, just one word: uncertainty. As I reflect on an important morning meeting, that word—spoken by my own voice—keeps echoing in my mind: uncertainty. I must have used that word four dozen times during that meeting. “How can we make plans in the midst of so much uncertainty?” “How should we lead in the day of uncertainty?” “The uncertainty of the coming weeks is a challenge for our...

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Encourage: Make baptism an Easter priority
Mar15

Encourage: Make baptism an Easter priority

Years ago, one of our dear friends brought his family to church on Easter Sunday. On the way, their oldest child, a 7-year-old boy, moaned from his spot in the third row seat, “I don’t know why we are even going to church today.”  His father was concerned, “Why do you say that, son?”  The little boy, dressed in his Easter best, responded, “We already know what the preacher is going to preach about.” Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! That...

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