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Sword & trowel: Lions, Tiger Kings & screens, oh my!
Apr27

Sword & trowel: Lions, Tiger Kings & screens, oh my!

As stay-at-home and “social distancing” advisories continue during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to technology to do business and conduct schooling and, of course, to enjoy entertainment media. “Screen time,” as it has been called, is on the sharp rise. In recent years, reports showed that daily use of screens—whether smartphones, personal computers or other devices—accounted for some nine hours per day per individual, on...

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Strengthen: Social distancing & social media
Apr24

Strengthen: Social distancing & social media

There is no doubt is my mind that the phrase of the year for 2020 will be “social distancing.” The efforts taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 have changed almost every facet of life and has caused us to look for different ways to interact with each other. Social distancing endeavors have led to a significantly increased utilization of social media to stay connected, and it has thrilled my heart to see social media filled with...

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Sword & trowel: An E-A-S-T-E-R prayer
Apr09

Sword & trowel: An E-A-S-T-E-R prayer

Thus far, 2020 has proven to be unexpected in every way. From the Coronavirus pandemic to other issues, none of us really expected the year to go as it has gone. The forced slower pace that quarantines and “social distancing” has created, though, has afforded Christians a better opportunity to reflect and pray than we might otherwise take. To that end, as we near Easter Sunday, I offer this acrostic E-A-S-T-E-R to help you pray for a...

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Bible Q&A: Christ the victor over the virus
Apr08

Bible Q&A: Christ the victor over the virus

We have been reminded over the past few weeks just how fragile our physical bodies can be. We are susceptible to all manner of contagions and viruses, the deadly Coronavirus, or COVID-19, to name one. At the time of writing, there have been more than 3,000 confirmed deaths in the US, with the possibility of 97,000 more. This disease has quickened the sense of our powerlessness, limitations and instability. In these difficult and...

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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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