Can You Handle Your Freedom?

I had a friend named Jimmy who spent 18 years of his adult life in prison.  He did a 13 year stint, got out and was arrested 11 months later.  He did another 5 years and was released.  The church I pastored at the time had a prison ministry that Jimmy was a part of

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Throwing Stones at Jesus

One of my favorite Bible stories is found in John 8.  It’s about the women who was caught in adultery by the religious leaders.  They were testing Jesus to see how He would respond to this clear violation of the Law.  The Law was clear that adulterers were to be stoned. But Jesus went to

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The God Who Gets His Hands Dirty

True Christianity is not clean, tidy and sanitized.  There are many within the church that would like folks to believe it’s that way.  They come up with nice, neat answers to life’s complex problems.  They have developed cute slogans to help with challenging issues.  Everything fits into a nice, neat faith package. But life doesn’t

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Ordinary: How to turn the world upside down (book review)

Once in a while I will read a book that not only captivates my attention but also convicts my soul.  Ordinary:  How to Turn the World Upside Down by Tony Merida is a book that has done both.  It’s a small book that one can easily get through in a couple of hours but the

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Entering 2015 with Empty Hands

A new year is upon us.  This happens every 365 days.  Every 365 days people begin talking about making changes, setting new goals, setting resolutions, wishing for a better year than the previous one had been. I quit making resolutions several years ago.  However, I will be setting some goals for 2015 as I need

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You & Your Thoughts (book review)

I’ve been a Christian now for over 30 years.  I’ve been involved with full-time church work for the majority of my adult life.  If there’s one thing that really irks me about American Christians, especially those of the Pentecostal/Charismatic tribe (of which I hail from), it’s that they don’t think!  We’ve become so used to

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How American Christianity differs from Kingdom Christianity, part 2

I wrote in an earlier blog about the differences between American Christianity and Kingdom Christianity.  I want to continue with this thought process. American Christianity has become prosperity and success driven whereas Kingdom Christianity is about giving. In America bigger is always better.  Americans believe that the key to the pursuit of happiness is built

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How American Christianity Differs From Kingdom Christianity

As a person born in America I am very thankful that I live in this nation.  I did nothing to facilitate that as my parents lived in this nation as did their parents.  Somewhere back in time my ancestors came from other countries to settle in this nation.  For all it’s faults and failures, I still

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8 Ministers Who Have Helped Shape My Spiritual Journey

Having been a Christian for over 30 years now and being in ministry for over 20 years I have heard my fair share of sermons.  Unfortunately, it takes a lot to really impress me these days when it comes to communicators.  There are some great communicators out there.  But there are some really bad ones

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Why You Haven’t Committed the Unforgiveable Sin (book review)

Most Christians have heard of the unforgiveable sin, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.  So many have wondered and even believed that they have committed this sin.  Most don’t understand even what this sin is. It is of the most misunderstood scriptures in the New Testament. 31 “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy

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