Why Is Trusting God So Hard?

As a child of God, He asks us to simply trust Him to provide for us, guide us and help us through our daily lives.  Sometimes, though, this seems very difficult to do. My wife and I are planning a major move right now from Tennessee to Oklahoma.  On one hand, it makes no sense

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You May Freely Eat! (podcast)

I am posting a message I did at The Gathering Place in Dyersburg, TN.  I believe this is one of the most important messages I have ever released.  Many people see God as being stingy, miserly and withholding. They see Him as angry and judgmental.  But He is not like that.  He is generous and

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Walls Around My Heart

Over the years, I have built up walls around my heart. Because of things I have gone through in the past — hurts, rejections, disappointments — I have built these ramparts to protect myself. A lot of us have walls up to protect us from getting hurt. We somehow think that if we isolate our

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Eve: A Novel (book review)

As I read my Bible I often have wondered what it would have been like to have been there observing the story as it unfolds — to have seen Moses part the Red Sea, to have seen Elijah on Mt. Carmel opposite the prophets of Baal, to have seen the crucifixion. For me it’s always

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Recognizing God’s Grace in Others

I love the fact that God will use any body.  I love the fact that He shows kindness to evil and righteous men.  He sends the rain upon the just and the unjust. Sometimes, though, we don’t always recognize God’s work in the lives of other people.  Sometimes, we don’t want to recognize God’s grace

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What If We Are Asking God For the Wrong Things

Today is the National Day of Prayer.  In years past I have been very much involved in this day.  Through the journey I have been on the past couple of years I have changed my views on a lot of areas including this one.  While I do believe that the National Day of Prayer is

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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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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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Stop in the Name of the Law

I am a man that likes rules.  It’s just my personality.  I am a person who likes organization and order.  I like to know what my parameters are.  Now that doesn’t mean that I always obey the rules but I like rules. To me it makes life easier.  But rules have their problems.  Mostly that

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Identity, Authority & Motives (part 1)

Most people in life have struggled with their personal identity at some time or another.  The teens years often are very hard on adolescents as they try to figure out “who they are”.  Many don’t find out until much later in life.  How many men have went through mid-life crises’ because they hadn’t truly “found

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