Think, Act, Be, Day 30- Genesis 2:4-25

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Think, Act, Be, Day 30- Genesis 2:4-25

The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed in him the breath of life. The Bible begins with a marriage and ends with a wedding feast. Our lives began in a garden with a river and a tree of life and will one day be complete, as Revelation says, with […]

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Think, Act, Be, Day 29- Romans 12:4-5

Each member belongs to all the others. For Christians, membership in a church is a verb. We “member” each other the way a body takes care of its parts. In his novel Jayber Crow, author and farmer Wendell Berry illustrates how church membership works through the eyes of the fictional residents of the town of […]

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Think, Act, Be, Day 27-Philippians 1:12-21

My imprisonment is for Christ Few of us know what it’s like firsthand for a preacher to be arrested. The Philippians did, and they were embarrassed—and probably a bit worried about their own fate. In a high-achieving, competitive world, they had never imagined a pastor who would be so humiliated. They could not imagine following […]

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Retirement Reception for Marty and Janice Smith

Two weeks ago, we celebrated Rhonda Smith’s new role as Minister of Pastoral Community. On Sunday, October 25, I want to invite you to join me for a reception honoring Marty and Janice Smith’s ministry at First Baptist. For twenty years, this “retired” ministerial couple have shepherded our internationals work throughout the community. They have led people […]

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Think, Act, Be, Day 26- 1 Corinthians 9:19-27

I have made myself a slave to all. In his book Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster writes about the discipline of service. He says that it’s not a list of things we do—mow the lawn, feed the neighbor’s dog, and teach Sunday School. Service is a lifestyle. In the marketplace of life, we seek out […]

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Think, Act, Be, Day 25-Exodus 20:1-7

Then God spoke all these words. When I traveled with my college choir, our director, Dr. Gene Black “DB,” handed out a rule book. His wife, affectionately known as “Mama B,” told us how this book came to be. She said, “Every rule is written because someone did something wrong, and we had to write […]

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Think, Act, Be, Day 24- Philippians 3:1-14

Forgetting what is behind Everyone needs a good forgetter. Most of us have no problem forgetting our car keys or our computer passwords. We do keep a long mental list from the past that could be trashed. We need to cultivate the discipline of forgetting who and what we resent, worry about, and are ashamed […]

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Think, Act, Be, Day 23- Matthew 6:19-24

The eye is the lamp of the body. An old Chinese proverb states, “Ninety percent of what we see lies behind our eyes.” We decide in our minds how we see the world; and how we use our possessions affects how we see the world. For instance, look at the treasures that we have. If […]

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Think, Act, Be, Day 22- Colossians 3:1-3

Since you have been raised with Christ… The Christian life is not a guilt trip over the sins that nailed Jesus to the cross. It’s a resurrected life of gratitude for what Jesus did and continues to do for you. Paul explains why in Colossians 3: “Since you have been raised with Christ.” Just as […]

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Think, Act, Be, Day 20-John 14:15-27

He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever. Everyone needs an Advocate. As followers of Christ, ours is the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us two of its roles. The Spirit is a presence and an attorney. The Spirit remains with us, refusing to abandon God’s children like orphans. The Spirit testifies on […]

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