The Not-So-Useful Tool On Social Media

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I love tools. I even have some that I call my own. The right tool can make any job much easier.

But using social media to promote criticism, negativity or judgement serves a different purpose.

I love how we can use social media to reach across the oceans and share life with believers and non-believers. The stats that show the reach of my blog excite me more than any of the other numbers:

(I blocked out the numbers on the United States because my point is not to show how many people have viewed my blog, but just how far it can reach!)

This is not just a physical chasm between the nations. It’s a spiritual one.  Even amongst believers. I’m always saddened when those who claim to know Christ choose to use this resource to criticize or judge. Using a tool in a detrimental way always does…

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When Your Well Runs Dry

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No, really.  We have a well.  And it’s dry.

Again.

This has been a particularly dry year for us and while having a well seems almost… romantic.

Almost.

I can assure you that running out of water doesn’t come close to making the “Top Ten Ways to Romance Your Wife”.

Wishing my husband would “woo” me with water was never something I considered…

Until now.

Before you think this is a rant, I just want to say that if you’ve never had your water shut off for an extended period of time, you should.

It teaches you a few things:

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Heroes Remembered: John Mason Peck

Harvard University does not single out many Baptist preachers for honorary degrees.  But in 1852, they did such for a Baptist preacher and missionary named John Mason Peck. Let me tell you a little of the story of this fascinating man in the hopes that his life will inspire you to leave a similar legacy and impact.

John Mason Peck (1789-1858) lived in Connecticut and New York state in his early years. He heard the message of the gospel and was saved while young. Personal study of the bible led him to leave the Congregationalist church over the issue of infant baptism and become a Baptist– despite the arguments of his pastor, Lyman Beecher.

Peck grew deeply in his faith and felt a call to preach. Time spent with Luther Rice led him to a deep interest in missionary work “out west”. So Peck loaded Continue reading

Simple Prayer

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Prayer is simple, really.  We are the ones who over-complicate it.  We assume that we have to get it just right, or that God is more concerned about our vocabulary than He is our heart.

Prayer can be words spoken–but they might just be thoughts that are formed and directed at God.

My prayer life was changed when I finally came to realize that God, in His infinite mercy, cared more about my attitude in prayer than He did the action of prayer.  Let me explain. Spending a set amount of time in prayer on a daily schedule develops discipline, to be sure–but having an attitude of prayer all throughout the day fosters devotion.

My husband and I started dating when we were seniors in high school.  We had been dating only 6 months when he went away to college–four hours away. 

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Sharpening our Focus, Renewing our Passion

(This is an article I wrote for the Illinois Baptist.)

Sharpening our focus, renewing our passion

This past June, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines put together a task force charged with recommending how we might deal with the alarming decline in baptisms in our Convention. What a daunting task it is. Baptisms have declined precipitously for the past 17 years. We have gone from more than 400,000 baptisms per year, to less than 300,000. The needs in America are greater than ever, but our effectiveness in meeting those needs has plunged. This ought to greatly concern all of us who care about the Great Commission and this land in which we live.

The task force’s first meeting, held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, was both disquieting and encouraging. We stared the terrible Continue reading

The Value of a Devotional Life

I’ve practiced daily devotions for many years now. I spend some time each day (mornings usually work best for me) reading my bible and praying. I read a certain number of chapters of the bible underlining as I go. I spend time praying by praising and thanking God, confessing sin, asking for my needs and praying for the needs of others.

I will tell you that sometimes I don’t feel much like doing that. But feelings are terribly fickle. I rarely feel like exercising or eating healthy or all kinds of things that need to be done. I like the phrase “spiritual disciplines”. I am to discipline myself in my devotional life.

But I will also tell you that feelings often follow discipline. I am glad I exercise and eat right when I do. And I feel especially glad that I regularly spend time in the word and in prayer. The longer I’ve practiced daily devotionals the more I’ve recognized their benefits.

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When Fear Eclipses Faith

Good thoughts from my sweet wife!

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This is a confession.

Seems I’ve been doing this a lot lately, and the truth is, it is freeing.

I know that I am not alone on this one because I see it all over the internet and even on people’s faces.

Fear.

The eclipse.  Hurricanes of historic proportions.  The wildfires in the west. The earthquake in Mexico, and major earthquakes predicted for the United States.

People prophesying about the end times are using these events to point to an imminent conclusion of the world as we know it. Not just crazy, modern-day doomsday prophets, but conservative Christian leaders that are willing to publicly confess that they believe we are living in the “last days”. Prophecies that contend that it will happen very soon–even narrowing it down to months and weeks.

“Now concerning that day and hour no one knows—neither the angels of heaven nor the Son—except the Father alone.”…

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