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Quiet in the Chaos

Quiet in the Chaos

The world feels chaotic and tomorrow is full of unknowns. People all around us feel panic, uncertainty, and anxiety. There have been massive lay-offs, loved ones are sick or at risk of getting sick, the economy is suffering, and people are being asked to self-isolate....

A Call to Fear the Lord

A Call to Fear the Lord

In this 3-part blog series, we’re looking at the elements of spiritual preparation and maturity. Two weeks ago, we talked about repentance. Last week, we looked at confession. Many people do not make a distinction between repentance and confession. However, what I’m...

A Call to Confession

A Call to Confession

Our church is talking about spiritual preparation and maturity. Last week we talked about repentance. Repentance is defined as “changing your mind about something”. If we desire to turn away from sin and turn towards God, then we must first change our mind about our...

Discipleship

Another Brick in the Wall

Another Brick in the Wall

We’re in the first few days of 2021 – a brand new year – after a difficult and tumultuous 2020. However, as I reflect, my mind is not drawn to last year, but much farther back, even four decades. It’s hard to imagine that on this day 40-years ago, 1980 had just ended...

Mary Sets the Example

Mary Sets the Example

Christmas Day ended a few days ago. The presents have been opened. The holiday dinner (so good!) consumed. The family has gone home. No more Christmas music playing on the radio. The unusual TN snow giving us a white Christmas has melted. Holiday cheer is now a...

For Whose Glory: A Glance at People-Pleasing

For Whose Glory: A Glance at People-Pleasing

I am a people-pleaser. There, I said it. For me, it stems from early periods of life where I felt the need to fight for approval. Tragically, even today, I feel the need to. It is ridiculous when I think about it, however. As my wife has lovingly reminded me, not only...

Missions

#OP2BLESS:  Christ Transformed Lives in a Rapidly Changing Culture

#OP2BLESS: Christ Transformed Lives in a Rapidly Changing Culture

Recently, our church adopted a new mission statement.  The purpose of which is to succinctly state our primary means of fulfilling the Great Commission.  Our mission statement reads: First Baptist Powell exists to invest in and equip the next generation to live...

Testimony

Pandemic & Prayer

Pandemic & Prayer

Recent research has shown that Google searches for prayer have increased to the highest level ever on record during the current pandemic.  Looking at data across 95 countries, searches for information on prayer rose dramatically regardless of income and other...

Exposing + Breaking Down Idols

Exposing + Breaking Down Idols

The first half of this new decade has been unordinary, to say the least. We’ve experienced a pandemic, societal unrest, breaking news by the minute, murder hornets, dust storms, and toilet paper shortages, just to name a few. When COVID-19 started to escalate and the...

Personality Tests in Light of the Gospel

Personality Tests in Light of the Gospel

Personality Tests in Light of the Gospel Have you ever taken a personality test? Perhaps your employer required it or maybe you stumbled across one on the Internet. The test options are endless: Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, DISC, and Winslow Personality Profile, just to...

Wednesday’s word for women

Help With My Bible Reading: Poetry As An Aid

Help With My Bible Reading: Poetry As An Aid

Thanks, Mom Though I love to read, I wouldn’t have called myself a lover of poetry in the past. It seemed a little esoteric and beyond reach. Little did I realize how much I needed it. My latest interest in poetry has come to me, as many things do, by my mother....

Lesson Learned (Again)

Lesson Learned (Again)

Have you ever been in a situation where God taught you a valuable lesson in an unconventional way? I find myself in these situations often, and it always makes me praise the Lord that I serve a God who is greater than the box I often try to fit Him in. God is able to...

A Spirit of Gentleness

A Spirit of Gentleness

I have been in the habit lately of speaking harshly to my children. I have convinced myself that it is the only thing that works. If I respond calmly and quietly, my kids often times seem to ignore me. But if I yell, with hands on my hips and nose in their faces, I...