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Tribute to the most prayerful man I’ve known

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Lepanto is a tiny town of some two thousand people in Poinsett County in northeast Arkansas. In the 1930s it was even smaller. But during the Great Depression, four Lepanto boys grew up together and changed the world. One of them, James R. Hendrix, was a sharecropper’s son who left school after the third grade to

10 Questions to Ask at a Christmas Gathering


Many of us struggle to make conversation at Christmas gatherings, whether church events, work-related parties, neighborhood drop-ins, or annual family occasions. Sometimes our difficulty lies in having to chat with people we rarely see or have never met. At other times we simply don’t know what to say to those with whom we feel little

10 Questions to Ask at a Thanksgiving Gathering

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At Thanksgiving many of us find ourselves with people we rarely see or hardly know. In these kinds of situations meaningful conversation is often difficult. Here are some questions designed not only to spark conversation, but dialogue relevant to the season. When used with a group, one option is for each person to answer each

Too busy to lead family worship?

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Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a Baptist pastor in London for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. His is one of the most recognized names in Christian history, but he’s best-known today as the Prince of Preachers. An electronic search of the mountain of material produced by Spurgeon reveals that he often referred

Do All to the Glory of God

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The unifying principle for all of life, including our spirituality, is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” This is the sun around which every spiritual practice, every decision, every prayer, and everything else should revolve. Concern for the

Pray Without Filler


“And Father, we, um, just want to thank You for Your blessings. And, uh, we just, Lord, want to, uh, just thank You, Lord, for just, really just being so good to us, Father. And Father, we just ask that You just forgive us of our sins, Father. And, um, just bless us now, Father,

Go to the Scriptures for Endurance, Encouragement, & Hope

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On most mornings I turn to the Scriptures as much out of a good, lifelong habit as anything else. On some mornings I approach God’s Word with a more keen sense of purpose. And sometimes I come with a real desire to meet God. But on many occasions—often outside my daily routine of Bible intake—I

Embrace a Trinitarian Spirituality

Embrace a Trinitarian Spirituality

I once read an article that quoted a TV star as saying, “I consider myself a spiritual person.” Almost everyone nowadays is “into spirituality.” Try to find someone who says, “I’m just not very spiritual.” I saw a survey where even a majority of atheists consider themselves “spiritual” people. By this I assume they mean

Not I, But Christ

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“Not I, but Christ” is the name of an old tract that I first read in the 1970s. I’ve no idea who wrote it, nor when it was written, though I suspect it was penned many decades before it first fell into my hands. It is a heart-searching piece that the Lord has often brought

What Do YOU Pray For?


Have you ever prayed for bad things to happen to someone? No? Well, about one in ten Americans who pray ask that very thing. That’s according to a recent survey reported by Baptist Press.  On August 7, 2014, Lifeway Research conducted an online survey sponsored by popular author and Texas pastor Max Lucado, asking 1,137 Americans