A Trip to Africa

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This next week I’ll be going to Nairobi, Kenya to see some of the ministries of Mission of Mercy and connect with those who are carrying out this work among orphans.  I’ll be leaving Sunday, February 20 after church and will return on Saturday, February 26.   I’ve never been to Africa, and I am looking forward to the experience. … Read More

Women in Leadership

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Q:  Are women allowed to serve in leadership at First Assembly?  It seems like it’s always men who preach, lead worship, usher, administer communion, and serve as deacons.  Why don’t women do any of those things? This great question was handed in on a note card at our “Q Sunday” event on February 6.  The answer is simple: Yes, women … Read More

Missions and Our Church in 2011

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This morning’s excellent presentation by Doug and Joan Webber of Convoy of Hope Europe made me think of a number of things I wanted to communicate to First Assembly about missions in the coming year.  These are the kinds of things I have not had the chance to personally communicate because of time constraints on Sunday morning,  but think you … Read More

Crusades, Empires and the Kingdom of God

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Last Sunday, a boy handed in this simple question, “Were the Crusades right?” This is a multi-leveled question that was one of the most probing of all the more than 200 questions that were turned in.  It’s a bigger question than just about the moral correctness of the couple-of-centuries long struggle for Christian Europeans to recapture Israel and Jerusalem.  It … Read More

Questions from Q Sunday

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This past Sunday, First Assembly of God Lafayette arranged for a morning of questions from the congregation. Instead of getting up and delivering a conventional message, I stood on the platform and addressed questions that were submitted through video, email, text and written on note cards. All in all, I thought it was a great morning where we dealt with … Read More

Life in the Waiting Room

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“Be still and know that I am God…”  Psalm 46:10There’s a LOT of waiting in life.  Some waiting is a fixed period of time–having a baby, recovering from a surgery, the 24 hour flu.However, much of the waiting we experience is an existential staple to life.  Much of life is found in transitions.  We’re waiting to graduate.  We’re waiting to … Read More

Desire

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When’s the last time you realized that as much as you thought your life might be better if you changed in some way, you found that you lacked the desires to make it happen? As a pastor I’ve talked with hundreds of people after church services or who sat in my office or who told me over lunch, that they’d … Read More

Becoming that Kind of Person

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What’s the “it” factor that we’re looking for in life?  Obviously, it’s more than a certain look or a certain style or a physical magnetism.  What are the central character traits that we all need to pursue, regardless of temperament or personality?  What will win us spiritual strength and a good reputation and many friends?Look at these words from Proverbs … Read More

A Questionable Faith

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This past weekend I was driving through Frankfort, Indiana on Saturday and read a sign in front of a church on one of the town’s main roads.  It read, “Faith has no questions. Truth has no doubts.”I understand the idealism of such a sentiment, but it calls us all to the kind of rigid belief that not only can’t  be … Read More

Sin about Sin

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31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  –John 8:31-32As a pastor, I find myself addressing people’s sinful attitudes about sin all the time.  It’s because sin so distorts our own perspective and creates a self-justifying line … Read More