Happy Birthday to my church – Shades Mountain Baptist!!!

We are 100 years old today!

mega-churches in the SBC

This is a list of the mega-churches in the Southern Baptist Convention – published by Lifeway. My church is number 89. The definition of a mega-church is 2000+ in weekly attendance and givers to the Cooperative Program. These numbers are all self-reported. (Take them with a grain of salt!)

our trip to Cape Town from Mel’s point of view

I was blessed to be part of a team from Shades to Cape Town, South Africa to serve with Melanie at Capricorn. We worked through Living Hope – which is a wonderful organization. We stayed at the Team House; I can heartily recommend it – great place, great people, great view. It’s good to read …

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“God sets the lonely in families”

This morning I read a blog post that made me stop and think a bit about those around me who are hurting during this holiday season. She talked about families breaking up, sickness, financial issues, relationship problems, and other areas of our lives that don’t really lend themselves to singing ‘Joy to the World’. She …

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His Presence

“Lord, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Sever any ties but the tie that binds me to your service and to your heart.” — David Livingstone God is omnipresent. It’s one of His attributes. There’s a great sermon about this if you want to listen to it. …

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Book Review: Outlive Your Life

I’ve been reading Max Lucado’s latest book – Outlive Your Life. In the same style I’ve appreciated in his previous books, Lucado gives a powerful message in short, easy to read chapters. However, the message is NOT easy to digest. I’ve found myself reading back over a chapter instead of moving on through the book. …

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a modern day Proverbs 31 lady

Do you have any Godly Mentors in your life? I’m blessed to have several. Some for a season, others for longer periods of my life. For lots of girls, their mothers and grandmothers and aunts fit the bill. Other women come in at transitional times of life – like marriage, children, moving to a new …

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desperate for water

Isaiah 41:17-20 The Message The poor and homeless are desperate for water, their tongues parched and no water to be found. But I’m there to be found, I’m there for them, and I, God of Israel, will not leave them thirsty. I’ll open up rivers for them on the barren hills, spout fountains in the valleys. …

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silent date?

I saw a couple in a restaurant over the weekend. This young couple sat at a booth across from each other – and they weren’t talking or even looking at each other. Their food had not arrived, but they were both sitting with phones in hand – texting or surfing or emailing or playing a …

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“Power of the Cross”

Sunday AM sermon – “Attributes of God – Omnipotent” A. – God has limitless power. B. – Sovereignty and omnipotence go together. C. – God can do everything consistent with His character, goodness and love. D. – God’s use of power is qualified by His other attributes. E. – God’s power is self-limited to make …

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