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    Close to God

    I’ve just been re-energized in my spiritual life! Only a couple of weeks ago, I was feeling depressed and really down in many ways, but that all changed when I went to the Midwest Baptist Conference’s Leadership Retreat in Champaign, Illinois.

    The first night there, I was challenged by a message by Jim Botts about how Jesus wants us to get out there and tell other people about him. I’ve been frustrated that my church hasn’t been doing that very effectively, and so I was really moved by his message. However, when I tried to talk with my wife about it, something wasn’t clicking with my thought process.

    We actually had an argument about it!

    But then, the next night, God brought clarity to me through the second main speaker of the retreat. Gary Rohrmayer of Midwest Church Planting and Your Journey Resources said in his first main point that “the practice of spiritual disciplines is directly related to hearing God’s voice.”

    It was like one of those revelations where you hear something that you’ve known for a long time but haven’t really gotten from your head down into your heart, you know? I got a strong sense that my ministry was more about my personal connection with God than any other methodology I could implement in a church. It was a complete release! Now, not only was I freed from the pressure of performance and efforts to coerce people to share their faith with others, but I was also given something tangible and simple that I could work on–my own spiritual condition!

    This might not seem much to you, but it was a revelation for me, and I’m so grateful to God that he gave it to me.

    I hope your relationship with God is profound and significant this week.

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    My First Blog

    Well, I have finally succumbed to the world of blogging. I hope that anyone who reads this will be enriched by whatever I have to say, and that most of all, people will receive the wonderful blessing of knowing God personally.

    I can’t think of anything more important than developing a close personal relationship with God, so that is the primary goal of this blog. My thoughts on our spiritual growth!

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    025-02 — Too Hot to Handle

    Mark 1:40-3:12

    What do you think of Jesus? If he were here right now, what would you expect him to do? To say? The problem is that Jesus is never limited by our expectations. He is an outside-the-box kind of person, and he’s just too much for some to handle. Listen up to see if Jesus is too hot for YOU to handle.


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    010-17 — Live With Power

    SCRIPTURE: Ephesians

    There’s only one thing left to say once we make it all the way through a book like this. Make it a reality! God wants us to experience his divine power all the time. He has given us the resources we need to live powerful lives. It’s time for us to recognize the power He has given us and put it into practice! Live with Power!

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    010-16 — Power to Win Your Inner War

    SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:10-20

    Ultimately the question of how to have a power-filled life comes down to this: How can I win my inner wars? If we are defeated by temptation, old habits, and damaging thought patterns, we will sense no power in our lives. How can we have power to win our inner wars?

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    010-15 — Power in the Workplace

    SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:5-9

    ?I just can’t stand my boss!? sometimes it takes all the power you can muster to just get out of bed and go to work in the morning! How can we realize the divine power of God in our jobs?

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    010-14 — Power in Parenting

    SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:1-4

    Who’s in charge here? Is it the parent or the kid? Getting a grip on how parents and children should work together will help us see how God’s power is made evident in a Christian home.

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    010-13 — Power in Marriage

    SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5:21-33

    Oftentimes, issues of power can be quite divisive in marriage. This week, we try to deal with two questions side by side: How is power to be structured in marriage relationships? and How can the divine power of God be made evident in marriage?

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    010-12 — Four Marks of a Powerful Church

    SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5:15-21

    ?We dream of a church that turns the world upside down…? What are the things that make a church powerful? Don’t you want to be a part of a powerful church? If so, don’t miss this message on the Four Marks of a Powerful Church!

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    010-11 — I Know What You Did

    SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5:3-14

    How many times have we done something that we didn’t want other people to know about? How many times have we hidden the truth about our actions or our motives? Here, we see that with God, nothing is hidden. What would it be like if no action or attitude could ever be hidden? How would we live?

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    010-10 — Relational Body Building

    SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:25-5:2

    Everything we do, say, or think has the potential of either contributing to the community of believers or tearing it down. Here Paul gives us a few practical things to do to build up the spiritual body of which we are all a part.

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    010-09 — The Fresh Start Approach to Life

    SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:17-24

    Too often, we get ourselves trapped in thinking about and living our lives from the prison of the past. Old habits die hard. The good news is that God’s power is strong enough to make us into totally new people. God gives his people power to make a fresh start every day!

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