My Tribute to Dana Key

Why I am Writing this Six Years After Dana’s Death   Dana Key was one half of the two men bearing the names of the Christian rock/pop group, The DeGarmo and Key Band (later known as simply, DeGarmo and Key, and then “D&K’).  Dana passed away in 2010 after a long and fruitful career and ministry.   It may seem like a strange thing to write a tribute to someone six years after the person’s death.  So let me provide some...

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My Personal Testimony: Life Lessons from my Story

It occurred to me recently that few people really know the details on my personal testimony. I don’t talk about my pre-Christ life much, because, honestly, I’m ashamed of it. I identify with the Apostle Paul when he wrote to the Ephesians that it is “shameful to even mention what the disobedient do in secret” (Ephesians 5:12). So while I will not go into the sordid details of my past, I do believe there is merit in providing an overview of my...

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Christian Junkies

Christian Junkies

As an addendum to this week’s sermon on faithfulness, today’s post is taken mostly from the my book, The Life God Honors.  The foreword was written by my friend, Brian Blair, of The Republic Newspaper.  He writes: “When I first began watching ESPN’s Sports Center a few years ago, the NBA highlight reels transfixed me. The nightly wrap-ups featured more dunking than an Oreo cookies-and-milk extravaganza.  Since I was...

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The Power of Your Attitude

The Power of Your Attitude

In yesterday’s sermon I spoke of the power of attitude.  Here’s an important addition to the discussion. It is in your power to choose your attitude.  Many people think that their circumstances dictate their attitudes, but this is not true.  You are a creature with amazing God-given power to choose your thoughts, attitudes, and even emotions.  Yes, thoughts, attitudes and emotions will come and go, but to simply give in to whatever...

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How To Help Destroy Your Church (and Your Spiritual Life) in 6 Easy Steps

How To Help Destroy Your Church (and Your Spiritual Life) in 6 Easy Steps

Sometimes I hear people say, “Our church is under attack; we need to pray.”  Well, here’s two obvious observations about that.   First, most every church – if they are doing the work of the Kingdom at all – is under attack all the time, not just some of the time.  We are, after all, engaged in a titanic conflict that has been waged since the Garden.  The entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation speaks of a spiritual war that is being fought...

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The High Road

The High Road

Author: Andy Robbins In 1976, a struggling screen writer hit it big with his script of “Rocky.” Sylvester Stallone created a character partly from a real person and partly from fiction that has been loved by moviegoers for more than 30 years. The story of Rocky parallels our spiritual lives in some compelling ways. As the story opens, Rocky Balboa, a 30-year-old small time boxer who couldn’t be called a has-been because he was more like a...

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