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2 Corinthians 9:6-15
New International Version (NIV)
Generosity Encouraged

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”[a]
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Must a Pastor Be Seminary-Trained to be Qualified to Preach and Teach?

Posted by on December 9, 2017 in Thoughts on Ministry | Comments Off on Must a Pastor Be Seminary-Trained to be Qualified to Preach and Teach?

MUST A PASTOR BE SEMINARY-TRAINED TO BE QUALIFIED TO PREACH AND TEACH? . Sometimes the question comes up as to where I went to seminary.  I think this is an interesting question because sometimes it comes from a genuine desire to know my doctrinal leanings, but other times I sense that it is asked somewhat condescendingly, as if to call into question the legitimicay of a pastor’s call into ministry if he is not seminary-trained. . I’ll begin answering this question by saying that one of my mentors, Dr. Jerry King, DD, who is...

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Is There Only One “Authorized” Translation of the Bible?

Posted by on December 9, 2017 in Studying the Bible | Comments Off on Is There Only One “Authorized” Translation of the Bible?

IS THERE ONLY ONE “AUTHORIZED” TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE? . Once in a while I get this question from inquiring minds contacting me on our church website:  “Do you use only one version of the Bible in your church?”  When this question is asked it always has to do with whether or not we use the King James Version of the Bible, which some camps consider the only “authorized” version of the Bible, and that all others are satanic substitutes. . The short answer to this question is that, no, we do not use only one...

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Is Abortion Really a Health Issue?

Posted by on October 22, 2016 in Abortion, Christian Worldview vs. Humanistic Worldview, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Abortion Really a Health Issue?

In the wake of the third presidential debate where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred briefly over the issue of abortion, Clinton made the claim that late term abortions — as in, a baby’s life is terminated even in the ninth month — are important to protect for the sake of health issues related to the pregnancy.  Trump countered that late term abortion is never okay.  Mr. Trump’s statements caused no small reaction among abortion advocates. So then, who is correct? Perhaps we should treat this subject like we...

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My Tribute to Dana Key

Posted by on September 4, 2016 in Dana Key, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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 background how this came about.   I have a 9-year-old son named Drew who loves music.  So when...

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Don’t Take the Bait of the NEW Racial Tension

Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Christian Worldview vs. Humanistic Worldview, Racism | Comments Off on Don’t Take the Bait of the NEW Racial Tension

I have not addressed the growing racial tension in our nation before now because it has been easier to try to ignore it.  But today that changed for me.   Before I launch into this discussion I need to qualify something: Racism has never even been on my radar.  I was raised by a mother who had no tolerance for racism.  When my mother remarried she married a black man.  Her brother, my uncle, married a black woman.  I myself dated several black women in my single years.  My best friend in grade school was black.  My two favorite workout...

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“I don’t want my kids to be weird”: Common Objections to Homeschooling, pt. 4

Posted by on August 2, 2016 in Christian Worldview vs. Humanistic Worldview, Homeschooling, Homeschooling, Parenting Wisdom, Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I don’t want my kids to be weird”: Common Objections to Homeschooling, pt. 4

“Homeschooled kids are weird.”   That seems to be the sentiment among many.  But many who would think this are those who live vicariously through their children.  They want their kids to be the coolest and the most popular, because their children’s social status gives many parents a sense of personal validation.  And yes, this is true even among Christian parents who should know better.   Listen, “weird” people are everywhere.  They exist in public schools just as surely as in homeschooling settings....

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“I want my kids to be well socialized”: Objections to Homeschooling, pt. 3

Posted by on July 26, 2016 in Christian Worldview vs. Humanistic Worldview, Homeschooling, Homeschooling, Parenting Wisdom | Comments Off on “I want my kids to be well socialized”: Objections to Homeschooling, pt. 3

In this third installment of my Common Objections to Homeschooling series, I’ve asked my daughter and eldest child, Hannah, who is now married and an expectant mother, to offer her insights on the concern of socialization.  In doing so, she also offers her views here on some of the benefits of homeschooling from the perspective of one who has been homeschooled all her life.  (Photos and editorial comments added by me.) Thanks Hannah! ____________________   I’ve been asked the question many times, “So did you like being...

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“I’m not qualified to teach”: Common Objections to Homeschooling pt. 2

Posted by on July 21, 2016 in Homeschooling, Parenting Wisdom | Comments Off on “I’m not qualified to teach”: Common Objections to Homeschooling pt. 2

Donna and I know some Christian people who have changed their tunes over the years about homeschooling.  One lady told us years ago that she was not cut out for that sort of thing.  In fact, we almost got the impression that she thought we were a little weird for homeschooling our children (which is not uncommon).  But a few years later she pulled her one of her teenagers out of public high school for getting in some kind of terrible trouble that she would not disclose the details of.  That same mother now says she wished she would have...

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Common Objections to Homeschooling, pt. 1: “We Can’t Afford it”

Posted by on July 19, 2016 in Homeschooling, Homeschooling, Uncategorized, War of the Worldviews | Comments Off on Common Objections to Homeschooling, pt. 1: “We Can’t Afford it”

In a recent article I posted on our church website, I detailed some of the significant problems with public education and provided an argument in favor of homeschooling.  Toward the end of that post I mentioned that I am already familiar with some of the objections and challenges in pulling one’s children out of public school, and I would like to address those here and in the posts that follow.   In doing so, I will need to state some truth that may be a little hard to read for some people.  I realize that in stating these truths that I...

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What the Pilgrims can Teach Christian Parents Today

Posted by on July 14, 2016 in Blog, Christian Worldview vs. Humanistic Worldview, Homeschooling, Homeschooling, Parenting Wisdom | Comments Off on What the Pilgrims can Teach Christian Parents Today

We were taught about the pilgrims coming to America in grade school but were often are not giving the full picture. To better understand why the Pilgrims left England to come to America, it may be helpful to briefly review the religious landscape of the time.   In the early 1500’s a group of Protestant Reformers in England sought to bring reform to the church in England. These reformers came to be called Puritans mainly because they wanted to “purify” the Church of England of Catholic traditions that they did not believe to be...

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