Practical Application

Are Faith and Enterprise Compatible?

Several years ago I met a local businessman who by all accounts was very successful in developing and running an enterprise. His business was operating out of several locations and there seemed to be a steady stream of clients at the door. At that time he admitted that he was struggling with the idea that his Christian walk was compatible with his business operation.  Faith and Enterprise The Bible makes connections to vocation and faith clear, indicating that we should do, “All things to the Glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). There are numerous stories of business events that require […]

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We All Live in Four Different Worlds

“So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him” (Daniel 6:4 NKJV). We will begin finding our way through a culture that has lost its way when we begin to realize that each of us lives simultaneously in four very distinct spheres of life and therefore influence.   Private You live in a private world. There is a part of your existence that no one else ever enters. Not even those closest […]

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Pharmacy Students Loved Serving People of Honduras

Five hundred fifty patients served; 1,500 prescriptions filled; all in five days. Sounds exhausting. “Oh yeah,” said pharmacy student Tara McIntosh, recalling the Gregory Center for Medical Missions trip to Honduras in June. At day’s end, after dinner, a shower, devotions and debriefing, “that’s when you start to feel exhausted,” she said. “But not during the day, because the patients were so thankful and grateful, and praying for you while you’re praying for them. It felt like something I enjoy doing, all day, every day.” Tara and four other students from the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy worked under […]

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Stress: Five Fascinating Facts

(Scroll down to leave a comment on stress.) “James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the 12 tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings” (James 1:1 NKJV). Stress! Perhaps no other word is used as much to describe the culprit, the scapegoat, the excuse of modern man. Many of the problems in our homes and with our health seem to relate to this stress factor. But stress has been around through the ages.  Note, for instance, that James addressed his epistle “to the 12 tribes which are scattered abroad,” to those early Christians who had fled […]

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Don’t Worry; Get Busy Living!

(Scroll down to leave a comment on how you don’t worry and start living.) I love old movies. The reasons I love them is because they were well made, included great story telling, great acting, and no matter how many times I watch them, they always seem so fresh. Some of them have deep moral lessons we can apply to our everyday life. Recently, I was watching one of my old favorites made in 1994, “The Shawshank Redemption.” In the same year, it was overshadowed by the movie “Forrest Gump,” which received many Oscars at The Academy Awards. However, “The […]

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Roe v. Wade Overturned. Now What?

If I’m honest, the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade came as a complete surprise to me. Never in my lifetime did I think this would happen. As I took in the breaking news alert displayed on my phone, I immediately began to ponder the implications of what this meant for the local church — for God’s people — for me. I was raised in a pro-life home, and some of my earliest church memories include my family volunteering at pregnancy centers and witnessing pastoral advocacy for pro-life movements. I am unapologetically pro-life and believe that any reading […]

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One Thing Is Necessary

How many things are on your to-do list right now? Go ahead, think about the pressing tasks for a moment. Stuff to do, people to call, things to fix, flabby bodies to whip back into shape (maybe just me?) — anybody else working on a little home reconstruction over the past couple of months? Maybe you’re thinking about the many needs of the people around you. Mothers, fathers, teachers, pastors, leaders — how much have you felt the burdens of those near and dear to you recently? Worship leaders, how many setlists, recorded worship times, and team Zoom calls do […]

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Relativism: The Religion of Contemporary Culture

(Scroll down to leave a comment on relativism.) “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation […]

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Before WWJD Must Come LLJL

(Scroll down to leave a comment on WWJD and LLJL) You’re probably familiar with the letters WWJD, typically seen on bracelets, as well as a variety of other Christian apparel items. They stand for “What Would Jesus Do?” It’s a great concept, which dates all the way back to a novel written by Charles Sheldon in 1896, titled In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do? The book depicted a congregation that determined not to make any decision without first considering “What would Jesus do?”  WWJD and LLJL Now, as important as the letters WWJD are, I believe there are four […]

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Grunts

Once in a while I tend to be petty. For example, I’ve been noticing a lot of grunts around me of late. Grunts are audible noises that one voluntarily makes… usually. Pigs grunt, but that’s not the type of grunt I am talking about. I’m noticing the human grunts. My daughter grunts when I ask her how her day was… I’m not sure how to interpret that; is it good or bad? I have also noticed the loud “come on” or “hmmmm” in a crowd… I think they call that a loud listener. I am not much of a grunter […]

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