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Apr 17, 2014
“And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’ ” Luke 10:2

One thing is for sure: If you’ve spent any time in a Southern Baptist church, you know the strong feelings associated with Vacation Bible School. Some churches focus on the program throughout the year, while others haven’t even offered VBS since the church’s long-time volunteer champion left or passed on the reins.
Apr 2, 2014
As I’ve shared with you before, I moved to Florida because I felt God was calling me to join Him on an amazing new journey. Having most recently lived in Hawaii, I’ve heard lots of jokes about me being crazy to leave Paradise.

I have taken the good-natured ribbing in the spirit it was intended; those kidding with me knew I wasn’t coming here for a vacation. But I didn’t come here to take a job, either. I had one of those already, and was doing fine, according to those who are paid to score such things.
Mar 21, 2014
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” Matt. 28:18-20 (NIV)
Mar 6, 2014
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.” Phil. 1:21-24 (NIV)

A little more than a decade ago, two missionary friends of mine died from unrelated illnesses within a few months of each other. These were heartbreaking losses for those of us left behind: How could they be taken in the primes of their lives while doing exactly what God wanted them to be doing?
Feb 23, 2014
NEW PORT RICHEY (FBW)-It was 10:15 Saturday night, and Brad Smith was still talking to students from First Baptist Church of New Port Richey about the terrible tragedy that had claimed the lives of two youth workers involved in an accident on the way to a winter church camp in Covington, Ga.

Earlier in the day, Smith, the student minister at First Baptist, and his wife had made the trip from New Port Richey to Gainesville to meet with two students who remained hospitalized following the wreck of a church van on I-75 near Lake City Friday morning. The accident occurred when the vehicle’s left rear tire blew, causing the van to roll several times.
Feb 20, 2014
"The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” Gen. 12:1 (HCSB)

We sometimes forget what it’s like to be the newcomer.
Feb 6, 2014
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:17b-21
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