Browsing the "Bible Study & Devotion" Category

Ever had one of those days? I had several in a row. And by “several,” I mean at least 10 years’ worth. They were days of never feeling quite … finished. I would get to...

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According to the Sammy-cat, there’s no container that’s not worth sitting in. If there’s a bag, box, bowl, bin, basin or bucket that he can reach, there’s an understood “Dibs!” from Sammy as he slowly...

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Maybe I don’t need to tell anyone this, but there are a lot of reasons I’ll never be on Jeopardy. One big one is that I can very reasonably imagine Alex Trebek saying something like,...

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As Independence Day approaches, we turn our thoughts again to the condition of our country and speculate as to what the future holds for our children. We are seeing more and more conflicts in rendering...

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Every church needs a vision for disciple-making. It needs to be written down so everyone can understand it and be constantly reminded of it. Here are four characteristics of a good vision statement....

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Every child wants to be able to boast about his/her dad! Little boys may be heard to say, “My dad can beat up your dad!” The truth is that in our era of time, many...

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“Stare into the pantry.” I ought to just go ahead and write that on my to-do list. You’ve probably heard me whine about it before. I hate it when I realize I’ve been standing, staring...

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We’ve all experienced this. We make our plans for the day or week and something comes along that obliterates our carefully constructed agenda. Unless we are the one making the changes, we don’t like having...

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Eating on the healthier side of the food pyramid is a battle for me. My pyramid is much more … shall we say … prismatic. And probably at least a heptagonal prism at that.  I...

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In the Lord’s Prayer we are told to pray for our daily bread (Matt 6:11). This prayer is a model of what it means to trust and ask God to meet our needs, our physical...

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Wouldn’t it be nice if children would appreciate and bless their mothers from birth? Why is it that so many people really don’t appreciate their moms until they are grown? Young children cling to their...

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Actors star in a full-length, three-man show based on the New Testament book of Acts. The drama troupe began ministering in cities across the U.S. in 2011 and has been invited to perform at the...

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“Mr. Snowden, those nodules in your lungs have metastasized – and it’s spreading fast. You are scheduled to begin your first round of chemo with us at 6:30 a.m. We will see you here first...

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Big things come in small packages. I think the person who said that sat beside me in my high school geometry class. And even though I was really bad at geometry, I would never copy...

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Missouri Baptists were introduced to “Explore the Bible” study curriculum in an April statewide tour with LifeWay Christian Resources specialist Sergio Arce who indicated there is a major facelift of the material being introduced in...

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Brought to you by William J. Federer’s AmericanMinute.com There were ten major persecutions of Christians in the first three centuries, and Diocletian’s was the worst.When Diocletian had lost battles in Persia, his generals told him...

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I hear if you put a Whitman’s Sampler under your pillow, the cavity fairy will bring you … a $200 invoice from your dentist. If you try it, you should know that while the midnight...

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Even very young children wonder about death. God has created us with a curiosity that causes all to seek answers. We make a mistake when we think we must wait until children are a certain...

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A woman’s purse. It’s the basic essentials of life … on a shoulder strap. Personally, I never know what surprises mine might hold. Not long ago I was searching for a receipt and – surprise,...

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If we don’t tithe, are we robbing God? Doesn’t the Old Testament teach tithing, while the New Testament stresses giving? These are important questions, and every sincere Christian wants to get the answers right. The...

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A wise man probably had to work to get the wisdom he has attained. Of course, God’s Word gives us wisdom. Someone who talks all the time probably just blows with the wind. I saw...

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Last issue I called an audible requesting Missouri Baptists on April 8 to enter into a special time of prayer and fasting. In response, some are organizing prayer times in their homes or church houses....

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Where have all the godly men gone? These days I ponder that question with increased frequency and concern. If the lack of godly men were only a matter of personality or ministerial preference, then little...

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Peyton Manning is perhaps the best quarterback at calling audibles. Football fans have watched this guy for years step up to the line of scrimmage, and if he discovers that the play called in the...

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Lawrence led a man on the street to Jesus as part of Crossover prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Indianapolis. The man immediately asked, “May I go tell my sister?” Lawrence agreed...

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I always thought I would age gracefully. Nope. One glimpse at the first few wrinkles in the mirror and I knew I was going fighting, kicking and screaming all the way. It’s not exactly aging...

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Once he feels its flame, a child will never doubt the candle’s heat. Likewise, the English Reformer William Tyndale once wrote, those who “feel” their faith will stand firm in the truth of Scripture and...

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hose who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Those two verses from Ps....

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I know I’ve complained about the state of my refrigerator before, but I’ve found a way to have a better attitude about it. When I get ready to put something in there, I just psych...

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Even as you receive this column, “Valentines Day” is occurring or has just occurred. This time of year sets many to thinking about caring for someone other than himself or herself and that is always...

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I confess, my closet is not the tidiest. But all five of my kids were teenagers at about the same time. Nobody knows the closets I’ve seen. I remember deciding at one point that if...

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How often have you seen someone who denied Jesus later become a Christian and change his or her attitude completely? It is not happening enough, but it does happen. And it makes a significant contribution...

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Frank S. Page, president and “chief encouragement officer” of the SBC Executive Committee, has challenged Southern Baptists to continue praying in 2014 “like we’ve never prayed before.” Page views his call to prayer as a...

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I’m not sure I ever work as hard as I do when I’m trying to get rid of that extra little quarter-inch of poof from the last corner of a fitted sheet. That last little...

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In this edition of Explore the Bible Series, Dr. Jim McCullen examines our call to depend on the Spirit and to honor Jesus....

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Kevin Shrum, Pastor Inglewood Baptist Church Nashville, TN. Christmas is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I can already hear your response to that declarative statement: “Don’t you have your holidays mixed...

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A lot of my friends have adopted a more active lifestyle and started new workout routines of late. When they all do it at once like that I’m usually shamed into joining them. This time,...

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Introduction: In my opinion we cannot celebrate JESUS too much! The world keeps encroaching on the days of Christmas celebration. We need to do all we can to Celebrate Jesus at Christmas....

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You know how I can tell we’re approaching the Christmas season? I find myself thumbing through a catalog. A catalog. Of. Meat. Potted meat. Pickled meat. Fried and dried and – maybe even poached meat....

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s commitment to live and minister in light of all Scripture provides a model for all Christians, said Baptist historian Tom Nettles, who recently published a biography on the 19th...

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Tim Sweetman/MBTS KANSAS CITY (BP) – More than 1,200 students, faculty and guests packed Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s chapel to be taught by an internationally-known pastor and teacher during the inaugural Charles H. Spurgeon Lectures on...

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“And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:35 There is no doubt that giving gifts can be much more fun than...

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Think chocolate is not the answer? Maybe you’re not asking the right questions. Okay, I do know chocolate is not really the answer to all the world’s problems. But it does sort of make a...

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Dealing With Death • John 11:21-27, 33-44 • Nov. 24, Introduction: Recently I heard of a child who was killed in a car wreck. The father of this child was a pastor of a very liberal...

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We’ve been talking about getting an invisible fence for the dog. Then I got to thinking, wouldn’t it be cheaper to just get an invisible dog? Immediate reduction in food costs. And the yard cleanup?...

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This past summer, I was invited to be the “storyteller” at an evangelistic block party in a rural Missouri town. I had four sessions. In the first one, I cut out a golden calf from...

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Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses and atheists often argue, “Jesus never claimed to be God.” They assert that Christians have corrupted or misinterpreted the New Testament, or they reject the Bible outright. But for those willing to...

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One essential part of an Annual Meeting is greeting the people we know and meeting new people who have joined us in our cooperative ministries. This year was no exception, as godly men and women...

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I would like to thank those of you at the Missouri Baptist Convention’s annual meeting who offered kind words of encouragement to The Pathway staff. Your overwhelming affirmation of your state newspaper is humbling. We are grateful...

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Wondering About judgment • John 8:12, 15-18, 23, 42-47 • Nov. 3 Introduction: It is sad to me to ask different people if they know they are going to heaven and hear them say no one...

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