3 Ways My Business Has Grown My Ministry

3 Ways My Business Has Grown My Ministry

One of the reasons I was afraid of starting a new business was because I already have a ministry at my church, and I was afraid I would damage my “image” in my ministry. What I have found is quite the opposite. Because of the way I have chosen to market my business, I discovered that my business has actually grown my ministry, not hurt it. What do I mean by the term “ministry”? Ministry can be a full-time, paid…

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3 Reasons to Read Code Blue by Richard L. Mabry MD

3 Reasons to Read Code Blue by Richard L. Mabry MD

I recently reread Richard L. Mabry’s book Code Blue. It is a Christian medical mystery with a little romance thrown in. Dr. Cathy Sewell returns to her hometown of Dainger, TX, after breaking off her engagement. Moving from the big city back to her hometown proves “daingerous” when Cathy begins to suspect someone wants to run her out of town. Or is she just being paranoid? As Cathy’s past relationships and experiences haunt her, she begins to question her mental…

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Book Review: This Life I Live

Book Review: This Life I Live

In order for me to be with a great woman, I was gonna have to learn to be a great man first. Rory Feek’s book This Life I Live is, simply put, a love story. But it is not only his love story with his wife Joey but also his love story with God. Before reading this book, I didn’t know much about Joey and Rory. I had seen a few episodes of Can You Duet?, and articles had crossed my…

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Spiritual Battleground

Spiritual Battleground

I’ve been reluctant to post this blog for several reasons. First, it will not be complete. No matter how long it is or how much I say, it will not be the end of the journey where the proof is in the pudding. Second, there are so many opinions about weight loss and healthy living I’m afraid this will just get lost in the cacophony of ideas. I’m also reluctant because I have not arrived. I am in no way…

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Book Review: The Shack

Book Review: The Shack

Do not add to his words,     lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar. Proverbs 30:6 In light of this book being released as a movie, I decided to upload a review I wrote of The Shack several years ago when I was teaching at Baptist Bible College. Because of the length of the review, I’ve attached it as a PDF. Though this review does not touch on every issue in the book, it is a good place to…

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God’s Gift

God’s Gift

If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, it has been flooded with advertisements for Daily Burn and sunrise yoga. This time of year brings with it thoughts of resolutions and goals for the new year. This is the time of year when I decide it’s time to change my diet and my body, and I begin comparing my body to the bodies of others. Of course, I know the bodies on television are not real. I remember when I was…

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Book Review: The Magnolia Story

Book Review: The Magnolia Story

Whether you are in an eight-hundred-square-foot home or living in a dream house on the lake, contentment is found on the way to the ‘farm,’ not on the ‘farm’ itself. — Joanna Gaines Chip and Joanna Gaines charmed their way into my heart when Fixer Upper seasons 1 and 2 hit Netflix. I will admit that I binge watched the show, and I think I finished both seasons in one day. I love the way the Gaineses structure and decorate…

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Book Review: The Happiness Dare

Book Review: The Happiness Dare

I didn’t want happiness at the expense of holiness. I wanted happiness as a part of being a human created to ‘glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ Have you ever felt guilty because, in spite of all the blessings in your life, you still were not happy? Jennifer Dukes Lee addresses the reasons for our happiness and unhappiness in her new book The Happiness Dare. We have all heard it said that God does not want us to be happy; He wants…

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Is God Bragging on You?

Is God Bragging on You?

What My Dad Taught Me (Part 1) Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (ESV) On Sunday, my Bible Fellowship class discussed Job. It got me thinking about suffering. Job did not experience suffering because he had sinned. Although many times the choices we make lead to suffering, we cannot always equate our suffering with sin we have committed or someone else has committed against us. Also, Job…

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Simply Obey

Simply Obey

“Your job is simply to be obedient to God. He will handle everything else.” –Lysa Terkuerst There are so many examples given to us in Scripture that support this statement: Abraham was told to leave his people, but he was not given a destination. Moses was instructed to go to Pharoah and tell him to let the Israelites go, but it was not to be done in his own power or ability. Joshua was told to march around a fortified…

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