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How Big is Your Neighborhood?

May 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Last week I gave you the number one rule for a truly successful life: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Here’s rule number two: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s an old one. I bet you’ve heard it already … but do […]

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The One Thing

May 21st, 2010 · 6 Comments

Remember the movie “City Slickers”? Three guys facing middle age and accompanying crises, wanting to reassess their lives, embark on a two week cattle drive – a sort of hyper-dude-ranch, real cowboy experience for ‘city slickers’. During the drive, one city slicker, ‘Mitch’ rides along with tough as nails cowboy ‘Curly’, and Curly shares with […]

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One Mustard Seed

April 26th, 2010 · 3 Comments

“What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches” (Luke 13:18) Elaine and I are going on a little camping […]

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One Oil Drum at a Time

November 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.” (Exodus 15:13) I once heard a story about two young men who made a goal of riding through the Sahara Desert on motorcycles. There aren’t a lot of street signs in the Sahara and this was long before the days of GPS devices. […]

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Forget About Tithing

June 24th, 2009 · 19 Comments

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow […]

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“Would You Condemn Me to Justify Yourself?”

January 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

“‘Would you discredit my justice?  Would you condemn me to justify yourself.’” (Job 40:8) I received a sad comment this weekend. It was a response to a Purpose Weekly letter “Has God Forsaken You?” You can read the letter and the comment (feel free to comment yourself) at: http://www.gotpotential.org/gods-purpose/has-god-forsaken-you. Here’s the comment from John: Bull____. […]

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I Will Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills

January 13th, 2009 · 2 Comments

“Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:2) I took advantage of the relative quiet over the last two weeks of holiday to finish pre-press edits for the North American edition of Unlocking the Bible by David Pawson. It’s a […]

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Widow’s Mite – A Christmas Story (part 2)

December 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Saturday morning came and Cora Lee’s chickens never entered my mind.  Christmas was just three days away and I had a hundred last minute chores still undone.  Sunday morning Ray asked the congregation to remember Cora Lee in prayer. She had slipped into a coma on Wednesday night. When Ray mentioned Cora’s name Elaine and […]

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Widows Mite – A Christmas Story (part 1)

December 16th, 2008 · No Comments

“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain  poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, ‘Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all …’” (Luke 21: 1-3) Terry Creek church is perched on […]

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The Path of God

December 16th, 2008 · No Comments

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths;” (Psalm 25:4) One of my favorite movie scenes comes from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” It’s where Indy discovers the cave where the Holy Grail is supposed to be, but he’s separated from the chamber holding the Grail by impassable abyss. His guide book […]

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You can’t make a Horse out of Horse Manure

December 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” (I Corinthians 1:25) Purpose Weekly is a success newsletter. I know it doesn’t always appear that way. Sometimes it’s kind of preachy – talking about spiritual stuff more than practical success. Yeah, I know that […]

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Another Rich Young Ruler

November 6th, 2008 · No Comments

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” (I Peter 3:9) Last week I introduced you to a modern day ‘rich young ruler’; Reuel McFarland. Unlike his biblical counterpart, Reuel said yes when Jesus told him, “If […]

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Doing Church 24/7

September 8th, 2008 · 3 Comments

“And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?” (Luke 18:7) I visited a place called International House of Prayer in Kansas City last week. IHOP for short … yeah, like the pancake house, everybody gets the joke. Here’s the interesting thing […]

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THE SHACK, PART II

August 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I […]

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THE SHACK – In Defense of William P. Young

August 21st, 2008 · 15 Comments

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15) Throwing the Baby out with the Bathwater Purpose Weekly, August 21, 2008 Vol. 2, Issue 30 For the last few weeks we’ve been talking about trusting God when the circumstances seem […]

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Do People Who Haven’t Heard of Jesus Go to Hell?

August 13th, 2008 · No Comments

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart …” (Jeremiah 1:5) Purpose Weekly, August 5, 2008 When the Questions are Too Big Vol. 2, Issue 28 I received a response to last week’s Purpose Weekly, “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God.” Last week’s letter […]

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Is ‘Church’ a Dirty Word? Part 4

July 7th, 2008 · No Comments

“Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:17-18) Purpose Weekly Vol. […]

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Is ‘Church’ a Dirty Word? Part 3

June 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Purpose Vol. 2 Issue 22 June 3, 2008 The Weekly Newsletter of True Potential Publishing Is “Church” a Dirty Word? Part III I may have opened a can of worms by bringing up the definition of “church.” At this point in Christian history we’ve been so ingrained with our concept of what “church” is, it […]

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Is ‘Church a Dirty Word? Part 2

May 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Purpose Vol. 2 Issue 21 May 27, 2008 The Weekly Newsletter of True Potential Publishing “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”(Matthew 16:18) Is “Church” a Dirty Word? Part II Last week we started talking about […]

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Is ‘Church’ a Dirty Word?

May 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Purpose Vol. 2 Issue 20 May 19, 2008 The Weekly Newsletter of True Potential Publishing “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25) Is “Church” a Dirty Word? I’ve […]

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