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“When I look back across the years, I can see the hand of God guiding and directing me when I thought I was in control and making my own decisions. God works in mischievous ways. He had far more in store for me than I ever dreamed possible. Mine is and has been a blessed life.” 

-God Works in Mischievous Ways: A Memoir  Amazon

Paul W. Powell was a servant leader in kingdom work throughout his lifetime. Most important, he was a friend to all.

He poured his life into pastoring Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, for 17 years before following God’s call to lead the Annuity Board (now GuideStone Financial Resources) from 1990-97. He also chaired his beloved Baylor University's board of regents before becoming dean of Baylor's Truett Theological Seminary in 2001—something he often said he felt God had prepared him throughout his life to do. During his six years there, the seminary’s enrollment more than doubled, and its endowment increased to more than $38 million. The seminary’s chapel is named in his honor.

Although his high school teacher told him he would never make it to college, he received a bachelor of arts degree from Baylor, a master of divinity from Southwestern, and honorary doctorates from four universities. His long career in ministry included pastorates at five Texas churches, including Belfalls, Troy, Taylor, and San Marcos before serving at Green Acres in Tyler. After a lifetime of faithful service, Paul W. Powell was promoted to heaven at 83 years of age on December 28, 2016.    

The Paul Powell Legacy Library is dedicated to providing pastors, students, ministers and believers with free, permanent access to the biblical insights, ministry principles and truths about everyday Christian living learned over his lifetime.



Why the KJV?

Why does the Library use the King James Version? In Paul’s words:

“I’ll be reading and preaching from the King James Version of the Bible. I know that’s not the best translation. But in East Texas, the only Bible we used was the King James Version, red-letter edition…the truth is, we were on television and I figured if anyone out there watching had a Bible in their home, it was probably the King James Version. And if the person had two Bibles, they could take care of themselves. So I’ll be using the King James, and besides, I grew up on that and memorized a few verses in that, and I don’t want to change. I’ll let you change.”

The KJV (first published in 1611) is public domain. Note: You’re not seeing spelling errors—you’re simply seeing unique spellings of common words, along with some archaic words no longer in use today.

About the Library

If you knew Paul W. Powell, you know he was a meticulous keeper of records. He wrote in a notebook the name and date of every funeral he performed and every wedding ceremony he officiated. Paul also kept in his study's closet a 60+ volume set of hand-typed sermon notes, articles, and manuscripts of every sermon he preached, even from his earliest days as a young bachelor.

With his family’s permission and blessing, the Paul Powell Legacy Library was created in 2017 to ensure that this treasure of insights was not lost. Each notebook of sermons has been carefully scanned into documents and then lightly edited for clarity, preserving the statistics and world events unique to his time. The daily devotionals are based on Everyday Christianity articles he wrote for the local paper in the cities where he served, and their references have been updated for today’s readers. Paul also published over 50 books, many of which are available in the Library.

The hope is that people will read, post, forward, and share these insights with their friends, colleagues, and family. The goal is to present Paul’s writing and teaching in more ways—and to more people—than ever possible during his lifetime and by doing so influence the world for Christ and his kingdom.

Contact us here.




Today's Devotional

Togetherness in Marriage

Celebrated English poet John Milton said, “Loneliness is the first thing which God’s eye named not good.” There is a loneliness in us that only God can satisfy. But there is also a type of loneliness—a longing for togetherness—that only another can satisfy. We all need the togetherness that only another human can provide. Ruth expresses the kind of togetherness I am talking about when she said, “Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me” (Ruth 1:16-17).

This was Ruth speaking to her mother-in-law, of course. But it is equally a statement of the complete togetherness that is to characterize marriage. In marriage we need to be together in the following ways:

1. Physically. “Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge.” God’s plan for marriage is that we leave our father and our mother and be with our mate. This leaving is to be total so that the new relationship can be shared totally. You should leave your parents geographically (get out of their house), leave them economically (get out of their pocketbook), and leave them emotionally (get out of their hair).

2. Emotionally. “Thy people shall be my people.” Marriage is more than the blending of two lives, it is the blending of two families. You do marry a person’s family. If life is shared in the deepest sense, it must include a person’s family also.

3. Spiritually. “Thy God shall be my God.” There can be no complete togetherness without a sharing of your faith. Spiritual unity (i.e., being committed to Christ) is more important than denominational unity (i.e., being in the same church), but it is best when both are shared. Marriage is best when you can say, “Our Father, our house, our children, our church.”

4. Permanently. “Where thou diest, I will die.” Every day the distance time-wise between the marriage altar and the divorce court gets shorter and shorter. This ought not to be. It is God’s plan that two people be committed together for life. It is only when this is true that we find our highest fulfillment in marriage.

We should all work to strengthen togetherness in marriage. It is one of life’s greatest blessings.

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