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Giving What You've Got

Acts 3:1-6

I knew that the Texas economy was bad, but I didn’t realize just how bad until I heard about the Houston oilman who willed two oil wells to his son and got sued for child abuse. We wonder if in this kind of economy the preacher ought to be talking about stewardship, but I think maybe this is the best of all times to tal...

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Holding Missionary Ropes Sermon

Acts 9:10-22

William Carey is generally considered the father of the modern missionary movement. He was raised in a humble home in England and thus didn’t have the privilege of a formal education, but early in his life he learned to enjoy reading, especially about foreign countries and the marvelous people who lived in those countri...

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Called Christians

Acts 11:19-26

Have you learned through the years that what you don’t know can hurt you? I heard some time ago about a Mexican bandit named Jose Rodriguez, who lived down close to the border. He made regular trips across the Rio Grande to a little Texas town and he would rob the banks and then he would go back across the river.

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Conflict between Friends

Acts 15:36-40

Would you open your Bibles to the book of Acts 15:36. In the middle of the great Civil War, Bob Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln came to his mother and dad and said he wanted to join the Union forces and to fight for his country. But his mother refused to allow him to do so and his father supported her because they ha...

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God’s Gamblers

Acts 15:25-26

Deacon Chairman Bob Cox and I were talking and he shared with me that there are three stages or phases that most individuals and most institutions pass through in their lifetime. They begin as risk-takers, they move to become caretakers, and they eventually wind up at the undertakers. If you think about your own life and most...

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The Role and Responsibility of a Minister

Acts 20:17-28

I was returning from a convention recently and sat next to the late Ramsey Pollard, pastor of the Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. He said to me, “Paul, after 47 years in the ministry, it is harder to be the pastor of a Baptist church now than any time in my ministry.”

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Today's Devotional

Prayer and Work

A minister who was conducting worship services in the White House quoted a maxim of Augustine: “I will work as if everything depended on me; I shall pray as if everything depended on God.”

Prayer and work naturally go together. Jesus said, “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). Prayer is important but prayer is not a substitute for work; it is a desperate effort to work further and to be efficient beyond the range of one’s powers. It is not the lazy who are most inclined to prayer; those who pray most care most, and who, having worked hard, find it intolerable to be defeated.

While the Bible repeatedly urges us to pray, it also urges us to work. For example, it says, “Let us abound in the work of the Lord” and “Let us not be weary in well doing.” Work and prayer are an unbeatable combination. To live life at its best give both of them a prominent place in your life.

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