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My Elvis Presley T-Shirt

September 29, 2009

When I arrived home from my trip to Canada, Marlene said, “I’ve got something for you.” It turned out to be a very nice birthday present that she gave me last night since I celebrated my birthday on Saturday. She found a birthday card with a picture of Indiana Jones on the front that read, “When they ask how old you are, tak...

Flashpoint Canada

September 28, 2009

This weekend I flew to Ontario, Canada to speak at a “Flashpoint” conference sponsored by Word of Life. On Saturday local church leaders from across the province met at the First Baptist Church of Waterloo for the conference. After speaking three times and leading a question-and-answer session, I came away impressed with the dedication...

“I don’t need a war to take you home”

September 28, 2009

About a month ago I started an email correspondence with a soldier serving with the US Army in Afghanistan. From what he has written, I gather that he’s been there for several tours of duty. Somehow he found one of my books, read it, and wrote with some questions. Like all who serve in a combat zone, he has wondered about the possibility of h...

A First Name Basis With Adversity

September 26, 2009

A friend sent me an email detailing some things the Lord has been teaching him the hard way. Mostly the lessons involve letting go of bitterness and moving forward with the Lord. I was struck by the way his ended his email:Sanctification is very expensive. It doesn’t come cheap. It will cost you. Just ask Corrie Ten Boom, or the Apostle Paul,...

May your days be numbered like Methuselah!

September 26, 2009

I am writing this note from my hotel in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. In a little while I’m heading over to the First Baptist Church to speak at a Flashpoint Conference sponsored by Word of Life Canada. Tomorrow I’m speaking at Emmanuel Bible Church in Simcoe. Then on Monday I’ll be heading home. And so it happens that I’m in C...

WorldMap.org

September 25, 2009

Peter Faulkner tipped me off to an amazing website called WorldMap.org. Their goal is simple and yet daunting. They want to create maps showing people groups and languages for each country of world while showing the progress of the gospel in that area. I particularly liked the world map showing the progress of evangelical Christianity in every nati...

The Most Important Thing You Can Do

September 25, 2009

Each week we receive an email update from Greg and Carolyn Kirschner, our dear friends who are serving as medical missionaries in Jos, Nigeria during the last half of 2009. I was struck by their comments at the end of the update about the importance of prayer. When questioned about the most important commandments, Jesus basically told his followers...

Divine Serendiptity in the Seattle Airport

September 23, 2009

To put matters in perspective, 24 hours ago I was at Cedar Springs Conference Center in Sumas, Washington. Tonight I’m writing this entry from my office at home in Tupelo, Mississippi. Between then and now I’ve had approximately two hours of sleep, mostly because I had to get up at 3:15 AM to make my flight from Bellingham to Seattle. I...

Oats in the Bucket

September 22, 2009

I’m writing this near midnight from my room at Cedar Springs Lodge in Sumas, Washington. It is a serene place, a hidden jewel that is truly hidden. Sumas (pronounced Soo-Mass, I learned) isn’t exactly a destination. It’s really a little town across the border from Abbotsford, British Columbia. I never got to visit Sumas because we...

John 17

September 22, 2009

jEHOVA Witnesses use John 17 v 15-17 to prove or argue that believers do not and will not go to heaven, what is your comment on the verses and their arguement ?

On the Road to Sumas, Washington

September 21, 2009

This morning I’m starting a long journey that begins in Tupelo and will end late this afternoon in Sumas, Washington. If you’ve never heard of Sumas, well, that’s not surprising because it’s a tiny town located on the northern edge of Washington, just across the border from Abbotsford, British Columbia. To get there I’...

The Steps and Stops of Life

September 20, 2009

A few years ago we led a tour of the Holy Land and Greece. Everything had gone smoothly until we arrived in the Athens airport. Then it happened. Two members of our group were detained by the Greek customs officials because their passports contained invalid visas. To those who never travel overseas that may not sound serious, but it is. A vi...

Give Me Jesus

September 19, 2009

Here’s a beautiful version of “Give Me Jesus” recorded by Fernando Ortega as a tribute to Ruth Graham. If you need to steady your soul after a hectic week, watch this video and let its truth wash over your soul....

Friday Night Musings

September 18, 2009

**I’m writing this note from our hotel room in Birmingham, Alabama. We drove over from Tupelo this afternoon so we could have dinner with Nick and Elizabeth. Tomorrow we plan to visit the Alabama State Fair in nearby Pelham–if it ever stops raining. It seems like we’ve had rain for two weeks, and the current forecast calls for mor...

We had Church Tonight

September 16, 2009

I am finally back in my hotel room after the most amazing Wednesday night service I’ve ever attended. Earlier this evening I spoke to about 150 people at the Couples Class at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. As soon as we were finished, Pastor H. B. Charles, Jr (you should check out his blog) hustled me upstairs so...

Three Cheers for the Church Office

September 14, 2009

The other day I received a newsletter in the mail from the First Baptist Church of Russellville, Alabama. That in itself is not a remarkable event since I’ve been receiving those weekly newsletters for 39 years. And I suppose during all that time I’ve never given much thought to it, but each week, regular as clockwork, the First Baptist...

We’re Glad to Share What God Has Given us

September 13, 2009

Here is the 8th and final thing you need to know about Keep Believing Ministries . . .8. We’re glad to share what God has given us.That means we give our stuff away. All of it, all the time. We give away all 800+ sermons, all 300+ articles, and the 100+ podcasts. And we give away blog entries also. We give away our FAQs. We email a free sermo...

Threads of Circumstance

September 13, 2009

During my college years I worked briefly at a carpet mill in Chattanooga, Tennessee. My job was fairly low-tech, mostly pushing a broom and keeping the walkways clean. In my spare moments I loved to watch the huge carpet machines at work. As I stood in the back I could see huge spools of yarn—dozens of them, of every conceivable color—s...

We Partner With Other Ministries

September 12, 2009

Here is the 7th thing you need to know about KBM . . . 7. We Partner With Other Ministries.Back when we were just starting this ministry (in the spring of 2006), I wrote a brief statement of our Core Values that included these three principles:Cooperation, Not CompetitionHelping, Not Always LeadingEmpowering Others to Serve the LordHere’s wha...

Happiness is a Choice

September 10, 2009

I received a letter from a friend in Florida who wrote to tell me about an unexpected change of plans in his life. Suddenly his future was not as certain as he thought it was. To make things worse, the change of plans was not definite. Things might change or they might not. But he wouldn’t know for a few months so he couldn’t do anythin...

Radio Today at 11 AM CDT

September 10, 2009

Just a note to let you know that I’ll be on “Today’s Issues” on American Family Radio with Tim Wildmon and Marvin Sanders from 11 AM-12 Noon CDT. At the moment I don’t know exactly what we’ll be discussing, which means it will probably be a bit of Bible Potpourri, a little of this and a little of that. Most we go...

Still Believing

September 9, 2009

Last Sunday I received a note from Alice McQuitty in which she gave a quick update on how Andy’s treatments for colon cancer are progressing. I have written about Andy here and here. We have known Andy and Alice for 26 years and count them as dear friends. I wrote Andy a note saying that we were going to “dig in” and pray for him ...

Transformation Study Bible

September 7, 2009

Last Wednesday we interviewed Dr. Warren Wiersbe about the brand-new Transformation Study Bible, which features notes based on his lifetime study of the Word of God. When we asked me how this study Bible fits in a very crowded market, he told us that while many study Bibles offer excellent information on names, dates, places, and details on biblica...

Level 3 Wisdom

September 5, 2009

I received an e-mail from a friend who endured a very difficult trial that lasted for several years. He wrote to say how his ordeal has changed his view of what it means to know God. There are three levels of knowing God, he wrote. First, there is the level of experience. All of us who know the Lord have some experiences with him that we can use to...

I’m Looking for a Sermon from August 2005

September 4, 2009

Saturday Update: We found the sermon tape. A friend in Indiana had it in a box of cassette tapes. Thanks to everyone who helped in the search.

Three Great Labor Day Recipes

September 4, 2009

Here are the three recipes Marlene and Nancy Turner talked about on Moody radio this morning:Mark’s Greek Lamb Burgers1 pound ground lamb½ pound crumbled Feta cheese½ cup finely chopped Kalamata olives2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano1 teaspoon Cavendar’s Greek seasoning3/4 teaspoon garlic salt1 beaten eggMix all …

Marlene to Share Recipes on Moody Radio

September 4, 2009

Okay, how’s that for a headline?Yesterday I got an email from Mark Breta who produces This is the Day! featuring Nancy Turner on WMBI-FM in Chicago. Mark asked if we could both be on the radio this morning at 10 AM CDT to talk a little about KBM and then to share recipes for Labor Day.Let’s just put it this way. My only contribution to ...

A Man Called Peter

September 2, 2009

Earlier this year I started studying the life of Peter in preparation for a series of messages that I would give at Word of Life Florida. I started with the basic assumption that Peter is for most people the best-loved and best-known apostle. We know him because the gospels say so much about him, and we love him because we see ourselves in him. I d...

Warren Wiersbe and Max Lucado on the Radio Today

September 2, 2009

We’ve got a big doubleheader on the radio this morning. At 10:05 AM Warren Wiersbe will be talking about the brand-new Transformation Study Bible based on his extensive “Be” series going through the entire Bible. Then at 10:15-11 AM Max Lucado will join us to talk about his new book Fearless.I’m co-hosting Today’s Issu...

We’re Excited About Equipping the Next Generation

September 1, 2009

Here’s the sixth important fact you need to know about KBM . . . 6. We’re excited about equipping the next generation.That means we want to do whatever we can to help train the next generation of rising Christian leaders in America and around the world. The future always belongs to the young. Once you reach the ripe old age of 56 (...

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