Category: Guest Author

The Greatest Gift

By Walker Moore

Walker Moore founded AweStar Ministries, a missions organization that has put thousands of teens on fields ‘white unto harvest’ around the world.

 

The older my children get, the harder it is for me to buy them Christmas presents. Not only do their ages make my shopping more difficult, but I’m at the place in life where I don’t like fighting the crowds. The three wise men followed a star. But I find myself sitting in my car, waiting for someone to come out of the mall so I can follow them to their parking spot.

When my children were young, almost anything you could purchase at a dollar store would bring them great joy. By the time they were in elementary school, I had to keep up with the latest commercials, the source of their Christmas wish lists. Now that they’re grown, I don’t have a clue what they want. If they need or desire it, they can buy it themselves.

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Jimmy Nettles, Pioneer Evangelist

Soul-Winners who have Influenced Me: Jimmy Nettles, Pioneer Evangelist

by Dan Nelson

For 28 years, Dan Nelson has served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Camarillo, Calif. Pastor Nelson will submit a series of posts to SBCToday about people who influenced him for the sake of evangelism.

 


Jimmy Nettles was as pastor in Texas and Illinois whose churches grew rapidly in evangelism. Jimmy was a tremendous personal witness whom God thrust into evangelism. Before Jimmy entered full-time evangelism he was struck down with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  He was in the hospital for months and the Doctor’s said he would never walk again. He did recover though and entered evangelism with this severe condition he lived with the rest of his life. Each day of his life he had to soak in a bath to relieve the pain. It did not stop him however. He did more than many with no physical difficulties. Those who were around him knew he never complained about his condition.

He and his wife Patsy made a commitment to pioneer missions and conducted only five Revival meetings a year in the Bible belt. The other meetings were in the Northeast, Midwest and primarily in California and Northwest. Jimmy had 3 meetings with the one church I served as Pastor of in Burney and the last two in Camarillo in my present church. We had over 250 professions of faith in all 3 meetings. I learned valuable lessons from Jimmy about soul-winning in all these meetings.

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Four Things Moses & Joshua can teach President Obama about going forward!

by Ron Hale

He has served as Pastor, Church Planter, Strategist (NAMB), Director of Missions, and Associate Executive Director of Evangelism and Church Planting for a State Convention, and now in the 4th quarter of ministry as Minister of Missions.

 


“Forward” was a great campaign theme Mr. President!  However, I sure hope you know the story of Moses and Joshua and the great adventure called the Exodus!

Moses was called to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt, and into the Promised Land.  The promise of this land was first made to Abraham in Genesis 12:7 and was repeated in (Gen. 13:15, 15:18, and 17:8).

The Book of Exodus describes how Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt.  It also shares the receiving of the Ten Commandments, their refusal to cross the Jordan River into the land of the giants, and their wilderness wanderings in boondocks of the bible.

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Debt: The Spiritual Side

by Ronnie Rogers

Ronnie Rogers is senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Norman, Okla., a university city cited by the North American Mission Board in 2006 as the most unchurched in the state. Pastor Rogers’ expositional sermons draw large collegiate crowds during the school year as he preaches and teaches (and writes) from a biblical perspective that boldly challenges popular culture.


I do not believe that Scripture teaches that financial debt is necessarily sin or evil. I do believe that it is probable that some choices, and maybe all, that lead to unmanageable debt are sinful, and the end result is that the borrower becomes a slave to the lender (Proverbs 22:7). Our nation is drowning in unmanageable debt, and so are many Americans. Unfortunately, many Christians lose their testimony and joy because they practice the same money management techniques as the rest of America and find themselves in the same financial bondage.

Although extraordinarily popular, it seems to strain credulity beyond imagination to attribute all of the financial woes of our day solely to economic factors or to imagine that Americans simply cannot add and subtract. Additionally, the major cause is not merely spending too much or making too little, all asseverations to the contrary notwithstanding. While there are certainly some people in the bowels of financial bondage or upheaval because of circumstances beyond their control, that does not seem to be the case most of the time.

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Praise the Lord!

By Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice.

These expositions by Dr. Kirksey are offered to suggest sermon or Bible study ideas for pastors and other church leaders, both from the exposition and from the illustrative material, or simply for personal devotion.

Psalm 147:1-20

 


Introduction

Praise the Lord! Recently, I read, “There was a little old lady who would come out every morning on the steps of her front porch, raise her arms to the sky and shout, ‘Praise the Lord!’

Well, one day an atheist moved into the house next door.  Over time, he became irritated at the little old lady.  So every morning he would step out onto his front porch and yell after her, ‘There is no Lord!’

Time passes with the two of them carrying on this way every day.  Then one morning in the middle of winter, the little old lady stepped onto her front porch and shouted, ‘Praise the Lord!  Lord, I have no food and I am starving.  Please provide for me, oh Lord!’

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