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Inspiration is a powerful tool that can lead to action. As a young tennis player I would be moved watching my favorite tennis players on television. Following a match on television I was greatly motivated to head to the courts and try imitating my heroes. John McEnroe, the top-ranked player in the world from 1981-1984, was my favorite player. His passion for the game and artistry in which he …

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During my youth my father patterned a good work ethic for me to follow. I remember him on more than one occasion saying, “Kid, there are no free lunches.” It was his way of telling me that if I wanted something, I’d have to work to get it. In other words, I’d have to earn it.  So simple, yet so profound and fundamental to life on this earth. We …

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Discrimination is a good thing! Whoa! What do I mean by that, you may wonder? Well, let’s define the word and unpack the context of the statement, which is also good!  Discrimination: recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another.  There’s a simple definition. The context of the statement for our purpose is discriminating between biblical Christianity and all other religions. In that light, Paul, in …

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Purim is the Jewish holiday commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people from Haman’s wicked plot to exterminate the Jewish people during the reign of the Persian King Ahasuerus. The events surrounding Purim take place in 483 BC. On the Hebrew calendar Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar, which happens to begin tonight, March 25 on our calendar. We find the story in the Old Testament …

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Being a competitive tennis player and coach for many years, I learned that focus and perspective are critical to being successful.  The main thing in tennis is watching the ball. It’s simple, but not necessarily easy. In fact, something so fundamental can be taken for granted. While coaching at East Tennessee State University in the mid-1990s, I was doing an individual workout with Sonny, one of our team members. …

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Are You Spiritual? “How are you doing?” We hear and use that question all the time. Often the response is, “I’m fine, thank you.” But there are times that seemingly benign questions can open deep, meaningful conversations about the most important issues in life and can sometimes lead to the all-important question: “Who do you think Jesus is?”  For years, that most direct question was my opener when doing …

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Perhaps the most famous introduction in our American lives is this – “Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States.” Or if you’re not so fond of that one, try this on for size – “Here’s Johnny!” If those are outdated or simply unappealing, a few years ago there came a story from Newport, TN, about a little 7-month-old named Messiah Martin. It seems a judge changed his …

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It was a dark night for the nation of Israel, or more appropriately, a long dark season of silence. Roughly four hundred years with no prophetic words from God was Israel’s spiritual reality during the Intertestamental Period (circa 400BC until the arrival of John the Baptist). In fact, the last time He spoke was through the prophet Malachi, whose last prophetic words included a curse: Behold, I will send …

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We live in a world that often says hard work and doing the right thing will bring the desired results. To promote the desired result there are a myriad of tools at our disposal – self-help tools, user guides, how to’s, the three steps to this and the four steps to that. They come in the form of seminars, youtube video’s, DVD’s, CD’s, books, television shows, and so on. And …

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There are many reasons people don’t share the faith with others – fear, with its many faces, perhaps is at the top of the list. We may also add apathy and busyness to the list. But how about out-and-out obstinance? Stubbornness was Jonah’s calling card in one particular season of his life, as he fought God’s call on his life to preach to the people of Nineveh. But as we’ll …

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