Divine Interruptions

Divine Interruptions

As a pastor and a believer in Jesus, it is a tremendous challenge to present the Advent story in the midst of a cultural holiday celebration that has little to do with the one who started the whole idea in the first place.

Telling the great story of the birth of Christ is somewhat difficult to tell year after year. What more is there to say? What more can we learn? Or what more must we learn?

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Guest Blog - Gloria Gaither & Ann Smith

Guest Blog - Gloria Gaither & Ann Smith

Gloria Gaither has been a family friend since my childhood days in Tennessee. She and her husband, Bill, have written over 700 songs that continue to inspire people from all walks of life in places all over the world. Today, she has agreed to be my guest blogger as I share with you her inspiring words about an inspiring lady we both cherish as a friend.

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Don't Forget the Future

Don't Forget the Future

When I got back to my hotel late Sunday evening, I had a few hours before I drove to the Indianapolis airport to head back to OKC. I just sat there and reflected on the gift–or rather, gifts–that were mine during my four days in Indiana.

If I could go back to my eighteenth year on the planet, I’d tell myself to cherish the people God brought to my life and the people yet to come. (Maybe the next blog post should be about the people who’ve blessed me and shaped me in the Oklahoma City chapter.)

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How Then Shall We Live

How Then Shall We Live

It was 1976, and I was a senior in high school. While I must admit that I was not particularly interested in books or theological writings, I do remember one book coming onto the scene that garnered great attention and enthusiasm. The book was entitled, How Then Shall We Live by Francis Schaeffer.

Honestly, I did not have the intellectual capacity to read the book or know what it all meant. I was consumed with a love for music of all kinds, and I happened to have the great fortune of personally knowing some of the greatest songwriters of Christian music.

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Boulders and Ivy

Boulders and Ivy

I’m a neat freak. A detail freak. I could not stand to look out our windows and see how the ground cover had covered up the large rocks.

It had to be trimmed.

I knew it would take at least half of the day to get it done. Hiring someone to do it was out of the question. So, I walked out of my garage with tools in hand. I prepared for a morning that would find me on my knees, working with newly-sharpened lawn scissors.

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