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Would Paul Baptize in the Ocean?

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“I [Paul] thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius…” (1 Cor 1:14). That seems like a strange thing for Paul to write to the believers in Corinth. Why did he say that? Because Paul was rightly concerned that if he was seen as the primary...

The Best Investment Advice Ever Given

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I was looking at my retirement account the other night and wondering how to get the greatest return in 2017. I was thinking…“Hmmm. The stock market is at an all-time high. Interest rates are projected to go up. Gold is down and oil is going up. And Trump is shaking things up. So...

Is Your Neighbor Unreached?

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We have sent some of our best people to take the Gospel to unreached peoples in difficult and sometimes dangerous places.  In response to this, I have been asked on more than on one occasion, "Why did we send ____________ overseas when there are so many lost people right here?" That is a...

3 Don’ts for Raising Teenagers 

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I often speak with parents who tell me that one or more of their children are rebelling against them and against God.  I can empathize.  My son, Don, did the same thing.  It was ugly at times, and it was hard.  But both Ceil and I learned a lot through it and our faith grew...

A Biblical Model for Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

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A Biblical Model for Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Located just behind the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, is a desperately poor slum called Arjun Camp.  The people were so poor that they could not even afford to send their children to the public schools.  We...

A Global Story with Local Application

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Most of us bemoan our lack of evangelistic effort and genuinely want to do better.  So, when I read this Acts-like story from one of our global partners, I saw some lessons that could help all of us sow more abundantly and effectively.   I was visiting at an American friend’s...

Are Mission Trips Worth the Cost?

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Each year you, the members of East Cooper Baptist Church, obey Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations.  Some go.  Some send by providing financial support.  And others pray.  Why do we make a big deal of this at ECBC?  What do they really accomplish in...

Forceful Men and the Wild Game Banquet

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“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it” (Matt. 11:12, NIV). Winter storm Pax, a “storm of historic proportions” threw its full force at the Lowcountry on February 12th, trying its...

O Worship the King

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O worship the King, all glorious above,O gratefully sing His power and His love;Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise. O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,His chariots of wrath the deep...

Is $500,000 Too Much?

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  I was recently asked, “Why should we send missionaries to these countries that don’t appreciate us when there are so many needs right here?”  Given that we are presently in the midst of raising $500,000 for world missions through the Lottie Moon...

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