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Bible Study: Jesus’ example of silence and solitude

As followers of Jesus, He has set for us the example of times of silence and solitude to commune with the Father. That Jesus practiced being alone with the Father provides adequate rationale for us to follow in His steps.

FIRST-PERSON: Unforgiveness is our No. 1 obstacle

NASHVILLE (BP) – I believe unforgiveness is the No. 1 obstacle to the next great release of God's power in a person's life, marriage, church, denomination and even in a nation. 

Bible Study: Loving Jesus intensely

Just as the woman in Luke 7 poured expensive perfume on Jesus' feet and wiped them with her tears and hair, all Christians can demonstrate their love for Jesus with great intensity.

Bible Study: Fasting to focus on Jesus

Fasting is more than just abstaining from food. Fasting is a way to keep believers focused on greater things than their immediate physical needs.

FIRST-PERSON: God loves you – the three most generous words

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Ida Scudder came from a long line of missionaries; but Ida herself had no interest in following in their footsteps. She’d seen firsthand the pressure and poverty of missionary work in India, and she wanted a higher standard of living without the prolonged, painful separations she’d suffered as a child.

FIRST-PERSON: Jesus knows the way home

SHAWNEE, Okla. (BP) – These are certainly challenging – some might say chaotic – times in which we live. As I talk with members of our church, the most common questions they ask are, “How do I navigate all of the craziness of this world right now?” and “How do I know what to believe about ________?”

Bible Study: Say yes to God

Are you obeying God's call to action? On the other side of saying yes to God are the miraculous moments only faithful, obedient people get to enjoy.

FIRST-PERSON: Equipped and encouraged for faithful service

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (BP) – During these days of COVID-19, it seems that every task leaders perform takes longer, is more complex, and draws more criticism than appreciation. Consequently, many pastors and leaders of Christian ministries are discouraged, frustrated and even depressed. These are difficult days for all of us. None seem to be immune to the multitude of challenges resulting from this season of pandemic.

Bible Study: Living by God’s Word

The psalmist's goal in Psalm 119:17-24 was not merely to know or understand God’s Word, but the psalmist passionately expressed obedience to God's Word as the very value of life.

FIRST-PERSON: Looking in the rearview mirror

CORDOVA, Tenn. (BP) – A few years ago, a church member’s mother from North Carolina visited our church in Tennessee. When I introduced myself, she asked, “Pastor, do you remember a woman named Lois Pendley?” I replied, “Yes, I do. She was a member of my first pastorate.”