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Grocery Carts & The Abundant Life

Just last week as I was entering the grocery store, an older man was heading toward his car with a full cart of recently purchased items. Just by looking, this man appeared to be in his late 60s to early 70s. He had the biggest smile on his face and seemed to be enjoying life (as much as you can enjoy it with the price of groceries these days, but nevertheless…). Then all a sudden he propped one foot on…

Inexpensive But Invaluable

I once heard a preacher say that his wife liked going to a coffee shop to drink coffee because, “she believes that coffee taste better if it costs $5 a cup.” It may not be true, but sometimes we consider something to be better or more valuable simply because of the price tag that is bears. This disposition might lead us to discount things that are discounted. We might miss the value of the inexpensive. In hopes of safeguarding us…

Godly Leaders

Have you ever seen a group of people with no sense of direction? I remember as kids my friends and I would run around our neighborhood building stuff, tearing stuff up, and wreaking havoc on the neighborhood. We had no idea what we were doing but we were having fun. I remember one time in particular, we put together a bunch of bikes. We would take the front tire off of one bike and attach it to the back tire…

A Minster’s Code Of Ethics

Nearly 12 years ago, I was asked to write my personal code of ethics during my undergraduate studies. I have since required students to do the same. I have never published what I wrote, but I wanted to do so this week. Working back through these points was both challenging and therapeutic. My prayer is that I can honestly live up to this standard and that readers will be blessed by the challenges it presents. As the book of Job…

Navigating the Ebb and Flow

The ebb and flow of life can be both exciting and devastating. While change allows for growth and presents us with new challenges, it often takes away people, things, and circumstances that we hold dear. Last Sunday morning, the University church experienced another one of those ebb and flow moments and now we are left to move forward in the wake of this change. If you are unaware, brother Joe O’Banon resigned from the eldership last Sunday morning. Joe had…

The Most “Well-Practiced” Team

When it comes to sports, teams practice for the big game of the week. I remember in High School watching the films of our previous games and learning where we went wrong and how we can do better next time. We watched other teams’ films and learned their plays and how we could best navigate the game in order to win. Then we would spend all week practicing against plays that the opposing team would have. We would know every…

In The Meantime

Today marks the last Sunday that David and Kathy Jones (i.e., Dad and Mom) will be with us before they move to East Tennessee. There is no doubt that they will honor the Lord and strengthen His church through their teaching and example. Their departure, however, leaves a hole in the work at University, specifically the work on the campus of Texas State through the Bobcats for Christ organization and the McCarty Student Center. If time and faith have taught…

Ten Minutes to Change the World

What can we really do with one-sixth of one hour? I know. It doesn’t seem like much time. Most of us spend longer each day commuting to work, standing in line, sitting in traffic, etc. It may not make a difference in most situations, but there is a place and a time where ten minutes could change lives and possibly the world. What we do with the first ten minutes after our weekly worships services is vital to creating a…

What Does It Mean to “Turn to God”?

In the book of 1 Thessalonians Paul is so thankful for these Christians faithfulness. In Acts 17, Paul established this church and had to leave very soon because of persecution. Since that moment, Paul had worried about these Christians. So, he sent Timothy to them to check on them and make sure they were going to be okay (1 Thessalonians 3:1-3). When Timothy reported back to Paul, Paul was thrilled to hear that these Christians had remained faithful and continued…

Bully Fellowship

Our Lord has the most beautiful bride in the whole world. She is a “pure virgin” (2 Cor. 11:2) and worth dying for (Eph. 5:22-33). In this latter reference, Paul makes sure that we don’t miss the comparison by noting, “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church” (Eph. 5:32). That beauty is both showcased and enhanced by the harmony, fellowship, and peace that exists among those who comprise his precious bride. For…

I Am Not Alone?

You can almost hear the pain in His voice as Jesus speaks to His disciples regarding the impending trials He will soon endure. It is considered by many to be the darkest hour in the life of Christ and a prelude to humanity’s darkest hour. The religious leaders of Christ’s day will soon be so moved with envy that they will sanction and even demand the death of the innocent, precious, sinless Son of God. In the hours surrounding those…

What is the Lord’s Supper?

What is the Lord’s Supper? Is it a funeral? Is it a celebration? Is it a memorial? Paul, in 1 Corinthians, had to remind the church of what the Lord’s Supper really was all about. They had become divisive and sinful, and needed a reminder. Paul lays out 3 things in the book of 1 Corinthians that show us what the Lord’s Supper actually is. 1. The Lord’s Supper is a Fellowship (1 Corinthians 10:16) Paul, in this passage, is…