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What Are You Looking At?

By Keith Burden

It had been a long week at graduate school. I was attending a modular course on the Free Will Baptist Bible College campus. The class had been practical and challenging, but 32 hours of instruction and interaction left me exhausted.

The session concluded Friday at noon. I decided to skip lunch and hit the road immediately. I slid under the steering wheel of my Dodge Colt station wagon and began the 12-hour trip home. If everything went well, I would arrive by midnight. […]

By |April 12th, 2010|Humorous, Personal Care / Family|Comments Off on What Are You Looking At?

Providential Train Wreck

That incident reminded me of a familiar, yet often overlooked, scriptural principle. Paul stated it in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” God delights in using experiences in our life that are painful and problematic to bring glory to His name and accomplish our good. Something as serious and tragic as a train wreck can have a good outcome if we love and trust Him.

By |April 12th, 2010|Pastoral Care|Comments Off on Providential Train Wreck

Keep the Cat in the Bag

We need to be especially cautious when it comes to what we say about other people. As Christians and Free Will Baptists, we have a covenant responsibility “to be careful of one another’s happiness and reputation.” This applies to what we put in print as well as the words we speak.

By |April 12th, 2010|Pastoral Care, Personal Care / Family|Comments Off on Keep the Cat in the Bag

Do You Know Who I Am?

By Keith Burden

Some things are worse than dying. That was the conclusion I reached after watching my mother suffer from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. For years I erroneously believed this condition affected only the mind. Our experience proved otherwise. […]

By |April 12th, 2010|Personal Care / Family|Comments Off on Do You Know Who I Am?

The Short Fuse

The Bible upholds this standard for all believers, but it is especially applicable to ministers of the gospel. In Titus 1:7-9, Paul outlines the qualifications of a bishop. Interestingly, among the many credentials he lists is the phrase, “not soon angry.” Clearly, the ministry is no place for short-fused individuals.

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The Most Important Hour of the Day

The young pastor must learn early in the ministry the value of a daily quiet time with the Lord. George Mueller wrote, "l have known my Lord for 57 years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed to gain an audience with the King."

By |April 12th, 2010|For Young Pastors|Comments Off on The Most Important Hour of the Day