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Joe Burrow, LSU quarterback, at a game.

Counting Stars

Posted on January 22

COUNTING STARS Joe Burrow, quarterback for the LSU Tigers, rewrote the record books this year in college football. He threw 60 touchdown passes, led LSU to victory over 6 teams that were rated in the top 10, and will be the number one player drafted by the pros. He accounted for 6 touchdowns in the National Championship game against the reigning champion, the Clemson Tigers. Amazing season! He was once rated a 2-star player. Burrow went to Ohio State,... more »

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Classic painting of God the Father communicating with Solomon (cropped out) in a dream.

What Do You Ask God For?

Posted on January 15

WHAT DO YOU ASK GOD FOR? What if God stopped you right now and said that He would give you anything that you asked for? Anything! What would you ask for? This happened to Solomon. II Chronicles 1 records how David passed the mantle of leadership to his son, Solomon. People came to Jerusalem to celebrate the new king. (v.1-6) That night, God appeared to Solomon and said, “Ask me for anything and I will give... more »

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Microphone on a stand set against a purple and yellow wall, ready to be used in the song "My God Is So Big!"

Let’s Sing!

Posted on January 8

LET’S SING! My great musical talent has never been appreciated except by little children. As pastor of Frazer, they always cut my microphone off as soon as there might be a song in which I would join in singing. But we had a weekday kindergarten of over 400 4- and 5-year-olds. At chapel every Friday morning at 10 o’clock, they invited me to lead them in their favorite song – “My God Is So Big.” I led that... more »

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Photo manipulated image of the parting of the Red Sea from the Bible, part of the Israelites' journey to the promised land.

Promised Land in 2020

Posted on December 31

PROMISED LAND IN 2020 The people of Israel had become slaves to the Egyptians. God raised up a leader – Moses – to free them and lead them to the promised land. Moses was probably a Methodist because he made many excuses as to why he could not do what God wanted him to do! As you live in the New Year, don’t make excuses for what you can’t do. Trust God that He knows what He’s doing... more »

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Red ornaments hung on Christmas tree.

Is Christmas Over?

Posted on December 26

IS CHRISTMAS OVER? Is Christmas over? December 25th has passed. The gift swapping, parties, cooking, and family get-togethers are now behind us. Some people have heaved a sigh of relief. It is over! Others will begin the task of fighting the crowds to exchange gifts received for the proper size, design, color, etc. Some will start storing some gifts for regifting and future yard sales! December 26th marks the beginning of taking down the decorations. We will store them neatly somewhere... more »

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A classic painting of the Nativity featuring the Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds.

The First King-Size Bed

Posted on December 18

THE FIRST KING-SIZE BED Early in my 36-year ministry at Frazer, our youth presented a living Nativity scene in front of the church property. People could circle the three church buildings while listening to Christmas music and see the Christmas story. The living Nativity scene was just inside the circle close to the Atlanta Highway. The youth and college students dressed up as angels, shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph, and had a doll for the baby Jesus. They... more »

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Christmas presents wrapped in brown paper with red and white string and a red ornament on top.

Christmas Then and Now

Posted on December 11

The question about Christmas is really a question about life. I really don’t know much about the heart of radical generosity – I’m learning. I’m discovering that it is a far better gift than something that is received.

Posted in Inspirational

Silversmith refining silver with a blowtorch in a studio.

The Refining Fire Redefines the Future

Posted on December 4

God still “sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.” The process of refining and purifying is still the same. Silver reflecting the image of the Refiner is still the result!

Posted in Inspirational

A photo of a string and a magnet for John Ed Mathison's blog "A String and a Magnet"

A String and a Magnet

Posted on November 27

Wake up every morning with your magnet of gratitude to sweep through all the moments of the day. Be alert and open to the good things that God has given us. Develop an attitude of gratitude.

Posted in Inspirational

Header photo from John Ed Mathison's blog "Radical Generosity Leadership"

Radical Generosity Leadership

Posted on November 20

David was a great leader. God told him to build the temple. He called all the leaders to Jerusalem to share with them the vision. You see four areas of his leadership in radical generosity.

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John Ed Mathison's book Every Member in Ministry
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