Article 12.9.15

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“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’” (Luke 2:14 NKJV).  That first Christmas night provided the backdrop for an incredible worship...

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Article 12.2.15

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Poinsettias. Carols. Missions. Candlelight Services. The Nativity Story. Lottie Moon. Sounds like a Southern Baptist Christmas, doesn’t it? Certainly, some of these elements can be found across the denominational spectrum this season, but the inclusion of missions/Lottie Moon makes the...

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Article 11.25.15

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A few years ago, Leslie became enamored with the Mitford series, a collection of books that focused upon the ministry of a small-town, Episcopal priest who was affectionately called Father Tim. Every evening, I would find her consumed in her literary pursuit as she moved from page to page, and I...

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Article 11.18.15

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For the past few years, the Temple family has joined Samaritan’s Purse in what we call Operation Christmas Child. The stated mission of Operation Christmas Child is “to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local...

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Article 11.11.15

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We now refer to them as “The Seven,” a group of men who stepped up to serve the early church at a critical moment. Remember the story from Acts 6? As the number of believers grew, so did its needs. Unfortunately, some congregants (e.g. Hellenistic Jews) felt that they were being...

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Article 11.4.15

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How exciting it is to live with such a significant purpose and tremendous mission!  We are part of something big, something eternal.  This thanksgiving month, I am especially grateful to be part of a faith family who embraces God-sized, God-inspired opportunities.  Take for...

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Article 10.28.15

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The purpose of Temple Baptist Church is to love Him fully and follow Him faithfully.  We exist to love Christ with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.  We declare that passion through our intentional, uninhibited worship as we gather around the Word.  We also seek to...

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Article 10.21.15

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Everyday, the church finds itself facing new cultural challenges that attempt to define its ministry and identity. Think of it. As I write this article, I have just concluded a conversation with ten of my fellow Louisiana pastors concerning legal and ethical dilemmas our churches are...

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Article 10.14.15

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Relationships can bring some of the most rewarding and most challenging moments of life. Through our connection to other people, we experience love, support, and community.  And yet, we can also find disappointment, brokenness, and pain in those same contexts. This truth reminds me of the...

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Article 10.7.15

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The Power of Influence. Ever since I read Bruce Wilkinson’s The Prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-10), I have prayed that God would extend my territory (that is, my influence). I do not mean that I merely desire more personal prestige. Absolutely not!  Instead, I offer...

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