How Do You Know God’s Plans For Your Life?

As I’m getting back in the swing of the more structured pastoral life again, I am beginning to engage in conversations with folks that sound a lot like this: “How do I know God’s will for my life?” or “How can I know what God wants me to do?”  When I get asked questions like
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When You Want to Quit: What then?

When You Want to Quit: Sermon Preached at Federated Church Exodus 14:10-14 Do you remember the last time you quit something? We’ve all been there . . . if not some time this week! We might want to quit our jobs (no me! I just started). We might want to quit going to the gym.
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5 Ways to Improve Your Writing

I write a lot these days. I write here at Preacher on the Plaza. I write sermons (that I always don’t publish) for churches where I’m preaching. I write for the Feed the Children blog called BEYOND where we tell the stories of the good work of this humanitarian organization. And, I am a contracted ghost
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Preaching on a New Plaza

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I wasn’t sure I’d ever do it again. I wasn’t sure if it was ever possible in Oklahoma. I wasn’t sure how all the duel state life would come together. Too many people laughed at me when I asked them if they would hire me. Too much crazy travel has become the norm in our
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My Bible Verse Trumps Yours

Kevin and I recently returned from a short visit to South Georgia where all of his family lives but us. One of the joys of every visit we make down to Georgia is time that we get to spend with our four young nephews. It’s always fun to spoil them and then get to leave
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4 Things that Perfection Costs Us

Several years ago I heard a tv special in which TV actress Jane Fonda said this about life: “We are not meant to be perfect. We are meant to be whole.” Hearing it was one of those stop me in my tracks kind of moments because what truth! I need to say it again: We
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Why Are We Doing Church Anyway?

So what are we doing church for anyway? Romans 12:1-8 Sermon Preached at: Federated Church, Weatherford, OK I grew up in a very Christian family—a very Southern Baptist family, in fact in the state of Tennessee. I grew up in the kind of home that had a careful watch on my moral choices; whether or
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