I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:11)

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Duane continued praying for me after returning to his church in Scotland. Those prayers led me to the First Baptist Church of Sweetwater, Florida.

That evening as I watched the children perform a special “Walk Through the Bible” musical, I renewed my commitment to Jesus and his plans for my life. It was a quiet commitment. Nothing profound happened. I was not overcome with emotion. But I was different, and I knew it.

After the service, I was invited to a young adult fellowship in a local home. During that fellowship, I sat next to a beautiful girl while playing the card game, UNO. Her name was Sherri. …

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Working my way up the corporate ladder in a Fortune 500 company in Orlando, Florida, I was focusing on worldly success. Church was not a part of the equation. That’s when I received a surprise visit from my brother, Duane.

Duane, who is twelve years older than me, was serving as a pastor in Scotland when God spoke to him about his younger brother. I had come to an important crossroads in my life. Depending on which road I chose, my life journey would have two very different outcomes. Duane booked a flight and came to Orlando, where he challenged…

Our Stories (Part 1)

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“. . . they help each other and say to their companions, “Be strong!” (Isaiah 41:6)

Spiritual growth does not take place in a vacuum. Bible study, prayer, meditation, and fasting; all these things promote spiritual growth, but the fact is spiritual growth takes place in the everyday ups and downs of life itself.

This is why it is so important that we share our lives with each other. One of the best ways to do this is by sharing our stories. The gospels share the story of Jesus with us. And the story of Jesus…

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“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21)

Our stories are important and it’s important that we share those stories with one another. By sharing this story, found in my book, Masterpiece in the Making: Life Lessons for Spiritual Growth, I hope to encourage you to share your stories — your life — with others. Genuine relationships are important to our spiritual health.

As I shared with you yesterday, I planned on transferring colleges from Furman University in South Carolina to Georgia Tech in Atlanta so I could be close…

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I’m afraid of heights. The last house we lived in was three stories high. Surrounded by trees, our rain gutters frequently filled up with leaves and needed an annual cleaning.

Acrophobic that I was, I held the ladder for my wife, Sherri, as she climbed to the roof and rained down wet, moldy leaves on my head. After a couple of years, Sherri decided her job as a rain gutter cleaner was over. Fall came, the leaves fell, and it was time for our ritual cleaning. I mentioned this to my wife, who responded, “This year, it’s your turn. …

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I’m not an artist but I am grateful for those whom God has gifted to create something out of nothing. A blank canvas becomes a rushing waterfall surrounded by tropical trees and wildlife. A lifeless rock is chiseled into an elegant and beautiful woman. It is a fascinating process to see a piece of artwork created, and I will never cease to wonder and rejoice at the mysterious creative power of the artist.

Of those artists from years gone by, one of my favorites is Michelangelo. …

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In the opening pages of my book, Prophets or Patriots: How Evangelicals Are Giving to Caesar What Belongs to God, I make this statement -

“I’m writing this book with the clear understanding that it will cost me in some very real and personal ways.” (p.17)

It has.

And I want to be honest about something. After writing the book, I planned to return to what I enjoy most about my ministry — teaching the Bible and steering clear of politics.

I’m currently working on several books, including:

Where is the God of Elijah? …

How Evangelicals Are Giving to Caesar What Belongs to God

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“Jesus is Lord.” This was the confession and driving force that distinguished the members of the early church from the world around them. They were not divided by social class, nationality, gender identity, or any other distinction, including, I might add, political ideology.

From every tongue, tribe, people, and nation, those followers of Jesus who made up the first-century church understood that while they may have had earthly citizenships and even national allegiances, they belonged, ultimately, to something far above all these things; they were citizens of the kingdom (or in today’s language, the nation) of God.

And as citizens…

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Anger is something most, if not all, of us, battle in our lives. Speaking not only for myself but for many others I’ve counseled over the years, I’ve learned that the roots of a lot of our anger can be found in our hurts and fears, our broken dreams, and shattered futures or, at the very least, the fear of these things.

And when the fires of fear are stoked, they often burn uncontrolled, erupting in angry outbursts, which inevitably ruin relationships with others.

Just the other day, a friend shared with me about a relationship ruined because she supports…

An excerpt from the book, Prophets or Patriots: How Evangelicals Are Giving to Caesar What Belongs to God.

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It was Moses who said, “I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them! (Numbers 11:29)

Who are the prophets? What do they look like? Where do they come from? When the average person hears the word “prophet,” it conjures up all kinds of images.

Long haired, wild-eyed crazies, living off the grid or standing on Main Street with a sandwich board sign announcing the end of the world. Many imagine the…

Dan Armistead

Dan is the former pastor of Seoul International Baptist Church and Adjunct Professor at Torch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul, Korea.

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