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Child of the King, husband to Alice, father to Sarah and Douglas, grand father to Samuel, Avery, Stevie, Eloise, Reed, Madeline and Margaret, pastor to the Vineyard in Big Pine Key, sometime writer and blogger, jogger, kayaker and founder of the Jesus Moment Bible Institute and Seminary (onlinebibleinstitute.org).

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Living Invitations 4

May 21, 20170 Comments

During our weekend celebrations this week we continued our series called Living Invitations. We are including the video on Online Ministry Training for your convenience.

This message is about integrity. When I think about integrity, I think about what I say I believe matching up with how I live my life. The old saying for this is “practice what you preach”. Every area of my life that doesn’t yet match up with what I say I believe, is an area where I am still lacking integrity. One of my favorite stories to illustrate integrity (or the lack thereof) is found in the life of Joash.

2 Kings 12:2 (NIV)
2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him.

It is interesting to me because usually the kings are introduced as doing good or evil all the days of their own lives. To dig a little deeper into the introduction you have to go and read 2 Chronicles 24:17:

2 Chronicles 24:17-18a (NIV)
17 After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them. 18 They abandoned the temple of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols. …

Joash did the right thing as long as Jehoiada was alive, but after he died, Joash quickly started to do the wrong thing. Integrity is about doing the right thing, regardless of who does or doesn’t know. Integrity is a heart issue.

Leviticus Study Chapter 4

May 18, 20170 Comments

We are posting our weekly Bible Study here for your convenience on Online Ministry Training. In this weeks study we continue on in our study of Leviticus. Chapter 4 and the beginning of Chapter 5 deal with the sin offering. Sin separates us from God. God makes a way for us to be reconciled to Him in Christ. The sacrifices in Leviticus for sin are a picture of the ultimate and final sacrifice for our sin which is Jesus.

Illuminated Reading

Illuminated Reading

May 16, 20170 Comments

I am hoping to finish the final editing my latest book, “You Have the Words of Life”, here on Online Ministry Training. I have had the chapters and basic ideas mapped out for over a year but I don’t seem to be able to sit down and get it all put together. Perhaps, adding it here will give me a little motivation to get it finished. This book will be another “devotional” book but this time I am hoping to help people learn a Bible reading method that they will find helpful in their Christian walk. I like to call the method, “Illuminated Reading”. In short, it is about inviting the Holy Spirit to illuminate a verse or passage as you read through a chapter of scripture. And then, take that illuminated verse or passage and think about it throughout the day. I will be using the Gospel of John for the reading and then I will explore whatever I felt had been illuminated to me as I was reading. If I can get busy and complete a chapter a week, I should be able to have it published by Christmas.

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