He’s At It Again…

I’m back!  Well, I’m back at least for long enough to revive an old practice of posting links to sermon recordings to this blog.

We’ve just completed a 4-lesson series on Paul’s Letter to the Colossians, and you’ll find links to all of the sermons by clicking on the “Sermons” tab above and then opening the page for “Paul’s Prison Epistles: Colossians.”

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to listen, and then let me know what you think.

I’m praying that your day is a good one!

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Bible Study Guides

Home Bible Study Guides

Click on the link above to find pdf copies of a more-or-less self-guided series of lessons that will help lead a person to make a decision to become a Christian.

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Ways to LOVE MORE in 2015

Kathy says what needs to be said here, lovingly, simply, powerfully… Do people around us know us for our love for one another?

Life and Favor (Job 10:12)

What can we do that will really make an impact on others?  How can we draw others to Christ?  If that’s an important goal for you in this new year, you’ve probably already considered the words of Jesus when He shared the main way that we prove our Christianity.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By THIS all men will know that you are MY disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34,35, emphases mine).

If our love for one another shows the world that we belong to Christ, what does the world think when we display anything less than love?  In an effort to change/ teach/ enlighten others in the Lord’s body, we must be very careful that anyone reading or hearing our words can only think, “My…

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Bible study never gets old…

This is a post from Kathy Pollard’s blog, Life-and-Favor.com.

People often tell me they don’t understand how I come up with so many things from a given text when teaching or preaching.  I don’t use exactly the same approach found in this post, but this explains pretty well how anyone can go about “mining” the Bible.

Once you have done something like this for a number of individual verses in a chapter, you can begin to see how that chapter has more to say that you first imagined.

Once you have done it for all the chapters in a book, you can see themes and “big ideas” that can be plugged back into your next study of those passages – and then you’ll find even more things to appreciate. Bible study never gets old!

Life and Favor (Job 10:12)

Treasure Hunting

A couple of years ago I took a class at BVBID called “Biblical Exegesis.”   Denny Petrillo was our instructor, and that class opened my eyes to a whole new way to study the Bible.  Periodically, I’ll share with you some of the things I learned.  My favorite part of the class was the homework assignments in which we were to find observations in a text.  This can be done in two ways:

1.  Choose a verse and list as many observations as you can possibly make from that verse.  For example, our very first assignment was Acts 1:8, which states, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Even though it’s such a short verse, the task was to find a…

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Off to Africa…

Well, not actually off to Africa just yet.  I do want to let you know, though, that Nancy and I are planning another mission trip to Zimbabwe for two weeks beginning next June 15th.

Yes, I’m letting you know now for the same two reasons you are already thinking.  First, it’s not too early for you to start sharing in this mission trip by praying for us.  Pray for our preparation.  Pray for a peaceful atmosphere in Zimbabwe.  Pray for open, receptive hearts when the message of Christ is preached.  Pray that our interactions with the Zimbabwe church leaders and preachers will build them up for their work.  And yes, please pray for our safety.

Second, it’s not to early for us to start seeking financial assistance for this trip.  Many of you have very generously helped us with our work in Zimbabwe, and we thank you for your participation.  If you can help us again, or if you can help us for the first time, read the support request letter at this link (Wheats’ 2015 Support Letter) and follow the instructions for sending support.  Feel free also, whether you personally can help us financially or not, to share our letter with others who may be interested and able to do so.  We need to be ready to purchase tickets in February, so let us hear from you soon!

Thank you for reading my stuff!



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Delayed Planting…

Our renovation project at Lake Shore Drive Church of Christ is finally complete, and we enjoyed our first worship services back in our main building on Sunday, August 31st.  We are so blessed to have this freshened appearance, and we are looking forward to using it as a tool in reaching others in our community for Christ.

If you are in the Waco are, come see us at 2800 Lake Shore Drive!

With all of the activity surrounding moving back into our offices, etc, the sermon recording seed bins have not been replenished.  Sorry about that!  Everything is up to date this morning; I hope you enjoy and are encouraged by the lessons.

(Apologies also for the missing recordings from August 31st – we were missing one small piece of equipment which has now been replaced!)

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No end to the seed…

Thanks for checking periodically to see if the sermons are updated.  Everything is caught up through yesterday’s sermons.  Happy listening!

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Summer Seed Sowing…

Yes, I took a vacation…  We were only away from home for one week, but I have been away from updating the sermon recordings pages for, well, several weeks.  Chill out, though, because they are all up to date as of right now.  Go dangle your toes in the pool and listen to the Word…

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In that summer land of bliss…

Summer is here (well, maybe it’s not “officially here, but the temperature says it is…).  I’ve updated all of the sermon and Bible class recordings, so you’ll have something to listen to as you sip your iced tea and cool off under the air conditioning…  Happy listening!

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A farmer went out to sow…

I waited until we had a good rain to throw out some seed this morning.  All of the sermon and Bible class pages are now up to date.

Sow a little seed of your own today!

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