4 Things To “Be” If You Want To Be Used By God

Potter's hands making a vessel to be used.

“Pastor, I hope God will use my life as He is using yours.” Those were the words I spoke to my pastor as we rode in a car together one afternoon just outside our nation’s Capitol. I was about 21 years of age and very young in the Lord’s work. Pastor Sexton was quiet for…

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Family Night

Family time

Family Night Friday night was family night at our house growing up. Dad traveled for business through the week and, once he started preaching, preached in area churches many nights. But Friday night was different. It had been, to borrow a Bible expression, “set apart” specifically for us to be together. As I have grown older…

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3 Benefits of Memorizing Scripture (and How to Begin!)

It was David, the man after God’s own heart, who wrote, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). You may take an extended portion of Scripture to memorize, such as a chapter or a book. This certainly encourages you to see individual texts in their…

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Yes, Doctrine Matters!

Just as a pillar supports a building, so the right doctrine guards the church.

“We have found a new church and it is wonderful! Everyone has a great time, and they don’t talk about doctrine.” I cannot tell you how often in recent days I have heard something like this statement. Doctrine is not a dirty word. The word means “belief and teaching.” Why would you go to a…

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A Tool For Bible Teachers

The best teachers are those who never cease being students. This is especially so when it comes to teachers of God’s Word. Scripture is the inexhaustible mine of God’s infinite truth. It is a thrill to roll up your sleeves, gather your tools, and crawl into the deep treasure trove of the Bible! David expressed…

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Everybody Loves a Good Story!

Everybody Loves a Good Story! Life is a story. Moses said, “We spend our years as a tale that is told.” Perhaps that is why people around the world love to hear a good story (Listen to a full-length Bible Message on “The Rest of the Story”) – in some way, we can all identify. We…

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Partnering with Local Churches for a Gospel Advance

Gospel work is the work of local churches and, as an evangelist, it is a great privilege to partner with pastors and churches for the advancement of the gospel. The gospel is still the power of God to salvation (Romans 1:16), the Holy Spirit is still at work (John 16:8), and Christ is still building His church (Matthew 16:18). If…

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How to Tell Others About Jesus

Do you know how to tell others about Jesus? Every Christian is to be a witness of the Christ who lives in them! Yet most believers have a difficult time knowing where to begin and how to effectively share their faith. New Series! We are dedicating the coming week on Enjoying the Journey to encouraging and equipping…

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Update On Our Israel Tour!

The nation of Israel has been front and center in news broadcasts over the last few months. It has also been at the heart of endless conversations about prophecy being fulfilled. Personally, I can testify that the experience of studying the Word of God in the land of the Bible is transformative. The theological, historical,…

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Special Easter Week Youtube Series: Cries From the Cross

The most important week in the history of the world, the week that changed eternity, was the week between Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday. The last week of Jesus Christ’s life was the beginning of every good thing we now enjoy! Those 7 days changed all of human history. This week, as we remember our…

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A Word for the Year – A Principle for Your Prayer Life

Each January, I adopt a Bible word or passage as my Scripture for the new year. Meditating consistently on one truth helps me concentrate on a specific area of my walk with Jesus. This year, I have been studying the “watch and pray” texts in God’s Word, and my heart has been so convicted and…

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Revival Praying at Noon

“And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage. For we were bondmen; yet our God…

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A Parable for Preachers

Christ, the Master Teacher, very often used stories to help His disciples see what He was saying. Recently I came across the following story and thought it was a tremendous illustration of the spiritual sustenance people desperately need and often lack. Hearers do not need us to talk about the Bible – they need the Bible! “Behold, the…

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What Is Your Bible Emphasis for the Year?

This week someone asked me, “What is your Bible word for the year?” For many years I have adopted a word, a book, or a truth from Scripture as my watchword for the year. Our dear friend Don Sisk shared that he chose vine and branches this year as a reminder that “Christ is the Vine…

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Hear the Word Every Day This Year!

Most believers are content to hear a sermon on Sunday or listen to a preacher a couple of times each week. God designed it that we would hear from Him every day! Physical hearing is a gift, but spiritual hearing is a discipline. Every day God speaks, but we must be on His frequency. In…

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A Prayer at the Door of a New Year

One of my favorite authors through the years has been F.B. Meyer. His writings have stirred my thinking and warmed my heart. Recently as I browsed through a bookstore, I found the biography of Meyer by W.Y. Fullerton. It has been such a joy to read and I have learned a much about both the…

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Finding a New Beginning

Someone has rightly observed, “Life is a series of new beginnings.” Thankfully for the believer, our God is the God of new beginnings! The Creator who alone could make something out of nothing, can also make something beautiful out of our messes. Every time a sinner comes to Christ, He makes a “new creation” (2…

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Gifts After Christmas

For many families, Christmas becomes a multi-day marathon of celebrations, family visits, and gift exchange. Not all gifts are given on Christmas. It was many days after the birth of Christ that wise men from the east arrived bearing gifts. Matthew 2:11 records the scene, And when they were come into the house, they saw…

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Reflections on the Home Going of a Spiritual Father

As a 17 year old boy the Lord directed me to Crown College and brought me under the influence of Pastor Clarence Sexton. Little did I know how this relationship would be used to shape me in so many ways. It is not institutions that make the difference, but individuals. When I first met him,…

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Our Final ETJ Series of 2023

What a year we have had studying the Bible together! This month we conclude our 6th year of Enjoying the Journey podcasts, and are so very grateful for the faithful listeners who journey through God’s Word with us each day. Over the last year, people from more than 150 nations have been regular listeners, and…

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Christmas Evangelism

“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” – Luke 2:20 Every day is a good day to give the gospel. The work of the Christian witness must not be reserved for a single day, limited to an organized…

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Christians You Should Know: William Bradford

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” – Joshua 1:8 A Snapshot of the Life…

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“Thank You For Your Service”

One of the blessings of the last few years has been the privilege of flying out of a small regional airport in our hometown. It is only about 20 minutes from my house (depending on who is driving!), and it is never busy. I can show up about 30 minutes before a flight, park a…

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Christians You Should Know: Nate Saint

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are…

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An Answer to Prayer and A Prayer Request

For some time we have been praying about the next step for Enjoying the Journey. Our desire is very simple: “all the will of God” (Colossians 4:12). Nothing more. Nothing less. In fact, the longer I live, the more I realize the importance of staying in step with Him. This is literally the meaning of…

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Christians You Should Know: C.T. Studd

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” – Luke 19:10 A Snapshot of the Life of C.T. Studd: Born: Dec. 2, 1860 – Spratton, England Died: July 16, 1931 – Ibambi/Imbi, Belgian Congo (Congo) Gifted missionary, first director of Heart of Africa Mission, 1912-18, renamed Worldwide…

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NEW GOSPEL TOOL: ETERNITY TRACT

Did you know there is only one verse in the Bible that has the word eternity? Similar terms like everlasting and eternal are used frequently, but the Holy Spirit reserved the word eternity for one passage in Isaiah 57:15: “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with…

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Start Your Year With the Bible

“The entrance of thy words giveth light; It giveth understanding unto the simple.” – Psalm 119:130 Shortly, we will begin a new year…2024! The best way to start your year is to begin with the Bible. January is a natural time to start again in your reading of Scripture. Many believers look for ideas they can…

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Bridge Day Tract Appointment by Roger Pauley

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” – 1 Peter 3:18 While serving as Pastor of Cranberry Baptist Church, I volunteered as a chaplain for a local hospital. Several years ago,…

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Honoring a Partner in the Gospel

On Monday, November 7, 2022 I was sitting in a hotel room in Iowa when I received one of the most difficult phone calls of my life. My friend, my brother, and fellow worker, Stephen Troell, had been taken to Heaven unexpectedly. Just fifteen minutes before he saw Jesus we had spoken at length by…

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Christians You Should Know: Richard Wurmbrand

“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10 A Snapshot of the Life of Richard Wurmbrand: Born: March 24, 1909 – Bucharest, Romania Died: Feb. 17, 2001 – Torrance, California Founder and first…

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Everybody Needs a Friend

Just days ago I walked somberly through an exhibit that showed the horrors of Auschwitz. It was a stark reminder to me of how hatred consumes darkened hearts and how much pain it can inflict on others. We all would do well to remember that in these days. Near the end of the very graphic…

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Learning to Rejoice Again

The only real and lasting joy is found in Jesus. The only way to enjoy the journey is to find the companionship of Christ along the way. What a thrill to know that in the midst of a sad world, God has made provision for His children to have a glad heart! Are you a…

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2348 B.C. All Over Again?

Imagine going back in time more than 4,000 years and finding the ancient world, in many ways, like the world we are living in today. Some things never change. Solomon spoke the truth when he said “there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Noah is the classic example. The Lord Jesus said,…

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Well Fed Christians

Let me begin by saying this is not an article about food or a healthy diet. The truth is that most of us are physically very well fed – perhaps even over fed! There is almost no preaching on gluttony today and the practice of fasting has become almost non existent. On the other hand,…

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Meet the Holy Spirit

How well do you know the Holy Spirit? Many live their entire Christian life with the Spirit of God within, and yet fail to understand how He works in and through the believer. A true and growing knowledge of God includes knowledge of all three members of the Godhead – the Father, the Son, and…

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Changing Seasons of Life

The last few months have been some of the most blessed and some of the most challenging of my life. I don’t understand how those two things coexist, but they usually do. The season we are currently in can be described best in one word: transition.  You know – the “in between” times of life.…

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A Personal Word About My Dad and Our Home Church

For the last thirty-three years my dad has faithfully served as the pastor of Cranberry Baptist Church in Beckley, West Virginia. He and my mother have labored tirelessly to reach the lost and minister to God’s people. Next month dad is retiring from the pastorate and beginning a new season of life and ministry. We…

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The Growth of a Sermon

A preacher’s sermon should simply be an organized expression of a biblical message. The right kind of preaching will not be rooted in a man’s idea but in God’s Word. The “life” of any sermon is not personality, oratory, humor, gestures, or the antics of the one delivering it. True life comes from the life-giving…

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God’s Timing and the Next Step

Eight years ago God began stirring in my heart about the evangelistic work He has now given us to do. The Holy Spirit led in unmistakable ways and we have simply tried to follow. More and more I am reminded that we are incapable of accomplishing anything of eternal value, but the Lord is able…

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7 Reminders for Ministry Workers

Do you remember why you first got into the Lord’s work? In the early days of our Christian service there was a beautiful humility and sincerity about serving Christ. It truly was a “labour of love” (1 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 6:10). Sadly, for far too many the joy has devolved into a job. Many in…

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Our Next Enjoying the Journey Tour!

Last year a wonderful group of friends traveled with us to Israel, and the Lord gave us such a precious time studying the Word together in the Holy Land. We are excited to announce that another ETJ tour has now been finalized for next year. God willing, we will journey through the land of the…

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ONWARD!

The uttermost…ends of the earth…all the world…every creature…whosoever will. Scripture repeatedly emphasizes the length of our mission and the breadth of God’s message. Christ’s gospel is not regional, national, or cultural. Its only limitation is the one we put on it by failing to share it! Let there be no doubt: God loves all people…

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3 Prayer Pointers for Every Day

Prayer is a conversation with our Lord…and we all need to work on our communication! Developing a life of communion with God is the process of a lifetime. I never hear a challenge about prayer that I do not feel deeply convicted that this is an area where I need to give more attention. While…

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How Christians Should Deal with Racial Issues

Recently I was on a flight next to a fine Christian man. When people find out at 30,000 feet that I am a minister they usually have one of two reactions – they are either really glad they are sitting next to me or really wish they weren’t! My new friend kept me engaged in…

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My Favorite Bible Story & Our New Podcast Study

Do you have a favorite portion of Scripture? Keith Kiser, one of my early Bible teachers, used to say that his favorite Scripture was whatever portion he was studying at the time. Good answer! It is all the Word of God, and it is all-sufficient and all-profitable to our lives. Yet you will find at…

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NEW: Book of the Month Recommendation

When Paul was sitting in a Roman prison, facing death, he was still growing. In his final letter to Timothy he requested a number of things, and notable in the list is the phrase: “bring…the books” (2 Timothy 4:13). Throughout the apostle’s writings he quotes from a number of sources and it is clear that…

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How Do You Remember Things?

One of God’s greatest gifts is memory. If you have lived long enough, you have discovered that it can be both a blessing and a curse! Spurgeon said that “by some strange perversity we tend to remember what we should forget and forget what we should remember.” How easily we remember every hurt we have…

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Is There Any Limit On Christian Liberty?

Christian liberty. It is a term frequently used and rarely understood in our age of no restraint. The Scriptural expression is actually “the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free” and this is an important designation (Galatians 5:1). Our liberty is not license to do as we please; it is the life we have through identification with…

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Welcome to the Family!

Recently I have had the privilege of saying to several new believers: “Welcome to the family!” The joy of seeing others come into the family of God is second only to the joy of knowing you are in the family yourself. There are only two ways a person can come into a family: through birth…

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Living in the Age of the Gospel

This past Lord’s Day we commemorated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. True believers celebrate this every Sunday! In fact, we celebrate our living Savior every day because He lives within us! A few months ago I stood in the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem and remembered the words of the angel, “He is not…

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Spiritual Exercise

Medical doctors and health professionals are consistently reminding us to give attention to “diet and exercise.” Henry Drummond believed that every thing we see in the natural world is simply a shadow of some spiritual reality. It is interesting to me that these two principles of diet (proper intake) and exercise (regular working out) are…

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A New Song, A Timeless Truth, and Our Eternal God

So much of life is measured in values. Real estate, the stock market, retirement portfolios…everything is discussed in terms of worth. But the greatest “values” are not physical, financial, or material – they are spiritual! Adrian Rogers used to say, “To find out how rich you are, add up everything that money cannot buy and…

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Good News In A Bad World

Today’s ETJ podcast concludes our study of the first section of Acts. What an encouragement this portion of Scripture has been to my faith! The Adventure Continues…and shortly we will return to our series in this amazing book. Over the next two weeks, leading up to Resurrection Sunday, we are excited to share with you a…

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Higgaion: A Note We All Need

Unlike my wife, I do not read music. Though the notes on the page mean little to me, I know a good note or a bad note when I hear it! As you open the Hebrew Hymnal, known as the Psalms, there are certain notes that are very definitely sounded. We do not know the…

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Lessons from the Road: 10 Tips for Itinerant Preachers

Itinerant ministry, like any work, has its unique challenges and its special blessings. There is ample evidence in the New Testament that itinerant ministry has a valid place both in the advancement of the gospel and the edification of the local assembly. The early believers “went everywhere preaching the Word” (Acts 8:4). Study the life of…

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A Simple Way to Explain the Gospel to Children

Few things are more important than children hearing and understanding the gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ openly received little children (Matthew 19:14), and taught that every one who is saved must come with the simple, humble faith of a child (Matthew 18:3). It is beautiful to see the plainness with which our Savior explained divine…

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10 of the Oldest Tricks in the Book

Satan is a deceiver – he always has been and always will be (John 8:44). Some things never change! The enemy often dresses his lies in new clothes, but beneath the surface, they are the same deadly deceptions that Eve faced in the Garden. Read Genesis 3 again. Do not look at it as a…

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This Is War!

Ask any veteran that has seen conflict – wartime is serious business. When people are engaged in conflict some things don’t matter, and a few things become increasingly important.  Selfishness and pettiness must be laid aside. There is an enemy to fight! Division and distraction can be deadly when the battle rages. This is war!…

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New in 2023: Christians You Should Know

One of the highlights of our blog articles last year was a special series on hymn histories. (You may access all of them in the ETJ archive here.) Each Wednesday in the new year we are excited to share with you a new series of articles on “Christians You Should Know.” I believe that many…

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“For the Gospel’s Sake”

Businesses, churches, and organizations often choose an annual theme for their work. Several years ago I began selecting a passage of Scripture, Bible word, or specific emphasis for my own personal study each year. It has been a good thing for me to return again and again to some anchor truth. Anchors keep you from…

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A New Year & New Adventures with Christ

There is no adventure like the adventure of following Jesus Christ! It is the grand adventure of a lifetime and it leads to an even greater adventure in eternity. In the New Testament book of Acts we find the adventure of the first followers of Christ. This book, which has been called the 5th gospel…

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Worshipping After Christmas: Gifts for the Son

The wise men from the east arrived in Bethlehem some time after the birth of Christ. The Lord Jesus was referred to as “the young child” and the family is no longer at the manger, but in a “house” (Matthew 2:9-11) by the time they arrive. It is a beautiful reminder that the worship of…

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Why Did Jesus Come As a Baby?

The Lord Jesus Christ did not begin at Bethlehem. He is the eternal Son of the living God! He, with the Father and the Spirit, has always been. Yet He took a body – a real, human body (Hebrews 10:5). That body would only walk this earth for thirty-three and a half years, but what…

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The Christmas Message…at Caesarea

“God with us” is not just a Christmas message; it is the heart of God and the golden thread woven throughout all of Scripture. However, the emphasis at this time of year brings us face to face with the miracle of mercy: God desires to be with man. The high, holy God of eternity wants…

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Join Us for A Special Couples’ Retreat This January!

Each year Tammy and I are privileged to spend time with couples across the country in a variety of retreats and conferences. After 25 years of marriage we are more in love than ever and more convinced that the spiritual battle for our nation is being fought on the battlefield of the home. Satan always…

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New Series: GOD CAME.

God Came. In many ways, these two words summarize the message of the whole Bible! They encapsulate the love and mercy of our God. We could never come to Him – so He came to us. When things are at their worst, God comes. This is the message of creation. The earth was full of…

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Travel with Us through the Land of the Bible

This week we will walk where Jesus walked. My first immersion into Bible geography came during a three day stop in Egypt soon after I graduated from college. Standing at the Pyramids and floating down the Nile caused the stories of Joseph, Moses, and the children of Israel to come alive. Twenty years ago I…

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My Friend and Fellow Worker

The Lord has a way of connecting co-laborers. More than a quarter of a century ago God allowed me to get acquainted with a young man from New Jersey named Stephen Troell. He had just come to Crown College and, in the providence of God, he was placed in my dormitory. Over the years that…

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Where Praise & Thanks Should Begin

When I was a child Christmas was my favorite holiday. As I have grown older, Thanksgiving has moved into that place. I love the time of year, the emphasis, the quiet, the moments with family, and yes, I love the food! Yet there is something greater than a week of Thanksgiving, and that is a…

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5 Reflections on Life and Death

This year has been a year of loss. In God’s economy, loss is so often gain if we are ready to receive it. Somewhere in the midst of loss there is grace that God will give and wisdom He wants to teach. When we are forced to look at death, we must reflect on the…

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There is Freedom in Christ!

The world calls it addiction; the Word calls it bondage. Sin always makes men slaves, and only Christ can give liberty. This is very important to realize: enslaving sin is Satan’s cheap substitute for what only the Good Master can provide. What leads to addiction? We seek relief.  We seek release. We seek refuge. All…

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Recapturing the Hallelujah

My memory is still vivid of the first time I heard the Hallelujah Chorus given in a pubic meeting. I remember watching that vast crowd of people stand in honor of the One who was being praised. Every time I hear the chorus it brings a flood of thoughts and emotions to my heart as I imagine…

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8 Signs of a Healthy Church

Tammy and I sat in a service recently and listened to believers in a local church give spontaneous testimonies. It was evident from what the people said that they had been shepherded. Their pastor had taught them to love Christ and the Word of God. My heart was so refreshed! When we got in the…

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Seeing God in Every Scripture

The preacher speaks about the necessity of all Scripture and people politely nod their heads. We read, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable…” and everyone gives a hearty “Amen!” Yet, when it comes to our actual attention to the Word of God the scope is often much more limited. We…

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Be Real!

The latest trend in social media is a new platform known as “Be Real.” Its niche is notifying users once each day to capture and share a post within two minutes. Oh yes, and it has to “be real.” No staging. No filters. No special lights. In fact, it actually shares two pictures – one…

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Listen to the Old Man!

Western culture is far removed from the ancient culture of Bible times. Sadly, in the midst of so much modern “progress” there are many eternal values that have been lost. One of those is revealed in our attitude toward the aged. Contemporary culture, driven by media perception, places a premium on youth. Yet in Scripture…

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From a Friend in South Florida…

Just a few days ago we shared a helpful article on using gospel tracts. That post was written by Pastor Tom Sexton of the Gulf Coast Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL. Soon after that resource was made available Hurricane Ian made landfall in the place where he ministers. Their church sustained damage and Pastor…

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Truth and the Danger of Overcorrection

All of us who have driven for any length of time have experienced or witnessed the danger of over correcting. A slight distraction, a sudden movement by another driver, an unexpected object in the road can cause an overcorrection that leads to disaster. This is true in all of life. We all tend to react…

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Calling All Evangelists!

It is a great privilege to serve Christ in any way. The highest calling on earth is not the calling to be a preacher, but to simply be a follower of Jesus (Mark 3:14)! Out of that call the Lord makes clear to every minister his own calling from God. I am very grateful that…

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BE a Witness!

Over time believers tend to reduce their Christian lives to a list of things “to do.” This was the error of the Pharisees and is a mark of empty religion in every generation. Busyness, conformity, and externals too easily become the measurement of spirituality. Perhaps this temptation is because it seems simpler to just give…

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New Audio Book Now Available!

It has been a great joy living with Joseph for the last few months. Just think – we will spend eternity with all of these godly Bible characters! The more I have grown to know Joseph the more I have grown to love the God who was faithful to him at every season. He is…

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The Next Step for our ETJ Podcast

It is a pleasure to walk through God’s Word with so many of you on our daily podcast. The paths of Scripture are full of adventure and spiritual refreshment! Thank you for being a fellow traveler as we seek to follow our tour guide, the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus said of the Holy Spirit,…

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A Word About This Year’s Southwide Baptist Fellowship

It was my privilege to moderate last year’s Southwide Baptist Fellowship in Raleigh, NC. God gave us a very special meeting and real encouragement from His Word. (You may watch the 2021 messages here.) Now, we are just over 10 weeks away from the 2022 meeting! Pastor Tim Rabon is serving as this year’s moderator,…

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God Still Moves Mountains

A few week’s ago I asked friends who follow us on social media if they would help me pray for a mountain that needed to be moved. Since that time I have had numbers of kind, praying people ask me if the Lord has moved our mountain yet. It has been humbling to hear many…

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New Book Release!!!

Dreams. Opportunity. Favor. Power. Blessings. Purpose. Jealousy. Conflict. Betrayal. Temptation. Prison. Difficulty. All of this and much more is found in the story of Joseph. His is a representative life in so many ways–an example for us all. Follow the adventures of Joseph and you will see both the positive and negative experiences of life.…

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5 Lessons I’ve Learned

(The following article is by Chase Whitten. He is now serving as an associate evangelist with ETJ and assisting with a number of gospel projects. You may read more about his evangelistic work here and reach him at chase@enjoyingthejourney.org.) Over the past fifteen years we have had great gospel opportunities in a variety of ministries,…

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Comfort in Troubling Times

Do you have a favorite psalm? The psalm I hear most often referred to is Psalm 23. Unfortunately, it has become so associated with funerals that we easily forget that the powerful words were not written for death, but for life! Psalm 23 is given to help sheep know their Good Shepherd. His presence brings…

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No Substitute for Faithfulness

This week I have been speaking in a church in south Georgia. (Let me say that I am grateful it is not an outdoor meeting – it is hot!) In each place where God allows me to minister I am always looking for the message He has for me, not just the ones I am…

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Mr. Eternity

Several years ago I heard the story of Australian, Arthur Stace. During a visit to Sydney I was able to verify the legitimacy of the account. The story of this man, who became known as Mr. Eternity, so affected me that I began to share it across the country. Recently some friends reminded me of…

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The Newest Member of our ETJ Team

One of the divine designs in ministry is that we are to labor alongside one another. God gave Moses a Joshua and Elijah an Elisha. The Lord Jesus Christ sent His disciples out two by two on their mission. Paul took fellow laborers with him on each of his gospel journeys. There are many reasons…

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What in the World Is Going On?!?

Have you noticed? It seems the whole world is “out of sync” and people everywhere have gone crazy! At times like these people reveal what is really in their hearts. At times like these the Lord’s people need to view our world through the lens of Scripture. Anxious, searching souls are looking for answers, and…

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My Hero Behind the Scenes

The greatest heroes often work behind the scenes. They labor where others cannot see and carry burdens when no one else knows. I am increasingly convinced that at the judgment seat of Christ many very public people will have to step aside as the real servants are brought to the forefront to receive their crowns.…

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When Life Brings Us to Our Knees

Have you ever been so weak, so weary, so wounded that your legs gave out? You did not even have strength to stand up! Occasionally, I have heard people use the expression “weak in the knees.” It is just another way of stating what all of us experience at some point: we cannot stand on…

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What was He Thinking?

The only way that we can truly know what another person is thinking is through their words. Words are an expression of the mind. In the words of Jesus, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34). But, have you ever considered what Jesus Himself was thinking about on the cross?…

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Help for Your Family This Summer

Days are longer, schedules are different, and young people have more free time. Summer is the perfect season to give extra attention to your family. Over the next couple of weeks we have intentionally kept our travel schedule lighter, in order to give some time to our family before the summer marathon of meetings begins.…

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7 Things Christians Must Remember in Financial Crisis

History does repeat itself. The most prosperous nations on earth have eventually and repeatedly faced their economic downturns. All of us who have lived a little while can echo the sentiment of the Bible writer that, at some point, “riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven” (Proverbs 23:4). We…

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