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

Yes, Doctrine Matters!

“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...
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New Companion Study Guide (with bonus content!)

One of the most profitable ways to study the Bible is by its characters. While we know that the main character of Scripture is God Himself, the Holy Spirit has...
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Why Study the Bible?

Whether you are a new believer or a mature Christian, it is absolutely essential that believers keep growing in their knowledge of God. This is only possible if we are...
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Christians You Should Know: G. Campbell Morgan

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15 A Snapshot of the Life...
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Christians You Should Know: Booker T. Washington

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve...
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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...
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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...
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Enjoying the Journey Now On YouTube

Everyone has their favorite media platform to stream content - there are certainly plenty to choose from! Our daily broadcast is heard on a number of radio stations across the...
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Best of the Blog: Top 10

For the last nine years I have enjoyed writing regular articles for our Enjoying the Journey blog. The archive of more than 700 posts deal with a wide range of...
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NEW STUDY: “A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ”

There is a great deal of discussion now about peace around the world. At the same time, there is increased strife and fighting in our own country. But the biggest...
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5 Books to Read On The Book

There is no book on earth like God's Book - it is the very Word of the Living God, and every word of it is for us! I love the...
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5 Books to Read On Prophecy

There is increased interest right now in the subject of prophecy. The entertainment world is full of speculation about apocalyptic events and the "end of the world" seems to be...
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Exciting News to Share

One of the great joys of serving the Lord is watching Him work in ways we could never have planned. Yes, we are “laborers together with God” and He has...
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5 Books To Read As Commentaries

Frequently I am asked what Bible commentaries I would recommend. This is a broad question without an easy answer. Some commentators are better on some books than others. For example,...
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Next Stop: The Numbers Psalms

Life is a journey and the fourth section of the Psalms, known as the Numbers Psalms, shows us the goodness and guidance of God along that journey. If we want...
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3 Days for Young People and Those Who Love Them

The key to a nation is a generation. I believe if we lose the next generation we lose the nation. Truth endures to every generation but every generation must hear...
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5 Books To Read For Answers

Ours is an age of questions, skeptics, and debate. Paul described the last days well when he wrote, "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the...
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3 Elements for Effective Preaching

Preaching the Word of God is a grand privilege and great responsibility. For the faithful minister there is a joy and a soberness in standing to deliver the Lord's message....
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5 Books To Read About The Holy Spirit

How well do you know the Spirit of God? Though we live in the age of the Spirit, there is so much confusion about Him. Some fall short of really...
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A Pause, Our Podcast, And The Next Psalms

Yesterday we concluded the first stage of our journey through the Psalms. The Genesis Psalms, Psalm 1-41, help us to see God as the beginning of all good things. I...
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5 Books To Read On Prayer + 1 I’m Reading Now

This is a hard one. I have so many books that have been a tremendous help to me on the subject of prayer. There are a host of "classics" -...
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5 Books To Read For Bible Study

The wisest man who ever lived said, "There is no new thing under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9). That is because truth is never new - it is eternal. One of...
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5 Books To Read About Jesus (And One Bonus)

For at least one day this week people thought of Christ. We have just come through Easter and much of the world has considered the story of Jesus and the...
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How to Enjoy the Journey

https://youtu.be/iuweiUh4pCs How to Enjoy the Journey Many years ago, I heard a gentleman say as a Christian that he knew he was going to enjoy the destination, but he wanted...
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Our Next Step & A New Study

This week we concluded our series on The Great Journey's of the Bible. The Lord has been so gracious to allow us to study Scripture with people around the world...
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An Update On Our Daily Broadcast

It is amazing how sometimes the most far reaching things are the ones we did not plan at all. Several people have asked me recently how our daily Enjoying The...
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2020 – NEW DEVOTIONAL PODCAST SERIES!

If you have been traveling with us through the Word of God, thank you! If you have not yet joined us on this journey I would like to encourage you...
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For Those Who Love Children

"Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world." The greatest way to impact the future of a nation is to reach another generation of children. More than...
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Do You Have A Life Verse?

Recently God has used a Bible verse in my life in such a profound way that I have chosen it as my "second half verse." Along the journey there have...
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New Podcast Series!

Today we conclude our podcast series on "What The Bible Says..." I am more convinced than ever that this is a day where we must know what we believe, why...
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4 Things We Must Not Do With The Truth

We live in a world of lies because people have rejected the truth. The condition of Isaiah's day is much like our own, "And judgment is turned away backward, and...
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Our Next Bible Study Series

It is a joy to study God's Word and a privilege to share it with others. More and more people are joining our daily Enjoying The Journey episodes and we...
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Recording Day!

Several folks have asked me recently how we record the daily Enjoying The Journey episodes. Technology has made life so much simpler in some ways! I am able to record...
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On “Christian Celebrities” Renouncing Christ

A number of “Christian” celebrities have recently renounced their faith and begun to actively question the reality of God. Many are shocked and some are confused. What should we make...
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A Special Announcement

We are very happy to announce that at the end of this month the Fundamental Broadcasting Network will begin to carry our Enjoying The Journey daily broadcast. FBN began in...
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7 Truths My Dad Taught Me

Tonight I had the joy of sharing these thoughts with our church family. Perhaps they will be of some help to your family. My dad has been one of my...
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3 Times Jesus Wept And What We Learn From His Tears

Several months ago, I preached a message on the tears of Jesus. Our Savior was a "man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:5). This is more than mere...
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New Radio Option!

We are very grateful to have our daily Enjoying The Journey broadcast being broadcast on a number of traditional and online radio stations. (For a full list visit enjoyingthejourney.org/broadcast.) We...
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It’s Not Automatic!

It was embarrassing to say the least. There I stood in a public restroom waving my hands furiously under the faucet, grumbling that someone really should fix the sensor. Why...
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Make This Week A New Beginning With God!

Today we stand on the threshold of 2019. How gracious God has been to us! If the Lord allows us to live until tomorrow, we will turn another page in...
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A Fresh Look At Familiar Scriptures

“Why didn’t I see that? Where did that preacher get the understanding of that passage…and how could I have missed it?” Sound familiar? We have all had these questions. Perhaps...
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ALL NATURAL???

In our day of cheap facades, strange additives, and generic substitutes it is appealing when anyone offers something that is completely natural. Entire brands are now built on the idea...
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Guest Post: “Reaching Children”

Twenty five years ago I shared a college dormitory with a friend who would become my brother-in-law. Jason Caldwell and his family have committed themselves to reaching and teaching children...
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The Next Three Weeks

It has been a great blessing to me personally to meet so many people recently who are listening to Enjoying The Journey each day through the podcast or radio broadcast....
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Thank God For Christian Education

The last two days I have been speaking in Michigan at a wonderful Christian Educator's Convention. It has been a privilege to spend time with men and women who are...
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Guest Post: Longevity In The Pastorate

One of my spiritual fathers is my uncle, James Pauley. He has faithfully pastored the same church for nearly half a century. He is a man of prayer and a...
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The God Of The Thunder

You would have laughed at me. In fact, I laughed at myself. I was sitting on our front porch studying what the Bible has to say about thunder. Suddenly the...
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Thanks For Listening!

Eight months ago we took another step on our own journey with the beginning of the Enjoying The Journey podcast. God has been gracious to give us favor and so many...
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How To Help Your Kids Make The Most Of School Days

All over the country young people are returning to school. Our own children start back this week. New beginnings are a wonderful opportunity to set so many things in motion....
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An Encouragement For Assistant Pastors

It was my privilege to serve as an assistant to a wonderful pastor for many years. Eighteen years were spent helping someone else fulfill the work God had put in...
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You Are What You Eat.

This is not an article on health and wellness. It is much more important than that. (If my mother is reading this I want to go on record as saying...
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What Is The Most Important Lesson You Have Learned?

As I write these words I am sitting in northern Michigan. It is a beautiful summer day at camp. This morning at breakfast I had an engaging conversation with a...
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You Have To Work Hard To Keep It Simple

He was an engineer who had been responsible for the invention of things too intricate for me to understand. Yet the message he conveyed to me was one that I...
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Q/A About Our Daily Broadcast

Last week we celebrated our 100th "Enjoying the Journey" episode. Yesterday we concluded our journey through the Old Testament. On today's broadcast we are examining what God was up to...
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A Mother’s Day Meditation: “The Law Of Thy Mother”

Proverbs opens with a father speaking to his son and closes with a mother speaking to her son. Children need the influence and instruction of both dad and mom. In...
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Some Thoughts on Baptism

I was baptized as a five-year old boy. I chose to be baptized to show that I had recently trusted Christ as my personal Savior. Now, in fact, I simply...
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The Most Important Characteristic of A Staff Member

For nearly two decades I had the joy of serving on the staff of a wonderful church and college. After the first few years I had the responsibility of not...
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10 Ways To Help A High School Senior

Over the last few weeks I have been privileged to spend time with a number of high school seniors. One of them is living in my own home! Just yesterday...
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A Bible Teacher

Most Sunday mornings I am asked to address a combined Sunday School class or spend time with a particular Bible study group. This is always something I enjoy doing and...
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Truths for Travelers: Lessons Learned On the Road

As many of you know I spend a good deal of time on the road. Another frequent traveler, the Apostle Paul, once wrote, “all things are yours” (1 Corinthians 3:21-22)....
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Special Announcement!

I am so very excited about the news I am going to share with you today! At the beginning of this year we began a daily podcast to promote the...
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Would You Join Our Daily Bible Study?

Today on "Enjoying the Journey" we conclude our study through the book of Philippians. I have heard from people across the country and even outside the U.S. who have joined...
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Use A Story!

Everybody loves a good story. Some preachers and teachers are known as story-tellers. This should never be our goal. Our mission is to be truth-tellers. However, learning to tell a...
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My Favorite Chapter of the Bible

Do you have a favorite portion of Scripture? One of my Bible teachers used to say that his favorite passage of Scripture was the one he was studying at the...
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What I Have Learned About Series Preaching

Evangelists are not typically known for series preaching. For many years I thought that sermon series were basically pastoral in nature. More and more I believe that such preaching is...
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The First Step

The first day of a new year. What will we do with it? It will never get any easier than today to take action. Never. Do you want to learn...
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Will You Join Us On the Journey?

Six years ago this month I began writing on our blog. At the time God led me to call it Enjoying the Journey. (You may read more about why I chose...
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Thank God for Your Critics!

It is inevitable that critics will come. If you obey God there will be some man who does not understand. And the critics are not always foes - sometimes they...
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Special Announcement: New Podcast!

As a twelve year old boy the Lord called me to be a preacher of God's Word. Through the years He has confirmed that call and deepened this conviction in...
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Our New Radio Program in West Virginia!

If you live in central or southern West Virginia I am happy to announce that we are beginning a daily radio program in December. Enjoying the Journey will be a ten minute...
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A Simple Principle That Has Had A Profound Effect On My Life

Dr. Frank Sells was one of my favorite Bible teachers. I can see him now, sitting on the platform, in his own conversational way showing some of the most powerful...
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Why I Started Running & Why I Plan to Continue

A little over two years ago I started running. I didn't plan to do it. In fact, I'm not sure why I went out that first day. I remember saying...
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3 Things I Am Praying for My Words

Words are powerful things. Spoken, written, typed, or texted - they are vehicles of communication that tend to last. If not on paper, in the hearts and minds of others....
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Go East Young Man!

Our culture is obsessed with the ability, beauty, and virility of youth. Somehow in all of this obsession we have forgotten the wisdom of age. Young people miss the examples...
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10 Suggestions for Those Who Work With Youth

Thank God for faithful youth workers. While raising our children I realized more than ever that no one raises their children alone. My wife and I praise God for every...
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My Advice to Church Staff Members

Over the last few weeks I have had the privilege of spending time with a number of church staff members in the places where I have been preaching. This is...
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The Book That Saves the World

A few weeks ago I picked up a copy of the Wall Street Journal in a hotel. As I was breezing quickly through the sections my eyes fell on something...
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The Battle That Never Ends

As a young Christian I imagined that some day it would get easier. My flesh would not rear its ugly head; the world would not seem as attractive; the devil...
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Identity Matters

We are living in a day of identity confusion. Gender confusion. Political confusion. Doctrinal confusion. A confusion of roles within the family. Confusion seems to be the order of the...
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Are the Progressives Really Progressing?

Let's clear the air...No, this is not a post about politics. And, no, I am not a progressive. With our current political climate the term "progressive" has been in the...
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When Young People Ask Hard Questions

Questions are opportunities to teach.  God gave explicit instructions to Israel about what to say when your children ask (Deuteronomy 6:20-25).  And ask they will!  All of us who have...
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A Bible Lesson from an Eight Year Old

Road trips are fun.  At least if you make them that way!  This week I drove several hours to speak in a youth rally.  Often I travel alone and have...
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Tips for Those Who Teach Teens

One of the great joys of my life is the privilege to speak to young people.  Recently I was listening to one of our youth workers at the Temple Baptist...
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Thank God for Teachers

Today I had the opportunity to be with a group of the elementary children in our Academy.  What formative years!  As I watched the wonderful teachers that God has given...
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Help! I Have A Teenager?!?

This past Sunday our oldest daughter, Morgan, turned thirteen.  Is that possible?  Where have the years gone?  Tammy and I are very grateful to God for all of our children...and...
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A Mark of Greatness

"Great men are not always wise." Job 32:9 Greatness is difficult to define.  One thing is sure:  men view greatness much differently than the Lord does.  Some men are considered...