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Power of Resurrection: Addiction & Recovery

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I love traveling abroad, but I hate jet-lag. When I returned from Thailand (which is 12 hours ahead of Georgia) last January, it took me at least a week to recover. Even though 2pm felt like 2am, the reality was—no matter how I felt—that I was in Georgia, the sun was still up, and I … Continued

Power of Resurrection: Relationships

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As believers, it is important to remember the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is the same power available to us today. In Romans 8:11, Paul states: “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also … Continued

Eastertide

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The resurrection of Christ is the central point of Christianity. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection were all for you. Regarding the resurrection of Jesus, we don’t celebrate his resurrection just on Easter Sunday. We celebrate his resurrection every time we worship. Every time we use our gifts and passions for God. In your mind, perhaps, … Continued

The Power of the Resurrection for Godly Living

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When it comes to godly living, who you are determines how you’ll act. Jesus teaches us, “Every good tree bears good fruit” (Matt. 7:17), and the power of the resurrection is that all those who have trusted in Christ alone for their salvation have been raised with Christ. We have been made alive in Christ. … Continued

The Stick of Dynamite

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National Day of Prayer Prayer can be challenging at times.I would imagine that one thing all of us have in common is that at some point in our walk with Jesus, prayer has been more difficult during some days, weeks or even seasons of our journey. Another commonality is that no matter where we are on … Continued

Power of Resurrection in Me

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There are a lot of powerful things in this world. How my wife and I (she gets up more than me) have the power to get up routinely in the middle of the night to calm an upset baby is still baffling to me. How I can actually have a conversation on a cell phone … Continued

Why Worship?

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As a Worship Ministry, we get asked questions all the time about why we do the things we do on Sunday mornings. In this VLOG (i.e. video blog), Zak McQueen and I answer some of those questions: Why gather? Why pray? Why sing? Why read scripture? Produced by Kim Nichols

The Day Death Died

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I love to celebrate Easter for many, many reasons, but the best reason that I love Easter is because it reminds me that death died. The Easter Story makes two of my most favorite scriptures possible: “Whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:26). “The world and its … Continued

Holy Week

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This week, Christians around the world celebrate the days leading up to the death, burial and ultimately resurrection of Jesus. Lakewood is no exception! We began the week celebrating the triumphal entry of King Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. On Monday through Wednesday, Bill Risinger is leading a Holy Week Bible study at noon. Make … Continued

Dr. Smiley’s Prayer in D.C.

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Our Senior Pastor, Dr. Tom Smiley, recently visited Washington D.C. to deliver a prayer Open Congress. To learn more about his visit, you can visit Dr. Smiley’s blog and read his post about his experience. The following is the Congressional Prayer he delivered on March 22, 2017: In the Name that is above every name, In the Name … Continued

Kingdom Lifestyle: Worry

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The wisdom of Yoda insists: Do or do not, there is no try. But, what if instead of trying or doing we spent more time at being? More time settling into who we are, what we are, where we are, when we are. I find myself exerting so much of my energy and time in changing myself and my surroundings. … Continued

Kingdom Lifestyle: Money

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Some years ago, I learned a great word: boondoggle. It’s a funny word. Oftentimes, using it in conversation elicits a look of confusion or a giggle, as though the word was made up or used as onomatopoeia. But, in fact, boondoggle is a real word with a great definition: “work or activity that is wasteful … Continued

Kingdom Lifestyle: Fasting

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Matthew 6:16–18: 16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by … Continued

Kingdom Lifestyle: Forgiving Others

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In our familiarity with the Lord’s Prayer, we can easily pass over the fact that in praying for forgiveness, we ask that we would be forgiven “as we also have forgiven our debtors.” After the prayer, it is this phrase and this phrase only that Jesus takes the time to elaborate on. In Matthew 6:14-15, … Continued

Kingdom Lifestyle: Why Do You Pray?

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“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your … Continued

Kingdom Lifestyle: Motives

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Have you ever asked yourself: “Why am I serving? What is my motivation for volunteering for this ministry or helping my neighbor?” We are wired from a very young age to seek approval from others. As children, we longed to hear our parents congratulate and praise us for our achievements. On a daily basis, my toddler does certain … Continued

Kingdom Lifestyle: Live a Kingdom Lifestyle

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Life in God’s kingdom means ultimate happiness and fulfillment in God: “Whom have I in heaven but you? And besides you, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” –Psalm 73:25-26 Often, we look for fulfillment elsewhere and then … Continued

We Believe: Resurrection & Everlasting Life

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“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God … Continued

We Believe: Forgiveness of Sin

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As we work through our series called, “We Believe,” it is vitally important that we not just profess what we believe but that we also actually believe it. It is important that we not just make assertions like, “We believe in the forgiveness of sin,” but that we also know why in fact this is … Continued

The Endowment Ministry

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Back in the early 1990’s, I shared with Lakewood’s leadership the value of establishing an endowment for the purpose of funding ministry and missions outside the normal area of our operating budget. An endowment is a donation to a nonprofit (e.g., Lakewood Baptist Church) for the ongoing support of that organization. In Lakewood’s case the endowment is … Continued