The Great Outdoer

The Great Outdoer

Possibly like you, I've been called many different nicknames in my lifetime. In digging into the Facts That You've Never Known About Billy file, I'll let you know that a few of the names were Billy Boy, Sweet William, and Stud Muffin (well, that one might be just in my imagination). Another interesting fact is that I have never been called Mister Rocket Scientist, Brainiac Burns, or the Mensa Man. For the life of me, I can't understand this oversight. As a child, I will admit that I was so bright as a child that my momma called me son. (I can hear your groan.) All joking aside (was I...

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It Happened in Paris, France

It Happened in Paris, France

Some years ago while on a ministry trip to Mali, West Africa, Vickie and I had a two-day layover in Paris, France. Perhaps you too have visited this incredible city and experienced sites including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Louvre, It was an amazing two days except for one event - I was pickpocketed on our train ride to the Eiffel Tower. Whoever stole my wallet was oh-so-good. I never knew that my wallet had found a new place to exist. The agony of this tragedy was twofold. First, the wallet and its contents (money, credit cards, and identification) were stolen (all...

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The Pinch

The Pinch

This is too cool. I'll take it one step further. This is too cool and too simple. Just a couple of hours ago, I (with the help of the Holy Spirit) discovered the ultimate, sure-fire way to know with all certainty if God really wants you to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. I'll need you to follow these step-by-step instructions. On your right hand, fold in your middle, ring, and pinky fingers leaving only your thumb and index fingers showing. Now, move those two fingers over to your left arm and pinch the dickens on the arm. Don't hold...

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And He Gave…

And He Gave…

I will tell you upfront that this post is totally unlike anything that I have shared in the past 16 years. For maybe three months, I have sensed the need to share a quick story, a couple of scriptures, and, the reason for this post, a few questions, ones that I trust you to answer. THE STORY: Throughout the 1980s, Vickie and I traveled all across America conducting what was then called Kid's Crusades. For some 45 weeks of each year, we traveled from church to church ministering to families using puppets, blacklight stories, illustrated object lessons, etc. filling every church with families...

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The Pattern

The Pattern

Here is a statement that those of us who have had the privilege of ministering to children will quickly acknowledge with a great big "amen". Once a children's minister, ALWAYS a children's minister. Am I right? It becomes a part of our DNA. We can't help it. It's just us!!! Here's a great example. A few days ago, Vickie and I spent a rainy Monday morning leisurely walking around a nearby city's historic downtown area. While going from store to store, much to my chagrin, we ventured into an antique store. (For me, the danger of antique stores is discovering things that bring back memories of...

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