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Dec
02
WOUNDS THAT WON'T HEAL.

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I saw the other day on the news where a man had been attacked by a dog while riding his bicycle. The wounds looked terrible. Big holes in his leg where flesh had been torn out by this animal. The way it looked it will take months for this to heal with the best of care. It was a terrible thing to happen to anyone.

As I was thinking about this I was reminded about how people tear at each other. While watching all the political ripping and tearing attacks I was thinking that wounds must be very deep and ugly from words that are spoken about each other, and then was wondering about how long it would take for that to heal.

The same is true among families, churches, and Christian friends. If you are attacked by a dog and are left with g...


Dec
02
SERVING GOD / SERVING OTHERS

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We have been focusing on serving God and serving others around TBC this year. I like to think of those two actions, serving God and serving others, as synonymous. And for some people, that seems like a “no-brainer” concept. For others it doesn’t automatically click. I want to take a few minutes to see if I can take us from one to the other in a convincing fashion.

One of the purposes of each person’s life is to love God. We are to love Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind. (Matt 22:37) Jesus says this is the greatest commandment. For a Christian, it shouldn’t just be our duty, it should be our desire. We should not only recognize the ways that He has provided for us, cared for us, walked be...


Dec
02
ABIDING IN CHRIST

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The Christian life is all about abiding in Christ and the result of abiding in Christ is Fruit. The more we abide the more fruit God can produce through us. It is the desire of the Christian to be fruitful.

When I think of fruit I think of The Orchard as pictured here in John 15. The Orchard is the place God has chosen to bring forth fruit. It is the place He has made Himself the Caretaker, Farmer, Husbandman.

So when I think of fruit I think of an Orchard. When I think of an Orchard bearing fruit I think of God and abiding with Him for the process. We are all impotent when it comes to producing fruit, we simply bear fruit and God does the miraculous. Without Him we can do nothing and with Him we can do all things.

It’s ...


Dec
02
A FAMOUS NAME!

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What would the world think if every time we got the opportunity, whether in good times or bad, we lifted up the name of Jesus? What if instead of elevating our own names we made His name famous?

This summer God gave me an extreme opportunity to make HIS name famous! He stretched my family in ways that I never expected or dreamed of. My mom went to the hospital for a routine back surgery and the plan was for her to be released in 3-5 days. My family’s expectation was that this would be yet another surgery in the books for mom. She has had many surgeries over the years and, to be quite honest, we were not prepared for anything other than a routine surgery and recovery.

Mom’s back surgery went well, however she suff...


Dec
02
PEACE IN THE STORM

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A few years ago my personal hero was given a fatal blow. This blow would bring him down and engage him in a battle that would eventually take his life. The hero that I speak of is my beloved father. One of the greatest men that has ever walked this green earth. My father, Randall Lockhart, was diagnosed with CLL or Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. His blood became a breeding ground for rogue white blood cells that wouldn’t do their job.

I watched him suffer through all of this. Through the good days and the bad he always kept a smile upon his face. His attitude was always positive. Some people he had contact with on a regular basis didn’t even know he was sick. This was just how my father lived his life.

At his retirement...


Dec
02
UNSEARCHABLE

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Proverbs 25:2-3 (KJV)

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.”

Each country, state, province, county or other sectional government has its leader or authority. These people have been placed in democratic, monarchical, party, or dictatorial manner. All these authorities rule the destinies of the entity to which they lead, and each of these leaders has different goals, perspectives, and ways to do so. Not all of them are equal, not all of them are fair, not all of them are right; but they all act in a way that is difficult to understand, and more so for those who are under their authori...


Dec
02
CONTENTMENT

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We are continually learning. You never get too old to learn. God is still teaching today what He taught in the New Testament, and Paul tells us some of the things he learned that we can still learn today.

Life offers many opportunities for us to learn from God the things that we can’t learn any other way. Paul was a man who knew what it meant to suffer. He had all kinds of opportunities to learn from what life brought him. The thing I love about him is that he didn’t despair; he learned to be content where he was with whatever his lot was.

Philippians 4:11 (NLT)
"… for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have."

Contentment is something we learn from experience. It is not a gift given as much as it is a tas...


Dec
02
The Struggle

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I see a lot of people struggling today. Struggling with sin. Struggling with relationships. Struggling to juggle the priorities of life.

The reality is that life is a struggle. We struggle in our marriages with our spouses. We hurt and get hurt. We lash out at those around us. We say things in anger to those close to us that we wouldn’t say to a stranger. We sometimes feel as if we are the only ones trying to make our families work.

We struggle with sin. We find ourselves living in ways which we ourselves don’t approve. We face choices that we know aren’t right, that will have unwanted consequences, and that we will regret afterward, yet we still make the sinful choices. Then, after the regret and consequences come, af...


Dec
02
Trusting God

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In my journey with the Lord He is teaching me on Abiding as I shared in my last blog.

This time I would like to share with you what God is doing in my life now along with abiding. He is still teaching me in the area of Trusting Him.

I would like to share several times that helped me to see that I can trust Him.

One is when God was leading Don to surrender to the ministry. We had just bought our first home and were very involved in our church. God led us to move to Springfield, Mo, to attend Baptist Bible College. So, that’s what we did. We sold all we had and moved to Springfield. It was through this time that God taught me from Psalm 28:7: The Lord is my strength and shield. Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

HE ALSO TAUGHT ME THAT HE WILL NEVER LEAVE ME, NOR FORSAKE ME. Hebrews 3:5.

There was also a time when God led us to leave the church in Sherman, Texas, and come here to Temple Baptist Church. That was a very difficult time and God said, “Trust Me.” 2 Corinthians 5:7: For we walk faith, not by sight. We have been here for 37 years, and yes, God has proven time and time again that I can trust Him. God has never forsaken me. He has always been my shield and strength. He has given me so many blessings and friends, and through one of my friends He introduced me to the Journey discipleship material that showed me how to know God in a way I have never known Him, become a self-feeder, and given me the opportunity to share with other ladies what God has taught me. No matter where God leads me, He has taught me that I should follow Him, win souls, and help others to grow in the Lord and know Him.

Now He is asking me to trust Him again, God is leading Don to retire from pastoring and enter another season of our life. He is saying to me, “Trust me. I have this.” And yes, He does have it. Just as every day God feeds me exactly what I need for that day, He has this word for me from Jesus Calling: “I am leading you step by step, through your life. HOLD MY hand in trusting dependence, letting Me guide you through this day. Your future looks uncertain and feels flimsy-even precarious. That is how it should be. Secret things belong to the Lord, and future things are secret things. When you try to figure out the future, you are grasping at things that are Mine. This, like all forms of worry, is an act of rebellion: doubting My promises to care for you.

“Whenever you find yourself worrying about the future, repent and return to Me. I will show the next step forward, and the one after that, and the one after that. Relax and enjoy the journey in My Presence, trusting me to open up the way before you as you go. I will instruct you in the way you should go: I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32.8

Maybe you are having trouble trusting God. If so, I hope and pray these scriptures will help you on your journey of trusting God as they have helped me to trust Him each moment of every day.