Home Sweet Home

I shared with you a few weeks ago that I was taking my 96-year-old mom home to Plain Dealing, Louisiana (and Bossier City) for one “last” visit. It was definitely the right thing to do, and Mom handled the seven-hour road trip well for her age.  I’m so thankful the Lord allowed us to go home.   Mom was thrilled to see her two sisters and other family and friends and loved going back to

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Am I Really Forgiven?

Am I Really Forgiven?

Is there a past sin in your life that haunts you? Something you hope no one will ever find out about; something you regret deeply. Sometimes you wonder if God could really forgive you for that sin. Or you feel that you need to punish yourself or serve Him even harder to insure that you’re forgiven. You may even be wondering if perhaps you have disqualified yourself from being used by God because of your

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Going to Seminary on Drug Money

I have asked Sandra Glahn, my mentor and co-author of Sumatra With the Seven Churches, to write a guest post, giving an example of pressing on in her life. I think you will enjoy it greatly! The ultimate neighborhood babysitter, I believed I was destined for motherhood. I loved living in a large family; I never felt lonely; I always had a cheering section for viola concerts; and we had killer seven-part harmony on road

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Assurance of Salvation

Assurance of Salvation

If you read my post, Life’s Ups and Downs, you know that I had to recently put my sweet 11-year-old cat, Little Bit, to sleep because of a sudden blood clot one night. Even though it’s been seven weeks, I still miss her greatly. One of the things I have pondered since that night is the question of what happened to Little Bit after her death. Do animals just cease to exist once they die,

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Going Home!

Going Home!

Last fall my 96-year old mom told me one day as we were looking at pictures of our house and our town, “I want to go home . . . one more time.” She was referring to our hometown, Plain Dealing, Louisiana. I moved mom here to Memphis a little over two years ago when it became obvious that she needed to live close to one of her children, and the daughter is the obvious

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The Third Level of Discipleship: Mentoring

The Third Level of Discipleship: Mentoring

Let’s say you meet someone who is a committed follower of Jesus Christ, but she just wants you to spend time with her. Is that discipleship? I would say that is the third level of discipleship: mentoring. People often ask if there is a difference between discipleship and mentoring or if they are the same thing. I believe there is a difference. Discipleship is the process of moving someone toward becoming a lifelong, committed follower

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The Second Level of Discipleship

The Second Level of Discipleship

 Yesterday we looked at the first level of discipleship – a new believer or someone who has not been grounded in her faith. The goal of this first level is to ground her and give her a foundation for her faith. The second level of discipleship is a maturing believer who wants to grow deeper in his/her walk with Christ.  They know the basics, they are grounded, and they want to grow deeper. The goal:

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Where Do I Begin?

Where Do I Begin?

Why do we not see more discipleship taking place around us? One of the reasons I have found is that even though people may sincerely desire to disciple someone, they don’t know what they would do with that person. Do I take her through a curriculum? If so, what would I teach her? Or do I just hang out with her? What do I do?   In my last post, Will You Disciple Me, I

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Will you Disciple Me?

Will you Disciple Me?

If you were to ask someone to disciple you, or vice versa, what does that mean to you? Discipleship looks different for different people, depending on where they are in their spiritual journey and where they want to go spiritually. When someone asks me to disciple her, I ask several questions: 1. What are you looking for in this relationship? What do you want me to do with you in our time together? 2. Where

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A “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda” Day

A "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda" Day

Have you ever had a “woulda, coulda, shoulda”day? This is a day in which you second guess yourself and the way you did things because the results were not what you had hoped for. If I would have done this… I should have done that… I could have done that, and wish I had… Things would be different if I would have… I had one of those days this past Friday as I had the

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