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Victorious FAITH

The world is fallen and as Christians we are at war. Still, victory is ours in Christ Jesus!
My dear friend John West sent me this quotation, which both he and I find to be very helpful. “Suffering is not God’s desire for us, but it occurs in the process of life. Suffe… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2016/06/victorious-faith/

FAITH in Our Covering

We are at a crossroads...
FAITH in our Covering   A friend sent me a picture he snapped while in downtown Nashville recently.  Sadly, it captures the struggle going on for the heart and soul of much of… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2016/05/faith-our-covering/

Body FAITH

Christians are a CHURCH, not an individual...
Body FAITH It is always a bit sobering to read the first letter to the Corinthians because it is such a powerful reminder of the stark differences between God’s vision for His B… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2016/03/body-faith/

Faith Father's Heart

God's Heart for us is GOOD--ALL the time!
FAITH in Father’s Heart It has ALWAYS been Father’s Heart that His people would grow from His image into His Likeness—to becoming like Him in our very character and personality—… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2016/03/faith-fathers-heart/

The Family of FAITH

God put us in a Family for reasons we best not ignore!
The Family of FAITH  Pastor Mark Buchanan made an astute observation in a recent Leadership Journal article.  He said that the apostle Paul had no reason to hate Christians befo… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2016/03/family-faith/

FAITH Family Responsibility

Each of us bring different gifts to the Church, but ALL of us are called to equally bear the load of being a Family...
2016 – The Year of FAITH As parents of four (now adult) children, Tina and I were and are aware of two distinct but equally important realities that required ongoing Spirit-led … http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2016/02/faith-family-responsibility/

The Year of FAITH

Faith is a walk, and a walk takes more then one step...!
2016:  The Year of FAITH Welcome to the year of FAITH!  Let me say right off the bat that I think this will be an amazing year, yet one in which our congregational faith will be… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2016/01/year-faith/

Christmas Holiness

Jesus was born to save us... and to transform us from heathen to Holy...!
This will be the last blog I plan on writing in 2015, so let me take this opportunity to pray the blessings of Almighty God upon you this Christmas season – from now and through t… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2015/12/christmas-holiness/

Pastors Appreciation

We are a Church that is called to equip and empower pastors...
October has been designated “Pastor Appreciation Month” and as usual, you outdid yourselves in making me and Tina feel very appreciated, loved, and cared for!  We are grateful for… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2015/10/pastors-appreciation/

2015 Report of the Pastor

Each year I write a "State of the Church" report for the Charge Conference...
Every year, I write a “State of the Church” report for the Annual Charge Conference.  I thought I would send it out as this week’s blog, which will allow more folks to see it.  Wh… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2015/10/2015-report-pastor/

Prophesy, O Men of God!

We are at the beginning of something new and significant...
Rise Up O Men of God! 3. Rise up, O men of God! The church for you doth wait, her strength unequal to her task; rise up, and make her great! 4. Lift high the cross of Chri… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2015/09/prophesy-o-men-god/

Rise up, O Men of God!

God is calling His Men to arise and lead and prevail!
Rise up, O men of God! The church for you doth wait, her strength unequal to her task; rise up, and make her great! Inspired by the movie The War Room, Tina and I have incre… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2015/09/rise-o-men-god/

The Whole Life Gospel

Life insurance comes in two forms; The Real Gospel only comes one way...!
There are two types of Life Insurance policies offered:  Term and Whole Life.  There are two primary ways the Gospel of Jesus Christ is offered: Term, and Whole Life…! Death is… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2015/08/whole-life-gospel/

The Hard Way to Defeat Sin

Physical pain can accomplish what nothing else can...
1 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ,… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2015/07/hard-way-defeat-sin/

You've Got a Friend!

Tina and I are NOT too busy to spend time with YOU!!!
While the life of a pastor always involves being with people, the last couples weeks have been particularly full of rich and wonderful times with friends in a variety of settings—… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2015/07/youve-got-friend/

An Urgent Message From Jude

Christians in both the first and last centuries MUST take heed to this warning!
Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called beloved in God the Father and kept for Christ Jesus: May mercy peace, and love be multiplied to you. … http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2015/07/urgent-message-jude/

The Mess

How did we get into this Mess? The better Question is: How do we get out of it?!
How did we get into this mess?  Have you ever asked yourself that question?  How could we have come to the place where being offended with someone or something is considered righ… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2015/06/mess/

A Child in the Resurrection!

We can either boldly appropriate all the Resurrection affords us--or be scarred and intimidated by it...
It’s Thursday morning, time to write my Blog, and Easter Sunday is three days away…  I am sitting at a computer, musing about the resurrection power available to all of us because… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2015/04/child-resurrection/

Last Days House Cleaning

Jesus Cleaned House then, and He is doing it now. Don't be confused by it!
Please help me welcome our Bishop, Rev. Bill McAlilly and our District Superintendent, Rev. Max Mayo, to our church this Sunday.  Both are dear brothers in the Lord.   Bisho… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2015/03/last-days-house-cleaning/

Becoming True Community

Christian Community is confirming, conforming, and correcting--and we need it more than ever!
Community.  The Greek word for community is Koinonia and the concept of a new and true community is foundational to our faith.  The word Koinonia is found 20 times in the New Test… http://livingstonfirstchurch.com/blog/2015/02/becoming-true-community/

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