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Should Christians Be Involved in Politics?


Election Day The entire American world is starting to focus on one day. The first Tuesday in November looms in the future as half of the American public will celebrate as if they won a lottery, and another half will mourn as if their dog died. There will be a need for healing after a vigorous election season of name calling, intelligence questioning, character demonizing,...

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Advent 2020: Promise


A couple years ago a friend of mine who was a part of my ministry in Dallas before I became a pastor reached out via drunk text. He had moved on in life and had clearly stopped following Jesus and now was back to where he once was. He was antagonistic and satirical. He was over trying to pretend to fit into the Christian bubble and wanted me to know how silly my faith was....

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What Did You Get?


"So what did you get?" This is the question that is about to be asked about 50 times among my children in a couple weeks. I think this question has been asked probably 1000s of times over the years of students returning from Christmas break. There was always a strategy involved in asking and answering this question. If we are honest, we didn't really care what the other p...

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Who Should I Vote For?


2016 In 2016, I didn't talk about the election during election season. We had tackled a lot of controversial topics in the summer before and we were in the midst of a series called Margin where we were calling people to put margin in their lives timewise and moneywise. However, everyone else was thinking about the election. I got a text from a man about my age asking me i...

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Welcome to the Family If you were to take a moment and think about your life, wouldn't you agree that most of your drama comes from family? As we approach the holiday season we are about to be really excited, really stressed, and perhaps really let down. I think I remember being in college, really excited to go home for Thanksgiving to see the family, which was...well...m...

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How We Worship


The Word Worship Worship is a word our culture tends to use improperly or to look at with disgust. For example it's okay to worship your idol as long as what you mean by worshiping, is that you love them a lot, you do whatever they say, you defend their honor even when they say and do awful things, and you pay them money to listen to their words of wisdom and memorize the...

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Let's Talk About Money


My Old Neighbor I once had a neighbor who scoffed at the idea of Christianity, especially the evangelical kind. She came over with her kids to carve pumpkins one October before I was to preach the next morning on giving and I told her I was a little nervous about it, because people get defensive when preachers talk about giving. But then she said, "Do you believe in God?"...

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Punch In a time long past, when kids clustered in cafeterias without fear, held teachers hands, and when washing your hands was seen as a good thing, but not life or death, my son got in trouble at lunch. Austin was playing a boys game called "Punch." Essentially Austin and his friends would punch each other and see how big of a whack each other could take without crying....

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Why Membership?


Last Dance I have been recently watching the Last Dance on Netflix. I know. I'm late to the party. But it has been awesome. It's like going back to my childhood fantasizing about one day being Michael Jordan. The interesting thing about the Bulls was when Phil Jackson took over the team, they went from an offense focused on Michael to an offense focused on a team that wou...

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Hierarchy in the Kingdom


Favorites One of my favorite stories in the Bible is from Matthew 20. The authentic realness of selfishness, self-preservation, and comfort come out of the disciples and those following Jesus. I always love this more because it reminds me of the spiritual maturity of people in church plants. People who are really excited about making this thing big and have dreams and vis...

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Let's Go!


Plek History While I was in the military, I was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC and attended Village Baptist Church. It was there that something changed in me; I started to really look at my walk with God. The people there were different, they were serious about sharing their faith and it had such an impact on me. Within the first week of attending the church, I had someone kn...

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Christian Growth


Frustrated? As a pastor, I often hear these words from people at my church or people in between churches. "I'm just not getting fed anymore." Now there is something in me that gets defensive when I hear that. Partly because I spend a bunch of hours pouring into a sermon that I present on Sundays that are highly labor intensive. It's probably the same feeling a parent has...

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Why We Group


High School Life When I was in high school, the basketball team was my everything. It was my accountability. It was my inspiration. It was everything. I wasn't thrilled that I was riding the pine. But the reality was that was probably the best place for me. At the time I was 5'9" and probably around 160 lbs. Not exactly on any college's recruiting roster. However, I pract...

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The Gathering


Public Worship The public worship gathering for Christians is a controversial topic. If you have been living in a closed country such as North Korea, Afghanistan or Somalia, gathering as a Christian today is just as dangerous as gathering as a Christian last year. The only difference is the police will knock at your door in North Korea, and today it might be a Virus. With...

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Reconcile 2


Quiet Time In my quiet time this week I came across Acts 10 and 11. Luke wrote about Peter receiving the vision from God that all animals were now considered clean. Peter in the trance said, "My lips have never touched anything unclean." But three times that vision came to him followed by a knock on the door. An Italian man had sent messengers to bring Peter to his house ...

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Reconciled to God


This week I posted on my personal facebook the question: How sure are you that you would go to heaven when you die on a scale of 1-10. If I'm honest, I thought a few faithful Christians would respond with the standard standard Evangelical Christian answer: I am a 10 because I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Which is good solid ortho...

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Peace in the Year of Conflict


Seeking Peace Friction in relationships has been a hallmark of 2020. We are enduring a global pandemic, social unrest, homeschooling the new reality, and everything fun being canceled. This has led to stress being heightened not only in the public square but within our homes. If we are honest, strife hits us in three places. Our relationships. Our circumstances. Our think...

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Reconcile At WBCC we are a family of believers committed to reaching people with the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ. We live that out by loving God, loving people, and making disciples. Our primary focus as the church should always be reconciling hearts to God, which must ultimately lead also to reconciling with one another. As representatives of Christ, when we ar...

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