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The Austin Group
Interests: family, reading, writing, baseball
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Fear is a big motivator. People go to work on time and do what they are told because they are afraid of losing their job. Most people drive the speed limit (or close to it) because they are afraid of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
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One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
In two days I am expecting to have one of those milestone experiences of life that are both joyful and difficult. My father will be preaching at a nearby church this Sunday morning. It will be the first time I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
You have probably seen the television commercial with the four old guys who have attended every Super Bowl game. That is quite an accomplishment, although I heard that one of them was sick this year and could not make the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
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Carlina White was just three weeks old when she was abducted from a hospital in Harlem. Her parents took her to the hospital because they were concerned about her high fever. They were met by a very concerned nurse and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
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Over the weekend a terrible tragedy occurred when an Arizona Congresswoman was critically shot, thirteen others wounded, and six killed as a young man went on a shooting rampage. Evidence seems to suggest that the Congresswoman was the primary target... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
I stumbled across an interesting sight the other day on a very popular Christian website. One of the things that first caught my eye was an advertisement for a Bible study resource. The ad read, "Men – know God better... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
A local area pastor is promoting a website where we can report stores and other businesses for giving into the Grinch and allowing Christmas to be stolen. Folks are invited to report their experience, labeling a company as either "naughty"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
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I wrote this article more than 5 years ago. I came across it again and thought it might deserve another look. "... in a pluralistic world, a religion is valued based on the benefits it brings to its nonadherents." (Brian... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
I am reading through a boring book that is filled with interesting information. I hate it when that happens – someone has very useful material but their writing skills tend to make it difficult to locate and extract the nuggets.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
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If you have lived very long you have seen numerous fads come and go. By the way, that is basically the definition of a fad – something that comes and goes. A fad is an activity, product, or attitude that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
Let me say right up front that I do not have, nor have I ever had a difficult time believing in miracles. Reading about the miracles of Jesus in the New Testament or the very unusual doings of men like... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
The first Tuesday in November of an even numbered year – what does that mean? Election Day of course. Like many of you, I am ready for this one to be history. Perhaps it is just me, but the whole... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
After four consecutive political advertisements last night, I turned off the television in frustration. You would think after viewing a political commercial, a potential voter would have a better idea of how to vote. Not true. None of these ads... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
Sharon and I stopped by Academy Sports this morning to pick up a couple of Texas Ranger T-shirts. We wanted to be in style with the shirts that proclaim the Rangers as the American League Champions. As soon as we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
If you would have told me when I was a youngster, say about seven or eight, that I would live to be at least sixty years old, I would have been happy. When I was that age, sixty seemed ancient.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
As we breeze into October, I am of the opinion that this is the best time of the year. There are a lot of good reasons to feel this way, and I’m sure I am not alone. Many are happy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
We have a very busy weekend planned. Our youngest son and daughter-in-law are coming home from Chicago where they have lived for the past two years. Andrew and Carey have enjoyed the very different lifestyle and are planning to retrieve... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
We can probably all agree that our culture is becoming more and more materialistic with each generation. Yet, most of us don’t want to assume any responsibility for this trend. Where does this materialism come from? How do we pass... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
Perhaps you heard about the young pastor recently who preached a twenty-four hour sermon. This was not a case of the Holy Spirit falling upon the preacher and inspiring him to keep at it. It was a planned event. He... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
I have a friend who is the pastor of a small church nearby. He is in the final semester of a graduate degree, and one of his courses is about family ministry. The professor is also the Children’s Minister at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
For a long time now I have thought that starting a new church would be a great adventure. I could envision Sharon and I moving to a small town in Colorado that had no church at all and starting from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
I have been in church all my life. My father was a pastor and back in the early days, the church nursery was in the sanctuary, on my mother’s lap. The first church building, very early in my memory, was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
I preached to a full house Sunday, an experience coveted by every preacher. It does not matter that it was about one hundred and fifteen in a sanctuary that would comfortably seat about one hundred and twenty, the place was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. (Proverbs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at Stewardship --- The Austin Group