'Magic Springs' Tagged Posts

'Magic Springs' Tagged Posts

JULY 26, 2023

Dear Friends,  Ever wonder what real community is about? Ever heard the word koinonia and wondered what the heck people were talking about? If you are anything like me you might have in the past or even today wondered what the New Testament really teaches about it. I know in my early days as a new believer, I didn’t have a clue as to what God intended for me to know and to be shaped by and for.The word koinonia…

JULY 19, 2023

Hi everyone! In many of our Christian circles, we have all probably heard the phrase “established church”. “Oh! That church on that side of town is great. It’s an ESTABLISHED church.” Have you ever wondered what people meant by using this phrase to describe a church? What does the church in question have to be or have to have in order to be considered “established”? Does it need to have engaging preaching? Dynamic worship? Thriving small groups? Does it need…

JULY 12, 2023

Hi all! Many of you might have wondered, after I shared this past Sunday about growing up with pseudo faith, how I actually came to real faith in Jesus. If you grew up like me (which you probably didn’t do particularly, but maybe more so generally), you had no idea who Jesus was or how much God really loved you. I went to church most Sundays, was very involved in serving and then helping lead our youth group. But I was…

JUNE 28, 2023

Dear Friends, I sat across the table from Pastor Tommy Nelson who has for years served as the Pastor at Denton Bible Church as he told me about the day his body shut down. He was still breathing.  He could still see and hear everything that was happening around him.  He simply couldn’t respond.  Couldn’t move.  When his wife spoke to him, he could hear her questions just fine.  And he had answers.  But his mouth wouldn’t work. All signs pointed to a…

JUNE 14, 2023

Dear Friends, Some of you have asked about our recent trip to Israel.  There were 32 of us who traveled together for seven days seeing amazing sites and thinking together about the events that happened thousands of years ago in the exact spots where we were standing.  As I’ve told people many times, visiting Israel changes how you read your Bible.  When you’ve been on a boat on the Sea of Galilee and stood along the banks of the Jordan…

JUNE 7, 2023

Dear Friends, It was in early June, about five years ago, when I first realized that Pride Month had become a thing.  Mary Ann and I were in Plano Texas where we were attending a weekend marriage conference.  We had arrived a day ahead of the event, and our hotel was adjacent to a nearby shopping and entertainment venue.  So we decided to stroll through the area and find a place for dinner. It seemed that every shop in the area had…

MAY 24, 2023

Dear Friends, Have you ever stopped to think about what you’re really praying when you pray “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors?” You might want to pause for a minute and ask yourself if you really want to pray that familiar petition from the Lord’s Prayer.  When you do, you’re asking God to forgive you in the same way that you forgive everyone who has sinned against you. Augustine called this “the terrible petition.”  He said if we pray this…