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Spiritual Disciplines for Daily Life Part 03

Posted on August 9, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (1)

As we begin to read the Bible consistently, we should see our understanding of who God is and what God has done develop and mature. The result of this maturity will be evident in how we interact with God. This interaction is crucial for our continual growth and brings us to today’s daily discipline.

The second daily discipline to develop is the discipline of Praying. In prayer we talk to God. As we grow in our understanding of God through the Scriptures, our prayers will refle...

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Spiritual Disciplines for Daily Life Part 02

Posted on August 7, 2018 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Spiritual discipline is a personal commitment that each of us has to make for ourselves. As we make this personal commitment, many of the disciplines will be monitored only by you. Much like golf, you keep your own score and you call the penalties on yourself. 

The two extremes that you will face in personal spiritual discipline is legalism and libertinism. The legalist will adopt the mindset that you must fulfill these disciplines every day in order to please God and the libert...

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Spiritual Disciplines for Daily Life Part 01

Posted on August 6, 2018 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Discipline brings to mind any number of images when we hear the word and many of those images are not favorable. We may remember times when our parents disciplined us or times when we had to discipline our own children. However, discipline is truly a good thing. Ultimately discipline is necessary to mold and shape behavior and character in life. Discipline is what enables athletes to become their best, workers to perform at their highest levels, and relationships to grow and mature.

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First Place

Posted on July 20, 2018 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I was riding in the car this week with a friend and we were discussing the late Baptist evangelist Vance Havner. Brother Havner was a man of quick wit and timely insight. Much of his humor lives on in the illustrations of preachers. However, our discussion did not focus on his humor, but rather settle on one statement that had stuck with my friend for over 30 years. Dr. Havner was speaking at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and made the statement, “Jesus is First and He is ...

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An Open Letter From Your Pastor

Posted on June 13, 2018 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (1)


Tonight, United Baptist Church's Nominating Committee will begin their annual work of preparing nominations for the 2018-2019 year. This annual process is one of the most important actions that takes place within our church. Each year, the members of the nominating committee seek the Lord for those that he has prepared to provide both organizational and ministerial leadership within church in partnership with our Ministry Staff. The work is often difficult, and the work is...

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Have You Been In A Good Fight Lately?

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As the Apostle Paul comes towards the end of his life, he writes these following words to his closest friend and disciple Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:6-8

"For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time for my departure is close. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. There is reserved for me in the future the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those ...

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What is VBS?

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)


As United Baptist Church approaches this year's VBS, I have decided to spend this week's blog answering some questions that have come in over the past few weeks about this vital and important ministry and to share with you how VBS could be one of the most valuable ministry tools for you to use next weekend.

VBS is the abreviation for Vacation Bible School.  This ministry, while typically done during the summer, is a ministry that seeks to share the Gospel with peop...

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Culturally Comfortable or Culturally Challenging

Posted on September 27, 2017 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Churches ultimately create their own sense of culture.  While there is nothing immediately wrong with the culture that emerges within a local church, there are times where our culture can become sacred to us and even an idol of worship.  As a church we are called to be culturally challenging to the world around us, but many times we settle into a culture that is comfortable for us to exist within.  This mindset is littered with obstacles that can and often do limit our ability ...

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Controlling or Enabling

Posted on September 20, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

On Wednesdays I teach a course for our Contextualized Leadership Development Program through Gateway Seminary.  This semester the course I am teaching is a walk through Acts and 1 Corinthians.  As we worked our way through the Samaritan Pentecost of Acts 8, I was confronted by the notes for our class.

The primary notes for our class are developed by our Center Director Dr. Fred Creason and in many ways Fred sees application for present ministry in places where I see theologica...

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Pray Like You Know the God That Can Shake the Earth

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I read this this morning as I sat holding the baby before the sun rose up.  I thought of how I often think of prayer and how so often I think I forget just who I am talking too.  I hope that this encourages and shakes you as it did me.

You can get the original posting of this blog at jdgreear.com

Pray Like You Know the God That Can Shake the Earth – Summit Life with J.D. Greear

September 12th, 2017


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