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FIRST-PERSON: What happened to that lovely tree?
Like a tree that is strengthened and grows from pruning, Katie McCoy notes that Christians benefit from God's pruning, from His "cultivating a deeper, richer life that can't be seen on the outside." Read More
Brawler-turned-pastor transforms Mont. church & townNOXON, Mont. (BP) -- There was a petition circulating to remove violent brawler Jim Webley from town when God intervened and changed not just Webley's life but, years later, the course of a church and a Montana community.
In his early 20s, Webley was working in the gold mines of Nevada, entrenched in a rough lifestyle of drugs and alcohol, and through weekly fighting he had "put some people in the hospital," he told Baptist Press. People just wanted him to leave town.
One Sunday morning, Webley was driving his young daughter Sara to get milkshakes when they passed a little white Baptist church building in the Nevada community.
"I absolutely never went to church down there, but I could feel God pulling me in that direction," Webley recounted. "He was telling me I needed to get into church." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Whatever happened to obedience?
Doug Metzger recalls his days as a plebe at the U.S. Naval Academy and what he learned about obedience that became a key part of his spiritual life. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Service station theology
Back when Tim Patterson worked at his dad's service station and gas was 19.9 cents per gallon, he began to learn discernment about people's character and actions. Today, he also sees some spiritual lessons from pumping gas years ago. Read More
FIRST PERSON: A boring testimony? No such thing
There's an eternal perspective to each Christian's testimony, Alex Sibley writes. Each is "an affirmation of who God is and what He has done for us." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Responding to criticism
Criticism can be faced in a healthy way, Shane Pruitt writes, noting that it doesn't have to make Christians to "lay down in defeat, doubt or discouragement." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Sports & our family
David Cook takes a lesson from parents of future Olympians whose kids are training for sports such as swimming or gymnastics. He's focused on a different event, one in which his daughter and son would receive "unfading medals of glory." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Keep your first love
To stay focused on Jesus and "duplicate His life," David Jeremiah counsels, continually "refresh your memory" of His attributes and character and the many ways His love is experienced and shared with others. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The curious case of Demas
A little-known biblical character, Demas, prompts Doug Munton to reflect on the temptation to waver between two worlds -- succumbing to the here and now or persevering for the eternal. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Without community the mission suffers
Above American culture's digital obsession, individualism and consumerism, Vance Pitman notes that Scripture holds forth Christian community as an indispensable part of biblical discipleship. Read More