The 8 Last Words of a Dying Church

I visited with a couple the other day that was absolutely scared to death of anything changing in their church. They knew their church was declining, drying up and dying, but they wanted nothing to do with trying anything new and expected everything to be left exactly the same as it always had been the past 50 years. They were comfortable with just showing up a couple of times a week as they always had.

“That’s impossible” I told them. “Change is both inevitable and essential to growth.” Then I continued, “If you don’t make some changes you’re church is going to continue to decline and eventually die.” From the looks on their faces you would have thought I’d just used the Lord’s name in vain. I remember thinking to myself, how can they read the book of Acts and not see all the changes that took place in that church?!

And then I heard them say those very words that must bring tears to the Lord’s eyes … it’s the last 8 words you’ll hear just before they close the doors of their church (or any church) for good…

“But we’ve never done it that way before!”

We weren’t talking unbiblical changes here. I wasn’t suggesting they start sacrificing animals or worshipping a different god, but simple changes that could produce outreach to their community of lost people.  I realize that change is a scary word for some long time church members, but our churches constantly must be looking for new ways to meet needs, reach the lost and serve their communities. Continuing to do the same things, they same way, will only bring the same result.

I’ve come away with the conclusion that people will change, and churches will change, ONLY when they care more about the lost than they do themselves. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

The Spiritual Life of Johnnie Lott – Sermon

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This is a sermon I preached last Sunday after the passing of one of our leaders, Johnnie Lott.  Johnnie was a great husband, father, brother, and for 32 years he served as an elder in the church where I preach in Childress. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are a testament to the God-fearing, loving and faithful father and husband he was. He and his wife June have created a legacy that will long outlive their years here on earth. From the time he and his family moved to Childress, he selflessly served this congregation. Even at 77, Johnnie was still teaching Bible classes, helping with the prison work, and taking care of the accounting, budget and finances at church. As a community business man, Johnnie lived what he believed inside and outside the church building.

4 NEGATIVE EMOTIONS THAT WILL KILL YOUR MARRIAGE…

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  1. ANGER - Uncontrolled anger, intimidation and bullying have NO place in marriage. Watch your tone. Anger does NO good, only harm. Remove it.
  2. CRITICISM – Listen to me, treat your spouse with kindness and respect. Your job is to build them up, NOT to tear them down. NO ONE wants to live with a critic.
  3. BITTERNESS – Or you can call it blame. It can be summed up in once simple line, “It’s not me. It’s you.” Don’t be the victim in your arguments, remember that you’re on the same team. It’s not about who wins or loses an argument.
  4. UNFORGIVENESS - It doesn’t take a very big person to carry a grudge … but it DOES take a big person to forgive someone. Marriage is made up of two imperfect people and a healthy marriage is made up of two great forgivers. Don’t let your marriage be held back by not forgiving your spouse for something they have done.

DON’T allow yourself to be dominated and controlled by your emotions…

Sermon – 3 Ingredients to a Healthy Marriage

 

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Sermon Series on Marriage (1 of 3)

NEW MARRIAGE PAGE

Our marriage material hasn’t disappeared … it’s moved :)   If you follow our blog for MARRIAGE posts and updates, we’re doing most of those now on Facebook that you can find by clicking here…

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“Sorry You Don’t Get A House Now.”

My heart is broken … yesterday was a bad day for the poor in Honduras. My friend Marc Tindall, our missionary from Honduras that coordinates all our work there, called yesterday to say he’d been robbed right after leaving the bank. Two men on motorcycles grabbed Marc’s backpack that he’d just filled with money to […]

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DUMP DAY 2013

WELCOME TO DUMP DAY 2013 … This is a day that we stop to consider how blessed we are materially. A day we stop to be the “Good Samaritan” in the story Jesus told, choosing NOT to pass by on the other side of the road. We choose to help today. We choose to make […]

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HOW TO GIVE ON DUMP DAY, MAY 8th.

Our 5th annual Dump Dayand 30-Hour-Fast is next Wednesday the 8th.  Many have started giving early, and that is totally okay. If you do give early, please make sure you stop back by this blog next Wednesday and let us know what you gave so we can kind of keep a running total. We’re hoping […]

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Dump Day 2013 and the 30 Hour Fast

Dump Day and the 30 Hour Fast for 2013 is right around the corner (May 8th). For the past 4 years we’ve helped raised money for the ministry that takes place at the dump in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Dump Day 2013 is necessary to replenish the dump fund because the dump fund provides… Weekly feedings (a […]

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Pepperdine Lectureship 2013

I am thrilled about making my first trip to the Pepperdine Lectureship this year. I will get to present two lessons on “Marriage and Family” while I’m there. Lea and I are excited about making some classes and seeing beautiful Southern California. If you’re going you might want to check out the follow information and apps […]

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Meet Sonya … A 16 Year Old Girl Living A Tough Life

This is a picture of Sonya and I. She had just come from working at the dump. Marc Tindall met her almost 5 years ago when she was barely 11. She has worked in the dump since she was 9 years old. About 2 months ago, a gang killed Sonya’s boyfriend – to settle a debt or […]

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Can You Imagine A Life Like This?

Wendy is only 28, has 5 kids and rides a bus 3 hours a day so she can work at the Tegucigalpa dump. She spends her day digging through other people’s trash searching for things she can recycle … it’s her job and the only way she can support her 5 children. On top of […]

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6 Reasons NOT to Cheat on Your Marriage

“Famous Celebrity Cheaters” was the article I saw this morning about famous people who had been caught cheating in their marriage. It bothered me to see the list of famous names like Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton, Arnold Swartzenager, Koby Bryant, David Letterman, LeAnn Rimes and others. Affairs. Some call it sleeping around … some call […]

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Upcoming Stronger Marriage Workshops …

Lea and I will be in Tulia Texas THIS SATURDAY – March 2nd for a Stronger Marriage Workshop. JOIN US. Here’s the schedule: 8-9 Breakfast in our Java Cafe 9:15-9:45 – “Debunking Marriage Myths” 9:45-10:30 – “10 Things for Husbands” 10:30-10:45 Break 10:45-11:30 – “10 Things for Wives” 11:30-11:55 “Don’t Bankrupt Your Love Account” 12-12:45 […]

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New Marriage Page

If you follow our blog for marriage posts and updates, we’re doing most of those now on Facebook that you can find by clicking here… http://www.facebook.com/StrongerMarriageWorkshops Stop by and hit the “like” button.

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A Man’s Top 5 Reasons To Grow Up and Get Married…

LOVED the article by Steven Crowder. Here are bits and pieces of it … Sadly, marriage has become a punchline in today’s society. From referring to the wife as “the old ball and chain” to nearly every poorly written sitcom that we watch, the message we’re sending to today’s generation is clear… Marriage = no […]

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News About This Blog

I know I haven’t been updating this blog regularly like I used to … and you’ve been telling me about it.   I had a sweet older lady, that I didn’t even know was a reader, catch me this week and tell me I need to do a better job updating my blog. She is […]

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Upcoming Stronger Marriage Workshops

Here are some upcoming Stronger Marriage Workshops that Lea and I will be doing… LaRue, Texas – We’ll be at the Lapoynor Church of Christ on January 18-19. This will be a Friday evening and Saturday morning workshop.  For more information contact: (903) 876-4334 or lapoynorcoc@gmail.com Conway, Arkansas – We’ll be at the Robinson and Center […]

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How Would You Like to Live Here?

I just got back from Honduras. It was a great trip. I have LOTS of stories to tell you, but first check out this picture (click on it to blow it up) … THE BAD NEWS: I took this picture last Saturday in Buen Samaritano of two horrible houses where two different families are living. […]

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11 Ways To Turn On A Woman

Every time I see an Old Spice commercial (like this one), an Axe hair-gel commercial or a TAG body-spray commercial, I just shake my head.  According to the commercials, if you just use these products, women will be uncontrollably attracted to you sexually.  Now men, I’ll be the first to admit, it is important to […]

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Babies in a Cardboard Box … Amazing!

I read this morning that Americans will spend $470 billion dollars buying gifts this Christmas. That’s a staggering $11 million dollars EVERY MINUTE from Black Friday until Christmas Day. I just wanted to remind you that most of the world doesn’t live like you and I do. This amazing picture is of a “modern” neo-natal […]

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When God Puts Someone In Your Life That Needs Help … Don’t Call Someone Else, YOU Bless them.

I love ministry, I really do. But one of my pet peeves is people calling me to do their ministry for them. When God puts someone in your life that needs loving, serving or ministering to … YOU do it.  If you need help, I’ll help you … but you try it first. For example, […]

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10 Things HUSBANDS Should NEVER Do in their Marriage

Earlier this week I posted about “10 Things Wives Shouldn’t Do In Marriage.”  Here’s a list for the husbands…. NEVER be unwilling to forgive. Don’t hold on to all the negative things about your relationship and never bring up past hurts. Instead, remind her that you love her … everyday. NEVER plop your fat rear-end down […]

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10 Things Wives Should Avoid Doing In Their Marriage

Here are 10 things that wives tend to do that REALLY hurt their marriage… (in case you missed it, here is the Husband’s list)  NEVER criticize or belittle your husband in public. A husband’s ego is fragile and being critical of him in public or to your girlfriends is crushing. NEVER withhold sex from your […]

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How To Tell If You Need To Work On Your Romance …

In pure Jeff Foxworthy fashion  …  If your “special” restaurant has a drive thru window … you might need to work on your romance. If you bought her Guitar Hero for Valentines Day … you might need to work on your romance. If the only time the two of you go away for the weekend it’s […]

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We’re Building a Feeding Center and Church in Honduras!

Do you remember this post from two weeks ago about feeding kids in Buen Samaritano?  Marc Tindall needed $6000 to get the feeding center started (which will be used as a church too) … and this past Monday morning we presented him with the money. WOO HOO!  Thanks to all those who gave.

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Information on the December Honduras Mission Trip

I take two trips to Honduras each year (July and December). I wanted to give you detail on the December trip that have just become available.  I’d love you to come join me. Dates: December 4th-10th Cost: Approximately $1400 (covers everything but a couple meals and it’s $100 less than last year.) Who: I currently have 20 […]

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Meet this Kids of Buen Samaritano, Honduras … They Are About to be Fed

Everyone knows that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with a little community in Honduras called Buen Samaritano. It’s one of the poorest communities you’ll find in Honduras.  It’s built on a hill right outside the dump where we work. Many of the people who live there, including the kids, have to work in […]

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2 Upcoming Strong Marriage Workshops

Lea and I will be doing two upcoming Stronger Marriage Workshops in … Plainview, Texas – We’ll be at the Garland Street church on October 5-6. This will be a Friday evening and Saturday morning workshop.  For more information contact the church at 806-296-2708 or Steve at 806-787-2790, or by email (sgauntt6@gmail.com or gscoc@yahoo.com). Silverton, Texas […]

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11 Things I Learned On My Anniversary Trip…

Lea and I snuck off to the Dallas/Fort Worth area this week for a few days. Lea actually planned the 3 days perfectly. We stayed in some really great places, ate some amazing food, watched some baseball and enjoyed celebrating 24 years together. Here are 11 things I learned this week from my trip… 1. […]

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College Students: How To Stay A Christian During College …

College should be one of the best times in your life because you are out on your own and making your own choices. BUT college should NEVER be the time you ditch God and your faith in order to experience the world. I read recently where 70% of college students quit Christianity during college … despite […]

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HEY MARRIED PEOPLE: QUIT Checking Out People You’re NOT MARRIED TO

Believe it or not, I married the most gorgeous girl … ever!  I believe that with all my heart because I have chosen to make Lea my standard of beauty. I love hearing husbands praise their wife’s beauty, and I love when wives talk about being married to the most handsome man in the world. […]

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The “Bratty” Little Girl at VBS

Last night at VBS there was a little girl that was the last one to be picked up. While we waited for her ride she playfully called me “butt-head” and other names that’s weren’t all that bad, but inappropriate for a little girl age 7. At one point she leaned over and said, “I’m gonna […]

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Hobo Nick

Meet my new friend Nick. Nick is a homeless man who is hanging out in Childress today. Nick is in day 104 of a trek where he is walking (no rides) from Florida to California. He told me he was doing all this so he can learn to put more of his faith in God […]

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11 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Children

LIE FOR YOUR KIDS. When a parent writes their child a note to school saying their child was sick or had a doctor’s appointment, and really they just over slept …. YOU are teaching them it’s OKAY to lie. Don’t you get it? NEVER lie to help cover up mistakes for your kids. DON’T GIVE […]

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.

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