Rusty Writes (12-17-2014)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11, NIV)  Well, Christmas is almost here. Soon, there will be no more presents under the tree and, shortly thereafter, many of the toys will […]

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Rusty Writes (10-22-2014)

Whenever a new pastor arrives at a church, there is always a lot of enthusiasm and anticipation on the part of the congregation and the pastor. The congregation is often eager to see what new and innovative ideas the pastor has to “grow” the church or her/his plans to reinvigorate a passion for a church […]

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Rusty Writes (08-27-2014)

Many scholars believe that one of the reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire was that there were no longer any challenges for them. They had conquered most of the world and were now resting on their laurels, reaping the benefits of their greatness. And after a while, they became complacent and their once […]

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Rusty Writes (07-23-14)

A couple of years ago, I attended the regional men’s retreat at Brownwood. It was a weekend filled with great fellowship, spirited singing and inspirational messages from two gifted pastors— Laurie Feille, my mentor and friend from Azle Christian Church, and Filiberto Pereira from Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries in Los Fresnos. The theme of the […]

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Rusty Writes (06-25-2014)

Life seems so hard nowadays, doesn’t it? Many people long for the “good old days” when problems seemed fewer and the pace of day to day life seemed a lot slower and much easier to handle. However, the truth is that many of the issues we face today also existed in the past— wars, financial […]

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