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Keep Converts, Make Disciples, Experience Healthy Church Growth - the Foundation Matters
Jesus’ conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount, spoke of the necessity of a good foundation. A good foundation is significant in anything that matters.  To experience healthy church growth, having the right foundation is a requirement. Such growth does...
Unlocking Disciple-making
Keys to Unlocking Disciple-making Let’s consider the keys to unlocking how to be effective at making disciples. Lock and key are apt descriptions. Too often when people are converted the church does not retain them. We need to ask ourselves...
Jealousy's Manipulative Grip: A Tale of Betrayal
The story of Joseph and his brothers is one of jealousy, betrayal, and deception among siblings. Joseph's older brothers entered into a conspiracy of manipulation that lasted for many years. They seized an opportunity to eliminate the brother they viewed as a...
Master the Art of Prioritization: From Must-Do to What's Good for Carlton
In this instance, confession must precede suggestion. This is an area where my struggle continues. However, being aware of the problem increases my mindfulness (at times) of how I’m dealing with time. ****************** Six Filters for Time  The statement, “I...
Moses Knew About God - Then Moses Experienced God
God does miracles on the basis of faith’s expectation. You can know about the Lord Jesus Christ, as a character of history, a religious guru, or have some in-depth knowledge similar to that of young Moses. But to know - is not to have experienced. To know the height of the tallest mountain in the world, is not to have experienced that mountain. You can have a fresh dimension in Christ, as you experience Him doing new things in your personal life and in the life of those around you.
God Unlimited - Christians Doing New Things
Humans have consistently worshipped some deity, even if it is being gods unto themselves. From rain forests to mountains in Asia evidence exists to connect with the gods.   Such gods had a specific portfolio.  The oft-mentioned Baal was god of...
A Word for Preachers from a Preacher
What happens when a pastor and spouse “age out?” Too often there is no smooth plan to move to another season of service. This blog poses a question without providing an adequate solution. Thought-provoking
The Power of a Paragraph
Can a Person Read too Much? Even too much of the Bible? It would be folly to make that statement. So I won't. Perhaps the question should be set up better. Imagine this scenario. You, read five chapters today. Done daily,...
The Grind Can Get You
Discouragement is one of Satan's best used tools. And often discouragement comes through the words and behavior of others. (Defeating Discouragement continued - to read Blog #1) But there are other causes.  #2 Discouragement - The Way of Life Life...
Faithful AND Mad at God
The three chapters of Habakkuk are interesting. They contain a discussion between the prophet and the Lord. There is not much in Habakkuk that is prophetic. It is a faithful servant of God having a one-on-one conversation with the Almighty....
Who Helped in the Making of You?
There are days when "thank you" seems appropriate. Whose hand was on the shaping of you? I'd love to hear the names of the unknown and unheralded who made you what you are.
What's It Like to Be Depressed?
What is it like to be depressed. Obviously that varies from one person to another. But this one chapter from the book Light in a Dark Place - Encountering Depression captures the essence of the experience from several vantage points.
Pastoral Hack #6 - A You're Terrific File
Pastoral Hack #6 – Create a You’re Terrific File & Use It  A hack is anything that provides a shortcut toward being effective. Using pastoral hacks is working smart even while you work hard.  This pastoral hack may seem self-serving....
Be thankful for the gift of a pastor
Pastor, I appreciate you as my leader. Leading is not fun, nor is it easy. There is too much responsibility. You lead people. Longtime pastor, Ron Mullins' book title captures it:  People are a Mess, and We are all People....
Praying the Psalms - Songs During Depression
Depression is real. Depression destroys. To overcome depression requires deciding to fight. This blog is written from experience. I encourage you to join me in fighting back. Learn to pray the psalms.
Carlton L. Coon Sr. Biography
There is a Life in Brief version and a second much longer version.  Carlton L. Coon Sr. Life in Brief No longer in my 40s. Married to Norma for several decades. Two sons, daughter-in-law, two grandsons, and one granddaughter Preaching...
Five Important Things Learned from Anthony Mangun
Anthony Mangun and I are not great friends. I'm not sure either of us have the time or temperament to have many "great friends." Pastor Mangun is someone I admire, and from whom I have learned a lot.   What...
The Power of Questions!
Inquisitive people win the day and show the way. Inventions happen when someone questions what others perceive as certain. Jesus and Questions Jesus asked 307 questions and was asked over 180 questions. Interesting the one who knew the most asked...
Continue Your Pursuit - for God's Sake
When Gideon defeated the Midianites with a rather absurd battle plan. He did not start celebrating. Instead, Gideon and his 300 pursued the Midianites toward the Jordan River. A battle had been won, but lasting victory had not been secured....
Steps to Powerful Preaching
What is powerful preaching? Is it preaching that brings people to their feet? Is it preaching that hits the “hot buttons” an audience will heartily respond to? Is it loud? Does the preacher need to seem as though he just...
Depressed - Just a Bad Mood? Not on Your Life!
If you or a family member are battling depression, let me be blunt, your struggle is quite real. Like heart disease or diabetes, depression is a condition that ranges in degrees of ferocity. For some their depression is mild and...