Archive for September, 2011

Dangerous Decision-Making

Posted on September 30, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Life is filled with decisions. Everyday we are processing information and sub- conscientiously deciding how to respond. Many people live in the present, spontaneously reacting to whatever is happening around them. Others tend to see the present as always leading to the future, aware that decisions in the present are a part of planning for […]

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Our Beloved Alma Mater

Posted on September 26, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We are home from a wonderful weekend with Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, leading a spiritual warfare seminar Friday and Saturday, consultation with missions leadership and preaching on Sunday. We are excited about lunch this week with Dr. Jasper and Dottie McPhail, missionary heroes who opened Southern Baptist work in India and are now retired […]

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Conditions for Godʼs Guidance

Posted on September 23, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

There is never a day one does not need the assurance of Godʼs divine guidance. It may be in major life decisions or in subtle and trivial issues that fill oneʼs day, but any Christian ought to be aware of how vulnerable we are to failure and mistakes in judgment when left to our own […]

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The Gospel and Missions

Posted on September 21, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

This subject would appear to be a no-brainer, eliciting a yawning, “Duuuh, whatʼs the point?” Everyone knows missions is about proclaiming the gospel. Or do they? It is amazing the discussions I have had over the years with leaders of mission agencies, denominational executives and church pastors about what is missions. I fought the battle […]

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Antiquing and Missions in Texas

Posted on September 19, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It is always good to get home, however delightful and inspiring travel excursions. After almost two weeks in Texas we faced busy days of yard work, laundry, processing mail and preparing for pending engagements. I will be speaking in chapel at Mississippi College on Tuesday, a missions banquet on the Gulf Coast Thursday night and […]

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Motives Matter

Posted on September 16, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Most Christians are quite conscientious about how they are to live. We have been nurtured to know right and wrong. We know we are to live righteous lives, love others, be faithful to gather for worship and even to tithe. We may not be as successful in efforts to fulfill those aspirations as we would […]

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A 9/11 Message

Posted on September 14, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It was a privilege to preach at Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin last Sunday in a special service commemorating the events of September 11, 2001. Many have seen 9/11 as an unprecedented tragedy perpetrated against our country and the American people. This resulted in a massive loss of life and changed our society, creating […]

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Texas Nostalgia

Posted on September 12, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We lived in Texas almost long enough to consider it home, almost long enough to become diehard Cowboy fans, and almost long enough to develop that bragadocious attitude of bigger and better than anywhere else. But not quite! We can now retrace our Texas sojourn from the security of our Mississippi identity–the place of our […]

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Like a Watered Garden

Posted on September 9, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Do you remember the prayer of Jabez? Several years ago Bruce Wilkinson wrote a book that brought prominence to this obscure person in the genealogy of Judah. The little volume on his prayer in 1 Chronicles 4:10 sold millions of copies. Jabez was noted as being more honorable than his brethren and his four-part prayer […]

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What? No Prayer at the Memorial?

Posted on September 7, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

I was shocked and incredulous, as were others, when Mayor Bloomberg announced there would be no prayers or religious representation at the tenth anniversary memorial of 9/11 being planned in New York City. After all, if this is a memorial to those who lost their lives, including many heroic policemen and firefighters, it is hard […]

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