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The Lord Gives, The Lord Takes Away

Posted by Randy Mann - May 28, 2017 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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There is no way to adequately describe the emotions of this weekend. Yesterday, I was a pall bearer at the Celebration of Life Service for Dr. Bill Bowyer – likely the most worshipful memorial service I have ever attended. Almost nineteen years ago, I joined Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church and met the man who […]

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The Leadership Development Book I’ve Been Looking For

Posted by Randy Mann - March 14, 2017 - Blog, Book Reviews
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One thing you can be certain of, if Mark Miller writes a leadership book, I am going to read it. So, when I heard that he was coming out with Leaders Made Here, I eagerly awaited its arrival. And now, having read it, I can assure you it did not disappoint. In his normal style […]

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Nice vs. Right – How Do You Decide?

Posted by Randy Mann - March 14, 2017 - Blog
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This guest post by Mark Miller on leadership originally appeared on www.greatleadersserve.com I’ve often considered the challenge of doing the right things vs. the nice things. As simple as the idea is, it can be far more complicated in real life. Sometimes it’s hard to discern – which is the right choice? This question of […]

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Who Will You Listen To – A Review of Crash the Chatterbox

Posted by Randy Mann - December 15, 2016 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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We are drawn to read the Psalms because in them we find connections to our own lives. We can sense the palpable hurt, frustration, anger, sadness, confusion, etc. of the psalmist. We sense it, and we relate – it sounds just too familiar. Such was the case for me in reading Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick. […]

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A Real Enemy of Marriages

Posted by Randy Mann - September 28, 2016 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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At Central Baptist Church we are going through a sermon series on Sunday mornings called “Preparing for Battle.” We are seeing what the Bible says about spiritual warfare by walking through Ephesians 6:10-20 over the next few weeks. In this past Sunday’s message, we looked at what the Bible says about who our real enemy […]

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The Transforming Power of Personal Worship

Posted by Randy Mann - September 13, 2016 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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I don’t know about you, but some mornings I just find myself in a funk. This morning was certainly one of them. I got up a bit later than normal, helped get things ready for getting out the door to work and school, and just found myself in a pretty foul mood. I had to […]

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My Most Encouraging Post-Sermon Comment – Ever!

Posted by Randy Mann - September 6, 2016 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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Last Sunday, I received the most encouraging sermon comment I have ever received. It came from a 5 year old body (who I later found out was attending his first corporate worship service). He came up to me with his mom and said, “I really like what you said in your sermon today.” I asked, […]

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The Top 5 Reasons I am Thanking God for my Wife on Her Birthday

Posted by Randy Mann - October 20, 2015 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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The writer of Proverbs says, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” (Proverbs 18:22, ESV) While I am somewhat aware of that truth every day, I don’t always acknowledge the truth of it as directly as I should. Today, on the occasion of Melanie’s birthday, I have the opportunity […]

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A Sermon to the Pastor from an Unlikely Place

Posted by Randy Mann - October 2, 2015 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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I am a pastor. One of my regular weekly activities is to preach sermons. But, today the tables were turned, and I had a sermon preached to me from a most unlikely place…a hospital bed. Now, the message did not have three points and a poem. There was no alliteration. There was no invitation at […]

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The Joy and Challenge of Loving my Wife

Posted by Randy Mann - September 25, 2015 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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I had the privilege, along with Melanie, to lead The Art of Marriage conference at our church (Central Baptist Church – Henderson, NC) last weekend. I really believe, by any standards, we had a “good” marriage. If you asked Melanie, our kids, or our friends, I think they would agree. But, we don’t want a […]

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