Category: Living the Gospel

Great Joy For All Men – Even in Pain and Suffering

Posted by Randy Mann - December 25, 2013 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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(I apologize for the length of this post. I shared this message at our Christmas Eve Service last night at Central Baptist Church.) Perhaps this year, more than ever before, I have been aware of those who are facing all manner of pain, suffering and sorrow this Christmas season. I have a great uncle and […]

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Discipleship – No More Excuses

Posted by Randy Mann - November 8, 2013 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews, Living the Gospel
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You have heard pastors talk about Jesus’ call to “make disciples.” You have understood your responsibility to obey that command. But, you have thought, “I’m just not sure I can do that.” Or, “I just don’t know how to do it.” Those excuses are no longer valid. I had the privilege of getting an advance […]

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Encouragement for the Pastor’s Heart

Posted by Randy Mann - November 2, 2013 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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There are all kinds of things that can encourage a pastor’s heart – celebrating with a family at the birth of a child; seeing the church walking together in unity; etc.  But, near the very top of the list is seeing God use the truth of His Word, by the power of His Spirit, to impact […]

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Growing in the Grace of Giving

Posted by Randy Mann - August 12, 2013 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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I don’t work out a lot. Ok, hardly at all. (I am not bragging. Just being honest.) However, when I do exercise, I often work out the body parts that I enjoy working out, or those that are ‘easier’ for me to work out. I know there are weaker areas that really need more attention, […]

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Why Do You Pray?

Posted by Randy Mann - April 24, 2013 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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A good friend of mine once wrote, “One of the greatest acts of pride in the life of a Christian is prayerlessness.” The point he was making is that when we fail to pray, it is as if we are saying to God, “I don’t need you. I can handle the things in my life […]

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A New Chapter Soon Begins

Posted by Randy Mann - December 1, 2012 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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After 14 years as a member – and almost 10 years on staff – at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC, our family will be headed to Central Baptist Church in Henderson, NC where I will begin serving as Sr. Pastor on January 1. This is obviously a bittersweet time for our family […]

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Wisdom for Pastors, from a Pastor

Posted by Randy Mann - August 31, 2012 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers just released the first video in a nine-part series called Pastor-to-Pastor in which Pastor John Piper (Bethlehem Baptist Church – Minneapolis, MN) shares words of wisdom and experience with Pastor Mitch Majeski (Summitview Community Church – Fort Collins, Colorado). WaterBrook Multnomah describes this series as “one generation of pastors speaking to the […]

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The Biblical Meaning of Marriage

Posted by Randy Mann - July 12, 2012 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews, Living the Gospel
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There are many ways to measure a marriage. When asked if their marriage is a “good one,” many couples answer “yes” if in it they feel relationally connected, sexually satisfied, and/or emotionally fulfilled. In short, they consider their marriage “good” if it is meeting their perceived needs and benefiting them in tangible ways. What if, […]

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Responding to Tragedy in Light of the Gospel

Posted by Randy Mann - July 5, 2012 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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Our church family has experienced great tragedy, an undeniable reminder of the fallen world in which we live. We have lost our brother-in-Christ, Steve Jordan. A wife has lost a husband. Three boys have lost their dad. How can we, in light of the truth of the Gospel, respond in the midst of this tragedy? […]

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Feel the need to vent? Step away from the keyboard!

Posted by Randy Mann - July 2, 2012 - Blog, Living the Gospel
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We’ve finally come to the last installment in this series on venting. In the first post, we looked at how venting hurts us personally and hinders our spiritual walk. In the second post, we considered the negative impact venting can have on the body of Christ, the church. In this final post, I want to […]

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