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The Nature of The Holy Spirit

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Monday Glenn and I shared the bittersweet honor of conducting the memorial service for our dear friend, Mary Raphelt. If you have been to the theater, you have seen her portrait leading into the “Mary Raphelt Hall of Honor where we inscribe the names of the many people who contribute to the ministry of Ragtown Gospel Theater. Mary had endured a long, debilitating illness, and she faced her ordeal with all the dignity and dependence upon the Lord that she…

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CHIP’S BLOG “Shifting Gears”

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I’m working on final re-writes of our next play, which will be called “Gethsemane.” Between now and when this play opens on February 21st, I look forward to sharing some things about how this one evolved, and give you a few peeks behind the scenes as we prepare to bring it to the stage. This is the first play I’ve written since we were in Israel last March, and it has been a very different experience to write about it,…

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DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO

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I’ve spent a lot of time pondering Romans 7. You know, it’s that passage where Paul reveals that he, like everyone else, is subject to the flesh.  In the 15th verse he just lays it right out there when he says, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate, I do.” I love Paul for the encouragement I receive from knowing that I’m not the only one….

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“Say Nicklaus” Is Wonderful

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I know I said I was going to refrain from posts that essentially say, “Please come to this play.” But… please come to this play!  We opened Friday night, and wow! I just sat there in the audience thinking that this is such a beautiful production. It is fun, and dramatic, tender, and triumphant. The cast is just wonderful. The set is amazing. And most importantly, it is a Christmas play with meaning and a message everyone needs to hear….

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A Personal Remembrance

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I’ve given a lot of thought to what these posts should be. Until recently I had one specific thing that I was hoping to accomplish—“generate attendance.” Well we still need attendance, and lots of it, but you know that, so I’m just going to trust that you’ll come. Instead of twisting your arm and telling you how great the play is, and all the reasons you should make your reservations early…I intend to use this time and space to share…

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There’s A Strong Family Resemblance Among the Children Of God

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I had an opportunity to travel to Dallas over the weekend to join my radio ministry partner, Dr. Andrew Farley, and participate in a 3-day event sponsored by Operation 220 at their beautiful headquarters in the Hope Center. Operation 220 is a counseling ministry which offers counseling and training from a Christian perspective, and has a established a network of Christian counselors nationwide. People attended from all across the country, and one attendee even came from Canada. It was such a…

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Confessions Of A Compulsive Self-Improver

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In 1985 I was 32 years old, and decided it was time to change myself. It was, and I did. I read the books, bought the tapes, awoke the giant within, changed my state, envisioned my dreams, made my list, daily repeated affirmations of my determination to achieve those goals, and did whatever it took. It took seven years. By 1992, there was a checkmark beside everything on my list. It was a breathless and pretty amazing time that I…

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“Say Nicklaus” Delivers The Christmas Spirit

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I love Christmas. I love the shopping, and the rush of finishing up handmade gifts and wrapping the last ones on Christmas Eve. I love the food, the noise and pandemonium of kids everywhere, a dozen conversations going at once, the laughter and clatter of clearing the meal off the dining table and gathering around it for games. I love anticipating all of that, and soaking in every ounce of it while it’s happening. I store up those memories up like the…

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In Dependence

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There seems to be a lot of discouragement and outrage about the state of our nation’s economy, civility, morality, spirituality, and the list goes on. I experience my share of that discouragement and the outrage every time I read the news. But do you see what this says about this generation…about we who are living in these times? Because I write plays about biblical times, and primarily about those people who surrounded Jesus, I often find myself wondering how they…

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Jency Extends Her Stay For One More Concert

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Last weekend was pretty wonderful for me, and I believe everyone who attended enjoyed seeing Jency back on the stage with the Ragtown Gospel Band. As you may know, we are on grandbaby watch, and are a week past the due date as of today. Aunt Jency flew down from her new home in Maryland to be here for the big event. And here we are, ten days later and no baby yet. So, Jency is sticking around a few…

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