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My First GoFundMe

John Wayne once said, “A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.”

Clint Eastwood once said, “A man’s gotta know his limitations.”

James (James 4:2) said, “[Ye] have not, because ye ask not.”

Therefore, since I knew my financial limitations, I knew what I needed to do: Ask.

So, I have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help get our Toyota van back on the road. The transmission died Friday, and there is no way we can come up with the estimated $2,000 to $2,500 to fix it any time soon.

I don’t want to always be asking for help, because I don’t think that’s what John Wayne or Clint Eastwood would do. But I’m not either one of those guys; I’m a bi-vocational pastor of a tiny church who’s run into every obstacle imaginable over the last year and has been unable to work much. God has provided, so I’m not bitter. However, He has provided much through the generosity of those whose hearts He has burdened to help.

And I appreciate them more than they will ever know.

Now, if you can help, God bless you. If you can’t, why not share this with someone who might be able to. And, if nothing else, keep my family and ministry in your prayers.

God bless,
Anthony Baker (The Recovering Legalist)





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Rhetoric and

Every once in a while I come across a blog that doesn’t get near the attention it deserves. This is one of them.

I would recommend you check it out, especially if you are a teacher, preacher, or pastor.

Just make sure to check out more than one post so you can get a feel for what is there.

God bless!


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Braves Offer Prayers For Former Manager Bobby Cox Following Stroke

I just wanted to share this post so you could become aware of Michael Wilson’s blog for Atlanta Braves history.

If you’re a Braves fan, this is for you!

via Braves Offer Prayers For Former Manager Bobby Cox Following Stroke


by | April 9, 2019 · 8:38 am

Don’t Follow Your Heart

I came across this post I wrote for Proverbial Thought a while back. I tried to treat the particular passage with honesty and good scholarship. But now that I’ve had actual heart issues, the post carries a little more significance.

Proverbial Thought (& More)

Proverbs 23:19-21

“Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.”

Stay Away from These

The first thing many people will pick and choose out of these verses is a condemnation of drinking alcohol. Like many I have known in my life, the point many will immediately deduce is that drinking will lead to ruin, poverty, rags, etc. The last thing most will conclude is that eating will lead to destruction and ruin. No, the only thing many will see is, “stay away from those social drinkers and drunks.

Why is it that little is ever said about gluttony? Why is it that gluttony is a sin, but eating isn’t? Unfortunately for the legalists among us…

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Listen to the Warning

If you didn’t know, we’ve started posting thoughts from Proverbs, again, both in then morning and evening. I would encourage you follow Proverbial Thought and share it with others. I know it would be a blessing.

This morning’s post was one I wrote based on my experience with people asking me, “Why did this happen to me?”

Proverbial Thought (& More)

Proverbs 1:24-27

Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; (25) But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: (26) I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; (27) When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

Working Backwards

Let’s look at the above passage, starting from the end, then working back to the beginning. Fear, destruction, distress and anguish: all of these are the result of something. They are all consequences of unwise, foolish choices.

I deal with children, young people, and plenty of adults who complain about their circumstances. Many times they come to me weeping and asking, “Why? Why? Why?” With tears flowing, their faces red, they look for answers, but not before…

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It’s a View-a-thon!

Maybe it’s a petty goal, but all I need to finish out this month with more views than last month is a measly 100 views (approximately).

But don’t get me wrong, you’re more than a number: you’re a view.

And I appreciate you 🙂

Click, share, like, comment, and then do it again…. for the children, of course.

It’s a “view-a-thon”!


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VerseD: 1 Chronicles 16:24

God has always been missional. Are we imitating Him? Now, more than ever, we should be bold in our efforts to proclaim Him.

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Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
1 Chronicles 16:24, ESV

The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) was not the first time God said to share about Him with the world. As followers and believers, we must share the faith we have.

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