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King David’s Enemies

People regard David as the ideal king. Thus they easily forget the tumult he faced in securing the throne, uniting the tribes, and subduing the surrounding forces. Many of his prayers recorded in the Bible deal with his enemies (internal and external).

Lifeway’s Biblical Illustrator magazine asked me to write an article about all the enemies David had to deal with–enemies he often prayed against in the Psalms. You can find it here:

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Your Witness: Don’t Leave Home Without It

We go on vacation to get away from it all and “just be ourselves.” Believe me, the very last thing we should do on vacation is be ourselves–our impatient selves, our selfish selves, our undisciplined selves, our unkind selves. Here are six ways you can be a faithful witness as you travel.

Lifeway’s HomeLife magazine published this article back in 2001 when I was serving as pastor in the Cayman Islands, a popular vacation spot. You can find it here:

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Learning the Right Way to Declare Ourselves Righteous

The Book of Psalms often contains exclamations of innocence that sound anything but humble. How can we pray these claims of righteousness when Jesus cautioned against those “who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else” (Luke 18:9)? Is there a right way to declare ourselves righteous?

Lifeway’s Biblical Illustrator magazine asked me to write an article about these Old Testament claims of righteousness. You can find it here:

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Thanksgiving Guidance from the Thanksgiving Psalms

Maybe you need some help kick-starting a grateful life. The “Thanksgiving Psalms” can help.

Lifeway’s Biblical Illustrator magazine asked me to write an article about these Old Testament psalms. You can find it here:

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Five Things a Pastor Needs from Deacons

What does a pastor need from a deacon in order for the entire church to advance? The editor of Lifeway’s Deacon Magazine asked me to answer that question in their Fall 2013 issue. You can find it here:

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About Tom

ANCHOR COURSE LOGO Tom Goodman is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, and he holds a doctorate from New Orleans Seminary. He has served as pastor in Louisiana, north Texas, and overseas in Grand Cayman before becoming the pastor of Hillcrest Church in Austin, Texas. Diane and Tom have been married since their days at Baylor University, and they have two sons, Michael and Stephen. Tom enjoys scuba diving, watching the latest Netflix DVD with Diane, and chasing mis-hit golf balls.
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