Author Archives: Frank Richard Coats

About Frank Richard Coats

Follower of Jesus, husband and family man, pastor, picker, writer, missioner with the Inspire Movement

Check Point Charlie and Waiting on the LORD

We were driving along in the dark of the early morning, along an excellent highway in Berlin, heading toward the airport.  Our driver, Stefan, showed up in plenty of time for our 3:30 am departure.  He was probably in his early … Continue reading

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Trust and Trustworthy

For several years I made a strong but half-hearted attempt at selling insurance and mutual funds; strong because I worked hard, half-hearted because my heart was just not in it.  I tried to trick myself that it was, and I … Continue reading

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Who You Kiddin’?

Image by LRus of Pixabay Run with the Horses  Who You Kiddin’?   One of my favorite of Eugene Peterson’s books is Run with the Horses. Petersen gets the title from Jeremiah 12:5 — If you have raced with men … Continue reading

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Lead Me to the Rock

Am I following the Spirit’s lead?   What a great question!  How do I know whether is it the Spirit’s lead or my own wishes?  How do I learn to identify the Spirit’s voice?  I saw a poster a few … Continue reading

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Sharing Fellowship

Core Values of Discipleship Sharing Fellowship This past week we were invited to an awards ceremony for our 9-year old granddaughter Zadie.  Zadie had been invited to a Wednesday night Bible study at a local church by one of her … Continue reading

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Ascension

My wife and partner Brenda had a total knee replacement surgery April 5. I have done no blog writing since then, but have kept up with the writing of sermons. For those who are interested, the following is a portion … Continue reading

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Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

Blessed is he whose help is in the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for … Continue reading

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Poor in Spirit, Step 1 and Romans 7

Photo taken several years ago at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in near Palestine, Texas Is there a link between the Beatitudes, Romans 7 and Step 1? I’m starting a sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount, found in Mathew’s … Continue reading

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Blessed are the Grateful

Hydrangeas outside the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire, England. A friend asked me if I would write a post with what advice I’d give the me from 20 years ago. I suspect he is 20 years younger than my … Continue reading

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All the Time

God is at work, all the time. I’ve been thinking about this concept a lot in the last few years, I mention it in my writing and preaching, and more and more it rings true. God is at work, all … Continue reading

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