Author Archives: Frank Richard Coats

About Frank Richard Coats

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

Already and Not Yet

Psalm 146 Romans 6: 1-14 (Occasionally I put sermons in this spot. This was preached at Cooks Point Methodist Church in Caldwell, TX, on May 7, 2023, part of a sermon series on Romans.) FOCUS:  The Kingdom of God has … Continue reading

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Unite My Heart to Fear Your Name

Near where we used to live in southeast Texas It’s been a while since I’ve written anything save for my work. I’m closing in on 20 years “under appointment” as is termed in my area of ministry. We retired in … Continue reading

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35 Years, Clean and Sober

Proverbs 15:33 — The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. This is the cross-over year. I’m 68 years old, and today I have 35 years clean and sober. I’ve lived more than half … Continue reading

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Circumcision of the Heart

I’m preaching a sermon series on the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans. This letter is dense, and wonderful and powerful; perhaps no other writing better explains the Christian faith than this letter Paul wrote to a church he did … Continue reading

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Reflections from a Virtual Prayer Meeting

Witness from the prayer gathering for the Inspire Movement, seeking to make whole-life disciples of Jesus Christ. We met for the first International Prayer Gathering of 2023, under the able and inspired leadership of the delightful Robin.  I suppose because … Continue reading

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Check Point Charlie and Waiting on the LORD

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We are close to Thanksgiving, and while this is a Christmas story, it is a story of gratitude. On Christmas morning I was driving early to our home from the parsonage. The rest of our family gathered there already, but … 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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