Allen Cagle

About Allen Cagle

Allen serves as the Lead Pastor at Sunrise Community Church in Atlantic Beach, FL, in the Jacksonville area. He graduated from The Master's Seminary (MDiv) in 2005 and is currently working on a DMin degree at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Allen is married to Mindy and has three awesome kids.

In Gratitude for the Blue Planet

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Earlier this year, my family and I had the opportunity to visit the Space Center. It was sort of like taking my inner nerd out for a field trip.* I don’t think I could ever work in that field because math isn’t my strong suit, but I am fascinated by the unknown and vastness of the heavens. I learned a ton about the new developments in space exploration. Did you know that NASA is now sharing space with private space exploration companies (like Blue Origin and SpaceX)? SpaceX has a rocket that comes back to its landing spot. It’s freakishly sci-fi movie-like.Continue reading

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Receiving Criticism

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Seminary has some weird moments. One of the more awkward classes is this torturous thing called Preaching Lab. This involves about 7 students, a professor, and a video camera. Students take turns throughout the semester preaching sermons in class. Typically, there will be 2 sermons per class. (It’s usually as awkward as it sounds). Having preached a sermon, you get immediate feedback from both your professor and your fellow classmates. Then you get the added pleasure of having to go home and watch the video for self critique. The labs are actually helpful, if not painful. Friendly fire is still fire, but hey, at least it’s friendly.… Continue reading

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If he is inviting me to my death, then I will come

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Martin Luther was a man with feet of clay. He was far from perfect. But one thing is undeniable, he was a man of courage. After his 95 Theses went viral, Luther lived with a cloud over his head. He remarked: “I am expecting the curses of Rome any day. I have everything in readiness. When they come, I am girded like Abraham to go I know not where, but sure of this, that God is everywhere.” After sending the Catholic church into a theological tail spin, Luther felt it was only a matter of time before he went the way of his forerunners like Hus and Wycliffe — that is, to the stake.… Continue reading

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Encouragement and Compliment Are Brothers but Not Twins

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“Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Heb. 3:13)

Encouragement is a powerful weapon. Did you know that you are commanded to encourage others? How’s that going for you? I’ve been thinking about this lately. I’m not a great encourager and the Lord has been working on me. Encouragement is commanded in multiple places: 1 Thess 4:18, 5:11; Heb 3:13, to name a few. Along with these verses, there is overlap with other “one another” concepts like loving one another (1 Jn 3:11), serving one another (Gal 5:13), and being kind to one another (Eph 4:32).… Continue reading

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Extraordinary Work Through Ordinary People

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Have you ever felt inadequate or unworthy to be a useful worker in God’s kingdom? If you have, join the club. Many of us aren’t nearly as self confident as we would like to project. Truthfully, many of us regularly feel like we are not up to the job. I have been reading a book on missions called, Send Me, I’ll Go! I particularly liked one quote: “You may not be able to imagine yourself as a missionary, but that might just mean you have a sorry imagination” (loc 1179). I think we could say this about many things. Paul said we have a treasure in clay pots (2 Cor 4:7).… Continue reading

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