One of the differences many discover when they first hear me preach or teach is my appeal for those the profess a belief in Jesus of Nazareth as Christ, the Son of God, to immediately submit to baptism. I get it. I know what I teach is a little different from what many others teach. … Continue reading Why do You Teach Baptism?
Do you recall the "prove it" challenge from your childhood. I variation of "I dare you!" Your group of friends would start boasting about what you could do, how fast you could run, how far you could jump, how high you could climb in the tree. Then someone would call your bluff, "prove it!" You were … Continue reading Prove It!
This summer will go down in my life as a stormy one. I have seen many people in my life fighting for their life. I watched the news that seemed to come everyday about law enforcement using what in some instances seemed unnecessary force followed by the next story of angry individuals and groups murdering … Continue reading One Stormy Summer
For those that do not know me personally, I am not a glass half-empty person but nor am I a glass half-full person. I am more of a "Hey, there is still something in there" person. Honestly. I will eat the last spoonful of casserole, the last three green beans in the pot, and that … Continue reading Stay Positive
I keep hearing the following phrase and ones similar to it and the constant refrain is driving me insane: Everything happens for a reason! I am not sure what everyone who says that phrase means by it. I am not sure everyone who says it understands what they are saying. It sounds like a statement … Continue reading The Reason Why
A sweet lady at Central stopped by a gift store that was going out of business and found this figurine on sale. She bought it as a gift for me, saying that she thought I would like it. Boy do I like it! It is on my desk as I write. When I look at … Continue reading Faith of our Fathers
This is a simple outline based on Rom 9:30-10:13 Salvation is not by my EFFORT. Salvation is by Faith in GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS. Salvation comes when by Faith we "Call on the Name of the Lord." I preached this outline this past Sunday at Central. Here is the audio: https://soundcloud.com/user-152179519/got-faith
Now that all of you who lived through the late 80's are singing along with George Michael's song playing in your memories or you pulled out the cassette tape . . . I know I have your attention, well as soon as the song is over. I'll wait............................... "Faith - faith - faith - I've … Continue reading I’ve Got to Have Faith
Recent events have turned my world sideways. Not stopped or upside-down, but sideways. As a minister I am no stranger to destruction or disease. I have consoled many through tough times. I have personally faced them on occasion. But the passed few days grabbed my attention. I would start with the current political situation in … Continue reading Sideways
People know what you teach as a Christian. People know what we tell them we believe. We believe the Bible is God's Word. We believe that God created the universe. We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, died for our sins, was buried and rose from the dead on the third day. … Continue reading What You Really Believe