Dear Central Oaks (Part 7)

God’s divine power has given to us everything we need for life and godliness through knowing him (2 Peter 1:3)! Consider that for a moment. Knowing God is everything we need for life and godliness. Knowing God is what we truly need more than anything else. Paul said, “that I may know Him” (Philippians 3:10). … Continue reading Dear Central Oaks (Part 7)

Church, We Must Gather In-Person (part 1)

The enemy of the church, Satan, has a foothold in the minds of Jesus’ bride in the basic area of her need to gather. There are countless reasons some professing Christians have as to why physically gathering as Christians isn’t that important or even necessary. Instead of attacking those reasons, I begin a series of … Continue reading Church, We Must Gather In-Person (part 1)

Dear Central Oaks (Part 6)

I’m very proud of you. That’s what I felt when I was observing all the children and families pouring into our parking lot this past Saturday. Let me explain. In times past I’ve felt pressure to reach the lost, as if it truly depends on me. So at an event like the egg hunt when … Continue reading Dear Central Oaks (Part 6)

Dear Central Oaks (Part 5)

Oh church, you have no idea who you are. You have been raised with Christ. You are seated with Christ in the heavenly places. You’re already in heaven, church! It’s only a matter of time until your destination is materialized. That God would allow me to shepherd any of you is a wonder to me. … Continue reading Dear Central Oaks (Part 5)

What to Do If Someone Claims to Be a Christian But Refuses to Repent of Sin

It’s celebrity pastors that make the headlines for no longer believing in Jesus. But the ones who hurt the most are our loved ones—those we’ve discipled and worshipped and served with; maybe even ones still living in the room down the hall. The time we are living in is not a time that has surprised … Continue reading What to Do If Someone Claims to Be a Christian But Refuses to Repent of Sin

Dear Central Oaks

We didn’t have to make Meredith wear a hood on our walk to school today! That means it’s getting warmer! What a wonderful thing! I hope you all are enjoying God today. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. God’s presence is a place of safety, solace, and … Continue reading Dear Central Oaks

What Forgiving Someone Doesn’t Mean

I trust you are seeking the Lord and resting in His unwavering, amazing love and faithfulness today. He remains worthy! There are a few things I'd like to say about forgiveness that won't show up in my sermons in our current series. They're sermon-worthy, but I feel they are better said as a kind of … Continue reading What Forgiving Someone Doesn’t Mean

Dear Central Oaks (part 3)

Good midweek to you from my office here at 2005 Rochester Rd. You, church family, are dearly loved by me and especially by the Lord. He is working in and through you to do amazing things. It was encouraging to have more continuing to come worship the Lord together on Sunday, as well as many … Continue reading Dear Central Oaks (part 3)

Dear Central Oaks (part 2)

It’s nearing the middle of the week already. I’m basically finished preparing for the teaching for Wednesday night, and I’m hopeful about the Lord using that in you. It has been encouraging to see the number of you coming to that grow. I pray the Lord would help me be faithful no matter how many … Continue reading Dear Central Oaks (part 2)

How to Know if You Should Get the COVID Vaccine

Only one of you has asked me if I think you should get the vaccine for COVID. So perhaps I’m being presumptuous to assume most of you care much about my counsel on this. If that is the case, feel free to stop reading and move on to something more beneficial, like memes on Facebook. … Continue reading How to Know if You Should Get the COVID Vaccine