An Exciting, Humbling Opportunity

Well, church family, today I received an email from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary that I have been accepted into their Doctorate of Educational Ministry program. Lord willing, I will begin studies in January. Southern Seminary is one of, if not the largest evangelical seminary in America, if not the world. It’s where I received … Continue reading An Exciting, Humbling Opportunity

Our Booklet on a Podcast

If you haven’t yet seen it, I thought you might be interested in a little interview Dr. Eddy Moody did with Steve Greenwood and I on our little booklet called “Baptism: for kids and parents.” Steve and I wrote this to help parents know when their child is ready to be baptized and to help … Continue reading Our Booklet on a Podcast

A Burden on My Heart and An Opportunity

I am happy and content. This comes from knowing God through Jesus Christ. God is everything to me. Knowing Him has been so good. Many of you know exactly what I’m talking about because you’ve tasted and seen. But maybe some of you don’t know this contentment. And I know all of us have people … Continue reading A Burden on My Heart and An Opportunity

How to Pray the Promises of God

On Sunday in my sermon I gave a few examples of how to pray the promises of God. Often, in prayer we’re simply suppoed to ask God to do what He already promised He would do. I don’t know exactly why God wants us to do it, but God’s Word shows several examples of it … Continue reading How to Pray the Promises of God

Dear Central Oaks (Part 11)

Well, another day has gone and another day has come, and God has been faithful yet again to His promises. Remember these things, dear friends: The Lord knows all there is to know about you (Psalm 139).God is your refuge and strength (Psalm 46).God goes before you (Deuteronomy 31).He will never leave you or forsake … Continue reading Dear Central Oaks (Part 11)

What to Do When You’re Afraid

In Sunday’s sermon I shared some counsel for what to do when you’re afraid. I told you all then that I’d put it on my blog if you wanted the references. Here you go! 1. Realize the source of your fear. “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love … Continue reading What to Do When You’re Afraid

Dear Central Oaks (Part 10)

Today is the official beginning of a new season of life for many of us. I’m not sure when fall starts, but new routines begin on the Tuesday after Labor Day because that’s when everyone is back in school. Keep the Fortune’s, Walker’s, Riggs’, Wells’, Cox’s, Tehya, and Rose in your prayers as those individuals … Continue reading Dear Central Oaks (Part 10)

If You Get Vaccinated, Does That Mean You’re Living in Fear?

I know there is so much noise right now about the vaccines for COVID. I hope my blog today doesn’t add to the noise, but bring clarity for some. The reason I’m attempting to address this topic is because of conversations I’ve had with some of you about it. Writing about it provides me with … Continue reading If You Get Vaccinated, Does That Mean You’re Living in Fear?

What God is Doing When He Takes Things Away

Good day to you, fellow Central Oakie, and friends “listening” in. Before I share my thought for this week, let me thank you all for praying for me. More and more I’m seeing how much I need your prayers. These past few weeks, spiritual opposition has been stronger than I normally notice. Whenever I’ve reached … Continue reading What God is Doing When He Takes Things Away

Four Reasons I Think We Should Hire An Associate Pastor

Hey church family, I’m happy to be back in my study at the church building because the Lord has called us here and has sustained us every step of the way. Many of you have been a big part of that. But it’s not about me and my family—the Lord is the center of the … Continue reading Four Reasons I Think We Should Hire An Associate Pastor