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)

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

Reflections on Younger People Sticking

Church family, today I want to share some reflections I have about younger people being part of Central Oaks and then give some practical suggestions. Before I begin, let me clarify that my post today is about younger people who are actually seeking God and a church, not the many who are wandering from God … Continue reading Reflections on Younger People Sticking

Dear Central Oaks (Part 9)

The last time I wrote a “Dear Central Oaks” letter was all the way back on May 5. My hope for you is unshaken. I am confident that the one who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Vacation Bible School is … Continue reading Dear Central Oaks (Part 9)

Just What Is a Church Anyway?

Recently I overheard a conversation between two Christians about their church involvement since COVID. One mentioned how they hadn’t physically been to a church building since COVID but had been watching online. Another was talking about how they had changed churches. Evidently, at one time they really enjoyed being in the services of their previous … Continue reading Just What Is a Church Anyway?

Anniversary Sunday 2021

Our church was founded in 1938 by my grandfather, Raymond Riggs. Back then they met in various places until they were able to purchase an old mosque on Victor Avenue in Detroit. Eighty-three years later and here we are. A lot has happened in those 83 years. Many have been saved, baptized, and sent out. … Continue reading Anniversary Sunday 2021

How to Be a Good Church Member

There are other things to do as a Christian as it relates to your biological family and as it relates to those who don’t know Christ, but here are my suggestions for how to be a good church member at Central Oaks. 1. Regularly gather on Sundays with your fellow members to worship the Lord. … Continue reading How to Be a Good Church Member

Church, We Must Gather In Person (Part 3)

My goal in this series of posts is to show why gathering together in person is one of the most important things a Christian could ever do in life. In each post, I am giving one reason. Here are links to the various parts: part 1, part 2. The third reason gathering together with other … Continue reading Church, We Must Gather In Person (Part 3)

Dear Central Oaks (Part 8)

We are walking for Jesus in bodies of clay. But in the war we’re fighting, our weapons are much more powerful and much more deadly than our clay bodies suggest. The weapons we use in this war “have divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4). The 85-year old whose body doesn’t function like it … Continue reading Dear Central Oaks (Part 8)

Church, We Must Gather In Person (Part 2)

I stated in part one that my goal in this series of posts is to show why gathering together in person is one of the most important things a Christian could ever do in life. In each post, I will give one reason. The second reason gathering together with other Christians is one of the … Continue reading Church, We Must Gather In Person (Part 2)