I asked Nicole Morehouse to write a blog about her recent missions trip to Columbia. We're very proud of the growth we've seen in her and her willingness to serve the Lord in this way. Since she's back on campus at Western, she doesn't have much opportunity to share with us about her trip. I … Continue reading Guest Blog: Nicole Morehouse on Her Trip to Columbia
10 Questions to Ask at the Start of 2023 by Donald Whitney
Dr. Donald Whitney has been an asset to the Church for many years in his teaching, preaching, and writing. He is a wonderful source for anyone wanting to grow in personal spiritual disciplines. Below are his 10 questions to ask at the start of a new year. I have taken them from here. Check out … Continue reading 10 Questions to Ask at the Start of 2023 by Donald Whitney
O That We Would Run Toward Obedience to Christ!
Yesterday, I briefly referenced a few lines from a hymn by Ann Griffiths. She was a Welsh poet and hymn writer who died in 1805 at the age of 29 after childbirth. The part of the hymn I quoted was: Gladly would I leave behind me All the pleasures I have known To pursue surpassing … Continue reading O That We Would Run Toward Obedience to Christ!
A Subtle Message from Joshua for Times of Transition
Imagine being an Israelite around the time of Moses' death. You have heard of how God did amazing things through Moses. The plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, the giving of the law, water from a rock (twice!), manna from heaven. It's hard to remember all God did through him. But now he's dead. … Continue reading A Subtle Message from Joshua for Times of Transition
Did You Hear What Nancy Ingram Did?
A dear lady has been a guest at our church for three weeks now. She lives not far from the building, but has been either walking or using the ride-share service Lyft to get here. After service this past Sunday, I was talking to her and Nancy Ingram, who was telling me that our new … Continue reading Did You Hear What Nancy Ingram Did?
Obey God When the Outcome Is Unclear
This is a difficult thing to do. We are logical and hedonistic people. When God tells us to do something, we naturally consider the outcome of our obedience. Will our marriages get better if we confess our sin? Will our children be happier if we take them to church on Sunday instead of the game? … Continue reading Obey God When the Outcome Is Unclear
Introducing: Navigate One Day Conference
Well, church fam, you know me and my incessant need to want to help you and others grow closer to God and His Word. A few friends from the Free Will Baptists in Michigan suggested I be part of a board that focuses on Christian education. So I did, and what do you know, we’re … Continue reading Introducing: Navigate One Day Conference
What Is the Next Steps Course?
For the next two Sundays, I will be teaching the “Next Steps Course” at church. It begins at 12:45 with lunch that my wife is taking care of. The course then guides attendees through 4 next steps in their relationship with Jesus. The first step is about how to come to know God as a … Continue reading What Is the Next Steps Course?
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