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

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)

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)

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)

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)

Bible Reading Plans for 2021

Bible intake is how your soul eats. Every Christian needs to learn to feed themselves so they can come to a point where they feed others. That starts by reading the Bible either by oneself or with a friend, spouse, or family member. Before you look at the plans I suggest below, keep in mind … Continue reading Bible Reading Plans for 2021

Thank God for Philip

Philip had been following Jesus for nearly three years by the time Jesus asked him what might have been the most gut-wrenching question he had ever heard. Jesus had found him on His way to Galilee and simply said, "Follow me." Philip found Nathanael and took him to Jesus (John 1:43-46). He spent time with … Continue reading Thank God for Philip

Pastoring (and Disciple Making) Is Slow

There are countless things faster than helping people follow Jesus. Watching paint dry Waiting for water to boil Christmas Divorce Since a pastor is a chief disciple-maker, we know firsthand how slow it is to help people follow Jesus. It's absolutely NOT like a business. The CEO of a business spends 40+ hours a week … Continue reading Pastoring (and Disciple Making) Is Slow