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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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)