Dear Central Oaks (Part 13)

Tomorrow we begin the last day of the month, but the Lord has this day and this month in His hand, like He has had all along. The Lord has kept Elsie Anderson through her recent infection, and we’re grateful to have her for as much time as God allows. The Lord heard our prayers … Continue reading Dear Central Oaks (Part 13)

16 Quotes From Tim Keller on Prayer

I just finished reading Tim Keller’s book called Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy With God. What follows are some quotes I found helpful. I pray you find them the same, if not more so. If you’d like to read the book and don’t want to get your own copy, you can borrow mine from the … Continue reading 16 Quotes From Tim Keller on Prayer

A New Song for November—“Yet Not I, But Through Christ In Me”

The music team will be introducing a new song starting this coming Sunday. It’s called “Yet Not I, But Through Christ In Me.” It was put out by a ministry called CityAlight, which is from a church called St. Paul’s Anglican in Castle Hill, Australia. We’ve actually heard and partially sung the song before when … Continue reading A New Song for November—“Yet Not I, But Through Christ In Me”

Dear Central Oaks (Part 12)

It’s a cold but beautiful day. The Lord is with us by His Spirit, our purpose is clear, and our good works have been prepared for us. Now we simply walk in them as we do good and look for the Spirit’s leading. The Lord has, by in large, guarded us from serious effects of … Continue reading Dear Central Oaks (Part 12)

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