A Prayer at the Funeral of Diane Perkola

Father in heaven, may your name be revered above every name in this next hour as we remember one of your dear saints, Diane. May your kingdom come and your will be done through every word spoken, memory revisited, and tear shed. We thank you, Father, for Diane Perkola. We know that every good gift … Continue reading A Prayer at the Funeral of Diane Perkola

What to Do Now That Roe Is Gone

By now you’ve heard and/or read many things about the decision by the Supreme Court last Friday to deem the previous case of Roe v. Wade unconstitutional. I agree with this decision and am very grateful for this outcome. I hope you are too. My purpose for this post is to share what I’ve found … Continue reading What to Do Now That Roe Is Gone

Biblical Prayers for Those With Health Issues

In my sermon this past Sunday, I mentioned that our real battles as Christians aren’t physical, but spiritual. Ephesians 6:12 says: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” … Continue reading Biblical Prayers for Those With Health Issues

The Greatest Untapped Opportunity for Evangelism at Our Church

Well, dear friend, we have been preaching about evangelism for a month plus now. I know it has been on your mind because of how much we’ve emphasized it. You’ve been praying for the lost in your circles and you know the Lord wants you to take a step to be more intentional about seeking … Continue reading The Greatest Untapped Opportunity for Evangelism at Our Church

Adjusting Roles a Bit With Pastor Chris

Hey all, I hope you’re doing well today and enjoying the sunshine. (Man, our weather is crazy no?) When we brought on Pastor Chris as a part time associate, we knew we wanted him to serve in more ways than just teenagers, but we didn’t know what that might be. After some discussion and prayer, … Continue reading Adjusting Roles a Bit With Pastor Chris

New Song: Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord)

Hey all. We introduced a new song this past Sunday that we’ll be singing several times over the next few weeks to help us all learn it. It’s from Psalm 150 and is titled the same. It was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. They also wrote some songs we already sing: “Come Behold … Continue reading New Song: Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord)

One Thought and Ways to Pray RE: Ukraine

Today as the number of refugees from the Ukraine grows past 2,000,000, I wanted to share with you one thought about God and a few specific ways to pray for what’s going in Ukraine. One Thought First, remember that God is in control of this and He will use this to accomplish His plan, in … Continue reading One Thought and Ways to Pray RE: Ukraine

“Surrender,” An Original Poem by Shannon Arthur

Fellow member of Central Oaks Shannon Arthur texted me this poem yesterday. I asked her if I could share it on today’s blog and she said yes. I thought it would be an encouragement for all of you—and especially those of you that pray for our sister Shannon. Without further adieu, here is “Surrender:” As … Continue reading “Surrender,” An Original Poem by Shannon Arthur

Do We Know What Love Is?

It’s Valentine’s Day, and therefore an opportune moment to think about love. Here is one definition that some of you might remember: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5-8_1uCzR8 That was a few scenes from the 1970’s movie “Love Story” starring Ryan O’Neal. Coincidentally, O’Neal also played in one of my favorite movies, “What’s Up Doc?” (Side note, at the end … Continue reading Do We Know What Love Is?