“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

Eating Meals Together Is Biblical

As we start to get Project One Church moving, I wanted to point out that New Testament Christians ate meals together. Here are a few examples: Examples of Christians Eating Together Acts 2:46“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,” … Continue reading Eating Meals Together Is Biblical

My Vision for the First Quarter of 2022

Church family, I know COVID is being crazy again, so if you didn’t get a chance to hear my message from Sunday, please watch it. You can see it on our YouTube channel here. What follows is some of what I shared. After seeking the Lord for several weeks, going back to our Christmas break … Continue reading My Vision for the First Quarter of 2022

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)

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)

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

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

We didn’t have to make Meredith wear a hood on our walk to school today! That means it’s getting warmer! What a wonderful thing! I hope you all are enjoying God today. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. God’s presence is a place of safety, solace, and … Continue reading Dear Central Oaks