• Helping People Take The Next Steps In Serving

    And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.  Ephesians 4:11-12          Since Covid began, churches were shut down, ministries were interrupted, and some have been cautious in returning to church and serving in various capacities, many churches have struggled with finding…

  • Looking Towards the Fall

    Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.  Proverb 16:3          This summer is flying by and these hot days often make us look forward to the cooler days of fall.  We are making plans for fall.  We will have a Back to School block party on Saturday, Aug. 27th.  We have some extra special activities scheduled for this date (petting zoo, cornhole tournament, Mario Kart t…

  • Our Good Shepherd

    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  Psalm 23:1          Most of us are very familiar with Psalm 23.  It is often read as a source of comfort, strength, and encouragement when going through difficult times.  I frequently read Psalm 23 at the gravesite portion of funeral services.  Recently, I read Psalm 23 at a gravesite service and as I was leaving, an older man working for the funeral hom…

  • Joys and Hard Aches of Life

    For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.  A time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.  Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4          On Monday we celebrated our country’s 246th birthday.  In was on July 4, 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was ratified by the Second Continental Congress which established the United States of America.  I am th…

  • Celebrating the Protection of the Unborn

    For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14           Friday was a monumental day in the fight to protect the life of the unborn in America as the Supreme Court announced its’ decision on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.  Th…

  • The Joy of Children

    Children are a gift from God; they are His reward.  Psalm 127:3           My cell phone rang at 2:03AM on Monday morning and when I saw Cierra’s name, I knew something must be going on with the baby.  Cierra’s water had broken and they were getting ready to head to the hospital.  At 4:15AM, Aiden Stone Best was born.  We got to see him stretching in the nursery around 5:30AM.  I was immediately re…

  • Southern Baptist Convention Highlights

    I’m writing this on Wednesday morning in Anaheim and we still have one more day of Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) business today.  As Southern Baptist, we have different perspectives and those differences often come out in loud and divisive means.  Despite the differences, I am always encouraged when I hear about the work of God through our International Mission Board (IMB), North American Miss…

  • Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting

    Next week, June 14-15, is the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (which will be held in Anaheim, California).  Sadly, there is a lot of division within the Southern Baptist Convention these days.  First, there is the sexual abuse report that highlights the need for a change in culture in regards to how churches respond to sexual abuse accusations and how they care for those who repo…

  • Vacation Bible School Time

           It’s VBS time.  I hope you are praying for our week of VBS.  VBS provides one of the best opportunities we have all year to share the gospel and engage with children in our community.  The theme this year is Created in Christ Jesus: Designed for God’s purpose (based on Ephesians 2:10).  We will have a kick-off (block party) this Sunday at 6:30 PM and VBS will be Monday through Thursday even…

  • Sexual Abuse Task Force Report

         The Southern Baptist Convention made the news for a very negative reason this week.  At the 2020 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, messengers voted to form a Sexual Abuse Task Force and have an independent investigation of alleged mishandling of sexual abuse complaints.  The main reason for this call for an investigation was the fact that many sexual abuse survivors were able…