• Overturning of Roe vs. Wade

    Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Prov. 31:8          On Monday evening, Politico shared a leaked copy of a draft opinion in the closely watched case regarding Mississippi’s attempt to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy (Gestational Age Act).  This has been a closely watched case because of it’s potential to overturn the Supre…

  • Abiding in Christ

    So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.”   John 8:31          We kicked off a new sermon series on Sunday called “Refocus” and we are hoping to encourage one another in our spiritual disciplines.  Those who are going through the Red Letter Challenge will be reading and talking about “being” focused on several spiritual disciplin…

  • Refocus

    But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.   James 1:22          Easter is usually the most encouraging Sunday of the year for most churches and pastors.  Not only do we get to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, often our churches are full of both members and guests.  We try to get as much information from our guest as we can so that we can follow-up with them….

  • The Finished Work of Jesus

    When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished,” and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.    John 19:30          The last few weeks, we have been looking at some of the final words spoken by our Lord while He was hanging on the cross.  Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do,” “Today you will be with me in Paradise,” “My God, My God, why have you…

  • Do Not Forsake the Old Law

    There is a certain temptation in the modern church to start reading the Bible at the book of Matthew and never look back. Sure, there are great stories in the Old Testament. There are wonderful tales of morality to teach our children in Bible School. Beyond that however, we often treat the Old Testament as confusing, outdated, and (by default) unimportant. The pinnacle of Scripture is the death, b…

  • Parental Involvement in the Lives of Children

    Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.  Prov. 22:6          Recently, Florida legislators passed a bill called “Parental Rights in Education” that prevents official instruction in gender, sexuality, and other related issues (including transgenderism and gender identity) in grades K through third.  I think most would agree that should be a no…

  • Oneida Baptist Institute

    On Tuesday, I had the privilege of speaking at Oneida Baptist Institute and touring their campus.  Every year we take up a “Barkley Moore Father’s Day Offering” that goes to support Oneida Baptist Institute.  This offering is named after Glenn Barkley Moore who was the ninth president at Oneida.  Barkley Moore graduated from Oneida Baptist Institute in 1958.  After graduating from the University o…

  • Reaching Out

    “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses…”  Acts 1:8               On Monday and Tuesday, I was able to attend the REACH Evangelism Conference.  This conference is always a good shot in the arm in regards to keeping evangelism a priority in life and ministry.  As our culture is rapidly changing, we must be even more intentional about evangeli…

  • Mission Opportunities

    But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.  Acts 1:8   This week we (Jeff Perry, Matt Bridges, and Scott Rassenfoss) got to spend a few days in the Salt Lake City (Utah) area talking to church planters in the surrounding areas.  Part of our church’s weekly giving goes…

  • The Blessing of Interruption

    Busy. This word has become a badge of honor in modern America. People typically don’t like to be busy all of the time – but they love to talk about it. The only thing people tend to enjoy more than simply talking about how busy they are, is making sure that the people around them know how much busier they are than anyone else. The world is loud, and it clamors day and night for our attention. Ther…