One Another…

My fellow believers, I have always found it interesting that Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, a prayer offered in the shadow of the soon-coming cross, focused so much on unity among His followers (John 17:20-21). For Jesus, this was a big deal – no, not a big deal – it was a HUGE…

My Eyes Are Dry…

I sat down this morning with my Bible, prayer list, and journal to spend some quiet time with God. Some days, the words on my heart pour out freely. Other days, I sit in solitude waiting. Today was one of those solitude days. As I waited, the words from a Keith Green song began to play…

If I Had the Chance to Do It All Again…

I have had the privilege and challenge of serving in three churches before the one I currently serve. They were established churches with rich histories. Of course, each of the three had their own distinctive personalities. As with every church, there were both positives and things that were not as positive. I was called to each…

Life is Precious…

Life is a precious gift from God, but we do not always or even often treat it with the respect and dignity it deserves. The recent shootings of two black males by police officers in Baton Rouge, Lousiana and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and the killing of five police officers and wounding of seven more in…

Roberto’s House

For six years I have traveled to the Dominican Republic to serve alongside John and Donna Bearden, members from Grace Fellowship, and believers from other churches. The work includes evangelism, Bible schools for children, fellowship with Dominican believers, and construction. The construction is always tiring, and this year’s trip was just no different in that regard, yet this…

The Ten Commandments of Social Media

Facebook and Twitter are not the places to air veiled grievances against another. Always check Snopes.com before re-posting. Just because you think it does not mean you have to post it. Chill. You are not required to be offended daily. Do not use social media to demean others. Do not post pictures you wouldn’t show…

Leaving Behind True Riches…

I never knew him, but I baptized his daughter. I never knew him, but I baptized his grandson. I never knew him, but I baptized his great-grandson. Jack Smith died this morning, but he left a legacy of faith. To live 90 years is an accomplishment in itself, but a person can live 90 years, earn…