Author Archive: Jacob Riggs

Our Plans During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Church family and friends, I pray the Lord is giving you peace in the midst of turmoil. We will be gathering as usual this Sunday morning and Wednesday night until further notice. Sunday School is at 9:45 and Worship is at 11 am.  We are in the clear regarding suggestions by authorities since we are […]

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What is New Testament Prophecy?

In my sermon from this past Sunday from 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22, I made the case that prophecy is still a gift the Holy Spirit gives believers, and will continue to be so until Jesus returns. This is a developing understanding for me, as you might have been able to tell from the sermon. That’s probably […]

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Is Church Membership Biblical?

We practice membership at Central Oaks. Most of the people who attend are official “members” of our community, and some are not. One question I’ve been considering lately, and one that many have is, “Is church membership biblical?” If we mean “Is it commanded in Scripture?” The very simple answer is no. It’s not biblical […]

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Bible Reading Plans

I am writing this with mainly the people of Central Oaks in mind. It is my desire for us to become more deeply in love with the Lord. A sure mark of that love and avenue for it to grow is spending time in His Word. There is a tendency for some to become legalistic […]

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3 Commonly Held Beliefs About Christmas That Aren’t True

Christmas has become so mixed up with American culture that it’s hard to keep what’s biblical and what’s cultural straight. So I thought I’d offer three commonly-held beliefs about Christmas that simply aren’t found in the Bible. 1. Christmas is not Jesus’ birthday. In fact, Jesus doesn’t have a birthday because He has always existed. […]

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Valley of Vision: The Trinity

What follows is a regular installment of a prayer from the Puritan’s Valley of Vision, a compilation of prayers by various Puritans, most of whom lived and wrote in the 16th and 17th centuries. I use these prayers in the morning and sometimes evening to focus my heart and mind on the Lord. I recommend readers […]

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Where We’ve Been and Where We Must Go

This past Sunday we celebrated 80 years of God’s faithfulness as a church family. That Sunday I shared the following with everyone in attendance. I share it here for anyone who may have missed it. ______ Where Have We Been? It was 1938 when Raymond Riggs, my grandfather, would preach from the back of a […]

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Valley of Vision Prayer

What follows is a prayer from the Puritans taken from the book Valley of Vision, a book of Puritan prayers I picked up at a conference I recently attended. The first prayer in the book is named after the title. _____________ The Valley of Vision Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, Thou hast brought me […]

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Gentle Correction

Have you ever been mad at someone about religious beliefs? I have. And not too long ago actually! Paul wrote two letters to his protege, Timothy, who was ministering in the midst of people who quarreled a lot about religious matters. Several times in the book of 2 Timothy, Paul instructed him about this issue. […]

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