News and Updates

Why I’m Frustrated

Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols (Acts 17:16). At the end of the service Sunday, I expressed some frustration. A few of you mentioned it to me, and I’m glad you did. I am frustrated. But […]

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Why Hurricanes Come

Over the last few weeks, two hurricanes have destroyed homes of thousands of Americans in two different states. Many have lost their lives. Dear possessions will never be recovered. This doesn’t mention the psychological damage many are dealing with and will continue to battle for an extended period of time. Questions of confusion abound. “Why […]

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How to Pray for Those Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

At the time I’m writing this, historic rainfall from Hurricane Harvey continues to pummel Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. At least nine people have died. Many people will lose their homes and possessions. Only God knows the toll this storm will take on those in Texas and bordering states in the Gulf. Other than donate […]

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How can I know God’s will for my life?

This blog is for Christina Waugh, who asked this question. If you have an idea for me to write about something, and you can’t find help from wiser people than I, please let me know! I’ll either point you in the right direction or try to give some kind of insight from God’s Word. If […]

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How to Tell if God Is Your Greatest Joy

Asking people if they believe in God or believe in Jesus is no longer a good way to tell who is actually a Christian. Most americans “believe” in God, but they aren’t true Christians. They believe in God in the same way Satan does–they acknowledge He exists, but they’re not interested in Him reigning over […]

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How to Be a Curser-Blesser

I hope it’s OK to make up terms, church family. I’m no one special to do so, but I couldn’t find one to describe what Jesus calls all those who follow Him to do. His instructions are clear in Luke 6:28: Bless those who curse you and pray for those who mistreat you. That’s why […]

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On Prayer and Church Revitalization

I’m about half way through a book called Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again. The chapter on prayer is excellent and convicting. Here are a few quotes. Ones with only page numbers after are attributed to the author, Andrew Davis. There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that […]

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Discipleship Discrimination

I have a confession to make to you, Central Oaks. I sometimes (but not always) have certain people in mind when I teach and preach. I assure you, many times my motives are pure (sometimes they’re not, and wow do I need God’s grace!). I love you and want you to grow in the Lord and […]

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