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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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This Sunday

Church Family, God’s presence is something you can’t explain to someone who has never experienced it. It’s totally different than being in a human’s presence. When God is near, time stands still, and you never leave unchanged. Sunday we’ll be in God’s presence in His Word in Genesis 28:10-22. It’s about Jacob’s dream of a […]

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What Does It Mean to “Make Disciples”?

What follows are some thoughts based on a study called The Vine Project that a group from Central Oaks are going through with me. I share these thoughts mainly for members of Central Oaks, but also for anyone else wanting to help others follow Jesus. ______________ Jesus gave all of His followers a command in Matthew […]

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A Letter to Central Oaks Reflecting on Five Years

Dear Central Oaks, Today marks five years since Lynsey and I (and Caroline -6 months) moved to Michigan to pastor what was then known as Central Free Will Baptist Church. Reflecting on it this morning, I remarked to Lynsey how we were a bit scared about the arrangements. Tom McCullough had a plan for me […]

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Tom’s Scarf

I grew up in Cheatham County, Tennessee, where if you are a man, you do NOT wear a scarf. The average temperature in February in my hometown is 39. Scarves are not necessary. So if you were wearing one, it was as an accessory, not a necessity. And if you wore a scarf as an […]

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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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