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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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Sunday Preview: February 3, 2019

I’d like to take a moment of your time to invite you to worship God with me at our church this Sunday. We worship the God of the Bible. He is a wonderful God. Click here to learn more about our church if this is your first time. God is a God who loves to […]

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Preparing for Sunday: June 10, 2018

Church Family, Sunday we continue our study in Genesis 29:31–30:24. Jacob just married two sisters (Leah begrudgingly and Rachel after working for her for 14 years). If marrying two sisters sounds like a disaster waiting to happen to you, you would be right. What we’ll see on Sunday is two women who are striving for […]

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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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Preparing for Sunday: June 3, 2018

Church Family, This Sunday we will celebrate 80 years of the Lord’s faithfulness to our church. It was 1938 when Raymond and Winona Riggs started proclaiming the gospel on Brush Street in Detroit, urging people to repent of their sins and trust in Christ for salvation. By God’s grace, we are still proclaiming that same […]

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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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