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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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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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