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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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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┬áRevitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again.┬áThe 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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