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Our Plans During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Church family and friends, I pray the Lord is giving you peace in the midst of turmoil. We will be gathering as usual this Sunday morning and Wednesday night until further notice. Sunday School is at 9:45 and Worship is at 11 am.  We are in the clear regarding suggestions by authorities since we are […]

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What is New Testament Prophecy?

In my sermon from this past Sunday from 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22, I made the case that prophecy is still a gift the Holy Spirit gives believers, and will continue to be so until Jesus returns. This is a developing understanding for me, as you might have been able to tell from the sermon. That’s probably […]

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Is Church Membership Biblical?

We practice membership at Central Oaks. Most of the people who attend are official “members” of our community, and some are not. One question I’ve been considering lately, and one that many have is, “Is church membership biblical?” If we mean “Is it commanded in Scripture?” The very simple answer is no. It’s not biblical […]

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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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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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