Witnessing

Praise the LORD…still!

Praise the LORD…still!

How can we praise the LORD in the midst of illness, suffering and trial? Because He is STILL the same gracious, loving and caring Lord who is directing all things for our good. He HAS already guaranteed our salvation. He DOES love us as the perfect husband caring for His beloved bride. We WILL be with Him for eternity. All is STILL good! PRAISE THE LORD! Check out my message on this theme as drawn from Psalm 148 by joining Faith’s...

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Sabbatical Summary

Over the past two months, I’ve had the privilege to enjoy a sabbatical from my regular routine of pastoral service. As I reflect, I must answer the question…was it worthwhile? My exuberant answer is absolutely “YES!” I’ve gained a profound appreciation of the truth that LIFE IS REWARDING AND JOYFUL when it’s lived IN GOD’S WAY! My goal these past two months was primarily to practice what I preach when it comes to living out loving...

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Sabbatical!

I’m now enjoying my long-awaited sabbatical! Heather and I are in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains near Pigeon Forge, TN. The mountains, trees, wildlife and flowers are beautiful. Heather and I have had some awesome hikes to rejuvenate after some long, grueling weeks of work. It’s a great place to read and catch up on a number of things I’ve had to push off until now. A big priority is preparing for the latter part of the...

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Right or Left?

The LORD commanded His people through the mouth of Moses in Deuteronomy 5:32, “You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” It’s very easy to turn from the Lord’s way and be pulled to the extremes on the right and the left. I saw this play out in the street in front of my church yesterday. Two opposing factions had...

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Mission…South Africa

Heather and I are very excited to be embarking on a new adventure to promote Life in God’s Way. In the spring of 2019 we’ll be taking a nine-week sabbatical. During that time we’ll continue training to become certified counselors through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. This training will enhance the counseling we already do to help everyone better understand and live out their relationships in God’s...

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Marriage Proclaims God’s Foolish Way for Justification

This past Tuesday I led an opening devotion for a regional gathering of pastors. I shared thoughts that were well received and decided to repeat some of it here. The conference theme was that God’s way of justification by grace through faith in our crucified Savior, Jesus, is foolishness in our current culture. Along those lines, I noted how marriage is a perfect illustration of this. God’s way for marriage is a way of sacrifice and...

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Life in God’s Way

How Marriage in God’s Way Shapes a Complete Christian Worldview