Danny and the Shacks

Danny and the shacks graphicAll eyes were focused on one child or another of the 100+ children singing from the stage at last night’s performance of “Danny and the Shacks.” Relatives and friends filled the room to enjoy their own little star of the show – me and Angie included! Our youngest son, Colt has been looking forward to singing and fulfilling his role in this children’s musical for months. All of the children gave their best before an audience that was more captive than when they listen to any sermon of mine. There is something innocently captivating about children presenting truth. Continue reading

Only God Can Make Your Mess into a Miracle

imagesWhen life unravels, we find solace and peace in the truth of Romans 8:28 (“God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose”). Any ‘god’ could bring good out of good. Only the Most High, Sovereign Creator God can bring good out of pain, good out of suffering, good out of sin, good out of failure. Continue reading

Guest Blogger: Mark Stayton

Galatians 1:10 says, For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.”

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I have had the privilege to serve in ministry for the last 30 years. During that time I have served in mega-churches, mid-sized churches and currently in a two year-old church plant.

I have had the opportunity to see many different leadership styles from the visionary leader, the gifted preacher, the anointed evangelist to the people pleaser. While each one has it strengths and weaknesses, I have come to this conclusion…right or wrong: Continue reading

Preparing for the Lord’s Supper

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Seventeenth Century Puritan, Thomas Watson wrote, “God can turn stones into bread, and a sinner can turn bread into stones – the bread of life into the stone of stumbling.” Almost 400 years later, spiritual people still stumble over one of the most precious and powerful ordinances in the local church.

For over 2,000 years, the Lord’s Supper has been a means by which followers of Jesus Christ have remembered their Lord and Savior, proclaimed His gospel and been knitted together in unity as a family of faith.

Here are three simple ways you can prepare your heart before you head to church this weekend and partake in Communion (without letting this symbol become a stumbling block). (see 1 Corinthians 11:23-33). Continue reading

One word – Clarity

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Some people call it a milestone, but I’d call it a millstone. It now takes me an extra second or two for my eyes to focus in on something that I’m reading. Others just call it ‘old age’ — I did hit 45 years of age in 2018. But there is a greater lesson I’m gleaning from this reality of life. I don’t want to settle for declining vision as I live out God’s purposes in my life each day. I suppose many Christians are prone to settling for mediocre vision, but I want to see God’s hand and God’s purposes in my life better than I have have before. Consequently, my one word for 2019 is CLARITY. Continue reading