Surprised by Reality

It’s not often I’m left totally speechless.  But there are a few specific moments in my life when reality took me by surprise. I’m not talking about catastrophic moments, like the space shuttle explosion or 9-11; rather, I’m referring to...

Gratitude

So I throw up my hands And praise You again and again ‘Cause all that I have is a hallelujah, hallelujah And I know it’s not much But I’ve nothing else fit for a king Except for a heart singing hallelujah Hallelujah I know it’s not much. There’s not much...

An Open Letter to Coats Baptist Church

Even though the weather may not reflect it quite yet, we are quickly approaching a change in the seasons. I always get excited about a new season. An anticipated change in the weather, various holiday preparations, the feeling of a fresh start – it all appeals to me,...

Through the Eyes of the Minor Prophets

I love reading through the Minor Prophets. If I read my Bible chronologically or Genesis to Revelation, by the time I begin to read the Minor Prophets, I am frustrated with the Israelites and their continued cycle of sin, and maybe slightly tired of stumbling through...

What is a Disciple?

Moving forward as a church requires diligent planning and sacrificial, relentless prayer. But it also requires going back to the basics, establishing some foundations and defining some terms. There is likely no better place to start than asking, “What is the purpose...

Why Are We Here?

Have you ever lived in a time when there is so much noise?  It is almost overbearing.  People arguing and shaking their fists (literally or metaphorically).  Everything seems to be measured by extremes.  In areas of politics, religion, race, medicine, and public...
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