Church Website Redirect

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Article: The Positive But Often Overlooked Benefits Of Being A PK/MK

PK MK LogoMy wife and I were not PKs (preacher’s kids). My wife was a BK (bus kid). I was an MB (military brat). Yet, at age 17, the Lord called me to be a preacher and at 25 I became a pastor – and, through no fault of their own, our four kids are all PKs.

Recently, I began making a list of what I consider to be some PRACTICAL benefits of growing up in a preacher’s household. I found that it is much easier to list negatives. I suppose that is because of our sinful natures, or perhaps some of us lean naturally towards pessimism. Ask us to list ten negatives about the ministry and we can have it done in 5 minutes, with some bonus answers (this is partly because there ARE negatives, no doubt about it). Ask us to list ten Continue reading

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Article: Love It Or List It – Church Edition

Love_it_or_list_it_TitleApproximately 18 months ago, my wife started watching some HGTV home renovation shows. Approximately 18 months later, our home is totally renovated and I have a nice new mortgage. Moral of the story? Don’t let your wife watch home renovation shows unless you are ready for a long-term commitment.

One of the shows that my wife really enjoyed was “Love It or List It.” Okay, I admit it, I kinda liked it, too, and I learned a lot. For those who have never seen the show, allow me to explain the basic premise of the program: The show features “Designer Hillary” and “Realtor David” and a different couple each week that is divided over whether they want to stay in the current home or sell it and move. Hillary’s job is to remodel the house in such a way that the couple will choose to stay. David’s job is to persuade them to sell their home and purchase another. The drama builds around unexpected problems in the remodel and the visiting of various homes in the effort to persuade them to move. At the end of the show, the couple is shown their newly remodeled home and given their options – Will they love it? Or list it?

Perhaps a preacher is reading this blog and thinking, “I’ve about had it with my church. I think I’d like to ‘list it’ and look for better circumstances.” Or, perhaps a preacher’s wife is thinking, “I’d like to get out of this town and get away from Sister Sourpuss once and for all!” If so, you aren’t the first person to feel that way. In fact, considering that the average pastor stays in one church for less than 5 years, it is safe to say that a lot of people have felt exactly the way that you do.

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Article: Where Does The Time Go?

father-and-daughter-silhouette-494x329Psalms 90:9-10 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. (10) The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

June 1, 2014. Just another date on the calendar, right? Not anymore. Not after typing into my calendar, “Beth’s High School graduation,” for that day. I’ve got to admit it, I’m having a hard time accepting that my oldest daughter is about to graduate High School. Especially since I have been put in charge of compiling pictures for her graduation video. Looking through all those cute little pictures of Beth with her Winnie the Pooh dolls and frilly Sunday dresses has been hard on the old man.

I know, those of you who are older than I am will nod your heads wisely and remind me that soon will come engagements, wedding dates, and grandchildren. I know, I know; but right now I’m just working through the fact that my “little girl” will soon be graduating and then heading off to college. 

All parents eventually ask themselves, “Where has the time gone?”

The fact is that the time has gone somewhere. The Bible tells us that we “spend our years.” The difference between time and money, however, is that money can be spent, but replaced; when time has been spent, it is gone forever. My daughter will never be four again, or fourteen; those years are gone. They have been spent.

Where does the time go? For the wise parent, the time goes into the child. Spend time with your children. Invest your life in them. You have a little less than two decades to spend training them up in the way they should go. Don’t become so absorbed in your career, business, or self-centered pursuits that you short-change your children the time that should be invested in their lives.

Easier said than done? Yes. NOTHING about good parenting is EASY. It takes self-denial and self-sacrifice. It means you have to grow up before they do. Our children are not pets; they are God’s heritage, entrusted to our care. Ideally, they will be raised by two dedicated parents who love God, each other, and their children. Parenting is a full-time job, which is probably why the Bible teaches that mom should be, if possible, a “keeper at home” (Titus 2:5). You won’t hear that preached much anymore, but one of the best decisions we ever made for our family was to live modestly on one income so that Mom could be the full-time executive vice president of household operations.

Where does the time go? Hopefully into your children. No man on his deathbed ever said, “I wish I had spent more time in the office.” Our children are our best investment. Spend time with them. Train them up. Nurture and admonish them in the Lord.

Some things in life are bittersweet. But if we waste the time given to us to spend on our children, there will be far more bitter than sweet in the years to come.

Thank you for reading. God bless.

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Article: Before Moving, Consider Your Spiritual Standard of Living

relocationMatthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

We live in a transient society. People today move a lot, usually to pursue a job, a promotion, a dream, or a college education – in short, seeking better opportunities for themselves, their families and their futures. As a pastor, it is a two-edged sword. I love when people move to our area and become a part of our church; I can’t say that I enjoy it as much when people move away. Sometimes, it is obviously the will of God. Other times, it has resulted in families out of church and out of service to God.

Sometimes, people move from a bad situation to a better one. When my family packed up in Virginia Beach and moved to small town Weatherford, TX, (population 10,000 at the time), it was a good move. I believe God was in it. My whole family got saved there and I later met my wife there. There’s no doubt in my mind that God’s providence Continue reading

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Another Sunday Come and Gone – A Poem

lighthouse-sunset-skyIt is a joy to serve the Lord through a busy local church. It is hard on the flesh, but good for the spirit. As a pastor, I have often enjoyed the silence of an empty church auditorium after the last members have made their way home. The following poem was written during a quiet time as I thought back over the day’s events. It is dedicated to the wonderful people that I have the privilege of pastoring and serving with at Lighthouse Baptist Continue reading

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“A Double Portion” – A Thought For Preachers

elijahThe relationship between Elijah and Elisha is a remarkable one. Following the Lord’s direction, Elijah walked out into a field one day where Elisha was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen. Without a word, Elijah draped his mantle over the shoulders of the young man and went on his way (See 1 Kings 19:19-21). Elisha then did a remarkable thing: he willingly exchanged the prophet’s mantle for a servant’s towel.  Elisha was called of God – but he Continue reading

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In Honor of Super Bowl Sunday – Article: Bandwagon Fans and Die-Hard Disciples

bandwagonIn sports, we can safely divide fans into at least three groups: the fair weather fans who root for their team when they are winning, and disappear when they are losing; the die hard fans who root for their team year after year, win or lose, no matter what (see the Detroit Lions fan base); and the bandwagon fans – those rootless sports mercenaries who cheer for whichever team happens to be the best right now. There may be more divisions, but for the sake of blog brevity, we will look at just these three.

A similar paradigm can be found among Christians. Some are fair weather disciples. If the weather is right, or it’s a holiday, or something special is going on down at the church house, and “if the Lord’s willing and the creek don’t rise,” they will be there. Give them something exciting to watch and you might hold their interest for Continue reading

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