Living the Gospel

The Lord Gives, The Lord Takes Away

May 28, 2017

There is no way to adequately describe the emotions of this weekend. Yesterday, I was a pall bearer at the Celebration of Life Service for Dr. Bill Bowyer – likely the most worshipful memorial service I have ever attended. Almost nineteen years ago, I joined Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church and met the man who […]

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A Real Enemy of Marriages

September 28, 2016

At Central Baptist Church we are going through a sermon series on Sunday mornings called “Preparing for Battle.” We are seeing what the Bible says about spiritual warfare by walking through Ephesians 6:10-20 over the next few weeks. In this past Sunday’s message, we looked at what the Bible says about who our real enemy […]

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The Transforming Power of Personal Worship

September 13, 2016

I don’t know about you, but some mornings I just find myself in a funk. This morning was certainly one of them. I got up a bit later than normal, helped get things ready for getting out the door to work and school, and just found myself in a pretty foul mood. I had to […]

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My Most Encouraging Post-Sermon Comment – Ever!

September 6, 2016

Last Sunday, I received the most encouraging sermon comment I have ever received. It came from a 5 year old body (who I later found out was attending his first corporate worship service). He came up to me with his mom and said, “I really like what you said in your sermon today.” I asked, […]

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The Top 5 Reasons I am Thanking God for my Wife on Her Birthday

October 20, 2015

The writer of Proverbs says, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” (Proverbs 18:22, ESV) While I am somewhat aware of that truth every day, I don’t always acknowledge the truth of it as directly as I should. Today, on the occasion of Melanie’s birthday, I have the opportunity […]

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A Sermon to the Pastor from an Unlikely Place

October 2, 2015

I am a pastor. One of my regular weekly activities is to preach sermons. But, today the tables were turned, and I had a sermon preached to me from a most unlikely place…a hospital bed. Now, the message did not have three points and a poem. There was no alliteration. There was no invitation at […]

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The Joy and Challenge of Loving my Wife

September 25, 2015

I had the privilege, along with Melanie, to lead The Art of Marriage conference at our church (Central Baptist Church – Henderson, NC) last weekend. I really believe, by any standards, we had a “good” marriage. If you asked Melanie, our kids, or our friends, I think they would agree. But, we don’t want a […]

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Introduction to Biblically Correct

September 22, 2014

On Sunday evenings at Central Baptist Church, during our EQUIP time, we are going through a new study entitled Biblically Correct, written by my friend Evan Lenow (Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX). In this 10-week study, Christians are challenged to be prepared to speak biblically about […]

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How to Pray for your Pastor (and his family) during their Vacation

June 27, 2014

I have been looking forward to the upcoming week for some time. It is vacation week! While there are still many things I could be working on if I were here, I am confident they will still be there when I return. And, with all that has been going on, both in ministry and at […]

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What Can You Accomplish in a Half Hour?

February 11, 2014

What can you accomplish in a half hour? The answer may well be, “more than you are currently accomplishing in an hour…or more.” In His new book, The Power of a Half Hour: Taking Back Your Life Thirty Minutes at a Time, pastor and author Tommy Barnett seeks to help people become better stewards of their […]

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