Pulpit Minister

What’s Your Custom?

What’s Your Custom?

What are your habits of life? How would your family describe your customs? Twice in the New Testament the phrase is used, “as was his custom,” in reference to Jesus. In Mark 10:1 it is used to refer to his custom of...

Follow Me

Follow Me

From time to time I will see trucks with a “Follow Me” sign on their tailgate. As a matter of fact, I followed one just last week who was directing traffic around the construction of a new bridge in our area. I...

Treasure of Truth

Treasure of Truth

The Bible is a vast treasure chest of truth. It is ours for the digging and the searching. Not just in every book or chapter. But in every verse and word of each verse. Consider this verse: Afterward He appeared to the...

Pine Straw

Pine Straw

put out fresh pine straw in our flower beds each year. From my local gardening experts (my wife Jane and Terry Pruitt), I understand that pine straw is great for our plants. It helps to retain moisture, insulate the...

Love Lifted Me

Love Lifted Me

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV) By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to...

None of Self and All of Thee

None of Self and All of Thee

The title of a song I remember as being a favorite when I was a child. I’m glad we still sing it today. Theodore Monod wrote the words in 1874. “O, the bitter pain and sorrow that a time could ever be, when I proudly...

Practical Application

Practical Application

Is the following an example of Jesus using practical application? A man asked Jesus, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus in essence replied, “What does God say?” “What do you understand the Bible to say?”...

Ironing

Ironing

I finally caught up on my ironing last night. I had been putting it off for a few days. Uh, yes, I know how to iron. Our mother made sure her boys knew how to iron, vacuum, clean house, wash dishes and clothes. Was...

As In The Beginning

As In The Beginning

Genesis is the first book of the Bible. We learn a lot about God in the first three chapters and none of it changes. The Bible is a big book, but the lessons of the first three chapters remain. God created man as male...

An Opportunity To Help

An Opportunity To Help

We help support the School of Biblical Studies in Jos, Nigeria. It has been and continues to be a very productive work in various countries in Africa and even other continents. Several years ago, two students from...

Freedom

Freedom

We all want it. We often misunderstand it. Too often, we consider freedom to mean our ability to do whatever we want to do. But the problem with that is the reality that we cannot live that way. What we want to do may...

VBS 2022 The Big Four

VBS 2022 The Big Four

Our very special thanks to our “Big Four” of VBS, Jina O’Clair, Karen & Jason Smith and Eric Gott. Jina, Karen and Jason have been the “brains” and drive behind our Vacation Bible School for years. Now they are joined...

Washington Speaks

Washington Speaks

As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, I thought it would be good to remember some words of final warning given to us by George Washington in his Farewell Address. He spoke of the great care that needed to be taken...

Focus On The Text

Focus On The Text

I really enjoy using my computer Bible software. It is called BibleWorks. Early on, it would always start with a reminder to “Focus on the text.” God tells us to do the same thing. "So you shall observe to do just as...

Biddable

Biddable

"Biddable" means "easily led, taught or controlled." The Oxford Dictionary defines it as " meekly ready to accept and follow instructions." Whether it is describing a good or bad quality in a person would depend upon...

The Greatest Thing Ever Said

The Greatest Thing Ever Said

This is not new. But sometimes it helps to look at something with a different perspective to broaden our understanding. So, what is the greatest thing ever said? Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all...

Choice

Choice

Choices have consequences. Our choices mean certain things.   “...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).  When Joshua spoke these words he was calling upon all Israel to make a choice. He...

Being Like Jesus

Being Like Jesus

Being like Jesus, now there is a challenge for all of us. The first step of this challenge is to make sure we are actually being like Jesus.   I read an article about a man who is considered by his peers to be the...

We Need Your Help

We Need Your Help

When? Sunday evening, March 27, at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center.   For What? We are loading buckets of essential items to be sent to those fleeing from the war in Ukraine.   Healing Hands International has...

Three Levels of Maturity

Three Levels of Maturity

I’m not sure where the following thoughts are taken from, but they are worth considering again and striving to follow. It seems there are three levels of maturity we pass through. They apply to our lives in general,...

Extraordinary

Extraordinary

Thanks to Alice Harper sharing Phyllis Gibson’s post of the Yulan Magnolia also known as Magnolia Liliflora. With a little help from Photoshop, the flower looks like a bird. When we take the time to look and to think,...

Be Still and Know That I Am God

Be Still and Know That I Am God

Sunday night we sang this song. Below are three verses that will help us understand the meaning. 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the...