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One of the greatest challenges in the Christian life is learning how to trust God. I mean REALLY trust.

Real trust involves completely letting go of everything I control. It means letting go of my calling as preacher and allowing Him to place me where He wants me in His kingdom.

It means letting go of my career and allowing Him to bless my work and not worry about losing my job. If I am doing my best and honoring Him with my labor, He will reward me and sustain me; regardless of what other people do.

It means letting go of my finances, my health and, of utmost importance, my marriage and family. If I do what is right in all of those areas, He will bless me in all of them.

Trusting God is a matter of giving Him all of me and believing that He is true to His Word. He will take care of me. I cannot worry and trust at the same time.

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Posted by on April 2, 2017 in Daily Verse & Prayer


Two Families

In John 8:44, Jesus told those who rejected Him that they were children of the devil, not God. He said that they would do what their father wanted them to.

Practically speaking, Jesus said there were two different families on earth. One was the family of God, the other the family of Satan. He did not mention any others.

As I watch the protesters of democracy parade around and threaten our peace, I am convinced once again that there is neither black nor white, Republican nor Democrat, liberal nor conservative. There are children of God and there are children of hell. According to the Lord, God’s children do His will and the Enemy’s children do his will.

Am I suggesting that only Christians voted for President Trump while only heathens voted for Mrs. Clinton? No I am certainly not. But what I am saying is this: God is love. His children love. Satan is hate. His children hate. What we are witnessing in these recent days is a flood of hatred pouring forth from those who did not get their way. They are selfish. Their father is selfish. Wanting one’s way, and protesting because you don’t get it, is THE root of all rebellion, and therefore, the root of ALL sin. Lucifer did not get his way in heaven. He has been protesting ever since.

His children do the same thing. It’s a family tradition.

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Posted by on January 21, 2017 in Daily Verse & Prayer


A Growing Number

The story causes me to be extremely angry. So angry ,in fact, that I am unable to muster up any patience or understanding for the ones who are guilty.

Four young adults kidnapped, humiliated, tormented and physically tortured a mentally disabled man for two days. These sociopathic lunatics treated the entire incident as if it was some type of game or entertainment. Their brutal, inhumane acts of evil were all captured on social media and proudly broadcast for the world to see. 

Evil. Pure evil from hell. Demonic depravity inspired and empowered by the devil himself.

There are many who disagree of course. Humanists will babble on about social injustices, psychiatric disorders, and the breakdown of family structures.

Nonsense. As a Bible believer, I know that God’s Word speaks directly to the issue. In 2 Timothy 3:1-5 we are told what type of human behavior we can expect in the last days before Christ returns. The list is quite descriptive of what we see transpiring daily. The passage concludes by stating “from such turn away.”

While the majority of humans operate with a moral compass, a growing number of them are immoral and purely evil. While Jesus has called me to love my neighbor as myself, I will have nothing to do with those who call evil good and call good evil (Isaiah 5:20). Light can have no fellowship with darkness. 

My heart is broken for that poor young man, created in the image of God, who was beaten and abused by four others who were also created in His image. Scripture declares that God is angry with the wicked everyday. God is love but He is also Judge. Surely His heart is broken as well.

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Posted by on January 5, 2017 in Daily Verse & Prayer


Another Rotation Around the Sun

About eight hours are left in the year 2016. It has been a journey of unexpected changes and heart-breaking losses. The inane cliche’,”What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” brings little to no comfort this evening. I approach the new calendar year feeling tired, drained of all creative energy and needing a vacation, not exactly the way I anticipated 2016 would end.

And yet, as Scarlett O’Hara exclaimed, tomorrow is another day and alas, 2017 is another year. As the old hymn says, my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’blood and righteousness. Since my trust and confidence are in God, I hereby long for these blessings to fall in the next twelve months:

I hope that God’s people will repent of besetting sins which are crippling our churches, damaging the Gospel witness and weakening the work of His Spirit in us.

I hope that America will return to being a safe and civil place to live, a land of freedom with godly restraints, and a culture full of love not hate.

I hope that my family will be a blessing to others, that people will see Christ lifted up in our home and be drawn to Him in salvation.

I hope that Jesus saves lost souls through the ministry of GracePoint Church and Bridgeway Hospice. I hope the Lord allows me to be used through both.

Above all, I hope that Jesus returns soon. As the apostle John prayed almost two millennia ago, “Even so, come Lord Jesus!”

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Posted by on December 31, 2016 in Daily Verse & Prayer


The Day After Christmas

It is the day after Christmas. Songs have been sung, food has been eaten, lights have been seen and gifts have been given. Many are at the stores exchanging gifts, cashing in gift cards and looking for discounted items. Others, like me, are cleaning house, enjoying much needed rest and reflecting on the holiday.

Jesus is the Prince of peace. He is also the King of Kings.

A news report today revealed how divided our world truly is. The Republican National Committee, using a social media site, wished everyone a Merry Christmas yesterday. In the post, reference was made to a “new King.” The obvious intent was to proclaim the glory of the Christ.

In response, however, a number of people decried the coronation of Donald Trump as a new king. Either they totally misinterpreted the clear connection to Jesus, which is possible yet unlikely, or they ignored the message that Christ is our King on purpose. Or both. The sad truth is their outrage revealed the division which exists in the heart of men.

On Christmas Day, I witnessed division amongst family members first-hand. It was awful. It was mean. The peace of the Lord was absent. There was no good will toward men. Instead there was evil, selfishness and anger. What should have been a time of joy sadly turned into a time of war.

Although the angels announced peace on earth, and Jesus is the prince of it, people still fight with one another. Jesus did not promise peace on earth apart from Him. He promised a sword. He promised division. He promised that nation would rise against nation and that family members would hate one another. Our Lord died and was raised in order to bring us peace with God. His Holy Spirit blesses us with the peace of God, a peace which is beyond human understanding. A day is coming, and we hope is not far off, when King Jesus will occupy a throne on earth, just as it is in heaven. At that time, swords will be beaten into plow shares and lions will lie down with lambs.

Until such a day arrives we do not strive for world peace. We strive for peace on earth, good will toward men. We preach, serve and worship the newborn King. One day Obama, Clinton, Trump, Putin and Netanyahu will all fall face first before His throne. There will no Republicans, Democrats, Americans, Russians nor Israelis. There will be sheep and there will be goats, wheat and tares, redeemed or doomed. 

Jesus is King. He drew the line in the sand. He created division in order that men might confess Him or deny Him. He is the prince of peace. Therefore peace can only come through Him and in Him. The choice is ours to make.

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Posted by on December 26, 2016 in Daily Verse & Prayer


The Spirit of Christmas

John 3:16 tells us that God loved the world so much that He GAVE His only son. In Acts 20, the Bible quotes Jesus as saying that we are more blessed if we GIVE rather than receive. And the wise men, when visiting the baby Jesus, opened up their carry bags and GAVE to the Christ.

Christmas, therefore, is all about giving. As you make your list of gifts for loved ones and friends, let me pose a question:

What do you plan to give God this Christmas? Your time? Your money? Your talents? 

Nothing is more important. He gave. The very least we can do is give Him our worship.

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Posted by on December 3, 2016 in Daily Verse & Prayer


Care for the Final Journey

All of us know it. This life is only temporary.

At some point, we must walk the final journey to the end. For those who are born-again and belong to Jesus, eternal life takes over and we walk with God forever! Nevertheless, the last days in this life can be sad, even painful.

As a pastor, I preach the Gospel of Jesus, teach the Holy Bible and lead those in my flock to live for God. While we prepare ourselves for eternal life, the emphasis of church is upon the here and now. 

As a chaplain, I minister to people who are facing death and the people who love them. The focus is still upon life, but with the awareness that we are all mortal. All will face their end and stand before God. I am privileged to do what I do and thankful to God for allowing me.

It would be a blessing for me to share the love of God with you and your loved ones. GracePoint Church meets each Sunday at 10:30 in Thomaston and I invite you to worship Jesus with us. Bridgeway Hospice serves families in Upson County and a number of other counties in Georgia. 

Contact me if I can be of service. May the Lord bless you!

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Posted by on October 29, 2016 in Daily Verse & Prayer