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He is here.

What makes Christmas time so special? When I was a child, it was the wrapped presents under the Christmas tree. As a teenager, it was getting out of school for a few weeks. When I became a father, it...

 

The darkness of pain

Last November, I started down the journey into darkness. I was tired. Covid had beaten me down. Pastoring in a pandemic is hard, as it was with all pastors and churches. My wife and I still had residu...

 

The forgotten virtue of kindness

Ask anyone in retail if they have had customers treat them unkindly. After spending almost 20 years in the retail world, I can attest to it. All three of my children worked in retail while they were...

 

Your name spoken by the divine

I am sure that your mother was the same as mine. We lived on a farm and I had 40 acres to run and roam. One thing was a must. If Momma called, you best be making your way back to the house. Sometimes...

 

An attitude of gratitude

There is no doubt that this has been a challenging year. By February, our nation was starting to face a pandemic that seemingly will not go away. Within nine months, we have learned to wear masks,...

 

Certain Bible truths for uncertain days

This year has undoubtedly been interesting. It reminds me of a roller coaster. You slowly ascend, then downward you go, twisting every which way. The problem is that the ride keeps joining! Disease,...

 

The crazy ride of 2020

What a ride this year has been! I never thought that we would still be dealing with masks, quarantine, and the general confusion that has defined our lives for the past seven months. I am grateful that we live in a relatively safe area and those who...

 

Scary words

Fall has arrived in full force. The cold is on the way, and the leaves will soon turn. Soon we will all be raking the yards. Fall brings a lot of different experiences – football, hayrides and, of...

 

False assumptions

Have you ever thought you had something with you, only to find out that you didn't? Perhaps you thought your child was beside you at the store, but they weren't. Perhaps you thought you had your...

 

Please make the pain stop

Human suffering. In our world of internet and television, we are exposed to scenes of human suffering daily. We look around and see so many struggling with sorrow and pain. It is overwhelming at times...

 

We all suffer, but hope for Heaven is powerful

The oldest book of the Bible addresses the singular aspect that all humanity faces, that of suffering. The ancient poem of Job addresses human suffering on a level that few would ever experience. The...

 

Scary words

Fall has arrived. The cold is coming and the leaves are starting to turn. Soon we will all be raking the yards. Fall brings a lot of different experiences, football, hayrides and, of course, pumpkin...

 

Please make the pain stop

Human suffering. In our world of internet and television, we are exposed to scenes of human suffering daily. We look around and see so many struggling with sorrow and pain. It is overwhelming at...

 

It's about the children

My mind is on children right now. Our summers at Bible Baptist Church start with youth camp in June and ends with our Youth Week (vacation Bible school) in August. Tonight is our closing night, which...

 

Bible Baptist Church hosts VBS Youth Week 2018

Summer is quickly disappearing. We are sure you have had a busy summer. Looking for something for your child to do this next week? Don’t miss out on the last VBS of the year. Bring your children to...

 

Fake news

I am really getting tired of fake news. It is getting increasingly harder to discern the truth and make intelligent decisions. Whether it is trying to decide about Question 788, who to vote for on Tue...

 

Why do the scars remain?

Imagine Thomas’ condition. A week earlier he had watched Christ die. He had placed all of his hope and all of his life on Jesus. Jesus was everything to him and now he was dead. Three days after...

 

Show your love

Valentine’s Day has passed. I hope you all received something from someone who loves you. It is fun to make our loved ones smile as we demonstrate our love to them on Valentine’s Day. True love is...

 

An empty calendar

Sitting on my office desk is a new calendar. Its pages are blank. No appointments, deadlines or meeting are written within. It is blank, but not because there are no plans for 2018, for there are plen...

 

The Christmas interruption

Thanksgiving is over. I trust that you had a wonderful time with your family, rejoicing and thanking God for all he has done for you. Now suddenly Christmas is here. If you are like me, it gets busy...

 

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