5 Ways Christians Should Pray Following a Mass Shooting

The mass school shooting that took place in South Florida was a tragic act of violence that shows demonic activity is alive. This shooting was purely from Satan. It was anti-God. It was evil. We have a desperate need for God’s peace. (If you’ve been away from the news cycle, here are the details.) _ Now is the time to turn to more »

Ten Things You Need to Know About How the New Tax Law Affects Churches

Congress has approved a new tax plan that is impacting charitable giving. At the outset of this article, it is important to remember that Christians give, not due to taxes of man, but command of God (Mal 3:10) and a heart of cheerfulness (2 Cor 9:7). Thankfully, the land of the free and home of the brave gives some incentives more »

Go to Israel with Me

Imagine exploring places in the Bible you’ve read about your entire life. Israel is the most fascinating place I’ve ever visited.  It’s the size of New Jersey, but is as geographically diverse as you can imagine. There are mountains in the north that journey into the valley to see the Sea of Galilee, head south to the desert of Masada, more »

7 Things Satan Wants to Do in Your Marriage

We are in a marriage crisis in America.   The American divorce rate is nearly twice what it was in 1960, though it has declined somewhat since hitting an all-time high in 1980.  This decline suggests a higher rate of marital stability, due to both a higher age of first marriage as well as the reservation of marriage for the more »

SERMON NOTES: Expecting Revival | 40 Days of Revival (Jonah 3)

Expecting Revival Jonah 3 Considering the current state of mankind, it may seem like an odd time to expect revival to fall. After all, it seems the degradation of morality is sliding downwardly at a rapid pace. Alvin Reid, revival historian, clarifies that “. . . great revival often comes in times when the possibility of revival seems so remote. more »

The Blog Break is Over

I’m back! When I moved to Greenville, SC in early November, in order to serve as the new lead pastor of Brushy Creek Baptist Church, Taylors, SC, I knew I needed a break from blogging to get my feet underneath me. Charity and I moved to a new city to pastor a new church.   The way I write for more »

Sermon Notes: Gabriel: Jesus is the Son of God (Luke 1:35, 2:49)

Gabriel: Jesus is the Son of God Luke 1:35; 2:49 Luke 1:35 says, And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. Jesus is, indeed, the Son of God. How does that apply to more »

Sermon Notes: Anna – Jesus is the Redeemer (Luke 2:36-38)

Anna: Jesus is the Redeemer Luke 2:36–38   Luke 2:36–38 says, 36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from more »

A Practical Checklist for Pastors to Leave A Church Well

This past Sunday, I concluded my tenure as lead pastor of Church of the Highlands in Chattanooga, TN. I worked hard to leave the church well, and a key to it was following the checklist I developed.   If you’re about to leave a church, I hope this practical checklist will help you to do it with excellence:   Write more »