Vacation Bible School Time!

Vacation Bible School Time! Vacation Bible School Time! It’s that time again. As a pastor, I have seen Vacation Bible School (VBS) used effectively. VBS primarily attracts children. As a result, very few adults are reached through this evangelistic outreach. Yet, I still think VBS is useful and can be helpful to reach families. I [Read More…]

5 Indicators of National Moral Decline

5 Indicators of National Moral Decline 26 June 2017 Year A Micah 7:1-7 National moral decline happens when God is neglected. Micah lists five different kinds of relationships that are affected by a nation’s refusal to follow God. 1. Prophets – Godly influence wanes (Micah 7:1-2) “How sad for me! For I am like one [Read More…]

Psalm 126:1-6 The Greatest Future Is Yet to Come

Psalm 126:1-6 The Greatest Future Is Yet to Come “Bringing in the Sheaves,” a hymn in the Baptist Hymnal was written by Knowles Shaw, is based on the last verse of Psalm 126. Mr. Shaw was born October 13, 1834. When Knowles was about twelve, his dying father gave him his cherished violin and told him [Read More…]

5 Times God Shows His Faithfulness

5 Times God Shows His Faithfulness 19 June 2017 Year A Psalm 105:7-45 Psalm 105 is a hymn of praise for the faithfulness of God to His people. The psalmist begins by describing “5 Ways to Show Appreciation to God for His Faithfulness.” Yet, the Psalm doesn’t end there. The psalmist continues to explain through [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 Great Advice About How to Live

Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 Great Advice About How to Live Believe it or not, the English Department at the University of Wyoming offers a class to teach its students how to communicate with aliens. “Interstellar Message Composition,” the course is called, and it is sponsored by a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). According [Read More…]

Matthew 9:35-38 The Greatest Mission

Matthew 9:35-38 The Greatest Mission Today is Father’s Day. Like Mother’s Day last month, we celebrate the role that fathers play in the lives of families. I would suggest that if men are called to be fathers and leaders of their families, then they should also take the charge in leading the church in the [Read More…]

4 Ways to Thank the Lord

4 Ways to Thank the Lord 15 June 2017 Year A Psalm 116:12-19 The psalmist spends the first half of this psalm praising God for how God has helped him. The psalmist loves the Lord (Psalm 116:1) and reminds himself of the ways in which God has shown both mercy and grace. Psalm 116:1-11 sounds [Read More…]

SBC Annual Meeting in Phoenix – Declining Numbers and A Race Problem

The declining numbers are related to the problem with white supremacy resolution that had difficulty getting approved during this year’s annual meeting. [Read more…]

Psalm 8:1-9 The Greatest Glory

Psalm 8:1-9 The Greatest Glory Psalm 8:1-9 The Greatest Glory is the first sermon in a series on “The Greatest.” If you look in your Baptist hymnals, you will see a song that is based upon this psalm. Turn to page 29. Let me sing this song for you. Song: “Oh Lord Our Lord How [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 Wisdom for the Better Life

Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 Wisdom for the Better Life Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 Wisdom for the Better Life Solomon pauses in this chapter, which begins the second half of the book. Here, Solomon seems to reflect on the wisdom he has shared in the previous six chapters. The key word in this section is “better”. The Lord shows us that [Read More…]