The Next Level

Last night, we had a good time looking at Genesis 22 and how Jacob wrestled with the angel of God.  12 folks were out for the service with 1 first time visitor. The lessons we looked at from Jacob were very helpful to me as we praying, plan, and desire to go to the next […]

Church-Planting Blog

My good friend and mentor Austin Gardner has started a new blog called Church Planting Discussions.  I want to encourage you to check it out and subscribe by email.  He has two threads going right now on the Church Planter and a Biblical Plan for Restoration.  I guarantee you that, if you are interesting in learning […]

Our Generation Summit

I have been privileged to attend a couple of summits in the past and you won’t want to miss one of the most exciting meetings of the year.  Austin Gardner wrote the following about the Summit: One of the most exciting missionaries in the world today is a friend of ours that works in Northern […]

Family News

I read the following quote off of Pastor Austin Gardner’s quote of the day and though I would just write a bit of family news: “Obedience to the call of Christ nearly always costs everything to two people – the one who is called, and the one who loves that one.” – Oswald Chambers New […]

The War

I am watching a war movie right now and I can’t help but think about the war we are in for men’s souls.  The sad thing is that to an outside watching our lives, they probably would never guess that we were at war.  I am tired of dead, lifeless, lazy Christianity.  I am tired […]

News from Home

Dave Craig from our home church in Carrollton, OH sent us the following pictures from this past Sunday at our church.  It was great to see pictures of our pastor David Powell and his wife Kathy (on the right), whose son Jonathon is helping us right now for 3 months.  Also, on the left is […]

Day After

I must say that we were all real tired after yesterday.  Today, we did not do much other than just be together as a family and relax.  We did make chocolate chip cookies together and packaged them to take to the visitors that came on Sunday.  Also, Jonathon and I went with another pastor to […]

Congratulations to Robert & Sara Stover

I just wanted to say a word of congratulations to a friend of mine from high school and Bible college, Robert, and his wife, Sara.   Robert and Sara are on deputation heading to Peru as missionaries with Macedonia World Baptist Missions.  Here is the email that I got from Robert today about the birth of […]

Why are People Leaving Churches?

I read a good article by Sam and Tom Rainer on “Why People are Leaving Church.” Do your neighbors go to church? If not, do you know why? Their reasons are probably not the ones you’d expect. New research reveals why people leave churches and what you and your church can do to bring them […]

Update on Grant

Just a quick update on Grant’s hand.  He burnt it on the oven top on Wednesday night.  We kept ice on it for about 7 hours and put some jel on it.  The pain finally subsided and he slept good.  On Thursday, we took him to the doctor who told us to take him the […]