Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the Cycle of Spiritual Entropy A basic cycle repeats itself over and over in the book of Judges. Time and time again God’s people go through this heartrending process, and it seems as if they do not have the ability to look back and learn from their past. This cycle (pictured right) follows this basic pattern. It begins with a time of peace. Things are going great, the people are seeking God, they have a thankful spirit, there is peace in the land. Then comes a season of complacency. The people get used to the good things God has given them and as their hearts grow cold and complacent, their eyes begin to wander away from the one true God and toward idols and … Continue reading

A Sign of Spiritual Entropy

If you want to see a key sign of spiritual entropy, just look at Gideon. Judges 6: 12-16 (NASB): The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.” 13 Then Gideon said to him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 The Lord looked at him and said, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?” 15 He said … Continue reading

The Shepherd’s Sacrifice

Today is the day that we in the USA set aside to recognize and honor the place of mothers in our society. Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of their mother goddesses, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service. The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the … Continue reading

The Shepherd’s Staff

The Shepherd’s Staff – Ezekiel 34:7-16 This is a difficult and ambiguous time at King’s Grant Baptist Church. It is hard to take in that the person who has shepherded us for all these years has decided to leave us. Many couples have been married, many family members have been buried. A pastor goes through life with us, we were a family. On the other side, now we feel alone, vulnerable, anxious, and to some degree we feel betrayed by the simple fact that our pastor is going to shepherd other people instead of us. Yes, we recognize God’s calling on his life, and sometimes following that call moves our ministers in a different direction, but we grieve the loss none the less. There is … Continue reading

Choosing a New Pastor

Choosing a new pastor HAS to be different than an episode of The Bachelor, and let me tell you why. It was disturbing to recently see a handout that takes the reader through the pastor search committee process. While much was in order and took the reader through the logical and practical steps in the process, there was a disturbing and concerning section that I want to address. Perhaps just writing this is therapy for me, because once the committee begins its work, I have no influence whatsoever on how they conduct their business. One block in the process is to “narrow the field down to 6-10 potential candidates.” Certainly this is all well and good. But the next step was to “check all references” … Continue reading

False Expectations

This message is a part of the new sermon series for 2016 at King’s Grant Baptist Church, taken from Luke 14:25-35. Here is the video of my message. There was a debate perhaps 25 years on the meaning of salvation. At that time I discovered a tremendously insightful resource by John MacArthur called, The Gospel According to Jesus. It changed my life. This is what it was all about… As Baptists we understand that salvation by grace through faith. No one earns salvation through their deeds. But can someone be saved and not follow Jesus as a disciple? Can Jesus be your Savior without him being your Lord? Can you pray a prayer as a younger person, and because Baptists believe in “once saved always … Continue reading

An Outline of Daniel

DANIEL The Man of Vision It is interesting to note that the Jews placed Daniel is in the book of Writings, rather than the Prophets. Daniel in Babylon – Daniel 1:1-21 Selected: How Daniel came to Babylon – Daniel 1:1-7 (Daniel’s Resolution) Conquered: Nebuchadnezzar over Jehoiakim – Daniel 1:1-2 Captured: youths without defect – Daniel 1:3-5 Candidates – Daniel 1:6-7 Hebrew names: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah Pagan names: Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshech, Abed-nego Steadfast: Daniel turns vegetarian – Daniel 1:8-16 (Daniel’s Recommendation) Statesman: God’s gifting and Their rise in favor – Daniel 1:17-21 Daniel’s Reward) Knowledge, intelligence, dreams, visions – Daniel 1:17 Presentation to the king – Daniel 1:18 Daniel and the boys are 10 times better – Daniel 1:20 Daniel continued until the first year of Cyrus … Continue reading