Yearly Archives: 2013


Spiritual Incrementalism – Part One

Many of us bemoan losing our society to wickedness. We see the direction that our nation is heading and we grieve. We did not lose everything overnight and we will not gain it back that way either. We gain or lose ground by inches. I believe this is also true in our walk with God. […]


Alien Encounter – Christmas Message

  Scripture: Luke 1:26-38 Hollywood seems to believe that they created alien encounters. Even before the motion picture was invented, there were authors that wrote what is generally called Science Fiction. While a great deal of it is far fetched and unbelievable, I would venture to say they were on to something – that we […]


Stubborn or Faithful? 1

Last Sunday my church surprised me with a video and testimonial service celebrating our 20th anniversary for Hope Family Fellowship. As I was waiting to start my PowerPoint for the message, the young lady that creates and runs our announcement sheet, refused to sit down. She just looked at me and smiled. While that is not […]


Twenty Years Today

Hope Family Fellowship is twenty years old today (12/5). As I was looking in an old file, I found my original dream list written while I was considering starting a church. Shortly after writing this, I left the church where I had served for about eleven years. It seemed like a good time to experiment with a different […]


Is Education Evil? 6

In 1973 when I became a believer in Jesus, advanced Biblical education was viewed with a sneer. The Holy Spirit was moving freely, and going to seminary was referred to as a doorway to quenching. It seems that forty years has not changed much of that view.  Seminaries are still referred to as cemeteries and […]


New Life

We have some friends that we have known for many, many years. In addition to being really nice people, they play bluegrass music. Frequent guests at festivals and Silver Dollar City, the Downing Family are talented musicians and produce some excellent tunes. As a disclaimer, I am not a paid spokesman and do not receive […]


Will Mary Jane Stay? 2

Most pastors love visitors. New people allow us to share what we believe with a fresh audience. A quick search on any web engine will reveal many tools, tricks, and techniques to entice people to check out our churches. Some will even stay! There is a visitor on her way to your gathering, are you […]