Minister Articles

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

There is a reason the three words in the title are used to describe our songs. They are the same terms used by the Holy Spirit in writing about our songs. It is often said, and correctly so, that in our songs we sing the stories, the truths and the instructions given to us in…

The Battle

Sometimes it is exactly as David describes it in Psalm 139. I begin to think about God and the fact that he knows everything about me. He knows my words and thoughts before I ever think them or speak them. He knows everything about me. Then I realize that I cannot be righteous in his…

First

Two important questions: What is to be first and foremost above all else? Is it the first and foremost thing with me in my life? The answer to the first question. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all…

Youth Minister

Who is your child’s youth minister? If you answered Malvin Sanders, you may technically be right. But I would like to suggest to you today, that your child’s primary youth minister… IS YOU. I get to see your child in an average week for 2 classes of less than an hour a piece. Compare that…

Who Is God?

Someone I believe in? Or, the one who is eternally present in all times, with every individual – even in knowing their thoughts and intentions? Someone I believe in? Or, the one who has spoken truth. The truth which is essential to life and living? Someone I believe in? Or, the creator and source of…

Quarantine

During my 10 days being stuck in quarantine, I have barely left my room.  Trying to keep the rest of the family from getting sick has gotten me stuck in one room for most of my days.  The one awesome break that I get each day is when Jan distracts the kids just long enough for…

Paper Giants

On Sunday night, I tucked our son into bed and noticed that he seemed unusually fearful of falling asleep. I asked him what was on his mind, and he shared, “I’m afraid of the giants.” I could not help but laugh (not the best response because I knew what was on his mind. In Bible…

Superstition

I remember, as a boy, riding with my uncle in his truck when a black cat ran across the road in front of us. My uncle quickly reached down and pulled his pants leg up to his knee. I guess he saw my surprised and confused look because he immediately said, “If you pull up…

Demons

Don’t be fooled by the title, this is not an extensive study of demons. That would take far more than this brief article. Sunday night, the College Class was studying the first 29 verses of Mark, chapter 9. That text tells the story of Jesus casting a demon out of a young man which his…

Why Do We Want Jesus?

Mark 8: 31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him…