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The Cup

The Lord Jesus said, “…the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?” (John 18:11b). These are the words our Lord spoke to Simon Peter after he tried to stop the approaching events that led to the cross....

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A Biblical Pattern of Church Growth

I try to be eclectic in my reading, gleaning from fields far and wide. I am sometimes amused, if not saddened by the attitude of some who will say if you want to see your church grow, this is what you must do. I am equally amused to see many different churches with differing philosophies that are growing, thriving churches....

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Send in the Boys! A Call to Our Youth!

I am soon to be traveling in youth conferences and youth camps around the country as spring approaches and summer ensues. I am carrying a burden that this will be the greatest time of revival among American teens and young adults that I have ever witnessed. ...

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The Personal Faith of Washington and Lincoln

If you were to ask the leading historians to list the five greatest presidents of the United States, I am certain beyond a reasonable doubt, that Washington and Lincoln would always be included in that short list....

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Heart and Soul: Love for a Lifetime

It was said that Claudius II of Rome believed that single men made better warriors than husbands; he therefore made a proclamation that marriages were to be suspended for single young men in the Roman army. Knowing that Valentine was a minister, the young men serving in the army would ask Valentine to marry them....

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Davy Crocket's Violin

Not long ago the Houston museum featured the “Texas Exhibit”. My wife and I were fascinated by certain artifacts such as Sam Houston’s walking cane and his single ball revolver where he had actually hand scribed “S. Houston” on the wooden grip. We were also fascinated by one of the knives used by Jim Bowie at The Alamo....

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Is God Real in Your Life?

A great concern of mine is the number of young people that have left the ranks of the church in recent years. In God’s mercy He has kept me ministering to young people and young adults....

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Why is Pro-Life Right and Abortion Wrong?

On January 22, 1973, by a Supreme Court vote of seven to two, abortion became legal in The United States of America. To borrow historical rhetoric, “…a day that will live in infamy.” It was deemed legal that a woman could, by her choice, terminate the life of her unborn baby....

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The Dream Began 33 Years Ago Today!

On a beautiful winter Sunday morning in Houston, 33 years ago today, January 18, 1981, I preached my first sermon as pastor of Christchurch Baptist Fellowship. I was 29 years old, my wife Barbara was 27....

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A 50+ers Tribute to Mabel Diehl

One of those golden threads is Mabel Diehl, and I dare say, she has been a golden thread in many of our life tapestries. And today, I am celebrating Mabel....

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