Placing Membership

“Are you interested in being a member of this congregation?” Church membership. I have been involved in many conversations dealing with the idea of “placing membership” within a local congregation. If I were to write down every opinion I have heard on this subject matter, it would probably take at least two bulletins to explain their beliefs, so I want to talk about the main one that concerns me. Many people erroneously believe that placing membership with a local congregation is not necessary and will sometimes argue that it is completely unscriptural. Much of this is due to their misunderstanding […]

Are You Ready For 2024?

We are at the end of 2023 and what a year it has been. Can you believe it? A lot can happen within the time span of a year and this year was no different. The expression “time flies” is an understatement. With each passing moment, we are closer to eternity, and this is something that we all need to reflect on. I want us to be completely objective about how our year has gone. 1 Thessalonians 4:1, 9-10 Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to […]

Witnessing Jesus Being Crucified

It was about two weeks before Christmas in 1996 and my dad was working for a local athletic store in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Just before closing time, several masked armed robbers busted through the door demanding that my dad and his co-worker get down on the ground. As he fell to the ground, he took his wedding ring off and threw it across the ground knowing that it was probably the only thing he would be able to leave the store with. After ransacking the business, one of the robbers placed a gun to my dad’s head and demanded everything. […]

I Quit!

With the daily usage of technology comes new terminology. Some may recognize the term, clickbait, others may not know what that is referring to. Many would view the title of this article as clickbait. Others would describe it as misleading because no, I am not quitting preaching. Many use clickbait to attract viewers or readers. It is all about the angle or advertisement.  The more views you have, the better, is the principle. I believe this is true even for printable bulletins and e-bulletins. We want as many people to read about God’s word as possible. If a title catches […]

Can We Say It Better?

What is it called when someone thinks that they can do something better than others and they are extremely proud of it? Being arrogant, right? This is something that we can easily be guilty of if we are not careful. I recently made a post on social media proving this very point regarding a few teachings from God’s word. There are people who are extremely bold in teaching things that are completely contrary to the Bible. Shortly after I made the post, I had a few people reach out to me privately going through great lengths to tell me that […]

The Daily Grind

Whether we want to admit it or not, our “daily grind” speaks to who we are as people. It reveals our identity to others. When I say, “daily grind”, I am referring to our everyday routine. I was a bit saddened when I was researching information for this article and came across a recurring theme regarding the idea of an everyday routine. It all pointed back to this idea that it becomes mundane and monotonous. I believe we need to be very careful with this because as Christians, this cannot be so of us. 1 Peter 2:9-12 But you are […]