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Transition

Publication:Pastoral Letter, January 2019 Dear Friend in Christ: It is a New Year and I pray that it will be a great one for you! Yesterday is past; the future is not yet here, and today is the transition from yesterday to tomorrow. We are on a journey, sojourners in temporary dwellings. Adjusting to change [...]

Beyond the Obvious

Publication:Pastoral Letter,March 2017 Dear Friend in Christ: I hope this letter finds you well. It’s an honor for me to share with you this month some thoughts regarding vision; that is, to see spiritually, “beyond the obvious”. This is a vital need, especially in these times. The Lord has given diverse gifts to the Church [...]

The Search

Publication: Pastoral Letter, June 2016 Dear Friend in Christ: Thank you for praying for our annual CSM Gatlinburg Conference. It was a wonderful time in the Lord focusing on the “Unshakable” reality of Christ’s Kingdom in shaking times. The testimonies we heard were inspiring and instructive. In this letter, I want to examine how our [...]

Lifting Leaders’ Hands

Publication: Pastoral Letter,April 2011 Dear Friend in Christ: A few weeks ago I had the privilege of installing a new pastor, Scott Lloyd, at the Worship Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The following week, I was honored to join in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Larry Grainger as Senior Pastor at Abundant Life Church in Mt. [...]

By |April 1st, 2011|Leadership, Pastoral Letters|0 Comments

The Necessity of Life

Publication: Pastoral Letter, October 2007 Dear Friend in Christ: You will notice that that the title of this letter is “The Necessity of Life,” not the Necessities of Life. That is a very important distinction. I was told early in school that the necessities of life were food, shelter, and clothing. But, there is one [...]

By |October 1st, 2007|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

The Road to Unity

Publication: Pastoral Letter, June 2006 Dear Friend in Christ: I am writing this letter from Houston, Texas, where my wife, Carolyn, is a patient at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She is currently in a trial program due to a return of her cancer. She is feeling well with no symptoms, but a recent scan detected [...]

By |June 1st, 2006|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

A Builder’s Heart

Publication: Pastoral Letter, May 2000 Dear Friend in Christ: Spring and Summer are seasons of construction...houses, highways, and high-rises flourish as plans are put into effect in the favorable weather. It is a good time to build. I am fascinated by the human spirit and its motivation to build things. I believe it is because [...]