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A Heart For the Word

Publication:Pastoral Letter, March 2019 Dear Friend in Christ: I sincerely pray that you are doing well. This month, we want to pick up where we left off at the end of the February Pastoral Letter. Luke 4 tells us that Jesus, when tempted and accused by Satan in the wilderness, declared: “It is written, ‘Man [...]

It Is Written

Publication:Pastoral Letter, February 2019 Dear Friend in Christ: In these beginning weeks of 2019, the Lord has reminded me of the power of His Word. We hear a lot today about “Fake News”, and there certainly is a lot of that coming at us non-stop from so many different directions. However, my focus is on [...]

A New Song For A New Day

Publication:Pastoral Letter, January 2018 Dear Friend in Christ: Happy New Year! I pray that you and your loved ones had a very blessed Christmas. Celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus reminds us of God’s promises and His faithfulness to keep His Word. How can we best position ourselves to receive His Word for 2018? [...]

Miracles at the Intersection

Publication:Pastoral Letter,September 2017 Dear Friend in Christ: I was in California a few weeks ago and my friend Cynthia Krueger gave me a book entitled Miracles by Eric Metaxas. Cynthia is married to Erik Krueger and she had been my administrator in years past. I was interested in the book for several reasons: she had [...]

Only Ewoks Worship

[Part 1] Jesus prayed that God would not take us out of the world, but that He would keep us from “the evil one” (John 17:15).  How does that work when there are so many good movies with an embedded message that contradicts Jesus? In every piece of art there is an embedded worldwide.  I [...]

By |June 20th, 2016|Blog, Worldview & Culture|0 Comments

Thanksgiving as a Lifestyle

Publication:Pastoral Letter, November 2014 Dear Friend in Christ,I pray this letter finds you well and enjoying the Autumn. This is my favorite time of the year for many reasons, but primarily because we are nearing the celebration of Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. In addition to the deeply meaningful acknowledgement of God's provision [...]

By |November 1st, 2014|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

All I Want for Christmas

by Stephen Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Autumn 2013 Giving and Receiving Autumn is in full swing and that means that Christmas is coming soon! This is my favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather, the wild colors in the trees, and the times to gather with friends and family. Here along the Gulf Coast, [...]

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

Yank or Pull?

Publication: Pastoral Letter, May 2007 Dear Friend in Christ: Consistency turns a virtue into a habit and habits are who we are. Sometimes we yank at what we want_a short “jerk” at life. At other times we give a consistent enduring pull. If you “yank” on a rope tied to a large boat, nothing happens, [...]

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

When God Sends

Publication: Pastoral Letter, September 2003 Dear Friend in Christ: Let me tell you a true story…. The man was not insane, though he certainly acted like it. He tore his clothes off, broke free when others attempted to bind him, and he lived in the cemetery and threatened all who came near. This man lived [...]