Summer Schedule!

July 2 

8 & 10:30 a.m. – Jesus on Trial (John 18:12-32)

9 a.m. – Church wide breakfast!


July 9

8 & 10:30 a.m. – Peter’s Failure (John 18:12-32)

9:15 a.m. – Missionary visit (Ron & Sharon Hartwig)

6:00 p.m. – Is Genesis History? (video & discussion)


July 16

8 & 10:30 a.m. – What is Truth? (John 18:28-38)

9:15 a.m. – Mormonism (video & discussion)

6:00 p.m. – Is Genesis History? (video & discussion)


July 23

8 & 10:30 a.m. – Jesus Rejected (John 18:38-19:16)

9:15 a.m. – Buddhism, Hinduism & the New Age (video & discussion)

6:00 p.m. – Is Genesis History? (video & discussion)


July 30

8 & 10:30 a.m. – Jesus Crucified (John 19:17-30)

9:15 a.m. – Islam (video & discussion)

6:00 p.m. – Is Genesis History? (video & discussion)


August 6

8 & 10:30 a.m. – Jesus Buried (John 19:31-42)

9:15 a.m. – Living Victoriously in Difficult Times (Pam Olsen)

6:00 p.m. – Cancelled


August 13

8 & 10:30 a.m. – Jesus’ Resurrection (John 20:1-18)

9:15 a.m. – Living Victoriously in Difficult Times (Pam Olsen)

5:00 p.m. – Fall Fundraiser and Fish Fry!


August 20

8 & 10:30 a.m. – Jesus Appears to the Disciples (John 20:19-31)

9:15 a.m. – Mission Presentation

6:00 p.m. – 4 Views on the End Times: The Goal of God’s Plan


August 27

8 & 10:30 a.m. – Jesus at the Sea of Galilee (John 21:1-14)

9:15 a.m. – Living Victoriously in Difficult Times (Pam Olsen)

6:00 p.m. – 4 Views on the End Times: Four Ways to End the Word


September 3

8 & 10:30 a.m. – Peter’s Restoration (John 21:15-25)

9:15 a.m. – Living Victoriously in Difficult Times (Pam Olsen)

6:00 p.m. – 4 Views on the End Times: Amillennialism

When life throws you a curve…

As I sit here looking out my window, I’m amazed at the weather. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the trees and the flowers are budding, and my allergies are beginning to act up! What a contrast to last year! I remember it being cold and damp into June, and it seemed like the trees were never going to get their leaves. For the first time in my life I knew what “seasonal affective disorder” was like!

Life is like that. There are good times and bad times. Sometimes we expect one thing and we get another, like snow in May or seventy degree weather in March. The wisdom of Forrest Gump comes to mind: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

That’s difficult for me. I’m always the one looking at the inside of the lid to figure out what kind of chocolate I’m about to eat! I try to figure out life too, but so many things are out of my control. (Like the weather!) It can be quite discouraging sometimes, and I know that many of you feel the same way.

That’s why we all need to remember the wisdom of James 4:13-15. It says, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy or sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’”

Robert Burns put it this way: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Yes, our plans do. But we have to realize that God is on his throne, and he has a plan and a purpose for all things, so we need to put our trust in Him. And, when things don’t work out the way we want or expect, that’s when we need to “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

What makes a pastor, a pastor?

I’m used to people who are members of Bellerose calling me their pastor.  It’s also normal for regular attenders to call me their pastor.  It’s not even that unusual to have someone who has attended the church once, or been to a special event where I’ve preached to call me their pastor.  Occasionally someone in the neighborhood who passes by, or drops in for food or assistance will call me their pastor.  But I had a new experience happen to me yesterday.

I was bowling with a church member and some of his friends.  We all know each other and we’ve enjoyed bowling and other activities together over the years.  One of the individuals there who has never been to my church, and who is of a different faith, called me his pastor!

This individual knows that I am a Christian minister.  We’ve talked more about moral issues than we have religious issues, but I know that he understands what I believe.  We’ve had fun together, and he seems to be comfortable with me.  Over time we’ve developed a relationship, and I hope that one day it will bear fruit.

But why did he call me his pastor?  Probably because I’m the only pastor he knows!  But I’m thankful that he feels comfortable calling me that, and hope that one day, when he has concerns or questions, trials or tribulation, that he’ll think, “I know this guy….”

Let’s all seek to build relationships with those around us, so that we’ll be there when they need someone to turn to.

Life in the hood…

Audio and video for my mother’s day sermon on marriage are up!  We’ve also had an interesting week in the hood.  One person that I normally help with bus fare was in need of some food assistance, so we were able to help him out.  Another person contacted us for food from the food pantry, but only wanted “healthy” food!  We managed to accommodate him as well.  The third person was someone Val and I saw while we were walking.  He was older, looked a little the worse for wear, only had one shoe, and had just about walked the sock off of his other foot!  We gave him some food and I offered him my shoes, but he said that he “had never worn sneakers in his life”!  He also admitted to having been out on an all night bender!  The good news is that we saw him later and were able to provide an “appropriate” pair of shoes.

Why do I mention this?  Because I think that it’s a great illustration of the way we treat God.  He says, “Can I help you my child?”  We say, “Well, I don’t like the way you want to help me.  Can you do it a different way?”  Or perhaps we say, “I don’t need your help.  I can take care of it myself.”  In truth, we need his help not only for our salvation, but we also need it for everything else we do every moment of our lives!  Let’s remember that “Pride goes before destruction, and  a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

Some links…

Wow!  Has it really been that long since I’ve posted something?  I’ve been working on some longer posts based on books that I’ve been reading, so they should be available soon.  I have new sermons on audio and video available, and if anyone is interested in the clips from the February 22nd sermon, here is Ken Kington’s website, the video that I used for his comedy clips can be ordered here, and the video for “Choose Life” (Big Tent Revival’s song) can be viewed here.  Enjoy!

Kurt Warner

This Sunday we’ll have a brief video detailing some of Kurt Warner’s views on winning, witnessing, and faith.  I find it interesting that when Kurt tries to share his faith in the mainstream media it usually gets edited out, even on (or especially on) programs like Oprah!  Here is a brief story about him on Baptist Press.


Sorry for the delay in posting.  I’m working through a couple of books and I want to post comments about them soon.  One is entitled “The Cross of Jesus” by Leon Morris.  This Sunday we’re going to look at the victory the  sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross brings, and my reading this week is focusing on that.

Until then, here is a great link that shares daily Christian headlines under various topics.  I’ve found it useful because it helps me to stay informed.