From the Pastor’s Desk

The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

“O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his…

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An Upside Down World

As Christians living in 2018, it sure seems that things are being turned upside down. What I mean by that is the things that used to be looked upon as right and normal are now looked upon as being wrong, out of step, and not at all normal. Political correctness and the ability to think…

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My Final Lap as Pastor

On Sunday evening, May 26, 2018, I announced to our church that I had finished my fortieth year of ministry. All those years of ministry have been here at Cleveland Baptist Church. That night I also shared with the congregation something that I had spoken to our deacons about a couple of months prior. I…

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Proud to Be an Independent Baptist!

Last month I attended the Ohio Independent Baptist Preacher’s Fellowship in Delaware, Ohio. I had the privilege of being one of the preachers at this meeting. It was attended by approximately ninety preachers or full-time ministry workers from across Ohio, as well as few from Kentucky. In addition, there were another 150 or so lay…

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Reflecting on Life

On November 26, 2017, I turned 60 years old which means I completed six decades of life and now embark on my seventh. In Ecclesiastes 12:1, we are told to “remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.” I am thankful that for 54 of my 60 years, I have been a born-again…

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The Importance of Spending Time with God

If I asked you a question about your own devotional life, would you be uncomfortable? Some Christians spend little—if any—time with the Lord on a daily basis. There are those that think that if they read The Daily Bread or a verse or two out of the Bible and then perhaps whisper a short prayer,…

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Things I Learned in Africa

The beginning of April I returned from my most recent missions’ trip to the continent of Africa. While on this twelve day trip, I was able to visit three different countries and preach numerous times. While this wasn’t my first trip to this great continent, it was one that profoundly impacted me. Allow me to…

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Inflexible or Flexible

I have learned in the ministry that things are always changing. Transition, change and flexibility are good words for the church. Let me be clear. I am not talking about changing ministry philosophy. Nor am I talking about changing doctrine, standards, or music. I am not changing the name of the church to make it…

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Ready

For many years I have selected a theme that our church will focus on and strive for during the current year. On Sunday, January 8, I shared this year’s theme with the church family. Last July, as I was preparing for our annual pastoral staff calendar planning meeting, I sensed the Lord nudging me toward…

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Rejoice Alway

It has been said that more people are anxious and emotionally distraught over this year’s Presidential election than any other time in recent history. The candidates themselves tend to make people nervous. It is hard to know what to expect. By tonight America will have elected its 45th President, and it will either be President…

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