Will we Go Through the Tribulation?

Dear Church Family, A few weeks ago I asked for you to share any questions that you might have so that I could devote my letters to answer these questions.  This letter is my attempt to do just that and I have decided to answer these questions in the order I received them.  I trust … [Read more…]

There’s No Place Like Home

Dear Church Family, “There’s no place like home” is a five word “truism” that is realized whenever you’ve been gone for any length of time.  Don Friend and I can attest to that as well after spending the last two weeks in Pennsylvania at the headquarters of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) … [Read more…]

Declaring Christ Crucified, Buried and Risen Again!

Dear Church Family, CHRIST IS RISEN!  Believers around the world will echo this triumphant phrase this coming weekend for very good reason:  The Resurrection is the “capstone” of the Gospel!   Without a doubt, the Resurrection was the divine “stamp of approval” on the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, and without it, Christ’s death would … [Read more…]

Listening as if your life depended on it!

Dear Church Family, Over the last six weeks I have written on the topic of expository listening, and I will be concluding this series with this week’s letter.  I have gleaned some of the information from the book entitled “Expository Listening” by Ken Ramey (c2010, Kress Biblical Resources, Woodlands, TX  77393).  I have also summarized … [Read more…]

The Mirror of God’s Word

Dear Church Family, Over the next two weeks I will be wrapping up the current focus of “Expository Listening”.  As I have read through different material on this subject, I have been personally challenged in both areas of expository preaching and listening.  As I’ve considered the role of the listener (which also applies to me!) … [Read more…]

Cultivating the Heart Part 3

Dear Church Family, Happy Valentines’ Day!  It’s hard to believe that we are half way through the month of February isn’t it?  I am enjoying the interaction in Sunday School as we discuss 1 John—which is a great introduction to part three of “Cultivating the Heart of an Expository Listener.” Expository listening is truly a … [Read more…]

Cultivating the Soil of the Heart Part 2

Dear Church Family, In last week’s letter I mentioned “springtime” and gardening, and the weather over the last few days makes me a little antsy to get outside and prepare the soil!  However, reality in the northwest will revisit us soon and I’ll put my gardening plans on hold for a bit. In my continuing … [Read more…]