The Beginning Of A New Phase

Things are going to be quiet around for the remainder of the week, and I would appreciate your prayers during this time.

We are facing a new challenge as a family, one that is not unexpected, but one could be more difficult then expected too. Our oldest daughter graduated from high school in May, and she is moving to college this weekend. It’s not a great distance away, only a couple of hours from our home, but for the first time, one of our kids will be living somewhere else. That’s a hard realization for me to accept.

We have raised, and still are raising our kids the best we can, and I am confident that college will be an excellent new page in my daughter’s life. But that doesn’t make it any easier for my wife and I. We will be packing and loading the vehicles, and then moving her to Joplin, Missouri, where she will attend Ozark Christian College.

Because of that, we will be pretty busy this week, spending as much time with her as we can fit in before heading out of town, and all my posts and articles will pause until after the weekend. Thanks for your understanding, and for your prayers!

Ozark Christian College

Camp Season!

It’s June, and that means summer is here! And with summer comes camp!

For the next couple of weeks, things may be pretty slow around I’ll be spending a full week at the High School week of camp at Rock Garden Christian Service Camp. I’m Co-Dean, so I kind of need to be present for the week.

But the camp has little or no Internet service, and I’ll have little or no extra time, and so, things will be a bit slow around here.

This summer, our theme is Heart Of A Champion, and we are taking a look at the life of King David. Our primary topics will be some of the major events in David’s life, from 1 and 2 Samuel, with our morning devotions coming from several of David’s psalms.

It’s going to be a great week!  See you in a few days!

Rock Garden 2017

The Resurrection

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him. Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.”

Mark 16:1-6

Good Friday

…He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

– 1 Peter 2:24

He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.

– Isaiah 53:3-5

OCC Preaching-Teaching Convention

Each year, I anticipate Ozarks Christian College’s Preaching-Teaching Convention. This was something that I attended as a student there, and have returned occasionally ever since. However, for the past few years, I haven’t missed it. It’s a great opportunity to refresh and refuel myself without a whole lot of expense.

First, it is close, and I have family in the area. That makes it an easy trip. Second, it is usually filled with top notch speakers and workshops, making it a great opportunity to refuel my soul. And third, I am able to reconnect with several friends that I don’t usually get to see all that often. That’s always fun

Any one of those reasons make it worthwhile to take in the Preaching-Teaching Convention. All three of them make it a no brainer.

I’ll be there through the middle of this week, making it a short week at home. I’ll probably write a little less than normal as a result. Things should get back to normal next week though.

In the meantime, I’d appreciate your prayers for me as I travel, and as I take in some much needed refreshing.

OCC Preaching-Teaching 2017

OCC Preaching-Teaching 2017 Speakers

CIY Wilderness

This week will be a slower week around I am headed to Bear Trap Ranch, outside of Colorado Springs for CIY Wilderness. I’m looking forward to the week in the mountains, and the renewal that will happen in my spirit. Since I’ll be out of the normal routine, and halfway across the continent, things will be a bit different. I have scheduled a few video posts for throughout the week, some of them showcasing the vivid fall colors of Colorado during this time of year.

Also, there will be a couple of different videos in place of the Scripture Memory post, and Monday’s Coffee Break. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Normal activity (whatever that looks like) will resume next week.

Keep me in your prayers for the week, as I seek to listen closely to God and refresh my spirit. Pray that I return renewed and ready to tackle the challenges of ministry for the coming months.

Wilderness 2016

Mission 2016

This week, I once again have the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Show Low, Arizona, with two of my daughters. We are headed to American Indian Christian Mission for a week, to help establish a new church plant in an Apache community that does not have a church. We will also conduct some services and Vacation Bible School activities in this community to draw attention to this new church on the White Mountain Apache reservation.

Mission 2016

We are looking forward to the opportunity to grow in our faith, and I am excited to be able to do this with two of my kids.

In the meantime, things will be quiet around here for the next week and a half. For the next few days, I have scheduled several inspiring videos that I either found interesting or challenging. These will appear about every other day. All normal posts will pause for the duration of the trip, and resume upon our return home. This includes Memorize 1 Peter, and Coffee Breaks.

Thanks for being a part of the community! We would appreciate your prayers for our trip!