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!


I am very focused when it comes to routine. When I get into a system of doing things, I rarely like to change it up, unless I can improve upon it in some fashion. As a result, I don’t take my vacations like I should.

But this week, I am taking a much needed break, the first week off since we moved to Cabool. We don’t have any plans, and my biggest goal is to spend as much time in the hammock as I can.

But, because of this, things will be on hiatus here at as well. I will get back into the swing of things next week, but don’t plan on doing much for the next few days. It should be very relaxing for my family and me.

See you next week!

A New Memorization Project

For the past year, I have been studying and memorizing Paul’s letter to the Philippians. This has been an in-depth challenge on both fronts. First, undertaking the memorization of the entire letter was a big deal all in itself. I have tackled this before, with some other letters by Paul: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus, as well as the Sermon on the Mount.

Second, in examining each passage, verse by verse, I have effectively created my own commentary of these letters. One day, I hope to condense these posts all into one document, and see if it is something that can be published as a Bible study tool or commentary.

I plan on continuing that discipline. The next book I want to tackle is the letter of 1 Peter. This small book is packed with a tremendous amount of practical application. Peter wrote to the early church in general, making this easily applicable to us today as well.

For the next couple of weeks, the usual Sunday morning memorization post will be absent. Beginning with the first Sunday in May, I will start the letter of 1 Peter with an overview of the book, and begin the memorization after that.

I hope you’ll join me in examining this incredible piece of Scripture!