Help for Our Marriages

  I came across this a few days ago and found it very encouraging and instructional in regard to marriage. As you read this, personalize it, think through your role in your marriage and may God use this to instruct and encourage you as it did me.   http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/love-and-repect-basics-for-marriage?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedpress.me&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dg-articles Scripture teaches us that Christians should […]

Affordable Christmas

I just wanted to repost/share Bro. Jeff’s blog from Monday, in which he explained the Affordable Christmas Store.  This ministry is such a great opportunity to help others and serve our community.  If you have not read When Helping Hurts, I would encourage you to get that valuable book and see why we do the […]

Look How Far We’ve Come…

  Below you will see the video we showed Wednesday night in our Family Meeting. It’s difficult to believe that we have not even been in our building a full year. God has blessed us immeasurably, and the health of our church family has reached a new level.   There is a renewed passion for […]

Children and Student Ministry Core Value # 5

  Mission: What God has given to us through salvation, we are to proclaim to all people, seeking to bring them into the family of God. Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 “Be fruitful and multiply” was God’s command to Adam and Eve in the beginning and is still God’s command today. It was […]

September 26th – a Prayer for Naghmeh Abedini

I recently shared about this story in a Trinity Worship rehearsal and promised that I would share it on the blog. I think this story resonates because we forget that our brothers and sisters are suffering throughout the world for their faith in Jesus, and in this case, he is an American! I am asking […]

A Missions Reminder: From Our Neighborhood to the Nations!

I wanted to take a post to remind you about our upcoming Missions Giving, beginning this Sunday.  Through the years we have found that, if Michele and I try to give one week for this mission opportunity, and one week for that opportunity, our missions giving is scattered and not consistent enough to amount to […]

From Our Neighborhoods to the Nations: Giving to further the Gospel

Each year, we have an emphasis for our church family to commit to give toward missions. A few things we need to remember: Give generously and cheerfully. Give your tithe as first priority. The missions offering is above and beyond your regular tithe. Giving toward missions should be done all year long. Giving toward missions […]

Core Value #4

Compassion: The Church must have a compassionate heart and an intentional plan to minister to the children without parents or lack a Christian influence at home. (James 1:27) When you look around the homes that make up our communities, our country, and world, it doesn’t take long to see that there are a lot of […]

Husbands, You Are Called to Lead!

I came across this blog by Tim Challies a little while back, and thought it would be a helpful exhortation to some of our brothers. I think when a man steps back and realizes that God’s call for him to lead his home is not because of his natural ability, and when the wife realizes […]

Looking for Mr or Mrs Right? You Won’t Find Them!

  A few weeks ago I preached a sermon in which I was explaining to our congregation that there is no such thing as the “Perfect Soul Mate” or “the one who completes you.” The Disney images along with they way we date in our culture, breeds a situation that sets up the average couple […]

“Jump Starting” Our Evangelism

As a church, God has commissioned each of us to make disciples of all people groups. Herb Hodges stated: “The light that shines the furthest shines brighter at home.” In other words, our evangelism must start where we are. When we do, we will have an impact around the world, and sometimes not even know […]

Use What The Lord Has Given You

When you read the title of this post, the tendency is for your mind to go directly to your natural giftedness or personal resources, and certainly that is applicable. However, one of the resources we, as a church have invested in for you is called RightNow Media ( http://www.rightnowmedia.org ) and this is such a valuable tool. A […]

Family Worship

One of my favorite blogs is http://www.challies.com.  Tim Challies gives great book reviews as well as insight to a variety of topics, is doctrinally sound and writes in a concise way that works great in his blog. Recently, he wrote about Family Worship and why we fail so often in being consistent with this. This […]

Should I Make My Kids Go To Church?

“Should I make my kids go to church?” I could just finish this blog quickly and say “Yes,” and that would be it. But, I am fully aware that would not be sufficient for many of you. Let me state that before children came along,  I used to say from the pulpit “Some of the […]

Children and Student Ministry – Core Value #3

Family Discipleship: God has called parents to be the primary faith influencers of their children. Biblically, the primary role of leading the home rests on the father. Where there is no male spiritual leadership, the mother should assume this role. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 78; Ephesians 6:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12; Malachi 2:15; 4:6) God has called […]

Benefits to Corporate Worship

“I love to be in Your presence, with Your people, singing praises. I love to stand and rejoice, lift my hands and raise my voice.” – Paul Baloche, I Love To Be In Your Presence One of the great joys of my life is to lead God’s gathered people to pursue their joy in Christ […]

Tozer, On Real Worship…

A.W. Tozer was a man who understood and enjoyed God in a way that most of us will only ever aspire toward. This is just one of many quotes that points us back to the reason God created us and saved us. ~Jon Worship: Our Reason for Existence (A.W. Tozer) Give unto the Lord the […]

Purification

I came across this today in the Valley Of Vision. It is a great reminder as we physically experience “summer weather” and recently celebrated freedom on July 4, let us seek freedom from sin and seek the “summer weather” that comes by the power of the Spirit in our lives. ~Jon Purification: From the valley […]

When Did We Lose the Culture War?

We have probably all, at one time or another over the last few weeks, made a statement regarding the speed at which this gay marriage law went through. It seems as if our culture is changing at a lighting pace. However, I remember hearing about a book written years ago by Robert Bork entitled Slouching […]

Children and Student Ministry – Core Value #2

As we looked at the core values of our children’s and student ministry at Trinity, we have reviewed that the first “Hook” that will hold our kids and our students to the Lord is The Word of God.  The second such “hook” or core value that we hold dear – that we believe we must […]

Being Prepared

Our students are off at camp this week.  Panama City Beach, FL – not a trip for the faint of heart.  As most of them gathered swimsuits, sunscreen and (hopefully) toiletries, I am sure they were anticipating all the fun and sun of the week.    Now that they are at the beach and attending […]

A Beautiful Life…

There is a country song that says that “Life ain’t always beautiful, but it’s a beautiful life.” I think that’s what every healthy marriage can attest to. This week I celebrate 21 years with my precious bride. We have had 2 boys, lived in four states, lived in 7 homes, and are in our third, […]

Ladies, Your Turn….

When I wrote the post and gave the link last week for our fathers, I never intended to turn around and do the same for our ladies, but I saw this some time ago and just wanted to share it with everyone but, specifically for our ladies. http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/when-women-face-their-curse-ravaged-homes See below: She will be saved through […]

If It Hits Me, It Will Hit Others

Some of the greatest responses I get when I preach are the sermons that have hit me the most. The sermons that have done the greatest work IN me, flows out to my preaching. This blog http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/10-unforgettable-lessons-from-my-father-on-fatherhood was written about a Ray Ortlund’s father, who was a Pastor. It reminded me of my high calling […]

Summer Ain’t Over….It’s Just Beginning

Through business and life I must confess there are times that I am not “Kingdom Aware” enough. I came across some very practical helps for us (as God’s people) to do ordinary things that are Kingdom focused. I hope these principals give you some food for thought.   http://sendnetwork.com/2015/05/12/out-of-the-world-and-into-our-neighborhood-2/   Out of the World and […]

Are We a Thermostat or a Thermometer?

Are we a Thermometer Church or a Thermostat Church? The article found on Ed Stetzer’s blog (follow link below) is one I thought would help us evaluate our attitude and actions as we become more involved in our neighborhood and our city. The question is this: Is our church more like a thermometer or a […]

God’s Grace

Right before I arrived at Trinity, I remember going to a conference called the “Weekender” at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. I knew what a healthy church should look like before I went, I just wanted to see it played out practically. I remember watching the elder meeting there and realizing what a poor job I […]

Hooks that Hold: Hook 1 – The Word of God

Our last blog on the Student and Kids’ ministry pages explained that there are certain “hooks” that will ground you to the faith.  Things that you base your life and your spiritual walk on, that will sustain you over the long haul.  These are the core values that we want to base our ministries on […]

Two Great Words!!!

When I saw this blog yesterday, it was not only convicting, but it served as a great a reminder of how we should view the providence of God when it smiles and when it frowns upon us. I hope this blesses you the way it did me.   http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/either-okay-or-thank-you   My five-year-old can’t stop saying […]

Tim Keller’s Top 10 Evangelism Tips

In the last missions blog, “4 Steps to Displaying Christ in our Community,” I highlighted our responsibility in reaching people with the gospel by: Identify Invest Introduce Invite I ran acorss Tim Keller’s top evangelical practices that I thought was very similar and would be helpful for us as we seek to share Christ. Let […]