A Moment of Reflection

“Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other” (Deuteronomy 4:39).

“When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2).

I have been doing a lot of reflection since the historical events of January 20, 2021. While I did not vote for Joe Biden, I am glad he won and I am optimistic about the future of our country. As a reflect back over this past week, here are my thoughts. Continue reading

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I’m Glad I Don’t Live Here

Myself, and a team from my church, were in Tegucigalpa, Honduras the summer of 2009 when that country went through a political coup. In the middle of the night, the military helicoptered the president out of the country and out of power. I will never forget waking up that Sunday morning to complete silence. No cars were on the road and there was no electricity, water, or phone and internet service anywhere in the city. In retaliation to the removal of the president, the president’s girlfriend cut off all utilities! Continue reading

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What Color is Jesus?

A question for all my white, conservative, evangelical friends: Have you ever walked into a black church and seen a painting or picture of a black Jesus? How did it make you feel? If you felt any awkwardness or discomfort or thought to yourself (or said out laid) “What is this?” This short blog-post is for you.

What color was Jesus and why does it matter? Continue reading

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The Radical, Relevant Message of Christmas (Luke 1:46-56)

It’s the Sunday before Christmas. This will be my 31st Sunday before Christmas sermon. How do you tell the same story 31 different times? The fact the Christmas Story is a timeless story, and a true story, and a story of hope and redemption helps. But still, after 31 years, how can I be expected to tell the Story in a fresh way? For me, the answer is looking at a huge aspect of the Story that is usually overlooked in evangelical churches. So, let me state up front, I am still evangelical. I have not converted to Catholicism. (“Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”) Today’s Sunday before Christmas sermon is focused on Mary, and how she viewed the importance of the birth of Jesus. Continue reading

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I Just Can’t Anymore

“I’m electing a president not a pastor.”

“God used wicked kings in the Old Testament for His purposes just like He is now using Trump.”

“I don’t like him personally, and I would not want him to date or marry my daughter, but I like his policies.”

“I agree Trump is amoral, but he has done more for Christianity and Israel than any president in U.S. history.”

“I don’t like his hateful rhetoric, but the economy is great and my retirement fund is healthy, and he is bringing home the troops.” Continue reading

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God at Work in Honduras w/ Cesar Lopez (Floods of Justice Podcast)

On this episode of Floods of Justice we talk with Pastor Cesar Lopez of Passion for Souls Church in Tegucigalpa, Honduras about what is going on in Honduras after COVID and two Hurricanes. Click on the link below to listen.

God at Work in Honduras

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What to Do When Afraid and Anxious (Psalm 27)

Question: What makes you afraid? Don’t be a tough guy (or gal) and say nothing makes you afraid. Be honest: What makes you afraid?

Maybe a better question is: What makes you anxious?

Did you know in 2019 the number one prescribed drug in Tennessee was Alprazolam? A drug used to treat anxiety and panic attacks? The reason I bring this up is because Tennessee is unique in this drug of choice. In most States the number one prescribed drug are drugs used to treat high blood pressure. Tennessee was the only state whose “go to drug” was for anxiety and panic attacks.

Why are we so afraid and anxious? I blame it on the Tennessee Titans. Continue reading

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Truth vs Conspiracy (Floods of Justice Podcast)

On this episode of Floods of Justice, Pastor Kevin and Kevin Sage talk about accepting the truth and avoiding the conspiracies about the 2020 elections. Click on the link below to listen.

Truth vs Conspiracy

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John, Jesus, and Justice (Floods of Justice Podcast)

On this episode of Floods of Justice, Pastor Kevin preaches at All Souls Church from Amos. Click on the link below to listen.

John, Jesus, and Justice

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The Sovereignty of God (Psalm 93)

In the frigid waters around Greenland are countless icebergs, some little and some gigantic. If you’d observe them carefully, you’d notice sometimes the small icebergs move in one direction while their massive counterparts flow in another. The explanation is simple. Surface winds drive the little ones one way, while the huge masses of ice are carried along by deep ocean currents. This begs the question, “What moves you?”

When we face trials, tragedies, crisis, and heartaches, it’s helpful to see our lives as being subject to two forces—surface winds and ocean currents. The surface winds represent everything changeable, unpredictable, and distressing. The direction of the surface winds is also temporary. Operating simultaneously with these gusts and gales is another force that’s even more powerful. The deep ocean currents are steady, predictable, and unchanging. It is the sure movement of God’s purposes, the deep flow of God’s sovereignty that should move and direct your life. Surface winds will change, sending you in circles. Only trusting the current of God’s sovereignty will keep you moving forward. Continue reading

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