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After the Kingdom Missions Conference

Our Kingdom Missions Conference last week was a huge success. Of course, the Kingdom is not confined to a conference, a period of time, or persons. Jesus taught us to pray that His “Kingdom would come and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” in the Model Prayer. The “honorable” man, […]

The Risk of Reach

Sometimes it’s worth the risk to “rock the boat.” Survivor Eva Hart remembered the night of April 15, 1912 when the Titanic plunged 12,000 feet to the Atlantic floor after an iceberg tore a 300-foot gash in the starboard side. She said, “I heard the cries of drowning people.” She was in a lifeboat that […]

Kingdom Missions Conference

In a few days, we will be involved in the most significant Missions Conference in the history of our church. Like Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9, 10, “call upon God” that He would “bless us, enlarge our border, and that His hand would be upon us.” Pray that the Lord will enlarge our vision with […]

Introducing Troy Maragos!

I am one who does not like to wait. My prayer for patience is represented by a little statue that pictures a funny-looking little guy with the words, “I want patience, and I want it right now!” Ron Dunn was right “waiting time is not wasted time.” Also, “good things come for those who wait.” […]

Strike It Rich

Gold fever engulfed the nation when gold was found in California in 1848. Stories of quick and easy riches compelled thousands to head west. Boomtowns sprung up such as Deadwood and Tombstone. It was difficult and dangerous work. In a letter to his cousin in 1850, a California miner named Shufelt wrote home: “Thousands will […]

Sending and Receiving

In the Christian life we maintain both an outward and an inward focus – sending and receiving. As a missional church, we believe in taking the gospel to the whole world through evangelism and missions. During the week of February 18-22, we will be hosting our largest Kingdom Missions Conference in the history of our […]

Setting Aside the Servants

Our church is greatly blessed to have men who sacrificially serve as deacons. Both my father and father-in-law were ordained Baptist deacons. Many of my best friends and greatest encouragers over the years have served in that role. The very word comes from the Greek term doulos, which means “servant.” Thank God for our deacon […]

One Sacred Effort

Throughout the centuries since Jesus ascended to Heaven, believers have sought with One Sacred Effort to evangelize the world. Therefore, our church seeks to make Christ known to the nations through missional going and giving. There are 11,000 – plus distinct people groups around the world with more than 6,500 being considered unreached for Christ. […]

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