This morning I was reading in one of my favorite devotional books, New Morning Mercies, by Paul David Tripp. As a pastor I often counsel folks who are walking through various stages of grief and pain, and yes, I sometimes find myself experiencing my own seasons of grief. I always tell folks that when they grieve they face … More Grief that Leads to Worship
Like many of you, I am already exhausted from all of the political talk, ads, attacks, and debates that are a part of the 2016 Presidential election. However, in spite of all the rhetoric around this election, we must realize that this is by far one of the most crucial years in political history. There … More Looking for a Leader!
Central to disciple-making is the disciple-making relationship. At Temple we have begun several d-groups (discipleship groups) to facilitate these relationships. In fact, including those who are currently in d-groups, we have over 30 people in discipling relationships. While we are still in the infancy stages of d-group formations, I am very excited to see how the … More What is Disciple-Making? (Part 2)
At Temple our mission is to “make disciples of Jesus who think, act, and live like Him.” In Matthew 28: 18-20 we find the marching orders of the church, what is commonly referred to as the Great Commission. These orders are straight forward–make disciples! One thing I have learned in ministry, and as a pastor, … More What is Disciple-Making? Part 1
Yesterday was the first Sunday of worship for our church family in 2016 and it was an awesome day! We started off our service celebrating believers baptism, which was followed by our band leading us in “I’m Going Free: Jailbreak” from Vertical Church Band. Let me just say that I absolutely love that song and … More A New Year, A New Day, A New Beginning!
A few weeks ago I began a 3-part blog series looking at our mission statement at Temple Baptist Church. Our purpose is to “Make Disciples of Jesus Who Think, Act, and Live Like Him.” During this blog series I have been looking at what it means to “think,” “act,” and now, “live” like Jesus. If … More Part Three – Making Disciples of Jesus Who “Live” Like Him!
Last week I started a 3-part blog series on our mission of “making disciples of Jesus who think, act, and live like Him.” It is my prayer that this will become our passion and heartbeat at Temple! It is my prayer that as a disciple of Jesus YOU will mature to such place that YOU … More Part 2 – Making Disciples of Jesus Who “Act” Like Him
Earlier in 2015 our church embarqued on a journey to “Make Disciples of Jesus Who Think, Act, and Live Like Him!” As we think about this mission and mandate, which is grounded in the Great Commission, I can’t help but ask the question – how do we accomplish this? How do we think like Christ? How … More Making Disciples of Jesus Who “Think” Like Him!
Sunday, June 14th will be an exciting day of worship at Temple! We will be having an “On Mission Celebration” during our morning worship (11am), followed by lunch on the grounds and family activities. During our morning worship service we will be focusing on our mission to the nations. One of our core values at Temple … More On Mission Celebration at Temple!
Let me say from the beginning that the words you are about to read are from a heart of compassion, love, mercy, and respect for all women! I do not expect everyone to understand, or even agree, but nonetheless I believe there must be given great consideration to rethinking our handling the recognition of mothers … More Rethinking Parental Holidays (Mother’s Day & Father’s Day)