Well, my first week of my first ever Sabbatical is coming to an end. For those that did not know, I am taking a 4 ½ month Sabbatical this Spring. It is, honestly, long overdue. As I outlined in my final sermon before leaving, this is not a vacation, but rather a time for part … Continue reading And now. . . Sabbatical!
In my quiet time with the Lord, I read a verse in that grabbed my attention as a pastor. Near the very end of his first letter to the church in Thessalonica, the apostle Paul gave some final instructions. He wrote, “And we urge you brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, … Continue reading Be Patient With Them All
Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting with a long-time member of our church who has been homebound for some time. I was surprised to discover that she has been a member of the church for over 70 years. She and her husband were married in the church building. All her children, except for … Continue reading What Happened to the Church Wedding?
One of the things I liked about playing sports, especially in high school and college, was that I ate pretty much whatever I wanted. With all the running and working out, it didn’t seem to make much difference one way or another. (I know now that I could have been a much better athlete if … Continue reading Love Them Well!
Today, as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, my list of 10 lessons from my 10 years as pastor of CrossPointe Church comes to an end. This last one is really short and simple… Lesson #10: God’s timing is perfect. As I look back at the history of CrossPointe Church, it is abundantly evident. From the … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #10
Tomorrow is the celebration of our 10th Anniversary as CrossPointe Church, and I am nearing the end of this series of 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe. It has been great to look back at all that God has done over that time and to really reflect on what He has taught me as … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #8 & #9
In 2010, CrossPointe took on one of the largest evangelistic efforts the church has ever done. We put on a production of “Heaven’s Gates & Hell’s Flames.” For those of you who are unfamiliar with the production, it is a stage performance comprised of several different skits. Each skit ends with someone’s death and subsequent … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #7
CrossPointe Church’s 10th Anniversary is just around the corner! This week I have been reflecting on some of the lessons I have learned over the 10 years that I’ve had the privilege of shepherding CrossPointe. To get through all 10 lessons by Sunday, I’m going to pick up the pace today with 3 lessons in … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #4-#6
10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe continues with. . . Lesson #2: The church is God’s, not mine. Pastoring a church reminds me of the time my Dad let me drive his car to the Senior Prom. I was looking sharp and feeling good! I had the keys to this really nice car, and … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #2 & #3
On May 24, 2009, First Baptist Church of Fontana, CA voted to call me as their Senior Pastor. This was truly a historic day! On the weekend that the church was celebrating it’s 64th birthday, I became the youngest pastor (35) in the church’s history. I was also the first minority pastor and the first … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #1