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Our First Easter as Grace Hills Church

Was awesome. On Saturday, we hosted a community Easter egg hunt at Grace Hill Elementary School. About 75 volunteers, a third of which were teens, came and hid 5,000 eggs and served a hot grilled lunch to about 350 people. The school was gracious enough to allow us to invite all 500 of their students which allowed us to have some great conversations with people in the community. (Watch the highlight video.) On Sunday, we broke our previous attendance record (176, set on …

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Sunday in Retrospect

There's something about having a new baby in the house that makes sleep all the more precious. I had considered not preaching, but am glad I proceeded, and God gave just enough rest. Here were some highlights... Waking up to my awesome family. Preaching about how God prepares our hearts for greatness, even in times of loneliness. I love the life of David! A relaxing Sunday afternoon, watching baby Samuel's various facial expressions. Ordaining Justin Williams, our …

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Sunday in Retrospect

Easter Sunday is always a highlight. Some of my favorite moments were... …

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Sunday in Retrospect

Sundays are special. My week begins on Monday, as yours does, but my week as a Pastor culminates not in punching the clock on Friday afternoon but when I finally walk in my door on Sunday night. Yes, there are some breaks built in there, but Sundays are pretty important and intense days in many respects. Today was a good one. Here's why... My sweet, sweet wife bought me a box of Cadbury cream eggs. She bought them on Saturday, but I finished them off on Sunday! I …

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The Emotional Up’s And Down’s of Easter Weekend

This week has been great. No complaints, so don't think my talking about emotional up's and down's has much to do at all with outward circumstances. Rather, Easter weekend brings it's emotional roller coaster in the form of our identifying with Jesus. We travel with Him through the shadows of persecution, the intimacy of the upper room and His final days in the home of His friends at Bethany, and then into the Garden of Gethsemane where Satan and his minions began to …

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Three Years And Counting!

I love being the Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church. This past Sunday marked three years that my family and I have been serving here and as I said from the pulpit last night, God has blessed us so far beyond what we deserve! We've come to love and know the people here and we've built a trust-relationship with them. They appreciate the Word of God and they show appreciation for their leadership. I am so humbled by them! Yesterday was an awesome day. We closed out our Sunday …

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A Good Weekend to Be a Pastor

Thursday I visited the Native American Museum here in Bentonville with our Keenagers group and enjoyed lunch with them. Friday we dropped in on the Refuge Lockdown and were blessed not only by seeing 30 teens show up to stay up all night, but were also privileged to exit and sleep in a nice comfy bed! Saturday we watch the University of Arkansas Razorbacks get decimated by Alabama. And today, we had a great day together in worship as a church family. Today was filled with …

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The Greatest Sunday Ever!

I've thought this before, but I really think this past Sunday was one of the greatest Sundays of my life! We had a near record crowd and three new additions to our church family. I got to baptize one and receive another for baptism, in addition to watching someone re-commit her life to Jesus. I also preached a message consisting of only one point and it worked! God blessed it. Even more than that, we enjoyed having people in our service who are not accustomed to going to …

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Ending the Creation-Evolution Debate

In our midweek Bible study last night, we went through a supplementary study on creation and evolution. There were many things I wished I'd had time to cover in the Sunday messages but simply couldn't. In preparing, I studied areas of science that fascinate me. I wanted to have some basic knowledge on everything from the fossil record to quantum physics (like I said, fascinating!). I was so blessed by the exchange. People asked questions, gave their thoughts, and generally …

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On Your Feet, Soldier!

This past Sunday, I began preaching in Genesis with chapter one, verse one. The message started a lengthy commitment to preaching all of the word. I don't think I've ever been as satisfied by a message in all of my ministry. I had studied and prepared for about six weeks for just the first chapter of Genesis. So how was it? Exhilarating! The choir was tuned up and did an awesome job. Singing Shout to the Lord with them was great. They also sang a favorite of mine, There Are …

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