Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Should Christian Parents Pull Their Kids From Public School?

It seems I hear more and more of parents pulling their kids from public school. Most parents do so to begin home schooling their kids while others enroll them in a Christians private school. I have experienced people who questioned parents on the love of their parents by keeping in public school.

There are various reasons why parents pull their kids from public schools. Some do it because their kids are being bullied and the teachers do nothing about it. Other do it because their mother is a stay-at-home mom and think it would be beneficial for both parents and the kids to be home schooled. Regarding Christian schools, parents want their children to have a Christian education.

There are some parents that pull their kids because they don't want the schools to indoctrinate them with a non-Christian worldview and turn their back on the living God. I heard one preacher say the reason teenagers turn t away from Christianity is what the public schools have taught them. I could go on why parents choose to pull their kids from public school, but I want to make something clear: I am not against homeschooling nor am I against private school. Christian private schools are great places for kids to build relationships and hear Biblical truth. However, depending on the theological background of the school, you might run into doctrinal differences. With homeschooling, you control the curriculum and the pace of how your kids learn.

Public schools can be, often is, a place where a non-Christian worldview will be taught. Some schools do not want Christians to share their faith and even tell students to wear their Christian t-shirts inside-out because it might be offensive. At the same time, students that are sold out for Jesus can be used by God to witness to students that most pastors and youth pastors cannot go into.

So should a parent pull their kids from public school? My question is what is your purpose? Are you doing it because everyone in your church is doing it. That is a pretty pitiful reason. Are you doing it because your pastor is questioning your Christianity? Sounds like legalism to me.

Another question, is it fair to the child? Would your child get a good education? If you homeschool, you can teach them the Bible and the same thing with a private Christian private school.

If you look in the Bible, we do not see the issue of homeschooling vs. public school vs. private school. The only issue is parenting educating their kids is with the instruction of the Word. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 says,

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Ephesians 6:4 exhorts fathers to "not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Parents, if you want your kids to have a Christian education, you are suppose to be doing that since day one. The Bible tells us we should be teaching our kids the Word of God. It does not matter what school they attend. I know for my kids, we have had some interesting talks about what they discuss with their friends and I teach them on how they should respond. A couple of years ago, my son with a another Christian friends shared Christ with a mutual friend who is a practicing atheist who attends church with his parents (The parents don't even know his an atheist). I equipped him as best I could to respond to his friend's questions. I wish I can say the kid repented, but he did not.

Am I saying Christian kids in public schools have more opportunities than those in home or private schools? No, they have about the same opportunities. I know there are homeschool, for lack a better term, clubs that meat in various cities. Private schools you got kids thinking they are saved because they are at a Christian school or they go to church.

Back to the issue of teaching your kids the Bible. One of the greatest tragedies in modern youth ministry is the youth pastor gets blamed if the child walks away from the Lord. The youth pastor is not called to be your child's second parent. He is called to equip for works of ministry and to exhort them to live a life of holiness. Just because a kid is homeschooled, it does not mean he/she will walk with Jesus for the rest of their life. Same thing with a kid in private and public school. Parents, you are called to train up your child regardless of the school he/she attends.

Back to the question, should Christian parents pull their kids from public school? I am not going to say "yes" and I am not going to say "no." Instead, I will make some suggestions. First, pray if this is the right decision and consider your options for your child's education. Second, seek wise council whether from a pastor or another parent. If your church is pressuring you to remove you kids from public school, you may want to start finding a new church.

A child's education is not easy and not to be taken lightly. Parents need to know what their kids are learning regardless of the school they attend. Christian Parents are also to train their children in the ways of the Lord. I know for kids, public school has been a good thing from them and it has given me, as the father and spiritual leader, to teach my kids Biblical truth in light of what they hear at school whether from teachers or friends.

Podcast Wednesday: The Relevance of Preaching, Having Creeds, DC Rebirth, and more

Is Preaching Really Still Relevant Today? with John Piper, Voddie Baucham, and Miguel Núñez

Justin Taylor and Dane Ortlund on a Bible Teacher’s Library

Mathew Sims– We Believe: Creeds, Confessions, & Catechisms for Worship

Visualizing Theology with Calvinist Batman and Tim Challies

Joe Thorn joins The Calling Podcast to discuss being baptist, calling, anxiety and mental illness, and more

Gotham Central discuss DC Rebirth

Should Christians Do Martial Arts? for Apologia Radio

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Kings Kaleidoscope and the Use of Cuss Words

There is a great debate with Christians these days over the use of cuss words. Of all the things we can argue or disagree about, it is the use of our words. Is it appropriate for Christians to use them or not? Some would say depends on the circumstance while others say no.

We have heard stories of preachers using cuss words in their sermons. I personally not heard a sermon where the preacher cusses but I do have a friend that has been called the cussing evangelist because he has been known for using a cuss word or two in his sermons. There were stories of Mark Driscoll, during his preaching ministry at Mars Hill Church, dropping a f-bomb during a sermon.

The debate has become a little more, for lack of a better term, intense recently, but this time is pertains to the worship band Kings Kaleidoscope. Last week, they released an album that featured a song called, "A Prayer," where not one, but two f-bombs were used in the song. Here are those lyrics with the word edited out:

Will I fall or will I misstep?
Will I fall or will I misstep?
Will I call you with my last breathe?
Will you be there for me after?
Will I waste inside the silence
Where the fear is f***ing violent?
Wicked sinner thrown to lions
With no hope on the horizon
Will I fall or will I misstep?

If I fall or if I misstep
If I fall or if I misstep
If I call you with my last breath
Will you be there for me after?
Cause I'm wasting in this silence
And my fear is f***ing violent
I'm a child thrown to lions
Is there hope on the horizon?
If I fall or if I misstep

There have been some disagreements over Kings Kaleidoscope's usage of the word in this song. Some praised it, others rejected it, while others are on the fence wondering if this was appropriate or not. One person, who is a member of a worship band, said he hates when a Christian band cusses to become more edgy, raw, and authentic. Basically, he was not approving the song, but when on to say that he does cuss, however, he is mindful of his surroundings. That sounds like a little hypocritical like the preacher condemning gluttony yet looks like a sumo wrestler.

What was the purpose behind the song especially the usage of the cuss words? Spirit You All recently did an interview with Kings Kaleidoscope's frontman, Chad Gardner regarding their new album when the question about "A Prayer" came up:

Spirit You All: About half the Kings Kaleidoscope's fanbase is about to have a stroke because Beyond Control's second-to-last song, "A Prayer", has two f-words on it. Can you share the vision behind the song and the meaning?

CG: [laughs] Well, first I would say I think that for people who haven't actually listened to the record, or listened to that song, just listen to those last three songs in a row, and I think that it will be self-explanatory in terms of what is going on there. The short answer is, that song comes from the deepest part of my gut and my being, and the fear that I face throughout my life - I've had really severe anxiety disorder my whole life, and that's been a major part of my struggle and story. That song is about the fear of running from God or that God will turn his back on me and I will end up apart from him in hell. And the actual lyric is something that is from my journal - I don't know how everyone else has conversations with God, but I have very vulnerable conversations, and God already knows how afraid I am. I usually figure it's good for me to pour out my soul to him, and that's what that song is.

The choice to keep that original version, which is straight from off the top of my head, really, as well as the edited one... It took me a long time, and I really sought counsel and had a lot of conversations with pastor friends of mine and family. At the end of the day, that song is not going to impact somebody who has never felt that way anyways. So that song is there for people who have felt like me. And I know fear and Satan and death - the voice of all of that is not poetic, it's not thoughtful, it's not patient. It's aggressive and demanding and terrifying. And that's what came out of my heart because that's what I was hearing, and so that's what I chose to leave it in the song. It was to say, look, this is the reality of how we feel sometimes, and this is the reality of how God responds to that. And I just want people to know that that is life. It is freaking scary, and God talks to that and he speaks to us right where we are. At the same time, I know other people have different convictions theologically on language - obviously I don't have that conviction, otherwise I wouldn't have released it. [laughs] But I really respect that, and I know some people want to just buy the CD and be able to play it in their car without their kids hearing it. Some people have told me, "I don't care if my kids listen to that song at all" - the unedited version. But because I respect people, I want to have a different version for them, and that song - it's not really about that word, it's about the meaning and the bigger context, and I think if anything I'm trying to be vulnerable and have different types of people be able to engage with that song in a powerful way.

So I came to my label and said, "Okay, I think that I want to release a version of a song with an f-bomb in it. I want to do it in the most respectful way possible." [laughs] They were like, "What in the world?" Because most artists are trying to do shock jock or something, but there's none of that vibe for me. I'd say, I'm not trying to change anyone's mind about it or convince anyone of anything. I'm just trying to be honest and vulnerable. I think that's important in art, and important as a Christian. If there's any place that I can share my story and my testimony for what it really is, it should be the church at large. And that's what I'm doing.

While some may get Kings Kaleidoscope was not trying to be like some bands that cuss in almost every song, the debate is whether or not Christians should use cuss words. The Bible does tells us that obsence talk and unwholesome talk has no place with God's people (Colossians 3:8; Ephesians 4:29). Yet we also see in the book of Psalms the use of strong language such as asking God to wipe out the enemies of Israel. Jesus called the religious leaders of His day, brood of vipers and hypocrites. The Apostle Paul called those of the circumcision party, dogs who mutilate the flesh (Philippians 3:2). The term dog was not the same as today's, "What's up dawg?" It was not a nice term to be called and it was the same word the Jews used towards the Gentiles.

Think about your prayer life. How many times have to spoken to God about things you would not say to your pastor? Have you ever called a fellow believer who made you angry a S.O.B.? Has your language in prayer been strong as your approach the throne of grace? Some of you might say, "I would never say anything like that to God," yet you would cuss out the person who cut you off on the highway.

Here is the other debate, would you ever use this talk in public? In my dealings with people I would never drop f-bombs on people or use any other obsense talk with people. When my kids have asked me about the usage of a word, I tell them not to use that for whatever reason. When I am talking with a non-Christian, I expect them to cuss. When we speak with them, we should not be offended because they don't know what the Bible says about unwholesome talk.

Now, here comes the big question, was Kings Kaleidoscope wrong? I am sure they were wondering the same thing based on the interview. Chad did say, they sought council from pastors as well as family. I am not sure what was said, but I am sure there might have been some disagreements. I get the message the Kings Kaleidoscope was trying to communicate in "A Prayer," but I personally would not have used that particular language. I know this song will never be played during youth group meetings (Try explaining that one to your pastor).

While I would not have used that language, I am not throwing a stone at Kings Kaleidoscope either. I am not calling for Christians to boycott them because that would solve nothing although Christian bookstores might pull the album from their shelves which is nothing new for them. Christians who say they were wrong yet they cuss are no better than the religious leaders during Jesus's earthly ministry. I heard there is another version to that song which does not contain the two f-bombs. So, if you were offended by "A Prayer," there is a cleaner version of it.

If Kings Kaleidoscope was wrong in the usage of the explicit lyrics in their song, I know there is grace and forgiveness from God the Father and I believe their fans will extend to them forgiveness as well. By no means, should any of us question their faith in Christ. If you have read or listen to any interview with Kings Kaleidoscope, they are pretty solid in their faith and theology. Just because you may not agree with them in the usage of explicit lyrics, it does not mean they are less of a Christian.

I encourage all Christians to allow the Holy Spirit to examine their hearts when it comes to their language. Pray that God will give you wholesome words to say which "is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear" (Ephesians 4:29). King David prayed, "Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!" (Psalm 141:3) as well as, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer" (Psalm 19:14). Let this be our prayer to when it comes to the words we say.

God, Gender, and the Gospel

Jason K Allen:

Monday, June 27, 2016

We Must Never Forget The Ascension

In Acts 1, we see Jesus ascending into heaven just as He gave the apostles His orders to remain in Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit. A lot of times we have kind of swept the ascension under the rug so to speak. We preach of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, but we neglect His ascension.

Why is it we tend to neglect the ascension? I wish I had the answer. I think (in my opinion) the ascension is not as glorious to some as the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. The ascension of Christ is part of the gospel message and good news for Christians today. Yes, Jesus died for our sins on our behalf. He also was buried in a borrowed tomb and rose from the dead, but He also ascended to the sit at the right hand of the Father.

Why should we not forget the ascension? For starters, the angels that appeared to the apostles, after Jesus ascended, said Jesus "will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven" (Acts 1:11). As we went into the clouds, He will come back the same way. Another thing is if Jesus did not ascend, God could not send the Holy Spirit. In the gospel accounts, Jesus said the Father will send the Holy Spirit after He departed from this world. We see that promise fulfilled in Acts 2. We see acts of the Holy Spirit throughout the rest of the New Testament and as recorded in church history.

The Bible says that Christ intercedes for us (Hebrews 7:25). Yes, Jesus is praying for us while we are still in this world. The Bible also says Jesus is our advocate when we sin (1 John 2:1-2). These two important truths matter because Jesus performs He duty as our High Priest (Hebrews 8:1). Jesus could be our Great High Priest had He not ascended.

The ascension of Jesus must not be forgotten for it is very important in our faith. We believe God became a man, walked on this earth, died on a cross, was buried, rose again, ascended to heaven, and one day will return in the same way He left, but as judge and king.

Music Monday: Independence Day by The Union of Sinners and Saints

The Union of Sinners and Saints perform a classic Whiteheart song from their self-titled album

Friday, June 24, 2016

Around The Web-June 24, 2016

America’s favorite fast food restaurant is Chick-fil-A

Lead singer of Blink-182 quits the band to investigate aliens

Property owner asks Verity Baptist Church to leave after pastor praises Orlando massacre

All ESV Heirloom Bibles are 50% until June 30th

How To Become Holy by Joe Carter

Overcoming Anger by Joe Thorn

I’m a single-issue voter on multiple issues, and so are you by Denny Burk

Is faith in Jesus a leap in the dark? John Piper answers that question in his conversation with Michael Reeves

Kevin DeYoung reminds us that the people of the world are to be loved while the worldly system is to be rejected

Andrew Hebert on why preaching must be expositional

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Book Review: The Bride(zilla) of Christ by Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin

What comes to mind when you hear the word, "Bridezilla?" I know the first time I heard the word, I thought of the monster lizard Godzilla which does sounds like bridezilla. When we hear of bridezillas, we think of women who want everything perfect on their wedding day at any cost even if it means hurting someone's feelings. There was even a TV show on bridezillas that was on the air for over nine years.

Christians have referred to the church as the bride of Christ based on the teachings of the book of Ephesians and Revelation. There are times when the church acts more like a bridezilla than a bride. Lets face it, people in the church can hurt others especially those who are called in ministry. I have been hurt by people in the church and I am sure you have as well.

Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin have written a book that addresses the church hurting one another. The book is titled, The Bride(zilla) of Christ. Kluck and Martin become very transparent in regards to their wounds from the church. Each chapter of the book deals with specific hurts and what to do about them when it happens.

At the end of the book, there is a call of unity and restoration within the body of Christ. Satan would love it if our churches were so divisive because of piety arguments or grudges that have caused churches to split. Each author takes a turn on a chapter a piece so there stories does not become entangled in one chapter, which makes it easy for the reader to follow along.

If you have, or more recently, been hurt in the church, this book is for you. Pastors need to read this for themselves to minister to those who have been hurt in the church. I think those who have hurt others in the church should also take a look at this book so their is repentance and restoration.

Thanks Multnomah for letting me review this book.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Book Review: On Pastoring by H.B. Charles Jr

A couple of years ago, H.B. Charles Jr., released a book called On Preaching, which he gave practical insights into being a pastor in a local church. Charles returns with another book using the same format as he did in his previous book, however, he deals with pastoring. This book offers Charles's years of experience in this area as a guide for pastors who are beginning their ministry. This book is appropriately called, On Pastoring.

Charles wrote that this book is not a how-to guide into preaching nor a theological look into preaching. This is a book to make sure its readers, in this case pastors, are heading in the right direction. The book is divided into three parts. The first part deals with the pastor's heart. Charles writes on various subjects such as the health of a pastor, the godliness of a pastor, and the convictions of a pastor.

The second part deals with the pastor's leadership in regards to keeping appointments, working slowly, developing a pastoral library, and loving the congregation. Finally, we have the public ministry of the pastor. What Charles writes about areas on being a worship leader, expositional preaching, weekly preparations, and more. As I mentioned, Charles uses the same format in this book which he did with his pastoring book. The chapters are short and simple. A pastor starting out can really benefit from Charles's years of experience behind the pulpit and from years of leading a church.

This is the first book released from Moody publishers in conjunction with For The Church. I truly believe pastors will benefit from this book as well as upcoming books with this new partnership.

Thanks Moody Publishers for letting me review this book.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Were There Other Apostles?

Christians have referred to the original twelve disciples of Jesus as the twelve apostles. There have been men in today's church that have given themselves the title "Apostle". After all, the Bible tells us, "And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ" (Ephesians 4:11-12). So, why not proclaim you are an apostle if you feel that is your spiritual gift. If you notice 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, and 1 Peter 4, apostle is not in the spiritual gift category although there are the gifts of teaching and exhortation.

The question is, are there other apostles other than the original twelve disciples? The Bible indicates there were other apostles. In Acts 1, after Jesus's ascension, the Apostles needed to replace Judas Iscariot. Here is how it went down:

So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles (Acts 1:21-26).

According to the Bible, Matthias was now part of the twelve apostles. However, the Bible mentions another Apostle. In fact, it was Paul who mentioned him in his letter to the Galatian churches. As he was defending his ministry, he mentioned visiting Peter in Jerusalem for fifteen days and "saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother" (Galatians 1:19). Wait a minute, James, the half-brother of Jesus along with his mother and other siblings thought Jesus was out of his mind in the gospel account's? Yes, that James.

How in the world did James and even Matthias become an Apostle? The Apostles were men who were specifically called by Christ as the case was for the original twelve in Matthew 10:1-7. We also saw this take place when Matthias was called in Acts 1 where the Apostles prayed to the Lord to see who would take Judas's place. When Paul identified himself as an apostle in Galatians, he wrote, "not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father" (Galatians 1:1).

There was one other criteria when determining the calling of an apostle in the early church and that was being an eyewitnesses of the Resurrected Lord Jesus. Back to Acts 1, the apostles stated the man to replace Judas must have seen Jesus resurrected, which Matthias did. In fact 1 Corinthians 15 says that Jesus appeared to Peter first, then he appeared "to the twelve" (1 Corinthians 15:5). Judas hung himself just before Jesus was crucified so he could not have seen Jesus in all of his resurrected glory.

What about James? 1 Corinthians 15 answers that question:

Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles (1 Corinthians 15:6-7).

Jesus appeared to more than five hundred brothers in Christ and to his own brother. So James meets the qualification that he saw the Resurrected Lord Jesus just as the Apostle Paul did:

Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me (1 Corinthians 15:8).

Were there other apostles? Yes, there were according to the pages of Scripture. Are there any apostles today? I highly doubt it. I know Jesus revealed himself in all his resurrected glory in the early days of the church including to the Apostle Paul, but I doubt he has done that today. There are not many accounts of men in the ministry who has seen Jesus. Yes, there have been books about people going to heaven and they saw Jesus, but these books have been proven false.

Why do some men in the church call themselves apostles? If you listen to their message, its the prosperity gospel. The prosperity gospel preys on those who want stuff from God and not God himself. If you go to a church where one of the preachers has the title of apostle, I would consider another church.

There apostles in the Bible and God used them mightily in the advancement of His kingdom, but there are not around anymore. Could God call up men to apostles in today's church? I am not sure but we have pastors and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry. We also have access to scripture in a way the early church did not.

Music Monday: Band of Gold by The Gray Havens

Saturday, June 18, 2016

What Does It Mean To Deny Propitiation?

If you look up the word "propitiation" in the ESV, it only appears four times. Other translations have "atoning sacrifice" or some other usage of words because no one says big words like that anymore. Granted propitiation is not on my list of words to say in day to day conversation, but this is an important biblical word.

Wayne Grudem defines propitiation as "A sacrifice that bears God's wrath to the end and in doing so changes God's wrath towards us in favor." He goes on to say that some theologians cannot comprehend that God is a God of wrath because God is love. It is true that God is love, but He cannot let sin go unpunished.

Many pastors will not teach why propitiation because it is too complex whiles water down the word. There are still pastors and theologians that would deny propitiation because of the idea that God laid upon Jesus the wrath of God in our place for our sins. John Murray, in his book, Redemption Accomplished and Applied, said:

To deny propitiation is to undermine the nature of the atonement as the vicarious endurance of the penalty of sin. In a word, it is to deny substitutionary atonement. To glory in the cross is to glory in Christ as the propitiatory sacrifice once offered, as the abiding propitiatory, and as the one who embodies in himself for ever all the propitiatory efficacy of the propitiation once for all accomplished.

To deny propitiation is to deny to the finished work of Christ on the cross. To deny propitiation is to deny God's provision for our sins to be atoned for. This is why studying theology is important so we know what God did through Christ on the cross. To know what propitiation is to stand in awe of what God has done through Christ.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Why Am I Attending An Independent Baptist Church

It has been over a year since I left a church plant to attend Wichita Falls Baptist Church. What surprises most people that know is it is an Independent Baptist Church. I am sure you have seen reports of pastors from these kind of churches say a lot of hateful things whether to a group of people because of their lifestyle choices or praising God for a disaster (human or natural) that happened. Another thing is most of these churches are KJV only meaning the King James Version is the only acceptable translation of the Bible or to hell with you.

I want to rest assure everyone who follows me whether on the blog or social media, my church is not like those crazy Independent Baptist Churches you hear or read in the news. We are the exact opposite. For starters, we mainly use the ESV. We do have people that read from the KJV because this their preference, which is good. We have some that use the NIV but they still have the old 1984 edition and refuse to use the updated edition, which is also fine.

Another thing about our church is we are centered on the gospel. We make sure that the gospel is proclaimed in every lesson and every sermon. We combat false teaching which includes the KJV only legalism that plagues most Independent Baptist Churches. We also make sure the songs we sing are centered on the gospel. We sing from old hymns that are theologically accurate as well as songs from Sovereign Grace and Keith & Kristyn Getty.

Our church is very casual, which means the men don't have to wear a tie and we don't measure the length of dresses for the women. Yes, there are some Independent Baptist Churches that have a strict dress code as if they were a fancy restaurant. I have come in jeans and a polo on Sundays many time. Last night, I went in shorts and a t-shirt with my Marvel Comics shoes. One man liked my shoes and he is a comic book fan.

Our church is very loving. The first day we started attending, we were loved by them, even though, I already knew the pastor at the time. What is amazing is not many people knew our story of pain in the ministry especially planting a church.

One thing that church has done for me personally is helped rekindled my love for God, the church, the Bible, and for ministry. There was a time I said to hell with ministry especially after going through the pain of the church plant. Slowly, I began to get more involved with ministry by teaching Sunday School with the students on occasion and even moderated our men's study which was on church history.

I shared that we have called a man to be our lead pastor, who will be coming in the next few weeks and we already have an elder in the church which means we have two elders. I am thankful my church came together to become a healthy church. It is a work in progress but we will get there to where we are know as a healthy congregation.

I love my church. I am praying for my roll in the church. Maybe that will be more clear in the next few months, but until then, I will strive to a faithful servant in whatever way I can. I am thankful that my family has also found their place in the church as well and they are excited for the future of Wichita Falls Baptist Church.