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Bus Them In

Several years ago one of our veteran bus drivers, Ashbell Strong, went home to be with the Lord. He loved the bus ministry. He drove our church buses for over 35 years. As he fought cancer, his only request of his doctors was for them to help him get well enough to drive again. The day before he died our bus workers drove his bus to his house where he was on hospice so he could see it one more time. We sang bus songs, wept and Strong 2rejoiced in the hope of heaven. As one by one each one said their goodbyes I soon was left alone with Bro. Strong. I thanked him for his testimony, his love for Christ, I prayed with him and I asked him a question that was difficult to ask but I wanted to know. I said, “Bro Strong, want do you want me to tell our workers at your funeral.” He looked at me, gathered his strength, set up in his bed, and said firmly, ”Tell them to Get to Work!” That’s exactly what I did…at his funeral I preached a message entitled, “Get to Work!”

In November 2016 at our Annual Bus Conference, those words “get to work” kept coming to my attention. God was burdening my heart to do more for the cause of Christ and the bus ministry. To that end, as I transported Dr. Jeff Fugate to the airport, I shared with him a ministry idea that was on my mind. This was the beginnings of “Bus Them.” In January 2017, we launched this new ministry. The purpose is simple. Our desire is to provide buses and support to new churches who are ready and desirous of entering the bus ministry.

This ministry has developed slowly but we are excited that the first two buses have been donated. The first bus went to a church in North Carolina and the second just arrived in Alabama this week. The bus ministry is not a ministry fading into the sunset, I believe the sun is still shining bright! Every Sunday hundreds come to church through the bus ministry of WBC! I believe it’s time for churches across America to re-energize in doing the work of reaching this generation for Christ. We bemoan the state of our country and the spiral of immorality and decay yet do nothing to stand in the gap! Bus Them In is a ministry to do just that! I am reminded of the great quote by William Carey when he said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

There are three ways that you can help this ministry. First, you can PRAY! We need Gods hand of blessing. We need his help in selecting the right buses, pairing them with right ministries and providing for the needs of this ministry. Second, you can provide FINANCIAL support. We are asking that churches would consider taking thiBus Them in Logo 9.4.17s ministry on for monthly support or consider taking up a love offering for this effort. Every dollar given goes directly to this ministry through our local church, Woodlawn Baptist Church. Lastly, we are asking for PARTNERSHIPS. As this ministry develops we are in need of locations available to store purchased buses while they are in transition, expertise in partnering with new churches to help them with those who are going through CDL training, and finally providing encouragement to those getting in this life changing ministry. If you want to know more about this ministry you may reach us on the web at http://www.busthemin.com or http://www.wbcbowie.org

We have a choice to make. We have a generation that is growing up without Christ. We can read about church history or we can make church history! I don’t know about you but I want to see God do great & mighty things in our generation! Jesus is coming soon! This is life & death so let’s KEEP THE BUSES ROLLING!

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I will take the “Old-Paths!”

The Old-Paths

The Bible says in the book of Jeremiah 6:16, “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein.” Now some of you read the title and read this verse and have already labeled me as hermeneutically dishonest. But can we agree that in Jeremiah 6 we find Jeremiah encouraged and challenged to follow the right way that is to follow the well-established and time tested old-paths? Can we agree that in the Christian life there is a right path and a wrong path? After all the Scripture says,

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” – Psalm 119:105

Thou wilt shew me the path of life.” Psalms 16:11

Make me to go in the paths of thy commandments, for therein do I delight.” – Psalms 119:35

We are all walking down a path in our lives and in our ministries. We must all give account of our decisions and how as pastors we have lead the ministries to which we have been entrusted. The Scripture says in Hebrews 9:27, “It is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment.” In these areas of discussion and controversy someone is right and someone is wrong. There is not two sides to truth. There may be perspective and there may be interpretation but ultimately truth is truth.

There has been a lot of discussion in fundamentalism over many decades about the “Old-paths.” Some have embraced what they believe are the old-paths with passion and vigor while others have run from it not wanting to be associated with these old-paths. Many of these decisions have been made from watching moral collapse, experiencing mistreatment or simply misunderstanding or disagreeing with a position. I have had discussions with many over the last year about the old-paths and I believe from my conversation that there are varying definitions of what the old-paths really are. I will attempt to define what I believe is and isn’t Scriptural old-paths.

I am thankful for anyone who shares the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ. I may disagree with your methods of discipleship, with your administration of the church or your interpretation of Biblical principles but if you are reaching people for Christ, YOU are NOT my enemy.

With that being said, when a church, a pastor and a Christian are following paths that are unscriptural we must be willing, in love and with care, to tell the truth, to state the case and share with an individual who has gone astray a pathway to restoration.

My question for you is simple…What are the old-paths? Are the old-paths relevant to millennials? Are the old-paths rooted in 20th century Christianity?

  • Old Paths defined.

As I think about the old-paths and as I have observed my brethren and even self-examined my ministry I believe the old-paths have been defined by three distinct characteristics:

  1. A Style – The old-paths is defined as a style of preaching, a method of evangelism or a focus of ministry. There is a unique look to the old-paths preachers, old-paths churches and to old-paths conferences.
  2. A Principle – The old-paths are defined by doctrine that is taught and how Biblical principles are applied to the people of God.
  3. A Movement – The old-paths as a movement is simply the circle of men and ministries that ascribe themselves to similar methods and practices that are consistent with the principles and styles of the old-paths movement.

I believe the old-paths are simply the implementation of Biblical principles in our modern day. I am reminded however that style is not as important as substance and truth should not be compromised for political correctness or cultural relevance. After all, Paul told Timothy to be “instant in season and out of season.” What is right and wrong does NOT change with culture and with societal changes, even if these changes happen within the church. Sadly we are seeing a shift in fundamental churches. This is shift toward ecumenicalism and in some ways embracing the emergent church movement.

The Old-paths was not founded by Jack Hyles or his contemporaries. The Old-paths are not defined by men who wear plaid suits or bell-bottom pants. The old-paths are following a set of practices grounded in the Scripture in our modern day.

  1. The Old-Paths are paths that identify the Scripture as the exclusive authority for our faith and practice.
  2. The Old-Paths are paths that result in an awareness of souls. This awareness causes us to run buses, establish Sunday Schools and send out and support missionaries.
  3. The Old-Paths are paths that lead to holy living. We recognize the importance of being different than the world.
  4. The Old-Paths are paths that recognize the influences around us.
  5. The Old-Paths are paths that walk in humility and integrity.
  6. The Old-Paths are paths that recognize our responsibilities to the institutions God has ordained.
  • Christian liberty

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” – Galatians 5:1

“But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak.” – I Corinthians 8:9

Liberty is a wonderful thing. We have been freed from the bondage of sin. We have washed, justified and sanctified! But our liberty is not a license to sin nor is it a license to do whatever we wish. We are to acknowledge Him and HE will direct our paths. Our Christian liberty ends where Christ’s commands begin.

  • Ecclesiastical Separation

“Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate…”-2 Corinthians 6:17

“Can two walk together except they be agreed?” – Amos 3:3

We all believe is separation. Separation is appropriate, necessary and wise. I do not believe it is wise to subject ourselves and our congregations to men who teach false doctrine. Standards are not irrelevant nor are they to be pushed aside as unimportant. There is validity to the difficulty of multi-layered degrees of separation. My policy is simple. I want to associate with men and ministry who are like-minded in doctrine and practice. This does not mean that I do not appreciate men with whom I differ.

  • The Battleground.

I believe the true battleground in the fundamental movement is the application of Scripture in the areas of music, modesty, methods, manuscripts, and movies. Every Independent Baptist no matter what camp or set of standards believes in reaching people for Christ. We all believe in the fundamentals of the faith. We can gloss over standards but truly isn’t standards the “elephant in the room?” The reality is that:

Every Independent Baptist is obsessed with the gospel.

Every Independent Baptist is committed to preaching the Word.

We want to be unified but the issue is that old-paths preachers believe that compromise has crept in and standards have been dropped. Is it fair to expect us to drop our standards which we believe are biblical to unify? Why are we the ones expected to change?

Denominational politics are unavoidable. It happens no matter what camp you may be in or what field of vocation you pursue. There is a constant ebb and flow to the ministry. I have experienced this myself with individuals who have left our ministry who continue to interfere and sow discord. We would all help ourselves and improve our spirits if we looked forward and not backwards.

I believe we should be students of the Bible. I believe we should be well read. But what does “well read” mean? Do I need to read books from men who have questionable doctrines and ministry philosophies contrary to my own? Why are we so desperate to do so? How does that help us in our ministries? If we can read a book from an ecumenical or evangelical source and “eat the fish and spit out the bones” is that wise? I guess my follow up question would be to those who practice this philosophy, would you read books from men who follow what you deem to be the old-paths and do the same? Read…read…read but be careful what you recommend to younger men who may not be as ready or as mature as you. They may choke on the bones.

Fundamentalism has a new generation of preachers who are asking questions, some very valid questions. And while there is broad consensus on evangelism, the truth is that the elephant in the room is standards. We have a generation of young people who have conformed rather than have convictions about what the Scripture teaches.  The issue is music, dress standards, door to door soul winning & Calvinistic leanings, the King James Bible, and movies and entertainment. In most cases you do not have an issue with one without having issues with many. They are inter-connected as a philosophy of ministry.

A. Music

Contemporary Christian music has infiltrated many Independent Baptist Churches and it has affected ministries and men of God in a negative way. The Biblical principles of music are important to the spirit of a service and the direction of a ministry. Isn’t the divide today that old-paths preachers believe that our music should be Christ-honoring, spirit filled and Biblically distinct and that much of what is marketed is Christian is not very Christ-like. I should not wonder whether a singer is talking about her boyfriend or the Saviour! When I was a teenager I fell into the CCM scene and was consumed by it until one day a co-worker heard me listening to a CCM song and asked me, “What rock band are you listening too?” This was a catalyst for me to change my direction. I realized that this music was a “bridge” but not one to reach the lost but rather a bridge of compromise to be seduced into secular music entertainment. Our music should have a different sound, a different message and a different feel than that which is in the world.

B. Modesty

If I had a dime for every time I have been called a legalist I could buy another bus for our bus ministry. I believe the Scripture is clear in relation to dress standards…modesty and distinction. Every preacher, every ministry and every Christian has some level of dress standards. So let’s not deceive ourselves regarding this topic. As old-paths preachers, our FIRST desire for men and women in our churches is that we have a heart for God and have a Christ-like spirit. Our yieldedness to the Lord in this area simply reveals our heart. Ask yourself this question, how is your spirit when you discuss the area of dress standards? Are you defensive or are you yielded to whatever the Lord would have you to do? Why should a ministry support and promote men who change in this area? And finally why would those who do not hold to these dress standards demand that we accept their decisions and extend to them the liberty to make such decisions but not respect our decision to keep our dress standards where they have always been. You simply can’t have it both ways. There is a concerted effort to blend the sexes, blur our God given roles and talents and to impede upon Biblical principles of modesty. Since you are asking the question or talking back already let me state in clearly…I believe women should not wear pants because most are not modest and certainly all are not distinct. Further, tight clothes & revealing clothes violate these principles as well.  Men should be modest as well. Skinny jeans and tight clothes are not modest guys! I never thought I would have to say it but men should not wear skirts either! The metrosexual look isn’t distinct! It’s time for Gods people to get this right. Men and women in the Bible both wore robes but men wore britches under their robes so before you pitch a fit know that Biblical culture supports this position.

C. Methods

I have had numerous conversations on social media about door to door soul winning and tools of evangelism. And while we debate the JWs and Mormons are gleaning the harvest we should be reaping. I am concerned when churches close their bus ministries down and discontinue their Sunday Schools. I am concerned when churches cancel Sunday evening services. Sunday nights should be one of the most vibrant and spiritually challenging services as your church family gathers under the preaching of the word of God. At WBC, our Sunday night services are “prime time” as dozens of workers who have been spread throughout the ministry join to worship the Lord together!

D. Manuscripts

The battle over the King James Bible has been well documented but sufficed to say this is an area in some circles with the new group of pastors coming on the scene. May we never compromise on the preserved, inspired Word of God.

E. Movies

Entertainment…well enough said.

  • The moral failures in fundamentalism.

Our hearts should be broken when any man falls, when any marriage fails and when any ministry is torn apart by scandal. The moral failures of prominent fundamental leaders has devastated our generation. We simply cannot ignore or sweep under the rug these collapses of judgment, these character flaws and the air of enablement in our fundamental churches. We must as fundamental leaders in our churches set the example of morality, transparency and integrity.

The moral failures of men like Jack Schaap do not define our movement. They simply show how susceptible we are to destruction if we are not sober and vigilant. His collapse as a leader, as a husband and as a Christian should drive all of us to reflection. I was disgusted by Jack Schaap’s behavior and frankly he has reaped what he has sewn. But our desire should be restoration not ridicule.

Every pastor should be held accountable by his brethren. The warning signs with Jack Schaap were everywhere yet his staff and his closest friends did not challenge his direction. We cannot move forward with this mentality. We owe each other the truth. When our friends in the ministry are heading in an unhealthy direction – say something. For the sake of a new generation of pastors, we must protect our marriages and ministries from moral failures.

  • Respect for your heritage

Let us never forget those who have invested in us. I am concerned as we turn to a new chapter in fundamentalism that we will forget the men who have gone before us. We owe them a debt of gratitude. They do not deserve our ridicule they deserve our respect.

  • “New” is not always bad.

Independent Fundamental Baptist should be at the forefront of using tools and technology to reach the next generation for Christ. We should have dynamic websites, robust use of social media formats and effective tools. New is not bad but new must be filtered through Scripture and examined under the scrutiny of principle. There was a time when the bus ministry and Sunday School were new tools for the church to use. New methods should be used if they are effective and do not violate principles of Scripture. The reality is should the Lord tarry there may be ministry tools in the future that are not even developed in this generation. Let’s not be closed-minded to new!

  • “Old” is not irrelevant.

Just because it is old does not mean it is useless. Nor does it mean it is ineffective. The old is time tested. The old is well thought out. The old has wisdom. Let us not ignore the old.

  •  The Old & New should be the same!

The Old-Paths movement and the New Independent Baptist should be on the same path. Baby boomers to millennials have no reason to be in contradiction with one another. Principle is principle. Truth is truth. Error is error. Sure the new guys have IPads and the internet but ultimately we have the same doctrine.

I believe we are living in one of the greatest times in history. God could have chosen Moses, Peter or Paul for this generation but he has chosen you and I to lead for such a time as this. Let us contend for the faith with graciousness, with understanding, recognizing there may be times that we will not agree but will part as friends and pray for one another. I am thankful that a new generation of preachers are coming on the scene of fundamentalism and I believe there should be open dialogue. We should sharpen each other as we form our opinions and build our ministry philosophies. May each of us lead our ministries with our eyes focused on honoring our Saviour and reaching our communities with the glorious gospel!

Seven Reasons to vote for Donald Trump

Let me say from the outset that I endorsed Ted Cruz early in the primary. I believed and still believe he would have been the best choice from the candidates that ran for president. Unfortunately, he did not win and we are left with a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While some may say, there is always Johnson, I respectfully respond that we all know that there is no way he will muster enough votes to get on every ballet much less win the presidential election.

I am frustrated. I am disappointed. Part of me says America deserves to reap what it has sewn in this election and if that means Hillary Clinton so be it. After all, the prodigal had to waste his substance before coming to himself. However, I would admit that these thoughts are my flesh speaking and not clearly thinking what can be done to stem the tide of immorality and lasciviousness. I know God is able to send a sweeping revival to our land and that is what I am praying for. However, if he doesn’t, then what? Christianity thrived under persecution in the first century church but the pressing question today is are we strong enough to withstand the fiery onslaught in our generation if its mirrors such persecution? I fear we are not ready.

Let me share with you some reasons that I admittedly believe the best decision for the coming election is for the people of God to get behind Donald Trump for president.

1. A seat at the table:

I believe we all agree that Hillary Clinton is the antithesis of all that we believe. Our freedoms as churches and Christians will continue to be challenged under her administration. Babies will be murdered and our countries standing in the world will continue to deteriorate. With Donald Trump, I believe the people of God will have a voice at the table with a chance for that advice to be heeded.

2. Mike Pence:

One of the narratives I have heard and discussed during the primary and the general election is that Donald Trump doesn’t really want to be president and never expected to get this far. If this is the case I believe Donald Trump will lean on his cabinet like no other president. Mike Pence is a good man with strong Christian, conservative values. He will have Trump’s ear on every conservative issue and every decision that is importance to Christians. Do you want Mike Pence or Tim Kaine?

3. Supreme Court:

Hillary Clinton’s choices for the Supreme Court would virtually undermine our Constitution to a point of no return. These choices are arguably more important than the presidency because of their lifetime appointments. While there is some question about Donald Trump’s commitment to appointing conservative judges he has made comments regarding this topic that bring some comfort that he will make good choices. Even the greatest of skeptics would have to acknowledge that Trump has a better chance of appointing conservative judges than Clinton.

4. Abortion:

Yes, Donald Trump has flip flopped on this issue. However, his stated position and the parties’ platform is pro-life. Do we have a chance at overturning or slowing the loss of life through the barbaric practice of abortion under a Clinton administration? Not a chance in the world. Do we have a possibility under a Trump administration to slow down the rate of abortions or with the right Supreme Court judges overturn Roe vs. Wade, maybe? Isn’t the life of just one baby worth this shot? I want to see this barbaric practice ended in my lifetime, don’t you? For the sake of unborn babies, don’t they have a better chance at life with Trump as president and that president being in a party whose platform is prolife?

5. Race relations:

Under this administration, make no mistake America has taken a step backwards in race relations. Sports stars are disrespecting the flag, rioting has become acceptable and violence towards police officers has increased. We simply cannot elect a president that will continue to feed the flame of division in our country. A Hillary Clinton administration IS a Barak Obama third term. This would be a disaster for our nations unity. With all that America faces in the days ahead, we must elect a president that will unite America rather than divide it.

6. Benghazi and Email Scandals:

Directly said…I believe Hillary Clinton is responsible for the deaths of four Americans and was never held accountable. Further, she is not qualified to be president because she has mishandled classified materials and put our nations secrets and security at risk. She doesn’t deserve to be president. The majority of Americans has stated they do not trust her! Let’s make sure another American is never left on the battlefield and our nations secrets are kept secure by a president who is careful and takes responsibility for their actions. Hillary Clinton should not have a security clearance much less be president and privy to our nations secrets!

7. One term presidency:

I am being presumptuous but I believe that even if Donald Trump wins he will only serve one term. So, if he turns out to be much of what conservatives have accused him of, he will never be re-elected and secondly he would still be better than Clinton because of those around him leading our government.

In conclusion, you may say that I am voting less for Donald Trump and more against Hillary Clinton. I won’t argue with you. America is in bad shape. I am saddened by our choices. I believe we could have done better. Voting for a third party candidate is not voting principle, it is throwing it away and giving place to the devil to put in a candidate that who without a doubt take away our freedoms as Christians. The stakes are too high to be vengeful against what we believe is a distasteful candidate. Our children’s future is at stake. They will not benefit from our principled vote if we have lost our freedom and country. We are facing a tidal wave of persecution in America if we do not wake up. We did not like McCain – we stayed home and got Obama. We did not like Romney – we stayed home and got Obama 2.0. If we stay home again or vote for a third party, can America survive Hillary Clinton, Obama, 3.0? Not a conservative pastor in America has been pleased with the last 8 years. Marriage and morality has been attacked. We continue to lose our liberties. We continue to lose court cases because liberal judges have been installed. We MUST wake up for the sake of our countries future. America has never had a perfect viable candidate for president. We have always had to settle. I hate that. But it is the truth. If we vote for a third party candidate or stay home are we not telling our children, our families and even the world that we would rather Hillary Clinton be president than to take a chance and vote for Donald Trump. Donald Trump is a BIG question mark but Hillary Clinton is a BIG exclamation point.

The choice is simple…Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? I have to vote for Donald Trump.

My personal endorsement of Ted Cruz for president.

America is at a crossroads. Our nation is in turmoil. We are economically, socially and spiritually bankrupt. Our leaders have turned this nation from one nation under God to one nation fighting God. For far too long we have allowed liberals and soft conservatives to run our nation. The result is a run-away government infringing on our freedom and liberties. The result has been the barbaric practice of abortion taking the lives of 60 million Americans. The result has been a nation that has embraced perversion and turned its back on its friends around the world.

America is in desperate need of leadership. We need a statesman who will in the words of the Apostle Paul, “…be instant in season and out of season.” For many elections Christians have resigned themselves to support half-heartedly the candidate that has been thrust upon us at the end of the primary season. We have seen the results of mediocre candidates and half-hearted conservatives. Liberals and progressives are running rough-shot over our constitution and our freedoms. This primary season we have a choice to elect a man with principle, integrity and character. This man is Senator Ted Cruz.

Today, I announce my personal endorsement of Senator Ted Cruz for president of the United States.

There are several reasons I have made this decision:

  • Ted Cruz is a student of the constitution and recognizes the constraints and power that is rightly given to the people of the United States of America and not to government.
  • Ted Cruz will govern from a Biblical world view and is not ashamed of his Christian faith.
  • Ted Cruz is not afraid to stand on principle regardless of those who oppose him. We are living in a day when we need statesmen, not politicians out for their own gain.
  • Ted Cruz will not apology for America.
  • Ted Cruz is pro-life, pro-marriage and stands with our friends in Israel.
  • Ted Cruz is for a smaller government, not a bigger one.

Lastly, I would say that there are many good men and women running for president all of which will be far more preferable to what the Democrats have to offer but I believe Ted Cruz is the man of the hour. As Mordecai sent word to his niece Esther, I believe Ted Cruz has been placed here for such a time as this.

In Christ Service,

Pastor William Tyson

Awake America Maryland

We have a choice: Get angry or get busy. Get discouraged or get focused. Get apathetic or get a burden. Never in our countries history have we needed the people of God more to step up. Before our eyes our nation is deteriorating. The moral fabric of this nation is falling apart. A generation is turning against God. What will we do? I would remind you that its HIS church and the gates of hell will not prevail against HIS church. You know it’s easy to serve when all is well. It’s easy to stand when everyone is standing. But what this nation needs  is for men and women to stand in its darkest hours. We have been placed here in this generation for such a time and this! We must minister to a generation filled with questions. We must stand against a tidal wave of immorality, of perversion, of those who are confused about right and wrong. We must show the love of Christ and tell the truth with confidence and with humility. My heart breaks for America. We are a prodigal nation that is wasting her substance, her blessings, on riotous living.

Evangelist Chuck Harding & Pastor Mike Creed co-founded Awake America and in 2013 began a powerful event called the Capitol Connection. The purpose is simple, connecting the people of God with the people of government. On July 5th, we welcome Pastor Brad Cranston to Woodlawn Baptist Church. Brother Cranston has joined Awake America to launch Awake America in each state. To that end, we are excited to launch Awake America Maryland on Tuesday, July 7th. We will be meeting at 6:30pm. Join us if you are able but please pray for Gods hand of wisdom and blessing on this important endeavor. Our goals are to connect with our elected leaders in Annapolis, to pray for Gods hand on our state, to get involved and participate in our legislative process and let our collective voices be heard. Finally, but most importantly, is to share the gospel and stand for truth.

While we may look at this dark world and feel overwhelmed may I remind you that with each passing day we are one day closer to revival or the rapture! Either way – WE ARE ON THE WINNING SIDE!

God has been good!

I will never forget that cold January morning when I first rode the Blue Bus to Junior Church. I didn’t want to be there. I had other things on my agenda. My heart was hurting from a broken home and distracted by the allures of the world. I was 11 years old and had moved three times in just over a year. I wasn’t supposed to ride the blue bus but God had a different plan. On January 9, 1983, I rode the wrong bus but met the right Saviour! After several few months I trusted Christ as Saviour in Junior Church. My life was forever changed. My parents were divorced at the time and each of them trusted Christ as Saviour. Through the grace and healing touch of God a year after coming to church my parents re-married…each other. I saw the transforming power of the gospel and answered prayer on display. I began attending every service and was exciting about my new life in Christ. When I was 15 years old I attended a youth conference with our youth group and God called me to preach. I was scared but excited about what God had in store. I went to Bible College locally and then married Christina. God’s goodness and mercy have been never ceasing. I can say looking back, I have no regrets saying YES to God! Through the tragic loss of our pastor and my hero Dr. Ron Fenwick, God placed me in the position of pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church. Exactly 26 years to the day that I rode to church as a young boy I was voted in as pastor. God’s grace is simply amazing. Trust Him, he will lead down paths of fulfillment, joy and peace with God. I never want to forget where I came from, after all I wouldn’t be here without HIM! Put Christ first and follow Him. You will never regret it!!

A New Year – 2015

As we enter a new year I can not help but think about renewal. So many in society make resolutions, new commitments and take a new year as an opportunity to make a fresh start. I am thankful that God is always ready to give us another chance! Whether you have struggled in your devotional time, been unfaithful to your commitments or spiritually have stalled or backslidden, God is ALWAYS ready for the prodigal to return home!

I am excited about a new year. 2015 is met with so much promise. We are either one day closer to revival or one day closer to the rapture! Either way, we are on the winning side!

Can I encourage this year to make a fresh start:

1) Spend time with God. – Wrestle with Him as Jacob did and ask for His presence and power in 2015

2) Stir your spirit by taking steps of faith. – Trust & acknowledge Him in all of your ways. You will never regret jumping out of the boat and you will have a story to tell of God’s faithfulness.

3) Don’t be satisfied with the “status-quo” Attempt great things for God; expect great things from God!

4) Never forget where you came from! By the grace of God you are where you are! If it had not been for the Lord! Write letters of thankfulness and never forget those who impacted your life for Christ!

5) Be an answer to prayer. Look for opportunities to be a blessing to others in 2015. Life is too short to focus on only ourselves!

6) Keep your eyes on Christ. Man will disappoint you, but God will never let you down!

7) Look for opportunities to share your faith. This world needs Jesus Christ! He is the answer!

Let’s make 2015 the best year ever!