Searching for a New Church Home

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Searching for a New Church Home

Since we have moved to Arkansas Carmi and I are searching for a new church home. We knew it might be a challenge. Why/ because we have been Christians for decades and so know what we are looking for and what we are not looking for, and we are picky.  Why are we picky? Because if we make a church home, we want to be fully devoted to the church. We will be giving our tithes, time, and energy to the church. Maybe not like we have done in the past, but more than many who attend church. Church attendance and being comitted to a church is important to us. Continue reading “Searching for a New Church Home” »


Delayed Answered Prayer-Part Three

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Delayed Answered Prayer-Part Three
Psalm 116

In Psalm 116 it is clear the psalmist has been through hell and back. The psalmist has surely wondered where God is at, why isn’t God answering their prayers. But it is also clear the psalmist has seen God move in the midst of their situation. Their mouth is full of praise. How about you? Where are you at in your life right now? Continue reading “Delayed Answered Prayer-Part Three” »


Delayed Answered Prayer-Part One

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Delayed Answered Prayer-Part One

There are a variety of reasons for delays in our prayers being answered. But we need to trust that God will always answer our prayers, even if the answer is delayed or is no.

Reasons for Delayed Answers to Prayer:
God is answering our prayer but we do not realize it because we have God in a box. We need to not lean on our own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 Continue reading “Delayed Answered Prayer-Part One” »


Seek But Not Find

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Seek But Not Find

Some seek for God’s will, some seek for knowledge, but reject godly counsel. In the process they end up being confused and deceived.  For many it is because they let pride and sin block them from finding wisdom interfere in finding wisdom.

Fool do not seek counsel
Proverbs 28:26
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.

Proverbs 1:7
the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Continue reading “Seek But Not Find” »


There is Hope TV New Format

there is hope tvThere is Hope TV New Format

If you are a regular viewer of There is Hope TV the format is going to be different. Normally the There is Hope TV format is videos of me preaching or teaching at Seattle Open Door Church. However, I am no longer the Senior Pastor of Seattle Open Door Church. I resigned as the pastor because my wife Carmi and I bought a house in Greers Ferry, Arkansas  last year and now live in our home.

I know that sounds like a big change and it certainly is. Over 730,000 people in Seattle and around 1,000 people in Greers Ferry.  Over the next several months I will be talking about this giant change for Carmi and I and will be sharing biblical principles along the way. Continue reading “There is Hope TV New Format” »


What’s Next?

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What’s Next?

Needless to say, as soon as people hear I am resigning as the pastor of Seattle Open Door Church and moving to Arkansas they ask me “So what are you going to do next?” Invariably the next question is “Are you going to pastor a church in Arkansas?” So I have a question. Why is it that if somebody is a pastor and moves someplace else that the assumption is they will be a pastor again? I would say because it makes sense they will be in the same profession once they move. But for me I have never been in the profession of being a pastor. I have been in the profession of doing the work of the ministry. Continue reading “What’s Next?” »


Why Moving to Arkansas?

Why Moving to Arkansas?

The question Carmi and I get all the time is “Why are you moving to Arkansas?” The short answer is we believe it is God’s will. The long answer is a long answer. Originally it was the goal of Carmi and I to ‘retire’ in the Philippines. That was our goal for several years. But it became clear last year that was not the best option. So we started looking at where was the most affordable places to live, own property, and be in a rural setting.  We narrowed it down to Arkansas and Tennessee. Continue reading “Why Moving to Arkansas?” »


Why Am I Resigning from SODC?

Why Am I Resigning from SODC?

Effective August 11 I will no longer be the Senior Pastor of Seattle Open Door Church. So obviously the most common question I get is “Why are you resigning?” The simple answer is because my wife Carmi and I are moving to Arkansas so we obviously cannot be in two States. So the next question is “Why are you moving to Arkansas?” I will address that in another post. Continue reading “Why Am I Resigning from SODC?” »


Jesus the Man

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Jesus the Man

When Jesus was on earth He was fully man and fully God What was He like as a man when on earth? For some reason many people, including Christians, want to only portray one facet of who Jesus was as a man. They normally present Jesus as a man who was loving, kind, gentle, calm, never angry, never frustrated, only spoke kind words, The persona presented is that Jesus was love, love, love. Happy, happy, happy. Many would say that the TV character Mr. Rogers was the perfect portrayal of who Jesus was a man. Thus if a man does not act like Mr. Rogers he is not like Jesus. Continue reading “Jesus the Man” »