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Back to Basics

Just Released!

This dynamic book contains 3 major sections relative to encouraging congregations to cut through the 2000 years of history since the establishment of the church (ekklesia) by Christ on the Day of Pentecost and return to the BASIC teachings which launched the church into all the world (Matthew 28:18-20). Sadly, many churches have departed from these basics PART 1 is about the Basics of the Church, Part 2 is about the Preliminary E's Mission. Part 3 is about the Core E's of the church's mission. There are thought and discussion questions at the end of each lesson. This book is a must study for every member of the church. It is great for personal, group home study, and classes.

Surprised by So Many Blessings

Every person is a "Blessing Millionaire" is the affirmation of this dynamic 26 lesson book. We sing the song "Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done. This dynamic book is a refreshing look at the ways God keeps on blessing us both physically and spiritually: "His blessing are renewed every morning." This book is based on sound biblical principles, commonsense, and positive psychological principles. It has response and application sections making it an ideal study guide for an individual or class. All age groups need this great and timely book.

Educating Youth About Marriage

Train Up A Child In The Way He Should Go

It is old news to state that 50% of marriage in the USA end in divorce each year. Persons under the age of 20 entered into many of these marriages. Sadly, few young people are entering marriage with little or no education about marriage. Marriage ignorance abounds. It takes more preparation to get a driver's license that it takes to get married. Our school systems educate our youth in academic subjects, how to succeed in sports, and in some cases sex education.This book is designed to be a basic and fundamental introductory study for educating our youth, and parents, about marriage. This book is more than a series of lectures about marriage. It is a workbook with assignments.


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  Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and faded away; he flees like a shadow and does not continue (Job 14:1, 2).      These words spoken by Job centuries ago come tumbling down to us in cataclysmic proportions. The leader of the avalanche is the pandemic caused by the Corona Virus. As of this day, January 10, 2021, 377,000 people have died from the virus in the USA. I have had family members, brethren, friends, and acquaintances die from the virus. I’m thankful vaccines are being distributed and additional treatments are helping combat this enemy to health, the economy, and life. In deed we are living in “troublesome times.”      To speak on a sad note, I am deeply aware and concerned about the attitudes and actions some have toward wearing masks, social distancing, and limited gatherings. Even among some Christians there is a disregard for these guidelines; some have created division and spread of the virus to others or caused quarantines. One of the popular remarks made by the rejecters of guidelines is, “The government will not tell me what to do. If I choose not to wear a mask it’s my business not theirs.”      Talk about inconsistent! These same rejecters let the government tell them what to do about paying taxes, obeying traffic laws, taking oaths, sending children to school, etc. Then there are the Scriptures that tell us to pay our taxes, pray for rulers, obey the law, not to curse those in power, love our enemies, do good to all men, etc.      I think, at least for me, the relevant question relates to God. Is God interested in our health? Does He care about what happens to His children—you and me—health wise? My answer is YES. It is yes based of Scripture. BASIC SCRIPTURES ABOUT GOD AND HEALTH I don’t have the time and space to go into a deep and detailed presentation relative to what God has said about what we can classify as health concerns. Hopefully, what follows will be a door opener to a more in-depth study.      Here are 10, what I call, bedrock truths to base what will follow on: Health is an issue that relates to the human body (cf. Psalm 139:13-16). God created man’s body and said “it was good” Gen. 2:7) God gave Adam specific orders (Genesis 3:17-24) God made promises relative to health (Jer. 30:7; 33:6). God wishes for us a “merry heart” (Prov. 17:22). The Holy Spirit dwells in the body (1 Cor. 6:19, 20). God wants us to prosper and be in good health (3 Jno. 2). Jesus died to guarantee the resurrection of our bodies (1 Cor. 15). One day the body will die (Hebrews 9:27). One day the body will be resurrected (Cf. 1 Cor. 15). JESUS’ CONCERN FOR HEALTH ISSUES The Gospels are filled with accounts of Jesus healing and performing miracles. Each one should be studied in its context; however, for my purposes I simply want to call our attention to the fact that Jesus was concerned with the health problems of people; reinforcing the point that our heavenly Father is concerned too. Affirming we should be concerned too. Jesus heals an official’s son at Capernaum in Galilee (Jno. 4:43-54). Jesus heals Peters mother-in-law sick with a fever (Matt. 8:14, 15). Jesus cleanses a man with leprosy (Matt. 8:1-4). Jesus heals a paralytic who was let down through the roof (Matt. 9:1-8). Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath (Matt. 12:9-14).…

  •   INTRODUCTION: LET’S DO A “1” MINUTE EXERCISE: 1.Using the word ANGER—close your eyes: (NOW and think about anger): (a)What did you say to yourself? (b)What did you feel? (c)What did you remember? 2.When was the last time you were angry? (a)Today? (b) Yesterday? (c) Last Week? (d) Last Month? OUR NATION IS IN AN ANGER…RAGE MODE: 1.Riots in Minneapolis… 2.Rage in grocery stores (corona virus, etc.) 3.Pushing and shouting in line post office, etc. 4.Driving madness: cutting off, failure to stop. 5.Family, domestic violence on rise. “ANYONE WHO CAN ANGER YOU HAS CONTROL OVER YOU” (Stoic) 1.Anger is an…

  • In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them … lest Satan should get an advantage over us: for we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 4:4; 2:11).   THOU SHALL say you believe in God but don’t take doing His will seriously. You will be among the majority of those who don’t practice what they say they believe. This will aid my cause in a dynamic way. Remember that I believe…

  • INTRODUCTION:      Today has been set aside to honor our mothers. We realize that every day is the day to honor mother but, thankfully, today our nation pauses to hold hands and honor that special lady every person has—we all have a mother. Today during the pandemic crisis we are faced with a new set of challenges relative to honoring mom, especially related to physical presence. However we are blessed with numerous media tools we can use to send special messages and gifts to honor our mothers.      Mother’s Day is … Marked by sadness (Mother is very ill, deceased,…

  • An old preacher over a hundred years ago, said this about a popular church hymn, “Men sing it, boys whistle it and woman rock their babies to sleep to it.” The hymn referenced was Count Your Blessings written by Johnson Oatman, Jr. in 1897. The story goes that Johnson father was a local merchant and was known as the best singer in Lumberton, N.J. Young Johnson wasn’t even close to singing as well as his father. During his growing up years, he had a deep desire to make a positive musical contribution of his own. After working in the family…

winningthebattlebookcover smANNOUNCEMENT: This is a supplemental study to my new book, “Winning The Battle Between The Heart And Mind.” This is an 11 lesson study with 52 weekly exercises for application. Can you name one thing God has asked us to DO and BE that doesn’t relate to the heart?



Have you ever heard this song?


Your gotta have heart

All you really need is heart

When the odds are saying you’ll never win

That’s when the grin should start

 . . . . . . .

You’ve gotta have heart

Miles and miles of heart

Oh, it’s fine to be a genius, of course

But keep that old horse before the cart

First, you gotta have heart

. . . . . . . .

But we’re laughin’

‘Cause we’ve got heart

We’ve got heart

We’ve got heart

Have you ever sung this song?


Have thine affections been nailed to the cross

Is thy heart right with God?

Dost thou count all things for Jesus but loss?

Is thy heart right with God?

Is thy heart right with God,

Washed in the crimson flood,

Cleansed and made holy

Humble and lowly,

Right in the sight of God (of God)?

The three verses out of the late singer, composer and actress Peggy Lee’s song, You Gotta have Heart, while intended for any challenge we face in life, has an application to the spiritual heart.

     E.A. Hoffman’s lyrics, Is Thy Heart Right With God? asks an eternally important question.

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Some of us remember these statements: “The family that prays together stays together.” “The family is the backbone of the nation.” “The community is a reflection of the families who live in them.” When you hear the word FAMILY what comes to mind? Sadly, when some hear family in cause’s painful memories; others are filled with happy memories. From the first family—Adam and Eve—until the most recent family, families have faced challenges. Some families have grown stronger and closer together, while others have deteriorated.      Whatever happened to family?      “There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families” (Margaret Thatcher). If society is composed of families, it follows that if there is something wrong with society there must be something wrong with families. What do you think?      In recent years there has been a proliferation of TV reality shows depicting various constructs of families, from “Housewives” to the Duggars, Duck Dynasty, etc. All of these have had an effect on families. The bubble burst relative to the “perfect family” image of the Duggars when a son committed adultery.      Whatever happened to family?      Social science studies, as well as government surveys, and commonsense observations have clearly documented the breakdown of the 21st century family. Houses, instead of being homes, have become no more than motels where mom, dad and all the kids gather in their own mental space to spend time on their social media gadgets. I heard recently that the “Average family” in the USA shares one common meal a month around the dinner table. Houses are now being built without formal dining rooms. The rise of fast food locations is another evidence how families are being fed. Some wives and mothers brag about the fact that they…


    Unless one has been exiled on Mars or has just awakened from a Rip Van Winkle sleep, he realizes the family in our country is in deep trouble and its growing deeper. Yes, and even families which claim to be Christians and “churchgoers.” One teenager said, “I’m sitting on the edge of the pew waiting to graduate from high school, reach my 18th birthday, and quit this forced on me church going.” Surveys and polls continually reveal that we, across all religious lines, lose approximately 85 percent of our members between 18 to 25. We have watched the divorce rate…


    As I travel around the brotherhood I am asked more and more frequently, “Whatever happened to leadership training?” This question is relevant in light of the decline of leadership in the church; especially the training and equipping of men to serve as elders and deacons. I recently came across these phrases by an unknown author: “When the ship is sinking, it not the time to train the crew in abandon ship drills.” “When the last inning is played, it’s not time to call for a pinch hitter.” “When the sheep have been scattered, lost their way, or eaten by wolves,…


    Why did God give us, and preserve for us, a written document called the Holy Bible? Was it so we would buy it and He would get a royalty? Was it for coffee table decoration? Did He give us the Bible to confuse us? The answer to these three questions is NO. Obviously God gave us the Bible to read, understand and apply to our lives. Since the German printer Johan Gutenberg invented the printing press with moveable type, and on which the Bible was the first book printed, the Bible has been a best seller. Millions of copies in…


    Congruence (n) “1 the state or quality of being in agreement; correspondence; harmony.” Concurrence (n) “1 A happening together in time or place                              2 a combining to produce or bringing about something 3 Agreement; accord.”      Do you know what these two words have to do with Christianity? [ ] Yes [ ] No. The title of this lesson may have tipped you off. It has to do with our walk of holiness before God and others. They refer to the consistency God demands relative to what is outside in our behavior, being in harmony with what is inside. There…

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