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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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09
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
June 9, 2016

Bethlehem Peoples, I want to say a HUGE Thank You!!!! Thank you for all of your help this week with Vacation Bible school! It has been such a blessing to have so many of you volunteer to help. This year has truly been the best year ever with volunteer help!!! […] [READ MORE]



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Parenting in the Pews
March 19, 2015

A few weeks ago, I began studying for a parenting breakout session on Parenting from the Pews. The purpose of the session was to lead parents in how they can disciple their children while they are worshiping together as a family [READ MORE]



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Speaking Blessings Over Your Family
January 29, 2015

Scripture Reading: Genesis 49:28 As I read these chapters in Genesis regarding Jacob and his blessings on his family, it makes me feflect on the practice of blessing your children out loud. This is not a practice that our culture uses much anymore, but one that I believe has much power […] [READ MORE]



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Why I Teach on Giving
October 2, 2014
Recently at Bethlehem, we have begun a campaign to bring awareness to the need for God’s people to be generous in their giving. Some may wonder, “Why teach on money? Isn’t that just greed? Isn’t giving a private matter?” These are a few statements that might be heard by those who feel uncomfortable with the church teaching on stewardship. So, in answer to these questions, I want to attempt to explain why the church teaches on giving. [READ MORE]


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Singing the Spiritual Blues
September 5, 2014
I love the blues! Something about the rhythm and the soul of the songs speaks to me. However, I really don't like it when I personally have the blues. Some blues songs [ or country ones :) ] were birthed out of hard times. Sometimes you and I go through some rough patches when it comes to our faith as well.

Do you find yourself with a feeling of blah when it comes to spiritual things? Perhaps you feel that you lack any "energy" or desire to participate in worship or service within the church. [READ MORE]


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Take a Look, It's in a Book!
September 10, 2013

                Have you ever gotten home from the grocery store and just started sampling everything you just bought? They say you should never go the grocery store hungry or you might just come home with more than you bargained for.  [READ MORE]



09
Oh What a Feeling
September 9, 2013
What does the band Boston and the current culture of many churches have in common? Perhaps it could best be summed up by Boston’s hit song “Oh, What a Feeling.” [READ MORE]


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What Potty Training has Taught Me About God
May 14, 2013

Through this whole process, God has taught me a lot about making disciples. Yes, you read right! I have learned a spiritual lesson from potty training! The lesson is this [READ MORE]



08
Why I Love the Gospel Project
May 8, 2013
As a pastor, I am constantly on the lookout for great discipleship material. Sometimes you find a study that is so wonderful, it transforms a church. The Gospel Project is one such program! [READ MORE]


04
On Being a Positive Influence
August 4, 2011

         We live in an age today where social media rules the web. Everyone it seems has a Facebook account, a MySpace page, or now even a Google + page. All of these media outlets in and of themselves are not necessarily a bad thing. Think of the many ways that you can be a positive influence on these social media sites. [READ MORE]



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Seeking a Sign
July 28, 2011
What would it take for you to believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Perhaps you are seeking a sign to help you believe. If so, keep reading. [READ MORE]


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A Life Without Morals
July 27, 2011
Can life exist without moral contrants? Is God really a figment of our imagination? Is He just a crutch that the weak in this world use to explain away the existence of things they do not understand? Read on and find out. [READ MORE]


05
The Early Church was an Eatin' Church
July 5, 2011

          This week is the week leading up to our annual Homecoming celebration at Bethlehem and it has got me thinking. What exactly is Homecoming? [READ MORE]



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On the Importance of Knowing Your Church
June 30, 2011

          Last night I was reading through a list of articles and one caught my eye. It was an article in a Fox News feed about some internet hackers in Orlando, FL. What caught my eye was the last little reference to the Southern Baptist Convention. Now I am one that always likes to stay up one what is going on in our convention. When a major news outlet comments on your convention, you usually get a little interested in what they had to say. [READ MORE]



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A Letter from an Old Friend
June 27, 2011

         I must make a confession to you as you read this. While I have been faithful in studying the Bible, I have grown a little slack in reading along in my Bible reading plan. As I was lying in bed the other night, my phone went off, indicating that I had received a new email. Instinctively, I picked up my Blackberry to see who the message was from. It was a letter from an old friend, so to speak that is.

I must make a confession to you as you read this. While I have been faithful in studying the Bible, I have grown a little slack in reading along in my Bible reading plan. As I was lying in bed the other night, my phone went off, indicating that I had received a new email. Instinctively, I picked up my Blackberry to see who the message was from. It was a letter from an old friend, so to speak that is!

          What I had received in my inbox was an email from my Bible reading app called You Version telling me that it had been some time since I last read from my Bible reading plan. They were right! I felt scolded by a digital accountability partner. I knew I had not been as faithful in reading as I should have, and I needed that reminder. After getting over the initial amazement of our modern technology, I began to think about what had taken place and it made me somewhat sad.

          You may wonder why I was sad. Isn’t it great that we have tools to help keep us faithful? Was it that I had been disturbed too late at night that I was upset? Was it that I felt it was too legalistic of my Bible app to demand that I spend time reading from a Bible reading plan that had me reading in four different sections of the Bible? What was it that made me sad?

          What made me sad was that it took an email to remind me of the need to be in the Word of God. Let me explain what I mean. Acts 2:42 says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” This verse is referring to the newborn church right after Pentecost. The previous verses teach us that 3,000 souls were added to the church in one day after Peter’s sermon. The people then began to devote themselves to the teaching of the apostles, another way of saying that they began to study the Bible. In verse 46, the Bible says that every day they met at the temple and broke bread in their homes, continuing this Bible study process.

          The point is that the early church encouraged one another and studied the Bible together. They didn’t just meet on two days a week, but every day. When they met, they didn’t need a Bible study app to hold them accountable by sending an email. Instead, they held one another accountable, which is really a much better way of doing accountability, because there is no delete button! The early church was practicing Galatians 6:1, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.”

          Let us make it our practice to follow the example of the early church and meet together to study the Bible. Let us hold one another accountable to the Word of God in love that we might become the men and women that God wants us to be. Let us get back to reading that wonderful letter from an Old Friend we call the Bible. May God use it to enrich and transform our lives (Rom. 12:1-2)!

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Torn Apart
June 21, 2011

“If you want to keep me from worshipping with the church, you’ll have to pry my cold, dead hands from this pew” Okay, so maybe this is a paraphrase of what Paul meant when he said in 1 Thessalonians 2:17,  “But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a […] [READ MORE]



06
There's No App for That
June 6, 2011

            We live in an age where technology abounds in just about every aspect of our lives. Since the space age, we have been on a course to develop technology faster than any other age in history. With our new technology has come the invention many of us use called the Smartphone. With Smartphone, you can now surf the web, listen to music, get directions, search for gas prices, and a whole host of other things.

            Embedded into the heart of Smartphones are the applications, or “apps.” There are really three major companies that are competing in the Smartphone market: Apple, Android (Google), and Blackberry. One of the things that all of these companies try to use to attract uses is the number of apps available for use on their platform. Apple currently boasts of over 30,000 apps in their App Store. The tag line that they often use is, “There’s an app for that!”  While this may be true of Smartphones, it is certainly not true of the church.

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09
Growing Closer through the Word
November 9, 2010

Do you want to grow closer to your spouse? Do you want to grow closer to the Lord? I feel that there are many reasons why we do not grow closer in our walk with the Lord. [READ MORE]



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This Could be the Beginning of Something Good
May 5, 2010

tag. --> // Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Mother's Day is fast approaching us. This Sunday, around the country, many will come together and give "Mama" a big hug and perhaps some roses or a nice meal to celebrate what she means to the family. Mothers […] [READ MORE]



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Circular Letter to the Georgia Baptist Association - Part 2
January 6, 2010

Yesterday, we began looking at some interesting findings from an 1832 letter to the Georgia Baptist Association. Today we will finish that letter by pointing out some interesting findings from the second portion of that letter. Regarding Punctuality in Our Contracts: It is rather interesting that in one section of the letter […] [READ MORE]



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Circular Letter to the Georgia Baptist Association - 1832
January 5, 2010

As I was preparing for a class in Baptist History that I am taking this month, I came across a letter that was circulated to the Georgia Baptist churches in 1832. The letter has a striking message to the church today. A couple of the highlights of the letter are […] [READ MORE]



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Christmas Must be Something More
December 15, 2009

I am not a country music fan, and I don't get into the whole Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West ordeal. However, I was driving to the office the other day listening to Holly on XM Radio and heard this song playing. I began to listen to the lyrics and I […] [READ MORE]



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What is Expository Preaching
December 2, 2009

Preaching is essential in the body of believers. It is one of the main sources for counseling and teaching in the church. With that being said, there are many forms of preaching. What for is the most biblical? What exactly does it mean to be an expository preacher? Take a […] [READ MORE]



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A Summary of Eschatology and How it Affects the Church
May 20, 2009

            The doctrine of eschatology can be summarized by dividing it into one of two categories. On the grand scale, one could study what the Bible teaches about God’s ultimate plan for creation, or cosmic eschatology; while on a more personal scale, one could study how the doctrine impacts our […] [READ MORE]



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Commitment to a Great Commission Resurgence
May 13, 2009

What is the state of our church today? I recently listened to a fellow pastor preach a message on the state of the church where he served. He spoke about where they were, what they were doing, and what was to come. I think that these types of messages are […] [READ MORE]



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