Action Steps for Worshippers

By / March 10, 2017 / Featured

If you have been going to church for some time you know the drill. You show up, sing some songs, give an offering, and hear a sermon. Unfortunately, many Christians approach Sunday without much thought, and this should not be so. As believers in Jesus Christ we have very important responsibilities whenever our church family… [read more]

7 Biblical Commitments of Church Membership

By / February 22, 2017 / Featured

   God wants every Christian to belong in membership to a local church. It is impossible to obey the New Testament commands without meaningful church membership. Unfortunately, we live in a society that abuses the word commitment. Many have a hard time committing to a marriage, a job, and even our country! This view of… [read more]

Ask the Pastor: How are we to love and pray for our enemies?

By / February 20, 2017 / Featured

(Ask the Pastor is a weekly series that appears in the Northwest Baptist Church Sunday Bulletin. This question and others in this series are submitted from those who attend Northwest Baptist Church) Question: How are we to love and pray for our enemies? – Bob Holzapfel  Answer: This is a great question that must be answered… [read more]

Ask the Pastor: Why are you a Baptist?

By / February 13, 2017 / Featured

(Ask the Pastor is a weekly series that appears in the Northwest Baptist Church Sunday Bulletin. This question and others in this series are submitted from those who attend Northwest Baptist Church) Question: Why are you a Baptist? – Stewart   Answer: I think an important distinction needs to be made before I get into the… [read more]

Ask the Pastor: Is Worry Indicative of a Lack of Faith?

By / February 6, 2017 / Featured

(Ask the Pastor is a weekly series that appears in the Northwest Baptist Church Sunday Bulletin. This question and others in this series are submitted from those who attend Northwest Baptist Church) Question: Is worry indicative of a lack of faith? – Bob Answer:  Thanks for your question, Bob. I will refer to what Jesus said on… [read more]

Ask the Pastor: Is Baptism a Requirement For Salvation?

By / February 3, 2017 / Featured

(Ask the Pastor is a weekly series that appears in the Northwest Baptist Church Sunday Bulletin. This question and others in this series are submitted from those who attend Northwest Baptist Church) Question: Since baptism is a requirement for church membership, is it also a requirement for salvation? Does one need to be baptized in order… [read more]

Ask the Pastor: What is Sanctification?

By / February 2, 2017 / Featured

(Ask the Pastor is a weekly series that appears in the Northwest Baptist Church Sunday Bulletin. This question and others in this series are submitted from those who attend Northwest Baptist Church) Question: What is sanctification? – Guyla Answer: Sanctification is a very important truth. In fact, it is the will of God for your life. “For… [read more]

Ask the Pastor: Is all of Scripture Relevant?

By / February 1, 2017 / Featured

(Ask the Pastor is a weekly series that appears in the Northwest Baptist Church Sunday Bulletin. This question and others in this series are submitted from those who attend Northwest Baptist Church) Question: The Bible teaches lessons for all people of all times BUT are all the words spoken to all? Are some only to the… [read more]

9 Defining Foundations of Pastoral Leadership

By / September 23, 2016 / Ministry, Pastor

I have been reading the letter of 1 Thessalonians this past week. It has been extremely helpful to see crucial areas of pastoral leadership that must be present in all pastors. Here are nine defining foundations of pastoral leadership from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians. Every pastor has foundations that define their ministry. However, these… [read more]

Sermon in a nutshell: (Matthew 6:25-34) August 7th, 2016

By / August 8, 2016 / nutshell, sermon

Preached on August 7th, 2016 at Northwest Baptist Church. Sermon Text: Matthew 6:25-34 Nutshell: Jesus instructed his disciples to not be anxious. We all have worried at some point in our lives. What value is there to worry? What are we really trying to accomplish when we worry? Worry is a form of athiesm that denies… [read more]

  • Sermon in a nutshell (Matthew 6:19-24) July 31st, 2016

    By / August 4, 2016 / nutshell, sermon

    Sermon in a Nutshell is a weekly series that recaps the sermon from the previous Sunday.  Preached on July 31st, 2016 at Northwest Baptist Church. Sermon Text: Matthew 6:19-24 Nutshell: Jesus instructed His disciples to not waste their time, energy, or resources on things that will not last forever. He told them to not “lay up treasures”… [read more]

  • 17 Things I Wished I Would’ve Known 17 Years Ago …

    By / July 26, 2016 / Ministry, Pastor

    This past June marked seventeen years since I began my pastoral ministry. I began in the summer of 1999 at the ripe age of 22 years old. I had just graduated from Pensacola Christian College and was ready to tackle the Devil by the horns. I began serving as the Associate Pastor/Youth Pastor of the Mehoopany Baptist… [read more]

  • Sermon in a Nutshell – (Matthew 6:7-13) July 24th, 2016

    By / July 26, 2016 / nutshell, sermon

    Sermon in a Nutshell is a weekly series that recaps the sermon from the previous Sunday.  Preached on July 24th, 2016 at Northwest Baptist Church. Sermon Text: Matthew 6:7-13 Nutshell: In this sermon we explored how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. Jesus showed the way of the “Gentiles” to His disciples and commanded “do not be like them.” The way… [read more]

  • Encouragement for Pastors on the Verge of Disaster

    This past weekend I was grieved to hear of another pastor removed from his church for “unfortunate decisions.” Whenever this happens it is devastating not only to that particular church, but to the Body of Christ as a whole. When a pastor falls it’s just not him that’s affected, but many around him. Every pastor needs… [read more]

  • Sermon in a Nutshell – Matthew 5:38-48

    By / July 11, 2016 / nutshell, sermon

    Sermon in a Nutshell is a weekly series that recaps the sermon from the previous Sunday.  Preached on July 10th, 2016 at Northwest Baptist Church. Sermon Text: Matthew 5:38-48 Nutshell: Jesus calls his followers to respond in “different” ways than how the people of the world are prone to respond. Many people have mistaken Jesus’ words of “turning… [read more]

  • “Breath Upon Breath” – new book by Dan Sardinas

    By / July 11, 2016 / Book, Featured, Holy Spirit

    SUMMARY:I believe one of the greatest tragedies of the Christian life is the ignorance of the absolute necessity of the Holy Spirit. I think the main reason for this is because we don’t know who He is.  Who is the Holy Spirit? Do we really need Him? Is He still relevant for our everyday life? I… [read more]

  • Human Life, Racism, Injustice & The Gospel

    By / July 8, 2016 / Featured, Gospel, justice, racism

    Last night there was a massacre of police officers in Dallas, Texas. This tragedy was in response to the killing of two black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. It was fueled by anger and much hate. The complete and full details of these shootings are not yet known. Regardless of the circumstances, I am… [read more]

  • Interview with Rye Taylor

      About three years ago I did an interview with my friend Rye Taylor.  Rye was the host of an online podcast called “Innovation Overdrive”.  He interviewed me about my book “Gospel Confusion: Confessions of a Pastor”.  I pray that my journey is a help to you as you discover your identity in Christ. If you’ve… [read more]

  • Why Does God Give Us Children?

    By / February 18, 2015 / Parenting

    Why does God give us children? Is it just to fullfil the command to “be fruitful and multiply”? Is procreation the only reason that God has given children? I’m sure you would agree with me that God has greater plans than just the population of the earth. The ways and purposes of God are far beyond anything we… [read more]

  • Your Definition of Good Is Not Good

    By / February 12, 2015 / Featured, Sovereignty

      We often say that God is good all the time, but is He? Do you ever fall in a shallow trap by praying phrases that are often vague? For example, “Lord, be with (fill in person) today.”. What does “be with” actually mean? Are we insinuating that God actually leaves us? Is there ever a… [read more]

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