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]

  • 10 Ways We Wrongly Seek Self-Worth

    By / February 4, 2015 / Featured, gospel identity

    Just recently, I preached a sermon about the search for self-worth and validation. I showed ten ways people often seek this out.  The sermon is taken from the story of Rachel and Leah from Genesis 29 & 30. Rachel and Leah were sisters who shared Jacob as a husband. Leah and Rachel both lacked a sense of self-worth.  Leah was… [read more]

  • Pastors Are Idolaters Too…

    By / January 29, 2015 / Featured, Idol, Ministry, Pastor

    In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin famously wrote, “From this we may gather that man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.” He is right. This is especially true when it comes to the heart of a pastor. Pastors are not exempt from having a sinful nature. Pastors wrestle daily with a heart… [read more]

  • A Display of Sovereign Grace

    He beat her in a violent rage. In his anger, he decided to take fate in his own hands. This was not the first time that he had beaten her, but it would be his last. She had just returned home with the news of her pregnancy. At eighteen years of age, she was to… [read more]

  • Discipleship Begins At Home

    Men, we have an enormous responsibility set before us. God has graciously and providentially placed you and I as the head of our families. This is not a calling to take lightly. Not many men will deny the responsibility of providing financially for their families. Sadly, many others will deny the responsibility to provide “spiritually”…. [read more]

  • Real Men In a Really Loud World

    By / March 25, 2013 / Featured, gospel identity, Men

    This article was written for and published by The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. What do you really believe about yourself? One does not have to listen to culture for very long to see the redefinition of a man. Men are usually seen as lazy, stupid, inferior, childish, and sex-crazed. The sad thing is that for… [read more]

  • When A Drunk Driver Hits Your Daughter’s School Bus

     Waiting for my daughter to get off the school bus on Wednesday afternoon felt normal until my phone rang. It was a number that I did not recognize. It was local, and since I’ve been applying for jobs, I decided to answer it.  The voice on the other end of the phone was from a woman… [read more]

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