I’ve been praying for our neighbors to the south in South Carolina. Have you? They need it. The flooding down there is being called a 1,000 year flood. No land mass can handle 2 feet of rain in 36 hours. That’s unheard of for sure.

We had right at 10.3 inches of rain at my house. The rain gauge was filled up twice in 9 days. That’s the most I can ever remember in a week and a half period of time.


With all that said, we know that in all things God has a plan in that which He allows. I was praying with the kids earlier tonight for the flood victims and we were thankful for our home and the blessing it brings. I almost feel guilty for being so blessed.

If that doesn’t make you feel blessed, then watching this 5-minute “Voice of the Martyrs” video will. It’s the true story of a young man who was nearly beaten to death by Hindus in India and yet he survived.  It’s a powerful story and it’s worth your time and I promise you…you will feel blessed after watching it. 5 minutes…here you go…

I have people ask me from time to time why I spend time on my weekly “Two-Minute Tuesdays” talking bout the government/politics. I tell them it’s because of two reasons.

#1 The Government is an institution established by God (just like the family and the Church)

#2 Christians are called to be salt and light in all spheres of life

Allow me to explain. See this picture…


God has established authority on this earth in those three spheres. For whatever reason many Christians have been led to believe that Christians should not care or be concerned about politics, civics, government or even keeping up with it. The problem with that thinking is that we would be lopping off 1/3 of God’s authority that He’s placed on society.

God established the family in the Garden of Eden, the Church in the book of Acts and government and it’s jurisdiction as described in Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2.


Yet, ever since I’ve been a little boy I’ve heard Christians say, “Well, a Christian shouldn’t mix church and politics/government.” And voila!!! You have seen what staying out of politics and government for the last 50 years has done for us. The State now has unprecedented power over the family and the church. Just look at the decimation of religious liberty in the last 5 years in this country and you’d have to agree, unless you’ve been living under a rock.

So, why should you care? Why should I care? Why should I write to my congressmen about Planned Parenthood and defunding them? Why should I care about a lady being arrested two states away who believes marriage is to be between a man and woman as the Bible describes? Why should I care?

I’ll tell you why? If we don’t care about being “salt and light” in the sphere of the State, then the State will one day tell the Family and the Church what they can and can’t do. The State will say, “Family, you don’t own your kids. We do. It takes a village to raise them and we’re going to do it: womb to tomb.” The State will say, “Church, if you don’t stop preaching against ‘sin,’ we’re going to remove your 501-c-3 and you can’t deduct your contributions from your taxes.” Folks, it’s coming and the reason it’s coming is because Christians don’t care. We care more about entertainment, sports, social media, comfort and pleasure. We don’t want to be informed and thus we have what we have in this country. It’s simple… We’re reaping what we’ve been sowing.

Jesus said:

Matthew 22:21

“Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

What does it mean to render to Caesar’s that which is Caesar’s? Well, we pay taxes. What else? Is that it? Just pay taxes? Nope. There’s more.

1 Peter 2:13-14

13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.

See that last phrase? “Praise those who do good.” The government is to praise those who do good. Folks, that’s not happening. The government supports so much sin, corruption and evil today that it’s mind-blowing. Congress won’t even defund Planned Parenthood and have made the most ridiculous excuse that the videos showing their despicable practices were doctored. Are you kidding? And the majority of senators who voted against defunding have never even seen the videos. They refuse to watch them. How did these people get elected? Because we (the people) elected them. Why did we (Americans) elect them? Because we believe their lies because we’re mostly uninformed.

The morality in the Family is rock bottom and the morality in the Church is rock bottom and therefore, the morality in the Government is rock bottom. Can you see how these three, God-ordained institutions are intertwined?

Do you understand, when we have a humanistic, secular view of government, the institutions of the Family and the Church are subordinated to the wishes and desires of the State and are only allowed to exist by permission of the State. What does that mean for you? That means that your favorite ministries might cease to exist because what they preach is considered “hate crimes.” It might mean that you can’t educate your children at home because the State says, “You’re not capable…they’re ours!”

Yet, if you have a Christian view of government, the State only intervenes in the spheres of the Church and Family when it is absolutely necessary to protect life, liberty and property.

Again, the Bible says:

1 Peter 2:13-14

13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.

See it? “As sent by him…” Who is Him? It’s God…the Lord! The Lord uses the government to punish those who do evil. The state is to protect life, liberty and property. And that’s where it should end. But, it doesn’t. Not today. Not now. Now the government is even defining what marriage is. Do you see how the State is encroaching on the other two institutions of God?


This is why it matters. If you have a bad father or no father at all running a home, it messes up the home. If you have bad leadership in the church, it will mess-up a church. And if you have bad leadership in a nation (the State), then you’ll have a messed-up country. These three covenant institutions have distinct and unique heads, jurisdictions and sanctions as sanctioned by God. And without good people at the top…forget it!!!

Obviously, laws are the basis for any form of government. However, if those laws are not based upon God’s revealed commandments and instead, become based upon human opinions and the changing winds of culture, then that society will inevitably crumble. Why? Because with secular humanism ruling in a government, humanity is the source of law and those laws are rooted in human opinion and are therefore they are relative and arbitrary. There are no absolutes and your opinion is as good as man. And that’s what we’ve got.

Yes, as Christians, we are called to submit to the civil authorities, but final allegiance must be given to God. Therefore, when man’s humanistic, arbitrary laws go against God’s law, there may be times when Christians are forced to disobey like Peter and John did in Acts 5 when the Sanhedrin told them to stop preaching in Jesus’ name. They refused!

Bottom line: Christians must be salt and light in all three spheres of God’s created institutions.


If we sit on the sidelines and refuse to be apprised of what’s happening and don’t get involved to be salt and light in the realm of the State, then we’ll get what we deserve. Yes, Christians will post stuff on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram about their Family and their Church, but they say, “Nope…not doing the politic thing. Nope…not getting involved in conversations about religious freedom or life (abortion). Nope…not getting involved in that area!” Well, that’s exactly why we have what we have today and we have no one to blame but ourselves.

So, here’s what I’m NOT saying you’ve got to run for President. I’m not saying you’ve got to work in someone’s campaign. I’m not saying you’ve got to take Political Science classes in college. I’m not even saying you’ve got to watch the news. No, I’m not saying that you’ve got to go overboard and not spend time with your family or in the church proclaiming the Gospel. I’m not saying we should stop posting Bible verses online. And I’m certainly not saying we shouldn’t share the Gospel with the lost. The answer is “NO” to all those.

Here’s what I am saying. Care…please care about the future of your children and grandchildren when they might be told they can’t espouse their belief in Jesus in public. I’m saying, please care about the future of your children and grandchildren when they might be told they can’t educate their children in the ways of God in their homes, because the State feels that’s “unhealthy” for them. I’m saying, please care about the future of your children and grandchildren and their ability to live in freedom as Christians. Because if we don’t care now…today…then, five years from now (if we continue to decline morally and spiritually at the same rate), we’ll see a State that wields almost total control over ever area of our lives.

I say all this as a Grandparent and I don’t want Charlotte to look at me like this if I let her down and hand her a mess…


Please, please…share Jesus and be salt and light in your Home, via your Church and in your Government…the three institutions created by our Father.

The Importance of Rest

The older I get the more I understand the need for rest. Rest is essential if our bodies are to properly function. Honestly, I hate that fact. Why? Because we could get so much more done if we didn’t have to sleep every night. I have so often seen sleep as a colossal waste of time.

Think about it…

Every single night we have to go through the same routine to go to bed. Brush our teeth. Put on bed-clothes. Get stuff ready for the next day. Make sure the clock is set. Make sure the doors are locked. Make sure the air conditioning or heat is set. Make sure the kids are okay. Then we have to sleep 5 to 7 hours. Man! We could really get a ton of stuff accomplished if we never had to sleep. Yet, God requires that our bodies need rest. In fact, we really need between 7-8 hours of sleep each night to function in the optimum. Yet, most Americans don’t get that much. We’re running so hard and so fast that we don’t rest. And it catches up to us. It even kills.

Lack of proper sleep leads to all kinds of health problems. It’s true that you can’t burn the candle at both ends and expect not to get burned. Believe me… I’m preaching to myself here! So, I relished in last week’s time of rest. I really enjoyed the week off with my family. And I did basically nothing but hang out with my family and rest. In 7 days I left the house we were staying in just one time (to go to the grocery store and get gas). That’s it. I’m telling you…for a man who stays on the move all the time…it was glorious! :)

This is the house we’ve been staying in for the past several years at Holden Beach, NC (about 45 minutes north of North Myrtle Beach, SC).


That top left window is the room Pam and I get to have. This is my view…


Now that’s relaxing! Makes me miss being there!

Here’s street side…


We like taking walks up and down the street…


Holden Beach is a family beach and that’s not much to do and it’s not over-commercialized and that’s just the way I like it. (Can you tell I’m getting old!)

Yep…it was a wonderful time of rest and relaxation. I always enjoy building sand castles. Leah (my niece) helped Andrew, Clara and I on this castle kingdom.


I sure loved spending some great time with this little cutie pie!


Charlotte was playing “peek-a-boo” with Pam’s beach hat. She did the same with the curtain.


And get this…she started walking at the beach house last week. Here’s proof!


I didn’t even read a book this time around. I usually devour at least one book, sometimes two while I’m gone. Yet, I’ve found even that can take me away from my family. So, I just hung out with the family and played. It was a great decision.

I forgot to mention to you about something that Pam and I love doing each year. We host the church staff and our current Deacons and wives and their families at our home for a covered dish supper. It’s a blast!

Cars lined all up and down the driveway…


We had folks eating everywhere!


We had a great time of playing “corn hole” and the kids jumping on the trampoline…


There were some awesome games of basketball “knock-out.”


And the food…oh the food… Check out the dessert table…


See those cinnamon rolls on the right. There are three pans of them. Sshh!!! Don’t tell anyone…but, I had three!!

Yes, a good time was had by all!


We’ve got wonderful Deacons and we just ordained two new ones this past Sunday night. Brent Edmiston and Caleb Triplett…


We are so blessed to have 15 men serving in the true role of a Deacon. They aren’t a “Deacon Board.” They don’t just meet once per month and sit around a desk and make decisions, rubber stamp things and go home. No sir. They serve the families. Each Deacon has between 18-22 families to care for and look after. It’s a joy to do so. I was a Deacon for over 15 years before becoming an Elder/Pastor. I was voted in as a Deacon when I was 22-years-old in October of 1990, just a few months out of college and three months shy of my wedding day.

And today I have the privilege of helping to pastor the church I grew up…


That scene above is really the heartbeat of any gathering. Without prayer nothing great will be accomplished.

Speaking of great people and great pursuits. Here’s a great video I saw on Dr. David Black’s blog (www.daveblackonline.com). It’s about one of my favorite people of all time: Coach John Wooden of UCLA. This is Wooden at 96.

JohnwoodenHe died in 2010 at the age of 99. He speaks in the video about the difference between winning and success. The first ten minutes is priceless. The three things that he required of all his students (he was a former English Teacher) as well as great basketball coach.

As head coach at UCLA he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including an unprecedented seven in a row. Within this period, his teams won a men’s basketball-record 88 consecutive games. Wooden’s streak of 7-consecutive NCAA Championships is even more remarkable and impressive because to this day no other coach or school has won the NCAA tournament more than two consecutive years. Wooden was named national coach of the year six times. This is well worth your time, especially if you teach or coach.

Well, it’s back in the saddle again… I’m rested and ready to go! We’ll be having three services on Sunday at 8:20, 9:40 and 11:00 am. I better be rested! Ha ha! :)

Here’s today’s 2-Minute Tuesday…


Did you see this last week?


That’s your ancestor!!! Apparently researchers near Johannesburg, South Africa found about 1,550 bone fragments they say belong to about 15 individuals in what they claim to the largest single discovery of early human remains in Africa. And here are the bones to prove it…


Yep…that’s what scientists want you to believe.

The USA Today described the find this way:

“The creature, which evidently walked upright, represents a mix of traits. For example, the hands and feet look like Homo, but the shoulders and the small brain recall Homo’s more ape-like ancestors, the researchers said. Lee Berger, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg who led the work, said naledi’s anatomy suggest that it arose at or near the root of the Homo group, which would make the species some 2.5 million to 2.8 million years old.”

Wow! What a leap of faith!! Unreal! Don’t you just love how some folks can find a bunch of bones and make all these speculations. Did you see the “human looking eyes” in the artist’s depiction?


Folks, they found a PILE OF BONES and they want us to believe some artist’s depiction with skin and hair on it. Come on! Are we all that gullible?!! I love how the scientists argue about it in the article…

Not everybody agreed that the discovery revealed a new species. Tim White of the University of California, Berkeley, called that claim questionable. “From what is presented here, (the fossils) belong to a primitive Homo erectus, a species named in the 1800s,” he said in an email. At the news conference in South Africa, Berger disputed that. “Could this be the body of homo erectus? Absolutely not. It could not be erectus,” Berger said.

It’s like kids arguing over a toy! It’s mine…NO it’s mine…No… it’s mine!!! Amazing!

You know if all this stuff is true, then Adam had to be a monkey. You know that don’t you? Adam was a prehistoric monkey!!! No way! He was 100% fully human man and he was created in God’s image. Don’t you dare fall for the lies of macro-evolution (man’s way to explain away God). Do I believe in evolution? Sure I do. Micro-evolution. Meaning animals will adapt to their environment within a species. Yet, it is impossible for species or “kinds” to change into another species or kind. God made everything according to their “kinds.”

You can’t have your cake and eat it too on this deal. You have to pick one way or the other. Either you are going to believe in God and His word, or you are going to try to fit evolution into the Bible. It won’t work!

I love this Answers in Genesis article to give perspective on how to answer these types of “discovery.” https://answersingenesis.org/apologetics/answering-the-skeptics/?utm_source=articlesmedia&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featurebutton&utm_campaign=20150425&mc_cid=e2d79b06e4&mc_eid=4e7fcdcd8b


It’s like answering the question of how Noah fit all the animals on the ark. Not only was it possible… It was rather easy. See here… http://www.rforh.com/blog/noah-fit-animals-ark/

Can I say this without sounding nutty?

Just because something is printed and broadcast by the national media doesn’t make it true. It’s that simple. If you must have a way to explain away God and His creation (which atheists and many scientists do), they’ll take a hypothesis from a man in the 1850’s (Darwin) and run with it. And if you tell a lie long enough and loud enough, most people will believe it. And that’s what’s been happening in our schools and museums for decades now. Don’t believe it. Stick with God’s word, not man’s.

Hey, did you see the article about the church in the local paper? If you aren’t “from around these parts,” perhaps you haven’t so here you go. Front page of the Wilkes Journal Patriot yesterday…

Church to have 3 Sunday services due to its growth



That’s a fine trio is it not?


I really appreciated the nice coverage Jule Hubbard, Editor, gave us. He’s a gracious and good man and runs a good newspaper. Thanks Jule!

We praise the Lord for all He is doing to bless us and show favor on the work we are seeking to do to equip believers for the work of ministry in building His kingdom and seeing the lost one to Christ.

Did you catch the Two-Minute Tuesday today? Here you go…


Not Losing Focus

Things are changing faster and faster… Or at least that’s the way it seems to me.

Let’s see, we’ve got a lady running for the White House who has allegedly broken federal law with a private email server circulating Top Secret information (being investigated now), while another lady was led from a Court House to jail because she believes in the Biblical definition of marriage.

One gets to run for President…

One now has a rap-sheet…

Amazing! Sometimes I feel like I’ve fallen asleep and I just need to wake up from this bad dream. Do you feel that way? It’s enough to make your head spin.

Well, I’m more focused than ever. I’m more focused than ever to be a pillar and buttress for the truth! We’ve sat on the sidelines for far too long and watched it come to this. Who would have dreamed that we’d live in a nation where Christians would go to jail because they actually believe in the Bible and use the Bible and the principles found therein to make decisions.

You see, the truth is this. The homosexual agenda is not about the ability to marry. At the root of the agenda is to shut down and shut up anyone who disagrees with them. It’s not about tolerance. Tolerance? Are you kidding? We tolerate everything known to man in this country except for Christians. We tolerate Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus dancing naked on stage while we buy tickets for our teenagers to watch them. We tolerate babies being dismembered and their body parts sold for profit by a group that uses our tax money to do so. Everyone tolerates everyone and everything except for Christians. Christians… Oh, I’m sorry, you are free to believe what you want to believe and teach what you want to teach, but don’t you dare bring it into the public square. Don’t you dare bring your religious understanding and Christian worldview to your job. No sir! You leave that stuff at the house and at church. We don’t tolerate or accept anyone telling us we can’t do what we want to do with our bodies, our relationships, our wedding cakes or our wedding pictures. You ARE going to celebrate our lifestyle! You WILL issue our marriage licenses and you’re going to like it or you will be fined, lose your job or been thrown in jail!!!

Please, please…somebody wake me up! I’ve got to be living on Mars. This can’t be happening here! But it is! It’s happening right before our eyes. And what happens in the next few weeks and months will determine the destiny for this nation for the next 100 years. You and I are living in one of the most important seasons of time in the history of our nations. What happens next with religious liberties will determine how your children and grand children will live the rest of their lives.

Part of that is what the Presidential candidates are going to do with this. From what I’ve heard: Huckabee, Cruz and Carson have been staunch supporters of the Kentucky Clerk, while Trump, Christie, Fiorina and Kasich have publicly said the Kentucky Clerk should have just given in and done her job and signed the marriage licenses. Well, the detractors are dead wrong! Dead wrong! Because that makes her complicit. We make accommodations in this country for Muslims to have prayer mats at GITMO, but we can’t make an accommodation to have a lady’s name taken off of a simple form! Come on Governor Steve Beshear! Step up to the plate like you did when you changed the form a few months ago to remove “husband” and “wife” and call it “spouse” and “spouse.” Oh…I’m sorry…you are a flaming liberal and that would go against your tolerance position. This poor lady is now receiving death threats because you have no backbone sir.

So folks, while we’re worrying about the stock market, planning our next vacation and getting our whole foods at the market, our children might one day stand before a tribunal and have to swear allegiance either to the government or to Christ. Many of us will likely be long gone by then, but I want you to think about it now. Because what you and I do or DON’T DO over the next several weeks will tell the tale. Are you ready? I hope you are. You’re going to have to have a strong backbone. You are going to have to be like Peter and John who stood before their highest court, the Sanhedrin and refused to back down. They said, “You decide if we are breaking the law, but as for us…we will continue to preach Jesus” (my paraphrase). Here’s the account from Acts 4. This is now here… It’s happening in America:

Acts 4:13-21

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened.

Do you have that kind of courage? I hope you do, because that’s what it’s going to take going forward. There’s a “new normal” in the land and Christians who hold to the tenets and principles of Scripture are no longer welcome in the public square! If you are a Christian and you want to work in the public square, YOU NEED NOT APPLY!

I described in detail what’s led to this in my video from Tuesday, “Who’s Going to Jail Next?”

Yes, I’m focused. I’m focused on teaching and preaching the Gospel. I got these two emails from two men earlier today that blessed my heart. One was a prayer…

My wife and I visited Mt. Pleasant on Sunday… It really encouraged me to hear the Word preached in the way that you did. So many people in this day and time try to put a politically correct spin on Gods word and don’t want to call out sin for what it is. Thank you!

And here’s the prayer that was emailed to me…

Dear Heavenly Father,  I want to thank you for my pastor.  I am thankful you have placed the conviction in his heart to preach the word of God and only the word of God.  I appreciate the spiritual warfare he is willing to confront daily from me, my family, and the rest of our church as the shepherd he is.  I know very little of the ridicule and criticism he faces almost hourly but can gather it can be overwhelming just from some of the comments and jealous remarks I hear at work when people find out I attend MPBC.  Thank you for strengthening his resolve to not buckle under the pressure and to preach the way you have designed him to preach.  I am thankful for all I have learned under him and how you have used him to grow my faith although I still fall so short of where I feel I should be at this point.  God, I pray for protection for him and his family as Satan cannot be happy about his boldness.  God, I pray that you place him on my heart more often to pray for him.  He needs the prayers more than any human can probably comprehend.  Give him rest and comfort in you.  Strengthen him each night during the few hours of sleep he gets so that his body is able to sustain what is needed for the work ahead.  We love you God.  Thank you just doesn’t seem adequate enough.  In thy name I pray.  AMEN

Oh, my heart has been blessed. Thank you Lord!

So, may I encourage you not to lose focus even though there are detractors. Sharpen your focus on what God has called you to do. Don’t get pulled to the right or to the left. Knuckle down.

That’s what the Weather Channel has figured out. They got away from their focus and they started running all of this “reality TV” and they are tanking. So, they are getting back to doing what you would think the Weather Channel ought to be doing: COVERING LIVE WEATHER. You see, I’m not interested in “Fat Guys in the Woods.” I’m wondering if it’s going to be snowing in my woods. And so, they’re revamping the whole network…


I’m focused on preaching, teaching, equipping and holding up the Word of Truth of Jesus Christ to the world!

And that’s what we did Sunday…


My prayer is to be described like Peter and John were described…

Acts 4:13

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 

Onward we march soldiers!

Well it’s that time of year again. It’s time to make some winter weather predictions. Now, you must understand that these will be “educated” guesses into the future as we look at the weather patterns for this winter. The truth is: I’m not very educated when it comes to the weather, but I have stumbled across some folks who are and their track record over the years is fairly good.

Now let me say this right up front. Winter weather is very, very hard to predict. Literally a couple of degrees or 50 miles (storm track) can make all the difference in the world. So, we have to understand this isn’t like catching fish in a barrel. We also have to remember that winter weather (snow) is from “first flake to last flake.” The first flakes in western NC can come in November and literally last through the end of March. (I’ve seen it snow in the first week in April in Wilkesboro and the first week of May in Boone.)

The guy that I really like using is this guy:

BastardiThat’s Joe Bastardi. He’s a professed Christian who has his own website at: www.weatherbell.com. I’ve been following him for years and his predictions are about 70% accurate. And folks…for the weather…70% accurate is “crazy good!” He is on Fox News a lot and he is used often by USA Today and other major news outlets. He was educated at Penn State and his father was a meteorologist and so is his son. The guy eats up the weather and it runs in the family. He also is not a Global Warming alarmist. He says that the whole climate change hoopla is mainly just that…hoopla and hype.

Here’s his forecast for the temperatures.

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Here’s the forecast for the precipitation.

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And here’s the combination of temps and precip in a new index he has created he calls the “Severity Index.”

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As you can see from the above three charts, western NC is in the bull’s eye for twice as much snow as normal (200%). The rest of NC is at 150% of normal. For those of us in Wilkes County at 200%, that would put us around 2 feet for the winter. We are also in the darker blue shading for temperatures and that indicates we will be about 3 degrees Celsius below normal. That equates to about 5-8 degree Fahrenheit below normal. That’s cold! Did you see we are close to an “8” on the Severity Index (purple shading)? That equates to a tough winter indeed. And you know what? All it takes is one big storm to pull this off. If you get a: “One Footer,” or a huge Ice Storm, then you will get a big-time “Severity” issue for our area. With all of our hills and north-facing banks, it’s just hard to get roads scraped and for ice and snow to melt.

Bastardi says the winter could start out cold in November and early December and then pull back until Feb/March (similar to last year). What’s driving it is the El Nino. With the warmer waters off the western coast of South America, we get tons of moisture that comes across Mexico into the gulf and up the east coast. And if you know anything about big winters here in NC, our biggest storms come out of the Gulf. Remember this graph? I showed it to you before.


By the way, here’s the Farmer’s Almanac forecast. As you can see, they play it pretty safe. They don’t really go out on a limb with that forecast.


Also, while we’re talking about the weather, I wanted you to see where a scientist said President Obama missed the boat with Global Warming. Check it out here:


So there you have it. It could be an interesting ride for winter. And if you are snow lover, it could be a ton of fun!

By the way…here’s a friendly reminder from your three pastor/elders to get signed up for Flag Football! :)


Ever wondered what almost 10 year’s worth of messages stacked up looks like…

IMG_2844I was looking for a message the other day and pulled them out of the file cabinet. That’s about 2 1/2 feet. Hard to believe this January 1st I’ll be starting my 11th year of ministry. Man does time fly and I’m thinking we’ll probably have snow on the ground by then. :)

Ashley Madison

I had never heard of that name in my life until a few days ago. Now it’s popping up everywhere. And the bad thing is that it’s splitting up a ton of families. Of course this is the name of the website where you can sign up and cheat on your spouse. The Duggar family has once again been rocked by the actions of Josh Duggar. The latest, of course, being the discovery of his name on this site and his participation as such.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Josh Duggar attends the March for Marriage rally in Washington DC on April 25, 2014. Photo Credit: Patsy Lynch / Retna Ltd

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”

So sad…so sad.

But, you know what? We’re all sinners. It’s a funny thing how we can offer such praise and admiration for some and not for others. Funny how we praise some sin in this country and call others deplorable. I guess it’s all about who is committing the sin. Bruce Jenner is good to go. Let’s give him an award. Homosexual marriage is good to go. Sports stars can cheat on their wives and still be applauded and set attendance records at the Wyndham Open. Even politicians’ spouses can have sex in the Oval office and all can be forgiven. Unless… Unless you are someone who doesn’t line up with your agenda.

Now, I’m not defending Josh Duggar. What he’s done is deplorable and if he’s truly a born-again follower of Christ, (and that’s a big “if” in my mind right now, based on his latest actions), then there should be time given to see if there is genuine repentance in his life. There should be prayers offered for him and his wife and children. And we should offer the same amount of mercy and grace as the world wants to offer Bruce Jenner and the folks who can’t get a cake baked for their gay wedding. Surely Christians can get on board with that. I would hope we could and we will!

But, here’s the thing that’s struck me about this whole Ashley Madison situation. It’s the symptom of bigger problem. The sexual revolution that started in the 1960’s has finally locked into high gear. What have we got from this revolution?

  • Adultery
  • Rampant Pornography
  • Gay Marriage acceptance
  • Transgendered acceptance
  • Cohabitation acceptance
  • No-fault divorce
  • Abortion on Demand
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Selling of Baby parts

We’re sick folks! Deeply sick! And that’s what a sexual revolution will do for a nation in about 50 years. It will turn it into Rome.

You see, when you have unbridled sex, it breeds tremendous problems. You see, when as a culture you say, “Let’s have all the sex we want. Let’s have it when we want it and with whom we want it and we’ll all just be as happy as a clam!” Well, we’re fools!

All of this “free love” has given us a country with rampant sexual sin. And lest you want to heap all the judgment you can muster on the LGBT community, what about the fact that your 16-year-old son is possibly looking at porn on his smart phone and you say nothing about it. In fact you never ask him, because you are afraid. Yet, you pay the bill for what might be destroying his sexual purity.

Ma’am…sir…what about the fact that your 17-year-old daughter might be having sex with her boyfriend (of 9 months) right under your nose in your own basement (while they’re watching a movie of course)? What about the fact that your 20-something is living with someone who they’re not married to? And oh…it gets better. In just a few months, they contact you and tell you that you’re going to be a grandparent! Oh believe me…that doesn’t slow Christians down from bragging.  It’s no big deal…after all…it’s just the culture we live in, right?

Well, it is a big deal! It’s sexual sin and it’s wrong! 100% wrong! I don’t care how we try to color it, everything I’ve just described from the LGBT community to Josh Duggar, to your sexually active teenager is sin. The Bible says it is. What does it say? It says that it’s the will of God that we should not live in sexual sin. It’s the WILL OF GOD that we know how to control our bodies!

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

We are totally disregarding God and His Word in this whole matter as a nation and even in the Church. So, mom and dad, do you know what your “dating” kids are doing behind closed doors? When their curfew is 11 pm and they go to a 7 pm movie (that gets out at 8:30), what will they be doing for the next 2 1/2 hours? Do you know?

Oh…I know what some are thinking. “Hey Kevin…get back on the the talk about Bruce Jenner! Let’s talk about Josh Duggar! Let’s talk about Jared the Subway guy!” Well, I’m sorry! We’ve got to stop being hypocrites in the church. Yes, let’s talk about the smut that we watch on TV and entertain ourselves with each weekend? Let’s talk about the fact that we won’t spend $11/month to get software protection on our teens’ phones, iPads or computers (Covenant Eyes). (Listen, if you have a teenage son and you don’t do this for him…you are setting him up for failure sexually. I don’t care how strong you think he is… The lure of sexual sin is devastating. Read Proverbs 7 if you don’t believe me.)

No…no… I’m not JUST going to lament about Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, the legalization of Gay Marriage (and we should lament). But, I must be a person of integrity and discuss the sexual sin we (the Church) have justified for far too long. We don’t want to talk about divorce in the Church. We don’t want to talk about the sexual day-dreaming and the mental sexual trysts.

Folks, why do you think there is a market for an Ashley Madison website? It’s coming from our culture of sexual acceptance. We can’t be inundated with sex from the time we are kids and think that just because we put a gold or silver band on the left ring finger that we’re going to remain celibate. We’re crazy if we do!

Oh, that we would once again hunger and thirst for righteousness and desire to be pure in heart! But, I’m here to tell ya…the Gospel of Jesus Christ is no less effective. The good news is that Jesus can bring healing and restoration for all those who come to him in sincere and genuine confession and repentance. Notice I said, “sincere and genuine.” That’s the key. It’s not about owning up to something after you get caught… It’s about owning up to the fact that you are a sinner and without the mercy and grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ, there is no hope for you!

I pray that we, believers in Christ, will be ready, willing and available to help in the fall out of a culture that has embraced such overt sexual sin. And please remember, a light shines brightest in the greatest darkness. Even when it goes by the name Ashley Madison.

I spoke to this fact in yesterday’s “Two-Minute Tuesday.”

I love my family.

I’m sure you love yours too. Family is so important to me. So much so that I guard time with them. I was speaking with a man today (actually, I had four counseling sessions today…full day indeed) and I told him that I couldn’t be honorable in giving him encouragement and advice about his family if I didn’t protect the time with mine. I told him about a recent trip to Carowinds. Here we are eating…


But, it’s hard to find that time. And it is for you too. I know that it is for me. But, we have to make the time for the things that are important in life. Being a work-a-holic it’s even harder. I have always associated so much of my self-worth with hard work. None stop. Go, go, go! It’s a constant battle for me. But, I do believe I’m getting better with age.

Honestly, as you get older you realize what’s important in more and more profound ways. Like this…


And this…


And this…


Those images say so much about what’s important. You might look at those smiles again. Priceless.

I have made a commitment not to let the work of ministry destroy my family as I’ve seen it do to so many pastors’ families. Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand that there is a time and a place where a pastor has to be there for members of the church. Certainly, emergencies come to mind. Yet, there must be some off-hours for a pastor or he will end up losing his family. I’ve seen it happen way too many times.

In fact the Bible is clear:

1 Timothy 3:4-5

He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?

Pastors lose their families (particularly their children) because they are never there for them. But, we’ve got it backwards. Verse 5 says as much.

I read this article a few days ago and it’s very poignant. http://www.lifeway.com/pastors/2015/08/05/a-pastors-greatest-regret-after-a-lifetime-of-ministry/#.Vcy9K3mk6ew.twitter

This gist of it can be summarized in this one paragraph…

After 50 years of ministry the pastor said, “The minister who learns to say ‘no’ in order to protect his time with the family will occasionally anger a self-centered, demanding church member. But it’s a small price to pay, and in the long run, works out best both for the family and the immature member. Only a strong pastor can do this. I sure wish I’d been one.”

It’s taken me 10 years to learn the art of this and I’m still learning.

What about you?

To what or to whom do you need to say, “No?” It won’t be easy. But, we can’t be all things to all people and perhaps it’s time you need to swallow your prided and stop trying. In the end it will be worth it. I promise.

I’m thankful to have a church that understands this. How about you? Does your employer understand that there are times you can’t stay late (again) because you need to see your child’s game or simply have a meal with them at decent hour of the night? Take it from a 47-year-old man. They grow up so fast and then they are gone. Don’t miss out.

The reason I write this is because I have so many young pastors who read my blog. So, please listen to this middle-age-baldie . I know what I’m talking about. :)

Have you heard the strongest El Nino we’ve had since 1997 is brewing off the east coast of South America. It will knock up the temperature globally and the Global Warming folks will be buzzing. But, after this El Nino there will be a drop off of the Global temps just like in the late 90’s. It’s a cyclical thing. Yet, there are many folks out there who hype this thing. Like the Obama administration. Did you hear what this man said about it?


In part the article said this:

In 2008, Dr. Ivar Giaever joined over 70 Nobel Science Laureates in endorsing Barack Obama for president, but seven years later the Nobel Prize winner now stands against the president on global warming. “I would say that basically global warming is a non-problem,” Giaever, who won the Nobel for physics in 1973, told an audience at the Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting earlier this month.

Giaever ridiculed Obama for stating that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” The physicist called it a “ridiculous statement” and that Obama “gets bad advice” when it comes to global warming. “I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong,” Giaever said.

Giaever was a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Engineering and School of Science and received the Nobel Prize for physics for his work on quantum tunneling. Giaever said he was “horrified” about the science surrounding global warming when he conducted research on the subject in 2012.

I mentioned a while back that an average El Nino typically brings colder and snowier weather to our region. The southern jet gets really juiced up. The truth is there is a sharp dividing line that normally sets up and sometimes North Carolina and Virginia can get left out.


I never thought I’d say this, but it appears China and Russia were actually on the right side of an issue versus the United States. Did you hear?

United Nations Reaffirms the Family: The World vs. the West

It’s easy as Christians in America to feel like our views and values are out of fashion. And in many ways they are. With so many rejecting the biblical family and our federal government leading the charge to dismantle any public recognition of marriage, it’s clear we’re living in a country in rebellion against God and his design. But America is far from a global majority report. And a recent resolution overwhelmingly supported by developing nations shows just how out-of-sync our country’s progressive and secular values are with the rest of the world. 

Last week the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva approved the “Protection of the Family” resolution, an unprecedented affirmation of the traditional family, its place in society, and the priority it takes over all other institutions. LifeNews reports that the resolution passed with broad support from developing countries, especially in Africa, and also enjoyed backing from major powers like Russia and China, as well as a host of conservative non-governmental organizations. Twenty-seven nations voted to approve it. Among the 14 delegations that opposed the resolution were the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and most other Western, developed powers.

Sharon Slater of Family Watch International called the vote an “unprecedented,” “tremendous victory for the family.” She noted that it marks a historic first for the United Nations — the approval of a comprehensive resolution calling for “the protection of the family as a fundamental unit of society, recognizing the prior rights of parents to educate their children, and calling on all nations to create family-sensitive policies and recognize their binding obligations under treaty to protect the family.”

The last couple of decades in this country has been catastrophic for the nuclear family. Satan is laughing his head off. He’s doing all he can to destroy the family (which was God’s idea from the Garden of Eden) and he’s doing an amazing job at it. We’ve redefined it in America to be anything and everything now. But, I’m going to continue to preach and teach the biblical definition of marriage and family. I can only hope we’ll be able to reverse course one day.


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