The Replacement Principle

put off put onA tremendous principle was brought out to our Jr’s at camp tonight that I think would benefit Christians both young and old. Often we have habits, thoughts and actions that we know are not pleasing to The Lord. If we are honest with ourselves and with God we will come to the conclusion that these things, once God has revealed His disapproval of them, become sin to us (Romans 14:23). We then are presented with the task of removing these conflicting items in our spiritual character. Too often our solution is to simply try harder to not do the sin. We think that through sheer power of will we can overcome. This is a flawed concept.

Last Sunday, the Christians that came to the Altar for the same things they have come for dozens of times before can testify to this. There is a better way. The apostle Paul told us in Romans 12:21 “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Here we have what I call the Replacement Principle. Let us consider the following example that was given to our Juniors this evening. Read the rest of this entry »

What Makes The Difference? How can I have that great walk with God that others seem to have but is missing in my life?


Ephesians 3:16-19 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.


In the last couple of years I have noticed in many conversations with believers, a desire to have a deeper walk with the Lord. What a great day it is when we identify our greatest need. We have a moment of realization that our biggest problems are not our marriages or our wayward children or our sortied addictions, but our foundational relationship with our God. In a culture where we think we can read our way to righteousness, or work our way to God’s will, we can easily be discouraged with our personal joy in Christ (or lack thereof). Read the rest of this entry »

Our Church Anniversary

imageIn 1833 a group of Christians began meeting together for Bible study and worship.  This body of believers was called the Clarkson Baptist Society, and they would soon become Walker Baptist Church.  The congregation at Walker has been through many things in it ‘s 178 year history; fire, thefts, damaging storms, relocation, joining with and parting from the American Baptist Convention.  Our Church has seen many pastors in that time, some for as short as 6 months, and some faithful for close to 30 years.

This month will mark the completion of my second year as pastor of the congregation at Walker.  God has greatly blessed our ministry in the last year.  Many souls were saved, and the baptistry waters were stirred and many followed the Lord in believers baptism.  This year we continue our efforts to see Souls Saved, Lives Changed, and the Saviour Served.  Our theme for the year is Abounding in Hope from Romans 15:13.  We have no greater Hope than Jesus Christ!  If our Lord tarries his return, my prayer is 178 years from now, those who come behind us will find us faithful in serving Jesus Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

Something to be Learned from Civil Servants

imageI’ve been there and maybe you have, too.  For me it was February 16,1993 when a drunk driver crossed the center line and we met head on one snowy afternoon on Ridge Road in Clarkson.  I was laying under the guard rail in the snow, beginning to go into shock when the ambulance arrived.  They began to cut my clothes and put me on a wooden stretcher then we headed for the hospital.  Lakeside Memorial diverted us to Strong and three weeks later I was home recovering from, what was for me, one of the scariest moments of my life.

I am thankful for the people that gave their time, who used their talents and abilities to help me when I was in a place where I could not help myself.  If not for the ambulance crew that picked me up and got me on an IV drip and delivered me to a specialty medical center in remarkable time, I would have slipped into eternity that bitter winter day. Read the rest of this entry »