FBC Joplin Blog

Thoughts From Our Sabbatical Interim
May 18th, 2022
John tells us that one by-product of living in the light is shared fellowship. Perhaps we might reverse this truth. Any pursuit of spirituality that fractures the community, that cultivate a religious elitism, must surely be a faith lived in darkness....
3 Ways to Help Your Kids Follow Jesus
May 11th, 2022
You have heard the quote, “There is a 0.0296% chance your child will become a professional athlete. There is a 100% chance YOUR child will stand before Jesus. What are you teaching your children?” What parts of their lives do you focus on—week to week? Day to day?...
Embracing The Moment
May 4th, 2022
I come to you as a follower of Christ, a husband, a father, and a grandfather. Realizing that God is using me in these responsibilities. They all intertwine. The key verse that I like to use is Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” I want challenge you to “Embrace the Moment”. We each ha...
4 Ways To Help Your Kids Open Up
April 27th, 2022
As a parent, you’ve probably experienced moments where a conversation with your child went deeper than you expected. And it was AWESOME (maybe a little scary at times, but nevertheless, awesome)!! Sadly though, these moments are often few and far between. However, I believe there are some practical ways that we as parents can help foster an environment where those special types of conversations...
Never Be Ashamed Of The Gospel
April 20th, 2022
Have you ever been ashamed of something you’ve said or done or even thought? Of course we have. I know for me there have moments in life where I’ve been ashamed of my actions, thoughts or words....
Thoughts About My Sabbatical
April 13th, 2022
As many of you probably know, I will be beginning my 12-week sabbatical after Easter. This is definitely a new season for me and I have never experienced a sabbatical in my 24 years of ministry. Of course, I've been thinking a lot about it, and here are a few thoughts I want to share with you. ...