Being With: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, It’s safe to say that every time I am away from the pulpit at The Church at West Franklin, I miss being with you. But being away tomorrow (March 15th, 2020) will be different. First, I want to look you in the eye and tell you it will be okay. It seems like the whole world is in panic mode – which, if we are honest, causes us to be in a panic. I want to look you in the eye and remind you that we serve a good God who is not in heaven surprised by...

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West Franklin Talks Episode #6 Links Mentioned

Our sixth episode of “West Franklin Talks” went live today. The topic is having Gospel Conversations with children with our very own Kelly Davenport. In our interview with Kelly, several resources were mentioned to help parents with spiritually raise their children. They are linked below: Vacation Bible School at The Church at West Franklin The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by Reggie Joiner Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony Who Made God? by Ravi Zacharias

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A Good and Timely Word for the Church

I read this yesterday over at the Mockingbird website. These words/prayers were convicting, yet important reminders for me as we proceed through this Corona-virus crisis. Sarah Condon provides some excellent perspective. Let’s all be people who pray, are kind, and helpful to those who need us. People I Am Praying For Right Now A pregnant friend who had to cancel her trip to Disney World. My asthmatic dad. All of the older people who are coming to church. All of the older people who are not coming to church. Children in the third ward of Houston who depend on school...

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A Pink Elephant

Luke 24:36-48 36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have...

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West Franklin Talks – Episode #5 Links Mentioned

Our fifth episode of “West Franklin Talks” went live today. The topic is having Gospel Conversations with our very own Josh Lynn. In our interview with Josh, he mentioned several resources to help develop the discipline of sharing your faith. They are linked below: Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out by Alvin Reid Gospel Threads (E-book) by David Platt 3 Circles by the North American Mission Board – Get this App on Your Phone RIGHT NOW! Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations by Jimmy Scroggins, Steve Wright, and Bennett Leslee The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality...

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Barabbas – 20 Questions

See Luke 23:13-25 What did Barabbas do after he was released?  Did he realize what had just happened? Did he stick around to watch what would happen to the One who was innocent? Did he wonder if Jesus was getting what he deserved?  Did he go home and make things right with those he hurt? Did he use his newfound freedom to stir up more riots? Did he go and celebrate with his friends? What did Barabbas do when he learned Jesus rose from the dead? Was his life different because he was free? Did he ever get arrested again?...

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My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

“He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.” Luke 23:25   “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Luke 23:41     Sing it with me: “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness!”    Have you ever noticed the “and” in that line? Edward Mote thought it important to write that we needed both the blood and righteousness of Jesus. If Ed were to ask you...

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West Franklin Talks – Episode #4 Link Mentioned

Our fourth episode of “West Franklin Talks” went live today. The topic is the spiritual discipline of worship, an interview with our very own Brad Cleveland. Below is the book he mentioned, which Brad highly recommends to help develop your individual and corporate worship life. Rhythms of Grace: How the Church’s Worship Tells the Story of the Gospel by Mike Cowper

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Gettin’ Ahead of God

When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Luke 22:49-50   Have you ever gone ahead of God? I mean, have you ever asked Him for insight, wisdom, direction, etc. and not waited for an answer? Me either. But you probably know someone who has. Haha. We all have, right? (This is the part where I am hoping...

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“And Grace My Fears Relieved”

Earlier this week, I listened to a sermon by Winn Collier. In the sermon he referenced a story by Walter Wangerin. I found the story at a website (Todd Stiles’ blog) and learned the story came from one of Wangerin’s books titled Little Lamb, Who Made Thee? It is a moving story, demonstrating a beautiful picture of the Gospel. Enjoy. “And Grace My Fears Relieved” The coming of the Kingdom is like the coming of my father to my brothers and me when we sat fishing, blithely fishing, from a ledge twelve feet above the water in a stony cove...

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