The Nostalgic God

“To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again.” (Isaiah 54:9) When God brings up the past, it is always to reveal His gracious character. When God gets nostalgic, it is to show what He intended. When God reminisces, He tells us how it benefits us. God is. So when He reflects on the past, it is history to us . . . not Him. When God speaks of something...

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What’s Your Hurry?

“For you will not leave in a hurry, and you will not have to take flight; because the Lord is going before you, and the God of Israel is your rear guard.” (Isaiah 52:12) I cannot get this verse out of my head. The implications of this are many and massive. This is Isaiah prophesying to Israel that they will be delivered from being exiles in Babylon. When delivered, after 70 years of captivity mind you, they were leave – get this – slowly. Now I don’t know about you, but I imagine I would find that hard to do. For...

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First Responders: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, “If you want to know the mind of God, do what he says. Jesus, who knew the Father completely, also obeyed the Father completely.” Andrew Peterson from his Adorning the Dark “Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.” (Proverbs 1:23, emphasis mine) There’s a practice I have noticed about us, West Franklin. A practice that, if I am being honest, isn’t helpful. It’s a practice I have noticed from evaluating my own life. And it’s a practice from you I have wrestled with...

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Divorce Boom? Don’t Do It

A few weeks ago, I heard a quote I didn’t like. I didn’t like it because I was afraid it might be true. Too true. The quote went something like this (I am paraphrasing): “After World War II, we had the baby boom. After COVID-19, we will see a divorce boom.” See what I mean? Don’t. Like. It. Then yesterday, I read this quote from a very startling article entitled “People Are Getting Busted for Affairs in Coronavirus Lockdown“: “But once those restrictions are lifted and the pandemic ends, every lawyer who spoke with VICE News said they anticipate a...

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New: A Letter to West Franklin

“Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth. . . ” (Isaiah 42:10) “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:18-19) West Franklin Family, When was the last time you sang a new song to the Lord? I don’t mean you learned a new praise chorus or a modern hymn (which I highly recommend, but this is not what I am referring to here). When was the last time you experienced a new...

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Double

“. . . she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40:2, emphasis mine)   Though a dream for the consumer, it would be a horrible business model. Completely unsustainable.    What if CarMax gave you two cars for every one you agreed to pay for? What if every item at the grocery store was buy one, get two free? What if every time you bought a tank of gas, you got a voucher for two free fill ups? What if you borrowed $500.00 from the bank and they promised to throw in an extra...

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Praying for the Persecuted Church

Sunday (April 19th), the BBC campus pastors began a series through the Sermon on the Mount. The first sermon focused on the Beatitudes of Jesus, Matthew 5:1-12. The last three verses deal with persecution that comes with following Jesus. Mark that down. One fourth of the first 12 verses of Jesus’ sermon speaks directly to persecution that comes with following Him. If you aren’t being mistreated in some way for following the Lord, something is off. Though the persecution seems to be ramping up in North America, considering the persecution that is happening all over the world – comparatively, we...

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West Franklin Talks – Episode #16 – Links Mentioned (Beatitudes and Sermon on the Mount Resources)

Sunday (April 19th, 2020), I started a sermon series at West Franklin on the Sermon on the Mount called “No Ordinary Sermon.” Due to time, not every Beatitude was addressed. So, in this episode of West Franklin Talks, Dave and Matt share their thoughts on all of Jesus’ Beatitudes. For your own personal study, let me encourage you to check out several (or all!) of these resources: Words from the Hill by Stu Garrard Beatitudes – Music Album by Stu Garrard (and various musicians) The Bible Project – The Book of Matthew Sermon on the Mount by Scot McKnight and...

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Intimacy: A Letter to West Franklin

“Greet one another with a holy kiss.” Paul was not able to be with his congregations when he wrote these words. He was in one place (prison). They were in another. (See Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12.) He wrote letters, had them sent (probably in secret) by a messenger, to the churches he loved so dearly. It’s always been very interesting to me how important it was for Paul to make sure his congregations took care of one another. “Greet one another with a holy kiss” was another way of saying, “make sure you get close to...

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West Franklin Talks Episode #15 Links Mentioned

Today, West Franklin Talks launched its 15th episode! Dave and I interviewed Linc Taylor on how to enrich time with our families during this COVID-19 season. Find out more about Linc and how to contact him here. In the interview, Linc mentioned two resources that I believe would beneficial for any parent. D6family.com – “Discipleship at Home During COVID-19” Daily Devotionals through Brentwood Baptist Church. (You can find the link at the bottom of the West Franklin homepage). Being that Governor Lee announced yesterday that schools are officially closed through the end of the year, we’ll be spending a lot...

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