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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio


Build Your Ministry on the Word of God.
Part One
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Jesus said the seed is the Word of God (Luke 8:11). It's the only thing that has power to change the human heart. Preaching alone won't do it because we cannot talk people into a new heart. Our words have no power in and of themselves. Programs won't do it.
  • The contemporary American church is mostly programmed up to its eyeballs. The typical church is stratified with programs for children, youth, adults, singles, newlyweds, newly-divorced, newly-remarried, single parents, older singles, senior adults, and we offer classes for those struggling with bad family backgrounds, abuse issues, addiction issues, plus we have sports teams, choirs, drama teams, Internet teams, and affinity groups for everything under the sun.

  • Years ago I heard Dr. W. A. Criswell say that the church should be social center for the congregation. We've certainly followed his advice--and with a lot of good results, I should add.

  • I don't denigrate the stratification of the modern church. It's necessary in our day to reach people where they are.

And if we don't reach them, we can't win them or train them or send them out to minister to others.