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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

What Is On My Mind Today.


I thought I would just write what was on my mind today. Its Wednesday and I got up early this morning, around 4 a.m. After about 6 hours of sleep I am more than ready to get up. As you know I am not a writer in a professional sense. But I do like to attempt to write.

Most of what I do consist of teaching the Word of God. I teach four times a week at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, in Minford, Ohio. And I put down on paper, generally now I type what I am going to preach or teach;..

When I started preaching I wrote out my message. The three plus years I was a Madison Baptist I had written notes. The sixteen years at First Baptist Church in Altoona, Kansas I hand printed my sermon manuscript. I found out that hand printing was slow and often my thought were faster than I could print. Nevertheless I took the time to print the sermons out by hand.

I have always loved writing down what I was learning. If I was reading a book, I loved taking notes of what I was reading. I love to take notes when I and listen to a message. I love taking notes when I am in a conference. When I went to the Basic Youth Conflict Bill Gothard Seminar's I would take notes and when I get home I would rewrite them. As I remembered what I heard I would write them down. I have many pages of notes from those years of going to the All Day Minister's Seminars.

I took notes when I was in college. I still have those notes. I think I just love to print words. I would take notes and in the future I would use them in a lesson that I would teach.

Then came the invention of the typewriter. That was great. Of course I took typing in High School, and I did type out my lesson notes in Seminary. In those days you didn't get a syllabus from the teacher.But I still like to print by hand.

Of course today, we have the computer, and the typewriter is gone. Now its the keyboard that I am type now on.

So here we are this morning typing away what is in my head, well in my thoughts.