5 Reasons I am Excited about God’s Work!


To be excited is to be enthusiastic. There is nothing that we should be more excited about than God’s work. I am going to give you 5 reasons why I am excited about what God is doing at Open Bible.

1. God is building His work.

All ready this year we have had more people baptized than last year. We also have more people in discipleship than last year. We are seeing visitors on a regular basis.

2. The Spirit of the church is wonderful. 

There are smiles all around. People are encouraging one another. I am sense and seeing a true love for the believers among OBBC.

3. The people of Open Bible are more soul conscious.

The people of Open Bible have “two sets of eyes.” They see their family members, co-workers, neighbors and friends as people who need Christ. But they also see the world, those who are far away from them, those whom they will never see physically, and they give sacrificially to missions. They put together Bibles to be shipped around the globe, so that others will have the good news of Christ in their own language.

4. The bond of unity is continually growing.

God gives each pastor a certain vision for the church that he has called him to. For me the word unity and the cultivation of unity at Open Bible has been one major area of focus and God has been unifying His church.

5. The leadership team has been assembled.

I am so blessed to be able to lead and work with a fantastic staff. God has entrusted me with some very gifted people, who love the Lord and His work. These folks really have a heart for God and a love for their pastor. It is my privilege to serve with such wonderful people.

I am excited about what God is doing at Open Bible and I just wanted to share and encourage you with what God is doing in one local church.

The #1 Key in getting along with others.


It is no secret, that if you are going to have a life of peace and harmony you must learn to get along with others. There are books that tell you how to win people over to your way of thinking, how you can make friends and have a greater influence in the lives of people.

But there is one key that will always help you live in peace and harmony with others. There is one way that I guarantee that you will experience more joy and happiness in dealing with others if you will daily apply this principle.

This principle is found in the Bible.

In Philippians 2, Paul is talking about being of one spirit and one mind, being unified, getting along with each other. In verse 3 of chapter 2 he gives to us the key of living in peace and happiness with others.

Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Here is the key – Be humble about who you are and regard the other person of greater value.

If you live with that mindset, that attitude, I can guarantee that you will get along with others and live in peace and harmony.

Competing Voices


There is no doubt that our world has become increasingly noisy! There is more voices clamoring for your attention then there has ever been. With the intrusion of social media into our lives and the continual on going connectivity to the internet, there is little to no “down time.”

People are trying to sell us their products and our e-amil in boxes are full every morning. People expect immediate responses to text messages and our bosses have 24 hour access to us.

I am sure that the “voices” who you stay connected to are well meaning and only want the best for you, so the problem is not necessarly with the voices, but what those voices keep you from hearing.

When there are competing voices all clamoring for your attention it is very hard if not impossible to hear the voice of God.

If you want clarity and direction in your life, you must be able to hear the voice of God.

It is usually in the quite that we hear the voice of God, it is then when we get clarity and direction.

1Kings 19.11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

1Kings 19.12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Elijah needed to hear from God, he needed clarity and direction. The clarity came in the way of a still small voice.

When you no longer hear the voice of God, it is because there are competing voice that have drowned out His voice.

In order to hear the voice of God you must deliberately choose to not allow the competing voices to silence the voice of God.

Have you taken time today to listen for the voice of God? Are you daily seeking Him with all your heart? Is it your desire to hear his voice over all other voices?

May you decide today to listen for His voice.

The Advantage of Adversity

UnknownNo one likes adversity! Most people run in the opposite direction if they can avoid adversity. Adversity means taking us out of the comfort zone of life, where we all like to live. Adversity means change in routine and upheaval of life. Adversity may mean sleepless nights and long days. Adversity means disruption of all that we currently know.

The one thing that we all know is that life is not with out adversity, everybody will face adversity in their life and on multiple occasions.

Job 14.1 ¶ Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

So since adversity is going to come, we should really take a hard look at adversity.

Did you know that there are advantages to adversity? Adversity can actually be used for your benefit.

The Bible speaks to us about the day of adversity.

Proverbs 24.10If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

What can adversity teach us?

1. Adversity reveals your character. “If thou faint…thy strength is small.”

Adversity and pressure push up to the surface, what is inside of you to reveal who you really are, it reveals what is really on the throne of your heart. Allow adversity not only to reveal you character but also to help develop your character.

2. Adversity does not last forever, “in the day of adversity…”

The Scriptures mention the word day. This word can mean 24 hours, day time or an indefinite amount of time. It really does not matter which one you were to choose. Because for the Christian when Christ comes back or He takes you home your adversity is over. It will not last forever!

Paul said,

2Corinthians 4.17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

3. Adversity can actually help you go father than you thought you could go.

In Philippians 4:11-14 Paul talks about his affliction, the adversity he is going through for the cause of Christ and in the middle of  writings, he states that He “can do all things through Christ which stregtheneth me.”

He is saying that with Christ I can do and go through things that I thought otherwise was not possible.

When you face adversity and you will remember that there are advantages in adversity that will help you be conformed into the image of Christ.

Romans 8.28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Power Supply


Living in the age of technology brings with it the need to have a constant power supply to the technological devices that billions of people use through out the day.

Without the proper power for these devices, they become useless pieces of metal and plastic.

This got me thinking about the Christian life. It is not possible to live the Christian life on your own! God has designed life for the Christian to be depended upon the constant power supply of Christ Himself.

The choice that every Christian must make on a daily basis is, from which power supply am I going to live. You can live off of the power supply of the flesh, but you will quickly find out that, you will experience a life of defeat and total disappointment. The other choice is to live in the power of Christ.

The Bible says:

Psalms 121.1 ¶ I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

Psalms 121.2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

The Christian finds their help, their power in the Lord. They look to the Lord for the daily power that they need to live out life.

What or who are you going to choose to look for your help,  for your power today?