Sunday, December 10, 2017

Final Countdown

As you already know, we have been called to serve First Baptist Church, Dawson, GA.

The beginning of one ministry is the ending of another. I've spent the last 7 years serving the Lord by serving other people behind the front counter of @Chick-fil-A. It has been a great journey and certainly My Pleasure!

So this is my final week.  It all began when I was in need of a job. We were a few months away from closing the church we started and I wanted to find something "temporary" to tie me over until the Lord led us to our new ministry.

Little did I know the Lord positioned me in my "new ministry" at CFA and also gave me many opportunities to preach. Not only as a fill-in but also serving three interim pastorates: Gentian Baptist for 6 months; Wynnbrook Baptist for 9 months; and First Baptist Richland, GA for 12 months. And in each church people came to salvation in Christ and were baptized into the Church! Praise the Lord!!

Many friends have been made through these churches and also through my years at CFA. I will miss serving them all. And I'll miss my fellow team members. We have had such great times together and learned a lot from each other. And we have laughed!

Thank you, Todd Morgan, Operator CFA Phenix City, AL for giving my the blessing of working and serving with you, John Lech, Chris Magnus, and the rest of the team. You all taught me so much.

Thank you Alex Vann, Operator CFA Macon/Wynnton Rd. and Manchester Expressway. You also gave me an opportunity to serve alongside you, Brandon Alan, Stephen Vaughn, and the team members at two stores. You challenged me to step up as a leader! I came as a learner and leave as a better leader...and still learning! Most of all your love and friendship has meant so much. We may be living in different places but the friendship continues! Thanks for allowing me to be a pastor to many and the Chaplain of Chick-fil-A!!

So the countdown begins...there are 5 days left at CFA! Friday December 15 will be the final day. I will forever cherish these 7 years of my "temporary" job!

Ephesians 3:20

Monday, November 27, 2017


We have some very exciting news coming our way! On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3, Lana and I will be meeting the people of First Baptist Church of Dawson, GA and I will be preaching in view of a call to become their Senior Pastor!

I haven’t been a full-time Pastor for 6 ½ years although I have had 3 lengthy interims and have filled in for a lot of churches. Thankfully the Lord kept me busy and sharp when it comes to preaching.

He has also used these years to shape me into being a better pastor. And yes, He did it through my 7 years at Chick-fil-A! Actually…I never stopped pastoring…I just did it from a different venue. Chick-fil-A gave me so many opportunities to witness and minister to people. I have prayed for the needs of many of our customers and fellow team-members.  We saw God do some great things in their lives and He gets all the glory!

So…it’s Monday and Sunday is coming! We ask that you pray for us as we prepare for the weekend. We want what God wants for us and for First Baptist!

Eph. 3:20


Wednesday, June 1, 2016


What is it is life that you are passionate about? If you knew you could never fail and you had all the resources you ever needed, what passion would you pursue?

I’ve heard those questions for many years. And I have had a lot of things that I have been passionate about. However there are a couple of areas I just can’t get past that generate great passion and excitement in my life.  Both allow me to serve others and meet their needs! Both allow me to help people experience life-change and that excites me more than anything!

First and foremost, I have discovered that we all desire life-change. The single greatest resource for a changed life is God’s Word. I love to preach/teach/speak God’s Word! It is an awesome and humbling experience to stand before people and proclaim the Word of God. People are so hungry to know what the Bible has to say about whatever it is they are dealing with. They want to know how to live out this Christian life that they have surrendered to. They don’t want to be yelled at! They want to be fed, led and cared for! That’s what we preacher types (under shepherds) do – lead the sheep (people), feed the sheep and tend the sheep! It’s humbling to hear, from those who heard you speak/preach/teach, how God used that message to help them! All thanks and praise goes to the Father who brings people and preacher together as He does His work in all of us leading us to experience life-change!

My other great passion that gives me opportunity to serve people and help generate life-change is in the area of health and nutrition. I love talking to people about products that have impacted my life physically. I get real excited hearing great results from others who have also seen great changes take place in their bodies – from Olympic athletes to ordinary folks like you and me.  I highly recommend you take a look at the wonderful products created by the Shaklee Corporation. Their purity, potency and performance cannot be beat. They are the number one natural nutrition company in the world.

I must say that these products have changed my life! For instance, I’m 60 years old working at a Chick-fil-A trying to keep up with 20 year olds. The physical demands of my job are huge. I need strength, stamina and recovery. Check! I’m exposed to numerous people each day who are sick, so I need to stay immune. Check! Shaklee gives me what I need. And it has now for 24 years and I’m so thankful to God that I found this company.

If I can serve you by recommending to you products that can possibly generate the change you have been looking for in your life and health, then I hope you will allow me to do so. We can talk by email, FB, messaging, etc. I post a lot of things on an FB page and you can click here for a link. Please “LIKE” my page for updates, news and life-changing stories. And by all means please SHARE this page with your friends.

Passions… We all have them. Maybe you will share some of yours with me! I hope so.  Thanks for taking the time to read.  More to come!

Friday, May 6, 2016


It has been an interesting two weeks for us. We had been smelling antifreeze in the duct work of the Toyota Highlander (Lana's car) and knew something was up...and you guessed it - Heater Core! And we thought that was an expensive car repair ($800 but we decided to bypass it for now) until this past week when I blew a head gasket in the Ford Taurus (my car) and now $1500 later, I have my car back from the shop! It only has 207,000 miles on it so I guess the inevitable was going to happen.  Good news is I now have new heads, new tune up, new antifreeze and a fresh oil change!

I bought that 2001 Taurus when it had only 12,000 miles on it and we have been blessed with how it has performed! And I am so thankful to the Lord Jesus for keeping it running. And the 2003 Highlander has also been a good car full of the Lord's blessings. We were also blessed by not being stranded on some dark lonely highway. And we were blessed to have good friends to help get us where we needed to be until arrangements could be made for alternate transportation while the cars were in the shop!

Besides the cars, I started Physical Therapy on my left shoulder which had been strained. I have a good Therapist and some good meds to help with the pain! I'm blessed to get the help I need for healing and strength!

Speaking of blessings, the Lord has once again opened the door for me to preach more! I am filling the pulpit for a church for the next 2 months.  It's always good to pray for the Lord to prepare my heart and the heart of the church where I have the blessing to preach. It's amazing what God does when I ask for that preparation to happen.  When I arrive at the church I know with confidence that God has been working on all our hearts and when I hear the comments after the service I am humbled that God would still use me! All the praise goes to Him for His incredible blessings!

How have you been blessed by the Lord? Pause right now and thank Him for His blessings in your life.  I bet you won't have to look far to see them.


Sunday, April 3, 2016

So it's been a while since I posted anything on this blog so I decided to finally get back into it once again! 

I am still working full-time at Chick-fil-A on Wynnton Road in Columbus, GA. Just celebrated my 4th year at this location and am presently serving as Director of Hospitality. And when I get the opportunity, I still preach the Word in various churches. It is good to utilize my experience to help other congregations at their point of need. Lana is serving as a church secretary in a local church and we have 3 awesome grandkids! 

This is just a quick update and I'll share more soon!  Thanks for checking in one me! 


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Have You Read the Entire Bible?

I overheard a discussion the other day about the Bible. One person is a Believer and the other is a Seeker. As the conversation went on I could not be silent anymore. I asked the Seeker if he had read the entire Bible and he said he didn't want to read it. I then suggested that before he criticize the Bible and/or try to prove it wrong he might want to read it all the way through.

He would like to see if the Bible and history correspond together...just read it and find out! Dates given in the Bible have proven to be consistent with historical records but you'll never know it until you read it!

The Seeker proceeded to say the Bible was written by men and I said yes it was, however those men were under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Then I realized something...

People who are critical of the Bible try to understand the Bible from a limited human observation! They are starting in the wrong place! Anyone attempting to understand the Bible must first start with the right perspective - Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning GOD..." You must start with God, not human logic!

So, before you develop your opinion of the Bible, get to know The Author first...then all else will begin to fall in place. You may not understand it all but being guided by Him will make all the difference. He will direct you in what you need to know and when you need to know it. Start today and let the journey begin!

Your thoughts...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year 2012

This is a post I did 3 years ago and it still stands true today! Enjoy and Happy New Year!

I absolutely love New Year's Day! There is just something about this particular day that gets most people to thinking. We regretfully think about the past and with great anticipation we think about the future.

Sure, today is no different than yesterday (Dec. 31) but there's just something about this day that puts great hope in all of us. Do you sense that on this day or is it just me?

The Bible teaches us: "Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to the things of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it?" (Isaiah 43:18-19b HCSB)

"Something new" comes daily. With each morning we see a new day. With each day we see new opportunities. With each opportunity we see new progress!

Start each day with anticipation and remember: The past is past! Let's learn our lessons and move on toward our future. Life is better when you look through the windshield than through the rear-view mirror.