Thou Alone

This stanza from Augustus Toplady’s famous hymn has been on my mind today… “Not the labors of my handscan fulfill thy law’s commands;could my zeal no respite know,could my tears forever flow,all for sin could not atone;thou must save, and thou alone.” That is why Jesus lived and died. To save people like me who…

Kristy Speaking at Women’s Retreat

Kristy is teaching at East Lanier Community Church’s Women’s Retreat this weekend at Amicalola State Park.  She is talking on Esther, and it is going to be awesome. Wish I could be there!

An Invitation for the Destitute

In Isaiah 55:1, God says,  “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”  I have read that 100 times and missed the critical word—no. The invitation to the king’s banquet is not for…

Filing for Bankruptcy

Personal and commercial bankruptcies are increasing at a record setting pace. However, in the words of Jerry Bridges, “As devestating as permanent bankruptcy is, there is a bright side. The beleaguered businessman is free.” His debts have been cancelled. The calls from the creditors have been silenced. “This businessman may be humiliated, but at least…

Private Lessons and Drama Class

Schaeffer began private tennis lessons today and did great. Not only did he enjoy it, but he saw immediate improvement in his game. Way to go, Schaeffer! And this afternoon, Ann Ferris and Sarah Wynn both attended their weekly drama/acting class. Fun stuff…

CC, Lunch at Moe’s, and Support Rraising

The kids had a great day at CC today. I picked Sarah Wynn up for a special “daddy lunch date” to Moe’s, and then took her back home with me. She played. I worked on support raising for the church plant. So far so good. We have great friends who are passionate about the spread…

Stop Performing in the Pulpit

In his book, Fresh Power, Jim Cymbala asks the question, “What is a Spirit-filled preacher?” For a preacher like me, that’s a good question. Using the apostle Peter as an example, Cymbala provides a helpful answer: “Many of us have heard oratory and cleverness in the pulpit. We’ve seen showmanship and listened to smoothly worded…

Tasting the Honey

Jonathan Edwards, using honey as a metaphor for experiencing the gospel, said that there is a “difference between having a rational judgement that honey is sweet and having a sense of its sweetness.” In other words, there is something more than mere intellectual ascent (but not less) that is part what it means to “experience”…

House Hunting, Etc.

Yesterday Kristy and I spent the afternoon with a realtor friend looking at homes in Dahlonega. What a fun day. We LOVE that area and can’t wait to get up there. Today was a massive spring cleaning day. Not as much fun—but so needed. The house definitely feels clean and comfy. Tomorrow we are going…

Ships Need Wind, Coal Needs Fire

As we look toward launching a new gospel mission later this year, I am energized by words of Charles Spurgeon, a preaching with amazing speaking gifts, “Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind or chariots without steeds. Like branches without sap, we are withered. Like coals without…

Church Plant Vision Video

This is the Dahlonega Church Plant vision video that was shown at Perimeter Church in Atlanta a few weeks ago.

Church Plant Vision Video

This is the vision video for the Dahlonega Church Plant. If interested, you may download a high quality version here.