Thankful for a Great Preaching Station

I exhorted the congregation of MSMBC to be thankful this past Sunday. As I walked to my car after church, my heart and mind were filled with gratitude for the privilege of ministering the word each in week in such a great pulpit. The Lord has truly blessed me to serve him at a place […]

Resolved! Taking Advantage of a New Beginning

I have approached my preaching calendar a little differently this year. My plan this year is to preach through shorter thematic and expository series on Sundays, rather than doing an extended, sequential exposition of a book of the Bible. (I intend to pick up the exposition of Ephesians I began last year in April, during […]

My Last Sermon of 2006

We emphasize world missions on fifth Sundays at MSMBC. Sunday was also the last day of 2006. With both factors in mind, I chose to preach Sunday on Psalm 67 – The Missionary Psalm. It is a prayer for personal blessings with the goal that it will result in the worldwide praise and worship of […]

Prayer Bowl 2007

The Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, where Dr. Melvin V. Wade pastors, hosts their annual “Prayer Bowl” each year on New Year’s Day. This is an all-day worship service with preaching, prayer, and praise. If I am correct, Pastor Wade has been hosting this event every year since he has been pastor […]

Happy New Year!

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26 (ESV)

Tell the Truth!

I heard one of his best sermons I have heard all year long this past Sunday. Phil Placenti, one of the associate pastors of Mt. Sinai who leads our children’s department, preached his “annual” December sermon. I am usually on vacation the week after my pastoral anniversary. And in most recent years, Phil has ended […]

Personal December Holidays

In the midst of all that has been going on these past weeks, I have failed to note several days in December that have a deep personal significance for me. 12/10 – Sunday, December 10, we celebrated my sixteenth anniversary as pastor of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. My friend, Romell Williams, […]

Spiritual Comfort in Personal Grief

The past several weeks have been quite eventful for me and my family, to say the least. The day after Thanksgiving, my father-in-law became ill at our home. And our family went through an almost two-week vigil, praying for his recovery. The reports we received about his condition seemed to change from day to day […]

Happy Thanksgiving

From my family, to yours, “Happy Thanksgiving!” “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” – Psalm 100:4 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” […]

Seven Reasons for Thanksgiving

I have many reasons to be grateful today – health, strength, family, friends, provisions… But here are seven primary reasons I have to especially give thanks to God for his goodness to me. Life: I thank God that he has spared and sustained my life through another year. As I grow older (and more mature, […]