Be Careful How You Build

This past Sunday, I preached a message from 1 Corinthians 3:16-17. It was intended to a warning and challenge to the church to keep the main thing the main thing. I was also preaching to myself. Once again, I struggled to organize my thoughts for preaching. And I felt the weight of that struggle in […]

MSMBC’s 64th Birthday

Following are the notes that I wrote for this past Sunday’s bulletin, as Mt. Sinai Church celebrated its 64th church anniversary: Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in […]

Falling in Love with God’s Word

Thanks for praying for me as I finished my preparation for our Midweek Service yesterday. I was finally able to organize my thoughts for preaching, and type them out. The Lord helped me to write myself clear. And the Lord was with me as I preached the message to the congregation. Here is the sermon […]

Getting Ready for Midweek Service

There is both an art and a science to sermon preparation. It’s a science, in that there are rules and principles you should follow in order to get it right. But it’s also an art. More specifically, it’s a mystery. Ultimately, it’s a God-thing. I am being reminded of that this week as I prepare […]

My 9/11 Message

“Jesus’ Response to a National Tragedy” (Luke 13:1-9) I had been up late struggling to prepare myself to preach the next night. And it was early morning before I finally passed out on the couch. But it wasn’t long before I heard the phone ringing. I ignored it. But moments later, the ringing began again. […]

Working on Labor Day

The National Missionary Baptist Convention is meeting in Los Angeles this week. My pastor, Dr. Melvin V. Wade, is the president of this convention. The meeting was kicked off today with the S.M. Lockridge Gospel Bowl, an all-day meeting of prayer, praise, and preaching. Even though I am not a part of this convention, I […]

Getting Connected: Building Relationships & Getting Involved

This weekend, we began our month-long ministry involvement emphasis at MSMBC. As we celebrate our 64th church anniversary this month, we will challenge every member to join a Bible study fellowship group and getting involved in a place of service. Biblical community is one of the clearest evidences of authentic Christianity (John 13:34-35). So throughout […]

Update from Vallejo

I preached my second sermon in the Vallejo citywide revival last night. It was the fifth night of meeting. But the congregation was warm attentive, and receptive. I still don’t think I was at my best. In fact, I struggled about what to preach all afternoon. I wasn’t even sure what I would preach until […]

Citywide Revival in Vallejo

Tuesday night, I had the privilege of preaching at the Three Oaks Baptist Church in Los Angeles for Pastor Raymond Chandler. Pastor Chandler and I kind of grew up together as young preachers in the Los Angeles area. And he is now in his third year at Three Oaks, where he is doing a fine […]