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, […]

You Can Trust the Bible

Here is the sermon skeleton from Sunday’s message: Title: “You Can Trust the Bible“ Text: Psalm 119:137-144 Theme: The trustworthiness of the word of God Point: You can trust the Bible. Outline: I. You can trust the Bible because it is the word of God (119:137-138). A. The righteous source of scripture is God (v. […]

Recoving from a another Long Weekend

This past Friday night, the Pastor’s Aide Team of Los Angeles honored me as their “Pastor of the Year.” The service was held at MSMBC. And several pastoral colleagues and sister churches were here to encourage me and others pastors. I deeply appreciated the kind gestures. But, most of all, I really appreciated the presence […]

Embracing the Wonderful Word of God

Here is the sermon skeleton from Wednesday night’s message: Title: “Embracing the Wonder of God’s Word” Text: Psalm 119:129-136 Theme: The wonderful word of God Point: You can move beyond the common life by embracing the wonder of God’s word. Transitional Sentence: Embracing the wonder of God’s word will transform your life in specific three […]

Resisting Empty Homiletics

Early in my pastoral ministry, a wise professor warned me to make sure my preaching was more like roots than like pipes. The water and other nutrients a tree or plant needs are found passes through the roots. And as the roots feed the tree, the roots themselves become stronger. However, water passes through pipes […]