“Counting Our Blessings”

As some of you may know, this year is a huge year of exciting changes for our family. With the births of our grandsons, Grayson, Patrick, and Cruz, along with the soon expected grandchildren of McKayla, Curtis and Grant our blessing pool has expanded. I am so blessed as I think of all the gifts our Heavenly Father has poured out upon us. In James 1: 16-18 it says, ”Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Psalm 150

“Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with the tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” Psalm 150 In looking at this familiar Psalm there are four questions that need to be asked. Where should God be praised? He … [Read more...]

“River of Life”

An old praise chorus that some of you might remember goes like this. “I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me. Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see. Opens prison doors, sets the captives free. I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me.” The other day I was reading in the Gospel of John 7: 37-38. “Jesus stood and cried out saying, ”If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, “out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” That reminded me of this little song. Then the Lord spoke to my … [Read more...]

Are Church Choirs still “relevant” to today’s worship experience?

In a conversation I had recently with some people, the question came up, “How many churches in the East Valley have a choir ministry?” In our Valley Rim Association it is not common to find a church with a vibrant choral ministry. Why is that? Is there really a place for Choirs in today’s worship experience? Another friend sent me an article that made me think and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. In thinking about this, there may be many reasons a church does not have a choir, but I wanted to express some reasons why we do have a choir here at FBC. 1. Choirs support good … [Read more...]

Music Ministry


Dear Beloved Members of FBC, A new year is upon us. It seems almost impossible that 2015 has come. As we begin a new year I cannot help but reflect on the last one and thank God for His many blessings. On a personal note, Rosie and I thank God for the addition of another wonderful grandson, Patrick, to our family. Grayson and Patrick are looking forward (along with Grammy and Pawpaw), to welcoming the arrival of four more grandchildren this year. What a blessing the Choir and Orchestra has also been to our “Church Family” in 2014, leading us in wonderful, soul stirring music. I … [Read more...]

What are you grateful for?

Someone asked me today, “What are you grateful for?” That was a good question. We talk about having a grateful spirit or attitude, but how often do we really list out in our minds what we are grateful for? Well it made me think specifically about what I was grateful for. So I want to share some of my list with you. I’m grateful to God that because of Jesus’ provision on the cross, my sins (all of them) are forgiven. I’m grateful for a mother and father who gave their hearts to Christ and showed their children how to live by faith. I’m grateful for a precious wife, who … [Read more...]

Sing Out For Missions

Gospel Concert

Associational Gospel Concert Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. … [Read more...]

“A Reason To Sing”

Have you ever wondered what reason we have to sing about anything? Songs are usually written for a reason. Many songs are written to express a deep love for someone or a broken heart from a love rejection. The joke about country music is it has to include at least one reference to a train, a truck, a broken heart, mama, and prison. In reading Colossians 3 this week it reminded me of my reason to sing. Colossians reminds us where we used to live in our sin, but because we have been crucified with Christ, forgiven by His blood, we have been raised with Him to walk differently. We do not have … [Read more...]

What does “Maturity” look like?

Sometimes things just strike me funny. Maturity is one of those things. You see the young trying to look “grown up” by their dress, make up, trying to grow beards and moustaches, anything to make them look more mature. Then on the other side you have those who are supposed to be mature trying everything to look younger. There are more advertisements for hair color, hair transplants, wrinkle removers, tummy tucks, chin lifts and an endless list of other products to make you look and feel younger. Now I’m not saying any of these things are bad. It just strikes me funny. Maturity is an … [Read more...]

“Who Are You?”

You've heard the joke about a daughter calling home and asking her Dad for his advice. Suddenly the father, with a concerned tone in his voice, says, “Ok, who is this and what have done with my daughter?” We laugh, because there is truth in that little story. But have you ever really wondered “Who am I?” The Word of God answers that question in Ephesians 1: 4-14, “Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus … [Read more...]