Craig's church

Olivet Evangelical Free Church
Muskegon, Michigan 49441

About Craig
  • Education: I attended Grand Rapids Baptist College and Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Experience: 12 years in youth ministry and 18 years in pastoral ministry. Which is better? I know I needed both! God has had to lead me step-by-step into and through ministry...I never realized this was a call He was placing on my life until I was 20 years old and asked by a friend to consider ministry. What an exciting journey and privilege!
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: May the kingdom of God be advanced as we share insights and ideas with each other!
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: I love preaching through the parables of Jesus. A friend gave me a copy of Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie’s book "Autobiography of God" when I was in my 20’s and it has been my favorite book and topic ever since. I think we need to help our people understand the nature and character of God as the basis for understanding or relationship with Him and His righteous demands.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: It has to be the well used, but still powerful story of tight-rope artist Blondin and his trek across Niagara Falls with his manager in a wheelborrow!
  • Family: My wife Pam and I celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in August of 2009. God has blessed us with 3 children- our son Chad is attending Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI. Our daughter Nicole will be attending Cornerstone also this year and our youngest is in Middle School.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My mom loves me but wants the illustrations that include her to stop!
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: I don’t follow my own advice very well. Whenever she compliments a message, I give her an overly critical (meant to look humble) response and she gets frustrated with me. I need to just say "Thank you sweetie!"
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Be real and learn to accept a sincere compliment with a sincere response...don’t offend people by making them feel bad for appreciating your message. You and they know you’re a "God shaped dirt ball" so don’t make a big deal out of their appreciation.
  • Books that have had an impact: "Autobiography of God" by Lloyd John Ogilvie (then pastor of Hollywood Presbyterian chaplain of the U. S. Senate) "Purpose Driven Church" and "Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren. "Children are Wet Cement" by Anne Ortlund (I think this is one of the most profound books on parenting and parental attitude ever written! Just was re-printed about 4 years ago...get a copy!)
  • Hobbies: Ummmmmmm...none really. I’m a fun guy with a fairly boring life. I do love a good vacation though!
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Life is short...death is sure...sin the curse...Christ the cure.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I was coming down with strep throat and didn’t realize it. In my feverish, semi-dazed condition, I rambled on and gave the most horrible and depressing Mother’s Day message ever! I believe I included an illustration about children being hacked to death in Africa by an opposing tribe.
  • What I want on my tombstone: He loved God and people.
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Newest Sermons

  • An Introduction To John's Gospel

    Contributed on Mar 1, 2008
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    An introduction to John’s Gospel. How and why is it different from the synoptic Gospels?

    “The Jesus Files” An introduction to John’s Gospel “Jesus: He is a path, if any be misled. If any are hungry, He is bread. Those in bondage, He can make free. If any be weak, how strong is He! To the dead, He is life. To the sick, He is health. He is the truest source of joy, and more

  • Who Is Jesus?

    Contributed on Mar 1, 2008
    based on 16 ratings

    A message dealing with John’s introduction to his Gospel.

    “The Jesus Files” Who is Jesus (John 1:1-9) Quote: “In Jesus we discover all of God we can know.” Who is Jesus? Who is Jesus– that a woman would give her life to care for the sick and dying in India in His Name? Who is Jesus– that some of the most gifted musicians in human history more

  • Abraham- Faith And Fear

    Contributed on Aug 21, 2006
    based on 14 ratings

    Abraham’s "two steps forward, one step back" life story is just like ours. How does fear undermine our faith?

    Abraham: Faith and Fear Genesis 12 “It is only the fear of God that can free us from the fear of man.” -John Witherspoon ***IF you were to WRITE A BOOK about your life...and you gave EQUAL TIME and EQUAL WEIGHT to every person and every event in your would be IMPOSSIBLE to more

  • Adam- Falling Hard

    Contributed on Aug 21, 2006
    based on 10 ratings

    From perfection to corruption, the temptation and fall of mankind changes everything.

    Adam: Falling Hard Genesis 3 “I hate sin when I see what it does to human beings. I hate sin most when I see what it did to Christ! It turned His fair face into a bruised and bloody thing. When sin did that to the Son of can you ever play with it again?” -Ian MacPherson Sad more

  • How To Hate Sin

    Contributed on Nov 22, 2004
    based on 95 ratings

    Adapted from a Puritan message from the 1800’s, this contains a pointed and practical challenge to God’s people to "hate what is evil."

    “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9 “When you have finished committing sin, sin is not finished with you. The first cost is high, but it is only the down payment. You keep paying in your conscience, in your body, in the suffering you produce for more

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  • One Solitary Life

    Contributed on Mar 1, 2008

    “One Solitary Life" Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an more

  • August 1999 Landover, Maryland

    Contributed on Mar 1, 2003
    based on 49 ratings

    August 1999 Landover, Maryland 100 years of Christian fellowship, unity, and community outreach ended last Tuesday in an act of congregational discord. Holy Creek Baptist Church was split into multiple factions. The source of dissension is a piano bench which still sits behind the 1923 more

  • The Worst Threats The Church Has Ever ...

    Contributed on Mar 1, 2003
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    “The worst threats the church has ever encountered have come more from within than without. External pressures are like water on a grease fire– causing the church to intensify and spread. Internal strife and bickering are like more