Stephen 's church

Truth Church
arab, Alabama 35016

About Stephen
  • Education: I graduated from Central Bible College in Springfield Missouri with a B/A in pastoral studies. Lauri has her B/A in education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Bradley is about to graduate high school and plans on continuing his education locally.
  • Experience: I started preaching at 17 years of age, so now at 48 I have 31 years of preaching experience. I have pastored for 21 years and served as a youth pastor for one year. I ministered as an evangelist during the summers home from school. I was fortunate to be raised in a church with Brother Crabtree as my Pastor, also Bob Gass, Coy Barker, Cortez Frazier and Frank Martin.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: If you will notice-in almost every sermon-there is an intro, title, background, points, illustrations and a close. Years ago some Pentecostal preachers said they just opened their mouths and let God fill it. But I believe God fills you during the preparation time, and blesses it during the delivery. Anything short of that won’t do.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Sitting under the ministry of Bob Gass and Coy Barker made a strong impact on my life that preaching can make a powerful difference in lives. In many services under both of these men, I saw 20,30,50 or more respond to a salvation call. Bob Gass preached on the white stone of the saints, which is a classic. Coy Barker preached a sermon called, you aren’t getting any more peas out of my patch--and going a little bit farther than ever before--probably 100 people came to know Christ through these two sermons alone.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: Kentucky farmer who entered his mule in the derby. When asked why, he said, thought it would do his mule good to run with some thoroughbreds. The point I get from this, if you want to be better get with those who will make you better.
  • Family: My family consists of Lauri, my wife of 21 years this March, and my son Bradley who is 18 years old. They are both vital in my ministry through their gifts they have given to God. Also the love and support they give me as we try to follow the Lord’s leading for our lives. We now enter 21 years of Pastoral ministry and God has blessed us with many souls over these years. We have served Bethel for the last 13 years which means Bradley has been in the same school system his entire life, which is a great blessing.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: Mom loves them all,(that is what mom’s do) Dad gives me instruction on how to be better--his best advice is to listen to your sermons, so that you can make sure the message is clear to anyone, even the unbeliever
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She married me before she had ever heard me preach one sermon. She is my greatest critic, but my biggest supporter. She, along with Bradley tell me when I have hit the mark, and occasionally when I miss it. Being a second grade school teacher she has given me this advice, if her students can’t understand it, it is probably too deep and should be brought down where people can get it.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: fill your sermons with the Word, you will stay out of error people’s minds can only endure what their seats can handle Lift up Jesus, it’s all about Him There should be a crimson flow to every message Give a sermon a title--if you can’t title it, people shouldn’t listen to it use a story or illustration to put some meat on your skeleton
  • Books that have had an impact: Thomas a Kempsis--Imitation of Christ-- Reese Howell--Intercessor Smith Wigglesworth--all his books and devotionals. E.M. Bounds--all books on prayer Andrew Murray--all books on growing up in Christ Oral Roberts--devotional book Warren Wiersbe--Spiritual Giants also a video series--God’s Generals-- all of Kathryn Kullmans books and videos Oral Roberts Devotional, and P.T.L. devotional mostly--studying God’s Word--can’t go wrong there
  • Hobbies: I love fishing, hunting and sports. I carry a 223 average in bowling and won a national team title in 1980 at Showboat lanes in Las Vegas. I go golfing with my son occasionally, but since he is a great golfer I try to take a beating only once in a while. Last time we played he shot 3 under, enough said.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: everyone Jesus touched he made completely whole--that wholeness is something this world can’t give you. The world can take care of your body, for a while, the world can ease your mind, for a time, the world can fill your heart for a moment, the world can even touch your spirit, but only Jesus can satisfy your soul. Tiger Woods, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, President George Bush or you and me, only Jesus can satisfy the soul. As my grandmother use to say, their is a place inside each one, that only Jesus Christ can fill. Until it is filled, their will always be an emptiness in any man, no matter who they are.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: too many to tell
  • What I want on my tombstone: It wasnt’ the messenger, but the message, that made the difference.
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  • Fall Of A Superhero

    Contributed on Feb 24, 2012
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    Samson was a superhero as long as he walked with God, without God, he failed. You either go with God, or go alone.

    Intro: the year was 1973—a horse called Big Red—Secretariat had won a few races and then lost one a few weeks before the Kentucky derby—there were mixed feelings of whether this would be a super horse—it had been 25 years since Citation had won the triple crown—well more

  • The Cry

    Contributed on Feb 24, 2012
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    why we should cry out to God

    Intro: Jeanie Mayo’s cry—a man had slipped into the girls dorm and was at her door one night during the holidays—so very few people were on campus—she screamed out in terror—the man took off—God spoke to her that night, that if she would cry out to Him throughout more

  • Deceived

    Contributed on Feb 24, 2012
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    in the last days people will, fall away from faith, be seduced by false spirits, listen to doctrines of devils--they will be Deceived

    Intro: circus coming to Montgomery—sold tickets for this company—went to work one day, no phones, no office furniture—no paycheck—this group had ripped me off, and Montgomery Alabama—they had no connection to a circus—scam—deceived— There are more

  • He Knows My Name

    Contributed on Jan 22, 2012
    based on 9 ratings

    God is great enough to rule this mighty universe, but small enough to live within my heart

    Intro: three attributes of God: omnipotent—all powerful, omnipresent—all places at the same time, omniscient-all knowing—today we will look at the third—he knows everything there is to know, about this world, about me, about the future—anything there is to know, He more

  • Reaching The Un-Generation

    Contributed on Oct 16, 2011
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    we live in the Un-generation--they are unloved, untold, unchurched, unsaved

    Intro: years ago a new soft drink was introduced to America—it was called the UnCola—we know it better by the name 7-up. The ad campaign was to say that this was unlike any other cola, it was unique and different. Today, I would like to give you message simple entitled, “Reaching more

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  • Together Again

    Contributed on Jan 18, 2009

    Together Again Together again, over yonder God’s promise the way it will be Never again to know parting Together again, you and me. Together again, up in heaven Removed from life’s sorrow and care No worry about a tomorrow Together again, over there. Together again, glad more

  • When A Dream Dies

    Contributed on Jan 18, 2009
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    When a Dream Dies When a dreams dies, the world is not the same You realize in an instant everything has changed Tomorrow will be different The plans will all be new For the dream that you were chasing No longer lives inside of you. To know the race is over and you’ve been left more

  • Absence

    Contributed on Jan 18, 2009
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    Absence A strange silence I have never heard As I walk a path alone, An unfamiliar moment When I realize you are gone. As I look around to notice That the roads have all been changed For there's one that now is fading At a place I called your name. So I must go on without you With more

  • A ...

    Contributed on Jan 16, 2009

    Absence A strange silence I have never heard As I walk a path alone, An unfamiliar moment When I realize you are gone. As I look around to notice That the roads have all been changed For there’s one that now is fading At a place I called your name. So I must go on without you With more

  • Things ...

    Contributed on Jan 11, 2009

    Things Neglected Once an ever waking thought Once an every day pursuit And then the day arrived Where it was passed by Maybe for just an instant But it’s worth diminished in that moment And in time it fell into the common ground Of those things neglected. One day the most valued more