Thomas's church

First Church of Christ
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783

About Thomas
  • Education: ASL from Louisville (KY) Bible College; BS from Johnson University, Knoxville, TN. Additional graduate classes at Louisville.
  • Experience: Served in single-staff ministries the first 25 years of my career. Preached in KY, IN, Alaska, & now Michigan. Had some "tent making ministries" along the way. Worked retail, newspaper circulation, drove school buses, & delivered rural mail in Alaska (where I encountered lots of ice, moose, & caribou!). Activley involved in Johnson University’s Alumni Association, member of the "Council of Seventy"; chaired the Student Relations Committee; served as a Eubanks Fellow in 2008.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: In 2005 I developed a series of messages with a theme based on the Wizard of Oz: If I Only Had a Brain: How to Know God (4 sermons); If I Only Had a Heart: How to Love God (5 sermons); and If I Only Had the Nerve: How to Live Courageously (6 sermons). These sermons were so well recieved that I added an addtional series titled "Homeward Bound," 5 messages pointing to Dorothy’s (and our) greatest need: to go Home.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: John Wesley’s motto: "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can."
  • Family: Happily married to my first (& only!) wife since 1976, with two grown children, and three beautiful grandchildren.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: "Preach as a dying man to dying men."
  • Books that have had an impact: The Bible! "Too Busy Not to Pray" by Bill Hybels; the writings of C. S. Lewis (particularly "Mere Christianity" and "The Screwtape Letters"); various titles by Max Lucado & Rick Warren; "They Smell Like Sheep" by Lynn Anderson; and "How Shall We Then Live" By Francis Schaeffer. Sermons by Chuck Swindoll, Max Lucado, Bob Russell, and C.H. Spurgeon have challanged and blessed me.
  • Hobbies: I write "An Encouraging Word" (a bi-weekly column) for the "Sault Sunday" newspaper in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. I enjoy antiques and have collected too many things. I also enjoy hiking and bicycling, and need to do more of both!
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: "God is not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentace" (2 Peter 3:9)
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I asked the congregation to repeat from memory the best known verse in the Bible, John 3:16. As I lead them in reciting the verse, I promptly forgot it!
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  • Obadiah: God Cares For His Own

    Contributed on Jan 29, 2013
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    There is no middle ground in our battle with evil. We must pick a side and take a stand. Truth demands a choice. “Aim at heaven and you’ll get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you’ll get neither.”

    Major News from Minor Prophets Obadiah: God cares for His own This prophecy is against Edom. The Edomites were descendants of Esau, the older twin brother of Jacob. They were constantly at odds with Jacob’s descendants. They refused to let Moses and the Israelites pass through their more

  • Amos: Preaching A Message No One Wants To Hear

    Contributed on Jan 29, 2013
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    Here is the message no one wants to hear: Believers who live their lives doing whatever they please are essentially pagans.

    Major News from Minor Prophets Amos: Preaching a message no one wants to hear Amos came from the Southern Kingdom of Judah. But his words were aimed at all of Israel, both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms. Some Old Testament prophets spent their entire adult lives in ministry. But Amos more

  • Joel: The Day Of The Lord Comes!

    Contributed on Jan 29, 2013
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    Why did any of the prophets even bother warning people? They did so for the same reason God gives us the gift of time: so that everyone has the opportunity to repent and come back to God.

    Major News from Minor Prophets Joel: The day of the Lord comes! Very little is known about Joel. His name means “Jehovah is God” (Jo-el). His life does not parallel any of the twelve other people named Joel in the Old Testament. Besides being identified as the son of Penthuel more

  • Hosea: Cheating On God

    Contributed on Jan 29, 2013
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    As Hosea’s wife Gomer cheated on him, Israel cheated on God. But the real message here is how Hosea learned that God’s greatest desire is to love, purify, and restore.

    Major News from Minor Prophets Hosea: Cheating on God There are a group of books at the end of the Old Testament commonly known as the Minor Prophets. They are not called that because their messages are unimportant, but because they are shorter in length than the other OT books of prophesy. more

  • Brave Believers

    Contributed on Aug 15, 2011
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    4th in a sereis on the book of Acts. The stories of Stephen and Phillip affirm there are times in our lives when we must make a stand. There is no room to give in to the urge to cut and run in cowardly retreat!

    Brave Believers Acts 6:8-8:40 (Fourth in the series, What’s Next? The Adventures of Growing in Christ) An early Christian leader named Tertullian (164-200AD) declared: “Kill us, torture us, condemn us, grind us to dust. The more you mow us down, the more we grow, for the seed of the more

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  • Aim At Heaven

    Contributed on Jan 29, 2013
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    AIM AT HEAVEN There is no middle ground in our battle with evil. There are times when we must pick a side and take a stand. Truth demands a choice. "Aim at heaven and you’ll get more

  • Make Your Reservation

    Contributed on Jan 29, 2013

    MAKE YOUR RESERVATION Is your name written in the book of life? Ruthanna Metzgar, a professional singer, tells a story that illustrates the importance of having our names written in the book of life. Several years ago, she was asked to sing at the wedding of a very wealthy man. According to more

  • God Is Far More Interested In Who You Are Than ...

    Contributed on Jan 29, 2013

    "God is far more interested in who you are than in what you do. You are human BEINGS, more

  • They Were My Sins, But Not Anymore

    Contributed on Jan 29, 2013

    THEY WERE MY SINS, BUT NOT ANYMORE F.W. Farrar said, "Sometimes as we float down the river of life, memory flashes up from the hidden depths, and the dark wave is peopled with the innumerable faces of once-forgotten sins which menace us from the waters and prophecy of death. But God can enable more

  • The Locust Plague Described

    Contributed on Jan 29, 2013
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    THE LOCUST PLAGUE DESCRIBED The judgment in the book of Joel centers on the warning of a plague of locusts. Now you may think, "Ah, little grasshoppers. Not much of a problem, eh." History records a similar event. Let me read to you: In 1915 a plague of locusts covered Palestine and Syria more