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Tom's church

Retired
Burlingame, Kansas 66413
(785) 438-9390

About Tom
  • Education: BS in public communication from Northern Arizona University. MDiv from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, California.
  • Experience: In 1984 I joined the Army Reserve. I have served in chapels at: Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Camp Victory, Iraq; Fort McCoy, Wisconsin and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I pastored three small churches: First Baptist Church, Naches, Washington, The Federated Church, Burlingame, Kansas. and Auburn Presbyterian Church, Auburn, Kansas. I retired from the Army Reserve in August 2013 as a Chaplain (COL). I retired from pastoring in 2016. After retiring from pastoring I taught World Religions and Ethics at a local Junior College.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: All sermons are yours for the taking. Please do not preach my sermon but use my ideas as a starting point. Take them - rework them - make them your own. Then preach from the heart. I preach to the needs of my congregation - please preach to the needs of yours.
  • Family: My wife and I attended third thru six grade together. In High school we started dating and we married shortly after graduating in 1972. We now have four grown sons, three daughter-in-laws, and 7 grandchildren.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Don’t preach to those who should have been there - preach to those who are. Also - If there is a mist in the pulpit there will be a fog in the pew.
  • Books that have had an impact: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A’ Kempis. The Pursuit of Holiness and The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges. Holiness by J. C. Ryle. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. The Singer Trilogy by Calvin Miller. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. One of my favorite authors is Max Lucado. Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy hobby farming – raising bees, chickens, geese, guineas, and turkeys. I like to garden. I also enjoy taking puritan sermons and rewriting them.
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  • Genesis Chapter Thirty-Six

    Contributed on Jan 26, 2024
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter Thirty-Six. In his work, "What does every Bible chapter say..." John Hunt gives an overview of each chapter of the Bible. It is my intention to do the same thing here.

    GENESIS CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX OVERVIEW Overall what is happening in this chapter is that you have a record of Esau's descendants. Thomas Coke (1801) – Genesis 36 Esau departs from the land of Canaan, where Jacob was, because of the multitude of their flocks. Esau's posterity is enumerated. ...read more

  • Genesis Chapter Thirty-Five

    Contributed on Jan 22, 2024
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter Thirty-Five. In his work, "What does every Bible chapter say..." John Hunt gives an overview of each chapter of the Bible. It is my intention to do the same thing here.

    GENESIS CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE OVERVIEW Overall what is happening in this chapter is that Jacob’s name is reconfirmed as Israel. Thomas Coke (1801) – Genesis 35 Jacob, having purged his house of idols, builds an altar at Beth-el. Rachel dies, in childbirth of Benjamin. Reuben lieth with Bilhah. ...read more

  • Genesis Chapter Thirty-Four

    Contributed on Jan 17, 2024
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter Thirty-Four. In his work, "What does every Bible chapter say..." John Hunt gives an overview of each chapter of the Bible. It is my intention to do the same thing here.

    GENESIS CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR OVERVIEW Overall what is happening in this chapter is that Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah, is raped. Daniel Whedon (1889) – Genesis 34 In this chapter we observe the first bitter fruits of Israel’s contact with the heathen. Thomas Coke (1801) – Genesis ...read more

  • Genesis Chapter Thirty-Three

    Contributed on Jan 14, 2024
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter Thirty-Three. In his work, "What does every Bible chapter say..." John Hunt gives an overview of each chapter of the Bible. It is my intention to do the same thing here.

    GENESIS CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE OVERVIEW Overall what is happening in this chapter is that Jacob is reunited with Esau. Thomas Coke (1801) – Genesis 33 The friendly meeting of Jacob and Esau. Esau at first refuses, but, being urged, accepts his brother's present. Esau returns to Seir. Jacob ...read more

  • Genesis Chapter Thirty-Two

    Contributed on Dec 18, 2023
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter Thirty-Two. In his work, "What does every Bible chapter say..." John Hunt gives an overview of each chapter of the Bible. It is my intention to do the same thing here.

    GENESIS CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO OVERVIEW Overall what is happening in this chapter is that Jacob prepares to meet Esau and on the way wrestles with God. Thomas Coke (1801) – Genesis 32 The angels of God meet Jacob: he sends messengers to Esau, with presents, to soften him. Jacob wrestles all night ...read more

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  • We All Set Examples For Others To Follow. I Can ...

    Contributed on Apr 22, 2008
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    We all set examples for others to follow. I can remember growing up and putting on my dad’s shoes and shirt and walking around the house when I was little. Of course the clothes were too big for me. But I can remember how much I wanted to be grown up and be like my father. Do any of you ...read more

  • Soren Kierkagaard Said, "I Went Into Church And ...

    Contributed on Oct 22, 2007
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    Soren Kierkagaard said, “I went into church and sat on the velvet pew. I watched as the sun came shining through the stained glass windows. The minister dressed in a velvet robe opened the golden gilded Bible, marked it with a silk bookmark and said, ‘If any man will be my disciple, said Jesus, let ...read more

  • William Cary Was A Shoemaker When One Day He ...

    Contributed on Dec 12, 2006
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    William Cary was a shoemaker when one day he heard of the millions of people in India who had not heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. He believed the great commission to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” He believed that that verse was speaking directly to him. So he volunteered ...read more

  • We Should Praise God

    Contributed on Dec 6, 2006
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    WE SHOULD PRAISE GOD I heard someone say recently that if the only thing God has done in our lives is to save us – we should praise God from the rising of the sun through the darkness of the night. But He has done so much more for us than that. He has given you the sense of taste – so that you ...read more

  • Does God Always Give A Vision To People? No. ...

    Contributed on Nov 28, 2006
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    Does God always give a vision to people? No. But sometimes He does. Sometimes God will give you a vision. Sometimes He will speak to you in a dream. Sometimes He will lead you to a verse in the Bible and show you how that verse applies to your situation. He does not do that every time, but ...read more