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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 Five

    Contributed on Dec 3, 2022
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter 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 FIVE OVERVIEW Overall what is happens in this chapter is that we have a genealogy of the race of humans from Adam until the flood. Matthew Henry (1714) – Genesis 5 This chapter is the only authentic history extant of the first age of the world from the creation to the flood, ...read more

  • Genesis Chapter Four

    Contributed on Nov 26, 2022
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter 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 FOUR OVERVIEW Overall what is happens in this chapter is that the effects of sin is shown to the third generation of Adam. Matthew Henry (1714) – Genesis 4 In this chapter we have both the world and the church in a family, in a little family, in Adam's family, and a specimen ...read more

  • Genesis Chapter Three

    Contributed on Nov 21, 2022
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter 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 THREE OVERVIEW Overall what is happens in this chapter is Adam and Eve sin against God and it has repercussions that have affected the human race ever since. The Cambridge Bible (1921) – Genesis 3 The Temptation – Genesis 3:1-5 The Fall – Genesis 3:6-8 The Enquire – Genesis ...read more

  • Genesis Chapter Two

    Contributed on Nov 20, 2022
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter 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 TWO OVERVIEW Overall what is happening in this chapter is that man is placed in the garden and is given work to do and is also given a companion to help him. Genesis Chapter 2 The first Sabbath – Genesis 2:1-3 Details about the creation – Genesis 2:4-6 Details about the creation ...read more

  • Genesis Chapter One

    Contributed on Nov 19, 2022
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter One. 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 ONE OVERVIEW Overall what is happening in this chapter is creation of all the world and everything we know in the universe. Joseph Benson’s Commentary (1857) Says: We have three things in this chapter: (1) A general idea of the work of creation, Genesis 1:1-2. (2) A particular ...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