Education: several years of Bible Training courses
several seminars attended on various subjects
Comment to those looking at my sermons: The greatest honor of my life is to be a minister. I love people. I pray that you can sense that love in these sermons. You are free to use any part of them that you desire. We are all labores together with God. I do put a lot of time into the sermons I am to deliver from week to week. I realize that a sermon on paper is nothing unless it has the anointing when you preach it.
Sermon or series that made a difference: Sermon entiled : Back to Bethel
Uses Jacob for example
at Bethel he made a committment unto God but after many years he forgot some of the things he had promised God at the altar in Bethel, So God speaks to Jacob abd tells him to go back to Bethel where he made that agreement with Him. Each one of us have to return to the altar of renewal from time to time. I plan on putting that sermon in Sermon Central soon
Family: I have been married to my wife, Sharon, for 33 years. We have 2 sons, Thomas, 32, a high school teacher in Knoxvile Tenessee and Jason, 26, a carpenter, who resides in Crossville Tn. We have two precious grandchildren, Regan and Tara and a dog named Gissmo.
My wife, Sharon, was involved in an automoible accident several years ago with a drunk driver and she has had several back surgeries. She also fell and broke her hip and has had 4 surgeries on her hip. She is only 52 but is confined to a walker and she stays in constant pain. Please remember "Sharon" when you pray. She is active in church and leads the choir. She has always supported my ministry and I admire her love for God so much.
What my parents think of my sermons: My parents were not Christians and were I got saved as a young boy they made fun of me and encouraged my brothers that were still at home to do the same thing. My father died of a sudden heart attack when he was 55. He was at work and died instantly. So he never heard me preach. My mother, later on in life, would allow me to pick her up for church but she never really was excited about me becoming a preacher. She acted more thriled over my brothers that lived very sinful lives. It was hard to understand and it was a trial that I had to do a lot of praying over to keep from feeling hard at her. Ministers that have their parents support need to be very thankful
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Sharon is very supportive but she will tell me when she thinks I have preached too long or if she thinks I have read more of the sermon than what she thinks is good. She likes for me to break away from the notes. Some messages are easier to do that than others.
Best advice given to me about preaching: Stay Humble --- Stay Genuine --- Stay Loving.
Preach with Love!
When the annointing leaves --- Shut Up!
Books that have had an impact: I enjoy all of Charles Spurgeon Messages
Anything that Tommy Tenny writes I find inspiring
I appreciate Tommy Tenny’s meekness of spirit --- I believe him to be sincere and genuine
Hobbies: Ham Radio ---- Computer ------ Reading ----
Both of my offices --- one at the parsonage and one at the church are filled with lighthouses different people have given me. I also like collecting neckties --- I have about 300 neckties. The wilder the better!!!!
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Please don’t play church with God. Get real and enjoy the joy that God has for you. Religion without surrenderance is a miserable thing to live with.
Something funny that happened while preaching: During a new field work in a very run down part of town --- a man and woman came into service during the song service. They were dressed very shabby and smelled of booze. As people sang this couple would raise their hands and shout "Amen" and wave a dirty hankercheif. When it was time to give an offering, the man reached into his pocket and dropped a few coins into the plate. The woman hollered out: "You told me you didn’t have any money!"
What I want on my tombstone: plenty of flowers