by Pastor Curt on March 2, 2016
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How To Help Your Church Abound in Love I certainly hope so. It should be. Jesus declared love the distinguishing mark by which all others would know that we are His disciples (John 13:35). But here’s the deal. Paul prays in Phil. 1:9 that their church’s love may abound more and more. He exhorted another [...]


by Pastor Curt on January 3, 2015
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That’s my word for 2015, at least in terms of my pastoral role. I hope to pray about ownership. I hope to model ownership (the cancer battle notwithstanding). I hope to preach on ownership. I hope to exhort about ownership. I hope to counsel about ownership. I hope to rebuke (in love, of course) when [...]

A Shepherd’s Dilemma

by Pastor Curt on July 22, 2014
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Frankly, it’s hard for any pastor, I suspect, to zero in on only one. Lots of things perplex, challenge, disturb, perhaps even dismay a shepherd of God’s sheep. The one I feel the most more than not is trying to shepherd those with whom I can’t seem to make contact. Proverbs 27:23 exhorts, “Know well [...]

A Church “Do Your Best”

by Pastor Curt on July 19, 2014
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This week I am doing sermon prep in Ephesians 4:1-6 for a message in September, Lord willing. In the text the apostle exhorts believers who desire to live out a worthy walk in Jesus to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” The word for “eager” is variously translated [...]

Why All the Fuss About an Ordination?

by Pastor Curt on January 15, 2014
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Call it fuss, call it hype, call it excitement, call it attention, call it what you will, this ordained pastor is jazzed about participating in setting apart another godly man for the ministry of the gospel this Sunday night. Lord willing, on January 19, 2014, 6 PM at OGC, Kevin Scott Wilhoit will become Rev. Kevin [...]

Ten Reasons NOT to Become a Church Member

by Pastor Curt on January 9, 2014
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Sometimes I feel woefully inadequate persuading good-for-nothing-brick types to join a local church through positive arguments. For this post I decided to try the reverse psychology approach with ten good reasons why someone would NOT want to join a local church. One, you should not become a church member if you do not want your profession [...]

Why Churches Should Require Membership Covenants

by Pastor Curt on January 5, 2014
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Next week, Lord willing, OGC will take in a dozen new members. Note: for a biblical defense of the concept of church membership click here. We praise God for the new bunch of folks He has brought into our fellowship. Each of these saints has attended our membership class. They have completed an extensive application and submitted [...]

What Kind of Assistant Pastor We Should Want

by Pastor Curt on April 25, 2013
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I finished my Father’s Day message for this year today. I selected Psalm 112 for my text. The writer commands us to praise God for the extraordinary blessing of a man who fears the Lord. I call that kind of man an awestruck man. The man who fears the Lord lives moment-by-moment in a reverent [...]

State of the Church 2012

by Pastor Curt on April 2, 2012
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I delivered this report at our annual meeting on Sunday night. I wanted to make it today’s blog post in the interest of informing those who could not attend. Overall, I praise God that I sense before the Lord that the state of Orlando Grace is better than it ever has been for as long [...]

A Biblical Vision for the Church

by Pastor Curt on March 26, 2012
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Pastor Mark Dever has a message from 1 Corinthians up on the audio portion of the 9Marks site. I listened to it last week. He entitled it A Biblical Vision for the Church. Essentially he argues that the church exists for God and that the thing that should constrain us more than anything else in [...]