September 5, 2019

"Gathering to Scatter"

Heaven's economy is different than ours. 

Jesus said that, as the shepherd leaves the 99 to seek the 1, so heaven rejoices more over the 1 who repents than over the 99 who don't need to repent! So, in heaven's economy, 1 > 99.

Jesus also said that only in dying to self can we truly live. So, in heaven's economy, 1 minus 1 does NOT equal zero!

Join us Sunday mornings through the month of September to learn more on heaven's economy from the teachings of Jesus. He is calling each of us to "spend" ourselves for his kingdom purposes!

August 21, 2019


TAILGATE carnival!

Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM

This past week I invited my "one" to come to our Tailgate Carnival. My "one" and another family member have both committed to come! What an answer to prayer!

If you haven't already, drop a text, email, callor better yet, speak to your "one" and invite her or him to come to the party. 

Our whole purpose in throwing this big party is to give us the chance to bring our "one" a little closer to Christ!

THIS sunday morning

Our next step in reaching our "ones" for Christ is to invite them to join us to worship God and hear from him on a Sunday morning.

In a recent study 82% of those asked said they'd come to church if invited by a friend, relative, coworker, etc. said they'd come. That's an astounding number!

You've been praying for your "one." Take that next step and invite them to come to church with you!

new sermon series

It's a beautiful thing to see God's people mobilized to reach and serve their community!

As we head into September, I'm preparing a new message series entitled "Gathering to Scatter" that I pray God will use to further encourage us to be serving one another in love. 

Join me in September as we Gather to Worship and Scatter to Serve all month long!

August 8, 2019

This week God gave me the answer to my prayers! 

I had a Christ-centered conversation with my "one." I had been praying for such an opportunity, and the Lord arranged it. We talked about a major upcoming life-event she's expecting. When I asked if I could pray with her about her need, 

she agreed!

I am praying the Lord gives you similar opportunities with your "one." I also pray that he would give you confidence that he wants to use you in your "one's" life!

Lastly, don't miss the opportunity to invite your "one" to our big party on August 24th!

August 1, 2019

Prayer walks

Saturday, Aug. 10, 17, 8:30 to 10 AM

The next two Saturday mornings, we take up the call to love our Morningside neighbors by praying for them!

Join me at 8:30 in front of the Fellowship Center for donuts, coffee, and a short talk. Then we'll head out with maps in hand to walk and pray outside the homes of our neighbors.

We'll go out in teams of 2-3 people, then return to the church building for a short time of celebration.

Tailgate Party!

Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 AM to

1 PM

If you haven't already marked your calendar, block off our upcoming tailgate party and kid's carnival!

We'll have games, water sports, bounce houses, for the kids. Terrific food, door prizes, and music you'll enjoy.

Invite your "one" to this event!

Communion this sunday

On the first Sunday of every month, we celebrate the meal Jesus gave his disciples. This is such an important part of Christian worship—Jesus told us that taking this meal proclaims his death until he returns!

Also, after communion, Morningside's elders and their wives will be at the front of the worship center to pray with you.

Who’s Your One?

Pick up your Prayer Guide this Sunday

You and I have been praying that he would reveal the “one” person in our lives who needs the Lord—the “ones” in whose heart God is working to draw them to himself. On Saturday, July 27th, we begin a 30-day season of prayer for our “ones.” Then, each day for 30 days we will pray together using our Prayer Guides that God would bring our “one” to faith in Christ.


If you can’t be here this Sunday, you’ll be able to pick up a Prayer Guide in the church office next week, or ask us about mailing it to you. Whatever you do, don’t miss this opportunity to lift your “one” to God in prayer. The prayers you pray each day will make an eternal difference in the life of your “one”!

July 14, 2019

who's your ONE?

Coming Next Month

Imagine that the Lord placed one person on your heart
to pray for daily that they would come to faith in Christ.
Then imagine that, as you are praying each day,
God gave you an opportunity to have a
Christ-centered conversation with that person.
As you shared and listened, imagine that this person—
the one you’d been praying for—took a step toward Christ.


Maybe they accepted your invitation to church, or to a fun event hosted at your church, or maybe they said they would like to speak with you again about your faith. Maybe they acknowledged their need for the Lord and prayed with you
to give their heart to Jesus! How amazing would that be?


I want us to do more than imagine.


Coming this August, I invite you to join me for our Who’s Your One? Campaign. I’ll be asking God to reveal my one—the one person in my life he wants me to pray would come to Christ during this campaign. And I will be asking God for the opportunity to have at least one Christ-centered conversation with that person.


Each Sunday between now and August I will share more information
regarding our upcoming Who’s Your One? campaign.
We have some helpful resources we’ll be handing out.
Expect some exciting events as well.


Don’t just imagine. Begin praying now that, coming this August,
God would move powerfully in us and through us in the lives of others!

June 27, 2019

Families Worship Together

Sunday Mornings in July

By now you may have heard about a new Sunday morning message series coming this July. The name says it all: Families Worship Together. Whether you attend Morningside alone, or with your family, I want you to know that I consider you to be a part of my church family. So, I pray you’ll join me as we worship the Lord together each week!

As a part of our July family emphasis, I plan to encourage parents, grandparents, and children alike to look for ways to better love and serve the Savior together—as a family.

Our worship services will feature children and teens in various roles, family-friendly music and messages, and encouragement from me to be unpacking what we learn throughout the week. I look forward to seeing how the Lord grows the family of Morningside Baptist as he grows your family!   

Pastor’s Summer Series

July 14, 21, 28 at 6 PM in the Fellowship Hall

How many of you, in your Bible study time, have come across a passage of Scripture that you couldn’t make sense of? You’ll be glad to know you’re not alone!

This July, we will continue our Pastor’s Summer Series on Sunday evenings with “Tough Bible Passages.” This three-week study is designed to help you in two ways. First, each week you will learn a new passage of Scripture—one I’m willing to guess you’ve never heard preached before! And second, you will conclude this series with more confidence that there is something for you to learn and apply in even the most challenging of passages.

If you love the Scriptures and want to learn principles for understanding and applying any passage, this series is for you!

Child care for young children will be provided each evening. Contact Alecia at for details.

Celebrating Our Independence

I thank God that he has given us such a nation as the United States of America! For all her faults, she is still the best place I know to live, to worship God, and to raise a family. I call each of you to celebrate the gift of America and of liberty this week by bowing before Almighty God in prayer for our nation:

Pray for our president, congressional leaders, judges, and all whom God has appointed to lead this nation. Ask the Lord to shape and direct their hearts after his own heart.

Pray for our military men and women, and especially those who are serving far from home and family. Ask the Lord to comfort and strengthen their faith.

Pray for the “We the People” whose hearts have grown cold or hardened to the touch of the Lord. Ask the Lord to awaken our nation to love and serve him before all others—starting with us!

June 13, 2019

How to Read the Bible

Wednesday, June 19, 26 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall Many of you, I’m sure, have deeply meaningful and fruitful times in God’s word. I grew up reading my Bible “religiously” every day. I knew it was something Christians were “supposed” to do, and so I did it—mostly so that I could tell people I had read my Bible whenever they asked.

But nobody ever told me how to read my Bible. As a result, I spent a lot of years mindlessly plodding through difficult-to-understand passages, reading and rereading the same words, trying to latch onto something meaningful, wondering what I was supposed to be getting out of it. It wasn’t until many years later that I began to learn the lessons I so desperately needed back then.

All of us struggle at times to “hear” the Lord. Maybe this sounds familiar to you: “I cry to you for help, Lord.… Why, Lord, do you reject me and hide your face from me?” (Ps 88:13-14). Our How to Read the Bible series is designed to strengthen your faith by deepening your love for and understanding of the word of God.

High School Missions Team Report

Sunday, June 30 at 2 PM in the Student Center For the past week we have been praying for our high schoolers and their leaders as they shared the Scriptures and Christ’s love with children in New Orleans. On Sunday June 30 at 2 pm, we will gather to praise the Lord for their fruitful and safe time in the mission field and to hear testimonies of how he worked in and through them. Join me in supporting our students and the work of gospel missions around the world.

Happy Father’s Day

This Sunday is Father’s Day, and I want to encourage each of you to be praying for the dads in your lives. I thank God for my dad—for the godly example he has been to me—and I pray that the Lord would continue to strengthen him in body and spirit. I pray for the dad I hope to become—that I would be a more loving, faithful example of my Heavenly Father to my four children. And I pray for the dads in our congregation—that the Lord would show each of us who he is calling us to be.

The Scriptures say, “The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him” (Prov. 20:7). As we all know, we can only ever be righteous or walk in integrity by the grace of God. Fellow Dads, join me in praying that the our loving God and Father would give us the humility and wisdom to seek his grace in order to be men after his own heart!

May 30, 2019

VBS 2019: ROAR

I can vividly remember attending Vacation Bible School as a kid. Of course, my favorite time each day was when we got to play outside. Ah, the kickball games we had! As a teenager, I had a blast coordinating music and recreation times. Now, as your pastor, I’m blessed to help mobilize our entire congregation to take part in the discipleship of our children, and the outreach to families in our community.

I know you all love your children (and grandchildren), and you feel as strongly as I do about reaching out with Christ’s love into our community. I invite you to join me and Alecia Cravey in mobilizing for our biggest Children’s Ministry event of the summer. Come on, church family. Let’s ROAR! together. 

Students and summer

This Sunday morning, I’ll be meeting with students and their parents right after the service in the Fellowship Hall. I’m really looking forward to it, and I hope students and parents will give me a chance to get to know them better. Zach and Kelsey Walsh have done a terrific job getting up to speed with some summer plans that we’ll be discussing together. All who attend will have the opportunity to give input on Student events.

Pastor's summer series

During the months of June and July, I’m excited to be leading a mid-week teaching series on two topics. In June, I will take two weeks to cover How to Read the Bible. Whether you are a relatively new believer or you’ve been studying the Bible for years, you will benefit from this short series designed to prompt and direct you toward more fruitful times in
God’s word.

In July, I will teach a three-week series on Tough Bible Passages. When studying the Bible, it won’t take you long to come across a passage that is relatively difficult to grasp. This series aims to help you get the most out of your study times by equipping you with what you’ll need to swim in deeper waters. We will look at a different passage each week. Again, everyone will find benefit
in this series.

I pray you’ll join me this summer as we go digging for treasure in the Scriptures! Stay tuned for details on dates, times, and location for this series.

May 16, 2019

Thank you, thank you! 

Alison and I are overwhelmed with gratitude at the gracious welcome you have all given to us. Your thoughtful notes, generous gifts, and promises to be praying for us are all precious treasures. We consider that Jesus himself has been wrapping his loving arms around us through all of you!
And we can never thank you enough for all of you who have welcomed us home. 

Pastor Brandon’s Transition

Reception for Pastor Brandon and Family

Sunday, May 26

2 PM

Fellowship Hall

I imagine it came as quite a shock to all of you when Pastor Brandon announced this past Sunday that he has been called to serve the Lord as the senior pastor of First Baptist Soddy Daisy in Tennessee. It certainly was a shock to me when Brandon told me a few weeks back! I joked with him over the phone that the Lord decided to see how we’ll all handle swinging at his curve ball. As Butch Wheeler reminded all of us Sunday morning, it is the Lord who calls the pastor—and his timing is always perfect. As his servants, our job is to trust and follow. I am very proud of Pastor Brandon for his willingness to step out in faith and follow Jesus. I, for one, am praying that the Lord shows as much favor to him and Mary Elizabeth in their transition as he has to me and Alison in ours. Please come to the reception for Pastor Brandon and his family on Sunday, May 26 to show your love and appreciation for him and his ministry at Morningside.  

Installation and Consecration Service

Installation and Consecration Service

Wednesday, May 22

6 PM


By now, I trust you have all made plans to participate in the Installation and Consecration Service on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 pm. It will be a very important marker for us as a congregation.
In this service we will, together as one body, dedicate ourselves and our families to the Lord’s service. We will be praying for each other—you for me and my family, and me for you and your families. You will hear me say often: If prayer is not a priority, we must believe we can do it all without the Lord. I know I can do nothing without Jesus!
I believe you all feel the same.
So, let us come together before him next Wednesday evening in worship and prayer to devote ourselves and our families to him. See you Sunday!