Welcome to Fight for Joy!
Welcome to Fight for Joy! Here you will find information, articles, blog posts, and other resources about my walk with Jesus Christ. I am a native of Belzoni, Mississippi. My wife, son, and I live in Anchorage, Alaska, where I serve as a chaplain. In addition to our son we also have several children who are at home with the Lord. Together, we look forward to the day when Christ returns for His church or calls us home, whichever comes first. We want to see Jesus and then the rest of our children. Everyone else can go to the back of the line! "For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).
Prior to entering the chaplaincy, I served churches in Mississippi and Kentucky, as well as represented Christ in countries around the world. My passion is God's glory and my life's vision and mission is to Treasure Christ, Preach the Word, Make Disciples, and Finish Well. When it comes to living the word, I strive to preach and teach God's Word verse-by-verse. As a result I have witnessed miraculous change, not only in my own life, but in the lives of others. Consider these words from a former parishioner: "You set me on a lifelong path of Bible study and research." The Bible says, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ" (Romans 10:18). I am mostly Reformed in my theology and decidedly dispensational premillennial in my eschatology. I am a graduate of The San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (CPE), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Mississippi College (BS). I am currently a doctoral student at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
My life verse is, "Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you have been called" (1 Timothy 6:12). My paraphrase of this verse is, "Fight for Joy!" With that phrase in mind, I sum up my walk with Christ with the words of the Apostle Paul: "according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or death" (Philippians 1:20). In other words, whether I live or die means little to me but that I might glorify Christ either way. Furthermore, I earnestly believe Christ's return for His church is imminent and pray daily for this event. These themes appear often in my preaching and writing.
The phrase, Fight for Joy, is a paradox -- a statement leading to a contradiction or situation that defies intuition. Such is the Christian life. It is not the bed of roses or path leading to earthly riches spoken of often by the heretical health, wealth, and prosperity crowd. But it is glory through suffering leading to heavenly riches. It is a moment by moment walk with Jesus, "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3). It is a deep, abiding joy regardless of circumstances. The Bible says we are "heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him" (Romans 8:17). It also says, "Rejoice in hope" (Romans 12:12). Such is the story of my life -- joy in the midst of suffering -- a joy for which I sometimes, yes oftentimes, have to fight -- hence the phrase, Fight for Joy! Indeed, it is "the good fight of faith" about which Paul speaks in 1 Timothy 6:12. Follow the links above to learn more about me, my love for Jesus, my vision, my blog, my sermons, and more. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or simply want to make a comment.
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