How to Spot a Liar:

On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lies can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

Watch this video… is well worth 18 minutes of your time:


You don’t have to be baptized.

Throughout my years in ministry I’ve had many people ask me if baptism was required for salvation.

From what I’ve read in the bible, I do not believe baptism is a requirement for salvation.  Romans 10 says to believe in one’s heart and to confess with one’s mouth that Christ is Lord brings salvation to the sinner.  One example in the bible could be the thief next to Jesus who was saved because he believed.   Obviously he was not baptized, but Jesus told him “you will be with me”.   No, I do not believe that baptism is a requirement to be saved.

However, I do believe that baptism is a response to being saved.  For years, I’ve been giving invitations for people to come to Christ and many people have raised their hands and prayed to give their lives to Christ.

I’ve found that there is a difference in the commitment level of a person who raises a hand or speaks a prayer, and the commitment level of a person who wades down into a pool of water in front of an audience of friends, family, and some strangers.

Here’s the point:  people who get baptized mean it.

Isn’t this is the point of baptism? To publicly identify a person as a new creation in Christ.  Doesn’t it say to all who are witnessing a person being baptized:  “I am a follower of Christ, I’m new, I belong to God”?  I believe that it does.

So here’s the deal:  Although it might not be a requirement for salvation, it is however the natural response and the next step for the person who has come to Christ.

By the way, I get the privilege of baptizing at least 9 people tonight.

What are your thoughts on baptism?

Faithco News

Here are some thoughts/reflections for some of the things that happened last week at Faithco, and some up-coming news:

1.  Last Sunday our Faith Kids kicked off one of the most important series of the year called iServe.  This series will end with our kids attending iServe day camp where they will be serving our community in various ways.  This is a powerful time to impact our kids as we teach them to serve God and our community.  Make sure your kids are a part of this.  It’s huge!

2.  Last Wednesday, Discovery 123 had its second session with our new people. They were asked to complete a personality test which will be reviewed this week to find out how each person is “wired” for life and relationships.  These sessions are taught by Deana and are always a blast as people learn things about themselves and their spouses that they never knew.

3.  Pulse was off the chain last Wednesday as Butch rolled out the largest slip and slide I’ve ever seen.  You’ve got to see the pictures.  Go to Pulse Facebook and check them out.  I think they are doing the same thing this Wednesday night at 7Pm….be there.

4.  Sunday was a good day.  From the praise and worship, to the message, I believe lives were changed.  I know I was direct and sometimes a little rough as I was talking to the guys.  However, if you want men to change, you have to speak their language.  I believe the  Home Builders series will be life changing for so many families.  I look forward to speaking to the girls this weekend.  Don’t miss a single week.  It’s too important to our families.  If you have to miss, you can always watch the messages online at

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Marriage Training?

As I get older and hopefully a little wiser, I believe I gain perspective on a few things.  This month at Faithco, we are spending some time talking to families in a series of messages called “Home Builders”.  We are using the following verse as our theme verse:

Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.  Psalm 127:1 NLT

To be a professional in any working field in our culture, it will take a person time, training, certification, and sometimes, even apprenticeship.  We grind through all these factors so we can have a chance at being successful in our careers.

Do you know what it takes for two people to be married?  Two willing people and a licence.  Training and counseling are suggested but not required.

Too many times people get married  and have no earthly idea what is in store for them until six months down the road.  Sometimes, people are married for years before they discover what marriage is all about.

I believe the best training for marriage comes from the church, and we (our church teachers)  are speaking up on what it takes to have a strong healthy marriage.

For the next month or so,  we are diving into the subject matter of husbands, wives, kids, and singles.  I believe these messages will be life and marriage changing.

Be at Faithco every weekend, or watch the messages at

Change things in your home once and for all.

Faithco News

Here are a few thoughts and reflections of some of the things that are happening at Faithco:

1.  Last Wednesday night at 6:30pm, we kicked off our Discovery 123 sessions.  If you haven’t been through Discover 123, I highly recommend it.  There are a lot of creative insightful things to “discover” about God’s plan for your life through His church.  You can find out more at our website:

2.  Pulse youth continues to impact the lives of teens every Wednesday night at 7:00pm.  I can’t express enough the importance of having your teenagers involved in a God-centered youth ministry.  I believe God has given Faithco an incredible leadership team headed by Butch and Jacklyn Cantrell.  If your kids are not coming, get them here;  it will change their lives….seriously.

3.  Mothers’ Day was special.  I believe my wife Deana, is truly gifted to speak to women.  The content of yesterday’s message was powerful, especially when she brought up the different kids in the house and told people “These are my kids too”.

4.  Eleven people came home to Christ yesterday!

5.  The gift, flowers, and Phil Collins song was classic Faithco style.   Very special.

Upcoming weekends, we will continue the Home Builders series on families and relationships.  This is a great time to focus on your family commitment and relationships.  Don’t miss this series.  If you have to be gone, you can always watch the messages at

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The Most Celebrated Event in Church History

The biggest, most celebrated event in church history is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This weekend, churches around the world will be observing and celebrating in various ways the phenomenon of the empty tomb of Christ.

If you take a look at the magazine racks, the media, or just about any best-selling book store rack, you will see a plethora of  “experts” who claim Jesus was not resurrected and they also have a theory of what might have happened.

Trying to disprove the resurrection of Christ has been going on for Centuries.  Even on the day when it was discovered that Jesus was missing from the tomb, the Pharisees got together with the guards and bribed them to spread the word that Jesus’ disciples stole his body in the middle of the night(Matthew 28:11). I don’t have time to get into this too deeply but like I said, it’s nothing new.

I choose to believe that he rose from the dead, and I will be celebrating his resurrection this weekend with his church.  From the worship experience to the Easter egg hunt, we are celebrating the most significant event in church history.  I hope you celebrate this event too.

By the way, for all of the faithco family, make sure you check out our Facebook page (Faith Christian) to keep track of all the festivities.  We are doing some extra things, like adding an 8:00am worship.  Also, if you have registered at CCB, look for some reminder emails.  If you haven’t registered at CCB (Church Community Builder), I highly recommend you doing so by going to our website and following the easy steps.  You’ll love it.

Wherever and however you celebrate His resurrection this weekend, I hope you have a great one.

This Past Week at Faithco…

Here are a few of my thoughts concerning last week:

  1. It is incredible to see all the Friends Community groups coming together to do some spring cleaning on our facilities.  This place needed some attention.  From painting and repairing the walls, to washing the outside of the building, this place is becoming spic and span (a term my mother used to use).
  2. Pulse not only met Wednesday night, but also went to a concert in down-town Shawnee Sunday night.  I heard there was lots of head-banging.  My kids came home pumped last night.  Kids.
  3. Yesterday was Bring a Friend Sunday and it was the kickoff of our annual Reach One Outreach event.  It is nice to know I pastor a church where people are comfortable bringing their friends.
  4. This is Jesus…The Man.   I think the message stirred some thought on His humanity.  I know it messed me up.
  5. The on-stage interviews of people who are committed to the Building Faith campaign are priceless.  Jim and Kay Doolin are amazing people, and we got to hear their story yesterday.  It was amazing and heart-felt.
  6. Two words: Penny Wars.

Don’t forget, Grandparents day is next Sunday, this will be an unforgettable experience for the whole family so make sure you are there.


Whew, we are doing a lot right now.


Vision Weekend.

This weekend will be one of the biggest weekends ever here at Faithco.

First, we will sum up a few of the significant things/events from 2010, then we will look at what we will be doing in 2011 and future years.

I can’t tell you everything, but I can tell you I’m excited about our plans for the coming years.  It’s going to be big!  It’s going to be bold.

I hope to see you this weekend for Vision Weekend at Faithco.

This Past Week…

Just when I think God is done showing off in our church community, He shows up and shows off again another weekend.  I know that statement sounds a little “preachy” but I am truly blown away by how God exceeds our expectations weekend and week out at Faithco.  Here are a few details:

  • Our youth group Pulse had an a great time as they gathered last Wednesday.  We’ve got some talent coming on with speaking and worship teams.
  • Landon kicked off Newcomers and Discovery this past Wednesday.  We have 8 new members!
  • We have connected with the Shawnee Rescue team to offer our support and service for some of their Wednesday lunches.  If you want to know more about how you can support the community through SRM, contact
  • I was blown away with our churches response to the message on fasting.  I wasn’t sure how people would react to such a sacrificial subject; however, once again our church stood together in the 7 day challenge to fast.
  • 12 people made decisions for Christ –that’s a total of 25 adults in the last two weekend worship gatherings who have given their lives to Christ!  Only God!
  • Our second worship gathering was max capacity.  It’s time to build.  We are talking about this for the next few weeks.

Finally, if you are participating in the 7 day fast challenge, I will have something to say on this post almost every day to provoke thought.  I hope you visit this blog and comment.