What kind of legacy are we leaving? I had the privilege of leading the graveside service for Ben Riggins last week. Ben pastored a couple of churches in Northeast Oklahoma several decades ago. He and his family were also active in the Muskogee First Church for 23 years while Ben faithfully worked at Georgia Pacific. One of the notable things about Ben’s life was his passion to see others come to salvation through Jesus Christ. He would feel at home with our emphasis on Organic Outreach. I spoke to someone last week that was led into a personal relationship with Jesus through the ministry of Ben Riggins 50 years ago. The man and his young bride lived a few miles outside of Barnsdall and Pastor Ben, the 28-year-old pastor of Barnsdall Church of the Nazarene, made a “cold call” to their home. Pastor Ben introduced himself, took a few......
Dear NEO Family, “What would your life look like if you, in fact, fulfilled Jesus’s prayer that you “bear much fruit” (John 15:8)? What would the fruit look like? How would the world be different? When you have run the race with perseverance and finally cross the finish line, what kind of assessment of your life do you envision the Lord giving you?” These words from Chip Ingram challenged me. I thought of the many commercials I have heard in recent months with the theme “just okay is not okay.” We acknowledge that truth in many areas but often fail to carry that over into our relationship with God or our work as a church. What would 2020 look like for NEO Nazarenes if we approached our walk with God with purpose and intentionality? George Whitfield, the great evangelist and teacher of the eighteenth century who led the Great......