All posts by Ricky Tippett


“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14 It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when. There will always be critics standing around ready to deflate you and your ideas. You know the kind. There was a critical, negative barber who never had a … Read More


Back in 1958, I was on a boys’ little league baseball team in Gitmo Bay, Cuba, where my dad was stationed in the Navy. Being only 9 years old, I don’t remember much about those days, but I do remember the awards day at the end of the season. My teammates and I each received … Read More


Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27 Ashamed (but not overly so), last year I made too much of our approaching retirement. Our friends and co-laborers made too … Read More


The Bible is a call to people to live godly lives. Trying to do this in your own strength will only yield frustration and failure. To be godly is to be holy; synonyms include devout, pious, righteous, and good. A godly Christian is a Christ-like individual. Psalm 24:3-4a says, “Who shall ascend into the hill … Read More


The word “relationship” is one of the most important words in the English language, as it applies to Christianity. Most of us intuitively know this as we have witnessed God working first hand in our lives. We know it, too, when we read of others in the Bible who gave testimony of the impact spiritual … Read More


I never thought much about that little two-letter word “if” until just recently, when I read the following verses: And He asked the scribes, What question ye with them? And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto Thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, … Read More


You may not know this, but for many years Preacher Cox, our Pastor Emeritus, had printed out a little note and put it behind the pulpit where only he could see it when he was preaching. It came from John 12:21 and simply said, “Sir, We Would See Jesus.” Simple. Clear. Profound. That’s what I … Read More


“Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”  –Matthew 15:28 When I accepted Jesus Christ as a 10-year-old little boy, we were living on a naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We … Read More


“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.”   –Psalm 127:3-4 Parenting God’s way should not be a choice for Christians, but it is. The world parents children differently from Christians and it … Read More


The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ is recorded three times in the gospels, but only Luke tells us that the disciples had been napping. Here we read: “But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory…” (9:32) Are you a nap-taker? When my parents … Read More