All posts by Ricky Tippett


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


Many times when I am reading the words of Jesus, I am amazed when His words separate people. In Matthew 25 we have various separations taking place: those who are ready for His coming, and those who are not prepared; the sheep and the goats; and the faithful from the unfaithful. The parable of the … Read More


The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.     Psalm 25:14 This verse is a portion of the theme of this entire chapter, God’s guidance. The covenant God made with Israel was written on tablets of stone and laid up within the Ark of the Covenant. … Read More


No, not the ones you would normally think of this time of the year: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Recently, I have been studying the wonderful story of “The Prodigal Son”. You are already familiar with the story Jesus told in Luke 15. When the father’s son returns home we note verses 20-22 – “And he … Read More


The Lord opened a door for us five years ago to have a discipleship class with about 17 Christian men in Central Prison on death row. With over 140 people on death row at Central Prison, our Bible study group is just a small representation of the many needs there. God has blessed both the … Read More