Richard's church

Paw Paw Church of Christ
Paw PAw, West Virginia 25434

About Richard
  • Education: Graduate of Johnson Bible College and presently studying for my Masters from Johnson Bible College.
  • Experience: THis is my second full time ministry, while in school I had two weekend ministries. Serving as associate at Sullivan Road Christian Church in Knoxville TN, and weekend minister at Tannersville Church of Christ in Tannersville, VA. I served as leader, youth sponsor at Lake Country Christian Church in Waterloo NY where I also worked in the Post Office for 17 years.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Feel free to contact me and make improvements. Use them as God leads, and may we together build the Kingdom of God.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Of the ones I heard it would have to be "God Still Moves Stones" done at homecoming at JBC.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: I have good news and bad news, the good news is we have everything we need for a successful ministry, to grow the church, to pay our bills, and expand our building. The bad news is each one of us is still holding back on our gifts to do so.
  • Family: My wife and I are married for 26 years. We have 3 sons, Richard our oldest is married and a minister in Vidor Texas. John, our middle son is a junior at Ball State (education/coaching) and Matt our youngest is a Sophomore at Paw Paw High School. You can contact me at or
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They listen by tape and they are moved by them.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She is honest with me when I do bad, and when I do good. She is a good indicator of how I communicate.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Listen to the people, love them in all circumstances.
  • Books that have had an impact: 7 habits of Highly effective People by Steve Covey 21 Illrefutable laws of a leader by John Maxwell The Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren WHen God builds a Church by Bob Russell
  • Hobbies: Hunting, baseball, basketball and going to Hancock Fitness Center. As well as watching sports.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: No matter what the circumstance, whatever the world deals us, God is able to deliver on all his promises. Remain faithful to God and in the end we will be rewarded.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: during one of my kids time sermons a little girl responded to one of my statements with "Well DUH"
  • What I want on my tombstone: He was a servant of Jesus and it showed
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  • Keep Christ In Christmas Part 1

    Contributed on Dec 5, 2015

    Many are debating over Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas, or X-Mas vs Christmas. To keep Christ in Christmas we have to be Christ to the World

    Keeping Christ in Christmas Matthew 25 One night a woman dreamed that she was having a conversation with God. She was angry about all the suffering and evil she saw around her, so she complained to the Lord. “God, why don’t You do something about all this?” God gently more

  • Impacting The World For Jesus

    Contributed on Oct 10, 2015

    A Church that does not change will not impact the world

    Impacting the World Col 3:12-15 COL 3:12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave more

  • He Is

    Contributed on Aug 27, 2015

    With all the confusion about what to follow these days, we have a Friend, a Redeemer, HE is Jesus and HE still is relevant today

    He Is Col 1:15-23 Using market research and focus groups a certain congregation/denomination has designed weekly services that deliberately de-emphasize Jesus Christ. One of the founders of the congregation has said, “The sad fact is the name of Jesus Christ has become for many people more

  • Sheep Or Goats

    Contributed on Jul 11, 2015

    Many congregations are full of people, do they look like sheep or goats. Their eternal destiny relies on this appearance.

    My Sheep Matt 25:40ff Lynn Anderson, in "They Smell Like Sheep relates this story: “Several years ago in Palestine, Carolyn and I rode a tour bus through Israel’s countryside nearly mesmerized as the tour guide explained the scenery, the history, and the lifestyle. In his more

  • 4 Arrows

    Contributed on Feb 6, 2015

    To grow our area and influence people for God we have 4 arrows in our quiver to use.

    4 arrows In a passage that was making waves a few years ago 1 Chronicles 4:10, an honorable man named Jabez made a request of the LORD, he said: Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that more

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  • Bill Bright's Epitaph

    Contributed on Mar 17, 2012

    BILL BRIGHT'S EPITAPH Bill Bright is the founder of Campus Crusades for Christ. He devoted his life to reaching young people all around the world, and to help strengthen young people who already gave more

  • Jesus' Grandmother

    Contributed on Jun 25, 2011
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    JESUS' GRANDMOTHER A little boy came home from Sunday School. His mother asked, "Who was your teacher?" The boy replied, "I don't know her name but she must have more

  • Lambing: A Shepherd Tells Of How They Get An ...

    Contributed on Jan 9, 2010

    Lambing: A shepherd tells of how they get an orphaned lamb to be adopted. Two ewes gave birth, one ewe died giving birth while the other gave birth to a stillborn lamb. The ewe that survived would not accept the surving orphaned lamb. The shepherds would take the wool off the dead lamb and more

  • According To Church Tradition St. Valentine Was A ...

    Contributed on Feb 18, 2004
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    According to church tradition St. Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year A.D. 270. Now some have rejected the story because of its similarity to that of Paul. At that time the Roman Emperor was imprisoning Christians for not worshipping the Roman gods. During this persecution Valentine more

  • Once A Man Asked An Evangelist "How Can We Have ...

    Contributed on Sep 18, 2003
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    Once a man asked an evangelist “how can we have revival?” The evangelist answered by asking “Do you have a place where you can pray?” Yes the man replied. Tell you what to do, go to that place and take a piece of chalk along. Kneel down there, and with the chalk draw a complete circle around more