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Tom's church

Retired
Burlingame, Kansas 66413
(785) 438-9390

About Tom
  • Education: BS in public communication from Northern Arizona University. MDiv from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, California.
  • Experience: In 1984 I joined the Army Reserve. I have served in chapels at: Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Camp Victory, Iraq; Fort McCoy, Wisconsin and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I pastored three small churches: First Baptist Church, Naches, Washington, The Federated Church, Burlingame, Kansas. and Auburn Presbyterian Church, Auburn, Kansas. I retired from the Army Reserve in August 2013 as a Chaplain (COL). I retired from pastoring in 2016. After retiring from pastoring I taught World Religions and Ethics at a local Junior College.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: All sermons are yours for the taking. Please do not preach my sermon but use my ideas as a starting point. Take them - rework them - make them your own. Then preach from the heart. I preach to the needs of my congregation - please preach to the needs of yours.
  • Family: My wife and I attended third thru six grade together. In High school we started dating and we married shortly after graduating in 1972. We now have four grown sons, three daughter-in-laws, and 7 grandchildren.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Don’t preach to those who should have been there - preach to those who are. Also - If there is a mist in the pulpit there will be a fog in the pew.
  • Books that have had an impact: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A’ Kempis. The Pursuit of Holiness and The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges. Holiness by J. C. Ryle. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. The Singer Trilogy by Calvin Miller. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. One of my favorite authors is Max Lucado. Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy hobby farming – raising bees, chickens, geese, guineas, and turkeys. I like to garden. I also enjoy taking puritan sermons and rewriting them.
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  • Genesis Chapter Forty-One

    Contributed on Apr 5, 2024
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter Forty-One. In his work, "What does every Bible chapter say..." John Hunt gives an overview of each chapter of the Bible. It is my intention to do the same thing here.

    GENESIS CHAPTER FORTY-ONE OVERVIEW Overall what is happening in this chapter is that Pharaoh has a dream and Joseph interprets it. Joseph is then given a place of authority. Thomas Constable (2012) – Genesis 41 Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's two dreams faithfully. This led to God elevating ...read more

  • Genesis Chapter Forty

    Contributed on Mar 26, 2024
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter Forty. In his work, "What does every Bible chapter say..." John Hunt gives an overview of each chapter of the Bible. It is my intention to do the same thing here.

    GENESIS CHAPTER FORTY OVERVIEW Overall what is happening in this chapter is that while in prison, Joseph interprets two dreams. Thomas Coke (1801) – Genesis 40 The chief butler and chief baker of Pharaoh relate their dreams to Joseph. He interprets the dreams, which after three days are ...read more

  • Genesis Chapter Thirty-Nine

    Contributed on Mar 19, 2024
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter Thirty-Nine. In his work, "What does every Bible chapter say..." John Hunt gives an overview of each chapter of the Bible. It is my intention to do the same thing here.

    GENESIS CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE OVERVIEW Overall what is happening in this chapter is that Joseph is now in Egypt and a slave to Potiphar, but even though he has a respectful character he soon finds himself in prison. Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge (2010) – Genesis 39 Joseph is bought by Potiphar, ...read more

  • Genesis Chapter Thirty-Eight

    Contributed on Mar 4, 2024
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter Thirty-Eight. In his work, "What does every Bible chapter say..." John Hunt gives an overview of each chapter of the Bible. It is my intention to do the same thing here.

    GENESIS CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT OVERVIEW Overall what is happening in this chapter is that find the character of Judah and the children that he fathered. Thomas Coke (1801) – Genesis 38 Judah begetteth Er, Onan, and Shelah. Tamar deceiveth Judah, and brings forth Pharez and Zarah. John Gill ...read more

  • Genesis Chapter Thirty-Seven

    Contributed on Feb 24, 2024
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    These are thoughts on Genesis Chapter Thirty-Seven. In his work, "What does every Bible chapter say..." John Hunt gives an overview of each chapter of the Bible. It is my intention to do the same thing here.

    GENESIS CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN OVERVIEW Overall what is happening in this chapter is that Joseph tells his dreams to his brothers who sell him into slavery. Thomas Coke (1801) – Genesis 37 Joseph relates his dreams to his brethren: they envy him; and, conspiring his death, first cast him into a ...read more

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  • We All Set Examples For Others To Follow. I Can ...

    Contributed on Apr 22, 2008
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    We all set examples for others to follow. I can remember growing up and putting on my dad’s shoes and shirt and walking around the house when I was little. Of course the clothes were too big for me. But I can remember how much I wanted to be grown up and be like my father. Do any of you ...read more

  • Soren Kierkagaard Said, "I Went Into Church And ...

    Contributed on Oct 22, 2007
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    Soren Kierkagaard said, “I went into church and sat on the velvet pew. I watched as the sun came shining through the stained glass windows. The minister dressed in a velvet robe opened the golden gilded Bible, marked it with a silk bookmark and said, ‘If any man will be my disciple, said Jesus, let ...read more

  • William Cary Was A Shoemaker When One Day He ...

    Contributed on Dec 12, 2006
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    William Cary was a shoemaker when one day he heard of the millions of people in India who had not heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. He believed the great commission to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” He believed that that verse was speaking directly to him. So he volunteered ...read more

  • We Should Praise God

    Contributed on Dec 6, 2006
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    WE SHOULD PRAISE GOD I heard someone say recently that if the only thing God has done in our lives is to save us – we should praise God from the rising of the sun through the darkness of the night. But He has done so much more for us than that. He has given you the sense of taste – so that you ...read more

  • Does God Always Give A Vision To People? No. ...

    Contributed on Nov 28, 2006
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    Does God always give a vision to people? No. But sometimes He does. Sometimes God will give you a vision. Sometimes He will speak to you in a dream. Sometimes He will lead you to a verse in the Bible and show you how that verse applies to your situation. He does not do that every time, but ...read more