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Prestonwood Network Update

In this issue:
  • Living Right in a World Gone Wrong – A Word of Encouragement for the New Year by Pastor Jack Graham
  • God Gives Us Purpose by Pastor Jack Graham
  • How to Handle a Crisis by Phil Cooke
  • Free Three Week Evangelism Series
  • Meet Dr. Steven Smith
  • Church Planter Interview: Mark Cox, Columbus, Ohio

As lovers of God, you and I are expected to live black-and-white lives in a very gray world. We are expected to uphold the banner of truth, even as lies swirl all around. We are expected to administer things like kindness and love and grace, while anger and vitriol are often doled out in return. And while these expectations may seem too high—too lofty—for everyday folks such as you and me, I promise you we are up to the task with the power of God’s Spirit working in our hearts...Continue Reading.

The familiar Bible story of David and Goliath is taught to children and preached from pulpits on a regular basis. The young shepherd boy David is applauded for his courage. The story is more than a children’s story, and it’s more than a story of a great fight between a young shepherd boy and the giant Goliath. It’s the story about a clash of the titans of good and evil. It’s a powerful picture of our own battles and the promise that we have for victory in Jesus Christ...Continue Reading.

Kathleen and I consider Pastor Graham and his wife Deb close friends and I admire his ministry and his leadership a great deal.  Even though Jack’s ministry career is an example of remarkable integrity and credibility, one of the most fascinating aspects of his skill as a leader is how he handles a crisis, and I’ve been fortunate to see that leadership up close and in action.  As a result of watching him lead through challenging situations, here’s 3 important lessons I’ve learned...Continue Reading.

Churches desire to make disciples and they want people to be actively sharing their faith and interacting with unchurched people. That’s a good thing. However, although many believers would like to be bold about witnessing for Christ, there is often a disconnect between aspiration and action. Many Christians are aspirational “witnessers”—always feeling good about wanting to share Christ but never following up on their desire to do so. It is our experience that many Christians can be helped along the way. And just getting them started helps them to keep going...Continue Reading.

It’s a privilege to be able to introduce Dr. Steven Smith as the newest member of the Prestonwood Network team. For some time now, Pastor Jack Graham and Dr. Smith have been in discussion about ways to enhance the network’s vision to equip and encourage pastors. Dr. Smith currently serves as Vice President for Student Services and Communications and Professor of Communication at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary…Continue Reading.

Mark Cox is the Lead Pastor of Access Church in Columbus, Ohio. Mark met his wife, Christi, at Liberty University and got married on July 29, 2006. They have three boys – Kipton, Caden and Cohen. It has been an honor to have Mark a part of the Prestonwood Network family. Watch this quick video about him and God’s call to plant Access Church in Columbus, Ohio...Continue Reading.
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