High Tide

A Caleb Zone team just recently returned from a mission trip to Ireland. The place where we stay is just about 2 miles from the North Sea.  Now, I’m no sailor, but even a landlubber couldn’t help but notice an enormous difference when the tide is “in” (HIGH tide) and when it is “out” (LOW tide).

At low tide, the water is more shallow and the waves are more calm and subdued.  Rocks and sand are exposed and there are fewer fish.IMG_1589

At high tide, however, the water is deeper and the waves are much higher and more powerful.  Offshore rocks and sand which had been exposed are now immersed, and there are many more fish near the shore.

OK, look…I admit that I’m not the sharpest tack in the box, but isn’t it obvious that high tide is on it’s way at Antioch Community Church and Waco in general?  We’re experiencing wave after wave of the presence of God in increasing measure in personal lives, families, Life Groups, and in our services.  And the fish.  Look at all the fish!

We’re looking at perhaps the biggest challenge we’ve ever had as a church, and that is, “Who’s going to clean all those fish?” (Translation…we’re going to have to find ways to start more Life Groups and train more leaders so that these folks can get discipled well.)

I’ve got to say that this challenge really get’s my blood flowing.  OK, it also makes me tired.  BUT…what if the words Mordecai said to Esther actually apply to us in these days…”And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 NIV.  I’m up for it, by God’s grace.  How about you?

And the waves keep coming…


Antennas Up!

Merry Christmas to the Caleb Zone!  I’m sure that many of you are looking forward to getting a few days off to celebrate with family and friends.  Then again, there are probably some of you who aren’t real pumped about the season due to missing loved ones, dealing with unpleasant memories, or facing physical trials and difficulties.  Whether our circumstances are exciting or just plain hard, Jesus is still Emmanuel…He is with us…and He himself is JOY.

The holiday season gives us a great opportunity to BE community with folks in our Lifegroups, as well as others who may have needs from great to small.  For example, a few Saturdays ago a group of Caleb Lifegroup guys, got together to help Tim Childress put in 12 windows in the dome-home that he and his wife, Sonya, are building (see photos below).  Their battle cry was, “We may be old, but we sure are slow.”  (Just kidding)  These guys jumped on the task and got all 12 windows installed in a day. Just because Tim and Sonya were “family” and they needed some help.  Bottom line, let’s enjoy our homes and our families for sure…but let’s keep our antennas up so we can be there to help and encourage where there’s a need.

HUGE blessings on you guys, and

Merry Christmas!


Maybe we should pray first...

Maybe we should pray first…

Help wanted!

Help wanted!

Job well done!

We’re tougher than we look!

Men Needed For Women’s Conference. What?

That’s right. Our ladies are going to have a big weekend at the church, November 7 & 8. WOMEN ONLY, right? Well, almost right. See, we need some husbands of those ladies to serve in some volunteer positions that weekend so that our wives don’t have to work, but can be fully engaged in the experience of the conference.  I could be wrong, of course, but I’m thinking that our wives might think we’re pretty wonderful if we come up and help.

So there are two things that need to happen.
1. Ladies, you need to REGISTER for the conference. Just go to:

2, Men if you’re up for helping out, please let me know ASAP. Just email me at

Here’s a sampling of some of the places to serve:

-Outside: men with parking vest on (around 6:30-7:30)

-Driving Golf Cart to help parking (around 6:30-7:30)

-Volunteers or paid security Fri and Sat (all event)

If you let me know you’re interested, then Tonja Carpenter, Vincent’s wife, will get in touch with you about details.

Thanks a ton, everybody!! I’m praying that this event will be a real life-blesser for our wives!


Photo’s, Anyone?

I thought it would be great to post some Lifegroup Photos on this blog, just for fun. I have to say that I’ve bragged a good bit on the sense of community which so many of our Caleb Zone Lifegroups experience. So maybe it would be cool to sort of “document” that with photos.

For example, here’s a good one from our own Lifegroup taken by Belinda Hester a couple of weeks ago:


Mulkey Lfegroup 10-1-14So as you get some good shots of your Lifegroup meetings, send some my way at


Thanks, guys!  More soon




Operation Christmas Child

Hey, everybody!

Just a heads-up regarding our Caleb Zone involvement in Operation Christmas Child here. Hopefully you’ve already heard about this in your Lifegroup, but just in case, here goes. We’re encouraging folks in our Lifegroups to pack a box of useful items to contribute to Operation Christmas Child, which is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Here’s the website so you can learn all about it.


Keith and Laura Wilhite, who are Caleb Lifegroup Leaders, were given lots and lots of boot boxes to be used for this purpose. This coming Sunday, Oct. 12, they will have a trailer full of empty boxes parked right behind our ACC Office Building (Fort Street side). If you’d like to participate in Operation Christmas Child, please come and get a box or two and follow the instructions on the website above.

Lots of needy kiddos all over the world are going to get blessed BIG TIME this Christmas as we participate in this outreach. So come get some boxes and go for it!


Ready, Set, Go!

Some of you may be wondering where in the world our Caleb Zone Blog has been for the past year or so. Right…some of you haven’t noticed that it’s been in hiding. Well, there are reasons for the hibernation of this blog, but none of them are very interesting, so let’s just focus on the fact that it’s back!!!

I hope to do a decent job of keeping you encouraged, challenged, and informed during this season. Jimmy Seibert spoke yesterday about how Jesus has ALWAYS intended for us to walk together in community…Jesus leads, and we all follow together.

I hope that you’ll join me for a “regular-as-I-can-make-it” update on life in the Zone…Caleb Zone, that is. Hey, I know that you want to be a wholehearted follower of Jesus for the rest of your life just like I do. So let’s help each other to be and do just that.

If you’d like, you can click on the “Following” button at the top of the sidebar so that you get notified when there’s a new posting.

HUGE blessings on you all,


The “Resolution” Is A Revelation

I can’t believe that it’s been so long since I’ve updated our Caleb Zone blog.  This is for a number of reasons, but today’s the day when my “blog fast” ends.  And what has prompted  my re-upping on the blog?   How about one of the biggest impact resources I’ve seen in a long time.  It’s a book called “The Resolution For Men” by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, and Randy Alcorn. ( Not to be confused with The Hair Club For Men, in case you’re old enough to remember those TV ads.)  So let me tell you why I think The Resolution is so high impact.

Many of you saw the movie, Courageous, which came out a few years ago.  It’s about a group of police officers who decide to take God’s Word seriously…for their sakes, the sake of their families, and the sake of their churches.  They write up this resolution which they agree to stick to for the rest of their lives, basically committing themselves to follow and obey Jesus, thus breaking the wordly and sinful patterns they see in themselves, and becoming men of integrity and godliness.  Of course, they realize that keeping this resolution is impossible without Jesus living it out through them, and without their commitment to hold one another accountable.

So, what do you think so far?  You’ve read lots of stuff like this, right?  It sounds heavy and legalistic, right?  Well, that’s pretty much why I didn’t read it until just recently…it just didn’t appeal to me.  But what I didn’t know was that it was actually REALLY  life-giving.  It challenged me to be more intentional about growing into the man of God, the father, the husband, and the disciple-maker which God has always intended for me to be.  It called me forward in a challenging, yet encouraging way.  And as I read it I realized that it could make an incredible discipleship tool

By the way, there is also a “Resolution For Women”, which I’ve not read (of course), but I’ve heard its really good, too.

So bottom line here…if you’d like a real revelation of what God’s desire is for us to be men of integrity, read The Resolution.  Actually, we have it in our church bookstore, or you can get it at Mardel or Barnes & Noble.  Check it out guys.

Blessings, and remember…never stop growing.