Necessary Teaching

In the last public teaching that Jesus did before he was crucified, much of his teaching was denouncing the teaching of the scribes and Pharisees.


Reward, or no?

There’s a kind of worship that Jesus despises.  He despises it because it has nothing to do with worship of God and everything to do with the worship of self. 

In Matthew 6:2, 5 & 16 Jesus warns us against this kind of worship –

“So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full…“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full… 16 “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

Giving, praying and fasting are all good, religious practices.  They are things that we should all be doing.  The problem is when we do these, or any other forms of worship, so that we will receive the praise of other people. 

Doing these good things are not, in and of themselves, wrong.  It’s not even wrong to be seen doing them.  After all, Jesus also said in Matthew 5:16,

16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

But do you see the fundamental difference?  It all comes down to your motive.  One person does what they do to gain the praise and admiration of other people.  Another does what they do so that God gets the glory.  The deeds may look identical, indeed, often times the deeds are identical, but the heart motivation cannot be seen.

What are we to do?  I love the quote from the Scottish theologian A.B. Bruce, in which he says, “We are to show when tempted to hide and hide when tempted to show.”  

This can be challenging to always pull off, but it’s certainly worth the effort.  Do your best to always remember that people are never to be the audience of our worship.  God is supposed to be our audience.  Who is your audience?  Who do you want to be rewarded by, God or man?

Much Love!

Wes LeFlore (918) 607-8489 or


The Nature of Mankind

My favorite fictional books are not necessarily the ones with the most elaborate storylines, but rather, the ones with most character development.

The characters I enjoy most are those that the author takes the greatest effort to make most realistic.  I especially love the characters that the author gives wonderful qualities to, so that you love them, and terrible qualities, so that you don’t.


Good Pride?

I realize that you’ve heard me go on and on about seeking to be humble and staying as far away from pride as possible, but there’s also a different kind of pride.


Lessons From Moses

There are many lessons to learn from the life of Moses.  Allow me to draw your attention to one of those lessons.


A Mission Field Almost Five Hours Away

On Sunday, July 25th at approximately 1pm, some of us will leave the church parking lot and travel to Hollis, Oklahoma.

We will work on various indoor and outdoor projects on the property belonging to Westview Boys Home, a wonderful mission organization that our church has supported for many years.


Created for Fellowship

Years ago, I used to meet a group of guys at six every Saturday morning to play golf.  I didn’t have any children in those days.  I can barely remember life before children…


The Ignored Chapter

Did you know that those who practice Judaism, people who are traditionally, but not limited to, Jewish people who worship our God but reject Jesus as the Christ, completely avoid Isaiah chapter 53?

It shouldn’t be surprising, but I find it amazing that the chapter is skipped entirely in Judaism yearly reading programs.  You don’t have to believe me; Just conduct an online search and you can easily verify this for yourself.


Fight for Encouragement

I have never witnessed more discouragement that what I see now in the world around me.  It never surprises me to see people who don’t know Jesus discouraged, but for Christians, this should not be.

I’m not saying that Christians are immune to discouragement, we certainly are not, but we should have a distinct advantage over those who are not Christians.


Spiritual Maturity

In 1 John 2:12-14, John writes,

12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.