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Tobey Pitman is a retired career missionary. He is currently serving as a Pastor in Greater New Orleans along the northern rim of Lake Pontchartrain. Tobey currently assists churches to understand the needs of their community and to develop ministries that specifically touch local needs. Tobey is a CISM-trained and certified chaplain serving as a volunteer Chaplain for his local community hospital and local police department. He is appointed as the Faith-based Liaison of the St. Tammany Parish Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) and formerly the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Additionally he serves as a Chaplain for the Coroner's Office in St. Tammany Parish. In these roles, he assists in emergency planning and response implementation by directing faith resources into areas of local need during times of emergency and personal trauma. Tobey also served as a ministry strategist for the Northshore Baptist Association from 2010 to 2016. Prior to his service with NSBA, Tobey served for 32 years with the Home Mission Board/North American Mission Board. He worked in Downtown New Orleans and served the broad range of needs that existed among the homeless and addicted people living on the streets of the French Quarter, the CBD, and Downtown New Orleans. This ministry included directing the largest homeless shelter in Louisiana with a capacity of 250. The Brantley Center also offered many kinds of compassion ministries that touched physical needs and provided an average of 600 meals per day. The ministries of the Center included an intensive, long-term therapeutic community for men and women who desired to break free from addictive and debilitating lifestyles. He also developed a church for homeless people called Second Chance Fellowship. Tobey is a native Texan. He is a graduate of Howard Payne University and has earned masters and doctoral degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Tobey is married to Cathy. They have two sons, two daughters through marriage and six grandchildren.

People Hear What They Listen For

Two men walked along a crowded city sidewalk. One man said: "Listen! Do you hear that cricket?" "Cricket? What cricket? How can you hear a cricket over the noise of the city." The first man, a zoologist, trained himself to … Continue reading

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What Does a 105th Church Anniversary Look Like?

That was the very question I was asked last week by a church planter. They were celebrating 10 years to our 105. Our plan looked radically different than theirs. I pray their plan worked out. Our celebration was off the … Continue reading

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What Stands Between You and Belief? (5)

FINALLY, HOW IS THE BATTLE FOR BELIEF WON? (Luke 24:12;29-31;33-35;52-53) Luke makes it abundantly clear! Luke shows that the BATTLE FOR BELIEF is won by communing, meditating, spending time with Jesus! Luke 24:12- "But Peter arose and ran to the … Continue reading

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What Stands Between You and Belief (4)

IGNORANCE OF THE WORD (Luke 24:25-27;32;44-49) This is a biggie! Three times in Luke 24 Jesus specifically pointed back to the Word- back to His previous teaching- back to what they already knew. He did so in order to reframe … Continue reading

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Birthdays are an Amazing Thing!

Sunday was my birthday. Not a big deal… at least, not usually. But I guess I have reached the age at which people seem to take a little extra notice of things like my "seniority." It began to unfold a … Continue reading

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What Stands Between You and Belief? (3)

In Luke 24, a third element stood between the followers of Jesus and belief. HUMAN REASONING. We see it verses 13-21. Two men traveled the road to Emmaus. They were joined by Jesus Himself although they didn't recognize Him immediately. … Continue reading

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What Stands Between You and Belief? (2)

Let’s move a little further into the discussion of things which may keep us from belief. Confusion has already been mentioned. Another reason we sometimes have difficulty with belief is that we sometimes choose to reject proof. As we continue … Continue reading

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