Month: May 2018

A Warm Welcome

  It has been a joy for my wife and me to be involved in what still seems like our new ministry at Corinth Baptist Church, since my installation as pastor in November 2016.  There is something about those first months of being involved in a new adventure that is exciting and very fulfilling.  The experience reminds me of the day I was accepted into the family of God.  What a thrill to view life from a new perspective, as His child.

  How about you, are you a part of the family?  I would be delighted if you would allow me to share again the good news of God’s love.  Perhaps you have heard of how Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, came to this earth two thousand years ago to die on a cross outside of Jerusalem.  He was buried, but, as the Scriptures had predicted, He rose from the dead on the third day and is alive today at God the Father’s right hand.

  One might ask, Why would God’s Son come to earth and die?  The answer is simply,  because the price of forgiveness requires it… forgiveness for your sin and mine.  The book of Hebrews tells us that, Without the shedding of blood there is no remission (forgiveness).  Maybe you wish to join me, and thousands of others, who have discovered God’s great love!  But you need to know, there is only one way; Jesus saith…, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. (John 14:6).  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved… (Acts 16:31).

  Jesus died to purchase your forgiveness.  If you will see yourself as a sinner, and accept His victorious death as payment for your sins, God is ready to adopt you into His family.  The Word of God says,  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: (John 1:12).”

  I would love to hear that you have found the joy of knowing God personally through faith in His Son.  If I can assist you in finding The Way please call me at the number listed below.

Why Should God Allow You Into Heaven?

  The diversity of answers to this question might surprise you.  Some say, “Well, I was raised in a Christian family,” or, “I try to treat people right” or “I live a pretty clean life.”  Others rest in the fact that they were baptized, confirmed or are faithful to a church.  There is a common thread in all of these answers, …the object of their faith.  Man has believed for centuries that he is the master of his own fate.  Our “can do” attitude has been extended even into the spiritual realm.  Most believe that their eternal destiny will be determined by their ability to appease God on judgment day.

  In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.  God has revealed that …we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).  There is none righteous, no, not one: (Rom. 3:10).  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Clearly, the best of men are unfit for the Kingdom of Heaven, and unable to alter their eternal plight.

  Confronted with these Bible truths, some have abandoned faith in their own ability to satisfy God’s just requirements.  In desperation they ask, “What must I do to be saved?”  When one humbles himself enough to ask this question, there is hope!

  In answer to the searching soul, Jesus said, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28).  Jesus, who is God in the flesh, died on the cross to purchase your forgiveness.  Because He arose from the grave, …he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25).

  May I show you the ONLY path that leads to real life?  Would you allow me to introduce you to the ONLY WAY?  His name is Jesus, and He alone can put you in good standing with God.

A Mind To Work

  Some of us at our church are involved in a little rebuilding project.  We become more excited with every completed step.  As things begin to take shape, I am reminded of one of the great building projects of the Bible, the rebuilding of the city walls around Jerusalem.  Israel’s Babylonian captivity had ended and their new masters, the kings of Persia, were more gentle.  An envoy of dedicated Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem and aid in a rebuild effort already begun.  The next order of business was the massive city wall that had been reduced to heaps of rubble.

  After the project was begun, Nehemiah reports, “So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work” (Nehemiah 4:6).  But their advancements were not without opposition.  The workers on the wall were ridiculed, they fought discouragement, greed among themselves, and cleverly laid traps by the enemies of their cause.  In spite of it all, the walls were miraculously finished in fifty-two days, an accomplishment that is pretty impressive even by the most advanced modern industrial standards.

  In our country, we are surrounded by the rubbish of crumbling walls built by our godly forefathers.  There are enormous tasks before us if we would rebuild the moral, spiritual, economic and civil foundations upon which our country was founded.  It is utterly amazing what can be accomplished when people have a mind to work, but we must remember, what is accomplished by the people is only the concerted effort of individuals.

  God’s Word says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13).”  According to this verse, our faith in Christ is vital if we would save our country.  Why?  Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it… (Psalm 127:1.)”  Would you be willing to help?  Do you have a mind to work?  Step #1  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved… (Acts 16:31).”

Lessons From Grandmothers

 Did you ever stop to consider the four women on Noah’s ark?  They are referred to simply as wives: “Noah, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives.”  According to Genesis 10, the roots of every nation reach back to one of these women.  They are our grandmothers.  We know that all four of these ladies were from ungodly families.  Their moms, dads, brothers and sisters, etc. all died in their sin, outside of the ark.

 But these women rejected those gods in preference to the One True God.  Like Joshua, they determined, “but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15).  Today, godly wives and mothers are those who have made the break from the gods of this world; they are sold out to the one true God.  Their god is not in the things they possess, nor the way that they look, nor a place or position of prestige.

 Secondly, our grandmothers left their ungodly families in preference to their godly husbands.  According to Ephesians 5:21-33 husbands are to love their wives as Christ loves the Church.  Wives are responsible to recognize and revere their husbands as the heads of the home.  These women of the ark followed their husbands, even when God was leading them to do the unusual for Him.  God’s way works and His way honors Him.

 Thirdly, they were unaffected by the scorn and ridicule resulting from their husbands building a ship in the desert, and preaching God when the whole world had forsaken Him.  Today, it is certain, there will be scorn, ridicule, and persecution if we put God first and perform that to which we are called.

 The fourth and fifth traits are related: the things that the Lord had done were rehearsed in the hearing of their children, and the Word of the Lord, that had been their salvation was held in high regard. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7a).

 Today, it is obvious that in most homes, these godly traits are forgotten and the blessings that they afford are lost, but they don’t have to be lost forever.  You could help bring them back Mom, Grandma.  …We Love You!