Posted by admin on February 18, 2018
As Christians, we should not be surprised about the increase in violence. Nor should we be shocked by the occurence of extreme weather phenomena worldwide. Even the governmental politicking that shows more concern for personal power than people they were elected to serve, has been prophesied by the Word of God.
The Bible is full of statements that speak to our "latter day" times. Yes, we should be concerned, but we should not be troubled! Being a "student" of the Word and not an average "reader" of the Word (most who claim to be Christians are neither), will cause us to view every catastrophic event in the light of prophesy. This will give us a sense of peace and remind us of God's sovereignty.
It is one thing to be in a Bible believing church, but another thing to be a part of a Bible teaching church. The Word of God is not designed to make us feel good. Transformation is its main purpose. The change that transformation brings is a life-long process.
Jesus said, if you abide in Me AND my WORDS abide in you (John 15:7), to illustrate the importance of being in the Word. Everything that is happening in our world today is in the Word. The question is, is the Word in you?
Posted by admin on January 22, 2018
This month marks the 25th year I have been privileged and blessed to shepherd the people who are members of the New Piney Grove Baptist Church.
God impressed upon me to do two things when I first arrived. I was to instill in the people a vision of hope. From that, we adopted Philippians 4:13, which tells us that we can do all things. To this, we added the phrase "There is Hope."
Much has changed in 25 years, but having hope is still an important part of what the church is about. God is to be glorified for all that has been accomplished during my tenure as pastor. And I still have the hope that He will use me for His work. Because I MUST work the work of Him who has sent me...
Posted by admin on December 3, 2017
It's hard to believe that this is my last monthly blog for 2017! The old saying that "time flies," certainly can be understood. You probably have heard also, that "time is winding up." But the truth is that time is winding "down."
As I get older, I realize that I have used up most of the time God has allotted me. But I see so many people who seem to think that they have all the time in the world left. One thing that amazes me is that so many people younger than me have died. So, I want to encourage all who read my blogs, to be aware that you may not have as much time left as you think.
Therefore, if you have not committed your life to God, by surrendering in belief that He sent His Son to die for you, you need to do it while you have TIME.
Posted by admin on November 6, 2017
If you read my blog last month, you may remember it was called "Looking Back." I was reflecting on 25 years as pastor of the New Piney Grove Baptist Church. The church has graciously decided to honor me with several special events and for that I am thankful.
But I want to now begin to look forward.
We are living in perilous times, especially for the church. Jesus said that His followers would encounter many difficult days as His return drew closer. One Scripture comes to mind for me when I think about my ministry:
"I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work." (John 9:4, NKJV).
My prayer is that God will allow me to serve Him with zeal and vigor for the balance of the time I have left, and that He will enhance my gift as Pastor-Teacher of the New Piney Grove Church. I solicit all who read this to continue to pray that the LORD's will be done in my life.