Monday, March 30, 2009

What a Day!

What a day yesterday at church!
Great worship. Everything went so well! The singing, the preaching (God did it!) the specials.
At the invitation time, we had 20 something down at the altar praying for our church and our revival which starts tomorrow.
During prayer requests we had people naming lost people and asking us to pray for them, not just one, but several. This shows a genuine concern, which is the desire that every true pastor has for his people.
Sunday evening I shared a portion of the Word of God (a devotion) and then we viewed the movie, "Fireproof" and then we had another devotion after the movie and then an invitation and altar call for the strengthening of marriages in our church and for our continuing revival. We had another 20 something come to the altar who poured their hearts out to the Lord for the lost, the unconcerned and those marriages that are struggling.
Our church is overwhelmed with the burden for the lost and for those church members who are uncommitted and only come to Sunday morning worship!
The naming of names began last Monday evening at a Cottage Prayer Meeting that we had in preparation for our revival services. We had a bout 25 in attendance and we prayed for over an hour and a half. I was exhausted and there was not a dry eye in the house. What a "sweet exhaustion!"
Even if this revival just brings one person closer to the Lord, it will all be worth it!

Praise the Lord!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

King James Version

Should one allow a preacher/pastor/missionary/evangelist to speak in your pulpit who does not use the KJV, but will preach out of it at your church because he knows that is your preference and/or your church's preference?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

"Running Naked in the Graveyard"

I don't know where I heard this title, but I actually used it, when I was preaching a series through the book of Mark.
Mark 5:1-20

I remember one year when Bro. Don had an archaeologist visit one day in seminary and he was sharing how archeology and the Bible go together and this was one of his examples.
In many archeology digs, they would find the remains of these individuals bound in tombs and they (the archaeologists) could not figure out the source of the belief. The belief in their findings was that the people in Jesus' day thought that the tombs had healing properties.
A saved archaeologist finally put this belief together with the scripture over in II Kings 13:20-21
Because of a dead man coming back to life, when it touched the bones of Elisha, people started believing that tombs had healing properties.
Therefore, the mentally ill (or demon possessed in the case above) were put into and even bound in the tombs.

Most may have already known this, but is still very interesting to me.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Random Stuff

Since I have already had a blog titled Random Thoughts, I had to go with "Random Stuff."

Following the lead of Big J and Bro. Adrian, I will give this random list thing about yourself a try.

1. God has blessed me with a wonderful family and I love them very much!
2. I love to preach God's Word...pastoring people is harder work than most think.
3. My favorite memories preaching are at church camp and all the different places that I preached before I started pastoring.
4. My son is my younger twin.
5. My oldest daughter has my athletic ability (because I don't have it anymore) and her mother's OCD about cleaning.
6. My youngest daughter already has the ability to lead this nation! She literally runs the entire third grade at her Elementary school.
7. My wife, besides being the love of my life, holds our entire family together. I know this, because when she is sick or gone somewhere, everything falls apart and Alli Jo is organizing and Taylor is cleaning and Caleb and I are just sitting there with blank stares!
8. In High School I was a three year-lettermen in Basketball and a two-year lettermen in Track.
9. Academically I was ranked 9th in a graduating class of 61. Grade avg. 91.2
10. I surrendered to preach at Highway MBC in Huntington, TX (where Bro. Lamar Denby is still pastoring) in Feb. 17th 1985.
11. My first official position in the ministry was Associate Pastor and Youth Director under David McCormick at Vidalia MBC in June 1986.
12. I have pastored New Ramah MBC in Castor, LA (Dec. 87--June 90); Hope MBC in Heflin, LA (June 90--Aug. 92); First Baptist in Wells, TX (Nov. 92--Aug. 2000); Central MBC in Pineville, LA (Aug. 2000--March 2005); Promise Land MBC in Hamburg, AR (March 2005--to present).
13. I cannot run without severe pain in my knees.
14. I can still beat Taylor in a game of "HORSE" (one out of four times!!!)
15. Karen and I were married on August the 4th 1989.
16. Our entire twenty years of marriage we have only lived in parsonages.
17. I hope to one day have a place of our own!
18. I enjoy teaching at C.A.B.B.I. (Central Arkansas Baptist Bible Institute) one of our ABA seminaries in Benton, AR.
19. My favorite seminary memories, though, are during my time at L.M.B.I.S. (Louisiana Missionary Baptist Seminary) during the 86-89 school years, back during the days of Roy and Cloy Chapman, C. Forrest Shook, Wayne Watson, Julius Carter etc.
20. Right now, my favorite recreation is crappie fishing in my awesome boat (which I bought from my Bro-in-Law--thanks Mike!!--it is still running great!)
21. And I may be from Texas, but I am not exaggerating about this, my deacons told me (all eight of them) that I need to be using my boat at least twice a week! No wonder they call this the Promise Land!
22. Everytime I kill a deer during deer season, one of my church members processes the deer for free!
23. Back to my family--I always enjoy getting together with my Mike and Jason and their families. (I miss Nana!) I've never laughed so hard as this past Christmas (Kim has an album on her Facebook page of Big J doin his thing!)
24. I am so thankful for the opportunities that God has given me through his churches to visit missionaries and preach in other countries. ( I have been able to preach in Old Mexico, Romania, Moldova, Russia, Israel, and in the Philippines).
25. I can't believe my daughter will be graduating High School next year.
26. Even this morning we had a family circle of prayer before leaving for school, something that we have done since she was in Pre-Kindergarten (I guess that is about 13 years straight). Our kids just circle up every morning, we hardly ever have to call them for this time of our morning. It has been a blessing!
27. If my life were to end this year, I know that I could have done things better, but my heart could not be anymore full with the blessings that God has given me.
28. Until then, I will keep doing my favorite thing in the world...preaching the Word of God!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Pregnant at the Rapture!

This Question may have been answered in one of the other blogs, if it was, I didn't see it.

Will pregnant women remain pregnant after the rapture?

If yes, why?

If no, why?

I've gone back and forth on this particular question, since I first heard it discussed in 1978 in the parking lot of Highway MBC standing beside Bill Baily's chevy truck.
Why do I remember this stuff????