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November 28, 2017, 11:15 AM

Happy Thanksgiving


Thank You to everyone who helped make last Sunday a wonderful day! There was lots of food, over 130 in worship and most of them stayed for the meal! We delivered groceries to FIVE FAMILIES this week, so they will have a good Thanksgiving meal! Thanks for sharing in our fellowship meal and thanks for sharing so others will have a Thanksgiving meal!


For those who may have missed Sunday morning, I added our special mission’s activities and our budgeted missions and came up with an estimated figure of what we have given just thru October this year. The ways we gave were thru, Operation Christmas Child with 139 boxes, the car show, our Mustard seed ministry, Share The Love ministry, Gideon Bibles, all our mission’s offerings, BCBA, ACBA Social ministries, SBC cooperative program, and the total was nearly $31,000! I remembered, I did not add in our Super Summer Sunday offerings, it would go up even more with those! I shared that to say THANK YOU for giving and supporting missions! I also did that because I think sometimes we think because we are a smaller church our totals aren’t very large, but 31 to 32 thousand dollars is huge for us! Thanks again for giving!

PRAYER NEEDS: Jim Davis had a stint put in this past week and is home doing well, pray for people’s safety as they travel



We are now receiving our Lottie Moon Foreign mission offering, help us to give our best!


We have a family of two young boys that we have adopted to help with Christmas. I will have the boy’s info to post for clothing sizes next week.


We will also be gathering blankets, coats and gloves for the homeless.


Please be safe if you will be traveling, look forward to seeing you in worship this coming Sunday! Be praying for Hunter as He will be bringing our Sunday message.


Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith

November 16, 2017, 11:21 AM

I Am the Way

“Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence. As fire burns brushwood, as fire causes water to boil, to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence. When You did awesome things for which we did not look, You came down and the mountains shook at Your presence.” Isaiah 64:1-3

Are you missing out on the “awesome things” God is doing?



Thank You for another great “Mustard Seed” planting and receiving! Thank you to everyone who helped get our church name out into the community and gathered another huge truckload of groceries for “Mission Thanksgiving”.

Thank you for supporting the “Operation Christmas Child” shoebox ministry. With what we have already gathered and what will come in this weekend we should go over 100 boxes to send to children around the world and bless them with God’s love.

Thank you to our messengers for going and participating in our associational meeting this week! There were 8 of us representing our church, thanks again for being there!


Please be praying for everyone in Sutherland Springs, I can’t imagine the pain they must all be experiencing. I want you to know that we have already been working to make Potosi Baptist a safe place to worship and will continue to make it even more safe. I know not everyone liked it when we started locking down some doors and keeping them locked like the doors at the front of the sanctuary, but everyone wants to be safe and please know that we are working to make Potosi Baptist Church a safe place to worship.



We have a family (grandmother and two grandsons 7 & 8 yr. old’s) who need help with Christmas and food for the holidays. I have sizes and info, let me know if you would like to help us help this family.


Share the love this Thanksgiving: Our table is growing with can goods and other grocery items. Thank You for giving to this, we will be able to help several with all these groceries!

LOTTIE MOON CHRISTMAS OFFERING: we are now receiving our missions offering for our missionaries and their work around the world! Envelopes for this offering are available.


Remember this is the LAST WEEKEND for bringing in your shoeboxes! We will be taking all shoeboxes to the regional collection center in Abilene this coming week, so we need them all completed and brought back in this Sunday.

This Sunday evening is our monthly business meeting, meal at 6pm and meeting at 6:30pm.

We will have our annual Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal on Sunday, November 19th!  We will not have evening services on November 19th or Wednesday November 22nd.


PRAYER NEEDS: First Baptist church, Sutherland Springs & community, Joan Bouchillon, Lyn Peterson, Gail Curtis, Pat Smith, Thanks for the rain this week


This Sunday we will continue our series on the “I AM” messages. This week’s message will be “I Am the Way’’ from John 14:6.

II Timothy 2:11-13 “This is a faithful saying, for if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”

               Thank You Jesus for being faithful! Jesus doesn’t stop being “the way”!

Mark 3:28-29 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation.”

               I have just put these verses in this email to give you a taste of what we may talk about this coming Sunday. I pray you will join me in worship as we talk about Jesus being “the way”, the one and only way and our only hope.

Ministry Highlight

               This week I would like to thank all the men who are volunteering on a weekly basis to be part of our welcoming committee. A few years back we invited an Abilene police officer to go thru our building and then give us some security ideas. Locking doors, limiting access and keeping eyes on the doors that are open were some of the ideas shared. We have been working since to keep people attending PBC safe while they are here. Thank you again to all those who volunteer to help us with safety.


See you in worship!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith

November 3, 2017, 9:50 AM

I Am the Resurrection


For making our “Trunk or Treat” a success! You blessed our community, our church family and shared God’s love, Thank You!


We will be receiving financial donations thru this coming Sunday for our State missions offering then we will total it all up and send it in. I am not sure what the total is or what it will be, but I think we are in the neighborhood of $1000. Thanks for your financial support to missions!

Share the love this thanksgiving! We are gathering groceries to give to families in need. Bring your groceries and put them on the collection table that is decorated and placed just inside the glass entry doorway. Thank You for sharing in Thanksgiving!

Operation Christmas Child, we have ONE MORE WEEK, then we need to have all our boxes filled and returned to the church by Sunday, November 12th so we can take them to the drop off center in Abilene the next day. The last count I had was 75 boxes filled and ready to be sent. We also have a left-over table of stuff in case you want to start another box or help finish one already started. Thank You for sharing God’s love with Children of “His World”!

Mustard Seed Sunday! We will meet at the church this coming Sunday at 3pm and go out in groups and gather can goods and groceries for Mission Abilene. We will return at 5pm so we can beat the early Sunset since time change is this weekend and it is time to FALL BACK one hour. Thank You for helping by taking time to do something to help others and for being a part of Potosi Baptist Church and showing our community that we are serving others!

*Yes, we will still have our monthly deacons meeting.

*In place of our regular evening Bible Study, we will be boxing up and sorting all the groceries gathered. After all the work in collecting and boxing and sorting then all who would like are invited to join in a time of fellowship and a meal at “TAMALES”.


PRAYER NEEDS: Lyn Peterson, Pat Smith, Gail Curtis,


I AM series, we have talked about “I am the Bread”, “I am the Vine” and “I am the Shepherd”. In the same “I am the Shepherd” scripture is where Jesus talks about “I am the door/gate” and it got a brief mention in last week’s message so that is four of the “I am” statements.

Some of you may remember Hunter preaching not long ago about the “Line in the Sand”. It is in that text when the woman caught in adultery is being talked about that Jesus says, “I am the Light”. I am not going to re-preach a message that Hunter covered so recently (and I believe that He covered well)!

So that is 5 of the 7 and only leaves “I am the Way” and “I am the resurrection”. The “I am the resurrection” is found in the story of Lazarus and his death. The Bible story is found in John 11. This will be our message for this coming Sunday. Please join me in praying for this week’s message and worship as we continue our series on the “I Am” statements of Jesus.


Ministry Highlight

This week I would like to highlight our deacon ministry. Every Sunday we have a deacon of the week, they are listed in our bulletin and they open our service with prayer. I am happy to work with each one of these men Jim Davis, Chris Jennings, Darren Belyeu, Frank Healer, Tim Richards, Mike Collier, Mark Childers and Ken Hargis. Something unique about this group is that when I first came in the spring of 2009 to PBC Mike Collier was the only deacon we had then who is still an active deacon today. When I came I knew that we were going to need some good strong leadership to help us as a church family heal and grow. Thru the years of our seeking the LORD’s leadership as a church family these are the leaders that God has put in place, thank you PBC family for seeking the LORD’s guidance and thank you deacons for saying yes to serving the LORD and thank YOU, LORD for answering our prayers.

Honorable mention goes to Melvin Faircloth and Bill Pope, these two men stepped back in from being inactive deacons when I first came. They stepped in when we needed leadership and till we could get some leadership, Thanks guys for helping out!


Let us give Thanks!


See you in worship!


Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith

September 29, 2017, 8:49 AM

A Heart that is Ready

Our theme verse for this week’s revival in Ira was Psalm 61:2 “When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

We talked each service about things that “overwhelm” our hearts and the kind of hearts God wants us to have. Our series of messages included “A HEART THAT IS CLEAN”, “A HEART THAT CARES”, “A HEART THAT SHARES”, “A HEART THAT IS FREE” AND “A HEART THAT IS READY”.

It is “A Heart that is Ready” that I would like to share with you this Sunday in our worship. Our text for this message is taken from 2Kings 20 and is about King Hezekiah and God extending his life 15 more years.

In 20:1 God told Hezekiah “Set your house in order”. My question is “What did Hezekiah have to do to set his house in order?” If you back up to 2 Kings 18:1-5 it is said that Hezekiah was a great king and there was not a king like him ever before or after. It is also said that he was a very godly king destroying idol worship and restoring “True worship”. I really believe king Hezekiah was a Christian so “what did he have to set in order?”

Please join me in praying for this week’s message and join me in this week’s service as we worship and seek to give God “A Heart that is Ready”.




October 18th from 5 to 7 pm MUSTARD SEED MINISTRY

October 15th Baptism Service

October 21st Car Show and Ladies Bazaar

October 22nd 50th Wedding anniversary for Derriel and Janet Smith



Operation Christmas Child: Shoe Boxes

State Missions offering: Will benefit Texas Baptist Men disaster relief




This week the couple I would like to highlight is Kevin and Linda Parker. Kevin and Linda joined our church not long after I came back in 2009. I remember back then we had a need for a children’s S.S teacher and we began announcing the need and it wasn’t long that Linda came up to me after one of our services and shared that God was putting it on her heart to teach and that was the beginning of their serving here. Today she is still teaching and we are blessed to have her in our children’s department. You see Kevin each week setting in the Video booth operating our visual needs for worship. I think it is a blessing to our church to have a couple who also are “Foster Parents”.  It is a blessing to know that children are getting to live with godly people and we as a church also get to love on the children that they are taking care of. Thank you, Kevin and Linda, for being part of Potosi Baptist Church.


Prayer needs: Praise for the rain!  Mike’s dad (heart bypass), Melissa’s mom (knee surgery), Pat Smith, Lynn Peterson, The Satterwhite’s, Gail Curtis,

Thank you, Hunter for doing another outstanding job! We are blessed to have Hunter as a member of our church staff!

Looking forward to worshipping this Sunday, see you then!

Your Pastor and Friend

Bro. Keith

September 15, 2017, 10:56 AM

Don't Tell Me What to Do

When Christian Herter was governor of Massachusetts, he was running hard for a second term in office. One day, after a busy morning chasing votes (and no lunch) he arrived at a church barbecue. It was late afternoon and Herter was famished. As Herter moved down the serving line, he held out his plate to the woman serving chicken. She put a piece on his plate and turned to the next person in line.


"Excuse me," Governor Herter said, "do you mind if I have another piece of chicken?"

 "Sorry," the woman told him. "I'm supposed to give one piece of chicken to each person."

 "But I'm starved," the governor said.

 "Sorry," the woman said again. "Only one to a customer."

 Governor Herter was a modest and unassuming man, but he decided that this time he would throw a little weight around.

 "Do you know who I am?" he said. "I am the governor of this state."

 "Do you know who I am?" the woman said. "I'm the lady in charge of the chicken. Move along, mister."


Bits & Pieces, May 28, 1992, pp. 5-6.


Acts 5:28-29 “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filed Jerusalem with your doctrine and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” But Peter and the other apostles answered and said; we ought to obey God rather than men.”

Do you remember what happened on 9-1-1985? That was the day it became official Law in the State of Texas that you had to wear your seatbelt and it was no longer a voluntary issue. I was a reluctant seatbelt wearer, I didn’t like being told I had to wear my seatbelt. At first, I usually was reminded by Teresa “It is the Law”, she would say with the command to “buckle your seatbelt”. We then got a car that would buckle you up when you started the car whether you wanted to be buckled up or not. At some point, it became such a habit that it is just what you do when you get in a vehicle, you buckle up.

I also remember because I am the oldest of three boys and one girl that sometimes when mom and dad had to be gone they would leave me in charge of watching over my siblings. If I had a dollar for all the times I heard one of my brothers or sister say to me: “DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!”, I could take myself out for an expensive steak dinner.

Who is the boss? Who is in charge? Who has authority over me? I was just thinking this past week about forgiveness and the LORD’s command to us as Christians to forgive others (Matthew 6:15) and people’s attitudes sometimes being “Don’t tell me to forgive”.

Who is our boss? Who does have the right to tell me what to do? Are we being rebellious because we don’t obey the law? Is your attitude one of “DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO”?

I believe what we are talking about is really a spiritual issue and a relationship issue between ourselves and God. I pray that you will join me this Sunday in worship as we discuss this topic more. If you haven’t guessed by now this week’s message is going to be titled “DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO”.




Prayer needs: Pat Smith, Patsy Gregg, Karen Frye, Lynn Peterson, Cherry Gleason, Gail Curtis, victims of the hurricanes, Revival @ FBC Ira


Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 21st, this will be our first CAR SHOW! We are working on combining our annual Women’s Bazar day with what we hope may also be an annual event in the car show. We will be getting more specific details to you soon but go ahead and start making plans to participate in this day of events.



You have several ways to get connected. One we are working on filling as many “shoe boxes” as we can! We still have lots of boxes and plenty of time to fill them. This is a wonderful way to share God’s love with children all around the world!


I have recently learned that thru the Texas Baptist Men there are groups of workers going every week to the coast to clean up and help people get back in their homes. All the “trainers” are already at the coast so those who are not certified in “mud-out” or “chain-saw” work will get “two hours of training” when they get there then they will be put to work with a team. If you are interested in going let me know and I will put you in contact with who you need to sign up with to get down there and get working.

This is also one of our “mission offering” periods with the emphasis being on “State Missions”. You can give financially and that would be a great blessing.



This is an idea of our new youth minister, Hunter Brown. He is planning an event for the youth on Wednesday Oct. 18th when our youth will start going into our newly built neighborhoods and going door to door. Since it will be close to Thanksgiving and “Mission Abilene”, they will ask for food donations for “Mission Abilene” but they will also invite to our church, give info about PBC and we are working on having Bibles to giving out as well. As Hunter and I were driving the area and discussing the idea we discussed how this would be like “planting seeds”, thus the name “Mustard Seed”. We also shared how because of the number of “new neighborhoods” being built and or already built around us this should be an ongoing ministry and one we do once a quarter at least. Pray for our youth as they lead us in this new ministry. Participate by helping to get our youth to these neighborhoods and watching for them and praying for them as they go door to door. Remember our first “MUSTARD SEED SEWING” will be Wednesday October 18th!



Since I have started this “Music to my ears” focusing on some great hymns and gospel songs that have ministered to us, Mike has loaned me a couple of books with lots of information on lots of hymns.

This is the first one I turned to: THE SOLID ROCK. Do you remember singing “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name? On Christ, the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.


Edward Mote was born into poverty on January 21, 1797 to parents that did not allow a Bible in the home. Edward heard the gospel as a teenager and was saved. He went on to become a carpenter and cabinet shop owner. He wrote the words to “Solid rock” but it was not officially a hymn when one day he went to visit a man whose wife was very ill. Because he wanted to sing and read some scripture to minister to this couple but at the same time he had not brought a hymn book, he took out of his pocket the paper with the words to “Solid Rock” and began singing.  The couple like the song, and requested it, so Edward when he got home wrote another verse and copied it to give to the family. At the age of 55 he gave up his business and became the pastor of a Baptist church where he stayed until he retired 21 years later. He retired because he felt as if he was about to die. He said upon retiring, “I think I am going to heaven; yes, I am nearing port. The truths I have been preaching, I am now living upon and they’ll do very well to die upon. Ah! The precious blood.”



This week I would like to take a minute and say thanks to Larry and Joan Millican! Thank You Lord for placing them in our church family!

Larry and Joan teach one of our couples’ classes and have been teaching it since I came to PBC in 2009. Larry and Joan are gifted Bible teachers and we are blessed to have them use their talents for the LORD here at PBC. They are also gifted musically and have sang specials, Larry has filled in for both Mike and I and Joan plays our piano for worship. Thank You Larry and Joan for being servants of our LORD thru Potosi Baptist Church!


Thank you for all your birthday cards and gifts! God has and is truly blessing Teresa and I as we get to serve here at PBC with a great Church family!

See you Sunday when we all come to worship!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith


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