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March 31, 2017, 9:14 AM

The Darkness Surrounding the Cross

And it shall come to pass in that day, says the LORD GOD that I will make the sun go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in broad daylight; I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist, and baldness on every head; I will make it like mourning for an only son, and its end like a bitter day.  Amos 8:9-10

The prophet Amos wrote these words about 750 years before Christ came and went to the cross. Amos said, “at noon” the “sun will go down” and we read in the gospels that as Jesus was hanging on the cross from the 6th hour to the 9th hour (Matthew 27:45) that there was a darkness “ALL OVER” the land. According to the Roman time of that day the 6th hour would have been our noon.

God’s word is truth. God said there would be darkness when “His only Son” died and it was dark the last 3 hours that Jesus hung on the cross.

Take a moment and read Exodus 10:21-23, do you remember the “Plague of Darkness”? God described the darkness that He was sending upon Egypt as “Darkness which may even be felt.” God used three days of darkness to get Pharaoh’s attention and to reveal what the world is truly like to lost people without the “true light” of God.

Why did it get dark when Jesus was dying on the cross? What was God saying to you and I from His throne as His only Son was dying on a cross? What caused the darkness in the middle of the day and how dark did it get?

Join me this Sunday as we seek some answers to the Darkness Surrounding the Cross.

 

THINGS TO REMEMBER

Women’s Ministry Simulcast… two Saturdays April 8th and 22nd from 9 to 11:30 and 9 to 12:30 Cost is $20 … Sign up this weekend!

Easter-Egg Hunt, Sunday April 16th at 9:30am, please bring filled eggs

YOUTH FUND RAISER…. Sunday, April 23 following church there will be a Mexican Pile on lunch and Dessert Auction

TEXAS RANGERS BASEBALL TRIP…. See Ken Hargis for details and to get your tickets… the game is June 2nd.

 

 

Prayer needs: Pray for our sister church… FBC, New Braunels all the families that lost loved ones in the bus accident, Sendy Bolin and family as her four month old granddaughter is facing a Brain Surgery, Lynn Peterson, Connie Henry (Teresa’s sister is having knee replacement surgery), Shannon Newman (Tammy’s daughter, kidney stones), Terri Childers, Robin Mason, Rhonda Swinny, Pat Smith,

 

Thanks for your prayers! Teresa and I had a great relaxing time on our trip. We were glad to spend some time relaxing but we are back and happy to be with our family and friends. Look forward to our worship and seeing each of you there.

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith




March 17, 2017, 11:40 AM

How Not to Pray

Mr. and Mrs. Moody often had guests in their Chicago home. One evening, after a very demanding day, Moody asked a visiting Christian to lead in family devotions. The man waxed eloquent as he expounded the symbolism in a difficult chapter of the Bible. Then he prayed at great length. When the worship was over, Mrs. Moody and the guest got up from their knees, but Moody remained bowed in prayer. The guest thought that he was praying, but Mrs. Moody soon detected that her husband was--asleep!

Matthew 6:5-7, when you pray do not pray like hypocrites and when you pray do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do.

 

Last week we talked about Praying Persistently this week we are going to continue talking about the difference in praying “persistently verses repetitive”. This week’s message is titles “How not to Pray”. I pray you will join me as we continue our messages on prayer.

 

Prayer needs: Mike Collier (kidney stone), Karen Frye (death of her sister), Patti Richards (illness of her father), people traveling, Frank Healer,

Wow, March is nearly over, Spring officially begins soon, daylight savings time is here and Easter will be here before we know it!

This year we will have the Egg-Hunt on Easter Sunday morning for our children. We need you to bring filled eggs please, there is a basket in the office to drop off your filled eggs, thanks.

 

DON’T FORGET YOUR ANNIE ARMSTRONG EASTER OFFERING!

 

Mark 11:25

25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

 

 

1 Peter 3:7

7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

 

 

The story goes that one time when Bill Moyers was a special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was asked to say grace before a meal in the family quarters of the White House. As Moyers began praying softly, the President interrupted him with "Speak up, Bill! Speak up!" The former Baptist minister from east Texas stopped in mid-sentence and without looking up replied steadily, "I wasn't addressing you, Mr. President."

 

How is your prayer life?

 

 

See you Sunday, join me as we continue to seek to grow in our prayer life!

 

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith




March 10, 2017, 8:56 AM

Persistent Prayer

A friend of mine took his small son with him to town one day to run some errands. When lunch time arrived, the two of them went to a familiar diner for a sandwich. The father sat down on one of the stools at the counter and lifted the boy up to the seat beside him. They ordered lunch, and when the waiter brought the food, the father said, "Son, we'll just have a silent prayer." Dad got through praying first and waited for the boy to finish his prayer, but he just sat with his head bowed for an unusually long time. When he finally looked up, his father asked him, "What in the world were you praying about all that time?" With the innocence and honesty of a child, he replied, "How do I know? It was a silent prayer."  (Taken from Our Daily Bread)

 

Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.  Psalm 25:4-5

This is just one of David’s prayers we have recorded in the Psalms. It may be that it is an example of the type of prayer you need for today. First David Prays SHOW ME “Your Ways”. I know that I can, I believe see God in nature and the acts of Christians, but I believe most of what David is asking for here is seen thru “our hearts”. Next David Prays TEACH ME “Your paths”. Some subjects are easier than others for me learn but they all require “my mind”. Finally, David Prays “LEAD ME “in Your Truth”. We are to be the “follower” and our heavenly Father is to be the “leader”! Shame on us but we need to stop trying to be the leader and let God.

If you stop and think about it, when GOD SHOWS US HIS WAYS HE HAS MY HEART. But that is just the beginning when GOD TEACHES US HE HAS OUR MINDS. That is an awesome prayer but there is still one more bit of good news, when GOD LEADS US HE HAS OUR HANDS! Please LORD I pray take my HEART, take my MIND and take my HAND!

 

Last Sunday evening in our Bible Study the topic of “repetition” in our prayers became a discussion. To tell the truth I did not like all the answers I had or what seemed to me “lack of answers” that I may have not had.

Matthew 6:7 “When you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.”

As I was reading and studying this text this week a big mistake that I was making was in overlooking the “as the heathen do” part of the verse. I kept saying “for me” and I still want to hold myself to a very strong discipline in my personal prayer time to be careful not to be repetitive. That is just a very important discipline for me in my walk with the LORD.

For all those other questions of what if I repeat this or that I think we should remember that we are Christians and not heathen trying to do something for show that has no connection to our heart so it will be your attitude from the heart and your spiritual growth that will help you to know what is repeated or not as you grow in your prayer time.

There is also a story told in Luke that we will share that talks about “Persistent Prayer”. It is found in Luke 18:1-8. I encourage you to read it and then join us this Sunday as we continue our messages this month on “PRAYER”.

 

 

What is happening?

               Sunday; March 12th @ 6pm Fellowship meal (finger foods), and business meeting

               TIME CHANGE: Spring forward Saturday (3-11-17), don’t forget to set your clocks forward this weekend before Sunday morning

               We are receiving our “Annie Armstrong Easter Offering”, this offering is for North American Missions.

               We are gathering “filled Easter Eggs”. There is a drop off basket in the office to place the eggs.

 

Prayer needs: Jeff and Buffi Lake (Buffi is Deana Couches daughter) their son/gransdson Dawson was born this week a month early and his lungs need some more growing, Craig Fullerton got a great report from his heart cath this week, Frank Healer is still having some heart issues, Shannon Newman Tammy Tucker’s daughter had her surgery this week and is doing well, Patti Richards father is not doing very well and she went to Lubbock to be with family

 

Thank You for all your prayers, see you in worship this Sunday.

 

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith




March 3, 2017, 10:30 AM

Hannah's Prayer

A father and his son were seated at the dining room table, while the mother was finishing the final preparations on the family’s dinner. While the father and son were seated, the father asked the son if he would say the prayer for the meal. The youngster nodded his head, and said that he would pray. The mother placed the last of the meal on the table, and sat down. The boy looked around the table at the food for a moment, and began to pray. He said, "God, I’m not sure what it is. But thanks anyway. And I’ll still eat it."

 

My heart rejoices in the LORD; My horn is exalted in the LORD. I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. I Samuel 2:1

 

This coming Sunday we begin our “Prayer” focus month. Our theme for worship this month will be prayer. Our message this coming Sunday will be from I Samuel 1 and will be about the prayer Hannah prayed to have a son and the commitment she made to give her son to the LORD. God is so good He worked it out for us to have a special Baby Dedication service on the first Sunday that we will be beginning our “prayer focus”!

I have not picked a title for this week’s message, but if you would like to join me in praying for this week’s message and would like to do some reading and studying, read the first couple of chapters of I Samuel.

Verse 6 of chapter one is possibly an overlooked verse in the story of Hannah and her prayer for a son. Take a moment and read it. How would you feel if someone was treating you like that? Now look at the very next verse, “so it was year by year”, this was not a onetime event. This was an over and over and over again problem of the other wife and children being jealous of Hannah because she got a double portion to give in the offering and a way of making her cry and be upset because she was childless.

Thankfully she was a Godly woman and took her pain to the LORD. Do you take your pain to the LORD? How do you pray for your family? Answer that last question this way: How would your family describe your prayer life?

I am looking forward to our focus this month on “Prayer”.

 

This month we also begin our focus on the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions. Our week of prayer for this offering begins Sunday, March 5th. Please be in prayer about an amount God would have you to give to support this mission offering.

Thank You, Kitchen Ministry for a great “Frito Pie” meal to go along with our movie last Sunday. Thank You, to all who came and thanks for the deserts and cookies to go along with the movie and Frito Pies. The evening was very blessed! We are already talking about another movie night!

 

PRAYER NEEDS: Frank Healer (received a Pacemaker for his heart this week), Bill Davis (had two stints put in to open up blockage), Cherry Gleason (heart rhythm issues), Cherry Gleason’s son Terry had hernia surgery this week, Craig Fullerton will have heart cath next Monday

 

I pray that you are looking forward to this month and our worship services. I pray that you will be a part of each Sunday worship and that God will bless your prayers.

See you Sunday in a special Dedication service.

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith




February 24, 2017, 10:47 AM

How Much God Loves Us!

A quote from one of my preacher friends that he posted this week on his Facebook and that I thought was worth repeating: “IF PEOPLE REALLY LOOK UP TO YOU, YOU BETTER KEEP YOUR NOSE CLEAN.”

 

Have you ever called someone a “myna bird”? I did some research this week on the myna bird because I wanted to know if they were really a talking bird. The answer to that question is yes, they are a very talkative bird and you need to be careful what you say because they can learn and repeat what they hear very easily.

Why the interest in “myna birds”? Ephesians 5:1 says Be imitators of God as dear children. As I was preparing for this week’s message and the continuation of our messages on the theme of love I came across this verse and begin to think about being children and being imitators.

I began to remember all the times I called my children “little myna birds” or somebody else’s kids “little myna birds” because they were copying behavior or repeating words from adults who usually were their parents.

Children do easily learn words and behavior from adults. They also do it innocently in that they may not realize it is bad behavior at first, they just do it because they see someone they trust doing it.

God is our heavenly Father and we should trust Him and as children easily imitate adults, we should “be imitators” of Him and His love and actions.

This month we have talked about “Loving our Neighbors”, “Loving One Another” and “The Design of God’s Love in our Family”. This week I would like our focus on the theme of love to be all about “How much God loves us!”

Paul goes on to say in Ephesians 5:2 that we should “Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

Do you realize how much God loves you? WOW, God loves you more than you can imagine! God’s love is so awesome that it is like a “sweet-smelling aroma”!

I hope that by sharing and talking about how much God loves us we will desire to be imitators of His love and give that love and show that love to others but first I want us to just focus on how great God’s love for us is.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16

Wow, God loves us enough to send His Only Son to die in our pace!

God loves us enough to give us salvation, forgiveness thru His grace!

God loves us enough to give us salvation and eternal life but even more He desires that we have life “ABUNDANTLY” today! (John 10:10)

This is just a small sampling of God’s love and we will talk about God’s love for us even more this coming Sunday. Please pray for this week’s message and join me this Sunday as we worship and celebrate our God’s love to us.

MOVIE NIGHT THIS COMING SUNDAY @ 6PM

Bring your family and friends and come and enjoy a great time of fellowship. We will have Frito Pies (provided by church) and desserts (please bring your favorite dessert). We will be watching the movie “THE PENNEY”. Do you call it fate, destiny or coincidence? The Dove Foundation says this about the movie, “Fascinating and complex – The Penny reveals the importance of faith and family.”

 

 

BABY DEDICATION SERVICE

Sunday, March 5th we will be having another baby dedication service. If you would like to participate please contact me as soon as possible so that we can make sure we have plenty of Baby Dedication Bibles and certificates.

 

 

Thank You

               To everyone who participated in the Taco to Casa fund raiser! Thank you, kitchen ladies, for another meal very well served! Not sure the totals yet but I know God blessed it and the future “new floor” in the fellowship hall will look great.

               To everyone who came to the game night! It was a blast and the fellowship hall was filled with laughter. There have already been many requests to do it again.

 

RANGER GAME PLAN! It is time to pick a date and plan our annual trip to another Ranger Baseball game. There will be a meeting this coming Sunday, following our morning worship to discuss this year’s trip.

 

It is hard to believe but we are about to begin our 3rd month of 2017 and it seems like it just started and we should still be in January. This also means there will soon be another newsletter posted on our web. Page.

Let me remind you that Tammy when she sends this out for me is adding a link to our website so you can get there easily and read the monthly newsletter and just visit our website.

 

Prayer needs: Praise the LORD, no one is in hospital, Ann Hamilton in hospice care, Jim Davis healing is going very well, continue to pray for one another our fellowship and unity, continue to pray for our coming events and it want be long we will be talking about Easter, Mother’s Day, VBS

 

Thanks for the prayers! See you in Worship and looking forward to our movie night!

 

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith

 

 

 


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