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August 26, 2016, 9:18 AM

The Seal of the Living God


And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed… Revelation 7:4
 

From verse 5 thru 8 there are 12 names listed as tribes. Is this a complete list? Are all 12 of the original tribes listed?

Hint: No, not all of the tribes are mentioned. There is a tribe not mentioned at all and another that is referred to but not mentioned by its name. See if you can find the missing and not mentioned tribes.

Revelation chapter seven is a break in the opening of the seals. In Chapter six John saw the first six seals opened. Before the seventh seal is opened John has this vision shown to him in chapter seven of “The 144,000” and the question that many ask is who are these people?

The answer to that question depends on who you ask. I took a Bible class at HPU way back in the late 70’s on the Book of Revelation. Our text book “Worthy is the Lamb” was written by Dr. Ray Summers. Dr. Summers for many years was the head of the New Testament department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and he later became the chairman of the religion department at Baylor University in Waco.

Dr. Summers says in his book that “the 144,000 represent NOT Jewish Christians only but the whole body of believers.” That was what I learned and was taught many years ago. Since then I have read and studied books on Revelation by John Phillips, Adrian Rogers, David Jeremiah, W.A. Criswell, H.A. Ironside and other commentaries and the bottom line is there are many opinions and no one really knows with absolute 100% authority who the 144,000 are.

My opinion today is that the 144,000 represent Jews who become Christians during the tribulation. When I was just out of High School and taking my first college classes I believed Dr. Summers because I did not know any other teaching and since it was a Bible Class in a Bible University surely it had to be right. Through the years of studying on my own and digging into what it means because I want to learn and know and not just be told what to believe I think it makes more sense that the 144,000 are from Jews who become saved during tribulation.

Let me just say this and then we will move on to the rest of this email: I don’t want you to believe it just because I say it like I did with Dr. Summers. If you have time and can, do some research and study for yourself.

Join me Sunday and we will continue our series on the Book of Revelation. This week’s message is titled “THE SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD” and our text will be Revelation 7:1-17.

I probably took too much time and space talking about the 144,000 because when people get to chapter seven that seems to be the largest topic for discussion. It gets overlooked that if you ask me an even larger topic should be not just “who are they” but that they “are sealed” and their sealing is so important that orders are given to leave things alone until they are sealed.

Pray for this week’s message as we talk about THE PROMISE OF GOD’S SEAL, THE POWER OF GOD’S SEAL AND THE PLAN OF GOD’S SEAL!

SUPER SUMMER SUNDAY SERVICE

It seems like yesterday we were just beginning the month of August and our services but we are at the end of the month and about to have our last service for this summer.

Join us this Sunday at Hamby Baptist Church for our SSSS at 6pm.

MARY HILL DAVIS STATE MISSIONS

We have set goal of $1,000 for our State missions offering. There are envelopes available in the office, SS rooms and in the sanctuary. Please be praying for the amount God would have you give to support our mission work in our own state.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

If you haven’t picked up your shoe box yet we have plenty. This year we also have a table set up in the fellowship hall for “extras”. If you are filling boxes and have extras from packages of items that you had to purchase more of than you needed, we are gathering the extras and hopefully can use all the extras to fill even more. As we have done in the past if you would like put a gift of money in an envelope and mark it “Shoe Box” and we will get someone to take it and fill a shoe box for you.

DEACON ORDINATION

I would like to go ahead and start you to thinking about our upcoming Deacon ordination. We are looking at the date of September 18th.  We will let you know more of the details soon.

WELCOM NEW MEMBERS

We welcome Scott and Chayla Henderson to our church family.

Prayer needs: June Dozier (eye illness), Landon Goets (grandson of Melvin and Ginger), Mark Childers dad, Praise for rain (we had over 5 inches last Saturday and Monday here at the church),

Special request: I met Tommy Clark a couple of weeks ago when I was asked to preach a funeral for a lady named Ammie Clark. Thru my visiting with Tommy and his family in planning his wife’s service I learned that Tommy was a retired lock-smith. He learned that we had many doors to our church and they were not all keyed alike. Guess what, he volunteered to come out and change that. He did come out and he taught me a lot as I tried to do as much for him as I could because his health is not that good, but he was very head strong about wanting come out and do something for us as a church. Great news is we now have all our six new doors keyed alike. The bad news is he may have over done it because I had to put him in one of our wheelchairs and get him back to his van, then his care giver, who was also with him, made him take a nitro pill then off to the ER they went. It is early as I am writing so I do not have the update yet and may not get it in time before this goes out so that is why I am asking that we all pray for Tommy Clark today. If you grab a get-well card and or thank you card fill it out to him and bring it to church or by the office and I will get them to him. He told me strongly that he would not take anything for what he did for the church but I don’t think cards count.

Thanks for all your prayers! Thanks for your love, support and encouragement!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith




August 19, 2016, 9:50 AM

Who Will Be Able to Stand?


THANKS FOR SUPPORTING OUR SUPER SUMMER SERVICES! You all did well when we hosted and last Sunday evening when we went to Elmdale Baptist we had a very good number of our members there (actually I think we had the most). But that is not the point; the point is you guys are being a part of our joint services and fellowship and it is all going well. Thank you again for your participation!

Remember this week we will go to FBC, Eula at 6:00 pm for our next super summer service.

 

For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?

Revelation 6:17

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LORD. Romans 6:23

We believe as Christians that God is who is being talked about in the phrase “His Wrath” and it is God who will someday judge man’s sin.

We also as Christians believe that our sin has been paid for in full by the blood of Jesus our Savior on the cross of Calvary!

Sadly, those who do not believe and trust in Jesus as their Savior “will not stand” because they will be judged and found guilty of their own sin.

This week we will continue our series of messages from the book of Revelation and this week we will look at chapter 6:1-17 and this week’s message will be titled “Who will be able to Stand?”

I don’t recommend waiting until after the rapture of the church to get your soul and heart right with God, but I do believe there will be one more opportunity during tribulation for people to get saved. In 6:9-10 there are “martyrs” who appear in heaven. The first question is when did these people arrive? Did they arrive during the tribulation or before the tribulation?

I don’t think there is enough proof either way to say, but it is possible they could have been saved during the tribulation, then killed for Jesus sake as Christians. One of my thoughts, and we will discuss it more Sunday, is that salvation though possible during tribulation will be much, much harder to achieve.

Chapter 6 begins the opening of the “Seals”. All the “Seals” are about the death and destruction that is going to be brought on by the tribulation.

I pray that you will join me this weekend as we worship and continue our series of messages in Revelation.

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD…. our shoe boxes are ready for pick up! If you would like to donate to filling or shipping the boxes that would be great. It cost $7.50 to mail each box and for around $20 you can fill a box.

It is time for our committees to begin preparation for next year. If you are teaching, please be praying about whether or not God wants you to continue so that when you are asked soon by the committee you will have an answer. If you are not teaching but would like to, please let me or someone on the Nominating committee know.

If you are on one of our ministry teams, please be thinking about a budget request to turn in to our finance committee.

 

COMING IN SEPTEMBER …SENIOR ADULT REVIVAL!!! It will begin on Sunday evening September 25th at FBC, Clyde and there will be morning services Monday -Wednesday with a meal to follow each day. We will host Wednesday’s service.

We are also working on having our Deacon Ordination Service in September so be watching for more details to come about that.

I will let you know more details as they are worked out, but we are also working on having Dr. Freed again come and speak. He is the Christian Jew who spoke last year and did a question and answer time. This time his daughter who plays the harp is coming as well to bless us with some

music. We will work this around all of our other Sept activities or even into early October.

Prayer needs: Joe Polk (heart), Paula Davis, Thanks for rain and need for more, The beginning of a new school year, Praise for God’s blessings

 

Thanks for all your prayers, encouragement and support! See you this weekend in Worship and Bible Study.

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith




August 16, 2016, 10:29 AM

Worthy Is the Lamb


So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.

Revelation 5:4

 

It takes me awhile sometimes to figure some stuff out, and one of the first things that catches my attention in this verse is that John is “weeping much”. I have preached, believed, and said for a long time there is no crying in heaven, but maybe there is. I know this -  that this verse has made me step back and do some more thinking about “God wiping away our tears” in heaven.

In chapter five verse one we are told that God, who is sitting on His throne in heaven, has a scroll in His right hand and it is sealed with seven seals. We know it is very important for several reasons: the number of seals, it being in God’s right hand, and it being in GOD’s HAND.

 

No one is found worthy except the “Lion of Judah” which turned out to be a slain lamb. Everybody agrees pretty quickly that the Lion/Lamb is Jesus, and that He is worthy to take the scroll, open it, and read it, but nobody agrees on what is inside the scroll.

 

I am not sure what is in the book/scroll either. To tell you the truth, I started writing this email yesterday but stopped to read some more about the scroll. Here it is 24 hours later and I have come to the conclusion that I still don’t know. Yes, I think the scroll is very important. It had to be to be in God’s hand (control), His right hand (power), and to be sealed with seven seals (perfect and complete). We will not know what the scroll had in it until we get to heaven like John did. Important or more important than the scroll is our SAVIOR, THE LION AND LAMB is Jesus!

 

I think we also miss the message in this chapter by focusing on the kind of scroll, when I think it is more about the truth that the ONE WORTHY of worship is Jesus, and He is being WORSHIPED!

 

Do you really believe Jesus is worthy of Worship? Are you worshiping Jesus as if you believe He is Worthy?

 

Join me this Sunday as we continue our messages in Revelation. This Sunday’s message will be “WORTHY IS THE LAMB” and our text is Revelation 5:1-14.

 

BAPTISM SERVICE THIS SUNDAY MORNING!

 

Join us this Sunday as we baptize Catelyn Crippen and Ashtyn Cooley.

 

THANK YOU!

Thank you for being great hosts and making the first Super Summer Sunday Service a great one! The meal was great ladies. Thank you for all your hard work to make it such a blessing!

 

SUPER SUMMER SUNDAY SERVICE… we continue our services this Sunday with our sister churches.  This week’s host for fellowship and worship is ELMDALE BAPTIST @6pm.

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

It may be early but we have lots of boxes ready to be filled! If we start early, maybe we will do a bunch more! Get your box soon!

 

Prayer needs: Joe Polk (health), Paula Davis (has been moved to Mesa Springs), The beginning of a new school year, Sovereign Grace School, Super Summer Sunday Services, all of our committees as they prepare for this fall's work preparing for next year’s needs, Operation Christmas Child

 

Thank you for your prayers! See you Sunday!

 

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith

 




August 5, 2016, 2:31 PM

Come Up Here


Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.

Revelation 4:1

 

We made it through the seven churches and now we will begin our way through the rest of Revelation. My prayer is that we do not go so slow that it drags out too long and loses people’s attention, but we don’t want to go so fast that we miss out on what God’s word is showing us and teaching us.

How important is worship to you? How important is worship to God? How much time do you spend in “worshiping God”?

There are a couple of things I think we should take notice of as we get into chapter four and then on into the rest of the book. Verse one says John saw “an open door” and he heard a voice saying “come up here”. We have been on earth looking at the churches but from the end of the last verse of chapter three to the first verse in chapter four we will go to heaven.

The rapture of the church takes place, according to many, between the transition from talking about the churches in chapter three to the vision in heaven which starts in chapter four. You will notice though that THE WAY is through “The Open Door” and that door we know is Jesus. I think it should also be said that it is because we are “Called” by “His voice” to come. I still believe in hearing God’s voice. Some may have ignored His voice for so long that they may not recognize it but I believe God like the old hymn says “softly and tenderly” He is calling us home!

The emphasis of Chapter four is God on His throne in Heaven and the worship that is taking place. Heaven is going to be about worship. That is why I wanted to start by getting you to thinking about what you believe about worship today. God create us for worship. God desires that we be worshiping Him today and for sure when we get to heaven we will be worshiping Him. I think it is sad when people have a low priority of worship and think that worship is just something that will be a part of heaven but doesn’t have to be a part of today.

I have said it before and I will say it again, I don’t think that a person who can’t or won’t worship God today will get to be in heaven worshiping Him. I don’t even understand why a person that doesn’t want to worship God today even would think that they would want to worship God then.

When you have a relationship with God I believe there is a desire to worship our God, our Savior the one who died for us and in our place and lives for us so that we can have life, hope, comfort and His peace. When we as people truly realize how much God loves us it seems to me that we should make Him and worshiping Him our number one priority and not slap last place on God because we believe we are saved and going to heaven therefore we can wait till we get to heaven to worship.

That is just not right and a bad theology! I pray that you will join me this coming Sunday as we continue in the Book of Revelation. This week’s text will be Revelation 4:1-11 and this week’s message will be “Come up here”.

 

Things happening soon!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH AT 4PM we will have a special called business meeting to discuss and decide whether or not to allow private school Sovereign Grace to use our facility.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH AT 6pm we will host the first Super Summer Service with our Sister churches! We are hosting so if you have a PBC shirt wear it so our guests will know who we are. We are going to have a special program with information and testimony about the Operation Christmas Child shoe box ministry. We will have boxes available to take to begin the filling process. We will also be treated in music by the Anderson family (Mike, Karen and Austin). Our meal this time is being prepared by our Kitchen ministry. All you have to do is show up and enjoy a great evening in fellowship! A note of manner, we need to let all of our guests get into line for the meal first, thanks.

Citizen

Response to

Active

Shooter

Events

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 8TH AT 10AM @ North Park Baptist Church

CRASE is an informational program developed and presented by the Abilene Police Department. This is a one-hour presentation designed to equip citizens with the knowledge they need to help them stay safe in the event of an active-shooter situation in a church, business, or other public places. There is no charge for this program.

If you are volunteering to help us with our security and you have time next Monday to attend this meeting, please do.

 

PRAYER NEEDS: June Dozier and family (death of Dale Dozier), Paula Davis (Hendrick Hospital), Jim Terry and family (death of his mother), Mark Childers father Ken (possible cancer), Joe Polk (April’s husband), Super Summer Sunday Services

 

Thanks for all your prayers, see you Sunday!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith




July 29, 2016, 9:25 AM

Lord's Supper


Therefore, whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the LORD in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the LORD.

For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the LORD’s body.

These are verses (I Corinthians 11:27 and 29) that in my opinion get miss used and are too often misunderstood. Sadly, thru the years I have observed people uses these as the excuse verses for not observing the LORD’s Supper.

We will talk about what these verses mean more this coming Sunday as we worship by observing the LORD’s Supper together. Let me share a couple of quick thoughts though one is that the Bible says “WE ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD” in Romans 3:23 and that means all of us have already sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. We can’t do anything to be any WORTHIER to observe the LORD’S supper than we can to receive HIS SALVATION! Our salvation is by and thru God’s grace! Until we get to heaven each and every time we observe the LORD’s supper we will be doing it as unworthy people saved only by God’s grace.

Before you read more look at verse 11:29 and read it again and this time see if you can find the missing word. Just before the word judgment there is no “the”. If the word “the” was there it could be talking about “the judgment” but since it is not how we observe or the condition, we may be in when we do may affect God’s discipline. We may be a Christian and we are not going to lose our salvation but God may discipline us for our behavior, attitude or unforgiven sins.

We can take the LORD’s supper in an unworthy manner but the unworthy manner is about our relationship with God and whether we are taking it seriously or haphazardly.

I pray that you will join me this Sunday as observe the LORD’S SUPPER in our morning worship service.

We are just one week away from beginning our Super Summer Sunday Services! We will host the first service Sunday August 7th at 6pm. We will then go to Elmdale the next week and then Eula and then Hamby. I pray you will join us each week for this great time of fellowship and worship with our sister churches.

 

SPECIAL CALLED BUSINESS MEETING

We will have a called meeting on Sunday, August 7th at 4pm to discuss allowing Sovereign Grace Classical School to use some of our facilities for their school. This is a called meeting just for this item of business.  The school is actually in conversation with a downtown church and this meeting may possibly get canceled if everything works out with this other church location. Please be praying for the school and for their future school needs. For those who may not know our connection to this school is that this is the school our Marc Collier (Mike and Michelle’s) son attends.

 

NEWSLETTER NEWS

We have the ability now to put our newsletter on the website and make it look professional. Our new website is giving us many more options that we did not have in the past. Beginning this month our newsletter will be on the website so make a visit to the website and check it out. We have paid for our yearly permit to “land mail” our newsletter so we are not going to stop mailing them until the permit is up. Most people have the capability of receiving and getting the newsletter via the web so when our permit is up we will switch from mailing them “all” to only mailing the ones that have to be mailed. This will not happen till the end of the year but we want to start the conversation now so we can get a good count of the addresses that DO NOT have internet access.

Prayer needs: Dale Dozier (is in hospice care please pray for Dale and for his family), Paula Davis (is in Hendrick and at this time which is early Friday morning ICU), Glenda Satterwhite and family (death of her brother), Mary Andrews (Nancy Hall’s mother)

 

Thanks for your prayers! See you in worship and Bible Study!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith


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