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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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