Sunday, November 30, 2008
But they never gave up hope. They knew that they needed a redeemer and that God’s Anointed would one day come to shepherd them.
The world today is also in need of the Redeemer’s leadership and hope. Jesus Christ came and gave hope to all who would believe in Him.
(Light the first purple candle)
As the first purple candle is lit say: “I light this candle on the first Sunday of Advent to remind us of the hope we have in our Redeemer. Jesus came to give us the hope of our salvation and the hope of our future glory.
Read: Isaiah 7:14
“O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear. Rejoice, Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel! (John Mason Neale, Henry Sloane Coffin).
Have a family discussion on the hope that you have as a family because of our Emmanuel.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
This devotional guide was put together by Kevin Howerton, the MSBA Director of Family Ministries. Each entry was written by a pastor in our association: Jeff Bailey, James Boyd, Shawn Bragg, Richard Carbaugh, Ronnie Cobb, Sam Cox, Don Deel, David Dockery, Kevin Howerton, Dan Jividen, Emory Marchant, Jim Milam, James Mooney, Ken Owens, Jerry Rice, Craig Stevens and David Trump. Oh yeah… I wrote one too.
I share in Kevin’s prayer that these entries will help you prepare your family spiritually to give honor and glory to God this Christmas.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The Voice of the Martyrs Bookstore has great gift items for all ages
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
But do we thank God because He somehow needs it? Of course not—God is in need of nothing. In His infinite wisdom, God ordained that the thankful hearts and lives of His people would be a witness to the nations. The bottom line is—thankfulness is evangelism.
To bring it to a personal level, when was the last time you heard someone grumble and complain? I hear it all the time. When you pull through the fast food drive-thru and ask the person at the window how their day is going, how do they respond? Most of the time it’s with a sour comment about how they can’t wait until they get off work. Does that make you want what they have? If you were looking for a job, would that make you want to go work there?
In the same way, Christians who display a grumbly, negative attitude to the world are a terrible witness. It’s no wonder—if that’s what Jesus did for you, I wouldn’t want it either. But when we go through life with an attitude of praise and thankfulness, it’s contagious.
God be gracious to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us—
That Your way may be known in the earth,
Your salvation among all nations.
That’s the way God designed it—now go be a witness….
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here is a list of my previous sermon series. Some have audio, some don’t. All of the audio files should be available in the player at the bottom of this page.
New Testament complete book series
New Testament shorter passage series
Old Testament complete book series
Old Testament shorter passage series
Monday, November 24, 2008
Here it is just a few days before Thanksgiving, I have a million things to get done before Thursday, and what am I doing? I’m starting a blog. Now, the question I have to ask myself is why. Is it because my thoughts are so profound that it would be an injustice to keep them to myself? Hardly. Is it because there aren’t enough blogs on the internet that are worth reading? No, there are hundreds of blogs, the quality of which I can never hope to attain. So why do I feel the need to start one?
- It’s available
What a wonderful medium the Lord has given us to use for His glory. If this is a means for me to interact with and encourage others concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then I need to take advantage of it. I see this as one more tool the Lord has given me to glorify Him.
- I’m available
As the full-time pastor of a Southern Baptist church tucked away in the beautiful mountains of Southern West Virginia, God has given me a pulpit to proclaim His Word. He’s also given me more to talk about than can be said in three weekly services and all of the affiliated activities. So, this can be an outlet for the overflow. If He wants to use me in this way, then I intend to be available.
- God is good
There is nothing more important to God than His glory. Nothing pleases Him more than when His Son is made much of. If nothing else, this blog will afford me another opportunity to make much of Jesus. May the richness of His goodness and glory shine through in every posting and comment.
What will the content be?
We shall see. The possibilities are endless, but the postings will undoubtedly follow my interests—and nothing interests me more than the Gospel. I will include links to articles and postings that have impacted me in one way or another. As a bibliophile, one thing I look forward to is sharing what I’m reading in the form of reviews and critiques. I also intend to post links to my latest sermons. Regardless of how the content falls into place over the life of this blog, the central focus will remain the same. All things posted will have to pass the Ephesians 4:29 filter. The only thing I ask of you is that if you leave comments, please use the same filter.
So, with the Lord as our Banner, we will press on by His grace and for His glory!