August 13, 2018 - In his first letter Peter writes to those troubled Christians who have been dispersed by persecution because of their faith in Christ Jesus.

As we see an increasing tide of persecutions befalling Christians today we are given need of Peter’s words as well as did those of old.

Peter reminds us all of the joys and benefits of being born again to the blessed hope of eternal life with Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last times. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith - more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:3-7)

The entire story of the gospel message told here in a few words of consolation by an apostle of the Lord.

Peter re-enforces the gospel message as he explains that we are saved only by the forgiving mercy of God as we are lifted from the pit of destruction, born again out of this world into the Lord Jesus Christ. Our salvation paid for by Jesus’ death and resurrection from the dead, giving all who accept him as Lord the living hope of eternal life in heaven.

A holy inheritance worth more than all the gold and silver on earth for our inheritance is imperishable, it can never be removed from us. As the gold and silver of earth is burned up in the end of the age, our inheritance will remain intact, guarded through our faith sitting ready for the time when each of his children are called home to be with him forever.

And he tells us that yes, we may have to go through various trials and persecutions here on earth, but that is only for a little while, eternity with Christ is forever and that is our destination.

And lastly he gives us a beautiful look into the true meaning of faith in our Lord when he says; “Though you have not seen him, you love him.Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9)

The joy of being a born again child of the Most High God, knowing without doubt that our inheritance waits for us in heaven where, one glorious day, we will each one claim for his own, the bountiful riches of God Almighty. 

Do you know him today? 

If no, then it is time to step forward and accept him as your Lord and Master. Believing that Jesus is Lord of all. That the Father raised him from the dead and that through his blood you are washed clean of all sin, forever. Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and you will be saved. Amen…

August 11, 2018 - Greetings from the members of the Friendship Missionary Baptist church. We would like to invite everyone to our annual Revival which will be held August 13th -15th. Our Guest Speaker for the each night will be Pastor Tim Teel of the Bell Chapel Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas. Please join us and may God Bless.
Pastor Jeremy Moore

August 9, 2018 - As one walks through this world living out his journey through life one finds many times when he feels abandoned by all others, when one feels abandoned and alone in the cold cruel world, as tiny mouse trapped in a land of giant predators looking to devour him.

I have an answer for your fears, for I know one who will never abandon you to those who would devour your soul.

All one must do for this saving grace is to cry out in reverence to the one who controls all things of this world and this universe.

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” (Psalm 16:1-2)

It is Almighty God that one must turn to for comfort, for protection from the storms of life, he and he alone has the power to protect and the steadfast love not to abandon one when the going gets tough and the storm clouds gather.

Take heed of the words of advice of the good king Solomon; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.” (Proverbs 3:5-7)

This should be one’s number one on his list of things to live by; for it is by trusting in the Lord, by following his will and his wishes for us each day that we are able to navigate through the mine fields of life on earth as we work our way to that point when we are to be lifted from this world and taken by the Lord Jesus to the heavenly home that he is preparing for all who believe and follow him today. Oh what a glorious day that will be when one is face to face with the Lord forever… How blessed are those who can say; “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:6)

How blessed are those who know where to place their trust, who know where their treasures are being gathered and held for them.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:19-21) 

Cry out to the Lord for salvation for only through the Lord Jesus can one enter the kingdom of God, cry out in reverence that he might save your soul from the fires of hell. Ask him for forgiveness of your sins and he will forgive you today and forever. Trust in him and know the peace and joy he provides to all who believe in him as Lord.

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.” (Psalm 16:8-9)

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

Call upon the Lord today for salvation; may you know the many blessings of our Lord this day and forevermore…

August 9, 2018 - Huxley Helping Hands, a local mission group, is holding a food pantry for the residents of Shelby County on August 11, 2018 from 9am until the food is gone.

The food pantry is held the second Saturday of the month. Proof of residency and I.D. will be required. Only (1) box per household will be given.

The food pantry is at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 901 Southview Circle, Center, Texas.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

August 9, 2018 - Abundant Love Ministries is hosting their annual Back to School Revival, August 9th - 11th.

Pastor John Russell, Calvary Tabernacle, Alexandria, LA, is our guest Revivalist. Everyone is welcome and invited, Thursday and Friday nights at 7:00 pm and Saturday morning at 10:00 am. 

Abundant Love Ministries is shepherded by Pastor Marlin Cloudy Sr., and is located at 1426 Shelbyville St., Center, TX 75935.

August 3, 2018 - Smyrna Baptist Church in Huxley will gather at "The Porch" August 13.

Guest Speaker will be Scott Camp and Music Worship leaders are Josh & Madi Camp. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm and worship will begin at 7pm.

Everyone is invited to come & bring friends. Come and have a Very Powerful experience with the Lord!

Bro. Rusty Hall, Pastor.

August 3, 2018 - Back to School will be celebrated at Smyrna Baptist Church in Huxley, Sunday August 12th at 11am. Guest Speaker is Scott Camp. 

Come Worship with us and bring a friend or two or bunches. All students, teachers & former students & teachers are welcome to come & Worship the Lord with Smyrna, & see parents excited that school is starting.

Bro. Rusty Hall, Pastor.

August 2, 2018 - Past Jeremy Moore of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, in Tenaha, (Bobo community) would like to invite everybody to their annual Homecoming on August 12, 2018. Sunday school will start at 10am and homecoming service will begin around 11am. A three night revival Monday through Wednesday will begin at 7pm with pastor Tim Teel of the Bell Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas will bring the message.  Hope to see you there.

August 2, 2018 - The Bright Morning Star Baptist Church Family, is inviting everyone to our Homecoming Services on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 3pm.

Our special guests will be Rev. Byron Coutee and the Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Family of Center. 

Revival will begin Wednesday, August 15th  – Friday, August 17th.  The speakers for the week are: Wednesday, Minister Kevin Boyer, Reed Chapel Baptist Church; Thursday, Minister Anthony Brooks, New Union Grove Baptist Church, San Augustine; Friday, Pastor Napoleon Shaw also of New Union Grove, San Augustine; Host M.C. for the week is Minister Anthony Jackson, Mount Olive Baptist Church, San Augustine, Texas. Theme will be "Unity in the Family and Unity in our Community".

Psalm 133:1 - Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!

August 2, 2018 - Hillcrest Baptist Church will be having VBS August 6 to August 10 from 6-8:30pm nightly. Babies thru preteen.

A VBS kick off kickball game will be held Saturday, August 4, at 7pm.

If they need a ride they can call the church 598-2794.