November 13, 2018 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday November 19, 2018 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30am. 

The program will be presented by Denise Merriman of the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center. Reminder - Each year for our November meeting members have brought gifts for the children and teenagers who are served by the Center.  Please remember to bring a gift or donation.

Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.

November 13, 2018 - The first official act of the new government of the United States of America was not to pass a law, but, to officially dedicate the new country, the new republic, to the service of the Lord God.

New President George Washington and his cabinet, all appointments from the ranks of the leaders of the war of independence from Great Britain walked to a small chapel in New York where they prayed together, led by President Washington and dedicated our country and their efforts to lead it, to the Lord God of heaven.

That is how America came into being, as a servant of the Lord. The prophet Isaiah speaks of such a country that had become as has America when he says;

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me.” (Isaiah 1:2)

A country reared up by God Almighty, delivered by his hand from the chains of bondage to Great Britain. A country of farmers who defeated the largest army in the world, but only by God’s grace. A country which would prosper like none other since time began. A people which would eventually turn from the Lord and go their own selfish, sinful ways. 

Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged.” (Isaiah 1:4)

How long, America, how long will you defy the Lord? When before you come to your senses and repent of your sinful ways? For only through repentance and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ will this country be saved from its own wickedness.

Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.” (Isaiah 1:5) 

And so the Lord asks of us; why do you do this? Why do you not know my law, my will for you?

Because, as a whole, we are an ignorant people, ignorant of God’s Word, the Bible.

Understanding comes only from the pages of God’s Word and without study and meditation on his word we are found stumbling in darkness, lost in sin and iniquity. Feeble attempts to satisfy the Lord without true repentance will not succeed.

Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations - I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.” (Isaiah 1:13)

When you spread out your hands, I will hide my face my eyes from you; though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.” (Isaiah 1:15)

The Lord requires true repentance of all sin if we are to be saved again as a people. We must come to him first, as individuals repenting of our own sinful ways, and then come together as a people dedicated to him and his will as we started, if, America is to return to his good graces.

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek social justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but of you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 1:16:20)

So I ask you this day, will you turn from your sinful ways, repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Sovereign Lord and Master? For there is no other way to salvation than through the Lord Jesus. 

Accept him this day and escape the fate of all evildoers when the day of the Lord comes…

November 12, 2018 - Annual Youth Day at Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church is Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm.  Guest speaker is Minister Cameron Cloudy from Abundant Love Ministries. Everyone is invited!

November 12, 2018 - Sunday at Paxton was Gideon Sunday as well as Veterans Day. We had as our guest Gideon speaker Cliff Hickman from Henderson. We really appreciated the update on the work of the Gideons. We budget money each year for their work and many past members of this church were Gideons. 

I am typing and filling in the reports for the upcoming Charge Conference. Pastor Matt is going to fill in for Pastor Karen at the conference. I completed the Trustees Report and the Finance Committee Report and will need to get signatures. Next Sunday we will have a brief Church Conference to approve all the reports, pastor’s salary, apportionments, and budget. 

We had the largest Sunday School since I have been pastor at Paxton.  Our numbers were swelled by the extended Hutto family. It was so nice to see all of them. I know their Sunday was very busy helping Joy and Gene prepare for the Veterans Day Program in Center. Fannie had us really thinking as several wondered why this story of deceit is such an important story in the Jewish Testament. Jacob and his mother Rebekah were determined to steal Isaac’s blessing of his favorite son Esau. It does seem that Jehovah had his hand on the scale in support of Jacob. The scripture and lesson certainly had plenty of “food for thought.”

Cliff Hickman from Gideon International did a nice job giving some history of the organization and how money is raised and spent to get Bibles into the hands of those who want them. Cliff has spoken once before at Paxton, but this Sunday he had a “Paxton full house.” We really appreciate him coming from Henderson, and we had a nice collection for the Gideons.  

During the month of November we are collecting rice and beans for Community Christian Services.  This Thursday there will be a flu shot clinic at the Joaquin Senior Center from 10:00-11:00. This past week Pastor Matt, Jo, Hilda, Minnie, and I met at Focused Care for our program of music and fellowship. It was great to see everyone there. Matt read scripture and spoke. Jo spoke about veterans and Veterans’ Day, saying she was filling in for Fannie, who would have had a patriotic message. Minnie played and Hilda led and we sounded pretty good—with help from Jo!  I shared some things that I am thankful for this season. We even sneaked in some Christmas songs.

This afternoon, Sue and I joined many folks, including a good group from Paxton, at the Veterans’ program at the historical courthouse. There was a standing-room-only crowd. Larry was the MC of the program and did a great job. He mentioned that they have been working on this 100-year celebration of the end of WWI for about eighteen months. I know that Gene, Joy, Larry, Theresa, and Carolyn have done a lot of creative work, which you could really tell driving up to the courthouse. The cascading river of poppies came down from a courthouse second story window, and all the “planted” poppies made a dramatic scene. The printed program was so nice with pictures of all the Shelby County WWI veterans. The music was great. The presentations and the history spoken of really made for a moving tribute to our veterans. And, as we were leaving we saw the replica of the courthouse that Gene had been working on. For such a small church, we have a lot of talent!

“Whoever you are, in whatever faith you were born, whatever creed you profess; if you come to this house to find God you are welcome here.” Paxton United Methodist Church is an inviting church that takes to heart the idea of “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds.” Sunday School starts at 9:30 and Worship begins at 10:00. Our email address is paxtonumc@yahoo.com. If you would like the weekly email newsletter about Paxton Methodist you can send me your email address to the Paxton email address and I will add you to the list. God’s Speed.

November 12, 2018 - We, the members and Pastor of Carroll Chapel CME Church, in Shelbyville would like to invite you to our annual Family And Friends Day, Sunday, November 18 at 3pm. 

Our Guest Speaker will be: Elder Archie Thompson. 

Everyone is invited.

November 7, 2018 - It's time to visit "The Porch" at Smyrna Baptist Church in Huxley on Monday, November 12th at 7pm and refreshments will be at 6:30pm. Amy Blackwell will be the guest speaker. Worship Leader is Scott Lewis.

Everyone is invited to come and receive a blessing... Bring someone!!!

For more information, call 936-332-7079.

Pastor Bro. Rusty Hall

November 7, 2018 - Today we see a world in turmoil, a world of strife and persecution, but it will not always be this way for a day will come when all things will change, when trouble and strife will be no more and when all living things shall live in harmony.

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” (Isaiah 11:1-2)

The man, Jesse, who is referred to here is the father of David, the king of the Jews. The shoot of the stump of Jesse is none other than Jesus Christ who is often called, Son of David.

“And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him” is fulfilled immediately after he rises from the waters of the Jordan River when he is baptized by John the Baptist.

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:16-17) 

And the Lord Jesus shall one day return to the earth to rule the earth and shall have power over all things of the earth.

And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.” (Isaiah 11:3-5)

And a time of complete peace will come over the new heavens and the new earth and all shall be as the Lord intended, for all shall be in harmony.

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6)

As Jesus tells us, we must come to him as little children trusting and believing in him completely if we are to inherit the kingdom of God.

The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:7-9)

This is the time and the place of heaven that we all long to experience, a time of blessed peace and joy like none other.

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 destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:20-21)

And so I ask you today, where are you building up your treasures? Are you striving to build them on the earth where they will eventually be burned up, or, are you building them in heaven where they will rest securely until it is your time to collect them?

May you accept Jesus Christ as your Sovereign Lord and Master and know his joy and peace today…

November 5, 2018 - Sunday was All Saints Sunday. Last Thursday was All Hallowed Saints Day. We still celebrate All Hallowed Saints Eve (Halloween), but few Christians celebrate All Saints Day on Thursday. So Sunday has become the day we remember the saints of our church and the saints of our lives. We are having Texas autumn weather with cool mornings, but some afternoons the temperature nearly reached 80! Droughts seem a thing of the past as we are now well ahead in rainfall for the year.

In November we are collecting rice and beans for Community Christian Services. The church also sent a check to First Baptist in Joaquin for buying Christmas gifts for kids. Next Sunday we will have a Gideon speaker at our church. The church voted to double our budget to $400 to give to the Gideons. Today, being the first Sunday of the month, we celebrated Holy Communion. On Thursday we head to Focused Care for our monthly ministry.

The Gospel Lesson for today was Mark 12:28-34, where we see Jesus being questioned about the most important commandment. Sometimes we mistakenly think that there are only 10 commandments—actually there are 613!  But Jesus immediately says to love God and love neighbor as oneself is the two-part “greatest of all commandments.” This is the core and everything else is extra—just window dressing. 

Our Sunday School lesson came from Genesis 25: 19-34, dealing with the birth of Esau and Jacob. They sounded like typical siblings, with all the rivalries that come with that relationship. The scripture and lesson seemed to create more questions than answers for us students. The prayer that ended the lesson was longer than normal, power-packed with good thoughts: Fannie had us read it in unison so we could really concentrate on its meaning. 

“Whoever you are, in whatever faith you were born, whatever creed you profess; if you come to this house to find God you are welcome here.” Paxton United Methodist Church is an inviting church that takes to heart the idea of “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds.” Sunday School starts at 9:30 and Worship begins at 10:00. Our email address is paxtonumc@yahoo.com. If you would like the weekly email newsletter about Paxton Methodist you can send me your email address to the Paxton email address and I will add you to the list. God’s Speed.

November 5, 2018 - When I returned from a Lion’s Club meeting one day, Pam met me on the porch. “Doug, you just missed a true Mountain Man,” she said. “He came to see your gun shop… he was tall, wore a big hat, and had a Sam Elliot mustache. He said he’d be back tomorrow.”

After getting soaked by rain on my way to the shop the next morning, I was humming and listening to the rain when I was suddenly electrified by a soft tap on my shoulder. “I didn’t mean to scare you,” he laughed. “I’m Will Poss… my friends call me Lorrie. I’m Bennie Poss’s grandson.” When he asked if I knew Bennie, I told him that everyone in San Augustine County both knew… and loved… her. 

“I just left a Hunting Guide job in Wyoming,” he said. They wouldn’t hire me until I promised I’d be called by my other name (Will) instead of 'Lorrie.' “I toughed it out in an old Red Dale travel trailer for two years… it got so cold that I had to stack bales of hay around it to survive the winters.” Will and I had a common interest in guns and our many visits in the shop resulted in our close friendship.

One of my friends was fishing in Toledo Bend Reservoir one day when he spotted Will fishing from an inner tube… all alone… a quarter of a mile (!) from land. “When I asked him if he needed help, he said, 'Naw, I’m fine… I’m just tearing the bass up out here.'” When Will and his wife joined our Church, he sat near the back so he could sip (incognito) on his Orange soda.

When our 900 pound Milling Machine was delivered to us, neither we nor all our neighbors could get it into the shop. I finally told Pam to call Will. “Where there’s Will, there’s a way”, I laughed. Within minutes he wheeled into the driveway and hollered, “Pam, get me your liquid soap,” And within an hour, Will had the machine slid up four steps, into the shop, and mounted to the floor.

Will called one day and asked if I wanted to buy his trailer. “I’ve taken a surveying job in Fort Stockton, Colorado,” he said. We bought his trailer and two weeks later he and Gladys made their move. I later received a three page handwritten letter from Will. “Preacher,” he wrote… ”I want to tell you that I’ve made some mistakes in my life, but the Lord has forgiven me. I meant it when I accepted Christ as a teenager and everything is right with my soul.” His letter was so moving that I took it to his grandmother and let her read it. As tears filled her eyes, she sobbed, “This is the answer to my prayers.” I gave the letter to her because I knew her special love for Will. Then two weeks later we were all shocked when Gladys called and said Will had died a tragic death. And till this day when I am working at my Milling Machine, I often think of the day Will wheeled into our driveway and hollered, “Pam, go get your liquid soap.” 

I miss my dear friend. I miss him a lot.

November 2, 2018 - Ministers Fellowship of Shelby County is hosting a Thanksgiving Service at 6pm on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Center 1st United Methodist Church.

Come join us for worship and giving thanks to the Lord for all that He has done for each of us.

Count Your Blessings

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