November 14, 2017 - The Officers & Members of Bright Morning Star Baptist Church is honoring Sis. Tora Nash for 45 years of Dedicated Service as their musician on Sat., Nov. 18th at 7pm. All area choirs, soloist, or anyone who wishes to express words of love or praise are asked to attend.

For more information you may contact: Joyce Jackson at (936)590-2532 or LaTara Cloudy at (936)332-3669.

Please make plans to attend this joyous event.

Thou God seest me…” Genesis 16:13

November 13, 2017 - Mill Creek was four miles from where we lived in Center, Texas…at least it was four miles if you walked the railroad tracks like we did. It was a clear, spring-fed and a perfect place to fish and swim. And the surrounding woods were our favorite place to hunt squirrels. It was also Center’s sole water supply back then.

Daddy took us boys there often to fish and hunt and one day he took us “up the creek” to some deep holes that we’d never fished. This part of the creek was used primarily by people who set out hooks to catch catfish. As I slid down one of the steep banks that day, I saw someone’s bank pole churning up and down in the water. I knew something large was on it because the pole went completely under at times.

After looking all around to see if anyone was watching, I grabbed the cane pole and pulled up a monstrous catfish. But just as I was taking it from the hook, a voice boomed from the bank above me: “Young man, put that pole back!” “Don’t you ever run someone else’s hooks!” Daddy bellowed.

Many parasite-type-people make their living running other people’s hooks. They look all around like I did and think the coast is clear. Apparently they don’t know that when we run other people’s hooks….

… The Heavenly Father always sees us.

November 13, 2017 - Sunday was Gideon Sunday.  Paxton Methodist, along with many churches around East Texas, welcomed a Gideon speaker into their church.  We welcomed a “Gideon family” to our church and have three new friends: Sam, Jamie, and Caitlyn from Marshall.  I shared the pulpit with Sam, who spoke of the work of Gideons and the events that surrounded his becoming a Gideon.  We really enjoyed having them this morning.  We are so small that we get excited when we have visitors. 

Our Sunday school lesson continued with the theme of Covenant.  Jeremiah is speaking of a new covenant made not with a Temple or a people.  The old covenant no longer spoke to a people who had been enslaved and dispersed around the known world.  This new covenant would be written on each individual’s heart, to carry that covenant and promise wherever s/he went in the big old world.  My short sermon was based on the Old Testament Lesson—Joshua 24: 14-15.  The Israelites were about to enter their new land; Joshua told all that gathered that they and their families had a decision to make.  Were they going to follow the gods of previous generations?  Would they follow the gods of those who already lived in the new land?  Or would they follow the God of Abraham and Moses, the God who had been with them in exile and captivity and during their long travels to the Promised Land?

We always appreciate Joe and Hilda and the music they bring to our time of worship.  With a few more voices today, we sounded pretty good.  I was able to deliver last month’s boxes of peanut butter and jelly to Community Christian Services.  Jody and Nicki were there—always good to see them.  This month Paxton Methodist is collecting rice and beans.  Hilda, Fannie, Nora, and Jo went to Focused Care this past Thursday for our monthly program.  Hilda reported that they had a good group and there was plenty of song and laughter. 

“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 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. Godspeed.

Randy & Sue Smith
Paxton Methodist Church

November 10, 2017 - Mt. Zion Annual Usher Day Program will be Sunday, November 19th at 3p.m.  The special guest speaker is Rev. Cedric O'Keith Grace, pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of San Augustine, TX.

Rev. Elgena Weaver, Pastor. Anita Williams, Usher President.

November 8, 2017 - Huxley Helping Hands, a local mission group from the Huxley community, are holding a food pantry for the residents of Shelby County. It will be held November 11, 2017. Identification and proof of residency will be required. Only (1) box per household will be given.

Sign in starts at 9:00 a.m. until food is gone. Location is at Hllcrest 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

November 7, 2017 - “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)

This is my testament and the testament of all who have cried out to the Lord for salvation. 

By his grace and mercy he delivers us from our fears and strengthens our souls, for once we receive his blessings of eternal life we have no reason to fear anymore.

“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” (Psalm 34:5)

The radiance about our person is our message to others of the goodness and joy of the Lord Jesus. 

By this radiance we show our joy and how pleasant living in the Lord is each day. We shall never be ashamed of our relationship with the Lord for by his grace we are delivered from the penalties of sin. Given the inner peace of knowing his blessings are upon us at all times.

“There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2) We shall never again be ashamed to be known by his name for the Lord Jesus has removed all blame and the penalty of sin from us and we shall rest in his arms forever.

“For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:3-4)

Jesus had to come to present that perfect sacrifice to satisfy the requirement set by God for a blood sacrifice. Having to be without blemish to be deemed worthy of being given in sacrifice for sin. No ordinary man could qualify to be this perfect lamb of God, only the Son of God could carry this mantel.

And now, all who call upon the Lord with a sincere heart will be saved.

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:6) Once one has accepted the Lord Jesus as his Lord and Master he is given the Holy Spirit to be his comforter and guide through life, forever protected from the evils of the world.

“The angel of the Lord encamps round those who fear him, and delivers them.” (Psalm 34:7)
Oh what a blessing to know that we are constantly protected by the watchful eye of the Lords angel.

“Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are towards the righteous and his ears towards their cry.” (Psalm 34:14-15)

May you find his peace today by turning away from the ways of the flesh and turning to the ways of the Spirit. Cry out to the Lord for forgiveness and he will hear you and forgive your sins.

May you find the joy and peace of living in Christ Jesus this day and receive his Holy Spirit as the free gift of salvation.

November 6, 2017 - Sunday was All Saints Sunday or All Souls Sunday. This is the day set aside on the Christian calendar to remember all the saints of the church, our communities, and our families. All of us have people who have influenced our lives and have helped us on our life journey. Sunday was the day to remember them as we celebrated Holy Communion. It is heartwarming to realize that billions of Christians around the world celebrated All Saints Day and Holy Communion right along with Paxton Methodist. Veterans’ Day is Saturday, but all this week schools and community groups will be having Veterans programs to honor and remember those who have served our nation. 

We had a good group Sunday morning for Sunday school and church. For worship we were in double digits—exciting for our tiny church. This month we are collecting rice and beans for Community Christian Services. Thursday we will head to Focused Care (Green Acres) at 10:15 for our monthly program. As good Methodists who believe in all kinds of paperwork, we completed the Congregation and Clergy Assessment for this year. Fannie has been very busy getting everything typed out and ready to go. Sue reminded everyone that there will be another flu/pneumonia shot clinic at the Senior Center in Joaquin on Thursday, November 16. Next week will be Gideon Sunday, with our Gideon speaker Sam Hammontree from Marshall.

Our Sunday school lesson continued with various covenants in the Old Testament. The lessons came from Numbers and 1 Samuel. Our Gospel Lesson for All Saints Sunday sees Jesus once again sparring with the Temple elites and pointing out how hypocritical they are. Our Sunday school lesson also dealt with the Temple elites and how Eli’s sons let down their father and God.    

“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 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. Godspeed.

Randy & Sue Smith
Paxton Methodist Church

November 6, 2017 - The Pastor and members of Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ, 908 Daniels Street, Center, Texas would like to invite you to our "100 Women In Red Program", November 19, 2017 at 2:30pm. The guest speaker will be Mother Dolores Washington, Triumph Dallas, Texas. 

This program is sponsor by the Women's Ministry Department, Elder Delphine Thompson, Coordinator. 

November 1, 2017 - Come join New Life Church for an interactive encounter with the Undead. Last chances are Wednesday, November 1st and Thursday, November 2nd at 7pm nightly.

What is Scare Tactics?

Scare Tactics is an annual production by New Life Church in its 7th year. This production includes: live action drama, video scenes, costumes, make-up, lights, sound effects, interaction with the audience and a short gospel message. Each year's production is totally new; new story lines, characters, scenes, etc. Although this is a difficult task it is essential in order to keep the experience new and fresh each year. This presentation is based on a TV show by the same name, in which participants wish to scare friends and family. In our version they are trying to scare others about the importance of our decisions concerning eternity i.e.; Heaven or Hell.

Is Scare Tactics like "Hell House?"

In a word, NO! Scare Tactics is a drama with a complete story, a short gospel message and then ends with a scene depicting the wonders of Heaven for those who have become Christians. The presentation has been compared to Heaven's Gate and Hell's Flames, a production that has garnered national attention. Although some elements are similar, the total experience in every Scare Tactics presentation is unique because Pastor Steve writes a new story each year with the same heart for reaching people with the gospel message as he does for his sermons.

New Life Church is located at 822 Hurst Street, Center, Texas 75935.

November 2, 2017 - There are many today who say; “but there is no God, no afterlife, no heaven, there is only today in this world we see on earth, make the most of it.”

Sadly so many are being taught this fallacy by members of our education system. I find using the term “education system” so deceiving when referring to our network of colleges, our places of supposed higher learning.

America has allowed, through our own laziness, atheists and false teachers to infiltrate our universities and today our children are being led away from God by these workers of evil.

The Bible speaks of those who speak and teach lies and untruths.

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good.” (Psalm 53:1)

Let’s break down just what the Bible has said here about those who say; “There is no God.”

First, the Bible calls him a fool, one who has been tricked or deceived into acting stupidly.

Then it says not only is he corrupt, but that he is doing an abominable iniquity.

The dedication of abominable is to be; “detestable, loathsome to God”. Being despised by God is not a position a sane person would wish for.

Iniquity, “a gross injustice or wickedness”.

So this foolish, deceived person has been put in the position of doing such gross injustice and wickedness to our youth that he is now loathed, detested by God. There is not one who does good.

If our youth are to escape the trap being set for them by these workers of iniquity they must first hear the truth of the gospel to prepare them for the lies they will encounter during their time of “higher learning”.

This must start with God-fearing Christians, those willing to speak the truth to all who will listen. People who are willing to create in the young, a clean heart for the Lord.

Psalm 51 is a prayer offered to God by king David after he had seduced Bathsheba. It is a prayer which all can benefit from today, let us look at a few verses from the chapter. The entire chapter bears reading and study to completely understand how we can help our young.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! (Psalm 51:1-2)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. (Psalm 51:10-13)

O Lord, let this be the prayer of all Christians, that we all return to you, renewing our faith and commitment to teaching the gospel to all who will listen. That we truly will go out into the highways and hedges and bring others into the family of God.

We should not fear that we are not preachers or evangelists, for simply by our daily interaction with others we can spread the gospel of Christ to all. Showing the joy and peace to be had in knowing and living in Christ to all.

Oh Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.” (Psalm 51:15) Allow the Lord to work his grace and mercy through you every day. This is what God wants from us, to be vessels of faith unto the world.

May the blessings of our Lord flow through each of us and flood the evil of the world with goodness each day...