September 18, 2018 - The Bible says; Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2)

The one who is blessed by the Lord is removed from the world and its wickedness; from the wicked, the sinners and the scoffers, and he is hated by the world even more now that he is lifted away from the control of the world and into the control of the Lord.

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his anointed.” (Psalm 2:1-2)

Because the world is ruled by the prince of darkness, the devil, the world hates the Lord and all who follow him and set their hate against all who are known by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Because the world hated Jesus, it will also hate all who follow him. But take heart for; “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.” (Psalm 2:4)

You see, the Lord sees them as a laughing stock, a people to be made a mockery of for their future is so bleak yet they have no idea of the horrors they are to encounter after the great day of the judgment of the Lord.

Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” (Psalm 2:5-6)

When the Lord Jesus comes back to set up his kingdom in Jerusalem he will rule the masses for 1000 years with a rod of iron from his holy temple in Zion. Those who have believed in him and have kept the faith and persevered through the persecutions and rejections of this world, will receive the blessings of being with the Lord in his temple during this reign over the world.

The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” (Psalm 2:7-9)

When he comes back to rule he will no longer come as the meek Jesus, no, he will come in glory and in power such as the world has never seen and he will be known across the entire earth as the Mighty One, Son of the Lord God and ruler of all. He will truly be Lord of all and all people will bow to him.

So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)

As I live says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:11-12)

The question this day is; “in which group will the Lord find you”. Will you be found in the temple sitting with the Lord, away from the sin and carnage outside the temple in the world, or, will you be one of those unfortunate souls that find themselves on the outside, looking in at the Lord and his own?

Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 2:10-13)

It is the choice of every person on earth to make, to either choose Jesus and life or to choose the world and death. Make your choice wisely for your choice dictates your eternity… May you too choose Jesus and know the joy of his love and peace, forever…

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 

September 16, 2018 - I had a small basal cell skin cancer (the least invasive kind) removed from my scalp at the Houston V.A. Hospital today. As Doctor Jacque Guidry helped me onto the surgery table, she asked if I minded losing a little hair and to name a singer I liked. My answer was: “No problem with the hair and I like Lionel Richie.” Within seconds Richie was softly singing “Three Times a Lady” and the Doctor was humming, cutting, and talking small talk with Pam and me.

During the surgery I asked her if she was a little squeamish when she first began performing surgery. "Real squeamish at first," she laughed. “And I stayed that way until I learned that things will be o. k. when everything is over." 

I have heard a lot of negative things about some of the VA Hospitals, but I have only praise for the great care they’ve given me since my service during the Korean War. 

And today’s visit was no exception.

September 16, 2018 - Sunday was the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our prayers have been answered this week with some nice rain! Everything was greening up, which I guess means we will need to mow. Our prayers and thoughts go out to those in the Carolinas. My sister-in-law’s niece was to get married in North Carolina over the weekend. I don’t know if they soldiered on or postponed the wedding. My brother and sister-in-law had planned to attend—not having watched any weather—but (I think and hope) they changed their minds about going.

I love our Sunday school theme this quarter. Of course we have a master teacher in Ms. Fannie, who makes every lesson interesting. This quarter has focused on creation, a fascinating subject. Today the reading from Genesis centered on God’s crowning creation—us! There are two creation stories—one in the first chapter and another in the second chapter. We discussed the fact that the Jewish holy words were passed down orally for generations and centuries. There were many different versions over time. Eventually these slightly different stories were incorporated into the Jewish Testament. 

We had our regular crowd this morning. Joe and Hilda provided our music: We sang two songs that we all know very well, so we sounded pretty good. Gene has an upcoming birthday, which we celebrated in song. Thanks, Joe and Hilda! Sue, our liturgist, led us in our Gathering Words and our Affirmation of Faith, which today was the Apostles’ Creed—Traditional Version. My scripture was the Epistle Lesson for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, James 3: 1-12. I love James because he is so practical. John Wesley often spoke about practical Christianity, taking our faith and turning it into action. In today’s part of James’ letter, he says that a very important step toward Christian maturity is learning how to control our tongues. Oh boy! I know that through the years my tongue has caused me much grief. I think as I have gotten older I have been better in keeping that pesky tongue in check, but I still have a way to go.

Last Thursday we went to Focused Care for our singing and ministry. Minnie played the piano and Pastor Matt shared some thoughts about Ruth and Naomi. Fannie read a story and some fun facts, most of which I didn’t realize were facts. Nora read and sang, and I gave a short talk about the importance of reputation. And, as usual, our Hilda was there to help with the singing and lead behind the scenes.

Our announcements today included upcoming shot clinics at the Joaquin Senior Center. Both will be handled by Joaquin Quick Care, offering flu and/or pneumonia shots. The first is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, with a second chance on Thursday, November 15.

“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.

September 14, 2018 - Abundant Love Ministries will host a "Pack the Pews" Service on Sunday, September 16 at 3pm. Minister Stan Cloudy of Houston is our guest minister. Everyone is welcome and invited. Abundant Love Ministries is located at 1426 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas 75935.

September 12, 2018 - The Thirty Fourth Psalm is a passage of scripture that tells all who desire to know the living God that we are to taste and see that the Lord is good.

We are to seek his face and know that he is our refuge and our shield in times of trouble.

One particular verse in this book of the Psalm is especially dear to me for it describes my own salvation as the Lord lifted me from my place of darkness and placed me into the light of Christ Jesus.

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

And a second says; “This poor man cried, and the Lord saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:6)

Those two verses tell the story of how the Lord God lifted me from the grip of sin, removed me from all condemnation, and now I am forever at rest in his arms, at peace with myself. 

As king David said in verse one; “I will praise the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1)

Do you know the Lord Jesus as your personal Lord and Master, if so then join with me as the Psalmist says;

“My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” (Psalm 34:2-3)

Let us boast of nothing of this world but boast only of the love, grace and mercy of the Lord. Let us tell all of the greatness of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, how he gave of himself, dying in agony on the cross that all people may be able to receive his free gift of life eternal.

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

It is easy for the redeemed of God to be happy, we have the eternal assurance of Christ Jesus, knowing that we will never be ashamed, never be condemned for our past sins, but always be at rest in the arms of our Lord.

How hard it is for the truly born-again Christian to be drawn down by the things of this world, if we only keep our eyes focused on the Lord we cannot be touched by the evils of this world, our souls will never perish but will live forever in heaven with the Lord.

“The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.” (Psalm 34:22)

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19)

“When the righteous cry out for help, the Lord hears them and delivers them our of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17) 

No matter the situation, the Lord is ready to lift the righteous up out of harms way whenever he is needed.

“Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:14)

Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord, turn from your evil ways, love your neighbor as yourself, seek peace with others through the Lord and you will then find the peace and joy that only comes in Christ Jesus. May his blessings be yours this day and forever…

September 11, 2018 - 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 the third Saturday of the month - September 15, 2018. Identification and proof of residency will be required. Only (1) box per household will be given.

The Food Pantry is September 15th with sign in starting at 9am at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 901 Southview Circle, Center, Texas. The pantry will last until the food is gone.

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

September 11, 2018 - Latham Cemetery on FM 139 South of Shelbyville is in need of donations for upkeep. Donations may be made at Citizens Bank, P.O. Box 151, Center, Texas 75935.

Make checks payable to Latham Cemetery Fund. We thank you so much and God Bless!

September 11, 2018 - Sunday was the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. This past weekend saw some much-needed rain and today (Monday) the temperatures remained in the 70s. It is a nice taste of fall. Our congregation was in double digits this past Sunday, putting smiles on the faces of Paxton Methodists. We sure enjoyed having Teresa and Larry worshiping with us again this morning. 

Our Sunday School lesson was once more on the creation. The author and Ms. Fannie are trying to help us see the beauty and orderliness of creation in the every day. The scripture for the lesson was Genesis 1: 14-25, talking about God fashioning plants and animals. Between Sunday School and worship, we all got a chance to visit and catch up. 

Sue, our liturgist, got us started with the Gathering Words based on Psalm 125. The Affirmation of Faith was Romans 8: 35, 37-39. Joe and Hilda teamed up and led the congregation in singing. During the announcements, our treasurer Gene gave an up-to-date financial report: For such a small church, we are in pretty good shape. Our Charge Conference is on November 25th and after that, I will be preparing the End-of-Year reports. These newest financial numbers will really come in handy for both. 

All the lectionary readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time were really good. I used the Gospel Lesson, Mark 7: 24-30—one of my favorite stories in the Christian Testament. Jesus is in an area where Greco-Roman influence is very strong and Jewish people are looked upon as backward. Jesus is trying to get some R and R but finds that impossible. A Syrophoenician woman comes to Jesus to beg him to help her daughter who is quite ill. Jesus tries to dismiss her by telling her that the children (Jews) must be fed first. He tells her it would be wrong to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs (her people). She reminds Jesus that even the dogs eat the children’s crumbs. Jesus is impressed by her answer and tells her that her daughter has already been healed.

On Thursday we will head to Focused Care for our monthly ministry. Folks from several churches join us, and we always have a good time. At an invitation from Activity Director A’lenna, Sue went to the memory ward at Focused Care last Thursday for Read a Book Day. With Gerald McBoing Boing, a poem, and The Cafeteria Lady from the Black Lagoon, she helped them celebrate—and also sparked some spirited conversations about churning butter and other old-time reminiscences.

“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.

September 10, 2018 - The annual Mt. Herman Cemetery homecoming is Sunday, September 16 at noon.

All are invited to bring dinner to share and donations for the upkeep of the cemetery.

You can also send donations to:
Mt. Herman Cemetery Fund
670 CR 1190
Center, TX 75935

September 8, 2018 - Revival at Spann’s Chapel is September 9th - 12th. Starts at 5:30 Sunday evening with services following nightly through Wednesday at 7:00. Bro Jim Moss is the evangelist. Spann's Chapel is located approximately 9 miles south of Center off Hwy 96S.

 

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