November 26, 2018 - First Baptist Church will be hosting National Award winning, Southern Gospel Quartet Group, Paul's Journey in a Free Christmas Concert on December 9th at 6pm. We would like to invite Timpson and the surrounding area. It will be a blessed night of music, fun, and entertainment for the whole family. The doors will open at 5pm, seating will be first-come, first serve, so come early to get the best seats. Concert begins at 6pm. There will be a "Love Offering" taken up during the concert.
"Entertaining, uplifting, and ministry-minded" are words often used to describe a Paul's Journey event. Paul's Journey, a Chapel Valley Music Recording artist on the "Inspire" label, is an award-winning group based in the Houston, Texas area. The ministry of Paul's Journey is in its 40th year now, and they have garnered many Top 40 Radio hits and earned many awards down through the years such as the 2007 "SGM FanFair Group of the Year". In 2012 Paul's Journey was nominated for "Horizon Group of the Year" and in 2013, 2014 and 2015 the group was chosen by Southern Gospel Music fans as one of the "Top 5 Traditional Quartets" in the country. Year after year they continue to sing on some of the biggest stages of Southern Gospel Music including the National Quartet Convention. Throughout time, this powerhouse group has quickly become known for their unique style and blend. The group travels some 200 dates per year all across the USA and abroad.
Paul's Journey is comprised of Rod Treme, Ron Higgins, Brad Davis, Keith Gilliam and David Thornhill on keyboards. From up-tempo songs to heart-felt ballads, from the progressive sounds of today to the classics of yesterday, audiences of all generations and denominations are recognizing the refreshing sound of Paul's Journey. Their high-energy performances and enthusiasm is captivating, contagious, and spiritually uplifting.
We look forward to seeing everyone come for a great community event!
First Baptist Church of Timpson is located at 715 North 2nd Street in Timpson, Texas 75975. For more information regarding this performance feel free to contact the church office at 936-254-2220. For more information about Paul's Journey or their ministry, check them out at www.paulsjourneymusic.com or contact The Victory Agency at 936-333-0174.
November 26, 2018 - First Baptist Church of Center is having a blood drive on Thursday, November 29, 2018 starting at 10am and ending at 2:30pm in the fellowship hall. Be a Hero! Contact Teresa Crawford at 936-598-5605 with sponsor code 7765. Free T-Shirt to donors!
November 26, 2018 - Sunday was Christ the King Sunday. We Americans are not real keen on kings and queens, but the question posed by Christ the King Sunday is whether we put the ways of Christ first. Are we working to bring his Kingdom of justice, tolerance, and peace into our world? We completed our series of Sunday School lessons and will be ready for the Winter Quarter next Sunday. Our lesson once again focused on Jacob. What I think we all realized is how flawed Jacob was; yet God saw potential and was ready to be the God for Jacob and the nation that would come from his family.
It was great to see everyone. Before church we talked about Thanksgiving. Some prepared a feast at home for their families and some, (like Sue & I) went out to eat with family. Everyone seemed to have a good time with family and friends. The Gospel Lesson for this Sunday was John 18: 33-37, where we see Pilate quizzing Jesus about being the King of the Jews. This seems like a strange scripture for a Sunday a month or so before Christmas. But it is Christ the King Sunday—and Jesus explains that his Kingdom deals not with earthly things such as borders or national pride but with truth and justice.
After services we loaded up the rice and beans we’ve been collecting for Community Christian Services. Next month we’ll gather soup to donate. The Paxton Christmas Party will be December 13th, program at 6:00 PM and potluck meal afterward.
The Methodists of Shelby County met Sunday afternoon at FUMC Center for our annual Charge Conference. Our District Superintendent, Dr White, presided and we dispatched with all the business pretty quickly. Each church gave a short report. We had special music from Chris Watlington and Sally and Danny Paul Windham. So I guess we Methodists are ready to go for another year. In fine Methodist tradition, churches will now start preparing the “end-of-year” reports.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.” (Psalm 138:7)
November 26, 2018 - As God’s love is steadfast, enduring forever, I have no fear of this world for I know that the power of my God is greater than any power of this earth and that he will deliver me from my enemies. And I know that if he chooses not to pluck me from the clutches of my enemies, that he will receive me into his kingdom forever.
So, what have I to fear from the world and all its evils; nothing, for my God has already overcome the world and all who follow him shall overcome the world by his strength and mercy.
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7)
Because God is Omnipresent, meaning he is everywhere at once, there is no where that I can go where God cannot see me and protect me from evil.
If I sink to the bottom of the sea, or climb the highest mountain, or go into the darkest place, God is already there watching out for me, lighting my path as bright as the mid-day sun.
“Give thanks to the God of heaven for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:26)
I can truly say this day as did the great servant of God, Job; “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” (Job 19:25)
Yes, I know from the pages of God’s Holy Word that he lives and that some day, when he chooses, he will return to the earth and he will stand on the mountain of Zion and all peoples from all over the world will come and bow down to him as they tremble in fear at the sight of his majesty and power.
Oh what a day that will be when my Redeemer returns to rule and reign over the earth.
So the thing that I must ask you this day is; “where will you be when he returns in glory and power?”
The price of salvation has been paid for all people, have you accepted your salvation, if Christ returns today will he find you anxiously, joyously waiting for him or will he find you with the world, hiding in fear of his wrath which is soon to come to the world?
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things, exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” (Titus 2:11-15)
And so I ask you once again, if Christ were to return today, where would he find you? There is a choice that every person must make, either to follow God and have eternal life in the Spirit, or, follow the devil and the world and die the second death, the death of one’s spirit, sentenced to an eternity of torment in the fires of hell. Choose wisely today for your decision is forever. May you find your blessings in the Lord this day and know his joy forever…
November 20, 2018 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. is having our annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner! This will be on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, 2018 at the Senior Nutrition Site. It will be from 11:00 am thru 1:00 pm. Come and bring the family! We would love to have you! If you are interested in a to-go plate or want to volunteer, call Mrs. Dee at 5968-7768.
Thank you and we hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving.
November 19, 2018 - Of sons and heirs-
“My son, fear the Lord and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise, for disaster will arise suddenly from them, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both.” (Proverbs 24:21-22)
A caution from the Proverbs for the Christian follower of Christ. One who strives to follow the will of the Lord must resist the temptations of the world for to be saved is to be removed from the world.
“For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:10)
To be justified is to be judged worthy of salvation, for God justifies with his forgiveness and grace all who come to him asking for forgiveness of sin.
Those of ancient Israel were held under the law given Moses by God for all to strive to follow, but when Christ Jesus came all were released from the law by God’s grace, given by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, once, for all mankind.
“Now before faith (the Lord Jesus) came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming of faith would be revealed.” (Galatians 3:23)
A set of more than six hundred laws given by God, through Moses, to the people of Israel. A set of rules to follow, designed to show all that they could not exist on their own but that all must have help from the Lord to be saved.
“So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.” (Galatians 3:24)
Please take note here that the scripture says; “we might be justified by faith.” The saving grace of God is only available to those who come, by faith, trusting in the Lord Jesus as their Sovereign Lord and Master. Salvation is free, paid in full by the sacrifice of Christ, but, only available to those who accept him as Lord.
“Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
All who do come, who believe and confess Jesus as Lord will be saved, but all who do not will be left in darkness, the choice is yours.
Now, for all who do accept him as Lord there is no more guardian of the law as all who accept him are then heirs to the throne of God, sons of God, joint heirs with Christ Jesus.
"But now that faith (Jesus) has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:25-28)
You see there is no place for evil in the kingdom of the Lord. A place where all are treated equally, where there is only peace and joy, where nothing of this world can enter. A place where only those who have been set aside by the Lord are welcomed
So I ask you today, will I see you there? Will you come in faith confessing Jesus as your Lord and accept his gift of life eternal with him?
Come today and allow the Lord to remove you from the world. “So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:7)
May the rich blessings of our Lord be upon you this day and forever…
November 19, 2018 - Sunday at Paxton was Thanksgiving Sunday. Our Gathering Words were from Psalm 100, a great prayer of Thanksgiving. Even though my sermon was about worrying, it was also about practicing thankfulness. We are human and therefore are going to worry. We worry about our health, our family and friends, and getting old. It is when worry becomes obsessive that it crowds out thankfulness, contentment, and joy. We have to guard against that.
At Sunday School we got our new lesson books for Winter 2018-2019. We have just one more lesson about Jacob. The liturgical calendar also ends next week with Christ the King Sunday. After that we begin the period of Advent as we move toward Christmas. The Sunday School lesson today was titled “Jacob forms a Relationship with God.” The scripture from Genesis included the verses about Jacob and his ladder. In the Common English Translation of the Bible it calls the ladder a staircase. Regardless, it was a way to go from Heaven to earth. Jacob says that if God is with him and will protect him then the Lord will be his God. The class discussed these verses closely, as it sounded like Jacob was bargaining with the Lord.
It was great to see such a nice crowd this morning. We had a short business meeting where officers signed various reports, and we voted to support the pastor, pay the pastor’s salary for 2019, approve the budget, and pay the District and Conference apportionments. With that done, we are ready for next Sunday’s Charge Conference to be held at FUMC Center. The Shelby County Methodist Churches will be present. Reverend Matt will be the host, and the District Superintendent will bring a devotional and conduct the business of the Charge Conference. We had a nice letter and card from Cliff and the Gideons. Cliff spoke to Paxton Methodist last week, and our church gave over $1400 to the Gideons International.
Another item we discussed was our church Christmas program and party. We all checked calendars and commitments and decided on Thursday, December 13. The program will begin at 6PM, and a potluck meal will follow. All are welcome.
“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 email@example.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 16, 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 Saturday, November 17, 2018. Identification and proof of residency will be required. Only (1) box per household will be given.
Sign in starts at 9am until food is gone 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
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…