July 17, 2018 - On Saturday, July 21 the First Methodist Church of Joaquin is having a car wash and bake sale fundraiser. Both events will take place from 9-2. The car wash will be at Brookshires in Joaquin and the bake sale will take place at Cornerstone Construction Company also located in Joaquin. All proceeds will be used for the church youth group. Come out and support local!

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

July 17, 2018 - All men are born with sin in their hearts due to the sin of Adam. All men long for more than they have, no matter their worldly status. Even the richest among us if he doesn’t know the Lord longs for something more, something he just cannot find, but that his heart burns for.

For some, as for me, their fortunes turn to the Lord and he delivers them from their troubles into the light of the Lord Jesus Christ. For those fortunate few their lives will never be the same again for they are lifted from the pit of destruction, set aside for the pleasure of the Lord God.

Oh, how can I tell you of the joy and peace to be found in the arms of our Lord? How can I tell you of the feeling of blessings as the love of Christ washes over the redeemed?

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1)

Yes, that is the only way I can tell you is if I continually praise the Lord God for his good blessings of salvation.

Maybe if I ask this question it might give those who have not yet met the Lord food for thought; I ask you to answer this without hesitation; “Where will you be 200 years from now?”

If, you cannot instantly tell me that you will be in heaven, resting in the arms of our Savior then you need to call out to the Lord, asking him to save you today.

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

“The young lions suffer want and hunger, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:10)

All one must do to be saved is cry out in earnest to the Lord for forgiveness for sin, for the Lord hears every cry for salvation, every plea for redemption and he answers all who call upon him for salvation.

Those who accept the Lord Jesus as Lord and Master will never lack of any good thing again. 

Oh, he is not going to grant worldly wishes, no, he grants our needs, not our wishes. Our blessings come in heaven where we will dwell forever in the house of the Lord. Our time on earth is nothing but a time of exile from the blessings to come. A time for work for the Lord reaching out to others that they too might come to know and fear the Lord.

Listen to the Psalmist as he teaches us the fear of the Lord.

“Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.” (Psalm 34:13)

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

While the saved must try to convict the unsaved that they too might find the the Lord, the saved cannot dwell with the unsaved. The saved must visit but then turn away from evil and seek the lord or, risk being drawn back into the domain of the devil. 

“The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.” (Psalm 34:16)

The saved must show the unsaved, by their daily lives, the joy and peace to be had in the Lord.

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

Seek his face and receive his blessings this day and know the joy and peace of the Lord.

“If any should not work, neither should he eat…” I Thes. 3:10

Spot, a Painted Bunting that I’ve photographed the past three years, has a new family in the sand hills near Center, Texas. Today all three fledglings flew into the grass where their parents often feed. They are fully feathered and except for their lack of color and yellow at the corner of their mouths, they look like adults. After their crash landing, they began frantically fluttering their wings to get fed.

But instead of feeding them, Spot angrily fussed and chased them away. These determined little birds not only tried to get food from Spot, but from every other adult that flew into their feeding area. All the adults wisely ignored their begging like Spot did. 

Although our country has a large number of people who can’t feed themselves, we also have a lot of folk who could but won’t… and unless we stop serving them, they never will.

Even the birds know that.

July 16, 2018 Update - The Banquet for Pastor Alvin and Vanessa Davis will be rescheduled because of the air unit not working at the Outreach Center.

July 13, 2018 - Open Door Baptist Worship Center Pastor and Wife Banquet honoring Pastor Alvin and 1st Lady Vanessa Davis is July 28, 2018 at 5pm at Piney Woods Outreach Center, 255 Haley Drive in Center.

The occasion will be Formal/Semi-Formal. We invite you to come and help us celebrate and everyone is invited.

Open Door Baptist Worship Center is located at 900 Cotton Ford Road, Center, Texas.

July 16, 2018 - Sunday was the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The topic of conversation this morning was the electrical outage around Tenaha and the really hot dry weather. Being without air conditioning for just a short while is no fun, and five or six hours makes for an uncomfortable day. Fannie handed off the baton to Joe, and he taught our Sunday school lesson. He did a fine job. The lesson was the parable about the widow and the unjust judge. The scripture was Luke 18: 1-8. The judge was not only unjust: In Jesus’ parable he did not fear God or have respect for his fellow human beings. The widow was determined to get justice from this dishonest man; her relentless demands forced the judge to give her what was fair. Jesus is telling his listeners that God will provide justice for his people without the prodding needed for the judge.

We had a small crowd this morning, which isn’t unusual for Paxton Methodist. The Epistle Lesson for this Sunday was Ephesians 1: 3-14, filled with some of the most awe-inspiring language found in the New Testament. These twelve verses are classified as a eulogy—but not one for a funeral. The word “eulogy” is from the Greek, meaning “a blessing from God.” The writer of Ephesians says we are the focus of God’s love. We are part of his family. That is something to feel really good about. The word “Gospel” means good news, and that’s what this passage gives us.  Joe and Hilda teamed up to bring us our music this morning, with traditional songs we know and enjoy singing. 

Hilda said they had a good program at Focused Care and that Minnie, Nora, Fannie, and Pastor Matt joined her. I was under the weather that Tuesday. Next month we plan to start our program at 10:00 instead of 10:15. This month we will collect cans of spaghetti and ravioli for Community Christian Services.  Sue gave a report about the goods we have donated and really bragged on how well all the CCS volunteers have things running. This Tuesday our ministry will be at Holiday Nursing Center at 2:00. 

“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. Godspeed.

July 12, 2018 - St. John Baptist Church of Center, Texas and Rev. Winston Kibbles, Sr., pastor, invite all to their Homecoming on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 2:30pm. Rev. Ardis Mosby who is the pastor of Roberts Baptist Church, San Augustine, Texas, will bring the message. Weekly revival services will be held July 16 through July 20 at 7pm nightly with guest speaker for the week being Rev. Kenneth Cotton who is the pastor of Goodwill Baptist Church, Pineland, Texas.

Please join in for a soul filled revival!!!

July 12, 2018 - First Baptist Church of Center is hostiong a Blood Drive on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 10am until 2:30pm in the fellowship hall.

Free beach towel for all successful donations.

The church is located at 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas 75935. Contact Teresa Crawford at 936-598-5605 to schedule an appointment time or go online at giveblood.org and use sponsor code 7765.

Be sure to Eat. Drink. Bring I.D.

Click image to see event flyerJuly 12, 2018 - First Lady Day honoring Lady Pearl Nash is Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 4pm at House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries.

The theme is Blessed and Highly Favored (Luke 1:28-42).

Guest speaker is Pastor Dot Clark from Believers Christian Cathedral, Hillsboro, Texas. Sis. A special dance performance will be by Candice Turner, a book author from Dallas, Texas. House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries is located at 215 Church Street in Center, Texas with Apostle W.E. Nash, Jr. Pastor.

July 12, 2018 - Attention! All are invited to join Friendship Baptist Church for this year's VBS: Jungle River Adventure July 23rd through July 27th from 6pm until 8:30pm nightly. Ride the current to God's perfect plan! For more information contact Sarah Madden at 936-572-3221 or Ada Lowe at 936-591-5756. Friendship Baptist Church is located at 6796 US Hwy 84 East in Joaquin.

July 12, 2018 - Old Salem is hosting vacation bible school, Jungle River Adventure, on Saturday, July 14th from 9am until 2pm. Come ride the current to God's perfect plan - Trust, Obey, Serve, Share, and Follow.