March 11, 2019 - When I was in college, I joined a “Preacher” Club called 'The J. B. Gambell Society.' We were a bunch of young preachers seeking advice from our elders. Our Club sent a letter to Dr. W. A. Criswell, the famous pastor of Dallas’ First Baptist Church. In the letter we asked him what was the last thing he did before going to the pulpit to preach. We were both shocked and amused to get an immediate reply - “I checked to see if my pants are zipped up.”

And guess what happened to me on the first Sunday as pastor of The First Baptist Church of Hemphill. I was seated in my chair on the platform with fifteen Choir members singing behind me when I glanced down and saw my pants unzipped wide open. At the end of the choir special, I asked everyone to close their eyes and asked Deacon Douglas Butler to pray. Meanwhile I slipped quietly into a room, zipped up returned while Douglas was still praying. No one said anything about it but after the service organist Freddie Cousins eased up and whispered, “Brother Doug, did you get sick this morning?” “Almost”, I replied… as we had a laugh together.

The experience that morning must have taught me a lesson. And I made a special prayer to God that day: Lord, with your help I’ll never let that happen again. And by the grace of God, it never has…

… and I’m an old feller now.

March 11, 2019 - Lydia Missionary Baptist Church invites everyone to their Sunday, March 17 services at 11am and 6pm to hear Christian Country music artist Wes McMillian.

Although a relative newcomer to the music industry, Wes McMillian is no stranger to music. Having written songs for as long as he remembers, only in recent years did this native Texan begin to bring these songs into the public eye. In fact, for many years he refused to even sing publicly so the songs he had been inspired him to write were just played at home for family. Upon the encouragement and prompting of his wife, Laura, Wes recorded his first album of original music in 2010 titled “I’m Not That Way Anymore”.​

His first three radio releases landed in the Top Ten in America – even seeing some Top Ten charting in Europe. Along the way, he has garnered multiple nominations for Horizon, Male Vocalist, Favorite Song and Artist, and Favorite Video. In 2012 he was honored as a recipient of the Artists Music Guild Heritage Award for New Artist of the Year.

Now, with a new album in hand, Wes is returning to radio with the title track “I Want You To Know” – a song sure to touch those from every walk of life with a story of redemption and hope. Stories of Home, Faith, Family, and Freedom abound in this album sure to rival the best of mainstream country radio.

Lydia MBC is located on FM 139 in Huxley. To learn more about Wes McMillian, visit https://www.wesmcmillian.com/

March 11, 2019 - When Jesus, our Lord, ascended back to the Father in heaven he left his disciples that were there with him this instruction. He told them to stay there in Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father, which he had told to them when he said, “for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” (Acts 1:5)

And then he said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

And so the Apostles stayed in Jerusalem for seven weeks and on the seventh Sunday after the resurrection, came the day of Pentecost, (in the Greek, the fiftieth day). They were all together with many, many people that day.

“And suddenly, there came from heaven, a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:2)

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4)

“And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in their own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?” (Acts 2:6-8)

“Both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians - we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” (Acts 2:11)

And so the work of the new church of “The Way” began its ministry and its miracles with the Apostles preaching the gospel of our Lord to all who would listen.

Peter, always being the most outspoken leader of the Apostles rose and began to speak to all who were there, saying, “Men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know - this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” (Acts 2:22-24)

“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both and Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” (Acts 2:36)

“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)

“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

And that offer still stands today for all who would come forth in repentance, accepting Jesus Christ as their own personal Lord and Savior.

Will you stand up today and accept him as your Lord? Only through Jesus can one find eternal life in heaven, only through Jesus Christ can one be saved. Come today…
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March 8, 2019 - We, the members and Pastor of Carroll Chapel CME Church in Shelbyville, would like to invite you to our annual Church Anniversary on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM. Our guest speaker will be Pastor Cassandra Swindle of the Murray Chapel Pentacostal Church in Logansport, La. Everyone is invited.

March 6, 2019 - St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Center, Tx and Pastor Rev. Winston Kibbles invites everyone to come fellowship at their Friends and Family Day Celebration on Sunday, April 7th at 2:30pm. Special guest is Rev. Cedric Grace who is Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church San Augustine, Tx.

Theme: “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in Unity.” Psalm: 133

March 6, 2019 - Open Door Worship Center Youth Revival, "Repositioning for Youth," will be held Tuesday, March 12th through Thursday, March 14th at 7pm nightly. Evangelist for the Week is Minister Cameron Cloudy and Abundant Love Ministries, Rev. Marlin Cloudy, Pastor.

March 4, 2019 - First Baptist Church, Timpson, welcomes Trey Wilson in concert at 6pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Trey Wilson will also lead the music during the morning service.

Born and raised in the Lone Star State, power house vocalist, songwriter, producer and Christian recording artist Trey Wilson first began singing in a small Baptist church at the age of three and over the past two decades has enjoyed unparalleled success in both the gospel and country music industries. He has shared the stage with gospel artists such as The Cathedrals, The Kingsmen Quartet, Gold City, The Florida Boys, The Perrys, The Blackwoods, The Stamps Quartet, Brian Free & Assurance, The Mark Trammell Quartet, Phil Cross & Poet Voices, Naomi & The Segos, The Hoppers, Greater Vision, The Isaacs, The Statesmen Quartet, The Dixie Melody Boys, The Nelons, The Dixie Echoes, The Southmen, The Inspirations, Squire Parsons, the late Dottie Rambo and was honored to sing lead for three years with Louisiana Ambassadors of Goodwill, the prestigious Southern Plainsmen Quartet. At only 14 years old, he was and continues to be the youngest lead singer in Southern Plainsmen history.

In 2003 Trey began a decade long career as lead vocalist with the Branson, Missouri based quartet, New South. During this time he would become widely known for his powerful vocal ability and charismatic personality by many throughout the entertainment industry. He has shared the stage with a collection of musical legends including Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Andy Williams, The Righteous Brothers and Bill Medley, Moe Bandy, Neal McCoy, Mickey Gilley, The Oak Ridge Boys, Leroy Van Dyke, John Conlee, Michael Peterson, Jim Stafford, Barry Williams (Televisions Greg Brady), Roy Clark, Barbara Fairchild, Mary Lou Turner, Daryle Singletary, T.G. Sheppard, Ronnie McDowell, Andy Griggs, Doug Stone, John Anderson, and Restless Heart.

During the fall of 2010, Trey along with Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Ronnie Page (The Oak Ridge Boys & Chuck Wagon Gang) and highly acclaimed bass vocalist Mark McCauley (Loretta Lynn, Mel Tillis, and The Blackwood Quartet) would together form gospel music favorites, The Downing Street Boys. Over the next three years they would be joined by Gospel Music Hall of Fame members and tenor singers Jerry Trammell (The Florida Boys and J.D. Sumner & The Stamps) and Johnny Parrack (The Kingsmen Quartet) to form what many would call a quartet sound reminiscent of the golden years of southern gospel music.

On August 17, 2013 in front a sold out crowd in Branson, Missouri, Trey Wilson took his final bow as lead singer of the critically acclaimed New South Quartet. During his decade long career, he headlined more than 7,000 shows in Branson, singing to more than two million fans during this time.

Trey currently resides in Webster, Texas, a city within the Houston-Galveston metropolitan area. He continues to tour the country singing southern gospel music and to this day is recognized as one of the greatest gospel voices of his generation.

March 4, 2019 - It's once again time to come sit on "The Porch" at Smyrna Baptist Church in Huxley, Texas, on Monday, March 11th. Refreshments served from 6:30pm and worship begins at 7pm. The guest speaker will be Steven Molanders. He has a powerful testimony everyone needs to hear. Awesome music leaders are Paul, Brittany, Bryan and Abigail. Everyone is invited to come and receive a blessing.

Bring someone; Jesus loves you!

Pastor, Bro. Rusty Hall

March 4, 2019 - In 1947 Daddy moved his family of eight children to the Jim Boothe rent house across the tracks in East Center, Texas. I was fourteen years old and had heard that revival services were being held in a “Blue-topped “tent across from the Grammar School downtown. We hadn’t been raised in church, but our parents read the Bible to us and taught us strict morality. So when we asked if we could “go to the revival,” Mother told us we could but to come right home. 

So the night came and my brother John and I hurriedly made our mile trip across the RR tracks and the Center square. We stopped for a few minutes to listen to Milton Wilkinson electioneering for State Representative, then rushed to the tent. To the pulpit walked 34 year-old old John Rawlings, pastor of Tyler’s Central Baptist Church ---handsome and dynamic. He preached as if he was preaching only to me and while the choir sang “Just As I Am,” I felt a tug in my heart that I’d never felt before. Since I was too timid to walk down the aisle, someone touched me on the shoulder and whispered, “Do you want to know Jesus?” I immediately stepped out, trembling and praying in my heart, “God be merciful to me a sinner—and save me.”

In 1951 I came home from Panola Junior College in Carthage, Texas one day and tearfully told Mother ---“Mother, I’m going to be a preacher”--- and we wept together. I later enrolled in the Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. My first pastorate was the Patroon Baptist Church and since then I got a B.A. from ETBU in Marshall, Texas and later pastored churches both large and small in several states.

Last week Pam and I were converting some of our VCRs to DVDs and watched a four hour tape of my building her rifle---(I have built almost a hundred of them over the years) and am proud (in an humble way) of the reputation my custom rifles have received. But watching that tape left me with mixed emotions. I’m almost 86 now, have neuropathy in my hands and feet and can no longer build stocks, fit barrels, etc. But about the time I was lamenting to Pam about it, she played one of my sermons from yesteryear and I suddenly realized something. I am in my 27th year as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, I preach every week, still perform weddings and funerals, write for five newspapers and am completing my second book. I sit while preaching now, but “thank you, Lord…. for my calling …thank you for something more precious than all my guns, cameras and hobbies combined. Thanks for that night in Center. Thanks for the most wonderful night in my life….the night I found Jesus…..   

……..and Jesus found me.”

March 4, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. Sunday was the Transfiguration, one of the more obscure holy days of our church—but since Mark, Matthew, and Luke all speak of this mountaintop experience, it must be important. This holy day needs to be a day when we continue to change, or be transfigured, into what God knows we can be. Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, which begins the forty days of Lent as we prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually for Jesus’ last week and Easter.

We began a new quarter of lessons at Sunday School. The scripture that was the basis for the lesson was Luke 14: 1-7, Jesus’ parable about a banquet. He urged his listeners to be humble and to be inclusive with others just as God includes all at His heavenly banquet. 

It is hard to believe that we are already into the third month of this New Year. Yesterday was Texas Independence Day. This Sunday we celebrated Holy Communion. Next Sunday we have to set our clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time. And in Texas, we keep jumping back and forth from spring to winter. Our Christian Services collection this month is chili, which sure sounds good for a wintery day!

Last week was our monthly program at Lakeside Assisted Living. We had a group from Joaquin Methodist join us: Theresa played piano for the first half the program so she could accompany Chestine, whose selections included “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In the Garden.” Minnie and Hilda got to be singers instead of players, but Minnie took over the piano duties partway through. Pastor Matt was the MC and also spoke of the Ten Commandments—both the biblical story and the Charleton Heston version. Maggie was Matt’s able assistant and husband Gene sang a medley that included “That’s Amore” and “Blessed Assurance.” Jo, Margie, and Chestine’s Ed joined in congregational singing. Fannie read two sweet poems by Helen Steiner Rice, and Sue finished up with “The Teacher from the Black Lagoon.” We appreciate everyone who helps make these programs a success and, we hope, something the residents look forward to.

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.

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