April 4, 2016 - At the end of Judges it is written, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judg. 21:25). This same statement is made three other times in the book of Judges, Jdg.17:6, Jdg.18:1, Jdg.19:1.  

As a result of their “perception” of not having a king, they at one point asked for one. In response to this Samuel told them, “And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king” (1 Sam. 12:12). 

Just like in the days of Israel people today must think we have no king and we are entitled to do whatever we want in spiritual matters. Paul said that Jesus was King of kings (1 Tim. 6:15) and Jesus Himself even took the title of King (Jn. 18:37).  

When people do what is right in their own eyes, they willingly neglect and forget that King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus. Paul wrote, “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Col. 1:17-18).  

As King, Jesus’ words are final and unalterable (Jn. 12:48). Jesus said, “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: … And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man” (Jn. 5:22,27). Jesus is judge, jury and executioner, make no mistake about it. There is a KING in the land! 

For this reason men need to seek what the King wants, how He wants and where He wants it. As long as men do what is right in THEIR eyes with their creeds and the like the true King will never be honored.

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Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.” - Proverbs 17:6

April 3, 2016 - Our son Brandon, his wife Kristi and their 5-year old twins visited us for several days last week. They live in Mesquite, Texas and we always look forward to seeing them. Brandon likes to fish so we drove down to Bayou Seipe Bridge near Huxley to a place we used to fish when he was in high school. Giant Salvinia had completely covered the water’s surface, so we drove around looking for another fishing spot. As we neared the lake, I spotted a Female Wood Duck and her 14 (!) babies lined up on a fallen willow log. I grabbed my camera and asked Pam to fish with the others while I photographed the ducks. The beautiful clouds… sprinkling rain… the cypress and willows…the smell of clean air… so engrossed me that I began photographing everything I found in this attractive inland cove. I sat on several logs of driftwood as I got shots of the ducks, an Anhinga, a Green Heron and a group of five Kingbirds. Watching the Anhingas soar so effortless on the high air currents made me feel only marginally superior to them. I was stunned by how quickly the ants… big black ones, red ones…tiny ones… found me wherever I sat. (I had forgotten that I spilled NuGrape soda earlier on my blue jeans).

When I joined the others, I found Zoe and Lundyn giggling and splashing in the shallow water with Pam and Kristi watching and Brandon fishing. We took pictures, collected driftwood and spent most of the day at the lake with Brandon and his young family.

As we drove behind them on our way back to San Augustine, Pam reflected wistfully, “Hasn’t it been wonderful being with the kids today?” “Yes”, I replied. ”We always do good…

…..when our children do”.

April 2, 2016 - Patroon Baptist Church invites you to join Family Night for food, fun and fellowship on April 16 at 6 p.m. Family Night takes place monthly on the third Saturday night. As always, everyone is welcome to join us for regular service times: Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. with Sunday School for all ages at 10 a.m.

April 1, 2016 - The entire chapter of the 96th Psalm is one song of praise to the Lord and His glory. It calls on all believers to sing His praises. It doesn't say so, but I believe it is a song of the Sabbath Day, the day each week when believers gather together and sing His praises in unison.

Chapter 96 tells us of many things; for us to proclaim the good news daily, to declare His glory among nations, of His honor and majesty and strength and beauty. Of the praise that we to give to Him, that we are to bring offerings into His court, to worship Him and to tremble before Him. And, lastly that He is coming back, He is coming back to judge the earth and all it’s people.

Our text for today is just verses 8 through 10 so we will look at them now. Verse 8; “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts.” The name of Jesus has been lifted above all other names and we are instructed here to give to Him all the glory that is due. This would be ALL glory for no other is worthy of glory here on earth. As it tells us that He is coming back to judge this world, and we know that every head shall bow and every knee shall bend when the world sees the glory of the Lord in all His power and majesty.

Verse 9;”Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Fear before Him, all the earth.” As Moses was in awe of the Lord in the burning bush, so shall all people be in awe of Him when He returns in power and glory. We can’t add to His glory, but we can acknowledge His glory in everything we do. All things we do should be done for the glory of God for we are to; “fear God and keep His commandments, that is the sole duty of man”. (Eccl 12:13) If we are truly saved and do belong to the Lord then He has the right to expect us to glorify Him each day in worship to Him.

Verse 10; “Say among the heathen that; “The Lord reigneth; The world also shall be established, that it shall not be moved; He shall judge the people righteously.” We are to come into His House willingly, bringing gifts of support and giving ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service. “He has shown you o man what is good; and what does He require of you; but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8) When this is done, there will be grateful praise to God, generous contributions to God’s work, and devoted service by His children. All glory be to the Lord God, Amen…

I welcome you to join us each week on Wednesday evenings for our Bible Study at Spring Hill Baptist Church, for more information call (936) 615-1427. May the Lord richly bless you and keep you…

March 21, 2016 - On Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, the 140 year old First United Methodist Church of Joaquin will host the first Rio De Sabinas Heritage Days, celebrating the Faith,Fortitude, and Courage of the men and women who pioneered the settlement of the lands along the Sabine River in the perilous times when this was literally a no-man’s land.  

The organizing committee of the Rio De Sabinas Heritage Days is seeking local authors, artists, artisans, and storytellers interested in participating in the two-day event.  On these days, the Garden, Grounds and Fellowship Hall of the 140 year-old First United Methodist Church of Joaquin, TX, will feature an art exhibit, literary rally, demonstrations and storytelling events.  Those interested should contact Rev. Robert Oritgo at (903) 407-3570 or Frances Freeman at (318) 347-9318.

A dramatic feature of the two-day event will be a traditional “Brush Arbor” constructed so that our youth and children can see how their ancestors worshiped in the days when Protestant services were forbidden in Texas and later when settlers from scattered farms gathered to worship together at “camp grounds.”

The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas are among the heritage and historical groups supporting Heritage Days.  Members will be conducting demonstrations with exhibits and activities for children.  These include special presentations related to frontier medicine, making and dying cloth, sewing, and quilt making.  

Special guest, and keynote lecturer for the event will be the State Historian of Texas, Dr. Bill O’Neal, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_O%27Neal) author of over 40 books on Texas History.  Dr. O’Neal will open the Heritage Days with a lecture on a topic of local interest, the War Between the Moderators and Regulators.  The lecture will be based on his book, War in East Texas: Regulators Vs. Moderators.

While the outdoor areas will feature a fair-like set up of exhibits and demonstrations frompast times, the Fellowship Hall of the Church will house an exhibit of local artists and authors.  A number of local authors will be present to autograph their books and talk with visitors, while the walls of the hall will feature works by local artists.  Sponsors of the event are continuing to seek local artists and authors willing to display their creations.

An exhibit and demonstration of historical musical instruments will be of special interest to many.  Performances will take place every hour.  On Saturday afternoon a concert of old-time gospel music will be featured on the program.  Five groups from will be performing.

On Friday, school children from local schools will be special guests at the Heritage Days.While the public is invited on both days, we look forward to hosting Church Groups and families on Saturday.  On Sunday, a special anniversary service will be held in the Sanctuary of the Church, commemorating 140 years of Methodist Christian ministry in Joaquin. 

March 30, 2016 - St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Center, Tx * Rev. Winston Kibbles- Pastor * will be hosting a Family & Friends Day Program on April 17, 2016 at 3:00p.m. The theme is "This Means War", and we will be over looking Ephesians 6:10-20. Special Guest will be Rev. W. R. Ricks, Pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church, Lufkin Texas. Inviting all of our family and friends to come celebrate with us! Ready of war? Put your war clothes on! 

March 29, 2016 - The entire chapter of the 96th Psalm is one song of praise to the Lord and His glory. It calls on all believers to sing His praises. It doesn't say so, but I believe it is a song of the Sabbath Day, the day each week when believers gather together and sing His praises in unison.

Chapter 96 tells us of many things; for us to proclaim the good news daily, to declare His glory among nations, of His honor and majesty and strength and beauty. Of the praise that we to give to Him, that we are to bring offerings into His court, to worship Him and to tremble before Him. And, lastly that He is coming back, He is coming back to judge the earth and all it’s people.

Our text for today is just verses 8 through 10 so we will look at them now. Verse 8; “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts.” The name of Jesus has been lifted above all other names and we are instructed here to give to Him all the glory that is due. This would be ALL glory for no other is worthy of glory here on earth.

As it tells us that He is coming back to judge this world, and we know that every head shall bow and every knee shall bend when the world sees the glory of the Lord in all His power and majesty.

Verse 9;”Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Fear before Him, all the earth.” As Moses was in awe of the Lord in the burning bush, so shall all people be in awe of Him when He returns in power and glory. We can’t add to His glory, but we can acknowledge His glory in everything we do. All things we do should be done for the glory of God for we are to; “fear God and keep His commandments, that is the sole duty of man”. (Eccl 12:13) If we are truly saved and do belong to the Lord then He has the right to expect us to glorify Him each day in worship to Him.

Verse 10; “Say among the heathen that; “The Lord reigneth; The world also shall be established, that it shall not be moved; He shall judge the people righteously.” We are to come into His House willingly, bringing gifts of support and giving ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service. “He has shown you o man what is good; and what does He require of you; but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8) When this is done, there will be grateful praise to God, generous contributions to God’s work, and devoted service by His children. All glory be to the Lord God, Amen…

I welcome you to join us each week on Wednesday evenings for our Bible Study at Spring Hill Baptist Church, for more information call (936) 615-1427. May the Lord richly bless you and keep you…

March 28, 2016 - “For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof” (Hos. 8:14).

These words almost seem to be an impossibility. How can Israel and Judah, Gods' own people forget their Maker? Their forgetfulness began when they began to depart from the Word of the Lord and ended up by building their “own churches” if we may put it that way. For they had begun to build temples for themselves, they wanted places of religion that would suit them and not God.

How true these words are today as well. People and even the Lords' people seem to have forgotten their Maker. “Religious” people seem to have forgotten that the Lord is the one who is calling the shots, not our selfish religious desires.

Jesus said that He had all authority (Matt. 28:19). And Paul writes, “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Col. 1:17-18).

I suppose most folks would rather see Jesus as a baby in a barn or a sacrifice on the cross. With this mind set Jesus is not telling them what do which in turns gives them the liberty to do what they want.

Jesus said, “Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up” (Matt. 15:12-13). Sound familiar to Hosea 8:14? What did God do to Judah and Israel when they built themselves temples for their religion? He sent fire and devoured them, sounds a whole lot like plant rooting in Matt. 15:13 doesn't it?

So many seem to have forgotten that the Church was built by Jesus (Matt. 16:18), purchased by Jesus (Ac. 20:28), has Jesus as the head (Col. 1:18), Jesus is over the house (Heb. 3:12; 1 Tim. 3:15) and it was the Father that put Him there (Eph. 1:22-23).

Not much has changed has it? So many have forgotten their Maker when it comes to acceptable service to God. It has been, it is and always will be Lords' way and not ours.

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March 28, 2016 - “Show love to strangers for some have entertained angels unaware…”   Heb. 13:2

I recently told a friend about an experience Pam and I had last year in Colorado. We were caught in a blizzard near the peak of Mt. Elbert causing our truck and trailer to slid backwards and almost over a precipice.

Eventually we got into the trailer, opened a can of soup and checked our food and gas supply to see how long we could weather the storm.   But our wait wasn’t long. Within an hour, we heard an approaching vehicle and suddenly a snow plow pulled along side us. “You folks need help?”, the driver hollered.  Moments later, we were sitting safely at the base of Colorado’s highest mountain.

I finished the story by telling my friend that I had also gotten a picture of the man who helped us. “That’s wonderful,” she remarked, “Because he wasn’t a man…he was an angel”.   As I fumbled for an appropriate reply, she continued, “You know, angels can take many forms.”

“You can say that again”, I laughed.  “This one had a mustache and smoked a cigar!”

March 22, 2016 - Bennett Chapel M.B.C. will be hosting their Annual Easter Bake Sale this Friday, March 25, 2016 (Good Friday) in the H & S parking lot. There will be many cakes, pies, cookies, teacakes, etc. with your name on it. Come on out and purchase your delicious sweets for this wonderful Easter Weekend.

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