June 9, 2016 - Joaquin Church of Christ invites the public to attend their Gospel Meeting. Please come and hear the Gospel proclaimed with love, power, enthusiasm and simplicity by Bro. Bruce James of the Eastside Church of Christ in Palestine, TX. Service will take place June 19th to the 23rd at the Joaquin Church of Christ located at 10674 Hwy US 84 E Joaquin, TX. Services times are as follows; Sunday Bible Study - 9:00am, Sunday Morning Worship - 10:00am, Sunday Evening Worship - 6:00pm and Monday - Thursday Services - 7:00pm. 

For more information please contact DJ Dickerson, Local Evangelist at (936) 572-1388 (C), (936) 657-1578 (H) or dj.dickerson@ymail.com. Please visit our website at joaquincoc.weebly.com. 

June 8, 2016 - First Baptist Church in Shelbyville will be hosting Mega Sports Camp June 10th through June 12th, from 9AM to 3PM on the 10th and 11th and from 1PM to 5PM on the 12th. The event will be for children completing grades K-5th and will be held at Shelbyville Little League Fields. Pre-Registration on June 9th starting at 5:30 at First Baptist Church, Shelbyville. Games will include: football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, golf, cheer, dance and other fun sports! Awards and Family Night Supper will be held June 12th. Please call 936-572-7616 for more information. 

June 7, 2016 - In the 100th Psalm the Psalmist calls for all people, Jew and Gentile alike to "Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!"(Psalm 100:1) He exhorts us all to "Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing." (Psalm 100:2)

Why does he push us to come and worship the Lord in a joyous way? Why do we need to give the Lord the credit for what we have, did we not earn it ourselves, by our own labor?

Verse 3 answers this question for us. "Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture." (Psalm 100:3) 

So for those who would still say, it is mine; I made my own way, NO, it is the Lord and Him alone to whom you owe your good fortune. 

At times we may be tested, to see how we handle good fortune, do we give a portion to the Lord? Do we thank Him and credit Him for all things? The Bible tells us that the more we are given, the more is required of us. 

Are you giving to the Lord as you should? 

God will not share His glory with anyone, He is jealous for His glory. As He admonished Job; "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?" (Job 38:4) God went on to ask Job if he had done the multitude of things that were necessary to create the earth, the heavens, and all the creatures therein. 

Letting us know that He is God, we are not, and what we have, we have only because He either causes or allows us to have it.

While all He asks in return is our acceptance of Him as Lord and our praise to Him for all He does and has done. 
Really all He asks of us is faith and loyalty, there is nothing else we can do to please Him but to praise Him, have faith in Him and be loyal to Him.

The Psalmist sums it up in verses 4 and 5. "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures for all generations." (Psalm 100:4-5)

That is active worship, that is what it is about; acknowledging that God is supreme, that He is the Creator and Heavenly Father and that all we have, all we are, all we will ever be, is because of Him and not of ourselves. By praising Him and blessing His name, being thankful for all things, and living as true Christians every day, we are following His will for us and being active in our worship of Him, as He asks...

May He bless you and keep you each day. Please feel welcome to join us each week at 6:00PM for Wednesday evening Bible study. Call 936-615-1427 for more information.

June 6, 2016 - Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church welcomes all ages to their "Be a Hero for God" VBS. VBS will be Saturday, June 18th from 10AM to 6PM. VBS will include bible lessions/skits, games, crafts, obstacle course, music, hamburger lunch and more. Director will be Madilyn Sanford, lessons done by Bro. Eric Pledge and music by Holly Shrell. Pastor is Bro. Fred Wilcox. 

June 6, 2016 - Revival services are being held June 6th- 8th at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Evangelist is Bro. Don Richey. The revival begins at 7pm each night.

June 6, 2016 - In the 70’s while I was Pastor of the Fletcher Emmanuel Baptist Church in Lumberton, Texas, I became friends with church-member Gordon Reynolds.  Our interest in hunting and fishing gave rise to many fishing and hunting trips across Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana.  A  squirrel hunting trip with Gordon was always one to remember.

On our way to the Woodville Indian Reservation one day, we got into a discussion about stingy people.   Gordon remarked, “You know me, Doug”, “I’d give y0u the shirt off my back.” “Sure y0u would”, I laughed….“because the one you’re now wearing  belongs to me.”  “Oh,” he chuckled. “You left it in my boat last week.”

It’s Election year again and the government is offering the shirts off their backs to us if we will just vote like they want us to. They don’t seem to understand that the shirts on their backs don’t belong to them.

They belong to America’s working people who left them in the government’s boat.

June 6, 2016 - Revival Services at Lydia Missionary Baptist Church Sunday, June 12 at 6pm and will continue Monday through Friday at 7pm each night.

There will be fellowship following Friday night’s service. Everyone is invited. Evangelist is Bro. David Long, Pastor of Jackson Baptist Church. Lydia MBC is located on FM 139 in Huxley.

Call Bro. Wes Hall at 936-368-2462 for more information.

June 6, 2016 - Sunday was the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost. The Epistle Lesson comes from the 3rd chapter of Galatians. This short letter is the second oldest Christian writing that has survived.  It is the only one of the seven “Pauline letters” that was written to an entire group of Jesus communities. Paul is not very happy with the people of Galatia. Paul thought he had settled the issue of whether Gentile converts had to subscribe to the Torah. Paul believed that trust in the Christ was sufficient. However, other early Christian missionaries believed that Gentiles must submit to the Law. Paul was afraid that the work he had done would be unraveled, so he not only cursed those Christian missionaries who disagreed with him he placed a “double curse” on them. Paul was very passionate and also had great confidence that he was right and others were wrong.

Our Sunday school lesson came from the minor prophet, Zephaniah. He is called a minor prophet not because his words were less important but because the book is short. Zephaniah restates Micah’s belief that God desires us to be just, kind, and humble. Those few words explain what is important to God. What sounds so simple is sometimes very difficult for us humans.

Texas had a week of devastating floods and storms this past week. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of all those who lost loved ones. We had some rain here in Shelby County but nothing like other parts of Texas. The sad thing is that in another month or so we will probably be praying for rain as Texas tends to be very hot and dry during the summer.

There are several programs that Paxton volunteers and other volunteers will have this month. Tomorrow (Monday June 6th) will be our ministry to Green Acres Nursing Center. On the 3rd Tuesday we will head to Holiday Nursing Center. On the 4th Thursday we go to Lakeside Assisted Living. All these programs will start at 2:00. Everyone is certainly invited to come and join us. Sue and I took all the cans of fruit Paxton Methodist collected last month to Community Christian Services.  During the month of June we will be collecting paper towels and toilet paper.       

“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 9:15 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!

June 5, 2016 - Toledo Bend Baptist Church and Shelbyville United Methodist Church are excited about VBS this year! Join us Friday through Saturday, July 15 - 17 at Toledo Bend Baptist Church in Huxley for this incredible event.

Completed Pre-K through completed 7th grade.

Music, games, snacks, worship, Bible stories, arts & crafts, petting zoo, and MORE!

Registration forms will be available at each church and at the Registration night of July 8 at Toledo Bend Baptist Church.

We will be showing the movie "Evan Almighty" and offering movie snacks this night starting around 6:30pm.

Our schedule will be:
Friday, July 8: Registration & Movie night:
Friday, July 15: 6:00pm - 8:00pm:
Saturday, July 16: 9:00am - 2:00pm:
Sunday, July 17: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

June 3, 2016 - Revival June 6 - June 10, 7pm Lone Cedar Missionary Baptist Church FM 3082. Your presence would be a blessing!

Bro. Paul Clark, Evangelist; Bro. Jay Pollan, Music Director; Bro. Travis Worsham, Pianist. Hiram Melton, Pastor.

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