November 13, 2019 - We the Members and Pastor of Carroll Chapel CME Church in Shelbyville, would like to invite you to our Annual Harvest Drive Program, Sunday, November 17 at 3pm, 

Our Guest Speaker will be: Apostle Cassandra Swindle and the Murry Chapel Church Family of Fungston, La. 

Everyone is invited. 

November 13, 2019 - The greatest act of love the world has ever seen was done by Almighty God for all members of the human race as he looked at all people, lost in their sinful ways, endowed with the sin nature from their father and mother, Adam and Eve. Brought on all by their original sin in the garden of Eden.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." (John 3:16-17)

And the Son, Jesus Christ, loved the world and the Father God so much that he came willingly, giving up his own deity for a time that he might come and pay the price for the sin of all mankind, once for all. A debt that no human person could pay for we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Jesus was the only man who lived a life without sin, a life that qualified him to become that unblemished sacrifice required for redemption of sin. Only Jesus could perform that selfless act of death on the cross to redeem mankind from their own sinful ways. Only Jesus could remove the condemnation from mankind.

"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:1-2)

For all who accept Jesus Christ as their Sovereign Lord all guilt is removed and forgotten, never to be remembered again. 

All who accept Jesus as Lord are washed by the blood he shed on the cross and become heirs to the throne of God, members of the heavenly family of God almighty. Blessed be the name of the Lord...

All who accept Jesus as Lord are no longer children of the flesh but are forever children of the Holy Spirit of God, just as Jesus is the Son, we too are made anew as children of the Most High God.

"You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you." (Romans 8:9)

It is as Peter said to those to whom he preached on the day of Pentcost; as Peter said, 

"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)

Whoever believes in Jesus Christ as Lord receives the gift of the Holy Spirit, given by the Father to all who believe in the One whom he has sent. The Spirit then lives within that person becoming his Helper and Counselor through this life. Once you believe that Jesus is Lord the Spirit of God dwells in you.

"Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:18)

"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him." (John 3:36)

Do you believe in Jesus Christ as Lord of all? Have you accepted him as your own Lord? If not then will you do so right now? Ask him to forgive you of all your sin and take you as his own and you will know forever the joy and peace that comes with living in the Christ. 

May you receive him today as Lord and Master as you become an heir to the throne of God and live forever in harmony with our Lord... 

November 11, 2019 - Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church has rescheduled their Gospel Singings to every last Sunday of the month. In the month of November, the Gospel Singing will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019 from 6pm till 10pm. All musicians and vocalists invited. Bring a friend and enjoy some good gospel music!

Musicians setup time is 5:30pm (Gospel Music Only). There will be food and refreshments after singing. The Gospel Singing will be held every last Sunday of the month.

Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church is located at 417 East, Shelbyville, Texas 75973. For more information call 903-678-1447 or 936-591-8500. All are welcome.

Church service schedule:

  • Sunday Morning Class 10:00 am
  • Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
  • Sunday Children's Church and Youth Church 11:00 am
  • Sunday Evening Bible Study 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday Night Bible Study 6:30 pm

November 11, 2019 - Back in 1957, I was student Pastor of he Liberty Hill Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas. County Clerk Cecil Murphy called me one day asking if I had time to perform a wedding “for a young couple.” I told him I would and minutes later a young man came to the door.  When I asked where he wanted to be married, he replied, “Oh, I’m already married.” “The couple to be married is too old to get out and want to be married in the car.” 

I walked to the car, turned backwards in the front seat, and read the ceremony.  When it came time to kiss the bride, they just hugged each other tightly and giggled.  The bride’s name was Ida Luke and she was 92 years old. The groom (can’t remember his name) was a 93 year old retired store owner from Nacogdoches.  

I’m 86 years old now and have done hundreds of wedding ceremonies. I’ve married them in houses, studies, in court houses,  on creek banks, in parks, in my gun shop and a myriad of other places, but this was the oldest couple I ever married and my only ceremony in a car.

Cecil told me the next Sunday at Church, “Bother Doug, you did their ceremony  in a car…but that marriage was made in heaven.” 

November 11, 2019 - Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church invites everyone to its Annual Youth Day Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2:30 pm.  

Special guest will be Pastor Mario Osby and Smith Chapel Baptist Church Family. Every one is invited to come praise the Lord with us.

Bishop W C Martin, Pastor 
Melissa Stanberry-Youth Director

November 11, 2019 - One day as Jesus passed through Samaria he stopped near the town of Sychar at the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jesus sat by Jacob's well which was also there and rested for he was tired from his travels.

As he sat there by the well a woman came to draw water and since Jesus had no means by which he could draw water he asked the woman of Samaria for a drink of water from Jacob's well.

The Samaritan woman then said to him; "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?" (For Jews have no dealings with samaritans.) John 4:9)

And Jesus answered her, saying; "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, "Give me a drink", you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." (John 4:10)

What, one might ask, is this (gift of God) that Jesus is speaking of and what is the (living water) that he would have given her?

"Repent and be baptized every one if 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)

The gift of God is the indwelling of the one who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord with the Holy Spirit of God.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the promise that Jesus made to us before he ascended back to heaven.

"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you." (John 14:16-17)

The living water is the guidance and teaching by the Helper that satisfies the longing within everyone. That longing for spiritual enlightenment, that emptiness, which is within every human being from birth until it is filled by the Holy Spirit of God.

As Jesus made clear, there is no other way to the kingdom of God but through him.

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

Only by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord does one receive salvation from the penalties of sin and only by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord can one receive the Holy Spirit to guide one through life.

As the woman of Samaria bragged on the well which Jacob had dug and given to the Samaritans for water Jesus said to her; "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:14)

"The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water!" (John 14:15)

How about you, do you thirst for more, do you seek for joy and happiness in your daily life?

There is but one place to find them, in the Holy Spirit which one receives only when one accepts Jesus Christ as Lord. Accept him today and know forever the joy and peace that comes by living in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

November 9, 2019 - St John Missionary Baptist Church – Center  will be celebrating our choir anniversary on Sunday November 17, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Special guest will be Rev Anthony Jackson and the Bright Morning Star Church of Center Texas.

Everyone is invited to come worship and celebrate this joyous occasion.

November 7, 2019 - The First United Methodist Church of Joaquin will celebrate “Camo” Sunday, ​on Sunday, November 10 honoring all who love and celebrate the natural world, and find God in the midst of His Creation.  If you are one of these, you are invited to join us for Worship Service at 10:30 and for a Wild Game Feast to follow.

​From time immoral, hunters have been among those who see the Hand of God in the world He created and gave to Mankind. Hunters, who value nature greatly, have led the way in efforts to conserve and preserve our forests and wildlife. In recent years, psychologists and neuroscientists have “discovered” what hunters always know — there is Peace and Healing to be found in God’s natural world, among the trees, birds, and animals.  Medical Doctors are now prescribing “walks in the woods” as medical treatments. But God’s Word has always shown us that the healing presence of Faith can be found among the trees of God’s “Garden.”

​Therefore, on this Fall Sunday, preceding the Celebration of Thanksgiving, the FUMC of Joaquin honors our Hunters, and all those wearing “Camo” (the colors of God’s natural world).  On this day, we remember the words in Genesis 1:20-31 detailing God’s creation of living creatures and His declaration of Man’s responsibility for all that crawls, walks, swims, and flies.

​We will also remember Proverbs 12:27, which tells us, “The lazy do not roast any game; but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.” Thanks to the hunters among us, we will feast on the fruits of the hunt, enjoying a wide variety of wild game. Prizes $500 will be awarded by people’s choice to “pairs” of cooks, whose dishes are deemed best. Cooking teams, must each include one youth and one adult, working together. In addition to the cooking prizes, there will be door prizes, games, and music. All are welcome.  Come by and join the celebration and taste and experience God’s bounty.

November 7, 2019 - Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Timpson will be having their Harvest Day Program November 10 at 2:30. 

Guest Speaker will be Rev. Charleston Johnson & Smyrna church family. Everyone is invited.

Smith Chapel Baptist Church is located at 919 County Road 4704, Timpson, Texas. 

November 7, 2019 - Oftentimes we wonder why the church is weak, and why that in a recent nationwide poll, almost 70% of those who claim membership in church never attend services.

We could blame it on our secular-progressive society, and we often do. We could blame it on the godless politics of our nation, organizations like the ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation, and they too are often our “whipping boy.” We could even blame it on churches, hypocritical members and uncaring preachers and there are numerous Christians who are doing that also.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for church members to look in the mirror, really take a good look at what they see. Perhaps congregations across America are weak because many church members have lost the biblical understanding of what it means to be a part of the local church, the body of Christ.

People come to the church expecting to be served, fed and cared for. God did not give us the local church for it to be a “Country Club” where membership means there are privileges and perks. The church is where we are to serve, care for others, pray for leaders, learn, teach and give.

Perhaps churches are weak because we have turned the meaning of membership upside down. We were saved to serve, not saved to be served.

It’s something to think about…..TBP

Join us for worship this coming Lord’s day at the Center Church of Christ. 110 Hurst Street Center, Texas