September 14, 2015 - “They are not busy…they are busybodies…” II Thes. 3:11
One of my daughters was the “tattle tale” of the children. When Amber heard the others planning something secretive, she’d jump up, strut out of room warning, “I’m telling!” She reminded me of “the informer” in Bill Cosby’s family.
Keeping a confidence is an impossible chore for some people. They’re like the man that said, “If I can’t keep it a secret, I’ve got some good friends that can help me”. And when they say, “I’m sorry to hear that”, they really mean, “I’m happy to hear it and can’t wait to tell it.”
The world is way short on sympathetic listeners. And the Bible tells us to confess our sins one to another. ….but you’d better not confess them to the wrong person!! Everyone that hollers “Sweet Jesus” can’t be trusted with our confessions. God hears our confessions, “buries them in the depths of the sea, and remembers them against us no more forever”….but our “friends” are not always so kind.
We laughed at Amber when she’d run in the house announcing “I’m telling”….but those who mishandle confidential information aren’t funny. They won’t say, “I’m telling” like Amber did. But you can bet your bottom dollar when they learn something nobody else knows….
They’re gonna tell!
Doug's email address: email@example.com
September 14, 2015 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus. Sunday was the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The scripture I used for my sermon was actually last Sunday’s Gospel Lesson—Mark 7: 24-30. I used the Epistle Lesson from James last week. Both these two scriptures are so important I decided to use the Mark Gospel and its story about the Syrophoenician woman. In the Matthew story this woman was a Canaanite woman. Both descriptions refer to someone who is a Gentile and despised by the Jewish people. This woman who is first ignored by Jesus is very persistent because her daughter was very ill. I wish this woman was given a name by the Gospel writers because I view her as very important and pivotal in the Jesus movement. Even though this lady is ignored and then treated dismissively gets what she comes for. Her daughter is healed and this woman has faith that even a Gentile hated by most of the Jewish people would be welcome into the Kingdom that Jesus talked about.
We had a smaller crowd than we usually do. Gene filled in for Joe who wasn’t feeling very well. Gene selected some “crowd favorites” and we appreciate Gene and Hilda for our music. It was Joe’s birthday so we sang Happy Birthday and we hope he felt the love coming his way! We discussed the Charge Conference and spoke of the challenge our District Superintendant laid down. He is hoping that many churches will help fund the Zoe Project. We will discuss and vote on that next Sunday. On Monday Bishop Huey will be in the East District. She will meet with laity and pastors at Lufkin First Methodist. This will the last year she will be our bishop. Bishop Huey has been an inspiration to all of us over the last twelve years.
This past Tuesday around eight Methodist Churches in Shelby County joined together and had a Charge Conference. It was so nice to see Rev. Ortigo from Joaquin Methodist and many folks from Joaquin. Joaquin Methodist will always have a special place in my heart. It was wonderful to hear about all that they are doing. Fannie Watson spoke for the Paxton congregation and did a splendid job. Fannie is such a good speaker and told about many of Paxton’s ministries. Rev. Huffman, the District Superintendant of the East District gave a heart felt devotion and showed a video about a wonderful new ministry that every church no matter how small can help out. It is called “Zoe” and is set up to help orphans and vulnerable children. The ministry is not a hand out but a hand up. It is very similar to World Vision that helps people by given seeds, livestock, helping drill a new well etc.
This coming Tuesday will be the Holiday Nursing Center ministry. I plan to be there and am looking forward to seeing our friends at Holiday . The next day I head to Houston for a check-up and screenings at M. D. Anderson. This past week I went to the Logansport Library to return books and check some out. Linda Foreman is the head librarian and told me that husband Buck is undergoing chemo. Our prayers and thoughts are with Linda and Buck.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
September 10, 2015 - Coming Together, All Ministers of Shelby County are welcome September 29th at 7pm at the Shelby County Senior Nutrition Site, Center Texas.
Join us! This is an invitation to all Ministers of Shelby County. This meeting, hosted by Shelby County Outreach Ministries, is an opportunity to bring together the body of Christ and focus on the needs of the community.
Questions, if you feel like you need more information we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact Helping Hands Outreach Center at 936-598-4990. Office hours Monday - Friday 9am-2pm.
September 8, 2015 - Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ presents Health and Information Fair in the Strong Community on September 26, 2015 starting at 8:30am.
Lunch on Saturday will be provided by the School of Wisdom Department from 12noon until 1:30pm. Enjoy workshops, free food, fun and information... something for the entire family! There will be a hayride for the children, activities and games.Lessons include:
Love and Marriage, Make it last 4-ever
- The power of education, test taking strategies for STARR and college entrance exams
- Straighten up and fly right, from the cradle to prison
- Services for seniors
- Grant writing and business start-up
- Respect and character
- Rights' of passage, from boys to men
- Diabetes and your health, what you need to know
- HIV and AIDS, What's love got to do with it?
- Blood pressure, hearing and vision screenings
- What's new on the streets? Drugs and alcohol abuse
The church is located on CR 2545 (Directions: from Center take 87S, in Shelbyville turn left onto FM 417 East, at the Y take the right onto FM 2694 and travel 4.7 miles, turn right onto FM 3471 and travel 2 miles, go straight at the 4-way (New Harmony community) where the pavement ends onto CR 2545 and travel 1.9 miles, the church is located on the left.)
For more information, contact Lenola Wyatt at 936-332-4949.
August 31, 2015 - Triumph the Church & Kingdom of God in Christ welcomes you to our Annual Pack the Pew "Family & Friends" Day! Sunday, September 27, 2015 starting at 12 noon, please join us at 908 Daniels Street, Center, Texas 75935/-936-598-8982 for additional details.
Bishop Howard Cloudy, Pastor, LaTreaser Cartwright, Youth Director
August 27, 2015 - Toledo Bend Baptist Church, of Huxley, TX, invites you to a free dinner and a movie at 6PM, this Friday, August 28th. The movie is Do You Believe?, and it’s by the creators of the movie, God’s Not Dead. Please come!
August 26, 2015 - Jackson Baptist Church of Joaquin will be hosting a Awana Program beginning September 2, 2015. A Meal will be served at 5:45pm and classes will begin at 6:30 pm. The program is open to ages 2 to high school.
Please come join us. For additional information visit www.jacksonbaptistchurch.com
August 25, 2015 - If your looking for an exciting family event then don't miss The Borliks who are coming to Center on Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 7:00pm.
The Fun will be held at Center Christian Academy on Timpson Hwy 2.2 miles north of Taco Bell. Everyone is invited! If you need more information please call Dathan Triplett at 936-332-1697.
August 24, 2015 - “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” Psalms 107:2
“Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” Malachi 3:16
In 2008 Pam and I took a three week vacation to the Pacific Northwest. I once lived in Oregon and had for many years wanted to visit there again. On our way up, we visited Yellowstone, spent several days along the Snake River, and a few days in Oregon and Washington. On our way home we drove down the Highway 5 along the beautiful Oregon /California Pacific Coast line. It didn’t take long to us to see the difference between the Northwest and our home in the Bible-Belt. (Only 25% Washington and Oregon’s population belong to a church…of any kind.) And instead of the Christian decal of the fish on automobiles, we saw a large number of symbols promoting atheism. When we saw the fish sticker on a car one day, we followed it into a parking lot only to find that the fish had feet and the anti- God symbol “Darwin” inscribed on it.
But when we stopped at a Colorado Motel on the way home, a man wearing a large wooden cross checked us in. “He’s obviously a Christian”, I whispered to Pam. As the clerk filled out his paper work, I asked him, “Are you a Christian?”…and still looking down, he almost inaudibly mumbled under his breath one word…. “Yeah”. Since he never said anything else, it was obvious he didn’t want to talk about Jesus. When we got to our room, I told Pam that if the man had said “No” instead of “Yeah”, it would have meant about the same thing. This I know for sure: The world will never be won to Jesus if we are just cross wearers instead of cross bearers…
And if all we can say about Jesus is….. “Yeah”.
August 25, 2015 - This week we look at the great goodness of God Almighty as viewed by King David, we will look in the 31st Chapter of Psalms for the scriptures that describe God’s Goodness and the benefits we receive from Him as His children.
VS 19 - “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!”
The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever. Because the Lord was his shepherd, the Psalmist surely knew that goodness and mercy would follow him all the days of his life.
The storehouse of the Lord’s blessings cannot be exhausted; they are laid up for those who worship the Lord in reverence. While many of His blessings are available in this life, what we receive today is only a foretaste of the glory to be revealed to us later. David felt a calm safety in the house of the Lord. There he could escape the strife and turmoil of the world.
VS 21 - “Blessed be the Lord, He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city.”
While we might have to be separated from our families and loved ones, we do not have to fear; for the Lord will never leave nor forsake His own. We do not need to be afraid, for no matter the strength of our enemies; far greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
VS 23 – “Oh, love the Lord, all you his saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, and fully repays the proud person.”
Vengeance belongs to the Lord; He will punish the enemies of His people.
Our rewards will come once we are free of this world and at home, in heaven, with our God.
VS 24 – “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”
We need not fear what other people might do to us; our hope and our trust are in the Lord. Those allow us to know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Together they serve as an anchor for our souls, knowing that God will do all things well on our behalf.
As born-again children of the Lord we can have the confidence to know that God’s enemies here on earth can only take our earthly lives. Yes, they can certainly kill our physical bodies and we may all live to see persecutions of that magnitude right here in America. But, that is their limit; while the God we serve holds the power of life or death over our souls. Nothing that man can do can compare to what our Father can do, He, alone, holds the keys to eternity, not Satan and his minions.
Why must we study our Bibles daily? “Is not My Word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock into pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29)
A stronger weapon than any weapon known to mankind.
You are always welcome to join us for Bible Study on Tuesday evenings in Timpson at the Community Center in SoSo Park and on Wednesday evenings at Spring Hill Baptist Church. For more information please call (936-615-1427).