June 17, 2019 - I was Pastor of The First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, Texas when Mother called me from Center saying that she had invited Joe and Mimi Boland to attend our church. “They live at the Old Center community a few miles from Joaquin,” she said. “You’ll like them the first time you see them.” The next Sunday morning, Joe came smiling his way into our sanctuary. “I’m Joe Boland,” he said as he sat down. Two weeks later, he and his wife Mimi joined our church and even though they lived thirty miles away, they seldom missed a service. Joe knew how to encourage a preacher like no other. He made me smile, laugh and feel good. At times hee would stand during the morning announcements and encourage the congestion with his testimony..
The Bolands often baked home-made bread and gave us a bread baking machine like theirs. When we learned Joe needed a 22 rifle, we gave him one for Christmas. Mimi invited us often to wonderful early morning breakfasts and they gave us our 20 ft. banana bush when it was only two feet tall. Pam and I built the Bolands a surprise mail box and installed it while they were on vacation.
Joe quit watching Professional football because of the players low morality, but remained a faithful fan of Coach Tom Landry…. and gave me a book on Landry’s life. He often used a word I’d never heard. The word was “Copasetic.” It means completely satisfactory or in good order. If it’s copasetic, it’s fine, OK, and cool. And after our conversations he’d say, “Copasetic”… meaning that things were fine between us. He advised me when I got in a confrontation: “Don’t .let’em see you sweat.” Joe developed a blood disease that required transfusions and was finally admitted to Shumpert’s Hospital in Shreveport. It was there that Pam and I saw him for the last time. He returned home and soon passed away.
While I tearfully stood at the graveside at the Old Center cemetery, I thought of all the good he had accomplished in the name of the Lord…. and how few people were there to hear it. But then I recalled what Joe said when he insisted on a graveside service. “A big funeral isn’t necessary for people when they cross The Jordan,” he said. “Everyone preaches their own funeral by how they lived while they were alive.”
I have met a lot of people during my 86 years and have made many friends. Some of them were special ones…the kind you never forget.
… and I’ll never forget Joe Boland.
June 17, 2019 - When man is born he is born with the sin nature passed from Adam to every person born of woman. This sin nature pulls us away from God and starts us on a road that will lead to destruction unless we turn from this wicked way and accept Jesus Christ as Lord.
To overcome this sin nature and obtain redemption from our sin we must seek God’s face and his fellowship, we must love him and seek him if we are to inherit the kingdom of God in heaven.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)
Pretty plain ins’t it. One either loves God and is his slave, or his loves the things of this world and is slave to them.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
Yes, all must choose to either love God and seek his kingdom or to love the world and to seek its riches. The one leads to eternal live while the other leads to eternal darkness and death of the spirit.
“For all that is in the world - the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life - is not from the Father but it is from the world.
While we must live in the world and are surrounded by the evils of this world, we cannot be a part of this world if we are to inherit the kingdom of God, no, we must always seek his face and his fellowship, his kingdom, and not the treasures and pleasure of this cruel and evil world.
If you seek happiness that surpasses understanding, if you seek joy without sorrow!
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Only through God’s grace can these things be found and realized. Only through the blood of Jesus shed on the cross of Calvary can anyone come to the Father and enter into his kingdom, forever.
For it is as Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
All who seek repentance and redemption must come through Jesus Christ, for there is no other way to the Father except through the Son.
“And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:16)
And it does no good to seek the riches and fortunes of the world for the world shall pass away, only the word of God shall remain. Only the word of God can deliver one into the kingdom that stands forever, the kingdom of God in heaven.
“Ask, and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
Again, seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all the things of God will be added to you and you will rest in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ forever…
June 13, 2019 - House of Refuge Pastor and members invite you to their youth revival June 17-19, 7:30pm nightly.
The theme is Recharge (Mark 6, 30-32).
Monday will feature Rev. Christopher Galloway of Lufkin, Tx. Tuesday will feature Pastor Mario Osby of Timpson, Tx. Wednesday will feature Pastor Bredley Hale of San Augustine, Tx.
House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries is located at 215 Church Street in Center, Texas with Apostle W.E. Nash, Jr., Pastor.
June 13, 2019 - This modern world is filled with those who defy God’s Word and his will.
Those who say, God is not real, that reality is what we see before us, the world we live in.
That the Bible is nothing but a collection of fairy tales and mean nothing to the modern, enlightened man or woman.
To those, our Father in heaven says, “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:22)
God says that he is God and there is no other god in the universe. That all other so-called gods are simply man-made illusions, devil-formed deceptions to keep the world away from God and his blessing of salvation from sin.
And he issues this warning for the future, the time, when he comes in glory and sits in judgement of the unsaved of this world.
“By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: “To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.” (Isaiah 45:23)
Herein lies the problem; at this time when all will bow and swear to him, it is too late, the time for salvation will have passed and only judgement and death of the spirit will remain.
“Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be ashamed all who were incensed against him.” (Isaiah 45:24)
Although the time for repentance and deliverance has passed, all who come before him in judgement will then know the mistake they have made in defying his will.
All shall then understand his eternal power and might and all will be ashamed. And all will then know that all they had to do was to accept him as Lord to be saved and accepted into his kingdom in heaven.
All shall know this as they are led into the lake of fire that is hell and the second death, the death of the spirit.
And so I ask you today, whom shall you worship, to whom shall you bow down in submission?
For all must choose, life or death, one or the other, so whom shall it be for you; God and eternal life in heaven, or, Satan and eternal life in a burning hellfire, forever removed from the Lord and his grace and mercy.
I pray for you that you will sing this song as you are led into heaven, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my troubles.” (Psalm 34:4)
“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:6)
Yes, may you sing this song of joy and peace as you rest in the arms of our precious Lord, at home in his house forever.
For all who call upon him in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ will be saved.
“The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.” (Psalm 34:22)
What a comfort to know that by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord that one is forever saved from the penalties of sin, never to be condemned for his past life of earthly passions and sin, but washed clean of all sin by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Come today and be saved and rest forever in the house of our Lord.
June 12, 2019 - Most if not all of us are familiar with the first miracle Jesus performed. It was at a wedding in Cana and Jesus and his disciples were there. Jesus’ mother, Mary was there too. They ran out of wine and Jesus changed six pots of water into wine. It was not just any wine, it was better wine than what had already been served.
Hidden in that story is a statement made by Mary that is often overlooked. She was speaking to the servants and recorded in John chapter 4 and verse 5 are these words, “whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.” You know, that is good advice for us to take to heart in our own day and time.
You see, the commandments of Jesus, the things Jesus tells us to do, the way Jesus instructs us to live are more than just suggestions, they are imperatives. Too often in our world today we fail to take Jesus seriously and obey what He tells us to do.
Jesus had a lot to say about obedience. In the sermon on the mount in Matthew 7:21 He says, “not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven” Then again, in John 14:15, speaking to His disciples, Jesus says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
You know, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it” seems like sound advice.
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 or online at www.centerchurchofchrist.com
June 12, 2019 - Joaquin First United Methodist Church will be hosting Vacation Bible School on June 24 - 28. The fun starts at 9 am, includes lunch, and will keep going until 12:30pm. Snacks will be served each day and our closing program will be Friday evening. Lots of fun to be had! Y'all come and join us! For more information please contact Marsha Ann Barnett at 936-332-8326.
June 12, 2019 - Open Door Worship Center is hosting Pastor and Wife 19th Appreciation Services honoring Pastor Alvin & Elect Lady Vanessa Davis on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 3pm. Special guest is Apostle Ronnie Morris and the Higher Ground Ministries.
Open Door Worship Center is located at 900 Cotton Ford Rd, Center, Texas 75935.
June 10, 2019 – Wallace Chapel Baptist Church calendar of programs for 2019 is below.
- July 7 – Homecoming
- July 8 to July 10 – Annual Revival, Monday-Wednesday, 7:30pm nightly
- September 1 – Church Anniversary at 3pm
- To be announced – Youth Revival
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28
Wallace Chapel Baptist Church is located at 108 South Marcus Street in Timpson, Texas. Pastor is Reverend Derrick Rhodes with First Lady Sister Shaneeta Rhodes.
- February 3 – Sunday School and Usher Day at 2:30pm
- March 10 – Pastor and Wife Appreciation Day at 3pm
- April 7 – Family and Friend’s Day at 3pm
- May 19 – Men and Women Day at 3pm
June 10, 2019 - The song of the saved of the Lord! The words of David as he gives praise to the Lord for saving him from his enemies.
“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:1-2)
David realizes that his rescue from the evils that surrounded him has come from the Lord and he gives praise and glory to the only one who is worthy, the Lord God.
Oh, that we might all realize this and do as David, give God the credit, the praise and the glory which he and only he deserves.
Oh, that all might realize all that anyone must do is to believe upon the Lord, to trust in him and to call upon him for help in times of trouble.
“I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:3)
Yes, this it the truth, that once one has accepted the Lord as his God and has placed his faith in God and God alone, then, God stands ready to defend and protect his own from his enemies around the world.
Jesus Christ, the only Son of God and our Lord and Savior said this about all who would call upon the Lord God.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
The instructions are clear, it is as David sings out, the Lord is the rock and the fortress and deliverer for all who will call upon him.
Just as Jesus has said, so shall it be for all who ask, seek and knock, for these, help shall come from the Lord
James, the brother of Jesus Christ gives more insight into the difference between the lost and the saved as he says this about the natural man.
“You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” (James 4:2-3)
Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."" (James 4:5-6)
Pay attention to the scriptures for they are the words of God given us by those whom he has chosen to write his words for us. The scriptures are breathed out by God and are sufficient for all things of the Christian way.
Come to the Lord with humility, asking for his grace to receive you and cleanse you from your sinful ways.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.” (James 4:8-9)
Only through our humble confessions of our sinful ways and our soulful repentance from all sin can we gain redemption from our Lord. If you do not know him, come to him this day in repentance and he will lift you from the pit of darkness and into the light that is our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:10)
Call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised!!!
June 10, 2019 - Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church will be holding revival services Monday, June 10th through Wednesday, June 12th. Services will begin at 7:00 each night.