June 7, 2019 - The Wimberly Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday, June 16th. Potluck lunch will be at 12 noon followed by a board meeting. For those unable to attend, donations for cemetery upkeep can be sent to Wimberly Cemetery Fund, c/o Mack O'Rear, 11466 FM 2694, Shelbyville, TX 75973.

June 6, 2019 - Old Salem MBC will hold their Vacation Bible School on Saturday, June 8th. The event will be held from 9:00am to 2:00pm with registration getting started at 8:30am. Lunch will be provided to all who attend. We would love to have your child join us to learn about God's faithfulness to Joseph! A petting zoo will be available at the end of the event. To get there, take Hwy 7 W, turn left on FM 711, then left on CR 1297 close to the Shelby / San Augustine County lines.

June 6, 2019 - Can you see by an eye of faith, Jesus, as he is hanging on the cross? He has been hounded, betrayed, denied, tried before an unjust court, led out of the city and nailed to a rough hewn wooden cross. Yet, hanging there, his first words were not a complaint. Though he was innocent, his first word was not a plea for his own innocence. Neither was his first statement a cry for vengeance against those who crucified Him.

Rather, Jesus first words from the cross were a prayer for forgiveness.  A prayer for those who put Him there. He prayed, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”

There is in our world today a pressing need for the grace of forgiveness. There are many who are unstained from sensuality, free from immoral practices and they attend church services regularly.  They can sing “Oh How I Love Jesus” louder than anyone in the building. Yet, these same people carry enough malice in their hearts to damn their souls to the fires of an eternal hell.

If we do not learn to forgive, malice will multiply in our souls and stifle every noble impulse. Hatred will rob us of the joy of the Christian life and the leaven of enmity will embitter us taking from our soul the sweetness implanted there by Jesus.

The prayer on our lips must ever be the prayer of Jesus, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”

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 www.centerchurchofchrist.com.

June 6, 2019 - Pastor Freddie Wilson and the Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church members cordially invites you to our Annual Family and Friends Day Program. The program will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Our special guests will be Pastor Leon Richmond, Jr. and the Mt.Sinai Baptist Church of Keatchi, Louisiana.

June 5, 2019 - I love reading the Bible and one of my favorite chapters in it is Psalm 34. The chapter holds a special place for me for it describes my salvation, how I called upon the Lord and how he answered my calls for help.

”I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:6) 

This happened for me and it can happen for anyone if they will simply call out to the Lord asking for his help, asserting him as their Lord and Savior. It happened for me, it can happen for you, for what the Lord does for one, he can do for all.

Do you believe in angels? I do for the Bible tells me that they are real and watching over me all the time.
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.” (Psalm 34:7) 

I know there are times when I can feel the presence of my angel around me, there are times when I feel as though I am in a bubble and nothing of this world can touch me! 

Do you want to have that feeling in your life? Call out to the Lord, accept him as your Lord and you can have the same feelings of peace that I am speaking of. 

Only through our Lord Jesus Christ can one experience the peace and joy of living in righteousness.

Though we can never be perfect on earth, we can still live in Christ and experience his peace, given through grace, to all who would come to him in love.

So today I ask you, “Turn away from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:14) 

“Seek peace and pursue it,” what is the Lord asking us to do here in order to find and hold his peace? The dictionary tells us that to seek is to; “go in search of” and to pursue is to, “follow in order to overtake.” So to seek and to pursue are actions which require some, maybe a lot of effort on our part. Seeking and pursuing God’s peace that we can live the blessed life of God’s chosen ones may not always be easy, in fact, sometime it is hard but the rewards far outweigh the efforts. For the treasures of God are forever and can only be claimed by those who endure and overcome the world.

Here are some of the blessings of the Lord toward his own and some of the reasons why seeking his peace is worthy of any cost, any effort.

“The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.” (Psalm 34:15) 

For his own, he stands ready at all times, watching for trouble and listening for their calls of need.

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17) 

Just as the Lord has done for me, he can also do for others.

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19) 

Those who call upon the Lord and accept him as their own will have many troubles on earth, for the earth will hate those children of the Most High, but, take heart for as Jesus has overcome the world, so will all who follow him and endure the persecutions of the world. Nothing the world can do to me is equal to what Jesus has already done for me and certainly not equal to what he will do for me when he calls me home to be with him forever.

For me it is as Paul said as he sat in chains waiting for his execution, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

“The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.” (Psalm 34:22) 

Take refuge in him today, know the peace that is the Lord Jesus Christ. May God richly bless…

June 5, 2019 - First Baptist Church of Shelbyville invites you to MEGA Sports Camp June 7-9.

8am to 3pm on June 7th and 8th
1pm to 6pm on June 9th

The camp is for students who have completed grades K-5. Camp includes 11 sports to choose from. Lunch and snacks are provided.

Drop off and pick up at the picnic tables between the Shelbyville Elementary and Middle School.

June 3, 2019 - (Flier) - First Baptist Church - Tenaha is hosting their annual Vacation Bible School!

Bible Round-Up. Saddle-up for a trailblazing weekend of fun! All children who have completed PreK-4-6th grade are welcome to come have a rootin' tootin' time with games, crafts, snacks, music and more; while going on an epic bible adventure and learning about God's greatest gift!

Friday, June 7th 6pm-8pm and Saturday, June 8th 9am-3pm.

June 3, 2019 - In 1951 I hitch-hiked to Springfield, Missouri (with three dollars in my pocket) and enrolled in the newly-established Baptist Bible College. The school was kind enough to help a bunch of “pore” preachers get a start. Springfield had more colleges than any city of its size in the U.S. Since jobs were hard to find, some students sold encyclopedias or Bibles… and I found a job washing dishes at The Colonial Hotel in downtown Springfield.

It was snowing when I got off from work one day and as I was returning to the campus, I passed a movie theatre. I was tempted to buy a sack of popcorn and go inside to warm up. But several fellow preachers at college let us know that all movies were sinful and that no preacher should go near one. I almost watched the movie that day (don’t know what movie) but since I didn’t want to be a stumbling block to my preacher bothers, I pulled my coat up around my neck and trudged back to the dorm.

I’m an old feller now --- never have cared much for movies --- but if I had that day in 1951 to do over again, I know just what I’d do. I would come out of the snow, buy some popcorn, go in the theater... and hope that all my preacher friends saw me go in. And who knows… the movie that day might have been a really good western…

… like “Shane” or “Red River.”

Smyrna Baptist Church in Huxley invites you to come Worship with us Sunday, June 9 at 11:00 am. Scott Camp, evangelist, will be speaking and Music Leaders will be Paul, Brittany and Bryan. They will also be at the Center Park behind the Library at 6:00 pm Sunday night for a fun night. Scott will also speak at "The Porch" at Smyrna, Monday, June 10th. Refreshments at 6:30 pm and Worship begins at 7:00 pm.
Come worship and bring someone with you to hear the words of this mighty man of God.

June 3, 2019 - Old Home Baptist Church will be holding VBS "Farm Fresh Faith" Monday, June 10th - Thursday, June 13th from 6pm - 8:30pm nightly.

Come out and join the fun and games, story telling, snack time and singing. Everyone is invited. Call or text for details: 936-332-9293