May 23, 2019 - Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr. and the Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to our Usher Program on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 3:00pm. Guest Church is Pastor Anthony Jackson of the Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center, Texas. Dinner will be served.

May 22, 2019 - Satchel Paige was a professional baseball player noted both for his longevity and his numerous "witticisms" that are often quoted. One of those was, "Don’t look back, something may be gaining on you." You know, that is pretty sound advice, something that the Bible also calls for.

Looking back hinders forward progress, it can cause us to be depressed and it may be bringing defeat into our lives.

We must not look back at sins that have been forgiven. God really does put our sins away, and when in obedient faith we give our lives to Jesus Christ, we become new creatures. Neither do we need to look back at defeats we have suffered in life. All of us have defeats in our past but that does not make us failures.

Yet, we do not want to look at the past and see it better than it was. Often, distance lends enchantment to the past and yet, nostalgia is never quite honest with us. It was Vance Havner who said, "the present is never as good as it used to be."

Rather than looking back, we need to look to Jesus. Here are the words of the Hebrew writer, Hebrews 12:1-2, "let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith."

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


May 21, 2019 - Bright Morning Star Baptist Church has set Vacation Bible School for June 3-7 at 5:30 each evening. Come join us as we “Take Flight to Where God Leads us.

Participants will be encouraged to allow God to lead them as they journey to places of freedom, fun, and opportunity, remembering God’s miracles as they go.

With V.B.S. participants will:

  • Take flight with faith in Jesus Christ!
  • Touch down in the Bible!
  • Dream, praise, play, and learn!
  • Experience God’s awesome presence and love!

Anyone need transportation please contact 936-201-2837 to leave a voicemail. or inbox

May 21, 2019 - Open Door Church is hosting a Women's Conference - Purpose in My Pain on June 1, 2019 starting at 10am. Special keynote speaker is Prophetesses Ronda Coleman. Additional speakers are Minister Margo Moore and Pastor Darlene.

Open Door Church is located at 900 Cotton Ford Road, Center, Texas 75935.

May 21, 2019 - The West Hamilton Cemetery Homecoming is this Sunday, May 26th and starts at 11am. Dinner will be at noon. A Cemetery Association meeting will be just before noon. The Shelby County Singers will perform in the afternoon around 1:30pm. Everyone is invited.

May 21, 2019 - This Saturday, May 25th at Dreka United Pentecostal Church we will be having revival/worship services with Rev. Dewayne Sims and Family, and the music team with the Pentecostals of Morgan at 6 with hamburgers to follow after service and on Sunday, May 26th at 10am! Hope you can join us! For more information you can call the church at 936-598-4433

May 20, 2019 - The Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Shelbyville will host appreciation services honoring Bishop W.C. and First Lady Donna Martin on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 2:30p.m. Guest for the evening will be Bishop R.L Brazzel and the Bible Teaching Ministries of Longview, TX. There will be no Sunday School or Morning Worship services at Bennett Chapel on this day.


May 20, 2019 - “A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” 

All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:6-8) 

These are words given the prophet Isaiah by God Most High that he might tell the people of the greatness of God.

Isaiah goes on to say to the people of Israel, “Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.” (Isaiah 40:10) 

And what is this word recompense, what does it mean that he brings his recompense before him; “ recompense - an equivalent or a return for something done, suffered or given.”

So to bring his recompense means that God will repay, to all, whatever they have done here on earth, whether it is good or evil, whether it is the things one has done or the things one has suffered for the Lord, all will be justly repaid.

A warning for all, no one will get away with bad works, but all things will be brought into the light and paid for as it was done.

For those who have followed the will of the Most High we see a much better result as he says, “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.” (Isaiah 40:11) 

Our Father God will take his own into his arms and hold them close to his chest, making them secure in his love for all time.

It is as our Lord Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Luke 21:33)

There is but one true God, one God Most High and to him all must come for salvation or be lost in the darkness forever.

“Go you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; 
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; 
who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.” (Isaiah 40:21-23) 

Isaiah tries with all his might to impress upon all who will listen the power and majesty of the Most High God and Lord of all. 

And God says to all through Isaiah, "To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? Says the Holy One.” (Isaiah 40:25) 

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.” (Isaiah 44:6)

There is none other under the sun by which man can be saved. Do you know him today, have you accepted our God, God Most High as your own? 

I pray that you have, but if you have not, you can do so right now. 

Simply say to him, “God, I am a sinner, but I believe in you and I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior right now. 

Please, Lord God save me! And, he will!!! May you know him today…

May 20, 2019 - “ And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.” Psalms 55:6 “I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalms 23:6  

As usual, our backyard is filled with doves today. When we moved to San Augustine 25 years ago, we had only Mourning Doves, but now we also have Inca Doves, Collared Doves  and for the past two years, White-wing Doves.  All three have certain things in common. When we walk upon them, they all burst up swiftly on the take-off and and within seconds are across the big field behind the house. They fly up so quickly that they sometimes inadvertently drag their eggs from the nest as they fly upwards. When I see them disappear across the field, I more clearly understand David’s words, “If I had the wings of a dove, I would fly away.”

Even though David’s sins were forgiven, the Prophet Nathan tells him the sword would never depart from his house. David had many friends….. and many enemies. King Saul repeatedly tried to kill him, his son Absalom who led an army against him was later found hanging dead in a tree. In his desperation, he didn’t pray for wings…but meant that if he had them, he’d do what frightened doves do…shoot up quickly and soar away swiftly from his troubles.

David was Israel’s greatest King and reigned for forty years. At seventy years of age, he called his son Solomon to his death bed and said, “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God.” Then David soared …without wings…all the way to heaven’s rest.

“….And dwells in the house of the Lord forever.’”

May 20, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. Sunday was the Fifth Sunday of Easter. This week has sped by.  Most schools have held their graduation ceremonies and kids and teachers are free! We have two nursing home ministries this coming week. On Tuesday we meet at Holiday and on Thursday, Lakeside Assisted Living. Both start at 2:00, and we would love to see you there. 

We had almost all our regulars back for Sunday school and church. Hopefully, Joy will feel better next week. The scripture for this lesson was from Romans 11, where Paul tells both Jewish and Gentile followers of Jesus to keep their pride under control. Paul’s metaphor using the olive tree and grafted branches was hard to follow, but the point he was making was a warning to everyone in the young new religion. It is hard to believe that next Sunday will be the last Sunday in May. We will begin a new quarter with new lessons. 

The Gospel Lesson for the 5th Sunday of Easter is sometimes referred to as Jesus’ last will and testament or his parting words with those he loved so much. He states that he is giving them a new commandment. They are to love as Jesus has loved them. They are to care for others so that people will see they are followers of Jesus. This is the real plan of salvation for all who love Jesus. 

We will donate cans of fruit in the month of May to Community Christian Services. Looking ahead to June, we will collect toilet paper and paper towels. Those will certainly be lighter to carry than the cans of fruit! 

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 9:30 and Worship begins at 10:00. Our email address is 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.