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 - 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.

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.