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Sunday, May 27, 2012

2 SAVED AND 1 BAPTIZED


Pastor David Jackson
I had the honor of preaching for my good friend Pastor David Jackson who pastors the LEESBURG BAPTIST CHURCH of non other than Leesburg, TX.  While I pastored the LONGVIEW BAPTIST TEMPLE of Longview, TX, David served as a deacon on our deacon board. I pastored David for 20 years and have known him for over 30 years. He surrendered to the ministry and has been in the pastorate for the past 10 years.

Mrs. Jean Gunn

One of the highlights of being able to preach for the dear people at LEESBURG BAPTIST CHURCH is to meet the dear people who have served there for a life time.  One of those saints is Mrs. Jean Gunn who has played the piano for over 60 years.  This church was founded in 1878 and is still standing by the old time religion.  Souls are being led to Christ regularly and baptized regularly. The LORD gave us 2 souls saved and 1 baptism on Sunday.  

I taught my Sunday school lesson on "WHO DO I LISTEN TOO?" or sometimes I entitle it "THE LINES OF DEFENSE."   

Galatians 3:1 says, "O foolish Galatians, who hath betwitched you, that ye should not obey the truth..."

Galatians 5:7 says, "Ye did run well; who  did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?"

The Scriptures says it was not a "WHAT" but rather a "WHO" that caused them to be "BEWITCHED."  Peer pressure has always been used by Satan to divert the attention of God's people from "truth" to being "betwitched" and to disobey "truth." We all love to be loved and if we are not careful we will sell out truth for that love and respect.

The Scriptures in Galatians give us four lines of defense and four to whom we are to pay attention too.  The local church in Galatia left the truth because of a personality.  Do not let anyone intimidate you away from "truth." We have a head on collision in these Scriptures between "truth" and a powerful "who."

1) THE SCRIPTURES - Galatians 4:30, "Nevertheless what saith the scripture?"  This is the first line of defense to keep us from Satan's clutches. Man can ignore the Holy Scriptures and that is foolish!

2) THE HOLY SPIRIT - Galatians 5:16-18 - The Holy Spirit is the second line of defense.  Man can "quench" the Holy Spirit - I Thessalonians 2:19.  The Holy Spirit teaches us the Holy Scriptures and thus strengthens us and calls to rememberance those truths from the Scriptures.

3) THE CONSCIENCE - Galatians 6:3, 7 - Man can deceive himself while God calls on His children to "Be not deceived..." Man can "sear" his conscience. This is the third line of defense.

4) THE AUTHORITY - Galatians 4:1 "Now I say..." - Galatians 4:11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, the Apostle Paul inserts his authority and this becomes the last line of defense.  Dr. John R. Rice use to call these "authorities" God's Deputies on earth.  In order to have an orderly and strong society we must have authority.  (Romans chapter 13)  When all else fails the last line of defense before Satan takes over a man's life is the authority who stands between him and Satan.

Satan does not present himself in a red suit, with a pitch fork in his hand, and smelling of sulphur. II Corinthians 11:14, "And no marvel: for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."  He is a smooth operator!  He wants to take advantage of our insecurity and with his suave manner escort us around the Scriptures, next quenching the Holy Spirit, next searing the conscience, and rebelling against the authority which God Himself has placed in our lives to protect us.

When I enrolled into Michigan State University in the fall of 1963 it was the height of student rebellions on our college campuses.  Our generation was called "Rebels without a cause."  May I suggest that to obey truth is to rebel against Satan and to obey Satan is to rebel against truth, thus we are all rebels.  The truth is we ought to be "Rebels with a cause." Nothing wrong with being a rebel if you are rebelling against Satan and his non-truth.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

GREAT WEEKEND IN WISCONSIN

I retired as pastor of LONGVIEW BAPTIST TEMPLE 3 years ago on March 1, 2009.  The deacons nominated my son who worked with me for 22 years as an Assistant Pastor to candidate.  He did so and the church voted 96% for him.  Personally I voted against him. Ha!  

To think my son is my pastor.  Maybe that is why I travel and preach on the week ends! Ha!  We preached together in New Mexico and I said to the congregation, "I changed his diapers and he is my pastor."  He got up and said, "Yes, and one day I will change his diapers. "   Smart aleck!




Sunday Morning at BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH






I preached Sunday morning at the BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH pastored by Pastor Andy Doll.   This church is 2 hours from Madison, WI, in Prairie du Chein, WI.  It is a town of 5,500 and this is the church in town.  This pastor was saved in this church as a young man and called to preach.  He studied under Dr. Jack Hyles at  Hyles-Anderson College along with his brother who is his Assistant Pastor.  

The buildings were packed Sunday morning with no room.  By the end of the day God gave us 8 souls for salvation one for baptism. 

The pastor's daughter Emily had a seizure Sunday afternoon and they rushed her to the hospital.  They are still running tests to find out what went wrong.  I called when my plane landed Monday in Shreveport to check on Emily and dad said she is back to normal, but they are still pursuing the testing.  Pray for young Emily please.  She is as sweet a little girl as you will ever find.

I have been an ordained and licensed Baptist preacher for 40 years this last April and I am more excited today than ever about these young men of God around our nation.  I call these ministries they are leading "seedlings."  

In what I call the "hay-day" there were 20-25 mountain peak ministries that caught all of the publicity and attention.  We do not have as many today mountain peak ministries, but we do have more "seedlings" than we had in our "hay-day."  I'm speaking of old fashioned Baptist churches.  There are more of them today, but less mountain peak versions.  Don't count out the "remnant."   This happened in history before the outbreak in the 60's and 70's.  It will happen again! GOTTA LOVE THE OLD TIME RELIGION!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

UNDER THE BLOOD OF JESUS

I was praising God this morning for the fact my sins have been cared for by my LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ on Calvary and to those who have trusted in Him for payment of all past, present, and future sins.

Psalm 103:12, "As far as the east if from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us."

Micah 7:19, "...and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea."

I Corinthians 5:3, "...Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures."

I Peter 2:24, "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins..."

Hebrews 1:3, "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins..."

I John 3:5, "And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin."

Revelation 1:5, "...Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood."

Romans 10:13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved."

WELL, SOMEBODY SAY AMEN!


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Sunday, May 13, 2012

PREACHING IN BRISTORIA, PA

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I flew into Pittsburg, PA, on Saturday and Pastor Gary Crawford picked me up at the airport and drove me to Waynesburg, PA.   He pastors the BRISTORIA BAPTIST CHURCH, which he founded 30 years ago.  

I registered at the Microtel Inn & Suites, unpacked, set up housekeeping, and went for a 4 mile walk.  I have a Nike chip in my Nike shoes with a Nike program on my Iphone4s which records my miles, time, and calories.  

As I was finishing up my 4 miles and walking behind the Bob Evans Restaurant next door to the motel there was a Bob Evans' waitress sitting outside the back door relaxing.  She was counting her tips and I startled her she blurted out, "Your not going to rob me are you?"  I laughed and said, "No mam, I'm a Baptist preacher, which may be worse to some people."  She laughed and I gave her a Gospel tract with my picture on it.  

We talked for a few minutes and I gave her the Gospel.  Bless her heart she said, "I've got to get into church."  I said respectfully, "No you need to know you are going to Heaven when you die!"  After a little while she bowed her head and asked Christ to save her soul from going to Hell. SOMEBODY SAY AMEN!

I will be preaching tonight at 6 and Monday night at 7 pm. If you are in the area please come to the service.  If you need directions call Pastor Crawford at 724-499-5555 or 724-499-5749. GOTTA LOVE OLD TIME PREACHING IN AN OLD TIME BAPTIST CHURCH!

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

GREAT SUNDAY IN GEORGIA

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Dr. Rice & Chelita
Baseball Coach & Son
Sunday Morning
Today I had the honor of teaching and preaching at the MT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH of Whitesburg, GA, just outside of Atlanta.   One of our TEXAS BAPTIST COLLEGE graduates, Pastor Dexter Landers, has been the pastor there for the past 5 years.  Today the LORD gave us packed out buildings with 11 saved, 7 professions, and 4 baptized.

There was a father and son saved and baptized today.  Guess who they were?  They were the pastor's son's baseball coach Mr. Benji Shelton and his son Benji Jr. WOW!

Tonight Pastor Landers pointed out the piano player and mentioned that she was the one of whom he had sent a picture of sitting on the lap of Dr. John R. Rice years ago.  This lady's parents were close friends with Dr. and Mrs. Rice.  Isn't that wonderful this young lady raised in a Christian home is still serving the LORD in the music ministry. Thank you Dr. and Mrs. Rice!


Pastor Dexter Landers





Tonight I preached my sermon "LET'S GO SOUL WARNING."   I mentioned how Mark 16:15 does not say "win" rather it says "preach" the Gospel to every creature.  I then pointed out how we are told in Ezekiel chapters 3 and 33 to "warn."   We can avoid bloody hands by "warning."  It does not say bloody hands because we do not "win" rather because we do not warn. 

Jesus saves souls we merely lead them to the Saviour or "win" them over to the Saviour by telling them how great the Saviour is.  No one made me get saved.  I trusted Christ as my Saviour because I wanted to.  Paul was not a failure because he ceased not to preach day and night in one case without one convert.  He succeeded because he gave men "warning."

THOUGHTS

1) People were going to Hell before there ever was a religion.  (II Thessalonians 2:10-12 - People reject the truth because they are deceived by their unrighteousness not heresy. They embrace heresy because of their unrighteousness)

2) No human being has the power to send another human being to Hell.

3) We let people go to Hell by not warning. (Mark 16:15)

4) God has promised to warn everyone at least one time. (Titus 2:11)

5) God has given to us the intercessory work of warning people. (John 20:21 - we are to go back a 2nd time, a 3rd time, a 4th time, etc.)

6) You never warn the wrong person. (Mark 16:15 - every creature)

7) If you warn enough people someone will listen. (Acts 17:34 - Howbeit certain men clave - Not everyone but someone)

GOTTA LOVE SOUL WARNING!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

R. G. III's SURGERY A SUCCESS! AMEN!

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Words cannot express our gratitude to all of you for your prayers. R. G. went through his 24th surgery yesterday and is in ICU for a couple of days for them to keep an eye on him.  Bob and Kelly are beat, but excited that everything went well.  I have a picture of him after surgery, but Mrs. G. forbade me to put it on the BLOG.  I want you to know I am the head of my house, so there will be no picture. Ha!

Bob took the midnight shift and Kelly took the day shift so pray for them for strength.  This is a tough enough thing let alone the fact that it is your own child. Mrs. G and I are very proud of Bob and Kelly.  They are a blessing.  I will keep you updated about R. G.  He will turn 21 on May 7th and has a dog named Tanner waiting for him when he comes home.  He also has a job waiting for him once he recovers. GOTTA LOVE FAMILY!