May 19

May 19 – May 25
Scripture Passage:  “Beware that there be not a thought in your wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and your eye be evil against your poor brother, and you give him naught; and he cry unto the Lord against you, and it be sin unto you.  Deuteronomy 15:9

Pastor’s Desk May 13th

Scripture Passage: “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”  I John 3:16
Dear Friends,
I have purposefully used a passage of Scripture today to catch your attention.  Did you notice that this is John 3:16?  I John 3:16 that is.  Do you see the parallel?  God loved us so much that He gave his Son to die for us that we might have eternal life.  Because God loves us, we ought to love one another.  Because Jesus laid down His life for us, we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  Do you think this is a coincidence?  I think not.  Let us go a little further.

Pastor’s Desk May 6th

Scripture Passage:  “He that is greedy of gain troubles his own house; but he that hates gifts shall live.”  Proverbs 15:27
Dear Friends,
     Webster says greed is an acquisitive desire beyond reason.  To be greedy is to be eagerly desirous especially of wealth.  The synonym of greed is covetousness.

Pastor’s Desk April 29th

Scripture Passage:  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  Psalms 119:105
Dear Friends,
     The Word of God is so precious.  It is precious because it is a person.  It is precious because it is God breathed.  It is precious because it is the exact representation of who God is.  The Word of God is compared to a two-edged sword.

Pastor’s Desk April 22nd

Scripture Passage:  “And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean line cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed.”   Matthew 27:59-60     “And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.”  Mark 16:2       “Be not affrighted: You seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here: behold the place where they laid Him.”   Mark 16:6
Dear Friends,
     Happy Resurrection Day!  We serve a risen Savior who has conquered death, hell, and the grave.  We need never fear death again, or ever surrender to the lies of Satan.  Because He Lives – We Live.  Because He Won – We Win.  Because He is coming again we live in great hope and expectation.  One of my favorite Resurrection sermons is by S.M. Lockridge entitled: “It’s Friday – but Sunday’s Coming.”  Many people have taken credit for this poem, so I do not know who originally wrote it.  I just know Lockridge concluded his sermon with it and you can still hear it on You Tube today.  Here is a printed copy for you to read and enjoy today.  Remember Satan thinks he has you defeated today, just as he did Jesus on the Friday of crucifixion.  Today is just Friday – but Sunday’s Coming!  Hallelujah!

Pastor’s Desk April 15th

Scripture Passage:  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then said I, “Here I am; send me.”  Isaiah 6:8
Dear Friends,
     The past few days have been interesting.  I have been a part of several committees down through the years that have been responsible for filling empty positions in churches, associations and now the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Technology may run the world, but it still takes people to operate the technology and make decisions about the future.

Pastor’s Desk April 8th

Scripture Passage:  “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.”  Proverbs 3:27
Dear Friends, A young lawyer came to ask Jesus a question in order to test Him.  The question was “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus ask, “What does the law say?” The young man answered, “Thou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”  Jesus’ reply was, “You have answered right, do this, and you will live.”  But the young man willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”  From that question Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan to show that a neighbor is anyone that you have the opportunity to do good to regardless of ethnicity, gender, or social status.  Luke 10:25-37   Our story today relates very well to Solomon’s teaching in Proverbs 3:27.

Pastor’s Desk April 1st

Scripture Passage:  “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.  But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment than for you.  And thou, Capernaum, which are exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.  But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.”   Matthew 11:21-24
Dear Friends,
     In the rocky landscape surrounding the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, lie the remains of three early prominent cities.  This is the area of the feeding of five thousand as well as the teaching of the beatitudes.  It was the area of many miracles as well as the operating base for Jesus and His disciples.  Capernaum was the fishing village of Peter, James, and John located on the shores of Galilee while the other two cities lay further inland.  It was from this area that the majority of Christ’s disciples were called.  It was also the final meeting place for Jesus and His disciples after His resurrection from the dead.  Capernaum was the largest of the three cities and contained its own synagogue.  What upset Jesus so that he would utter a curse of destruction upon them?  Did his prophecy come true and how does that relate to us today in America?  Let us see.

Pastor’s Desk March 25th

Scripture Passage:  “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe unto them that are wise in their own eye, and prudent in their own sight.”  Isaiah 5: 20-21
Dear Friends,
     Can you believe there is a verse like this in the Bible?  Surely this was written by a Pastor in the last decade over the moral decay in the present day church.  Could it be a parent dealing with a teen over their sexual identity crisis?  Maybe it is a woman struggling with her spouse over infidelity issues in their marriage.  He sees nothing wrong with what he is doing and seems to revel in the sordid choices he has made.  Perhaps it is the musings of a past generation that lived in a different time when right was right, and wrong was wrong, and people knew the difference.  No, it was written by a prophet of God nearly three thousand years ago.

Pastor’s Desk March 11th

Scripture Passage:  “And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite.  And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentils: and the people fled from the Philistines.  But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the Lord wrought a great victory.”  II Samuel 23:11-12
Dear Friends,
     The greatest king of Israel, David, experienced great success because of two things:  1. His love and heart for God 2.  The people he surrounded himself with.  God said of David, “He is a man after my own heart.”  David sinned just like you and I do and sometimes even worse.  He was a man with a temper and sex drive.  He was a leader and a numbers guy.  He was a planner and sometimes his plans got ahead of God’s plans.  He was a musician and worshipper and his style was often unorthodox.  He could go from being exuberant to depressed with the drop of a hat, but he could also be rock steady and unshakable when he needed to be.  When David sinned he often tried to cover it up or pretend that nothing happened.  When Nathan the prophet confronted him on several occasions, he confessed and repented with godly sorrow.  David knew who he was, but God knew him even better.  David’s love for God never waned and even when he messed up his true heart eventually showed back up.