First Baptist Church in Freer, Texas
First Baptist Church        in Freer, Texas

Weekly Newsletters:

February 15, 2016

 

The scripture tells us in Romans 8:18 these words, "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."
   God never tells us that we won’t experience grief or sorrow in this life. There will be tears. And, to be honest, sometimes life will just draw the air right out of you.
   But we must remember that trials have a purpose. Trials can fortify us. They can prove us, test us, and prepare us for what is to come. Fact is, "God never waste a moment in the lives of His children."
   Listen, if you’re a Christian, you’re in a spiritual battle, which means that you have a very real enemy. Truth is, you may be going through a spiritual boot camp of sorts even now - an experience that will prepare you for the battle that lies ahead!
   Beloved, whatever you may be facing today, don't forget that God is forming your character, bringing out the best in you. Just like gold has to be refined, so we too must be put through the fIre to be changed into the person God wants us to be.
   In closing, when we get to heaven and see Jesus face to face, we will say, "It's worth everything that I've been through just to be here with my Savior!" Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

February 8, 2016

 

In Daniel 1:8 the Bible tells us that "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself."
   Let me ask you, "Are you determined to live for God?" If so, you have to decide now, before trials and temptation come.
   Like Daniel, you must purpose in your heart to follow your convictions before the pressure is on. Determine in your heart that no pleasure is worth sacrificing your relationship and fellowship with God.
   Listen, the reality is that your faith will be tested. It’s a certainty, according to Scripture. Fact is l, a faith that can’t be tested can’t be trusted.
   So you must make the purposeful decision to be true to the Lord and to live for Him now. There will be peer pressure and cultural force, and it will seem at times that everyone else is compromising what they say they believe.
   You see, many of the spiritual decisions that we make demand sacrifice and commitment. It may cost you friends to follow Jesus Christ. It may cost you a promotion at work. It may even cost you attendees at the church you pastor. But if you make those tough decisions, God will honor your convictions.
   So set your limits now. Make the decision to build up your relationship with God, rather than tear it down. When you do that, God will bless your decision. You can count on it.
   In closing, in the end, it's always better to be right with God, than to have the applause of men. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

February 1, 2016

 

The scripture reminds us, God speaking, in Isaiah 43:25, "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more."

   There was a little boy and his sister visiting their grand- parents on their farm. Johnny was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved! In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the woodpile; only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. After lunch the next day Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.” Then she whispered to him, “Remember the duck?” So Johnny did the dishes.

   Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, “I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.” Sally just smiled and said, “Well that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help,” she whispered again to him, “Remember the duck?” So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.

   After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he finally couldn’t stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, “Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave out of you.”

   And Beloved, so it is with us. Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done, you need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing. He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that if you will ask Him to, He will forgive you for whatever it was. He’s just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave out of you.

   Listen, today, as a follower of Christ, don’t allow the devil to keep you in slavery. Instead, celebrate the freedom found in Christ: freedom from your past sins, and freedom to choose not to repeat them. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the devil’s schemes.

   Don't forget, the evil one came to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came to give us life and that to the full. Why not begin to bask in God's grace today? Love, Bro. Tim

 

January 25, 2016

 

In Romans 14:21 we're told, "It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak."
   Beloved, any time we choose to do something that the Bible does not expressly forbid, we should stop and ask ourselves some important questions: "Does this action honor God? Is it helpful to my Christian walk? Will it negatively impact other believers who may follow my example?"
   Listen, whether or not we choose to do that action should depend on the answers to these questions. The simple fact is, not everyone in the body of Christ is at the same point of spiritual maturity. Some Christ followers are either very young or still relatively immature in the faith, and thus may be more easily influenced by the actions of others. Instead of selfishly disregarding them, the Bible teaches us to be careful to make decisions that will not negatively impact them. This should be a very serious consideration for believers, who are called to be examples to others.
   There could be many illustrations that could be used to prove this point, but a couple will be sufficient to show the importance of this truth. Things such as our use of language and alcohol come to mind when I think of activities that could cause someone else to stumble and fall. Imagine, for example, that a church leader is using alcohol in public, maybe as part of a meal at a restaurant. The problem comes when a middle school student from the church sees this leader and decides that's what they'll do when they get old enough.
   Fact is, little eyes and ears are very attentive to what their elders choose to do and say. Listen, even if you can control your habits, can you guarantee that those around you will be able to control the habit that you helped start in their lives? It's not likely that you can.
   Now, I know that these are
 tough questions, but I believe we need to ask them so we can hold ourselves to the highest standards of Christian conduct.  We are to be above reproach and to set an example to believers and nonbelievers alike. Are you sending the right messages through your actions? Let me urge you to live with an acute awareness of those around you who may be at a different point of maturity in their walk with Christ.
   Don't forget, your actions today may well influence how others may choose to act tomorrow. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

January 18, 2016

 

The scripture reminds us in Ephesians 2:8-10 that salvation is a gift from God. We're told, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
   Let’s suppose out of the blue one day, someone gave you the keys to a brand new car. Now this isn’t just any car, it’s a brand new red sports car with leather seats and every amenity you could imagine.
   So you reach into your pocket and say, “Let me help you pay for this.” And you pull out a dime, lay it on the table, and then say, “There you go.” Then, you get into your car and begin driving down the road, when someone pulls up next to you and says, “Nice car!” To which you reply, “Thanks. I paid for it myself!”
   Now that’s insane, of course. But it’s not nearly as insane as thinking that somehow the gift of salvation is purchased by anything that you or I could do. Our works make absolutely no difference in terms of the eternal salvation that we have received. When we all stand before God, surely no one will be so crazy as to say, "Look what I did! I made it!”
   Beloved, Salvation is the work of Christ alone. Yes, you and I do good works in response to this gift, but we're never more saved because we do them. So remember that neither your good or bad works can impact your status in Christ. If you’ve trusted Him, you’re His forever! Praise His precious name! Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

January 11, 2016
 
Beloved, the scripture tells us in Genesis 2:18, "And the LORD God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.'"
   The book of Genesis is a book about beginnings. It tells of how our world came into being and why it is the way it is. Genesis 1-3 is a painting, an epic story, a beautifully crafted piece of poetry. And like all good poetry, its use of words and phrases are important to the overall message.
   If you read Genesis 1-2, there’s this phrase that is repeated over and over again in the creation story. God speaks something into existence, and it appears. God surveys His work of creation, while the following phrase is repeated over and over again: "And God saw that it was good."
   This is the image that we are given of creation at the very beginning. Whatever God created, He saw as good. Everything was good. Everything was right. Everything was as it should be, that is, except one thing.
   Genesis 2:18 captures an astounding statement. In a world where everything God has created is "good," one thing in the garden isn’t — "It is not good for man to be alone."
   Now what makes this statement so astounding is that it comes before Genesis 3. We have this false image in our minds that everything before mankind’s fall into sin was perfect and the way that God wanted it to be, but apparently there was one thing that was not working so good. Aloneness is the only thing wrong in the garden. Humanity was never meant to live life alone.
   Listen, from the very beginning of creation, the portrait we see is that humanity is wired for relationship. People crave being close to others. The account of Genesis 1-2 tells us why. God is a relational being, and when He created humanity in His own image, He created us as relational beings as well. We were not meant to do alone.
   In fact, 46 times the New Testament reminds us of what we should be doing for "one another:" loving one another, serving one another, forgiving one another, meeting one another’s needs, bearing one another’s burdens, and that's just to mention a few. The Scriptures from beginning to end proclaim this one fact: mankind was not meant to live life alone. Truth is, we really do need each other. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

December 28, 2015

 

 The scripture states in 1st Peter 1:17-19 these words, "And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."
   One of the great minds in the history of the world was Benjamin Franklin. During his life, he coined countless pithy statements that were packed with nuggets of truth. And one of my favorite quotes from Franklin is this, "Doest thou love life? Then do not squander time, for time is the stuff life is made of."
   Beloved, this statement reflects a very biblical truth: God has given each one of us a certain number of minutes with which we’re able to make an impact in the world. Yet, many people squander their time here on earth and do nothing that's of significance for the Kingdom.
   But the simple truth is that while we are here in the world, God wants us to maximize our influence among others for the sake of His Kingdom. While many pursue riches that perish, believers are to pursue riches that will never perish, that is, the things of Christ!
   Listen, every day you live is a gift from God. So as the Christmas decorations come down, get ready to step into the coming year renewed and recommitted to living your days to their fullest for the sake of Christ! One day when you stand before Him, to give an account of your life, you'll be so glad that you did. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

December 21, 2015
 
 The scripture tells us in Galatians 4:4-5, "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons."
   Fact is, most of us have our traditions when it comes to Christmas gift opening. Some families open their gifts on Christmas Eve. Some families open theirs on Christmas morning. Some spread out their gift opening over several days to extend the enjoyment. But regardless of when you open your Christmas presents, you likely feel that you have chosen the "right moment."
   It’s fascinating to me that God’s gift to us, the birth of His Son Jesus, when God became human, was just at the right moment. Not a moment too early; not a moment too late,"But when the fullness of time had come" the Scripture reveals, In other words, He came just at the right time.
   Thankfully, we have the certainty of Scriptures, that Jesus did come; that He lived among us; that He died for our sins; that He conquered death and rose again. We have the benefit of those followers of Christ who have gone before us, passing down to us the assurance of Jesus’ life and ministry among us. We share in the legacy of what God has done in human history and continues to do during our time. We are a part of His ongoing story in the world.
   Beloved, we celebrate Christmas as the time to remember and give thanks for Jesus, who came "just in time!" Amen! Love, Bro. Tim
December 14, 2015
 
The scripture states in Matthew 2:12 these words, "And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, [the wise men] departed to their own country by another way."
   Listen, we don’t know what happened to these wise men. They exit the biblical story as quickly as they entered it. We can suppose they came to saving faith and lived out the rest of their days as followers of Jesus. That’s what I believe, but the story just doesn’t tell us.
   But here’s the truth: What the wise men saw in the stars and in Bethlehem prompted worship of the Lord Jesus. And I believe that’s where their journey led them and their lives were never the same again. I think the light was turned on in their lives and they became new creations in Christ.
   When you encounter the truth of Christ, you will be transform- ed. Your life will take on a new direction. These magi went home another way – I think that means both geographically and spiritually. New life in Christ takes on a whole new direction, a way of spiritual transformation.
   Beloved, I don’t believe in accidents. It wasn’t an accident these men came to meet young Jesus and it’s not an accident you’re reading these words today. I want to tell you that wherever you are, you can become a different person right now. The truth of Christ is a truth that sets you free. And if you’ll trust in Him today, your life will begin to go down a brand new path. Believe it and receive it in Jesus' Name. Love, Bro. Tim
 

December 7, 2015

 

  Beloved, God's Word tells us in Hebrews 12:2 these words, "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
   Folks, Jesus came to bring hope, joy, love, and peace to this sin-sick world. Today, if you look around you, you'll notice that there's little of these blessed gifts still in view. Oh, you get a glimpse of them from time to time, but you see much more hopelessness in the eyes of people today because of all the madness that continues to take place day after day.
   Listen, if you are hungering for hope, love, joy and peace today, you need to look up to the Holy One of Heaven. He alone brought these gifts, and He alone can still supply them for you in abundance.
   As our passage states, "looking unto Jesus." Beloved, look to Jesus, for He alone can satisfy the hunger of your soul. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

November 30, 2015

 

   The scripture tells believers that they should "in everything give thanks" (1st Thessalonians 5:18a). Wow, that passage really spoke to me just now.
   Let me ask you, "Have you ever gone to worship on Sunday after a holiday, and ended up feeling blue?" Well, I have. To be more specific, I did so today. I had, what I believed, was a great message on worship, and frankly it just seemed to fall flat. I was disappointed with the outcome and I'm certain that those who were in attendance likely felt the same. And then I read once again the passage above - in everything give thanks, and the Lord kind of shook me a bit, then He reminded me of a few things.
   First, I am so blessed to know the Lord and be known by Him. Because of that I should be thankful.
   Second, what a privilege I've been given to proclaim His previous word. Because of that I should be thankful.
   Third, there were people present when I stood to preach God's word. Because of that I should be thankful.
   Beloved, when the Lord says that His children should be thankful in everything, that's what He means. So, whether there are many who come to worship or Bible Study, or just a few, we need to remember to be thankful in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in. Amen!
   Folks, I hope you don't mind me being transparent with you today. I did so because I figured some of you may have felt the same way too. Love, Bro. Tim

November 23, 2015

 

  The Psalmist stated in Psalm 95:2, "Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms."
   Beloved, no matter our circumstances we ought to spend our days thanking the Lord. Yes, I will admit it, it's much easier to thank the Lord when the skies are blue and our bank account and cub-boards are full. But here's the truth, if you are born again by the precious blood of Jesus, you have more than enough reason to thank the Lord for. Lift up your head right now and thank Him!
   Listen, every day and in every way you and I should praise and thank the Lord! Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

November 16, 2015

 

The scripture tells us in Hebrews 12:1-3, "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”
   I'm told that in the 1968 Olympics within the stadium in Mexico City, the stands had gone dark after an extremely busy day of some of the finest track and field events in the history of the Olympics. All that remained inside the stadium were a few judges, the clean-up crew, and a handful of reporters who were filing their reports. All of a sudden out of nowhere, a runner in his country’s track uniform half hobbled and half ran into that great stadium. He was a marathon runner who was literally hours behind the official last place finisher. He ran around the track and crossed the finish line. One of the reporters ran down to the field to ask this runner why he bothered to finish the race since he was obviously hurting and no one would even count him as a finisher. The injured runner looked up at the reporter and said, “My country did not send me over 5,000 miles to start the race, but rather to finish it.”
   This man persevered, endured the pain, and finished the race. What a hero! What do you need to do today to sustain your life, your faith, family, or health over the long haul? Is there something in which you need to wholeheartedly persevere to finish the race of life well?
   Remember this great piece of advice offered by someone years ago that stated, “When the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain of changing, you will change.” Listen, the way I see it is this, "we either choose the pain of discipline or the pain of regret, and it's for certain that the pain of discipline leads to a better place, and a better you." Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

November 9, 2015

 

  Beloved, Jesus said in John 10:10, "the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy, but I have come that you may have and that to the full." What a blessing to know and be known by the Lord. Amen!
   Once upon a time in a land far away, there lived a group of people called the Laconians. The Laconians lived in a rural setting; their village was surrounded by a forest. They looked and acted a lot like you and I do. They dressed like we dress and went to school and work like we do. They even had the same family struggles and search for identity that we have. But there was one major difference: Connected to the ankle of every Laconian was a brace, and attached to the brace was a strong metal chain, and connected to the chain was a round, heavy metal ball.
   Fact is, wherever the Laconians went or whatever they did, they carried the ball and chain. Yet, no one seemed to mind. After all, they were used to the ball and chain, and no one in Laconia was free from the bondage of the ball and chain.
   Well, one day the hero of the story, Tommy, was in the forest after school exploring when he went around a corner, slipped, and fell, and the chain broke. Tommy had never heard of a chain breaking before in the land of Laconia, and he was terrified. But he was also curious. As he stood and stared at the broken chain, he sensed that something very significant had happened in his life. In fact, he tried to take a step without the ball and chain and almost fell down. After all, he wasn’t used to the freedom of walking without this bondage.
   Beloved, because he didn't know what else to do, Tommy quickly slipped the ball and chain back on his ankle. He told no one of his new discovery. The next day after school this new curiosity drove him back to the forest to experiment with his newfound freedom. This time when he unhooked the chain, he walked. Yes, it was wobbly, but he quickly learned to compensate, and in a few hours he was running and jumping and even trying to climb the trees in the forest. Every day after school he found himself out in the forest, free to experience life in a different way from anyone else in Laconia.
   In time, he decided to share his secret with his best friend. After school one day he brought his friend to the forest and showed him his new freedom. But his friend responded by saying, “Don’t be different! Once a Laconian, you’ll always be a Laconian. Be happy with what you have.” This response only put more fuel in Tommy’s fire. He knew he needed to show all the people of his little village that they could be set free.
   One spring day when the whole village was outside, Tommy took the ball and placed it under his arm, then ran and skipped through the town. He wanted to show the people of his village his joy and freedom. Their response was that of shock. They mocked him, scolded him, and challenged him to not be different. Even his family told him to immediately become a normal part of the community and put back his chain.
   Tommy knew then and there that since he had experienced this freedom he could never again settle for second-best in life. For Tommy, being normal was out of the question. He chose to be different from that moment on.
   Folks, this story was shared simply to challenge us all not to settle for second best in life. Question is, "What is keeping you from breaking the ball and chain that's holding you back and striving to be all that God wants you to be?" Whatever it is, you need to turn away from it and give your full focus to the Lord. Choose to be different! One day when you stand before Him, you will be glad you did. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim​

November 2, 2015

 
 
Beloved, the scripture states in John 3:8, Jesus speaking, "The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear it's sound, but cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
   Listen, it was late one night when a Pharisee named Nicodemus came to Jesus. Like many others, he had seen Jesus teaching. He had seen the miracles. He knew something was different about this man, and he had to know. Who was He - really?
   Well, in the course of the conversation that night Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be “born again.” Folks, to understand the force of this statement, we need to put ourselves in the place of Nicodemus. You see, for us, the term “born again” has all kinds of images and theological meaning attached to it. For Nicodemus, he had never heard of such a thing before. What could this all mean? What on earth is Jesus talking about, he might have been thinking to himself?
   Beloved, what we often forget about this exchange is that Jesus is not finished after telling Nicodemus that he needed to be “born again.” Jesus offers a glimpse of the mystery of what He is talking about, and He did so by stating that “The wind blows wherever it pleases…”
   What Jesus is saying here to Nicodemus is this: The ways of God are mysterious, as mysterious as the wind. You can’t fully explain it; you can’t fully grasp it. Trying to fully comprehend the spirit (pneuma) is like trying to fully comprehend the wind (pneuma). Both wind and spirit comes from the same Greek word.
   What I find fascinating here is that Nicodemus walked away from Jesus without a clear understanding of what Jesus was talking about, and that’s okay with Jesus. Nicodemus doesn’t walk away with a three-step formula for being “born again.” The story, much like the point Jesus is getting at, is unresolved, a mystery that forces this Pharisee, as well as the rest of us, to walk away thinking, pondering, wondering, and searching.
   You see, Faith is a lifelong journey of discovery. Just when you awaken to a new understanding of the depth of who God is, you discover there is something still beyond that. It’s okay not to have it all figured out. It’s okay not to have all the answers worked out in a nice and easy package. Apparently, seeing faith as an open-ended quest is okay. It was for Jesus and Nicodemus. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

October 26, 2015 

 

The scripture tells us in 1st Peter 5:8 that, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
   Beloved, early Native Americans were some of the best hunters in history. A combination of patience, wisdom, knowledge of the natural world, and respect for their place in it resulted in the skillful artistry of the hunt.
   One tactic in particular illustrates this beautifully. When hunting buffalo on the Great Plains, hunters would cover themselves in buffalo hides and carefully approach the grazing herd virtually unnoticed. With ease and skill, the hunters would kill dozens of buffalo before the rest of the herd was aware of the intruders. When the herd finally realized the attack, they began to stampede, but the hunters were far away in safety. Once the herd cleared, the successful hunters would go and retrieve their kill.
   Listen, we have a word for this type of “sneak attack” today and it is called being desensitized. When people are sensitive to something, they are keenly aware of what is happening around them physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Therefore, when we become desensitized, we become dull to what once drew our attention. This is a spiritual landmine and one that deserves our consideration. Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of the Bible, The Message, shares the concern this way when it states, "Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up.”
   Folks, it's likely that today many of us in America would be caught napping, not paying attention to the bells and whistles going off around us. We live in a society where we are surrounded by pride, envy, deceit, division, selfishness, and many other ills. I suspect that much of this doesn’t even raise a red flag with most of us anymore. As a people of God, we are called to be set apart. May today be our wake-up call. May we arise from our slumber before it's too late! Love, Bro. Tim

October 19, 2015

 

 In Psalm 127:3 the Bible reminds parents that, "Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward."
   Do your children know that you love them unconditionally? Do they believe that no matter what they face, no matter how they fail, you love them without question?
   As parents, you and I have to look into our children’s eyes and tell them that, yes, there are rules and standards in the home, but nothing they do can stop you from loving them. Your children must know that you love them absolutely and unconditionally.
   Why should you love your children in this way? It's because that’s how much God loves us. He loves us not based on our performance or appearance, but by His grace He accepts us as we are - warts and all. And when you love your child as God loves you, it will impact your child for life, and it will make heaven smile. Amen! Love Bro. Tim

October 12, 2015

 

  The scripture reminds us in Deuteronomy 6:6-7 to "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
  As has been said, "Don't just say it show it!" This old adage is never more important than it is in parenting.
  Fact is, children can spot a phony from miles away, even if that phony happens to be their parent. They know if we’re simply saying something, or if we really believe what we say, and we show what we really believe by what we do. Amen!
  For example, do you tell your children to stay away from alcohol and then grab a beer out of the refrigerator? Or do you warn them against immorality and then sit and watch immoral television shows and movies?
  Don't ever forget, your children are watching you, so be their hero. Be a model of virtue and purity. You can be the kind of person your child can trust and respect as one of their most important role models.
  So the challenge for every parent out there is this, "Start today by showing your children what you really believe. Don't just tell them show them how to live a life that honors God." Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

October 5, 2015

 

   The scriptures tell us of a woman who made a great contribution to Jesus in His last days here on earth. The passage we will consider is found in Mark 14:6,8. These verses state, "But Jesus said, 'Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.
She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.'”
   Beloved, do you ever notice perfume in the air? That nose-appealing smell that lingers after a friend leaves a room? Or you may pass by a friend and notice that they are wearing a familiar brand of cologne or perfume? When this happens we are often transported to another place and another time.
   Three of the four gospels record a tender moment between the Lord Jesus and His friend, Mary, just before He went to the cross to die for the sins of humanity. While Jesus was at dinner, Mary arrives and proceeds to pour an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume on His head. No doubt this was a very unexpected turn of events. The gospel of John adds that this dear woman also poured the perfume on His feet, and then dried His feet with her hair.
   As the passage states, "She did what she could", with all she had to give, and she did this regardless of what others around her murmured about what had just taken place. Then Jesus turned to those around her and said, "Assuredly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."
   Beloved, the Bible tells us that God prepares us in advance for good works to be done in Christ. He gives us the design, the desire, the resources, and His results. May we follow Mary's example and pour out our best for Christ in this life, so that others might see the life that Jesus came to bring being lived out through us and be drawn to Him. As the old song says, "Let others see Jesus in you." Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

September 28, 2015

 

The scripture states in Psalm 137:4-6 these words, "“How shall we sing the LORD’s song In a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill! If I do not remember you, Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth— If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.”
   Coming home. It’s one of the most powerful images in the Scriptures. In fact, from the end of Genesis 3, when the first human beings were expelled from the Garden to the very end of Revelation, there is an unresolved tension. When are we going to come home? When are things going to return to the way God dreamed for them to be since the beginning?
   Coming home. It’s the story of the Scriptures, but it's our story too, is it not?
   Beloved, this question of homecoming became expressed most deeply when the nation of Israel went into exile in Babylon in 587 B.C. Living far from the land they knew as home, a home that was destroyed and left barren, the Israelites began to ask profoundly penetrating questions. Why did this happen? Why are we here? Will we ever be able to go home?
   Truth is, it's possible that you’ve asked these same questions as well. Living away from home is painful. The memories of how things were, or should be, clash against the backdrop of how things are, creating a hunger and a yearning for home. This is what lies behind much of the Scriptures - a yearning to be home again.
   Listen, the word “repent” in Hebrew is a fascinating word. It’s the word teshuva. This word means much more than what we commonly see repentance as being: merely feeling sorry for what we've done. Rather, it carries with it the idea of “returning.” To repent, therefore, is to return, to come home again.
   So when God calls His people to repent in the Scriptures, He is not merely telling them to feel sorry for what they have done in the past. He is not wagging His finger, scolding His children for where they have been and what they have been doing. No. God is inviting His people to come home again, to live as they were created to live, a life of harmony with God and with others. So God wants His children to repent, to return, to please come home again.
   Listen, it could be that you know what it's like to yearn to be home again. Perhaps you feel like it is impossible to ever go home, like there’s simply too much that has gone on. Well, it's never too late to repent, to come home. In fact, God has been waiting for you to do so all along. Won't you come home? Won't you do so today? Come home, you will be glad you did. Love, Bro. Tim

September 21, 2015

 

The scripture states in 2nd Corinthians 5:21 that "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." What a price Jesus paid that you and I could be saved. Amen!
   The story is told about a young boy who had a bad habit of coming home from school late and it didn't seem to matter to him how many times his parents scolded him or warned him about the consequences, he still continued doing it.
   One day when he came home late, he washed his hands and came to the supper table to find that his plate only had a piece of bread on it and his glass only had water in it. He couldn't believe his eyes. The rest of the plates on the table had all the elements that made up the meal for the evening but his didn't. He thought there had been a mistake but there hadn't been. That was the way it had to be.
   Then before anyone took a bite of their meal for the evening, the boy's father reached over, and without saying a word about him being late getting home again, switched supper plates with the young man, taking his punishment on himself.
   Now, even though this dad had done nothing wrong to deserve the punishment that was meant for his son, he took it, he paid his son's price, so that he could go free.
   Beloved, in the same way, Jesus bore our sin, He paid out enormous sin-debt, He hung on a cruel cross, He bore our shame, He died a horrific death, so that we could go free. Oh, what a Savior Jesus truly is!
   Place your life in His hands today. He is worthy of your trust and all of your praise! Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

September 14, 2015

 

  We're reminded in scripture "Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
   A news story from the state of Texas caught my attention. Apparently, a cattle carrier traveling on an interstate highway experienced trouble when the back of the trailer came open. For lack of a better way to put it, cows flew out. Of course, cows can’t fly, which in this instance, is not good news for the cows involved.
   Neither was it good news for the traffic following the cattle carrier. The flying cows led to a chain reaction of negative events. Several cars hit some of the cows. Police scrambled to the scene. While working to control the accident scene, another truck approached on the interstate. It sped by, nearly hitting a police officer. Two police vehicles immediately began pursuit of the speeding truck. The truck quickly pulled off to the side of the interstate and two men jumped out and began running. The police vehicles also pulled over, the officers got out of their vehicles, and began pursuing the suspects on foot. Eventually, the suspects were caught. Unfortunately, the officers had stopped their vehicles in tall grass, which ignited a fire, engulfing their squad cars in flames and completely destroying them.
   Listen, when cows fly, bad things happen. When cows fly, unintended consequences are set into motion. There are times when I look back on my day and I feel like I’ve sent cows flying. Of course, I’ve never actually flung a cow, but in my words and actions, I’ve unleashed all kinds of unintended consequences.
   Beloved, the Scriptures tell us that we have a responsibility to keep a close watch over our lives regarding how we think, speak, and act. Today’s story is a simple cautionary tale. Fact is, when cows fly, unintended consequences result and bad things happen. So, let's commit today to do our very best, with God’s help, to keep the cows where they belong.
   Our daily prayer must be, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, oh Lord my strength and my Redeemer" (Psalm 19:14). Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

September 7, 2015

 

  The scripture reminds us when it states in 2nd Corinthians 9:6-7, "But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

   The story is told that, "Years ago, a 10-year old boy approached the counter of a soda shop and climbed onto a stool. He asked the waitress, 'What does an ice cream sundae cost?' She said, 'Fifty cents.'"
   It was then that the little guy reached deep in his pockets and pulled out an assortment of change, counting it carefully as the waitress grew impatient. She had bigger customers to wait on.
   Then the little guy said, "Well, how much would just plain ice cream be?" The waitress responded with noticeable irritation in her voice, "It cost Thirty-five cents."
   Again, the boy slowly counted his money. "Ma'am can I have some plain ice cream in a dish then, please?" He gave the waitress the correct amount, and she brought him the ice cream.
   Later, the waitress returned to clear the boy’s dish and when she picked it up, she felt a lump form in her throat. There on the counter the boy had left two nickels and five pennies. She realized that he had originally had enough money for the sundae that he really wanted, but sacrificed it so that he could leave her a tip.
   Beloved, a generous heart is a rare gift indeed. How often is it easier to hold on to what we think we need instead of remembering to be generous? The child in the story above could easily justify buying a sundae, running over with his favorite toppings and topped with frothy whipped cream and a cherry. After all, he’s just a kid. Nobody expects him to leave a tip.
   But fortunately- somewhere, someone taught him to think not only of himself, but of others, and to show that thoughtfulness in a tangible way. Generous living invites those around us to pause long enough to notice something different. It is the way of the believer and it is the way of Christ.
   May those who follow Christ strive daily to be more like Him and less like the world around them. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

August 31, 2015

 

  The scripture reminds us in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 that, "
“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.”
   Beloved, what this is telling us is this, "We need one another, even more than we often realize."  Now, I know that there are some in the world who say that they need no one, but that all changes when trouble strikes, and there's one thing about difficult days, they are no respecter of persons.
   Listen, the sooner we come to grips with the reality that no man is an island, and we need others to love and care for - as well as for them to love and care for us, the better off we will be.
   Fact is, God made us to be in community with Him and with others, and we'll never be happier or more complete than when we are living the life that the Lord planned for us. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

August 24, 2015

 

  Beloved, the Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 1:6, "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."
   Let me ask you, "In who or what have you placed your hope or confidence?" If your confidence is in your retirement investments, then in recent days your hope has been shattered somewhat. If your hope or confidence is in your family, then when and if your family fails you or passes away, then your hope is shattered. But if your hope is in Jesus, and the salvation that He came to bring, then your hope and confidence is always valid whether in life or in death.
   Listen, we must keep our eyes on Jesus, and we must do so until we go to be with Him or till He comes again. If we put our hope and confidence in anyone or anything besides the Lord, we will be disappointed with the result. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

   August 17, 2015

 

  In Nehemiah 8:1 the Bible says, "Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel,"
   Beloved, revival among God’s people is a matter of internal renewal, not just external repairs. So after Nehemiah and his people had finished repairing and rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, they gathered together for a time of spiritual renewal.
   One of the wonderful things about revival is that when we are renewed in our relationship with God and His joy begins to flood our hearts, the overflow spills onto other people! That’s why it’s so important that we come together as the people of God to celebrate His goodness and seek Him for refreshment and revival!
   The people of Jerusalem gathered “as one man.” That is, they came with the same purpose to praise God, to hear His Word, and to observe the Feast of Tabernacles as God had commanded. And sure enough, great rejoicing and revival broke out!
   Listen, there's something miraculous that happens when God’s people come together. That’s why it’s so important that believers make corporate worship a consistent part of their lives.
   Let me ask you, "Are you a part of a church where Christ is honored and the full counsel of His Word is believed and taught? If so, are you regularly taking part in corporate worship?" Fact is, the scripture is clear that believers should not forsake assembling themselves as the body of Christ (Hebrews 10:25), and it's my prayer that you will renew your commitment to Christ and His Church today. Love, Bro. Tim

August 10, 2015

  Beloved, the scripture tells in 1st Peter 3:15, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who ask you, a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear."
   I ran across this illustration and it made me laugh. Perhaps you’ll find it funny and instructive as well.
   There was a man who wanted a job in a men’s clothing store as a salesman. The owner didn’t want to give the guy a job because he didn’t think he would be right for it. Yet, the man came back day after day asking for a job.
   One day, because of the man’s persistence, the owner decided that he could use a break and it was dinnertime - a time least likely for customers to come into the store. So, the owner told the man, “I’ll give you a job on one condition: you must sell this one suit that’s been hanging here on the rack for years. This suit is hideous. If you can sell this suit while I go out for dinner, I’ll give you a job for life because you’ll have to be a great salesman to sell it.”
   The owner went out to dinner knowing that nothing would happen. When he arrived back at the store, the owner was shocked! Here stood the man - his clothes were torn, he had scratches on his face and his hands. He was bloody. His hair was all messed up. He looked like a wreck. The owner asked, “My goodness, what happened?” The man replied, “I sold the suit. I’ve sold it, so now I’ve got a job for life.” The owner asked, “What do you mean you sold the suit, it looks like the guy didn’t like it?” And the man responded, “No, no the guy loved it. But, his guide dog nearly killed me.”
   Listen, sometimes as believers, we get so anxious for others to know and embrace the saving knowledge of Jesus, that in our conversations with them we become tempted to act like salesmen, trying to “close a deal” on a sale. Let’s remember that Jesus is not for sale. He is the Lord of life - and His message is good news - great news in fact - but our calling is to “plant and water seeds of the gospel", not try to force sales. We are called to be faithful in sharing who Jesus is and what He has done in our lives.
   So in your effort to see people come to Christ, don't forget that God has His own timing, and we can trust it to be perfect. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

August 3, 2015

 

Beloved, the Word of God has a strong challenge for us today. In Acts 4:13 were told, "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus."
   Folks, how great it would be, and what a different world we would live in, if people, especially believers, were more concerned about others seeing Jesus in them, than impressing others with who they are and what they can do on their own.
   Let me ask you, "When people come into your presence, do they leave saying, 'that person has been with Jesus.'" I pray that every follower of Christ will commit today to do their part to reflect more of Jesus in their daily lives. If we'll all do this, our individual lives as well as the lives of those we encounter will be better for it. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

July 27, 2015

 

  The scripture instructs believers in Galatians 6:2 to "Carry one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ."

Listen, followers of Christ need one another whether they realize they do or not. Amen!

    One example of how we need one another is seen during a typical commute across the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis on August 1, 2007. On this particular day though, what was a normal daily event turned tragic. Without warning the bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River below and because of this, 13 people died and 145 were injured. To be truthful, with the number that was on the bridge that day, it's amazing that there weren't more fatalities. Fact is, if there hadn't been heroes born that day, those that were willing to risk their own well-being to help and care for others, there would have been more loss of life, no question about it.

   But that's not all! Think of the many people around you everyday, including the people who make up your world of relationships. Some bear the physical scars of life and some don’t. Like an unsound bridge that looks normal, but is critically damaged in places unseen, most appear as though all is well in their lives. Yet, some teeter at the brink of collapse from the wounds that have weakened them.

   Beloved, in the New Testament book of Jude vs. 22-23 we read, "Show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. There are still others to whom you need to show mercy…"

   Today, why not decide to look below the surface of the lives of people in your world. Chances are, there is someone you know who needs your support. Through your love and care, you can be an instrument in the hand of the Lord to help prevent someone from suffering collapse. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

July 20, 2015

 

  Beloved, the Word of God gives all of those who serve the Lord faithfully the encouragement they often need to hear when it states in 1st Corinthians 15:58 these words, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
   Listen, there's not a servant of the Lord anywhere that doesn't deeply desire to see spiritual fruit come from their labor in the Lord. The problem is that the fruit we long for isn't always visible, and also it seldom comes immediately.
   I personally am so thankful to the Lord for this passage of scripture, because it reminds me, and others as well, that nothing is ever done in vain that's done for God's glory. Fact is, some of us may never see the results of our labor for the Lord while we are in this world, but one day when we stand before the God of heaven and earth, we'll get the chance to see the difference our lives made, the people that were touched by our witness and testimony.
   Faithful servant of the Living God: keep giving, keep going, keep putting your best foot forward, because one thing is for certain - it will be worth it all -when you see Jesus! Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

July 13, 2015

 

  God's Word tells us in Revelation 21:5 these words, "Then He who sat on the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new.' And He said to me, 'Write, for these words are true and faithful.'"

   Beloved, have you ever considered the question, "What if?" Listen, those two words are perhaps the most powerful in all of the English language. They speak of a profound hope that's at the heart of what we as Christians believe and embrace; namely, that what we see and experience right now in our lives is not the end of the story. The pain we feel at the present, the past that often haunts us, the failures that leave us with the feeling that we are beyond help - all these things are not the end of the story for any of us.

   Folks, the hope of Christianity is that, in Jesus, God is making everything new again. Think of it. God is planning to make all things new again. Everything from creation to your life and to mine. Everything made new again. Everything.

   Oh Beloved, what hope this brings for you and me. This means that no matter what you are going through today, this is not the end of your story! The God who is about the business of making every new is more than able to make your life new again. The hope of Christianity is not merely that someday, somewhere else things will all work out, but that in the here and now you can experience freedom and wholeness again because of Christ. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

July 6, 2015

 

  Beloved, the scripture tells us in 1st Corinthian 1:30 these words, "But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption."
   As you well know, the Declaration of Independence pronounced the colonies free from British rule on July 4, 1776. But what is also is this, "Freedom does not come without a price." Through the Revolutionary War, our nation’s freedom was paid for by the blood and sacrifice of the men and women who fought for their dream of what would become the United States. The battles were not easy, and the years took their toll on our young nation. In the end, the price was paid and freedom achieved. By 1781, the Fourth of July was named a national holiday and today, fireworks, parades, and picnics still mark this celebration.
   But I don't want you to overlook the fact that the Gospel message preaches a similar tune. We have been given freedom in Christ. We have freedom from death caused by sin. Here again, our freedom was secured at a great cost. God sent His only Son to die and shed His blood for us. The ultimate price of freedom was paid through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Although the cost was high, Jesus’ death and resurrection purchased the freedom of anyone who trusts in Him. By faith, we become children of God and co-heirs with Christ. Through Him, we are made pure, holy and blameless; all gifts God gives to us freely. What a tremendous blessing!
   But lastly there's something more to consider and it's this: "The freedom we have in Christ comes with a tremendous responsibility." Fact is, this gift of freedom is not a license to do as you please. Rather, it is a calling to live unselfishly and righteously. Freedom rings when you choose not to indulge all your desires, but instead choose to live a life that honors the Lord. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

June 15, 2015

 

  This last week First Baptist Freer students and sponsors attended Youth Camp at Zephyr Baptist Encampment. Over and over we were reminded to be more loving and compassionate to others. Fact is, far too often believers come off as being judgmental and critical of those that they perceive as sinners, and that's partly why the world is ever-increasingly being turned off by them. We'd be better off judging ourselves more critically and showing mercy more often to those around us. Amen.
   Thinking about this truth reminded me of a story. It goes as follows: There was once a business owner who constantly complained about the dirty windows of his competitor’s store, directly across the street from his own. Perhaps it was just his pet peeve, but the storeowner complained continually to other business owners in the community about how his competitor’s dirty windows were a disgrace to the community, and how it could reflect poorly on his own business.
   Another local shopkeeper, tired of hearing the owner’s ongoing complaints, suggested that he set a good example and wash his own store windows. Well, the storeowner took the shopkeeper’s advice and washed his own windows. The following day, the two met for coffee and the storeowner remarked, “You were right. It worked! As soon as I washed my windows, my competitor must have washed their store windows also! This morning I noticed from my store that they were clean and shining!”
   I think there's a lesson to be learned here by all of us, and it's simply this, "If you and I will start to clean up our own spiritual lives first, then maybe others' lives won't look as bad as they once did. If we begin to remove the logs in our own eyes, then maybe we'll be a more suitable vessel for God to use to help others clean the specks from their eyes" (Matthew 7:3).
   Listen, while it's true that followers of Christ are to speak the truth of God's Word boldly, they are also to speak it with love. May those around us begin to notice one thing in particular about those who follow Christ, "that they love one another and show mercy toward those around them" (1st Corinthians 13:1-3). Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

June 8, 2015

 

  Beloved, I don't know about you, but I like to venture out from my normal Bible translation from time to time, and read how others have either translated or paraphrased a particular passage of scripture. The way "The Message" paraphrases Proverbs 3:5-6 caught my eye and I wanted to use it for this week's article. It states the passage this way, "Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He's the One who will keep you on track." What an incredible passage of scripture. Amen!

   Beloved, for thousands of years, rolling and pitching due to rough seas plagued ships and the passengers onboard. Seasickness was a common symptom for travelers. Today, cruise ships are modern marvels. Take Royal Caribbean’s ship “Allure of the Seas” for example, which is the largest cruise ship afloat. It can carry some 6,400 passengers. At 1,187 feet long, it is only 63 feet shorter than the Empire State Building. As large as a ship like this can be, it is still vulnerable to the natural conditions of wind, weather and seas. Yet, all modern cruise ships have “stabilizers” onboard, which counteract the motion of the ship by changing the angles of underwater fins attached to the hull — making people who are prone to seasickness much more comfortable.

   For all of us, the storms of life come. The rains fall when a loved one gets sick. The fierce winds blow when a friendship turns sour. The seas grow angry when an expectation you were counting on falls through. No one escapes life’s storms. When the storm rages in your life and you are struggling to keep your balance and stay afloat, do you have a “stabilizer” in your life that counteracts the effects of the trial you are going through?

   Let me tell you, followers of Christ have an ultimate Stabilizer at their disposal, and it's called trust in God. As a ship’s stabilizer works to counteract motion, trust in God works to calm our fears, even when the storms of life are at their strongest.

   Now, I want you to understand something, trust is alive - not passive. Trust is not just a belief, but it's a belief in action. Trust means that even when life doesn’t turn out the way we had hoped it would, we still know that God loves us and is still with us. Trust means that even when we don’t see solutions to our problems, we are still certain that God keeps His promises.

   Beloved, trust in God today. He will see you through whatever you are facing. Believe it - receive it - in Jesus' Name. Love, Bro. Tim

June 1, 2015

 

 The Apostle Paul said in 2nd Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." Folks, Paul had fought a good fight in ministry for the Lord. When many others had given up running the race of Christian living he had stayed at the task God had given him to perform, even if much of his work was done from a prison cell because of his faith in Christ.
   Fact is, this Apostle wouldn't have considered himself to be a hero of the Christian Faith but I certainly see him as one. He set the bar very high for the rest of us who follow Christ.
   Let me ask you, "Are you still in the Christian race? Are you still fighting the good fight of faith?" If not, as a follower of Christ you need to get yourself off the sidelines and back in the battle for the souls of men. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

May 25, 2015 

 

This week we celebrate Memorial Day. It's a day that has become just a day off from work, a day to barbecue in the backyard or a day to spend at the beach with friends and family. Or if you work for a company that pays it, it's a holiday that you get premium pay for, that is, if you work it. But in all reality, Memorial Day is so much more than any of these things.
   Memorial Day was set aside to remember those who died in service to their country. It's a day to remember those families who have an empty place in their heart because of the loss of one of their loved ones while they were defending freedom around the world.
   Beloved, may we never forget the enormous price that's been paid in blood and treasure to bring to us the freedoms that we enjoy today. May we never take these freedoms for granted. They've been given to us but if we ever cease to be willing to defend them, they could one day be taken away.
   Last but not least, don't forget what the fallen men and women of our military have shown to this nation. They've shown the highest kind of love one human can show to another. As the scripture states in John 15:13, Jesus speaking, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends."

   Today, I want to ask God to Bless our military with strength, perseverance, determination, protection, and His peace. And for those who've been left behind by one who has fallen in battle, I pray God's grace, comfort as well as His provision be with them. I also pray that God will turn this nation back to Himself and bless her once again. Love, Bro. Tim

May 18, 2015 

 

  The scripture tells us in 2nd Peter 1:12 these words, "For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth."
   The story has been told of an old ship captain. Every morning the captain would walk into his office, approach a locked desk drawer, take a key out of his pocket, unlock the drawer, take out a book, read and then replace the book and re-lock it in the drawer. He would then go about his duties for the day. For years, the captain’s lieutenant watched him go through this daily ritual.
   Upon the captain’s retirement, the lieutenant was promoted to become the new captain. As part of the changing of the ship’s command, the old captain handed over the key to the desk drawer and said, “Guard your ways well, sir, that you follow the advice given in the book. If you do so, you will succeed.
   The new captain couldn’t wait to see what the book contained that had so inspired the old captain and provided so much wisdom all of those years. He anticipated finding the words of another great sea captain, perhaps those of a great philosopher, or even the wisdom of the Scriptures. So he rushed right away to the office, unlocked the drawer, pulled out the book, and opened it. In the book he found only one page with writing upon it. On that page were two sentences: “Port is left.” “Starboard is right.”
   This story is a simple reminder of how some of the basic things in life cannot be overlooked. Living as a follower of Christ is no different. While the Scriptures do challenge us to move towards maturity in our faith, the call to remember the basics is also found. There are some very basic components of the Christian life that we should remind ourselves of repeatedly in order to make sure that we don’t forget and move away from important areas like simple, loving devotion to Christ.
   Today, reflect for a moment on how your life might be different if every day when you wake up you remind yourself of the basic truth that you are dead to sin and alive to God through Jesus Christ. This kind of daily reminder might just make a world of difference in the way you live your life. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

  May 11, 2015

 

  This last Sunday we celebrated our Mothers and what a wonderful day it was. When I think about a Godly Mother one verse comes to mind, Proverbs 31:30. This verse states, "Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised."
   You know, a lot is said about beauty today. Women will do most anything to be considered charming and beautiful, and I don't guess there's anything really wrong with that, but the most important beauty and that which truly last, is the beauty that's on the inside.
   What this means to me is this, "A woman can be gorgeous on the outside and have an extremely ugly inside." Which beauty is most significant to you?
   As for me, the woman that's going to get my praise is the woman who fears the Lord. Why is this true you ask? It's simply because the woman who fears the Lord will have a rare beauty on the outside and will have a beauty on the inside that is beyond compare. In my book, this is the woman who should win the prize every time. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

May 4, 2015

 

  The scripture tells us in 1st Corinthians 12:27 these words, "Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually." Oh what a privilege it is to be a part of the body of Christ. Amen!

    I'm told that Dr. Warren Wiersbe summed up the Christian life like this. He said,  "Salvation includes a threefold work: 'the work of God for us - salvation; the work God does in us - sanctification; the work God does through us - loving service.'"

    Beloved, it's a blessed honor to know God, to be known by Him, and furthermore to make Him known to those around us. May followers of Christ not let a day go by that they are not busy seeking the Lord through His Word and though prayer, and then asking Him to use us in His Kingdom's work. Fact is, the Lord can do more in and through us in a mere moment, than we can accomplishment through our own efforts in a lifetime. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

April 27, 2015

 

  The scripture tells us in 1st John 5:14-15 these words, "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him."
   Beloved, prayer is an amazing tool that is often an underused resource by believers. Because of this they suffer from despair and discouragement needlessly. Now, I'm not suggesting that believers would never go through difficult times if they prayed more, but God being who He is, it could be that if they sought His presence, power and provision more, they would go through less.
   Our passage says that if we pray according to His will that He hears us and if we know that He hears us then we know that we have what we have sought Him for. So you ask, "What is God's will?"
   Listen, we can be certain that it's His will to see people come to faith in the work of His Son on the cross of Calvary. Also, it's His will to see those who come to faith in Christ to grow in their relationship with Him. Certainly we can understand that it's His will to see His church grow in number. And Finally, it's His will to use those who have trusted Him, those who are called the church, to do His Kingdom's work here on earth.
   Beloved, I believe that if we will pray diligently for these things to take place, and begin to interject ourselves into the work of the Lord as He leads, we will begin to see God work in supernatural ways, possibly like we have never seen Him work before.
   Folks, we must do our part and trust God to do the rest. Amen!  Love, Bro. Tim

April 20, 2015

 

  The Bible tells us in Ephesians 3:20-21 these words, "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
   Beloved, when we pray, we shouldn't be shy about asking the Lord to move on our behalf. We should ask Him to do the impossible, because if anyone can do it, He can. There is no limit to what God can do when we call out to Him in prayer.
   Someone might say, "Listen, if I ever got the chance to sit before the President of the United States, the most powerful person in the world, I would ask them for something really special." Well, if you would do this while sitting before the President, then why not ask the Lord for something even bigger, something greater. He is able to do more for His children than even they can dream of asking Him to do.
   Folks, because there is no limit to what our God can do, we should ask Him to heal our sick loved ones, we should ask Him to bring our lost friends to faith in Christ, we should ask Him to use us in His kingdom's work, and we should ask Him to do all of this and more for His glory and for our good.
   Oh, praise the Lord today, because there is nothing impossible for Him. Amen!

Love, Bro. Tim

 

April 13, 2015

 

  The Psalmist wrote a powerful word to us in Psalm 133:1 when he said, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!"
   Beloved, I have always wanted to pastor a large church, and I have ministered in larger churches than I'm serving currently, but I have come to see only recently that a unified church is far better than a large church that is at odds with one another continually. Listen, I've come to understand that having peace among the body of Christ is more precious than packed pews where strife is present.
   My prayer from this day forward will be, "Oh God, help me to remain content serving You whether You give me a few or many to minister Your Word to." Lord, thank You for being patient with me as I learn more about serving and worshiping You in Spirit and truth.
   May the Lord bless richly all of His children who seek to live out their lives among their brethren in peace. Love, Bro. Tim

 April 6, 2015

 

  The scripture gives us the message of hope in Luke 24:4-6a when it states, "And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, 'Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!'"
   You know, with all the not so good news these days, it's good for followers of Christ to remember that the One they've placed their faith and trust in - is not decaying in a cold, dark tomb somewhere in Jerusalem, but He is very much alive and well and seated at the right hand of His Father in heaven.
   Yes, Jesus died a horrible death for the sins of the world; and Yes, He was buried for 3 days, but then He rose from the dead. But that's not all! Because He was raised, those who have trusted Him for their salvation, will also rise in like manner when He comes again to receive His bride - the church - unto Himself.
   Oh Beloved, what hope and assurance this truth should bring to every believer's heart. Listen, no matter what you are going through today as a follower of Christ, just know that because of Him - a better, more glorious day is coming! Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

March 30, 2015

 

  The scripture tells us in Luke 19:28-31 these words, "When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, 'Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here.' And if anyone asks you, 'Why are you loosing it?' thus you shall say to him, 'Because the Lord has need of it.'"
   This passage describes the preparations that were put in place by the Lord so that He could make His triumphal entry into Jerusalem as "the King who comes in the name of the Lord."
   Beloved, what I don't want you to miss is this, "this donkey colt was used by God to carry Jesus into Jerusalem. You might even say that this beast of burden was allowed to carry the gospel into the Holy City of God." What a privilege!
   Folks, it is my hope and prayer that God will continue to use me, His servant, to carry this same blessed gospel into a world that still desperately needs to be saved. May this same desire be in the hearts of all who follow Jesus, the Son of the Living God.  Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

March 23, 2015  

 

The scripture reminds us in John 10:28, Jesus speaking, "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand."
   This passage reminds us of 3 important Biblical truths.
   1.) Salvation is a gift from God. We have done nothing and we will do nothing to earn this priceless treasure. Yes, we must call on the Lord with faith and repentance on our lips and in our heart, but after that, salvation is a total work of God - undeserved and unmerited by us.
   Notice:
   2.) A follower of Christ will never know death in it's truest sense. Yes, their body will die, but the eternal part of them will live on forever and forever with the Lord in that glorious place called heaven.
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   3.) Those who have been saved are secure in their relationship with Christ. Yes, believers falter and fail in their walk with the Lord, but Jesus remains the same. Thanks be to God.
   Listen, these realities should cause every follower of Christ to want to live their lives in a way that honors Him, simply because He has done for them what no one else could have or would have done. God's love and care for His children is like no other. Amen!

Love, Bro. Tim

March 16, 2015

 

The Psalmist proclaims in Psalm 90:12 "So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom."
   Beloved, the wise person lives each day to the glory of God. We must realize that each day is precious, so we must not waste it. Focusing on the things of God is truly living each day to the fullest. When a person lives this way it's a sign that they have certainly learned to make the most of the days God will give them here on this earth.
   So, the challenge for all of us is to remain teachable before the Lord. This way we will continue to learn more each day what it means to honor Him with all we say and do. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

March 9, 2015

 

  The scripture states in Psalm 46:1 these words, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
   Listen, those who know and love the Lord, know that He is always available to His children. Whether it be a bright-sunny day that appears to be trouble-free, or a dark-dreary day that finds them dealing with one issue after another. God is Someone that believers can turn to anytime and for any reason.
   Let me close with this thought, "Christian, the Lord never intended for you to carry the burdens of this life on your shoulders. Trouble is something that is simply no respecter of persons. Everyone who is clothed in flesh deals with difficulty. When trouble strikes, and I assure you it will at some point, take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there. He alone can carry them and He alone can make something good come from them." Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

March 2, 2015

 

  The scripture says in Proverbs 29:2 these words, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
   Beloved, I believe if you listen closely you will be able to hear groans from people around the world. People who are being hunted like animals by fanatics simply because of their faith in Christ are groaning from despair. Others are groaning because they fear that their borders are being threatened by those who desire to see them wiped clean from the face of the earth, and their once closest ally now seems to have abandoned them. Others suffer financial distress because of those who are playing politics with their future, and they groan wondering if those in leadership will ever consider what's best for the population in general, rather than what's best for their political party. Still others groan because their country's leadership continues to demand more and more money from them simply so they can spend it on frivolous things. I don't know about you but I've certainly never taken a million dollar vacation on someone else's dime!
   Folks, I don't know about you, but I believe that people everywhere are getting really tired of groaning. I for one hope that the next time we elect someone to the highest office in this country that we listen more to what they do than what they say.
   May God bless you and may God bless and restore this nation to the country He created it to be. Love, Bro. Tim

February 23, 2015

 

  Jesus said in Matthew 5:43-44 these words, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you."
   The story has been told of a man who while hiking in a desert, stumbled upon a rattlesnake that had become hopelessly wedged between a boulder and some limbs from a fallen tree. The man decided to save the rattlesnake, but in the process the snake tried to bite him. The man tried to free the snake a second time. Again, the snake tried to bite the man. Finally, on the third attempt the man succeeded and still, the snake coiled and attempted to strike it's liberator. The man’s companion, who had observed this from a safe distance, asked the man why he continued to risk himself to free the snake. The man responded, "The snake was attempting to strike because that is it's nature. My nature is to love. Should I cease to love because the snake attempts to strike?"
   Beloved, Jesus demonstrated this same concept - a commitment to living by His own nature regardless of how others responded to Him, and this is best seen when He gave His life as a once-for-all sin-sacrifice so that mankind would have an opportunity to be saved.
   Hebrews 12:3 instructs believers to "Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." The call of the follower of Christ is a plea for them to live their lives following Jesus' example. It will not be an easy life but it is a life that's worth living.
   Now, this kind of life is impossible if we seek to live it in the strength of our own flesh, but as the scripture states, "You and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens us" (Philippians 4:13). Amen!  
Love, Bro. Tim

February 16, 2015

   The scripture tells us in Philippians 4:4 to, "Rejoice in the Lord, and again I say rejoice."

    Let me ask you, "Did you know that over 500 times in the Bible we are commanded to rejoice? The Living Bible says, “Be full of joy.”

   There's another verse that we would do well to repeat every new sunrise and it's found in Psalm 118:24 and it states, "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."

   The truth of that Psalm will help us all to get our day started on the right track. I believe that if we start our day off rejoicing in the Lord, our day will be more full of joy than it would have been otherwise.

   A great preacher once said, “The surest mark of a Christian is not faith or even love but joy.” Did you know that Jesus came to give you joy, a deep, overflowing joy that can only come from Him? Jesus said, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11).

   Listen, God’s kind of joy is not a giddy, surface-only good feeling. Rather, His joy runs deep, and this is so even during the tough times that every believer encounters. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

February 9, 2015 

  Beloved, Jesus said in John 14:3 these words, "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

   Listen, when a Christian dies, we shouldn’t say they’re gone, because the fact is they aren’t gone. They’re just out of our sight for a while. Of course we grieve, but there should be little sadness when a believer goes to be with the Lord, because that person is more alive than ever before!

   Think about it. When we get to heaven, we will lose all of our limitations. Here on earth, we are limited by many things, including our bodies, but in heaven we will praise God with no limitations or constraints.

   Can you imagine doing the things you love the most all the time, without end or limitation? That’s exactly what heaven is all about. We’re not just going to sit on a cloud and be served by angels in heaven; we are going to be actively praising and serving God. Heaven is a move from limitations to freedom, from questions to answers, and from earthly tents - our aging bodies -to mansions!

   Everything on earth will all make sense in heaven. We will get to spend eternity in God’s presence. So what is there to be sad about?

   In closing, the great evangelist Dwight L. Moody said on the day he drew his last breath, “This is my coronation day!” Beloved, followers of Christ can live today with excitement because their coronation day will come one day too.

   Oh, what a day, glorious day, that will be! Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

February 2, 2015
 
The Bible states in Philippians 1:14 these words, Paul speaking, "and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confidently by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear."
   Beloved, salvation is truly an extreme makeover, a makeover that changes us from the inside out, and Paul is a perfect example of what God can do in a person's life.
   Listen, before Paul knew God, Paul was known as Saul. He hated Christians and made it his life's work to rid Israel of every believer in Christ. But what a changed person we meet in the book of Philippians! Saul, the persecutor of Christians, was now Paul, the apostle who willingly went to prison and endured beatings for the name of Jesus!
   And without question Paul's life and his bold walk with Christ had  an enormous impact on other believers in Christ as well. His joy, faithfulness, and strong sense of purpose gave many of the Christians in Philippi greater courage to witness for the Lord despite the severe persecution they faced.
   Paul was a wonderful example of the truth that when we know Christ and realize He has a purpose for our trials, we can praise Him and be faithful to Him, no matter what comes our way. But that's not all! God will use our boldness to strengthen other believers. So our pain is not in vain, the Lord will use it to bring glory to His name, and bring others into His Kingdom. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim
 

January 26, 2015

 

   In Luke 11:1 the scripture states, "Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, 'Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.'"
   Within the first few months after I dedicated my life to Jesus, I learned that I needed to pray. I had been attending a church since birth but it had become my impression early on that only trained people knew how to really pray and that if I prayed at all, I would need help as well as a pattern to follow.
   Fact is, in God’s eyes, there is no off-limits to prayer. As Christ-followers, we have been given “bold access” to the Lord. When it comes to prayer, God has given us an open door to pray in any and all ways. Early on I learned a great model for praying that I still find helpful today. It’s called A.C.T.S. and it goes as follows.
   Adoration - All prayer should begin with worship. The goal is to focus on the attributes of God. In this portion of your prayer you need praise the Lord primarily for who He is not necessarily for what He does.
   Confession - We need to remember that we are broken and need healing. Take time in prayer to say, “Lord, please cleanse me of all that's displeasing to You." Truth is, Confession keeps us humble before God. We need to never forget who we are and who He is.
   Thanksgiving - Beloved, teach yourself this important aspect of prayer: thanking God. You can thank God for the good things that have happened during the day or for special people in your life. No doubt we have much to be thankful for.
   Supplication - This is what we most often do during prayer, asking God for the things we need or want. Divide this category into two parts: praying for others and praying for yourself.
   This pattern of prayer is a real help for me in my time with the Lord and I hope it benefits you as well. Folks, whether you use this method or another, the important matter is that you spend time alone with the Lord each day. You need the time with Him and He desires the time with you. Amen! Love, Bro Tim

January 18, 2015 

 

  The verse in scripture that speaks especially strong to me is found in Philippians 1:6, where the apostle Paul proclaims, "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."
   The good work of salvation is started by the Lord and it's maintained by Him as well. Now, while it's true that each individual has to come to the point of acknowledging that they are a sinner in need of a Savior, and must also put their faith and trust in the work of Jesus on the cross of Calvary as being sufficient to save them from their sins, the simple truth is this, if Jesus hadn't come to us - we'd never been enabled to go to Him. No doubt, it takes both Jesus and us to bring salvation to our hearts, but there should be little doubt that Jesus performed the greater work. Amen!
   Something else that must be realized is this: "Once a person is really saved, their relationship with Jesus is sealed for eternity." Now, while it's true that redeemed people can get side-tracked and turn away from a right walk with the Lord, the Lord will never stray from His child. A believer's fellowship with the Lord can cease to be what it once was, but their relationship can not change.
   Again the apostle Paul stated in Romans 8:38-39, "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Now, this passage wasn't given to believers as a license to live any way they please simply because their eternity is secure, but it was given to them to assure them that in spite of the frailty of their flesh, the same Lord who saved them would keep them saved for all eternity. Hallelujah, what a Savior! Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

January 11, 2015

 

   The scripture tells us in Philippians 1:27, "Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel."
   Character is something you can’t fake or manufacture on the spot. We can try to cover up and act like someone we really aren’t, but it doesn’t work. In fact, Jesus called the fake and pious masks that people wear hypocrisy.
   I’ve been a pastor for over 20 years, and I’ve met many people who claimed to be righteous men and women of character. But the truth always comes out sooner or later, because life has a way of revealing what we really are on the inside. That’s why if you’re a person of solid Christian character, your life will ring true. Even though none of us are perfect we must seek to live lives that will honor the Lord.
   Have you ever wondered what happens to people who seem to have this very sudden fall from grace as they get caught up in sinful and immoral behavior? The truth is that the fall was probably not all that sudden. Instead, it was probably the accumulation of a long line of small compromises that were made in secret before the problem ever became public knowledge.
   That’s why personal character is such a big issue. One small compromise can lead to another, which in turn leads to another, and so on. Eventually, these small lapses in character turn into a full-fledged scandal.
   The life of a follower of Christ is to make the gospel attractive to others, and one of the best ways to do that is to exhibit true Christ-like character. This means we need to pay attention to how we live each day, since character is not something you can pick up quickly when you need it; it’s a way of life that must be developed and kept. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

January 5, 2015

 

   In 2 Corinthians 9:7b the Bible says, "God loves a cheerful giver." The question for this New Year is this, "Am I a cheerful giver?"
   I was raised in the church and because of this I've seen so much through the years. I've seen how people throw a $20 in the offering plate thinking they've done the Lord a big favor, and then go out in the parking lot after the church service and climb into a $40 or even $50000 car and drive home. Were they a cheerful giver?
   I've also seen families spend 20+ thousand dollars on wedding preparations, and slip the preacher $50 and think, "Wow, I probably gave him too much." Was that family cheerful givers when it came to the things of the Lord?
   Let me ask you? "How important is the Lord, His Word and His work to you?" Listen, often the importance of something to someone is reflected in what they are willing to give toward whatever it is. Amen!
   One last question. What do you have today that the Lord didn't give to you? One sure thing is this, you can always tell when a person is growing in their faith relationship with Christ, simply because they will begin to say things like, "I want to give my best back to the Lord because without Him in my life I would be nothing and I would have nothing of lasting value."
   Now, just so no one misunderstands, this article is not about me, the church that I pastor is so very good to me and my wife, but the point here is this, "Could someone look through your banking records and see that the Lord, the church and it's leaders are a top priority when it comes to the way you spend that which the Lord has given you?" Are you a cheerful giver?
   Beloved, no matter what the past might reveal about your stewardship of God's gifts to you, let this New Year be a banner season of you giving your best to the Lord. He is worthy! Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

December 29, 2014

 

  The scripture reminds us in Psalms 46:1-2a that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear."
   Beloved, there is so much wrong with our world today. Any direction you look there is unrest. But in spite of all the turmoil, we must never forget that if we are in Christ - God is still our hiding place. He is our shelter from the storms around us. He is the only Peace Provider, and He is the only Way we will be able to live in and leave from this world with our sanity. If Jesus is your Savior and Lord, then you do not need to fear anything or anyone. Amen!
   In this New Year make Proverbs 3:5-6 the scripture you strive to live by. This passage states, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path."
   May the Lord bless and keep you in 2015. Love, Bro. Tim

December 22, 2014

 

  What is Christmas all about? Is it about family getting together to share gifts and a meal? Is it about putting up lights and ornaments on a Christmas tree? Is it about singing Jingo Bells, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer and Here comes Santa Claus?
   You know, I really don't have a problem with all of these seasonal traditions that have been enjoyed at Christmas for a long, long time. But what does Christmas really celebrate?
   Well, a look at scripture reveals to all of us what the real meaning of Christmas is. In the gospel of Matthew 1:21 the Bible says, "And she will bring forth a Son and you will call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." Christmas celebrates the coming of Jesus as the Savior of the world. If He had not come to give His life as the once and for all sin sacrifice, then none of us would have any hope of being forgiven of our sins and going to heaven when we die.

   But since Jesus did come, and since He did die for the sins of all mankind, when a person puts their faith and trust in the sacrifice He made on their behalf, then the Lord forgives them of their sins and sends the Holy Spirit to reside within them, and He will teach them and guide and keep them till Jesus comes one day to take them to their heavenly home.
   Yes, Christmas can mean different things to different people, but if Jesus' coming to earth as our Savior isn't the main reason for your celebration, then you have missed the real reason for the season. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

December 14, 2014

 

  Beloved, I love this time of year, don't you? We celebrate the birth of our Savior. We honestly get the warm fuzzies as we look at all the lights and tinsel, the tree, the presents given to everyone, the beautiful manger scenes, and without a doubt it all causes the heart and soul to rejoice. But, fact is, just like Jesus, our Savior, grew to be a man, so must all those who trust Him grow in their walk with Him. Amen!
   Just before our Lord went to the cross to buy redemption for all who would place their faith in Him alone, He said, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." (Matthew 16:24).
   Many of us grew up singing a little chorus of commitment that said, "I have decided to follow Jesus." This hymn reportedly came from the nation of India and has its roots in an incident that occurred in the mid-1800s.
   A Welsh missionary had won a man to the Lord in the state of Assam. This man was saved along with his family. Persecution quickly ensued, and the village chief demanded the convert renounce his faith. But the man replied, "I have decided to follow Jesus." Amid continuing threats, he said, "Though no one goes with me, still I will follow."
   Later on these words were joined with others and made into the song so many of us grew up singing. What an encouragement this song has been for so many down through the years who have gone through very difficult times and found the strength to continue following Jesus.
   May we surrender our will to Jesus today and determine that we will continue to follow Him no matter what may come our way. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

December 8, 2014

 

Greetings in the Name that's above every name, the Precious Name of Jesus.
   Beloved, as much as all of us get wrapped up in the shopping, the parties, the gift giving, the festivities of this time of year, we must not forget to celebrate the real reason for Christmas - the Incarnation of Christ.
   As the Apostle John wrote in John 1:1,14, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we behold His glory. The glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
   Wow, Jesus came to us because we could not go to Him, and when He came He revealed to us that the Father deeply loved His greatest creation, mankind, and desired more than anything to redeem them back to Himself.
   And after 33 1/2 years Jesus allowed Himself to be placed on an old rugged cross to pay the sin debt for the whole world, so that redemption could be made available to those who would place their trust in His sacrificial death alone for their salvation from the wrath that is to come.
   Yes, Jesus' precious birth is the reason for this season of celebration. Don't let all the hustle and busyness of this season take your eyes off of Him. Love, Bro. Tim

December 1, 2014

 

Greetings in the Precious Name of Jesus.
   Beloved, my text at worship this past Sunday came from Psalm 100 and one of the verses from that passage states, "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name" (v.4).
   Folks, you know what all of the statistics say these days, as well as the actual experience in worship itself? It's this, "with few exceptions, the number of those who actually take the time to enter the House of the Lord on Sunday, is growing smaller and smaller." I don't know about you, but that troubles me greatly.

   Listen, even with all of the difficult things that continue to happen today, most of which are hard to wrap your head around, God has been so good to us. Because of that, those who have trusted Him as Savior, should be willing to break away from their busy lives for at least an hour and come to His house on the Lord's Day, and offer Him their worship and praise. Amen!
   Beloved, please don't think I'm complaining, or trying to place anyone on a guilt trip, I'm just attempting to remind all of us where our blessings come from.
   So, because of God's goodness to us all, this next Lord' Day, "Let's all 'enter His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.'"
   I hope you all have a wonderful week. Love, Bro. Tim

November 23, 2014

  

  Good morning. I certainly hope that you have a wonderful, memorable, and God-centered Thanksgiving. You know, I spoke at the Community Thanksgiving service this year, and I believe this year's time of worship may have one of the best that I've ever witnessed in my time here. A verse that stuck out to me was from the book of Thessalonians5:18 where the Bible states, "in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

   Now, I know what you're probably thinking. You are saying to yourself, "Now preacher, have you lost your mind. How can someone be thankful for cancer, heart disease, troubles on every side?" Well, if you will take a closer look at what this passage says, "It doesn't call for followers of Christ to be thankful for all the bad things that happen to them, it calls for them to be thankful in spite of all the bad things that happen to them. There is a difference.

   Folks, if the only blessing we ever received from the Lord was our salvation and the promise of eternal life with Him, we should have reason for thanksgiving in our hearts. As hard as it may sound, believers must spend every day of their lives being thankful for what they do have, not grieving over what they don't have. Fact is, God is so very good to His children, we should thank Him with every breathe that we breath. Amen!

   Now, I just want to say, I'm not at this point yet, but with every ounce of my being, I desire to be. May God help us all to live every day of our lives as grateful people. As the Apostle Paul said, "In everything give thanks."

Love, Bro. Tim

November 16, 2014

 

  The scripture states in Hebrews 12:11 these words, "Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." Fact is, you don't hear much about going through difficult days any more, and especially when it comes to any benefits that would come from such a time, but no doubt, these times and the benefits that come from them are a certain realty of life. Amen!

   You know how it goes. Just about the time you think you’ve got it together in life, the wheels start coming off as another challenge comes along. That’s just the way life is! And the Christian life is no different. Just about the time we get comfortable in our Christian lives; just about the time we think we’ve arrived spiritually, God allows us to experience another test that raises the bar a little bit higher.
   Now, believe me, I know that at times it feels like all of life is a series of tests. Today, you may even be wondering how much more character-building you can stand! But trust God’s heart on this. He tests you because He loves you. He tests you because He wants to stretch your faith and to build you up in your walk with Him.

   Think about the process of weight-lifting for a moment. It’s a physiological reality that you have to tear your muscles down in order to build them back up to make them stronger. That’s why you’re always sore after a work-out. And it’s the same process in the Christian life!

   If you’re going through a test today, remember what today’s verse says. There are very few things as discouraging in the Christian life as thinking that God is out to get you, or at the very least He's allowing pain to cross your life for no good purpose. Everything that God does or allows to be done is something that will produce a good result in the life of one who chooses to learn from what they've been through. Amen!

   Also, don't forget what James says in 1:12, "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him." Love, Bro. Tim

 

November 6, 2014

 

God bless the USA. 
  Thank God for our Armed Forces. They have fought and died to bring as well as to preserve freedom around the globe. We are so blessed as a Nation to have such a distinguished and determined military.
  When I think about our Fighting men and women in uniform, I can help but think about a verse that Jesus stated in John15:13 that says, Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."
  I want to say Thank You to our Military for their willingness to serve and put themselves in harm's way for this great nation. May God bless you and your family, and may God bless the United States of America. Love, Bro. Tim

November 3, 2014

 

  Good morning and "may the Lord richly bless you." What a simple but profound statement. Wouldn't it be a shame if we could no longer say those words out in the public arena? You know, that may seem far-fetched to some, it's really not.
  It's not that far beyond reason when you hear daily how people's rights to vote are being violated by a City Mayor and her underlings. It's not that far-fetched to believe, when people's rights to choose who they will do business with have been violated numerous times. It's not that hard to believe when ministers of the gospel of Christ are being told that if they don't perform the marriage ceremony for a same sex couple, they will be hit with a stiff fine and jail time.
  Beloved, I don't know if you've noticed or not, but this is no longer "a leave it to beaver" kind of world. We now live in a society where your rights as a citizen are only granted to you if they are considered politically correct according to Big Brother in Washington. Listen, I believe it's high time for this Nation to take back what our Forefathers gave us through the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. We need to adopt a Christian platform of government where the Bible returns as the standard and the rule of Law for this great nation. Listen, this nation was founded on Christian principles and we must return to these if we are to survive.
  May God bless you and yours and may He bless this great nation once again!
Love, Bro. Tim

October 27, 2014

 

    Jesus said in John 16:33, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." Beloved, in this current day and time, we certainly have more crisis all over the world than I've ever seen before. And every living soul seeks comfort, solace and a sense of security in the strength of our military or in the wonderful capabilities of modern medicine, but can we truly find what will give us rest in our inner beings through these avenues. I doubt it. Even the Psalmist in his day found that which was around him physically, inadequate when it came to the peace he was searching for. He stated in Psalm 20:7 "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God." Listen, it's in remembering that our God is bigger than anything that will ever confront us, that we find the peace that passes understanding. Amen!

   Folks, there are some who stand behind pulpits today who try to tell us that if we are followers of Jesus Christ that trouble will not be experienced by us. But Jesus certainly said differently in our text for today. He said, "In the world you will have tribulation..." If I were you, I would stick with what Jesus said. He will never lead you wrong. Church, though trouble will certainly come looking for us, never forget the promise we have from the One who has purchased our redemption - the Lord Jesus. He said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5b).

   Beloved, when trouble surrounds you as a believer, remember and take solace in the fact that ""He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world" (1st John 4:4b). Don't forget, you are forever connected to the One who has overcome! Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

October 20, 2014  

 

   The scripture tells us in Psalm 33:12, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance." This place we call home, the nation that is called "The United States of America", is without question, the greatest country on planet earth. We enjoy freedoms here that few others on this planet know, and because of this, we should be grateful to God.

   Here's the issue that troubles me: "It's that most don't seem to realize that freedom isn't free. It must be preserved and fought for. Freedom should never be taken for granted." Also, we must never take for granted the source of our freedom. It's been said that there have been only two people who have willingly laid down their lives for you. One is Jesus Christ, and He laid down His life so that each one of us would have the opportunity to be spiritually free through placing our faith and trust in Him; and the other is an American soldier - the one who has put themselves in harm's way, many of whom have died, to preserve our physical freedom.

   Beloved, I mention this today because many of our freedoms, both physical and spiritual, are under extreme attack, and if we the people don't take a stand for what has been given to us by God and others, one day soon these freedoms could be taken away. As our passage so plainly states, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Now, you may think differently than me, but I personally believe that our nation is in the dire shape that it's in today primarily because so many have turned their backs on God. I believe that a lot of our troubles would diminish or completely disappear, if we would just turn back to the One who loves us, and gave Himself for us. Folks, we truly need to become "One Nation Under God" once again.

   It was how we started as a nation: "Love for God and Country. A true respect for religious freedom and for our Military, and it will work again!" Amen!  Love, Bro. Tim

October 13, 2014  

 

   Good morning. As I think of the holiday we celebrate today, well at least some are observing it, I think about the word discovery. If Columbus and those who accompanied him would have followed the prevailing thought of the day, America would not have been discovered until possibly much later in history. The idea in his day was that the world was flat, and if you sailed on the seas out to a certain distance that you would literally fall off into the abyss. Well, they discovered to our benefit, that the earth indeed was round and after many years of struggle and strain, Americans are blessed to live in the greatest nation on planet earth. But that's not all! We owe a debt to all those who have come before us, as well as those who come behind us, to preserve this great land and keep it great. Amen!

   Well, back to the theme of discovery. Beloved, just like those pilgrims before us took a chance, and decided to go where they had never gone before, and in so doing, discovered treasures far greater than they could have ever imagined were available to them, so believers today need to dig into the Word of God. Listen, there are treasures there that will remain undiscovered by so many, because they refuse to delve into the unknown. The reason: Could it be that they have become comfortable with their lifestyle and they don't want anyone or anything messing with what they have become accustomed to? In reality, it's hard to know why those who profess to follow Christ don't spend time searching and discovering new truths in God's Word for them to meditate on and then seek to apply them to their lives.

   As I stated yesterday in worship, Romans 14:12 states that "So then each of us will give account of himself to God", and with this being true, it seems that believers would want to spend more time learning and applying the very truths that they will give an answer for on that day when they stand before the Lord. And yes, grace will be applied, Thank God, but we will still have to give an account of the things we have done, both the good and the evil (2nd Corinthians 5:10).

   So, follower of Christ, spend time each day discovering new treasures in the Word of God, and then make up your mind, that with the help of the Lord, you are going to make them the practice of your life. I'm telling you, one day when you stand before the Lord Jesus, you will be glad you did. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

 

October 6, 2014

 

   The scripture tells us in Isaiah 54:17 that "No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD."

   Listen, the evil one will use ever weapon in his arsenal to seek to defeat a believer. He will flood the believer's mind with impure thoughts, with temptations that are almost too huge to resist, he will dangle opportunities before the believer's face - all in an effort to get the follower of Christ to take their focus off of the Lord and onto the things of this world.

   Also the evil one will cast every insult before the believer, reminding them of their present and past failures, the many times that they have fallen short of the glory of God. The evil one will even use other believers at times to cast discouragements your way. I've even seen where the evil one has caused those who were known as enemies of one another in the church to join forces to cast all sorts of disparaging insults at another believer in an effort to discourage them into leaving a fellowship.

   Beloved, it's amazing to see just how far the evil one will go to seek to ruin what God has called good. But believer, don't let your heart be troubled, if you are standing with the Lord, stand your ground. Don't let public opinion sway you, because as our passage says, "No weapon formed against a follower of Christ will prosper. Don't try to defend yourself, let the Lord be your defense. He will stand even when those who stand against you are long gone." Praise His holy name!

   Why are these things true? It's simply because, "He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world" (1st John 4:4b). Amen!  Love, Bro. Tim

September 29, 2014  

 

   I don't know about you, but I have personally been encouraged by the number of family-friendly movies that have been being put out in the marketplace in recent days. Facing the Giants, Flywheel, Fire Proof, God is not dead, just to name a few. Well, this week another movie of even more importance is to be released, it's entitled, "Left Behind." It's a movie that will depict the moments just after Jesus' return for His bride the church. Talk about a feeling of hopelessness, once those who are left behind realize that this is not just another terrorist attack, nor is it some sort of space-ship alien craft invasion that has snatched away millions off the face of the earth. But instead, Christ has finally returned as He said He would, and those who are left behind face an eternity separated from the only One who ever really loved them, God. How sad, and how unnecessary.

   You see, the scripture plainly states in one of those verses that you probably learned when you were in Vacation Bible School, way back when, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved" (John 3:16-17). Listen, right here in this passage we find all the evidence we need to keep us from being left behind. But here's the problem, "This information for so many never made it from their head to their heart." Folks, this information wasn't given to us simply to inform us, but it was intended to transform us from the inside out. Where salvation is not just something we know about, but something we have experienced with our heart. Something that is daily changing us, and helping us to be more like Jesus.

   Now, fact is, some may say, "Preacher, this all sounds good, really too good to be true. You don't know me, nor do you know the things I've done. A Holy God could never forgive me for the things that I've chosen to be involved in." Well, if someone were to say this, it would likely be true. I may not know them, nor would I likely know what they had been involved in, but this I know, there's nothing about any of us that God doesn't know, yet He says in 2nd Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." Did you notice that I placed in bold a couple of the words in this verse. Listen, God doesn't want there to be anyone who is left behind, so whoever you are, or whatever you've done, call out to Jesus, tell Him that you are tired of living life your way, and from this day forward you want Him to come into your life, and begin making you everything He wants you to be. Read His Word every day, start in the gospel of John in the New Testament, and then daily pray to Him, surrender your life everyday to Him.

   Beloved, if you'll do this, I won't promise you that life will always be fair. Nor will I promise you that things will always turn out the way you want them to. But there are two things I will promise you: you'll never be alone again - the Lord will always be with you, and when Jesus comes back for His bride one day, you won't be left behind. Hallelujah, What a Savior Jesus truly is! Amen! Love, Bro. Tim

 

September 7, 2014

 

The scripture challenges every believer to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel" (Mark 6:15). I am scheduled to leave for Panama City Panama on Friday morning September 12th and will return on the 20th. Me and 14 other preachers will be holding simultaneous revival services throughout the time we are there. I would really appreciate your prayers for this evangelistic effort.
   I was blessed to be a part of an effort earlier this year that was very productive. The report was that over 1500 people made professions of faith, and those going are hoping to see that many or more come to faith in Christ during this effort as well.
   And of course, First Baptist has started a visitation effort here in Freer and hopes to see people come to faith in Christ here. Acts 1:8 tells us to begin our effort to reach people in our own Jerusalem and that's what we're seeking to do. Fact is, The Lord cares about people everywhere and we're trying to do our part to make the Lord's Name famous wherever we go. I hope you will do the same. Love, Bro. Tim

September 3, 2014

 

Even though many people believe that work is a curse that was caused by the sinful fall of man in the Garden of Eden, it actually was a gift from God. The Lord commanded Adam to work the Garden, and it was only after the eating of the forbidden fruit that the Lord cursed the ground and said that it would produce thorns and other unproductive plants that would make the working of it more difficult.

   In fact, the Apostle Paul wrote in 2nd Thessalonians 3:10b these words, "If anyone will not work, they should not eat." This is a word to those who are healthy enough to work but won't. Of course there are situations where a person comes to a point in life where they can not work due to a physical, emotional, or mental condition they are dealing with, but many of those who sit at home and draw a check from the government, are far more often than not, just too lazy to work. That's wrong, and those that are milking the system in this way ought to be ashamed of themselves.

   Beloved, Labor Day is a National holiday that celebrates those who believe that they need to do their part to earn their own way in life. May God bless this great nation, and may He bless every man, woman, and child who is willing to put their hands to the plow, with a good job, with enough income to support their family, and the satisfaction that when they lay their heads on their pillow at night, that they have done all they could, with the help of the Lord, to make this planet a better place to live. Love, Bro. Tim

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