Archive for May, 2016

Revival

Well our scheduled revival services have ended for the year.  I am hoping that those who came were blessed by the great preaching we heard each week.  I know some sermons were “hard” on the toes and maybe even the ears, but when you take the words preached and compare them against the infallible Word of God, you will see the truth in those words.

I must confess I was a little disappointed in the attendance of our church members to come to at least one of the revival services, but I am learning to move past those who do not come and pray for those that do come to respond in obedience to God as He speaks into their hearts.  Don’t get me wrong, we had good attendance each night and other churches were represented also and that thrilled our guest preachers.  Let me remind you that revival must begin in the house of God and with God’s people.

There is no doubt we are in the latter days before Jesus raptures His church out of this world and thus the beginning of the end of this world as we know it.  We are seeing in the church the prophetic word of Paul to Timothy For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables (2 Ti 4:3–4) and Paul to the church of Ephesus that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting (Eph 4:14).

My prayer, for however longer God keeps me here and in the ministry, is that His church would awaken and be the church that Jesus laid down His life for.  We can complain and moan about how bad things are, but that will not fix anything (other than give you ulcers and high blood pressure).  We can blame others for our silence because we have fallen into fear of retaliation (we are not being persecuted…yet).  We can continue in our routine / tradition believing that everything is okay as long as nothing changes in my preference of worship services (please go back and read “I Am A Church Member”).  We can cling to our bitterness, anger, un-forgiveness, ego / pride, and even living with our sin, as if it has no effect in our walk and fellowship with God.  Let me remind you what happened as soon as Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Their walk and fellowship with God were broken.

So as we end this year’s revival services, I will leave you with a question…is your walk and fellowship with God all that it should be or is there a hindrance that you must deal with so that God can bring revival to you and have it spread to others.?  While you contemplate that, how about replaying the sermon from Dr Miller in your head again and understand the significance of Forgiveness.

I love you all and I want to see the very best come your way as you grow and serve God right here at FBCAB.

In His Love,

Pastor Greg

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Words

There is an old hymn I would like to share with you that some of you may have sung many years ago.  I know I did growing up, but I grew up in a different denominational church than the one I worship and serve in now.  The title of the song is “Angry Words”, but I have replaced that for this note with “Hurtful Words”, because we need to know that words are powerful and when they leave our mouth (or we hit send via a text or social media) they “hit” there intended target.

Let us be reminded of the words of Jesus “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Mt 12:34–37)

 

“1. Hurtful words! O let them never,

From the tongue unbridled slip,

May the heart’s best impulse ever,

Check them ere they soil the lip.

 

  1. Love is much too pure and holy,

Friendship is too sacred far,

For a moment’s reckless folly,

Thus to desolate and mar.

 

  1. Hurtful words are lightly spoken,

Bitterest thoughts are rashly stirred,

Brightest links of life are broken,

By a single hurtful word.

 

Chorus

Love one another thus saith the Savior,

Children obey the Father’s blest command,

Love one another thus saith the Savior,

’Tis the Father’s blest command.”