Pastor Parrish

About Pastor Parrish

Dr. Jim Parrish has the heart of a pastor, which is clearly shown through his love and care for the people God has placed at Bible Baptist Church for over 35 years.


A Lifelong Pursuit

A Lifelong Pursuit

Thomas Edison discovered thousands of ways that a light bulb would not work. But he didn’t quit, and we know the rest of the story.

In Philippians 3, Paul challenges us to pursue the ultimate prize – the high calling of God. It is a lofty goal and requires dissatisfaction with our current level of spirituality and an ongoing commitment of time, resources, and effort. But first, we must forget the past.

Forget the past

When we look back, we can see accomplishments and failures, but both must be forgotten.  When we dwell on past failures, we live a defeated, discouraged life. Bitterness is given room to fester, which can quickly handicap us and those around us.  When we dwell on past accomplishments, we can rest on our past achievements instead of continuing to serve our God and the needy all around us.

Reach forth

We were not made to float along with the current. If we would pursue the ultimate prize, we must swim upstream!  Sacrifices will need to be made in order to continue “reaching forth unto those things which are before.” (Philippians 3:13)  What is it that God has called you to do?  Are you still doing it?  Reaching forth takes effort, but by faith in our God and reliance on His strength, we can accomplish His will.

Press toward the mark

This is the final push.  The last endeavor to break the tape of the finish line, to accomplish the task, to reach the goal.  In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul calls it striving “for the mastery.”  He says that a runner does it “to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”  What a prize!  This doesn’t mean that we will never falter, but that we must keep getting up and pressing on. The writer of Proverbs says that “A just man falleth seven times, and risen up again.” (Proverbs 24:16)

So forget the past – we can’t change it anyway.  Reach forth – there is much to do.  And press toward the mark – get up and get going!  We are in a lifelong pursuit and we must not quit.  Like Edison we must continue because our story is still being told.

Reasons for Hope

Reasons for Hope

Sometimes life can leave us feeling hopeless.  Circumstances can compound in such a way that we are led to believe there is no reason to continue.  Even as Christians, we can face these same dilemmas and be tempted to think thoughts of despair.  It’s hard to stay in a mindset of hopelessness though when looking at the promises and presence of our good God.  Do we really have reasons to hope?  Scripture answers this question over and over again:

  • The resurrection of Jesus gives us hope and assurance that one day we also will rise – John 11:25
  • The character of God is unchanging and He will keep his promises – Hebrews 6:17-19
  • The Bible itself gives reason for hope – it also records the end of the story and we are on the winning side! – Romans 15:4
  • God cares for us and we will never be separated from His love – Romans 8
  • Christians have God’s Spirit living in them, giving us the ability to hope – Romans 15:13
  • We have hope to face death and a “blessed hope” to expect the return of our Savior – I Thessalonians 4:13; Titus 2:11-13

So it is all a matter of perspective – and there are many more promises in Scripture that outline reasons for hope.  Friend, have you lost hope?  I encourage you to look to God.  If you have never accepted His Son Jesus as your savior, that is the relationship that will give you the “hope of eternal life.” (Titus 1:2)  If you are a believer, don’t take your eyes off of Jesus –

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.

(“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” by H. H. Lemmel)

Be Ready

Be Ready

For all who know Christ as Savior we know He is in charge and on the throne – He never slumbers or sleeps.  But this world we live in is still called the “present evil world”  (Gal. 1:4) under Satan as the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:3-4.)  Time is clearly coming to the days spoken of in Revelation.  I believe all who truly know Christ and believe in Him will escape (1 Thess. 4:13-18) but that doesn’t mean we won’t have trials and enemies and troubles before Christ delivers us.  For those left behind, Revelation 6-19 will transpire and ALL events are centered around Israel and the nations surrounding her and the rulers of the East.  The sword is rattling – Be ready.  A dedicated Christian life is the best way to live even if Christ does not come in our lifetime.

A Month’s Difference

A Month’s Difference

It’s hard to believe that December is here once again. I don’t care much for trees and tinsel but I do like lights. They remind me of The Light of the World. I don’t care much for gift giving except to help someone meet a need and show them I care. I enjoy the music and singing carols and the attitude of praise and adoration for Christ.  Seems we get a little sweeter and a little more patient and considerate at this time of year – I pray I could keep that spirit all year.

For many years we would gather at our humble home with all our kids and my sister’s family from next door and go sing carols to older folks in the neighborhood and come back for goodies we prepared.  I remember one Christmas several from our church sang carols at the house of a lady I knew who had cancer and she died shortly after that.  I know she heard and appreciated because her family propped her up and opened the door.  I know we enjoyed doing it also.  Maybe there is a neighbor that needs help raking leaves or cleaning gutters and that can be your gift in the name of Christ.  Or maybe you could leave a pecan pie or fresh baked cookies for a neighbor with a note letting them know they are in your prayers.

May God bless you, protect you, and provide for each of your needs and I sincerely hope you and your family have a blessed December and a very Happy New Year.

Facing the Unknown

Facing the Unknown

Fear is a very real enemy that often shows up when we endeavor to take the next step in our journey with God.  The book of Joshua begins with the instructions that Joshua received after taking over the leadership of God’s people following the death of Moses.  Joshua is entering the unknown – facing a season of life where he has no prior experience.  Three times Joshua is told to be courageous.  Then, God encourages him, “Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9)  God promised Joshua, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Joshua 1:5)  What a great dose of encouragement!  You and I will face unknowns – new challenges – in 2015, but we can take courage that our God is with us in the same way that He was with Moses and Joshua.  He has promised “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)

As we enter this new year, it’s important for us to reflect on the past.  We can be thankful for what God has brought us through and the progress that has been made.  2014 was a great year for Bible Baptist Church.  We have much to be thankful for.  We should celebrate the victories, and learn from the valleys that God brings us through.  All of us face hardship and we must choose to either let it cripple us and define us, or make us stronger.  If we draw strength from the trials that we face then we are able to share that same strength with others who are sure to face similar hardships. (2 Corinthians 1:4)

But we cannot stay in the past.  The past is over – it’s in the history books. 2015 is here.  We can look forward to the future – not through fear-filled eyes – but through the eyes of faith, trusting in God’s promises and courageous through His Word.  Don’t worry about the unknowns of 2015 – just be concerned with living for God today.  If we choose to live for God today and tomorrow, He will take care of the year before us.

VBS -Arrow Island Update

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When I look at the gym decorations I can hardly imagine how many man hours it took to cut and color and draw all these items. The whole gym is decorated 110 feet long and 4 big rooms. The kids and visiting parents were all impressed in our church VBS and the love and compassion of our workers. I met 3 parents that promised to visit. Randy and Carol got a dozen prospects from their condo complex to ride the bus and Randy drove each night. Bus workers plan to visit there.  The kids gave $515.53 in pennies for the children’s homes BBC supports and several were saved and several more are asking their parents about how to be saved. two of my grandkids are asking questions about going to heaven because of VBS. 

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Thanking God for His Faithulness

We would like to give Thanks and Praise to God for the blessings our church has experienced in 2010 and 2011. We have seen growth and we have not been affected by the recession and economic woes as a church and supporter of Missions. Several of our families have experienced hardship by losing jobs and some have had to take whatever work they can get and make less income. The Church has been involved in benevolence to do what we can to help in this regard.

We gave $84,000 to Missions last year and should do that or more this year. we recently sent over $2250 to the Ukraine to purchase shoes for the deaf and Orphans and kids associated with the Church in Simferopol the Van Sants established. Joy and I had the privilege to visit there for 8 days and see the work first-hand. On their 15th anniversary celebration they had 70 in deaf church and 114 in the hearing service.

Bible Baptist averages a little over 200 per Sunday in our main morning service and we have wonderful ministries for Children and Teens on Sunday and Wed. nights.

We invite you to visit Bible Baptist and see why the church is growing and receiving God’s blessings.

Pastor Parrish