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


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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What Are You Seeking In Prayer?


We are a highly imperfect people being loved by a perfect God who has made the ultimate sacrifice to redeem us from our sins!  Stop and thank God today. My Granddaughter is 5 and when she prays she says “Dear God, I hope you have a good day!”

Are our prayers just asking for what we need or to get us our of the trouble we have put ourselves in?  Learn to love the Lord, he first loved us!


Which way?

A Hispanic gentleman stopped by looking for the DMV which is about 5 miles North of our Church but he did not understand my English and I could not speak enough Spanish to Help. I wrote down the number for him to put in his phone GPS and the way he smiled I think he knew where to goSign post Bible Baptist Church.

We often have the same problem communicating with folks who do not speak spiritual language. They do not know Bible terms and definitions. We must be patient and try to make things clear.  The Gospel is simple for even a child to understand.  God Loves you!  Christ died for you and rose again.  He is LORD!

Call upon Him and put him to the test. He will show you how to get to Heaven and you won’t need a GPS. Read more about how to get to Heaven by clicking here.

New Day

Today is a new day. Lets forget all the worries and anger and resentments and failures of the past. Confess any and all sin to God.  He promises to cleanse of all sin. Then do not let the devil guilt you down.


Today is a New day when God’s grace is new every morning and His mercy endures forever. Today is a new opportunity to bloom where you are planted.  Brighten your corner and have a new beginning.  Keep on the sunny side. God has translated us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.  Shine today for God’s glory, be thankful, let your requests be made known with faith.  Today is a new day…

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23

Be Ready!

Be Ready!

The devastation of this tornado in Moore, Oklahoma is like a war zone.  It will take weeks before they know how many are dead or missing.  Winds like that of an F5 could send a 2×4 through a solid block or brick wall and scatter possessions for hundreds of miles. It can wipe a square mile clean of homes and buildings like they were never there.

OH DEAR ONES. Please see that life is brief and our window of opportunity to make sure our salvation through Jesus Christ is open to us TODAY!  No one of us know what tomorrow will bring. Don’t put it off or wait.  I am sure many who died had lots of plans and expectations but they do not have that opportunity any longer.  God so loved the world he gave us His Son… But he does not wait forever for us to decide. You can know for sure about your relationship with God.  Click here or Contact us if you have any questions or need help.

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