Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Praise the Lord

I am a little late getting this out. I have been telling everyone that I went and candidated at a church in Florida. Well the Lord open the door and now I am the Pastor of Johnstown Baptist Church. THank you for praying and I do plan on putting more blogs up but the next few weeks are going to be crazy. We will be leaving Georgia on August 15 to start pastoring.

Bro Tim

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

What We Are in Christ

It has been a couple of crazy weeks. I wanted to let everyone know that reads my posts that after preaching two weekends in a row in Florida, and having a question and answer time with the church. It is now up to the church to decide if they want me as their Pastor or not. They will be voting this Sunday Evening after their service. I really feel like it is God's Will for us to be there, but it is still up to them to feel the same way about it being God's Will. I will let you all know when I find something else out.

Who have himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people zealous of good works.
I was sitting here pondering about this thought that has been on my heart most of the day. I thank God that I am saved. We have so many benefits of being in Christ that sometimes I think we forget all we are in Christ. I thank God that I don't have to go to hell, and I thank God that I get to go to heaven. I thank him that he gave me his Holy Spirit to lead and guide me in all truth. I thank God that he has given me the joy of serving him. There are some things in this verse that we are to be in Christ.
I. We are a Purchased Person.
We are been purchased. The word here is redeem. We have been bought with a price. That price was the Lord Jesus shed blood on Calvary. The bible tells that we no longer are own. We are not to be self driven but spirit led. The problem with most saved people including myself is that I have too much self in the way. Self controls so much in our life that it is no wonder we don't have the power of God today.
II. We are a Purified Person.
He purified us. He cleanse us with his blood and gives us a brand new start, and expects to live right. He expects us to live godly in this present world. He has purifed us from sin. He washed them all the way, the sad thing is that we let sin reign in our mortal body and we fail so much because we forget that we are purifed.
III. We are Peculiar Person.
We are different now that we are saved. There are things now that we do that people say we are weird. When I read the Word of God at work that is weird to a lost and dying soul. When I talk about the Lord instead of what world offers that is weird to people. When I listen to good preaching instead of the ungodly music people listen to that is weird. We are pilgrims in this land, we are to be in the world but not of it. I am reminded that This world is not my home I am only passing through. People should think that we are weird. The problem is too many have the stench of the world that are saved that the world sees no difference. Therefore they just live the same way. People should be convicted by the way we are different. I thank God that i am different.
In closing I just wanted to remind us today of what are in Christ. We need to as Christians get serious about how are lives effect other people. They either effect positively, or negativily. We are to show the Love of Jesus but we are not to compromise that love. Till next time God Bless.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Still Around

Hello Everyone.

This week I decided to take a break from blogging. My plate has been full, and I really just didn't feel like posting this week. I would ask you all who read this to again pray for me this weekend as we are going back to Florida to preach for Johnstown Baptist Church, after the evening service we are going to have a question and answer time. Please pray that the Lord would give us total peace before we make this move. I believe it is very promising that we will be going to this church, however it is in the Lord's hands. The plan right now is for them to vote on my next week at the church. I have to get 75 percent of the vote however I am praying that if this is the right church that I will get 100 percent of the vote. Lord Willing when I get back Monday I will be posting again. Until then may you all be blessed by our God.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Keep God First

Keep God First
First before I start this post I would ask you all to please pray for me this weekend. This Sunday I will be candidating at a church to be a Pastor. We are driving down to Florida Friday Night and will preach both services Sunday, and they have already asked me to come back the following week. Pray that I would have his power and that God would give us wisdom and the church wisdom concerning if I should be there Pastor. I appreciate your prayers in this matter.
Matthew 6:33a
But seek ye first the kingdom of God
The Lord tells us we need to seek him first. Another passage tells us that that he want the preeminence. He wants first place in our lives. We need to understand this is the most important thing we can do in our lives. So many young people, and older people have failed in this area of their lives. For those that are young God wants first place over any relationship. I have seen since I have been a youth leader that young people tend to try to find a girlfriend or boyfriend instead of concentrating on the Lord. If young people would learn to put the Lord first, and obey the Lord if it is his will he will bring the special someone to them. I was young once I wished I would of heeded the advice I am trying to give. Many broken hearts later I promised you waiting for the Lord to do his work is a much easier way to go. So the first thing is Relationship's.
The Second thing is Recreation.
I love to play sports, and love watching sports but that can not be in first place. I have seen people I respect see it more important to have their kids in sports than to be in the house of God. This is so sad. I have also seen kids that did this end up on their back because of some injury. God want first place and He will not share it with anyone. If he is not in first place he will get his way.
Why keep him in first place?
Because he Commands it.
It is not a suggestion that he be first, he commands us to have no other god's before him. What God have you put before him today?
Family
Friends
Work
The Consequences of him not being in first place.
No Fellowship- The most important thing we can do as a Christian is keep right fellowship with him. We need to have his presence in our life.
A little scattered but please look at your life and see if he has first place if not asked him to forgive you and put him back on the throne of your life. May God bless you till next time.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Go Forward

Exodus 14:15
and the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward.

The Lord gave me a thought on this passage of Scripture a couple of weeks ago that we may preach but he put it on my heart this morning to share with you all. We all know the story of where God chose Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. We have the ten plagues and finally Pharoah lets them go. After Pharoah lets them go he has a change of mind and goes after the children of Israel. The children Israel come the Red Sea and are now complaining to Moses that it were better for them to be in Egypt and instead of coming out here to die. This is how it is in our life sometimes. God took us out of the bondage of this world and now we are on a path but sometimes we get the Red Sea experience and Satan whispers it would better for you if would of just stayed in bondage. Life was easier when you just didn't care about what happen. The Lord told Moses to Go Forward, and he is telling us today to Go Forward. We may have the opposition breathing down our necks ready to destroy us, and we may have Obstacles before us that we just don't think we can get over, but when then happens we get to see the Power of God working in our lives. So we need to go Forward inspite of a couple of things.

I. Go Forward inspite of Discouragement.
We all have times of discouragement in our lives. We look through the Bible and people had times of discouragement. Family or friends or our finances may discourage us but we must Go Forward. Someone close to us may have let us down and we must go Forward. David encouraged himself in the Lord, and sometimes the only way we are going to make is learning to spend time and hearing the Saviors voice.

II. In times of Defeat Go Forward.
In my life I am my own worse enemy. I don't know about you but I so get tired of failing the Lord it seems on a regular basis. I know in Christ we have the Victory over all sin in our life, but it is a matter of dying to self and surrendering all and until I believe as the body of Christ we learn this we will fail more than we have too. The devil again is good at whispering oh you failed the Lord so maybe your not even saved, or you failed the Lord he can't use you anymore. Maybe you don't face those challenges in your life but I know I do but again the Lord tells us to go forward.

Inspite of the Devil go Forward.
Why?
He is a liar.
His Time is short.
The Lord has already won the victory over the devil.

When God told Moses to tell the Children to go forward inspite of what is going on in your life God expects and is telling us to go forward. GO FORWARD CHILD OF GOD.