Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Move

*The Move (to Austin, Texas)
By Gregg Metcalf

(A cheesy parody of Battle of New Orleans)

In 1966 we moved to the Golden State
North American Van lines loaded up our crates
We took a little trip in the family car out west
And we drove across the USA hoping for the best

 [Chorus:]

Lockheed told my dad that he was their man
They told him how he was a part of their plan
So we found a place where our family could stay
In Santa Clara County in a town called San Jose

We moved into a house on a street named Balsa
We all learned new things like how to eat salsa
Things were different than back in the Midwest
Everybody hung in there and tried to do their best

[Chorus]

Lockheed told my dad that he was their man
They told him how he was a part of their plan
So we found a place where our family could stay
In Santa Clara County in a town called San Jose

Mom and Dad watched each kid leave home one by one
And you all know how time flies when you’re having fun
Forty eight years later and now our folks are on the move
They’re leaving San Jose for Texas with nothing left to prove

[Chorus]

Lockheed told my dad that he was their man
They told him how he was a part of their plan
So we found a place where our family could stay
In Santa Clara County in a town called San Jose

Yeah, they pack up the house and they loaded up the truck
Family and friends heaped on them lots of prayers and luck
Thinking about them leaving is like being hit in the solar plexus
But they are leaving San Jose, they’re on their way to Texas 

So thank you Craig and Jill, Donna & Kelly and all of Austin
You may never tell anyone of us what this trip is costen
But your actions are appreciated by those of us not there
You have some special treasure now so please take care

[Chorus]

Lockheed told my dad that he was their man
They told him how he was a part of their plan
So we found a place where our family could stay
In Santa Clara County in a town called San Jose

We fired off prayers to the good Lord up above
Hope He fires back blessings on the wings of a dove
I wanted to use this last line in a real song -alright
The Lone Star just got a little brighter tonight

[Chorus]

Lockheed told my dad that he was their man
They told him how he was a part of their plan
So we found a place where our family could stay
In Santa Clara County in a town called San Jose

Bridge

The further the truck pulls out of sight
The Lone Star got a little brighter tonight

[Chorus]

Lockheed told my dad that he was their man
They told him how he was a part of their plan
So we found a place where our family could stay

In Santa Clara County in a town called San Jose

*We found out on Saturday that my parents were moving to Texas. They have been 48 years in San Jose, CA, but now have no children nor relatives around them. So my sister Donna and my brother Craig drove to Modesto and packed them up and they leave tomorrow for a new life in Austin.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Grace at Work

John Bunyan - from "Grace Abounding" written during his 12 yr imprisonment.

 "I FIND THIS DAY SEVEN ABOMINATIONS IN MY HEART:

1. AN INCLINING TO UNBELIEF,

2. SUDDENLY TO FORGET THE LOVE AND MERCY THAT CHRIST MANIFESTS,

3. A LEANING TOWARD THE WORKS OF THE LAW,

4. WANDERINGS AND COLDNESS IN PRAYER,

5. TO FORGET TO WATCH FOR WHAT I PRAY FOR,                                                                           

6. APTNESS TO MURMUR BECAUSE I HAVE NO MORE, AND YET READY TO ABUSE WHAT    I HAVE, AND

7. I CAN DO NONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE LORD HAS COMMANDED ME WITHOUT MY CORRUPTION THRUSTING THEMSELVES IN. “I FIND THEN A LAW, THAT EVIL IS PRESENT WITH ME, THE ONE WHO WILLS TO DO GOOD.” (Romans 7:21)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Man and His Message (Part 2)


SERMON:             GM15-044

SERIES:              Renewal Through Romans: The Gospel Defined, Explained &           Applied

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM (Jan 25, 2015)

SUBTITLE:        The Man and His Message (Part 2)

SCRIPTURE:     Romans 1: 1b-6; Acts 9

SUBJECT:          the apostle Paul

SUMMARY:       The conversion of Paul was a direct result of being chosen by God

SCHEME:           that Christians understand the ingredients that God used in the making of this great man of God
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Our theme is: the apostle Paul

This is a good reminder for us all that we need to understand the various ingredients that God used to make this man such a unique player in the eternal plans of God

 Proposition:  God uses various ingredients to make a believer useful to His plans

Interrogatory Sentence:  What were the ingredients that God used to make Paul into the man who played such an important role in the life of the church?

Transitional Sentence: The passage before identifies four (4) ingredients that God used to make Paul such an important player in the life of the church;

1.     The Childhood of Paul
2.     The Conversion of Paul
3.     The Credentials of Paul
4.     The Commission of Paul

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Man and His Message (Part 1)



SERMON               GM15-043

SERIES:              Renewal Through Romans: The Gospel Defined, Explained & Applied

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM (Jan 11, 2015)

SUBTITLE:        The Man and His Message (Part 1)

SCRIPTURE:     Romans1:1a

SUBJECT:          The Man and His Message

SUMMARY:       The book of Romans was written by the Apostle Paul

SCHEME:           that the Christian grasps the ingredients that went into the making of this great man of God
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Our theme is: The Man and His Message

This is a good reminder for us all that we need to understand all the ingredients that God used to make this man such a valuable player in the eternal plans of God.

 Proposition:  The book of Romans was written by the Apostle Paul.     

Interrogatory Sentence:  What were the ingredients that God used to make Paul into the man who played such an important role in the life of Christianity and the Church?

Transitional Sentence: This introduction and overview of the man and his message identifies four ingredients that help us see what God used to make Paul, Paul. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Setting the Stage Conclusion

Last week, I began our study of the epistle to the Romans by way of an introduction. It was a simple 3 point outline that I thought I could work through.

As it would be, we were able to get through the 2nd subpoint of the second main point as overtime expired on the clock. Actually it was like double overtime.

As a result, today's message is the conclusion of the first message that was given last week. So, if your are looking for today's message from "Sunday's in the Study" scroll back down to last Lord's Day!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Jesus Christ - The Preexistent Creator and Savior


For centuries the Jewish nation had anticipated their Messiah. Even Gentiles anticipated a Savior or Deliverer due to the influence of Judaism in various parts of the world. Little did they know that the Messiah they were expecting had existed eternally.

The Scriptures are replete with examples of iron-clad proof that Christ Jesus was both the agent of creation and had been designated as Savior. The Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1.) All things were created by Him and nothing that was made was made apart from Him (Eph 1:3-5.)

Christ Jesus existed before the creation of this universe and He is exalted in rank and person above everything in this universe. We have the utmost privilege of not only worshipping this creator-savior, but we are called to know Him.

The Westminster Catechism captures in just one succinct sentence the essence of the greatest and most joyous of all privileges known to man when it asks,

“What is the chief end of man?” “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to know him forever.”


How are you doing? How are you glorifying God? How are you enjoying Him now? In what ways will you enjoy Him forever?