Friday, December 19, 2014

Revision to Retirement Date

I had previously announced the retirement of my blog effective December 31, 2014. I am having a hard time letting go of it. However, I began this blog on February 19, 2009. So I have decided to continue until that date and make it an exact 6 years of posting and blogging.

I won't promise daily blogs until then, but I shall try to make it interesting and hopefully it will remain a blessing unto the end.

For those of you who have been faithful followers, please add the North Kelso Baptist Church Blog in your blog roll - www.northkelsobc.blogspot.com. I would dearly appreciate it and your prayers for NKBC.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Immanuel

Immanuel
by Charles H. Spurgeon

When once I mourned a load of sin,
When conscience felt a wound within,
When all my works were thrown away,
When on my knees I knelt to pray,
Then, blissful hour, remembered well,
I learned Thy love, Immanuel!


When storms of sorrow toss my soul,
When waves of care around me roll,
When comforts sink, when joys shall flee,
When hopeless griefs shall gape for me,
One word the tempest’s rage shall quell,
That word, Thy name, Immanuel!


When for the truth I suffer shame,
When foes pour scandal on my name,
When cruel taunts and jeers abound,
When “Bulls of Bashan” gird me round,
Secure within Thy tower I’ll dwell,
That tower, Thy grace, Immanuel!

When hell, enraged, lifts up her roar,
When Satan stops my path before,
When fiends rejoice and wait my end,
When legion’d hosts their arrows send,
Fear not, my soul, but hurl at hell
Thy battle-cry, Immanuel!

When down the hill of life I go,
When o’er my feet death’s waters flow,
When in the deep’ning flood I sink,
When friends stand weeping on the brink,
I’ll mingle with my last farewell,
Thy lovely name, Immanuel!


When tears are banished from mine eye,
When fairer worlds than these are nigh,
When Heaven shall fill my ravish’d sight,
When I shall bathe in sweet delight,
One joy all joys shall far excel,
To see Thy face, Immanuel!

Monday, December 15, 2014

False Religion Will be Judged and Destroyed!


As I read of the ultimate judgment and destruction of all false religion in Revelation 17, I am deeply moved and appreciative of the fact that not only did God save me through Jesus Christ, but He kept me from being deceived and sucked into a false religion that would have dammed my soul for eternity. Praise God for His good pleasure in electing me by His free and unfettered grace unto salvation through Jesus Christ His Son.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Real Meaning of Christmas (Part 2)



SERMON        GMT14-023

SERIES:          Topical Messages:  Christmas

SETTING:        North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:        Sunday AM (Dec 14, 2014)

SUBTITLE:    The Real Meaning of Christmas (Part 2)

SCRIPTURE:      Philippians 2:7c-8

SUBJECT:        God became a man

SUMMARY:    God became man in order to redeem his people from their sin.

SCHEME:    that believers appreciate the incarnation of Jesus Christ
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Our theme is: God became a man

This is a good reminder for us all that as the Christmas season approaches with all of its frenzied excitement, we do not lose sight of the true or the real meaning of Christmas.

 Proposition:  God became man in order to redeem his people from their sin.

Interrogatory Sentence:  What does God want us to know about the incarnation of Jesus Christ?

Transitional Sentence: The passage before us identifies three (3) aspects of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. As we develop our theme we will clearly see the real meaning of Christmas.

The Real Meaning of Christmas is seen in:

  1. The Person of the Incarnation         3.  The Prize of the Incarnation
  2. The Purpose of the Incarnation   

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Waters Turned to Blood

I had to drive in to Vancouver today and as I drove south on I-5, we drove along the Columbia River. We also crossed the Cowlitz River, the Kalama River, and within sight of the Cowee River. I then thought of the Puget Sound which runs from near Bellingham to Olympia. These are extremely beautiful bodies of water and I truly appreciate God's handiwork in their creation. What made me think of them? I was in Revelation 16 today for my devotion and I read where God commanded an angel to tip his bowl and empty God's wrath on the sea and the rivers and springs. When the angel did so the bodies of water were turned to coagulated blood. I cannot imagine the great Columbia River or the Puget Sound or the Cowlitz as coagulated blood with every living water creature dead. How much does God hate sin and will judge sin? The waters will be turned to blood.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Say, I Believe In Christ

Say, I Believe In Christ
by Gregg Metcalf
December 10, 2014

This version was written in response to the song being circulated on Face Book and You Tube called Say I Believe In Christmas.


I believe in Christ…I believe He’s true
I believe in the Savior…sent for the chosen few
If you…believe in Jesus…join me in this song
Keep living for him…be obedient all year long

If…you don’t see Merry Christmas in a window
No! You don’t go past that store (don’t go by)
If you don’t see Merry Christmas in the window
Yes! You walk right in their front door
Oh…it’s all about the gospel…the meaning of His birth
It’s the one and only reason we worship in every season
Sharing the good news of Jesus to everyone on earth

If you don’t hear Merry Christmas…don’t let it get to you
When you walking through their store
Find the nearest employee and forget about you
Share with them what they haven’t heard before
Words are chosen every year to hide the truth
Of the reason for this time of year
They may not like our song and profit is not wrong
Let them make some dough that is all they know
Unless you stand out from the crowd and share the gospel loud
Christmas is just man-made but what a great holiday you know

What would they be missing? Now let’s see
If you don’t share the truth of the Nativity…
No forgiveness of sins or joy of salvation
No freedom from sin or condemnation

No joy deep down in their soul
No knowledge of being made whole
No promise of grace for livin
No celebrating all God has givin
No help to fight the battle of sin
No one to who calls them his friend
No promise of reward and blessing
No confidence just a life of guessing
And one more thing there wouldn’t be
No-ooo recognition of Calvary------

If…you…don’t see Merry Christmas in the window
Yes! Run right straight into that store
If you don’t see Merry Christmas in the window
Yes! You walk in by their front door

If you don’t believe the reasons to share the gospel…you’re not ok with me
Please don’t blame a blind mind for walking into a wall clumsily
After all we celebrate Christ and His resurrected life all year ‘round
Christian come out from the shallow end and stand your ground


Christmas is just a man-made holiday!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy 81st Birthday Mom!


Happy 81st Birthday to my mom, 
Evelyn L. Metcalf of Modesto, CA
I love you Mom!