Friday, March 27, 2015

April's Blog Format Announced

Inspired by NashvilleCats (2) Poems by Yvonne’s blog I am going to attempt to write a poem for each of the 26 letters of the Alpha-Bet based on people, places, and things in the Bible. Yvonne has been writing poetry almost daily on her blog for a number of years. She has actually had two books of poetry published.

Most of you know I am a frustrated poet/songwriter at heart. God has blessed me with having three of my songs recorded. The first was a labor of love written as a response to a sermon series I was preaching and it was recorded by a local church for distribution called Hand in Hand. The second was a country and western song I co-wrote called Haggard and Jones. The third song recorded was a song about the bible called This Ole Book. The late Jerry Hanlon of UAR Records produced and recorded the last two songs.

I have written hundreds of would be poems and songs since I first rewrote a Johnny Cash song called the Long Black Veil while I was a recruit in boot camp. Many poems and songs have been written for my blog.

So, I hope to encourage, edify, entertain, and exhort you over the next 26 of 30 days. I will attempt to write or include a self-written poem Monday through Saturday. Sunday we “have off.” However, I will post my weekly message on Sunday as I usually do at this time. 

I hope you will join me each day. Please, I implore you to leave a comment. Remember, since I haven’t earned a dime yet on anything I have written, I am still an amateur and not a professional. Therefore, please be kind – honest, but kind. Thank you!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It's Back!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blogging programming to bring you this very important public service!

For the month of April, I will be taking a break from our normal blogging format and will be joining in with over 1,500 other bloggers in the sixth annual A-Z challenge.

This is your invitation to follow along as I blog each letter of our Alphabet! Come join me beginning April 1st, 2015.

I am going to interrupt our normal theological and biblical format for some light, fun, and silliness for this challenge. Come May, I will return to the normal format for this blog! 

Please hang in there while we take this break! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

God's Perfect Plan (Part 1)

SERMON:             GM15-051

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

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM (March 22, 2015)

SECTION:          The Prologue to Righteousness (Romans 1:1-17)

SUBTITLE:        God's Perfect Plan (Part 1)

SCRIPTURE:     Romans1:16a

SUBJECT:          It is good to experience confidence

SUMMARY:       You must believe in the Gospel’s ability to deliver you from your                              sins.

SCHEME:           That each member of NKBC fully trusts in the gospel for its sanctifying work

Our theme is: It is good to experience confidence        

This is a good reminder for us all to remember that the gospel is designed to more than simply save people from their sins. The gospel is the means by which the HS uses in your daily sanctification.

 Proposition:  You must understand the ability of God to deliver His people from their sin and how he sanctifies his people.         

Interrogatory Sentence:  What does the text reveal to us about confidence in the gospel?

Transitional Sentence: From our passage we learn two very important truths about Paul’s confidence in the gospel:

·        …the gospel produces saving faith in sinners
·        …the gospel produces sanctifying faith in saints

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Be Careful as to How You Hear!

The ability that we as believers have to understand biblical or spiritual truths is based solely on the gracious sovereignty of God. The understanding of these truths is indeed a gift from God only available to His elect, His people. Those who are not the people of God do not have any understanding of God's truths because of the natural consequence of their spiritual blindness. The natural consequence of spiritual blindness is unbelief and a failure to understand. Each individual will be judged according to the amount of the light they have been given, the amount of understanding of the light, and the response to that light. The lesson: be careful as to how and what you hear!

(Matthew 13:10; Mark 4:10-25; Luke 8:9-18)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

17 Surprising Reasons You're Stressed Out

Yesterday morning I happened to see the title of an article on my web browser. The title read, Seventeen Surprising Reasons You're Stressed Out. I didn't have to have either an ivory league education or baby grand piano fall on me to know that I didn't need to read the article. I am sure it was filled with worldly philosophy and humanistic cliches. 

However, it did bring a couple of thoughts to this somewhat warped, yet still functioning brain of mine. I instantly thought of the seventeen surprising reasons that genuine Christians who are walking with the Lord by faith are stressed out. Allow me to present them to you this morning:

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Oh. You're right! Each line is blank, there are no reasons for genuine believers to be stressed out!

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6, NKJV)

"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?" (Matthew 13:22, NKJV)

"And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind." (Luke 12:29, NKJV)

"...casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7, NKJV)

P. S. If these promises are missing from your Bible, chuck it, and obtain a copy that includes these promises. Then trust them! And trust Him!