Joshua: Fit for the Fight

joshua006.jpgOn Sunday, we were reminded that Joshua fought a victorious battle at Jericho because he was “Fit for the Fight.” We only got half way through the message so we will pick up part two next week. All of us have walls in our lives that need tearing down. The means to victory is simple – faith! Listen online to part one by clicking here.

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho, Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, and the walls came a tumblin’ down, down, down, down.

 

You may talk about your men of Gideon, you may talk about your men of Saul, but there’s none like good old Josh-u-a, at the battle of Jericho, that morning;

 

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho, Joshua fit the battle of Jericho,
and the walls came a tumblin’ down, down, down, down.

 

Joshua rose early in the morning, that is when the trumpets blew, they marched around the city, at the battle of Jericho.

 

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho, Joshua fit the battle of Jericho,
and the walls came a tumblin’ down, down, down, down.

 

Right up to the walls of Jericho, he marched with spear in hand, Joshua commanded the children to shout, and the walls came a tumblin’ down, down, down, down;

 

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho, Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, the trumpets they did blow, so, Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, and the walls came a tumblin’ down.

 

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, now you know, Jericho, Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, and the walls came a tumblin’ down.

 

Now you know who tore the wall down, Now you know who tore the wall down, down, down, Joshua!

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Daniel: Faithful to the Finish

On Sunday, we continued our sermon series entitled, “Great Bible Stories,” where we are examining the Sunday School classics. In my twenty years of preaching I have never preached a message on David and Goliath or Daniel in the Lion’s Den. As I read those narratives again, I was impressed by the deeper truths that are contained in these classic stories.This past Sunday I preached on “Daniel: Faithful to the Finish”

I asked our people how old they thought Daniel was when he was thrown into the lions’ den. The truth is Daniel was probably in his 80’s or 90’s. The Bible says that he was promoted to Prime Minister over the kingdom because he had an excellent spirit. That means that even though he was an old man, he still had a positive, winsome attitude about life and about his job. Have you ever noticed that when a lot of people get older they become grouchy old men or grouchy old women. Nawww! That’s not possible, is it? Someone might be saying, “You must be talking about my spouse.” Daniel wasn’t like that. He maintained his positive enthusiasm throughout his life. He was faithful to the finish. He was a man of great character and integrity. His loyalty to his God could have cost him his life when he was thrown into the lion’s den. God sent His angel though who shut the lions’ mouths. I believe this was the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, none other than the pre-incarnate Christ. He was the alpha-male of the pride that night. To listen to this sermon online click here: Daniel: Faithful to the Finish.

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Recent Family Photos: Basketball Season is Over Now

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Here is a picture of Caleb (9th grade) and Bethany (6th grade). Both of their teams lost in the playoffs this evening. Caleb played point guard for the Varsity and Bethany played shooting guard for the Middle-School. Both of them had outstanding seasons. They are looking forward to a little bit of a break before the Spring sports begin.

 

Caleb Basketball 2007

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Bethany Basketball 2007

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Here is a picture from a few weeks ago for “Blue and Gold Day” for Spirit Week on the day of Homecoming at Wilson Christian Academy.

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(L-R: Hannah (1st Gr.), Bethany (6th Gr.), Abigail (4th Gr.), and Caleb (9th Gr.)

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Hannah on her field trip last week with her snow cone.

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Abby and Bethany, a couple of sisters that really do love each other.

The Battle is the Lord’s

giant.jpgOn Sunday, we began a new sermon series entitled, “Great Bible Stories,” where we will be examining the Sunday School classics. In my twenty years of preaching I have never preached a message on David and Goliath or Daniel in the Lion’s Den. As I read those narratives again, I was impressed by the deeper truths that are contained in these classic stories.

This past Sunday I preached on “The Battle is the Lord’s.” I reminded our people that we all will face giants in our lives and that we need to remember the true purpose behind the battles. I began with a couple of illustrations from sports films. I made mention of Hoosiers and Facing the Giants. Both films claim to be stories of David vs. Goliath. The problem is that the metaphor doesn’t really apply to these stories. I guess Facing the Giants comes a lot closer to the Bible story. David and Goliath is not a story about little people being able to do extraordinary things if they only try. It isn’t that strong people can be defeated by weaker people who put their mind to it or give their all. No, the point is this: that all the earth may know that there is a God in Isreal. David isn’t the chief character in this story, God is. That’s why David asked, “Is there not a cause.” Remember “the battle is the Lord’s.” Listen to this sermon by following this link: Conquering Your Giants.

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Love in Other Words – Romans 5:4-8

Valentines Day is the time of year that most people think of love: first for a family member, a friend, another relative, or just people in general. Think of the things we do to show our love. We take the time to send flowers or a card, but often that is as much as is done. And even for a child to really know what true love is, we have to say the words, “I love you”; yet we often mix those words with a toy or a special gift. But sometimes our actions and words seem superficial because it is hard for us to purely know what true love is. If you want to see a real example of how actions matched the word spoken, just take a look at Jesus. He told us in His Word that He loves us, then He stretched out His hands and showed us, by dying on the cross of Calvary. He promised us the Holy Spirit to guide us in our Christian walk (John 16:13). Salvation is offered to anyone who will receive His gift (Rom. 5:4-8). All this love, freely given in word and deed–what a perfect example for us. The next time you say “I love you,” remember how Christ matched His words with the cross.

A True Valentine

I remember the first time that I received a Valentine from a girl; and for all you girls, I know that you will remember that first valentine from a boy! I quickly tore the valentine open and there she was, Lucy from “Peanuts,” telling me that I was to be her Valentine. I couldn’t even tell you who gave it to me, but my spirits were flying high. Every year that I received a card from someone, I felt special. You know, I own one of the biggest Valentine cards ever made. It is the heaviest, and it has words in it that make me feel special every day. It is the Bible.

When I read the Bible, I have warm, fuzzy feelings because of what God has done and continues to do for me in my life. If you like receiving Valentine cards, then you will without a doubt love the Bible. The Bible conveys a true message of love: The story of His love for you. Will you choose to read it or use it as a decoration? You will be blessed with what God has to say about your life.

By Robb Williamson Bulletin Digest

“Behold How They Love One Another”

people.jpgThe “only thing that will be here for sure when Jesus comes back” is the church, said Pastor John Morgan in a chapel address at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.”Jesus loved the church, died for the church and is coming back for the church,” said Morgan, who has pastored Sagemont Baptist Church in Houston since its foundation in 1966. The church began with 16 and now has a membership of more than 14,500, and an average attendance each Sunday morning of 6,500.

Identifying trust as the key to the church’s vitality, Morgan said, “When the last chapter is written, when the trumpet sounds and when the voice comes down out of heaven, the last group to remain standing in the Christian faith is not going to be those who have the greatest preachers–though I am for producing the best ones we can. It will not be the ones who have the best organization or the best programming. It will not be the ones with the best buildings.

“It will be the group that the world looks at and says the same thing the world said about the early church. ‘Behold, how they love one another.’”

Love will cover a multitude of bad preaching, the pastor said. “As we try to plan out how we are going to reach this or some other generation by using labels and marketing strategies, let me tell you what will reach any generation in any country, state or county seat. It is love.”

Recalling a time four years ago when he made an important decision, Morgan said, “We now have no TV ads, no billboards and no slick brochures. I told the church that I was embarrassed…that if we were half as lovable as that highway sign–for which we were paying $5,000 a month–said we were, we ought not to be able to find enough parking for all who would be coming.”

So Morgan ended the expenditure of $152,000 for promotion and began teaching people two things: how to love God and how to love each other. As a result, “The church has exploded.”

He then offered a caution: “I am a man of great conviction. I believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God. But conviction without compassion is a dangerous thing. It is called Pharisaism.” When the Pharisees came, people went out the door, Morgan said. When Jesus came, people came from everywhere. “Was it the conviction? No. It was the compassion.”

Are people are saying about us: “Behold, how they love one another”? Or have we become so caught up in our convictions that we have forgotten about the compassion which must walk side by side?” he asked. “If we have, we will turn people away by the millions.”

Morgan said he teaches everyone in the church to do this: “Give everybody a word. Give everybody a look. And give everybody a touch. For many of them it is the only time it has happened all week. Women who have been abused, children who have been neglected, and men who are successful but without any fellowship in a personal way enjoy the word, the look, and the touch.

Referring to the early church in Acts 2:42-47, Morgan noted that today’s Christians seem to be trying to do church backwards. “The Bible says that first came the fear of the Lord, then miracles, then unity, then joy, and then additions. We tend to seek to get additions first, then joy, then unity, then miracles, and eventually fear of the Lord. Our people need to understand that our first love is to Him.

“That then becomes what it is all about–love, fellowship, and steadfast faith,” Morgan said. “When anyone in our church is going through a rough time, I get up on Sunday morning and let the people know there is a need. Most churches will help someone coming through town. But when one of their own is hurting, they are afraid to set a precedent. We have learned that God has got plenty of money. He is just looking for someplace to put it. He is looking for a perfect heart. And the only way you can have a perfect heart is to have a heart full of love.”

Morgan offered this advice to small-church pastors: “Ask God to show you people in your community who are not part of your church, but who are examples of love and character. Honor them in your church. Then watch what happens in your community. The reputation will begin to grow and people will say, ‘Behold, how they love one another.’”

By Larry B. Elrod
Baptist Press