Letter From College

mailbox.gifI found the following letter from college interesting. This probably could have been written by a lot of you who read this blog.

Dear Dad,

$chool i$ really great. I’ve made lot$ of friend$ and am $tudying hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply can’t think of anything I need, $o if you would like you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you.

Love, your $on

REPLY FROM DAD….

Dear Son,

I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study hard eNOugh.

Love, Dad.

Can God Really Save My Loved Ones?

prayer.jpgAn unknown person posted this question on the internet:

“How do I witness to my family when everytime I try to tell them what the word of God says, they say I’m being judgemental? Most of my family believe that they can serve God and live like the devil. I’ve been told by them that you serve God by feeling. If it feels right, it’s good, and Godly. If it doesn’t, it is of the devil. They say that the bible isn’t the only guidelines to follow while trying to live for God. You serve God based on what you think and how you feel about him. I try to tell them what the word says, and they say that I am judging them. I have a relative that is living with a man right now, not married, and said that God told her it was ok for her to live with him, because God is all about love. I have an aunt that insists on telling people that even if you don’t serve God, he wants to answer all your prayers and will. She says all you have to do is say your prayers before you go to bed, and the next morning, live however you want, cause you can always ask for forgiveness before you go to sleep. I’m to the point that I don’t know what to do. I want them to serve the Lord and go to heaven, but it is like everytime I am around them, they go out of their way to start an argument. They say I think I’m better because I go to church. (no one in my family goes to church) I don’t feel that I am better. It is a privelage to me to congregate with other believers to serve the Lord and worship him. How can I get across to them the truth without making them mad at me? What should I do? I want my family to go to heaven with me.”

That question could have been written by just about everyone reading this post. Most of us, almost all of us, have loved ones and family members that are lost and I believe that most of us would say they seem to be the hardest to tell about the Lord Jesus Christ.  There is nothing that would thrill our hearts more than the assurance that our loved ones are all on their way to heaven.

A great preacher of yesterday, Lyman Beecher, was asked, Doctor Beecher, you know a great deal.  Tell us, what is the greatest of all things? Now, at this time Lyman Beecher was on his deathbed and this is what he said, “The greatest of all things? It is not theology.  It is not controversy.  It is to save souls.”

That is a true statement. It ought to be in our hearts, when we think of our loved ones without the Lord Jesus Christ. Can God really save my loved ones. Absolutely! This morning we asked that question. You can listen to that sermon by clicking here or by visiting our sermons page on our church website.

Busy Day, but Great Day

It seems like that past several weeks have been extremely busy. I’m always busy – sometimes to a fault. People will ask me how I’m doing and I’ll reply, “I’m doing.” I feel like I need to come up for air sometimes. Over the past couple of weeks there has been something going on every night. Yesterday was no different. I began the day by recording my radio broadcast, “The Voice of Victory.” After taking the tape to the station I returned home to pick up Bethany, Abby, and Hannah. We then went to the airport to pick up my good friend Rusty Smith who is preaching graduation for us at the Wilson Christian Academy this evening. On the way back from the airport we stopped for lunch at the Raleigh Farmer’s Market where we met up with our Primetimers (our senior citizens group). We then dropped the children off at home and picked up Caleb. Rusty, Caleb, and I were able to play golf yesterday afternoon. I very rarely play golf. I really enjoy the game, but I tell people that it takes time and costs money and I don’t have much of either. We were rushed, but we were able to get in a round. We then had to take Caleb to Driver’s Ed. He is driving this week. I then came home, changed clothes and went to a school board meeting. We had a lot to cover last night. It was a good meeting and I got home somewhere around 9:30 p.m. I spent about half an hour on the phone after the meeting counseling one of our church members before I was able to spend about another hour with Rusty. It was a busy day, but it was a great day.

Every day is different, but every day is busy. Every day can also be a great day when we understand that God is the giver of life and that “this is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Today looks like another day like yesterday: radio broadcast, awards programs at school, signing diplomas, getting ready for Sunday’s services, a funeral, and graduation. Praise the Lord that He has something for me to do today. I will spend time with Him all throughout the day. He very well may change my agenda. He often does. I will exercise myself spiritually, mentally, and physically. It looks like it is going to be another busy day, but also another great day.

Can God Really Meet My Needs?

As the church gathers together, each individual represents a person who has individual needs. That truth is one fact that unites the entire church. We all have needs. What is our normal reaction to our needs? Most of us when we see a genuine need arise respond with an inappropriate and even sinful reaction – we worry. Yet God has told us not to be anxious about anything, “but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.” (Phil. 4:6) God want us to respond in faith, not in doubt.

We continued our sermon series entitled “Can God,” yesterday at Tabernacle Baptist Church. The Lord gave us a wonderful time together in His Word. Yesterday, we asked the question, “Can God Really Meet My Needs?” (click to listen – You can also view this and other sermons on our sermons page) We considered our needs from the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 17. We asked three questions. How do we respond to our needs when (1) The Brook is Dry, (2) The Barell is Depleted, and when (3) The Boy is Dead? Yesterday was a very practical time of encouragement for each of us to respond with faith. The words of the old song “Trust and Obey” are very appropriate to our response to our needs. We should simply trust and obey.

When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss,
Not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows,
And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do;
Where He sends. we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.

John Sammis

“My Grace is Sufficient”

phillipsbrooks.jpg2 Corinthians 12:9 Remember it is not just compensation, but transformation, that you are to seek. Not heaven yet that looms before us always, tempting us on; but now the earth, with all its duties, sorrows, difficulties, doubts, and dangers. We want a faith, a truth, a grace to help us now, right here, where we are stumbling about, dizzied and fainting with our thirst. And we can have it. One who was man, yet mightier than man, has walked the vale before us. When He walked it He turned it all into a well of living water. To them who are willing to walk in His footsteps, to keep in His light, the well He opened shall be forever flowing. Nay, it shall pass into them and fulfill there Christ’s own words: “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).

Phillips Brooks

Mother Daughter Banquet Photos

Our Mother Daughter Banquet, held last Saturday at noon was a wonderful time of fellowship and spiritual refreshment for the ladies of Tabernacle Baptist Church. The speaker for the day was Sherri Free from Candor, North Carolina. The theme this year was “Reflections.” The gymnasium was beautifully decorated. The food catered by R.B. was delicious. A great time was had by all of our ladies who attended. Be sure to stop by the Tabernacle Baptist Church webpage and view photos from the banquet.

Lessons Learned in a Crisis of Life

hospital.jpgAlbert Mohler gives us some tremendous lessons he learned through his recent illness. His points are very appropriate for anyone who is going through trials. If  you are not in a trial right now then praise the Lord! Mark it down though, you will go through hardship sooner or later so why not follow the link.

“Some lessons are learned the hard way. The stewardship of those lessons seems especially important. The significant learning I have experienced started with an illness that eventually required major surgery. But that was only the start of the process. These are among the lessons I learned in the midst of this crisis. I wanted to write them down while they are fresh. There is far more to say, but this is a start. God has given me a new chance, armed with lessons I otherwise would have missed. What can we call this but a gift?”

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