What Abortion?

Tullian Tchividjian is the grandson of Billy Graham.  Over the last few months I have read several of his blogs that have touched my heart.  I hope you enjoy this link to his article, “What Abortion?”  It is a wonderful reminder about God’s amazing grace!

“What Abortion?” by Tullian Tchividjian (click here)

Church Growth God’s Way

This Sunday we will observe a few of the ways the first church in Acts 2.41-47 experience healthy spiritual growth.  In studying for this sermon I found the following article by Thom Rainer (President and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources).  It is an interesting look at five warning signs of declining church health.

“5 Warning Signs of Declining Church Health” by Thom Rainer

The Power of Pentecost

Church SteepleI hope to see you this morning at Living Oaks Baptist Church as we continue our study through the book of Acts.  In Acts 2.37 upon hearing Peter’s sermon the people ask, “What shall we do?”  Peter tells them what they must do in order to be saved.  Today in looking at Acts 2.37-40 we will examine some of the keys to the salvation experience.

I hope you will join us at 9:30 a.m. for Bible Study and 10:45 for Worship.

What Are You Excited About?

For those that are unaware, my son is seven years old and in the second grade.  He is a huge fan of the movies “Cars” and “Cars 2.”  As soon as he gets out of school today, he is going to buy a copy of the DVD “Cars 2.”  He has been marking days off the calendar, counting down to the release of the DVD.  He found out that some of his friends had not seen the movie, so he is going to have them over to watch it with him.

Now, having several seven-year-old boys at my house to watch a movie really isn’t that big of a deal; however, William decided they all need to stay the night.  He and mom have planned out the whole evening: make homemade pizzas, play games out in the backyard, and then the main event–WATCH THE MOVIE!  He is so excited about his friends getting to see his favorite movie.  I keep waiting for him to ask me if we can buy a copy for everyone that will be attending (at last count there are a total of eight boys from ages five to seven).

It is energizing to see his excitement to share something so important to him with his friends.  It is also a bit convicting when I compare it to my lack of communicating to my friends, family, or acquaintances those things which are so important to me.  What would happen if I spent as much time telling others of what is the most important thing in my life.  What if I invited them over to watch a movie that changed my life?  What if I bought them a copy of my favorite book? What if I told them the story of a man who saved my life? What would happen if I was as excited about Jesus as my son is about the movie “Cars 2?”

I am a pastor, and I spend a great deal of time studying, sharing, and imitating Jesus; however, I often wonder is this a job or a passion?  I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life.  I love standing before people on Sundays and sharing from the overflow of what Jesus has taught me that week from the Bible.  I enjoying sitting down with someone and listening to their trials, troubles, and tribulations in order to help them find the right direction or just give them a comforting word from God’s Word.  I am thrilled to go door-to-door sharing the good news of Jesus with those who will listen.  I enjoy using the resources God has given me to help others in need.  Never-the-less, I never want people to get the impression that I am only doing this because it is my job.

Over the last few months I have been addressing this concern, to make sure that I am preaching, teaching, praying, sharing, and ministering from a heart that is overflowing with a love for Jesus–a heart that cannot wait to tell others of what Jesus has done in my life today.  A heart that wants everyone to experience a life-changing relationship with Jesus!  A heart consumed with the belief that there is no other away to the Father in heaven but by Jesus (the Jesus of the Holy Bible).  I want my excitement to be seen and heard.

Be Careful Who You Follow!

As Christians today we need to be very careful of the people we follow in regard to Biblical teaching.  There are so many television and radio preachers today that are teaching bad theology.  There are those who are extremely popular regardless where they stand on key Biblical issues.  Then there are those like Dr. Albert Mohler, the president of The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, who has a special way of clarifying even the most difficult subject.  His love for Christ, communicating the truth of Scripture, as well as fulfilling the great commission is evident in everything he says or writes.

Below is an article by Dr. Mohler in regard to Joel Osteen’s statement about Christianity and Mormonism.  I would encourage you to read this and share it with others.  These are trying times and we cannot allow ourselves to follow those who teach a strange Gospel.

“Does Joel Osteen Not Know, or Does He Not Care?” by Albert Mohler