It is Friday January 11, 2019 and Sunday is coming.
There are many who think Sunday is just another day of the week. It is, in fact, the first day of each week, and the day the early Christians met in remembrance of our Lord’s resurrection.
I have never tried to hide the fact that I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I do not believe in Him because I am fearful of eternity’s fire if I do not. I believe in Him and follow Him because He loved me, and loves me so much that He proved it.
In recent years I have grown to a place in Him that I never doubt or question His love for me. What I do question and sometimes doubt is my love for Him.
My goal throughout every week is to Get Ready for Sunday. The day I join with a few others to lift up the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in our place of worship; singing hymns of worship and praise, praying, and to preach and hear the preaching of the word of God.
I pray that anyone who is reading this is like minded, and you are preparing yourself to meet the Lord, with those of like mind in Church on Sunday. It will surely improve your heart, mind, and attitude through the coming week.
If you are not getting ready for Sunday you may not be ready for the day the Son returns.
God richly bless you
From the banks of Flat Creek,
I found out my son had bought an old Ford pickup truck. That is what we used to put gravel on our driveway. We hauled several loads, but we now have better traction on our drive than we had before.
It was 18 degrees when I got up yesterday morning thus freezing the ground, and when we got to the gravel the surface of the gravel was frozen too. After breaking through the frost layer it was not so difficult to shovel the rock.
Remember to attend worship services in your local congregation this morning and evening. Remember that “God is Spirit: and they [we] that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” Being born again through the death burial and resurrection of Jesus is the only way of worshipping the God of glory and all creation.
I have heard it said, “All roads lead to heaven”. Well! If all roads lead to heaven, then they all must meet at the cross of Jesus Christ. There is no other way to God and Heaven but by Christ Jesus.
Enough of my preaching from the banks of Flat Creek.
Most of our kids and grand kids are still with us. They are, in fact, still in bed sleeping. They will need to be arising soon to get themselves ready for Sunday School and worship.
We are all attending Shiloah Baptist Church. Shiloah is the Baptist church I grew up in. I was saved there, baptized in Flat Creek at the old Jenkins bridge in 1966. On the Sunday I was saved, my sister Jane was as well; as well as several other. Otis Ennis was our pastor at the time, and he baptized us the following Sunday.
My wife and I attended Shiloah when we first married. I surrendered to preach the word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ while we were attending. From July 1987 – November 1990 I was their pastor.
The current Pastor is David Eaton, Jr. He is my brother in law; and the son of the man who was my pastor when I surrendered to preach.
I always look forward to the times I can go and hear good preaching. Preachers who preach the Word of God are becoming rare; though I know there are many who still do. Too many will compromise the Word to keep the masses happy rather than caring about keeping God happy.
So much for that. Things appear to be quiet outside. No dogs are barking, yet. No cattle are in the yard, yet. However the time is drawing nearer to the time for the family to arise and begin getting ready to hear the Word of God and worship.
Last night Carr Lane Baptist Church hosted the monthly Worker’s Conference of the Barry County Southern Baptist Association; made up of about 33 churches across the county, and two or three outside the county – including Carr Lane which is in the Southwest corner of Stone County.
We were honored to welcome the people of the churches of Barry County, the Association, our Director of Missions Randy Comer, his wife Sheena, and the guest speaker Jay Scribner. Jay is the former pastor of First Baptist Church of Branson, and if I remember correctly a past President of the Missouri Baptist Convention.
We were blessed by the message Brother Scribner proclaimed. The message was from 1 Peter 1:13-17, and titled “Be Holy”. A very needed message for Christians of the twenty first century. There is a very urgent need for holiness and holy living in Christian living.
Holiness should set us apart from the lives of those who do not proclaim to be Christian. We are followers of Christ. We are “Christian” and that means ‘Like Christ”, and that portrays “Holiness”.
It was an honor to host such a fine group of Baptist Christians; and a blessing to hear the Word of God proclaimed. Thank you Dr. Scribner.