From Our Pastors

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Sunday May 28th, 2017 " Let's Remember"

I hope you are having a great week and as Larry said last week I hope you have a happy heart.  There were several people missing last week but the ones that were there were blessed.  Linda brought another lesson on looking at a legacy, this week she portrayed David Brainerd. He has such a great influence on missions.  Larry brought a message on how to have a happy heart.  You can hear both of these on our podcast if you were not with us last week. They are certainly worth listing to.

This week I want to talk to you about celebrating Memorial Day.  This is a day for us to remember those that made a huge sacrifice for us. It is a day we need to look back and remember.  Apostle Paul was writing to the church in Philippi and he spoke about how he was remembering them.  The scripture verses this week is Philippians 1: 1-11.  Paul tells them how much he loved them and will always remember their help in this ministry.  Paul knew he was not going to be with them much longer and he wanted to encourage them to keep up the good work.  As we remember those that paid the supreme price for us this week also know that they want you not to just remember them but to keep the work going.  We have a responsibility to be an inspiration to the next generation and give them something to remember us by.  I hope you will be with us on Sunday and invite someone to come with you as we celebrate Memorial Sunday.

I want to encourage you all to keep praying for this ministry.  We need all of you to be a part of this, caring about others more than we do about ourselves.  I have great hopes for where this church is going to do in the near future.  Pray for those mentioned in our prayer request and as always, look for something good you can do for somebody, you will be blessed.  See you on Sunday!!

We love you so much,
Pastor David & Pris

 

Message for May 21: How to Have a Happy Heart

Blessings to you, family and friends of BBT.  I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day last Sunday and got to bless your moms. We had a good service.  Priscilla led us in a time of prayer and healing for people who had unresolved issues relating to their mothers.  Pastor David covered my favorite subject as he talked about love.  I thought the Sunday school time might bless someone if I posted it, but in keeping with our desire to maintain privacy regarding anything that someone might not want to share with the whole world, I held back.  If you were involved and don’t mind it being shared let me know and I will post the podcast

I bet Linda is rolling her eyes at my topic for this week.  I don’t think I’m an unhappy person, but happy has never been my word and probably isn’t the way others would describe me.  So you might say this message is for me too.  maybe we can learn together.

In the New American Standard Bible, Proverbs 15:15 says, “All the days of the afflicted are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.”  Depending on how we read that, it might be kind of depressing, especially if we think of ourselves as afflicted.  But maybe how we think is the point.  Regardless of our circumstances, joy comes from the heart.  Your version might even seem to say something totally different.  We find that more frequently in Proverbs than other places.  There are reasons for that, but what’s really important is the basic truth behind the text.  That doesn’t change.  Let’s dig a little deeper here and see what we find.  I’ll be happy to see you on Sunday!

Larry

sunday May 14, 2017 "What does a Mothers love look like?"

It was great to be in the house of the Lord again last week. We got to know more about our member of the month Mrs. Fox.  Priscilla brought the Sunday School on how important it is for us not to just be nice but we need to be kind as well.  I got to speak on even though we go through hard times and natural disasters, God is still in control.  I hope you received something by attending service last week.

This week is Mother’s day and I want to bring a message on Love.  The scripture verse this week is John 15: 9-17.  I think when you read these verses you will understand what real love is all about. You will see Love is required from Christians and is sacrificial. Love is so important.  I hope you will make plans to celebrate Mother’s day with us on Sunday.

Everyone made a promise last week to pray for Edith and for Don & Brenda Potts this week, I hope you are keeping your promise. There are many others that need our prayers and I hope you will be willing to pray for those that need your prayers.  You can help so much by just remembering to lift each other up and don’t forget to praise God for his many blessings.  Hope you have a blessed week and hope to see you on Sunday as we honor our Mothers!

We love you so much,
Pastor David & Pris

 

Sunday May 7, 2017 " Ok God what is going on?"

We ended the month with a bang last week.  During the Sunday School hour I got to share with you a little of the history of Bartimaeus Baptist Temple and a look to the future.  Thanks Linda for leading me through the past and the future for this ministry.  Larry brought a sermon that Jesus shared in the Sermon on the Mount.  He showed us what Jesus cares about is what is in our hearts. I hope you will go back and listen to it if you were not with us last week.

This week I want to share with you a little about how we have suffered through many natural disasters over the last few years. I am going to read from Romans 8: 18-27. There are many questions that arise when we see disasters that we label as “Acts of God” that do so much harm.  There is so much we do not understand about the ways of God but there are reasons for the things that happen. I hope we see by the end of this lesson that God is still in control.  We may not understand some things but God does want us to look at his word and see if we can see why somethings take place.  I hope you will be with us this week as we ask “OK God what is going on?’
Please pray for those mentioned in the prayer request this week and lets bring in the month of May looking for opportunities to share with someone every day.  You may think you have done all you can but I promise with God’s help you can do more.  Hope to see you on Sunday and have a great rest of the week!

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

 

Message for April 30: Who You Callin’ a Fool?

Blessings to you, friends and family of Bartimaeus Baptist Temple.  Here’s your weekly update.

It was great to have so many back with us last Sunday.  We were still missing a few, but we’re thankful for all of you.  We miss you when you’re not with us.  Priscilla and Kim spoke on the difficult subject of suicide.  They reminded us of God’s love for us and that this is never the answer.  Pastor David encouraged us to take up the mission that Jesus gave us before He ascended back to Heaven.  We wrapped up the service with a prayer of blessing for Shannon, who has completed her time of service with us through the Agape Program at Dallas Theological Seminary.

I’m looking forward to sharing with you this weekend.  To tell the truth, I’m not sure yet exactly where my study of Matthew 5:21-24 will lead us.  Every time I have read it over the years, it kind of scared me a little.  Verse 22 seemed like a really harsh thing for Jesus to say.  I didn’t set out to address that particular passage, but it came to mind as soon as I set out to explore my original subject, so I read it.  I think the Lord is bringing me to a better understanding of what He is saying here.  As always, we need to consider the context to  understand.  This is about what is in our hearts.  Jesus shows us how we can progress from offense to contempt to complete rejection of those whom we aught to love.  This is becoming a very personal study for me, and I pray that the fruit of it will strengthen you as well.

Remember those who need our prayers and support.  Keep an eye on the site for updates as they come to us.  And as I always say when I post the prayer requests, let God show you how to be an answer to someone’s prayer.  He can certainly step in and do miracles, but he gives us the honor of performing His work.  What a joy to be a carrier of God’s blessing!

See you Sunday!

Larry

Sunday April 23, 2017 " OK what do we do now?"

We had a great Resurrection Sunday Last week.  We had some great music and Larry brought a message about Thomas.  He showed us that the blessing Jesus gave at the end of the scripture was for us when he said “blessed or those who have not seen but believe.”  We are those people! We had dinner afterwards and we had great fellowship.  If you were not with us last week I hope you were able to celebrate Easter somewhere.  You can always go back and listen to this message on our website.

This week I want to talk to you about the last time Jesus talked with his disciples before ascending into Heaven and he gave them instructions on what they were supposed to do after he is gone.  Up until now they had no idea what they would be doing.  Many probably believed they would go back to the lives they had before they met Jesus.  Our scripture verse this week is in Matthew, 28th chapter, vs 16-20.  This is when Jesus gives them what we call the great commission.  Jesus told them what they needed to do and soon he would send them the Holy Spirit to empower them to do it.  Up until now the disciples were afraid, defeated, lost and had no hope but all that changed when Jesus appeared to them after he rose from the grave.  They now knew what Jesus was talking about but they still weren’t sure what they were supposed to do.  Now they knew and boy what a change in these men.  The question for us today is what in the world are we supposed to do.  I am going to discuss this on Sunday and I hope you will join us.  Invite someone to come with you and let’s continue the celebration of the resurrection.

Please remember to pray for those mention in our prayer request last week. There are so many people who need our help right now we should be busy do the masters work.  That means we are out there trying to help as much as we can, if you grow tired just ask for the Holy Spirit to empower you like he did the first disciples.  Have a great week and we will see you on Sunday!!

We love you so much,
Pastor David & Pris

 

Message for April 16: Blessed Are They Who Did Not See, And Yet Believed

Blessings to you, family and friends of BBT.  I hope you’ll join us for our Resurrection Day celebration this Sunday.  Here’s your weekly update.

We had a great crowd last Sunday.  It was good to have so many back with us.  We appreciated having Edith back to play for us.  Recordings just aren’t the same.  Linda taught us the value of devotional by example and Pastor David gave a great message on how we should pray.  Check out the podcast if you were not able to be there.

Is there a person in the Bible that you especially identify with?  Maybe you feel you understand something of where they were coming from.  Maybe you are encouraged by seeing how God used them despite their flaws.  I’m encouraged by many of them for different reasons, but one of my favorites is Thomas.  Yes, “doubting Thomas.”  We’re not told a lot about him, but I think if I lived back then, that would be me.  So I studied with interest the exchange between Jesus and Thomas after His resurrection, recounted in John 20:24-29.  What I found was a blessing for all of us who believe in Jesus today.  I look forward to sharing it with you this Sunday.

We’ll be having a dinner after the service.  I know there will be plenty of everything, but I know for sure there will be more than enough dessert.  Come celebrate with us!

Larry

Sunday April 9, 2013 " Did God answer Jesus prayer?"

Last week the weather was pretty bad and many were not able to attend, but for those that did brave the storm ,I hoped they were blessed, I know I was.

Hopefully this Sunday we will have better weather.  I want to talk to you this week, leading up to Easter, about Jesus prayer at Gethsemane. Our scripture verse for this week will be Luke 22 39-46.  As Jesus is praying he is demonstrating the way we should be praying.  Our prayers are the most powerful tool we have yet many don’t know how to pray or don’t feel like their prayers do any good.  There are many people who have lost their faith in God because they felt like God does not answer their prayers. As Jesus was about to sacrifice his life on a cross he reached out to God and it appears God did not answer his prayer.  The truth is God did answer his prayer because Jesus asked God to let his will be done.  God knew without the sacrifice of Jesus we would not be forgiven.  God answered his prayer for our benefit.  God always wants the best for us and we need to understand that.  The things we want are not always to our benefit.  God only wants the best for us.  We will look at this prayer and see what Jesus wanted us to understand about how to pray.  I hope you will be with us this week as we prepare for Easter.  Invite someone to come with you and Let’s have a great time worshiping together.

Remember to pray for those mentioned in our prayer request this week and I hope you have a blessed week.  I believe God will do something special for you this week. Just be ready to receive a blessing.  I will see you on Sunday and as always do something good for somebody this week and be blessed!!

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

 

Sunday April 2, 2017 "Jesus fix it"

We finished up the month of March with a bang last Sunday. We are looking for April to be even better.

This Sunday we are going to induct a new member of the month and we are making plans for our Easter service on the 16Th.  It was good to see John back on Sunday, he has been out over a month with a broken leg. Ruth was not able to be with us on Sunday as she was sick, hopefully she will be better by this Sunday.

This week I want to talk about one of the most uplifting stories in the New Testament. It is in the gospel of John the 11Th chapter I am going to be reading vs 17-45.  In this story a close friend of Jesus and brother to Mary and Martha became ill and passed away before Jesus could get to him.  This story really shows the human aspect of Jesus.  Here he is so sad about his friend’s death that he weeps with the family.  Then Jesus shows his power by calling Lazarus from the grave.  There are so many things in this story that you could do several sermons on this one event but Sunday I want to look at 3 things about Jesus as we look at this story.  I hope you will be with us on Sunday as we fellowship together and worship our Savior.

Please continue to lift Ruth up  in your prayers this week.  She is still feeling bad and is planning on going to the doctor on Wednesday.  My prayer is she will be well enough to be back with us on Sunday. Pray for all those mentioned in the prayer request last week and lets do something good for somebody this week as we keep reaching out to those who need us.  Have a great week. Be safe and we will see you on Sunday!

We love you so much

Pastor David & Pris

 

Sunday March 26, 2017 "From Twelve to 3.2 Billion and Growing"

We had a great time last week at BBT. Linda led us in Sunday School time showing several old clips from the Billy Graham Crusades showing us what just one person can do. She encouraged us to make a difference. Larry brought his sermon on how it is not about us it is about Christ. He showed us how it matters WHY we do something not just WHAT we do. I hope you were with us last week but if not listen to both on our web-cast.
After listing to Linda last week I began to thinking about the disciples and what a difference these men made, they literally changed to world. I am going to read in the book of Matthew chapter 10 vs 1-13 and vs 27-33. I want to talk about how these men were able to change what we believe today. Also see what God expected of them and from us as well. I hope you will join us Sunday and invite someone to come with you.
Please continue to pray for those mentioned in our prayer request last week and have a great week. Make it great by doing something good for somebody this week why? Because you want to be a blessing to others and follow the example Christ set for us. We will see you on Sunday!
We love you so much,
Pastor David & Pris