From Our Pastors

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Message for June 25: Are You Listening? – Lessons from the Life of Samuel

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

We had a short service last Sunday because Priscilla was with Kim after her fall and Pastor David wanted to get back to them.  Keep praying for her recovery.  Pastor David taught us about the goodness of our Father God through the story of Hagar and Ishmael.

This Sunday, I want to continue a series of lessons I’ve been working on over the past couple of years that show us how the stories of many of our Old Testament heroes point to Jesus.  I am going to talk about Samuel.  I struggled a little with how to present his story in light of the overall theme.  Though he did preside over a defeat of the Philistines after the nation repented in the pattern of the judges who came before, that is not how most would remember him.  If you grew up in Sunday school, you probably learned how he came to the temple as a young boy and heard the call of the Lord, first thinking it was Eli the priest.  As long as you stop before the actual message, where the children’s story typically does, it’s a cute story.  It is found in 1 Samuel 3:1-10.  I think it illustrates Samuel’s defining virtue.  He learned to hear the voice of God and to speak what God told him.

Are we listening for the voice of God?  Are we willing to obey?  Are we willing to share the message He gives us, even if it isn’t pleasant?  Join us as we examine the life of Samuel.

Sunday June 18, 2016 " What does a good father look like?"

What a good group we had in service last week.  We had two visitors David & Chris and John was able to be back with us on Sunday as well. I really enjoyed the service last week. Linda taught Sunday School on sometimes our suffering is part of our sanctification.  I tried to bring a message on why we baptize and how we should look at our baptismal.  I hope you got something from both of these lessons.

This week we are going to be celebrating Father’s day.  As a father myself I know how important a role we play in our children’s lives.  I did not say I was that good at it but I know the importance.  I think most good fathers, no let’s say all good fathers feel overwhelmed with responsibility of being the kind of father God’s calls us to be.  We have to be patient but involved, forgiving but also hold our kids responsible for their actions. We have to lead by example but also willing to let them be who they are.  It is not an easy job but it is one of the most important jobs we have.  This week I want to talk about a man God called to be a father of great nation but what kind of father was he to his children.  This is the story of Abraham but it is probably not the story you are thinking about.  Our scripture verse this week is Genesis 21: 8-21. This is the Story of Sarah being so jealous over Ismael the son of Abraham from Hagar that she tells Abraham to send them away.  Abraham the father did not want to do this but Abraham the husband felt like he had no choice.  It was a difficult situation but God assured him he would take care of Ismael and Hagar and to do what his wife had said.  This story is really not about how good a father Abraham is but how good our heavenly father is.  I hope you will be with us on Sunday as we celebrate our earthly father’s and honor our heavenly father.

Please remember to pray for those mentioned in our prayer request last week.  I am glad to report Cathy’s husband Bennie came through the surgery on Monday and is doing very well.  He is back home resting now.  Anita is feeling better and she hopes to be back in service on Sunday.  Your prayers are working!  Have a blessed week and help somebody along the way.  Hope to see you on Sunday and invite someone to join you as we fellowship together on Sunday.

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

 

Sunday June 11, 2017 "Why do we need to be baptized?

Last Sunday was really a good day to be in God’s house.  Priscilla encouraged us not to be hypocritical and not to be afraid to share your problems with others.  I talked about having a healthy faith by trusting God, treating other people with love and respect and see yourself like God sees you.  We inducted Pastor Larry as our member of the month for June.  It was nice to have the Terrell family back and nice to see Richard & Barbara visiting with us last week.  Special thanks to Tim for fixing the fender on our Bus.

This week Linda will be bringing the Sunday School lesson and I want to answer some questions on how we as Baptist look at baptism.  The scripture verses this week are found in Matthew 13:13-17. This is the story of when Jesus came to John the Baptist and had him baptize Him. I love this story as it shows Jesus is all about being obedient to his Father and how his Father is so proud of him.  As we approach father’s day I believe most son’s want to feel like their fathers are proud of them but the hard part is being obedient.  Jesus was all about being obedient to his Father and doing his will.  Being baptize does not save us,  it is just our way of following the example of Christ.  I want to show that baptism is not the end of our journey but the beginning.  Jesus still had to struggle, face temptations and was misunderstood and by some he was hated. His baptism was just the beginning of his ministry and it was an act of obedience.  Our baptism symbolizes that we are beginning our new life in Christ. I want to show you what that entails as we look at this wonderful story of Christ’s baptism. Please make plans to be with us on Sunday as we fellowship together and invite someone to join you.

I hope you are praying for the prayer request mentioned on Sunday and remember your promise to pray for someone every day this week.  We appreciate all you do for us and we love having the chance to fellowship with you every week.  We miss you when you are out.  Hope to see you on Sunday, do good things because you just can’t help it.  It is who you are!!!

We love you so much,
Pastor David & Pris

 

Sunday June 4th, 2017 "How healthy is your Faith?"

Last week we celebrated Memorial Sunday by remembering those that mean so much to us.  There were several members missing but it was nice to see the ones that were there.  This week we will induct Pastor Larry as our member of the month for June.

This week I want to talk about the condition of our faith.  We are going to look at how healthy is our Faith?  The scripture vs this week is Luke 17: 5-6.  What does it mean to have the kind of Faith that Jesus is talking about in these scriptures.  I think a little Faith goes a long way but it has to be the right kind of faith.  A healthy Faith reflects on our relationship with God as well as our relationship with others and what we think about ourselves.  I think this is an important subject and we need to examine how healthy is our faith.  I hope you will join us as we fellowship with each other on this first Sunday in June.

I hope you are having a blessed week and hope you are planning to join us on Sunday.  Please pray for those mentioned in our prayer request and pray for this ministry.  Keep doing good things for others, be kind to one another and invite someone to come with you on Sunday as we exam our faith.

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

 

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