From Our Pastors

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Sunday July 23rd, 2017 "What is Repentance?"

It was good to be back at BBT last week.  We honored the passing of our dear friend Galen Rich who passed away on July 6Th.  It was sad that we lost such a dear friend but we rejoiced knowing he was singing with the angels in heaven.  April was back in town for a few weeks and was visiting with us.  She also was gracious enough to sing for us.

This week I want to bring a message on Repentance.  It is a word that some young people may not even recognize. It is a word that is mostly used in the religious circles. Repentance is part of what we as Christians need to do on a daily basis. The scripture vs this week are in Matthew 3:1-12. In these versus John message to the people was to repent.  His mission was to announce the Messiah was coming and people needed repentance.  The same thing is true today as it was back then.  Jesus is coming again and people need repentance.  I want to talk about what repentance is really about and how it changed from the Old Testament to the New Testament.  I hope you will join us on Sunday as we discuss Repentance.

Last week we were really worried about Anita, I am glad to report she is doing better and is hoping to be in Church Sunday.  Ruth and Cathy are out of town this week for the passing of Ruth’s cousin but they will be back by Sunday.  Please pray they have a safe trip going and coming back.  I hope you are making plans this week to join us Sunday as we once again meet together to praise God for his mercy, Grace and his Blessings.  Make this a great week and do something good for somebody and we hope to see you on Sunday!

We Love you so much

Pastor David & Pris

 

Sunday July, 16 2017 "Remembering Galen Rich"

Greetings followers of BBT, I hope you are having a blessed week.  Last Sunday we were not able to attend as our daughter Lindsey was rushed to the hospital early Sunday morning.  She is home now and recovering.  Thanks to Larry and Linda for leading in Sunday school and the worship service.  Also last week Tim was hospitalized with shingles he also is home and recovering but we had no one to drive the bus last week so those who usually are picked up in the bus were not able to attend.  I am truly sorry you had to miss but we will be back this Sunday.

We also learned last week that Galen Rich passed away on Thursday.  We are so sad that we lost a good friend and faithful member of BBT.  As I was thinking about Mr. Rich I thought about how death is something we cannot escape and I wanted to bring a message about preparing for death.  I know this is not a popular topic and not something we may not like to think about but it is important that we understand we as Christians do not need to fear death.  The scripture vs this week are in Hebrews 9:27-28.  The writer of Hebrews points out in this scripture that we have an appointment with death and after death judgement but scriptures also tells us that those of us who have accepted Christ are spared from judgment.  It is important that we understand as Christians that the moment we take our last breath here we draw our first breath in Heaven.  That is why when we lose a love one like Mr. Rich we can rejoice even in our grief because of what Jesus did for us.  It is hard to say goodbye but we rejoice that we will see our love ones again.  I hope you will join us on Sunday as we remember Mr. Rich

Please continue to remember us in your prayers as this ministry reaches out to those who are ignored or overlook.  My prayer for you this week is you will humble yourself before God and ask him to use you as his servant to those who need a touch from God.  Be blessed and do good things for people and we will see you on Sunday!!

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

 

Message for July 9: What If God Gives You What You Want?

Blessings to you.  i hope you were able to enjoy the celebrations this week and to take a moment to reflect on what it is that we are celebrating.  We’ve had rain, but it is as if God worked it around all the firework displays.  It always came late night or early morning.

I enjoyed our time together last week.  Linda challenged us to study our Bibles during the Sunday school time.  The songs Don chose flowed right into Pastor David’s message about the source of true freedom in our lives.

This week I’m going to talk about Saul.  He doesn’t exactly fit the deliverer pattern we’ve been following.  One of the commentators I read called him a type of the antichrist instead of a type of christ.  Saul was Israel’s first king.  He was appointed for them by God at their request, even though their request was a rejection of His kingship over their nation.  He tells us so in our focus scripture, which comes from 1 Samuel 8:4-9.  What was wrong with their request?  Why would God grant it?  What was the result?  There are so many lessons we can learn here.  I hope you’ll join us.

We got a report from Brenda today that Don’s kidney function was much better than what he was told before.  Thank God for answered prayer!  Keep praying for each other and remember especially the requests that have been made.  You can always refresh your memory from the Praise and Prayer Requests page.

See you Sunday!

Larry

Sunday July 2, 2017 "Free at last"

We had a short  service again  last week as Linda was not able to be there to teach Sunday School. We did have a going away party for Shannon, our latest intern from Dallas Theological Seminary, after the service as she and her fiancee are moving to Colorado.  Larry brought a message on the life of Samuel.  It was very informative and encouraging as the same God that spoke to Samuel still speaks to us.  Larry also sang a beautiful song called Trust in Jesus, he did a great job on it.  Sara also was with us as she was visiting from out of State.  All in all it was a great service.

This week I believe Linda will be back and will teach Sunday School and I want to bring a message on Freedom.  We are going to celebrate the 4Th of July next week and I think it will be a good time to talk about the freedom’s we have.  My scripture verse this week will be in Romans 6: 12-23.  Paul is writing here about how we can be enslaved to sin or enslaved to Christ.  He goes through the difference and how if we choose Christ we can be free, free to be the men or women God created us to be.  I hope you will join us Sunday as we celebrate our Freedom.

Please pray for those mention in prayer request.  Kim is trying to get through this time of doing nothing but laying on her back but she goes back to the doctor on Monday to discuss surgery on her ankle now.  Please pray for Kim and Pris because they are both trying to get through this as well as possible.  I hope you are having a great week and I hope to see you on Sunday!  Do something good for someone this week and don’t be too proud to let someone help you if you need help , that is why we are here.

We love you so much,

 

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