From Our Pastors

Check here each week for an introduction to the topic of the next Sunday’s message and the occasional special announcement.

Sunday August 27th " the Terrell family service"

It was really good to have been in the house of the Lord last week. Priscilla did the Sunday School lesson as Linda was out.  She talked about how we are so busy looking in the future that we miss out on the blessing of today.  Larry brought a message on Romans 8 where he reminded us there is more to Romans 8:28 then just “God causes all things to work together for good”. He reminded us to rest of that scripture says “to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  He reminded us it says all things, even the bad things, that happen to us in our lives God will make something good out of if.  I hope you were with us last week to hear both of these lessons. If not you can hear the podcast on our website.

This Sunday, the Terrell family will have the service.  Cindy will lead us in Sunday School and Tim will bring the message.  I can’t wait to hear what God has given to them to share with us.

We got good news this week on Kim.  On her doctor visit this week her leg has healed well enough that she can now walk on it.  She is very excited about getting back to normal.  Please pray for those mention in our prayer request on Sunday, and remember to pray for our children as they head back to school (Thank God).  Let’s have a great turnout this Sunday and invite someone to come with you and have a great week.  Do good things this week, be a blessing to someone and trust God this week no matter what your circumstances.  See you on Sunday!!!

 

Message for August 20: All Things

Blessings to you, family and friends.  Here’s your weekly update.  If you wonder why I always start that way, it’s because of the way our posts get sent to Facebook.  It’s helpful to start out with something that lets the reader know what the post is about.

Last week was great!  Not only did we find Kelly, but also Kelvin.  It was good to have them back with us.  Ruth was feeling much better and surprised me by jumping out of her seat to get my bag when I asked where it was.  Kim was also moving better.  Debra has rejoined us too! It just felt like we are coming back after a really tough season.  Once Linda and John are back it’ll really feel like we’re recovering.  Priscilla showed us things that we can do to please God.  Pastor David taught us that when we fear God we don’t need to fear anything else.

This week I want to speak from a passage and especially a verse that we can all probably quote.  I bet most of us have also had it quoted at us, and may have had less than righteous thoughts toward the person quoting it.  It’s one of the favorites of the suffering and of those who hope to offer some comfort to them.  It tells us that ” God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Now if we quote that whole thing, we might get a sense of what it is really saying, but how often have we heard just “all things work together for good”?  That turns the truth into a dangerous lie.  To provide context for this verse, we really need several chapters, but in the interest of time we’ll just read Romans 8:28-39.  “All things” is a recurring concept in these verses.  Let’s look at what that means.  Come and be encourage, and don’t let anyone discourage you from hanging onto the truth in that first verse.  I recall it frequently when I need help..

We were contacted on the web site by someone who used to come years ago and they would like to come back.  I got a chance to invite someone I met by chance, yeah right, this week who lives near the church and seemed interested in coming.  You come too and let’s fill up that sanctuary!

Be blessed and be a blessing!

Larry

Sunday August 13, 2017 "What does it mean to fear God"

We had a great day last Sunday at BBT.   We had a good group and I really enjoyed the service.  Priscilla brought a Sunday School lesson about finding favor with God and what that meant.  I got to bring a message on the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5000 and how he showed us it is important to bring to him what we have and he will make it more than enough.  It was nice to see Ruth in church after our scare from last week when she passed out.  Ruth will tell you it will take more than that for her miss church.  It was also nice to have Kim back after getting her cast off last week.  She still can’t put all her weight on it but she is getting better.

I want to talk to you this week about fear.  When we watch the news now it is very scary to see what is going on between us and North Korea.  We had better pay attention to this war of words because it could very easily become more than just talk.  We also see all the violence around us and that scares us as well.  We know the Bible tells us not to fear but it is easier said than done.  Some people just stick their head in the sand and ignore things but those that are aware know how dangerous things have become.  Look how we live now. Look at all the things we are afraid of, what can we do?  I want to talk this week about when we fear God we are actually set free from our fears.  I am going to be in Psalms 25 and I am going to read all 22 verses.  This is a prayer from the writer for deliverance and forgiveness and it is as relevant today as it was back then, and it talks about having the fear of God. I hope we can see when we have this necessary fear of the God how he sets us free of all unnecessary fear that keeps us afraid to live.  I hope you will be with us on Sunday as we try to understand what it means to fear God.

I have not heard from Kelly this week so I assume she is still in Parkland.  Please pray that some good decisions are made on her behalf and they can find a good place for Kelly to go.  Please remember all the prayer request made last week and I hope you are having a blessed week.  Know this you are loved and you may not always feel it but you are just a step away from being blessed from the King of Kings.  Hold on, be faithful and watch him work in your life.  Do something good for somebody while you are waiting.  Invite someone to come with you on Sunday and we will see you there!!

We love you so much,
Pastor David & Pris

 

Sunday August 6, 2017 "What are you hungry for?"

It was a good day to be in the house of the Lord last week at BBT.  Linda brought a Sunday school lesson about how we need to avoid fire here on earth and the fire of Hell as well.  Larry brought a sermon about David and what it meant to be a Shepard. If you were not there last week you can hear both these great lessons on our Podcast on our website.

This week I want to talk about a story that is found in all four of the gospels.  I am going to be in Matthew the 14Th chapter vs 13-21.  This is the amazing story of Jesus feeding over 5000 people with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.  To get the real meaning of this lesson you have to look beyond the physical need to be fed and see what the real lesson is for us.  The disciples wanted to send the people away because they were tired and hungry themselves and they could not see any way to feed these people.  How often do we just want to give up because we are tired or frustrated with people and we just don’t see a way to help them?  There is a lesson to be learned here.  Bring all you have and Jesus will make it more than enough!  I hope you will be with us on Sunday as we fellowship together once again.

If you were with us last week you probably know that Ruth passed out last Sunday after the service.  She ended up going to the hospital that night and she was treated for dehydration.  She got to come home on Tuesday and she is better but she needs our prayers. Kim went to the doctor on Tuesday and think God they removed her cast and she can begin walking on a walker this week.  She cannot put all her weight on it yet but it is a start.  Don Potts got a report back that only 20% of his kidney is functioning so he may be added to a donor’s list but they are not talking about dialysis yet.  Both Don and Brenda need our prayers as they make some hard decisions in the near future.  Please pray for all the prayer request mention last week and especially Ruth and Don this week.  If you have a pray request or just need someone to talk to please call us and we will be glad to share with you whatever we can.  Have a blessed week and remember to do something good for somebody this week and be blessed.  See you on Sunday!!

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

 

Message for July 30: The Shepherd King

Blessings to you, family and friends.  Here’s your weekly update.

We had a wonderful time last week!  We saw some faces we haven’t seen in a while.  It was especially good to have Debra able to be back with us.  Kim was also able to join us!  Some friends of the Pastor, John and Nancy Vargas,  came to visit and brought along cookies to share with everyone.  We spent time praying for each other during Priscilla’s Sunday school lesson and Pastor David spoke about the necessity of repentance.  We were still missing some people.  Peep everyone in your prayers.  I don’t know anyone in the church that isn’t facing some difficulty right now.

This week Linda and I have the honor of speaking to you again.  I want to talk about King David.  I don’t know, but I think he’s probably the best known Bible character besides Jesus Himself.  From childhood we hear about how he killed Goliath.  He is called a man after God’s own heart.  He becomes the king of Israel and God promises him that His kingdom will last forever.  Yet his record is not without blemish.  We also know the story of Bathsheba.  He was a warrior, prophet, singer-songwriter, musician, shepherd, and king.  I think anyone alive today trying to claim “most interesting man in the world” faces some stiff competition from King David.  His bio reads like an adventure novel.  But what makes David so important is not the life he lived.  It is that God chose him to fulfill the promises He made to Israel.  Our theme is drawn from 2 Samuel 7:8-16.  King David pre-figures Jesus for us in some very special ways.  I hope you’ll come and join us as we look into the awesome work of God through his story.

Larry

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,