Message for March 19: Oh Lord, It’s Hard to Be Humble

Blessings to you, family and friends.  Here’s this week’s update.

It was a small crowd again last Sunday.  Only once before since we’ve been coming do I remember Don and Brenda not being there.  We missed Edith too.  Keep her in your prayers that she will get better.  I was looking forward to working with her on the songs.  A live musician is always better.  But I was able to pull together some background tracks and we made it through.  Pastor David took us back to the basics, reminding us of the core of our faith.  We must be born again.

While I was preparing, I kept reminding myself, “Your job is to direct the people to worship God, not to take glory for yourself.”  That’s what got me thinking about the topic for Sunday’s message.  Humility doesn’t come naturally for us.  We might even have a low opinion of ourselves, but we want everyone else to pump us up.  Pride and humility are both attitudes of the heart.  

I was going to call this message, “It’s Not About You.”  Linda asked me if I hadn’t already used that title, and sure enough, Back in October of 2015 I did, and even used the same passage we’re going to study this Sunday.  It seems I needed a little humbling.  🙂  When I compared what I did before to what I have just prepared, I found it is really a very different message.  It is a testimony to how God’s living word can reveal something new from the same text every time you read it.  So we’re going back there.  Explore with me one more time from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Chapter 2, verses 3-11.  

See you there!

Larry

Sunday March 12th, 2017 "You must be born again"

It was a great day last Sunday at BBT.  The weather was a little rough and there were not many in attendance but we had a great time fellowshipping together.

This week I want to talk about what Jesus means when he says “we must be born again.”  Jesus explains there are 2 kind of births one is physical and one is spiritual.  Would you want to be born again physically?  Would you like a do over?  What would you do different?  I believe we all could do better the second time around if we had the chance, but when Jesus talks about being born again he is talking about spiritually.  He made it very clear in order to enter the Kingdom of God you must be born again spiritually.  Jesus says we all are in need of this rebirth, this start over, this second chance.  It is only because of God’s grace and mercy we have this chance to be born again but it is something we will have to choose to do.  No one can choose it for you and God will not force you to accept it, it is a choice you will have to make.   Many think that they can be good enough to earn heaven, people like Nicodemus, who was really good by the world’s standard but he was not good enough to save himself.  I hope you will join us Sunday as we look at the story in John 3: 1-8 KJV about Jesus and Nicodemus.  Invite someone to come join you as we open God’s word and ask for his guidance.

Please continue to pray for those mentioned in our prayer request this week and continue to pray for this ministry.  If you need something this week call me and let us help.  Go out of your way this week to do something good for somebody and share your faith with those you meet.  Be blessed and we will see you on Sunday!

We love you so much!

Pastor David & Pris

 

Sunday March 5th, 2017 "It pays to be Patient"

I want to thank the Terrill family for having the service last week, they make it a family affair each time they have the service.  It was nice to have Mike visiting with us again, thanks Ruth for inviting him with you

This week we begin a new month.  I cannot believe how time fly’s by the older I get.  Because time goes by so quickly sometimes I don’t take the time to enjoy life.  I will try to cram as much as I can in the time I have and sometimes I ended up frustrated and feeling like I am not getting any things done,  and I become impatient.  As I was thinking about that this week I read in Hebrews 12:1-2 how the writer talks about running with patience.  That sounds crazy doesn’t it? We run because we want to finish the race as quick as we can, what is he talking about? There are races that are sprints where go as fast as we can and there are marathons where you have to pace yourself.  We often try to live as though our lives are made of one sprint right after another when actually our life is a marathon that we just need to keep moving towards our goal.  Those who live their lives in “the fast lane” burn out and never seem to complete the race they started.  Patience is a trait that must learn because we are not born with it.  Have you ever seen a patient baby? No they want what they want and they want it right now.  Patience is a virtue that comes from God and I promise you we all could use a little more or in some cases a lot more.  Please join us Sunday as we talk about ways we can exercise patient in our lives.  We will also be honoring a new member of the moth this week.  Please invite someone to come with you as we fellowship together.

Please continue to pray for the prayer request mentioned last week especially be praying that Dee Dee finds a place to move soon.  I hope you have a great week start working on your patience and if you have something you would like to share with us on Sunday please give us your ideas on being patient.  Do something good for somebody this week and have a blessed week, see you on Sunday!

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

 

Sunday February 26th, 2017 (Terrell's week to lead the service)

I hope you enjoyed last week at BBT as much as I did.  Linda led us in Sunday School showing for us to be diamonds we will have to go through the fire but God created us to be diamonds.  It will not be easy but the reward is so great.  She also talked about how next year will be our diamond jubilee, 60 years in the ministry, we need to plan for it starting now!  Larry was struggling with a headache last week but through Gods help he was able to deliver a terrific message on how we are to involve God in our business.  How we are to look to him for our direction and understand we are his creation, not the other way around.  I hope you will listen to both pod-cast if you were not able to be with us last week.

This week the Terrell family will have the service.  Cindy will be teaching Sunday School and Tim will bring the message and I am sure they will have a song involving the Terrell family.  I am looking forward to what God has for us on Sunday. I hope you will make plans to join us on Sunday as we meet to worship together.

Please pray for those mentioned in our prayer request last week and a special congratulations on the engagement of Shannon.  I hope they will have a long and blessed life as they join together to make a family.  Have a great week and we will see you on Sunday!

 

Message for February 19: Is God in Your Business?

Blessings to you, family and friends of BBT.  Here’s this week’s update.

We had a small crowd last Sunday.  Some were sick and others had other obligations.  I hope you know we miss you when you’re not with us.  We love you and want you back!  Priscilla shared a moving lesson about leaving a legacy of God’s love behind us.  Pastor David spoke on properly handling our anger.  Check out the podcast if you missed the service.

This week, I have a question for you.  Is God in your business?  When you walk out the door of the church, does He come with you, or is He supposed to stay out of sight so you can go on with the rest of your life?  We know the answer to that question.  When we turn our lives over to Jesus, it’s a lifetime commitment.  We’re not just committing to go to church on Sunday, maybe give a little money once in a while, and maybe do something nice when we feel like it.  We’re committing to give Him everything!

That means that every area of our lives is subject to Him.  It doesn’t mean we need His express approval for every move we make.  He is gracious and merciful.  He loves us and gives us the freedom to direct our lives as seems best to us.  But we should never forget that He is God.  We should at least be asking Him to guide us in our decision making.  We must be willing always to allow Him to redirect us.  To presume that we know best is the height of arrogance and can lead to big trouble.  Our text will be from James 4:13-17.  I’m pretty sure I know the answer to this one, but ask Him if you should join us this Sunday.  🙂  

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2017 "WHY ARE WE SO ANGRY?"

We had another great service last Sunday at BBT. There were many out sick but the few that were there blessed me.  Linda taught Sunday School, as Pris was out sick, and she reminded us sometimes God answers our prayers by saying no.  We want everything we ask from God and we want it right now not realizing what we are asking for is not part of God’s plan.  Every time we pray we should be asking for God’s will to be done.  It was a great lesson and I hope you will listen to it if you were not there Sunday.  I brought a message on how Jesus wants to encourage us as he sees us as the light of the world.  With that acclamation goes some responsibilities on our part.  I have not been the light I need to be but I am convinced I will be because he is in me. Shannon brought her fiancée Jay with her on Sunday and it was nice to see Sandra Hart again.  We made Jerry Treis our new member of the month for February.

This week has been a hectic week and it is only Wednesday!  Seems like there is so much anger in this country right now.  I myself have found myself angry this week when I felt like I was disrespected at work.  The more I thought about it the madder I got till I said something I should not have said.  I was wanted to talk this week about being angry.  Jesus has a whole lot to say about his including in the Sermon on the Mont.  Our scripture verses this week are in Matthew 5: 21-26.  Jesus is speaking about our selfish anger not righteous indignation.  It is not wrong to get angry, God was angry many times as well as Jesus when he was on earth, but our anger should be godly anger, anger that motivates us to overcome injustice and extend mercy.  Selfish is anger is always about us and what has been done to us and usually the last thing we are looking for is to show mercy.  It is impossible to extend mercy and forgiveness if we have this selfish anger.  I hope you will join us on Sunday as we try to learn to overcome our anger.

Thanks for your prayers for Pris and Kim this week, they are feeling better. Thank you Ruth for the terrific chicken soup you made, I ate it even though I was not sick. Please be praying for those mentioned in our prayer request on Sunday and especially remember Dee Dee as she is trying to find a new place to live this week.  Have a great week and don’t be anger like I was but forgive those that are hurting you.  Do good things and we will see you on Sunday!

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

 

Sunday February 5, 2017 "This little light of mine"

We really had a great time last week at BBT. Linda interviewed our new intern Shannon from Dallas Theological Seminary.  She shared with us about thinking she was called to be a missionary but believes God has called her to something else, not sure what yet but she knows God has plans for her.  Larry shared with us how we can be confident about our Faith.  There are things we will never understand right now but Gods word can be proven in today’s world.  Our Faith is not blind, we can walk confidently in our beliefs and promises from God.  If you were not with us last week listen to our podcast. You will enjoy both, Shannon’s testimony and Larry’s insight.

As we start out a new month I want to try an encourage you to see you as God sees you. Our scripture verse this week is in Matthew the 5Th Chapter vs 14-16.  Jesus is talking to his disciples and tells them they are the light of the world.  Are you kidding me? This motley crew of Farmers and fishermen and tax collectors are the light of the world?  Jesus is the only one that could see them for what they really were or should I say would become.  Here is the good news, Jesus sees you the same way! He sees the good in you and he wants you to share that with the world.  He wants us to shine a light on the dark parts of this world, he wants us to bring light to the dark areas in people’s life.  See that is who we are, not that we are the light but we are a reflection of Christ light.  I hope you will join us Sunday as we try and shine the light of God’s love to others.  We will also have a new member of the month Sunday.

Please continue to pray for this ministry and pray for each other.  I hope many who were sick last week will be back and feeling better, please know we prayed for you this week.  Do something good for somebody this week and shine that light of Jesus in your life!  We hope to see you on Sunday

We love you so much,
Pastor David & Pris

 

Message for January 29: No Apology

Blessings to you, family and friends of BBT.  Here’s this week’s update.

We were still missing a few folks last Sunday, but it was good to have John and Michael back with us.  I hope everyone can be back next week.  We welcomed another student from DTS’s Agape Project, Shannon, who will be joining us for at least the next few weeks.  Priscilla taught us not to let our circumstances become stumbling blocks in are walk with the Lord.  Pastor David encouraged us to start the new year with the knowledge that God knows everything we are going through and is still in control.

This week, I want to share something with you that will bless you and may help you as you teach your children and grandchildren about God.  It is estimated that 3 out of 4 young people raised in the church leave it while in college, in part because of the intellectual challenges they find there.  No one explained to them the facts that actually support our believe.  When they encounter atheist professors, they have no defense.  In too many cases, adults have never really thought through their belief either, so how could they share with their children?  Scientists with lots of knowledge and ego to match look down their noses and call us foolish for believing in a creator, but if we look at the evidence, it takes more faith to believe there isn’t one.

Paul says in his letter to the Romans, “From the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.” (1:20 HCSB)

We’ll cover at a high level some of the reasons why belief in God is completely logical, and I’ll share some resources with you that you can study for yourself and share with others.  I know how much it helped me when I began to discover that one doesn’t have to check in one’s brain at the door of the church.  Following Jesus requires faith.  There are some things we cannot know and yet we must trust Him.  But there is much that we can and should know so that we can effectively stand against the enemy’s deceit and help others to stand as well.  Join us and be encouraged!

Larry

Sunday January 22, 2017 "Today can be the first day of your new life!"

Last week Linda led us in Sunday School from Matthew 16: 8-11 telling us how Jesus has fresh bread every day.  Larry spoke on what Heaven was like.  We don’t know much about Heaven but he did share what he believed about it.  I hope you were there to hear both these lessons, if not you can hear them on our podcast.
This week I am going to bring a message I had planned to do 2 weeks ago about how to start the New Year. The scripture verses for Sunday will be Matthew 2: 13-23.  This is the Story of how Joseph & Mary fled Bethlehem to go to Egypt to avoid the search Herod sent out to kill the Christ child.  I want to talk about the struggles they had and how God was with them through it all just like he is with us. Please join us on Sunday as we look at how God is working in our lives every day and how he knows everything we are going through.
Please continue to pray for this Ministry as we try to do what God wants us to do.  Please pray for our family as we honor Priscilla’s Mom & Dad in a memorial service on Saturday morning at 10:30 at the church. Everyone is invited. Please keep praying for those that were mentioned in our prayer request last week and we hope to see you on Sunday.  Remember to do something good for somebody this week, you will be blessed.

We Love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris
Last week Linda led us in Sunday School from Matthew 16: 8-11 telling us how Jesus has fresh bread every day. Larry spoke on what Heaven was like. We don’t know much about Heaven but he did share what he believed about it. I hope you were there to h…

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Message for January 15: Eternal perspective

Blessings to you, BBT family and friends.  Here’s this week’s update.

It was good to be back together after being away so long.  Priscilla encouraged us to “let it go,” giving our concerns to God.  Pastor David interviewed Linda for the January member of the month and we had a little celebration to thank Stephanie for the time she has given to us.

This week, we want to bless you.  I know that Linda is planning an encouraging lesson for the Sunday school time, and I want to share with you something that I believe the Lord is showing me.

When we’re going through trials, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the now.  It’s so hard to see how some things can ever be worked out for our good like the Bible says.  How is it supposed to be good when people reach the end of their lives and suffer terribly?  How is it supposed to be good when chronic illness robs us of of the life we hoped for?  I could go on and on.  I have struggled with it.

As I walk with Linda through her fight with multiple sclerosis, I ask questions like this.  We have such big plans, and we know it was God who gave them to us.  How can they ever be accomplished. Are we wrong?  Time will tell, but I think we may be thinking too small.

We need an eternal perspective.  We all know that if this were all there is, we would have no hope.  We all look forward to the day when we will be with Jesus and our suffering will be no more.  We aught to long to be with Him.  How can we say that we love Him otherwise?  But what if there is even more?  What could be more than eternal communion with our Lord?  Consider this.

Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Jesus Himself tells us that He and the Father are one.  John writes that nothing was created that He didn’t create.  So, if God is a creator and he never changes, and if we are made in His image, what kind of eternity might we expect?

Heaven is wonderful beyond our imagination.  To be in God’s presence is “joy unspeakable and full of glory.”  Far be it from me to diminish that aspect of life after this earth.  However, I think there’s even more.  I believe that everything we experience here will in some way prepare us for an eternity filled with adventure we cannot dream.

I am compelled to let you know that my conclusions are partly speculative.  We are not told very much about Heaven and what comes next.  But when I consider what I have just shared with you, here is a joy bubbling up in my spirit that suggests to me that the Holy Spirit is guiding me and giving me the hope I have been asking for.  I pray that it will bless you just as much and give you an eternal perspective on your pain.

Come join us!

Larry