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

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