Honored Member Feature: Edith Fox

Pastor David interviews this month’s honored member.

I apologize for the audio quality.  I did all I could to enhance it so that you can hear her answers.  This one is special.  It illustrates why we do what we do.

Sunday School by Priscilla Whitmore for May 7

Priscilla speaks on kindness with her trademark illustrations.

If you were there, fear not.  The recording stops when she goes from “preachin’ to meddlin’.”

Lest I be misunderstood, she follows the lead of the Holy Spirit and the results are always good.

Praise and Prayer Requests from Sunday Service of May 7

Rejoice with us and pray with us.
The Whitmore’s son-in-law John is back home.  Kelly got a letter from Shelly.  Brenda got to see her newest grandson.  Ruth is thankful that Cathy is there for her and for the church praying for her.  She enjoyed getting to see her sister.  Pastor David enjoyed time with Ruth and thanks her for the cake she sent.  Anita looks forward to getting therapy so that she can walk again.  I’m thankful for a relaxing weekend and time to get something done that has been on hold for several months.
Edith is due to undergo more testing and may have to have exploratory surgery.  There is concern over cancer.  Kim is struggling with fatigue and pain.  Keep praying for Didi.  Pray for the Terrells.  We have no details.  Keep praying for Anita.  Keep praying for Debra.
Be a blessing this week!
Larry

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 by Larry Thacker Jr. for April 30: Who You Callin’ a Fool!

When I began preparation, I wasn’t sure exactly where my study of Matthew 5:21-24 would lead.  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.  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 was a very personal study for me, and I pray that the fruit of it will strengthen you as well.

Praise and Prayer Requests from Sunday Service of April 30

Rejoice with us and pray with us.
Tim is thankful the storms missed him and asks us to pray for the people where they hit.  Cindy is thankful that Tim is scheduled for his dental work this week.  We praise God that Anita is back with us.  Clarke is getting the treatment he needs  Anita is thankful for family and friends.
Edith has more tests this week to determine the cause of her health problems.  Cindy asks us to pray for Rachel.  Didi asks prayer for a neighbor Walter.  Jane was taken to Children’s Hospital this morning for pinkeye.
Be an answer to prayer this week!
Larry

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

Message by Pastor David Whitmore for April 23: OK What Do We Do Now?

This week I talk to you about the last time Jesus talked with his disciples before ascending into Heaven, when he gave them instructions on what they were supposed to do after he was 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 28:16-20.  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.

(Excerpted from the pastor’s introduction)