Sunday September 24, 2011 "Is God Fair?"

What a great Sunday we had last week.  We were sorry that Linda could not make it, but she did send a video in from the widow of Todd Beamer, one of the men killed in the plane crash that was headed for the White house on 9-11-2001.  Her testimony was very inspirational, with all she has gone through she knew she could still trust God.  Larry brought a message on Job.  The message was the same. No matter what you are going through God is on our side and we don’t know what God knows so we should not act like we do.  It was a great message.

This week I want to talk to you about something I heard last week. This person was talking about how God does not treat some people fairly.  This was in regards to a person who had been struggling all their life with trying to be a good person, doing the right thing and here this person who has never cared about anybody gets very ill and cries out to God and is saved before they pass away. Now this person is accepted into Heaven just like someone who has been good for many years. That doesn’t seem fair.  Thank God, God is not about being fair but being merciful.  The scripture verses this week illustrate how we as humans seem to feel cheated by God sometimes. The Scripture vs this week are in Matthew 20 1-16.  Read these scripture verses this week and see if you don’t feel even a little like the workers who began at the beginning of the day and worked all day were treated unfairly.  Remember God loves us so much he will receive us just as we are any time we will call on him even if we are at death’s door (example: the thief on the cross).  I want us to look at why we should not care when someone accepts Christ just as long as they do.  Surely we don’t want to see anyone spend eternity in Hell.  I hope you will join us this week as we try to see other people through the eyes of God

Remember to pray for those mention in our prayer request last week.  Invite someone to come with you on Sunday as we say goodbye to September and welcome in October and hopefully fall weather. Do good things for the people you meet and remember when somebody does something good for you, pass it on to someone else.  We will see you Sunday!!

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

 

Message for September 17: The Gospel According to Job

blessings to you.  Here’s your weekly update.

We had a delightful homecoming celebration last Sunday.  We had a good crowd and as always good food.  Our homecoming speakers this year came from the home team, and they did a great job.  Sticking with the theme, Priscilla taught us from the story of the prodigal son and Pastor David showed us how we need to remember the good that God has done for us and let that strengthen our faith.  Keep ruth in your prayers.  I do not have an update on her but we sure missed her.  A couple of us had prepared blessings especially for her.

Last week, I was reading from the book of Job.  Those who have read it know that it is not one of the easier things in the Bible to read.  You might remember that it gives the account of a man named Job who was righteous and also very prosperous.  God gave Satan permission to take away everything, including Job’s health.  Most of the book is a long conversation between Job and the friends who came supposedly to comfort him.  As you read, you find that they were not much comfort.  In the end, Job is restored to even more than he had before, but the book raises hard questions.  Some are obvious.  Others only become apparent when the text is studied.  This is one of those times when a key verse is difficult to choose, but I’ll begin with the passage that prompted one of my questions.  It’s from Job 42:7-10.  In verse 7, God rebukes Job’s three friends because they have not spoken of Him what is right as Job has.  However, when you read their words, it is difficult to find fault with the things they actually said about God.  You can read very similar statements in the psalms and the proverbs.  So what is the problem?  I endeavored to find out.  In the process, I found something amazing.  I think I understand what their problem was, but more importantly, I found Jesus!

I hope you’ll come and join us.  Don’t let the subject scare you off.  I think you’ll be surprised.

Larry

Sunday September 10, 2017 "What do you Remember?"

Last week was a great week at BBT. There was not a large crowd but we had a good time sharing and worshiping the Lord.  Priscilla brought  a Sunday school lesson on how we should be encouraging one another.  I brought a message about how Jesus does not want us to look for the easy way but the right way.  He says if we want to be his disciples we must deny ourselves pick up our cross and follow him. I enjoyed the time we had together.

This week is a very special week as it is our homecoming.  It is the only Sunday in the year we meet in the morning.  We will start at 10:00 am and have lunch afterwards in the fellowship hall.  We are celebrating 59 years as a ministry created to minister to people with disabilities.  Usually Jay Gibson is our guest speaker but he is unable to make it this year so I guess you are stuck with me.  As I thought about all the Homecomings I have been to at Bartimaeus I can remember so many good times.  That is how it should be.  There have been many things that happened at this church that could discourage me but the memories I have are those times that God just lifted me up.  I want to speak to you this week about how we need to manage our memories.  I am going to be talking about the scripture verses in Exodus 14:5-25. This is the story of the children of Israel fleeing Egypt and coming to the Red Sea.  The Egyptian army was behind them and the Red Sea was before them and they began to believe it would have been better to stay in Egypt them to die here.  They forgot all the things that God had done for them to lead then out of Egypt and lost the faith that God could save them. When we forget God’s power we forget his love for us as well.  We are people who are who we are in part because of what we choose to remember.  If you only remember the bad things in your past you will not succeed in the future, on the other hand if you will forget the bad things you have gone through and reflect on the good you will live a much happier, joyous and productive life.  Don’t let the ghost from your past choke out your future.  I hope you will enjoy us Sunday as we see how God can not only secure our future but help us close the doors to some things in the past.  Remember we will be starting at 10:00 so come early and visit with each other before the service starts.  Let’s celebrate by worshiping together.

Please remember to be praying for those mentioned in our prayer request last week and let’s pray that this Sunday will be a great day at BBT.  Do something good for somebody this week by inviting them to come join us in our homecoming celebration.  We will see you on Sunday!!

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

 

Sunday September 3, 2017 "The easy way is not always the best way"

I want to thank Tim and Cindy for leading us in our service last week.  It was a very patriotic service. I was sorry Cathy and Ruth had to leave but they did get to be with Cathy’s mother in law before she passed away.  Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.

This week begins a new month and I am excited about everything that we have planned in the near future.  Homecoming is just a week away and the Fair will be coming up in a few weeks. God is really blessing us but right now we are going through some tough times.  Hurricane Harvey has really hit the Gulf coast of Texas hard, as Tim talked about last week there is a lot unrest within our own community and the Nation is very unstable right now. God never promised us things would be easy, in fact he did promise there would be tough times.  It is how we handle the hard times that shows us our faith.  Many people want to take the easy way and not pay the cost to do it the right way.  They don’t realize that the easy way will end up costing you more.  I want to speak to you this Sunday about what Jesus says to us about taking the easy way out.  The scripture verses this week are in Matthew 16-:21-27.  Jesus has just asked the disciples who do you believe I am and Peter said you are the Christ, Son of the living God.  Then Jesus changes the subject and starts telling them what was about to happen and Peter refuses to accept this and Jesus calls him Satan.  What a turnaround for Peter.  Jesus then tells the disciples that they will have to pick up their cross and follow him.  Jesus shows them the way to abundant life is not the easy way but it is the right way.  I hope you will join us on Sunday as we learn the right way to follow Christ.

Please remember Cathy’s family in their loss this week.  The funeral will be Saturday.  Please pray for those mentioned in our prayer request last week and especially remember those in the Houston area as they continue to deal with the flooding.  Any help you can give will be appreciated but we can all pray for them.  Do good things for people this week and we will see you on Sunday!

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

 

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