Sunday February 25, 2018 "It is not always about you!"

Thank you to all followers of BBT.  We really appreciate your support and encouragement.  This week we learned about the passing of one of the greatest men of our time, Billy Graham. I was lucky to hear Mr. Graham speak on 2 different occasions and it is amazing how his words moved people. I am sad to see him pass away but so glad he is where he longed to be.  Our prayers are with the family. 

Last week Linda brought an inspiring message about doing everything you can do and then just stand firm.  It was so good to have Linda back and we loved the lesson she brought.  Pastor Larry brought us a message about how important it is to bear fruit, not just any fruit but the good fruit that comes from being a born again Christian.  If you want to know what that fruit is, it is the fruits of the spirit that Larry went over one by one.  How important is it to bear these fruits?  If you are an apple tree you will produce apples, if you are a child of God you will produce these fruits.  What kind of fruit are you producing?  It is important question.  I hope you were with us last week but if not you can hear both of these messages on our podcast.

This week I want to talk to you about something I believe is one of the things wrong about this world today.  It is the attitude that we are always looking at what is in it for me?  It seems it is hard to find people who are not motivated by this attitude.  It is not a new problem it is an age old problem from the beginning of mankind.  In our scripture vs this week in Mark the 8th chapter vs 27-38, Jesus talks about this kind of attitude.  The disciples were looking for the Messiah and they knew Jesus was him but they had a different idea about what the Messiah came to do.  They wanted Jesus to restore the power to Israel.  They did not want to hear about a new kingdom in heaven they wanted it here and now.  Jesus had to rebuke the disciples, especially Peter, then Jesus told them what it required to be a disciple of Christ.  Today the same requirements are still in place.  It is not about what is in it for us but what can we do for others, how can we show the love of God to other people?  It is not easy but Jesus told us it would not be easy but he is also promised us we will be blessed.  I hope you will be with us on Sunday and invite someone to come with you!

Please pray for those mentioned Sunday in our pray request and be ready to share a praise of what God has done for you this week.  If you need something this week call us and let us see if we can help you.  I hope you can stay dry this week with all this rain but look at it as a blessing and thank God for it.  Do something good this week for somebody and we will see you on Sunday!!

 We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

Message by Larry Thacker Jr. for February 18: Let Me See Your Fruit

Every two years, we’re subjected to a barrage of political advertising telling us why the candidate is the best choice and what’s wrong with the opposition.. How do you know what to believe?

That question isn’t limited to politics.. We have so many denominations in part because every little detail of Christian theology has been magnified by some group or other into a pivotal issue that defines who is really Christian or at least faithful and who is not.

God defines truth and He is the only one who knows it all. It’s hard to discern sometimes, but Jesus did give us a way to help determine who is telling the truth.. It works on profits, preachers, and politicians too!

He said they will be known by their fruit.. Is what they say demonstrably true or false? Do their words stir up strife or bring peace? Do they inspire good works? When the spotlights are off, are they the same person? What about our own lives? Are we producing good fruit, no fruit, or rotten fruit? By what measure do we judge it? We start reading in Matthew 7:15-20 and explore the scripture to answer these questions.

Sunday School by Linda Thacker for February 18: Let Your Legacy Stand

Linda teaches us to “stand firm” Eph 6:13. She ended with a song that was not included in order to avoid copyright issues, but you can watch a live performance here.

Praise and Prayer Requests from Sunday Service of February 18

Rejoice with us and pray with us.

Kelly is moving to a new place. We rejoice that Linda is with us! Ruth praises the Lord to be here. Kimi is thankful for the Lord’s provision to Edward though he was in a wreck. Anita is thankful that her aunt is home getting better after surgery.

Kimi asks prayer for a friend Beverly who has serious lung cancer. Edward is away sick today. Keep praying for Kimi as she recovers. Brenda asks prayer for the mother of a child on her bus who has Lupus. Her name is Esther. She prays also for her neighbor Nora having more knee surgery. Debra is having more pain.

Be blessed to be a blessing this week!

Larry

Message for february 18: Let Me See Your Fruit

Blessings to you, family and friends of Bartimaeus Baptist Temple.  Here’s this week’s update.

Out of an abundance of caution because of the extra problems people may encounter getting to church, to keep everyone safe, we decided to cancel services last Sunday under threat of icy conditions.  It proved a non-event, but we’d rather miss a Sunday than see someone get hurt.  I am sorry that I didn’t post any notice about it.  I hope no one showed up to an empty parking lot.  We’re looking forward to seeing you this Sunday.

When I get ready to prepare a message, One of the first things I do is ask God what He wants me to say.  Even if I am totally clueless like I was this week about what I might like to talk about, He always brings me something and before I know it I’m excited about the message.

I started thinking about the primaries coming up next month.  We’ve already been subjected to a barrage of political advertising telling us why the candidate is the best choice and what’s wrong with the opposition.  How do you know what to believe?

That question isn’t limited to politics.  We have so many denominations in part because every little detail of Christian theology has been magnified by some group or other into a pivotal issue that defines who is really Christian or at least faithful and who is not.

Please understand, I believe the truth is knowable and cannot be disputed once established, but I do not suppose that I or anyone else on this earth knows all of it.  Only God is that smart.  He defines what truth is.  We’ll always have disagreements, and probably one of us is right or maybe all of us are wrong. But Jesus did give us a way to help determine who is telling the truth.  It works on profits, preachers, and politicians too!

He said they will be known by their fruit.  Is what they say demonstrably true or false?  Do their words stir up strife or bring peace? Do they inspire good works?  When the spotlights are off, are they the same person?  What about our own lives?  Are we producing good fruit, no fruit, or rotten fruit?  By what measure do we judge it?  We will start reading in Matthew 7:15-20 and explore the scripture to answer these questions.

So many people have been sick the past few weeks.  Please keep them in your prayers.  Hopefully this week everyone is better and we can all get back together.  Please come and worship with us.

Larry

Message for Sunday, February 11, 2018: The Power of Love

 Last Sunday we had a great time at BBT. Theresa was back after being out several weeks.  Pris led Sunday School in a lesson about the difference in being happy and having joy.  She showed us that happiness is a temporary thing that comes and goes but Joy comes from inside and is a product of having the Holy Spirit living in us.  I brought a message on setting goals and accomplishing these goals but the lessons are learned on the way to reach these goals. 

This week I want to share with you about how to love yourself.  So many Christians have been taught that it is wrong for us to love ourselves because we will become full of pride and self-dependence that we no longer will need God.  There is a difference between self-love & self-centeredness. Jesus was all about loving our self. In our scripture verses this week in Matthew 22:34-40 Jesus says we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  It is important for us to love ourselves because until we do we will not be able to love others the way Jesus wants us to love.  I hope to show you this Sunday how it is not wrong to love ourselves and in fact it is a necessity.  Join us Sunday as we worship together and invite someone to come with you.

Continue to pray for those mentioned in our prayer request last week and have a great week. Do something good for somebody this week and we will see you on Sunday!

 

 

 

We love you so much,

 

 

 

Pastor David & Pris

 

 

Message by Pastor David Whitmore for February 4: What Do You Need to Reach Your Goals?

This week I talk about how important it is to set goals and how we need hard work and prayer to reach these goals.. The scripture verse is in Mark 1: 29-39.. This is the story of Jesus coming to the house of Peter’s mother in law and healing her.. Soon the word spread about what Jesus had done and the whole city was at her door.. It is a story that shows what Jesus is all about.. Although Jesus did heal many while he was here his goal was to preach the gospel to all who would listen.. It is a story about how much Jesus cares and how hard he will work to reach his goal and how important it is to get away and pray.. We need to follow his example..

(Edited from the pastor’s introduction)

Praise and Prayer Requests from Sunday Service of February 4

Rejoice with us and pray with us.

Cathy praises the Lord that Benny didn’t have the flu. Lupe praises God for a good report from the doctor. Anita is thankful she found a way to get transportation. Mrs. Fox is looking at apartments. Leeanne is all caught kup in school. Clarke has found a place to stay. Ruth is thankful to be here. Teresa is thankful to be here too. Dede is just praising the Lord! Barbara says Richarchard’s treatments are almost completed and they won’t have to make so many trips to Dallas. We will miss them though because they won’t be here as often. Kimi is thankful for time with her sister and that she has insurance to see the doctor when she needs to.

Priscilla asks prayer for her aunt Marilyn as her husband’s memorial is today. Leanne asks prayer for her mom to get better. The family is still fighting illness. Richard prays for funding to get his broken truck window fixed. Pray for Priscilla and Kimi and Edward who are not feeling well.

Be blessed to be a blessing this week!

Larry

Sunday February 4, 2018 "What do you need to meet your goals?"

Greetings to faithful followers of BBT. I hope you are having a blessed week.  Last week Priscilla brought a lesson on how to be grateful for God’s grace and how we should be gracious to others.  I brought a message on how to overcome discouragement.  We had a group and it is always wonderful to fellowship with the people at BBT.

This week I want to talk about how important it is to set goals and how we need hard work and prayer to reach these goals.  The scripture verse this week is in Mark 1: 29-39.  This is the story of Jesus coming to the house of Peter’s mother in law and healing her.  Soon the word spread about what Jesus had done and the whole city is at her door.  It is a story that shows what Jesus is all about. Although Jesus did heal many while he was here his goal was to preach the gospel to all who would listen. It is a story about how much Jesus cares and how hard he will work to reach his goal and how important it is to get away and pray.  We need to follow his example. I hope you will join us Sunday as we get to meet to worship.

Please pray for those mentioned in our prayer request last week and always be praying for this ministry. Do something good for somebody this week and invite someone with you to church on Sunday.  We will see you there!

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris