Message by Larry Thacker Jr. for November 12: Do You Know Who You Are?

Sometimes we let others label us.. Sometimes we label ourselves.. We adopt things about us, true or not, as the whole of our identity.. But when we become God’s children, we take on a new identity.. We become a new creation! Our concept of who we are dramatically affects our lives.. It informs the choices we make and the things we are willing to accept.. If we could really understand the new identity given to us as God’s children, joint heirs to the inheritance provided by the creator of the universe through what Jesus did for us, I think it would change a lot of things for us. Starting from 2 Corinthians 5:15-18, I hope we can be encouraged to live as the saints we are, not the sinners we used to be.

Praise and Prayer Requests from Sunday Service of November 12

Rejoice with us and pray with us.

It’s good to have the Terrell family back with us today. It’s also good to see Ana. The Terrells are praising the Lord that they are all well. Pam learned a new bus route. She’s thankful that she made it to church after the DART van was late. Ruth praises the Lord that she is able to be here. Cindy praises the Lord that things may be working out for them so that Tim can be home more. They rejoice that Mary and the children are all getting good grades.

Cathy prays for the Ward family who lost someone this week. Edith is having more trouble with the same illness as she was fighting earlier this year. Keep praying for the church where the shooting occurred. Edith asks prayer for family members. I missed details. Pam wants us to keep praying for Brenda O and for her health issues. Cindy prays for things to go well as they have all the family together this Thanksgiving. Ana asks prayer for the Dillon family who recently lost a loved one.

Be blessed to be a blessing this week.

Larry

Message for November 12: Do You Know Who You Are?

Blessings to you, friends and family.  Here’s what’s new.

it was good to see Debra back again and to have the pastor’s friends John and Nancy pay us another visit.  Priscilla led into her Sunday school lesson with one of her stories and taught us how to have patience when things are hard.  The pastor challenged us to be good neighbors with the story of the good Samaritan.  We were still missing a lot of people though.  Pray for John.  We don’t really know what the issue is, but I understand he had some kind of surgery.

I’ve been thinking lately about how best to encourage everyone as we all struggle with different challenges.  Sometimes we fight well.  At other times maybe we don’t.  Sometimes we just don’t know what to do.  I wonder if part of our problem is that we have an identity crisis.  We don’t really know who we are.  I’m speaking to us as individuals.  Sometimes we let others label us.  Sometimes we label ourselves.  We adopt things about us, true or not, as the whole of our identity.  But when we become God’s children, we take on a new identity.  We become a new creation!  Our concept of who we are dramatically affects our lives.  It informs the choices we make and the things we are willing to accept.  If we could really understand the new identity given to us as God’s children, joint heirs to the inheritance provided by the creator of the universe through what Jesus did for us, I think it would change a lot of things for us.  We’re going to start from 2 Corinthians 5:15-18 and start living as the saints we are, not the sinners we used to be.

See you there!

Message by Pastor David Whitmore for November 5: What Kind of Neighbor Are You?

The story of The Good Samaritan is one of Jesus most well known stories. I look closely at all the parties involved in this story and ask, “What kind of neighbors are we?” Are we like the Thieves that beat and robbed the man or are we more like the Priest and Levitt that just passed by the wounded man? Perhaps we are like the good Samaritan who had compassion for the injured man. It is the choices we make that determine what kind of neighbors we are. The scripture verses are in Luke 10:25-37.

(Edited from the pastor’s introduction)

Sunday School by Priscilla Whitmore for November 5

Priscilla teaches us patience during times of suffering, leading in with one of her stories, bringing her special brand of humor to lighten an otherwise unpleasant experience.

I guess I better not stop there.  The experience was one she had last week, not the one we had today.  🙂

Praise and Prayer Requests from Sunday Service of November 5

Rejoice with us and pray with us.

Ruth came through her medical testing well.  Pam reports progress on getting her new shoes.  Debra is back with us!  Treatments are helping with her pain.  Didi is thankful for the help she has recieved and for the Lord’s protection.  Anita’s aunt is out of the hospital and doing better.  Richard and Barbara got their land.  Edward got a better car after his gave out.

Didi asks us to pray for a cousin Sonny who will have a heart operation.  Marry Ellen is still in the hospital and will need to go into rehab or maybe a nursing home.  Kimi has been feeling sick.  Cathy asks prayers for the Henderson family, related to one of Cathy’s friends.  Pray also for the situation in south Texas where there has been a shooting this morning at a church.  Pam asks prayer for ongoing medical problmes.  She asks us to pray for Brenda O as she struggles with medical needs.  Pray for Didi as she tries to resolve issues that will clear the way for her to get housing.  I was not able to capture the requests from Barbara.  Someone please chime in.

Be blessed, and be a blessing!

Larry

Sunday November 5, 2017 " What kind of neighbor are you?

It was a great day to be at BBT last Sunday.  Linda brought a Sunday School lesson on Martin Luther and how he was responsible for the freedoms we enjoy in this country today.  He was one man but he changed the world.   Larry brought a message on making good choices. He explained we make choices every day and many don’t seem that important but there are choices we make that affect us for eternity.  The most important choice we make is accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior.  When we make this choice we will make other good choices along the way as we look to him for guidance in the choices we make every day.  We will still make some wrong ones because we are not perfect but we will see our mistakes and do something about them.  If you were not with us on Sunday you can hear both of these lessons on our podcast.

As I was reading this week in Luke I read about the story of The Good Samaritan.  This is one of Jesus most well known stories.  It illustrates what Larry was talking about last week in making good choices.  I want to look closely at all the parties involved in this story and talk about what kind of good neighbors are we? Are we like the Thieves that beat and robbed the man or are we more like the Priest and Levitt that just passed by the wounded man are perhaps we are like the good Samaritan who had compassion for the injured man.  It depends on the choices we make that determine what kind of neighbor we are.  The scripture verses this week will be in Luke the 10Th chapter vs 25-37.  I hope you will join us on Sunday as we begin the month of November.

Please remember the ones mention in our prayer request last week.  As we come into this season of Thanksgiving I hope you remember to thank God for all your blessing. As we talked about 2 weeks ago everything we have is because God provided it to us and everything we have comes from him.  As we heard last Sunday make good choices this week  and help someone who needs your help. We can’t wait to see you on Sunday. Be blessed!!

We love you so much,
Pastor David & Pris

Message by Larry Thacker Jr. for October 29: Making Good Decisions

We make hundreds of decisions every day.. Most of them are of little consequence, but sometimes we may have no idea what will come of a seemingly insignificant choice.. Then there are those times when the choice is hard.. The right way is not obvious.. Are there principles we can apply that will help us choose well? There certainly are, and we talk about some of them.. I read from a few different places, but if one passage has to summarize the message, it would be Proverbs 16:1-3.