By Bro. Bubba | September 15, 2014 at 03:05 PM EDT | 2 comments
Do you have a smart phone? Of course you do. If you don’t, you are out of the loop. I truly love my Galaxy S5. It does so many things. Of course, I don’t use very many things on it at all. I make and receive calls and do a little (very slow) texting. And there seems to be an app for everything. Marsha and I have been eating healthy and currently dieting so we have taken up brisk walking and some jogging. As a matter of fact we do 3.5 miles about 4-5 days a week. We do the 3.5 miles in 60 minutes and burn around 300 calories. How do I know this? I have an app that tells me. We also have an app that we use for our diet. It takes all of our profile info and we put in how much we want to lose per week and presto…it tells us how many calories per day we can have. Our phones use GPS to track our every step thru our walking app. It even has a nice lady that encourages us and keeps us posted on how we are doing. If that isn’t enough, it will even check your heart rate! I did notice a little glitch the other day. You see, the walking app that uses the GPS will track your every step all down long and report it to you. Our goal is to take 10,000 steps a day. Back to the glitch. Marsha was mowing our lawn (on a riding mower) and when she finished, it showed that she had taken around 3000 steps that she didn’t take but got credit for! We figured it had to be due to the bouncing around of the seat as she was mowing. I thought to myself, this is great; I will just bounce my phone around as I am driving down the road and get all my steps in about 10 minutes of driving. Even if that would work it would benefit me absolutely zero.
All of this reminds me that God is our GPS system. He tracks our every step. There is no glitch in His amazing system. He also has the greatest app of all. It is called the Bible. It is powered by the Holy Spirit. Why don’t you download it into your life and try it out. It is truly a free app. Then you can begin walking in Him. You will find encouragement in His Word. Oh, and it will benefit you greatly. Get spiritually fit today!
By Bro. Bubba | September 09, 2014 at 09:25 AM EDT | 2 comments
Short, slow and not that talented. I guess that pretty much described me as a 14 year old boy (pretty sure it still applies). I loved the sport of basketball as a young boy. I was excited when Jack Neely asked me to come with him to Emmanuel Baptist Church in Terrell. He said I could play on the basketball team there. I was in! It was there that I met the pastor, D. Casey Perry. I remember one Saturday after a basketball game that Brother Perry gave us a ride back to the church. He took me into his office and began to share with me about Jesus. I remember the little yellow tract (The Four Spiritual Laws) that he read to me that day. First, it says that
“God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for you life”. That got my attention for sure. We all want to be loved. I knew that I was unlovable at best. By the time Brother Perry read to me the second law “Man is sinful and separated from God” I was under conviction and in tears.
On that Saturday in 1976 I realized that Jesus loved me, died (in my place) a vicarious death and wanted to forgive me and save me. The ball was now in my court. I am so glad I chose Jesus as my Savior that day! Just like in basketball, I haven’t always played my best or made great choices. Many times I have just sat on the bench. Many more times I didn’t even suit up for the game. But this I know, I have always been on the team! I also know that there is a great day coming when all who are on Christ’s team will be awarded the trophy. There is no second place. Will I deserve it? Absolutely not. But because of God’s amazing grace I will receive the prize.
If you haven’t joined Jesus’ team I would encourage you to do so today. Need to know more about how to do just that? Just follow this link to read the Four Spiritual Laws. http://www.joyfulministry.org/laws.pdf
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By Bro. Bubba | September 02, 2014 at 10:24 AM EDT | 1 comment
Do you ever catch yourself thinking back on the great things that have happened in your life? I was sitting in my office this morning trying to think of a blog for this week. I kept thinking, “This is Marsha’s fault”. You see, it was her idea for me to start a blog. So, I looked up and the first thing I see is her beautiful face looking at me from her bridal picture. Soon to be 34 years of marriage and she is still as beautiful as the day we met!
So, I began to ponder on the marriage thing. I have had the privilege of doing 7 weddings this year so far and closing in on 200 since my first one in 89’. As I think back, I have never seen an ugly bride. I’ve never seen the groom raise the veil and put it back down real fast after the scream! I love to watch the groom as his bride walks down the aisle. In most cases, he hasn’t seen her all day and not that well made up! The Bible tells us (church) that we are the bride of Christ. One day we will be presented to Him in a marriage that will truly be made in Heaven. We will be presented to Him spotless and without wrinkles (Ephesians 5:22-33)! Imagine that. No super magic cream can make us wrinkle free like God can!
Marriage is an awesome thing and requires a great commitment. Marriage is a union that is to be unbroken. It is becoming one. Unfortunately, here on this earth, we don’t always honor the vows we make to one another in marriage. Many of the almost 200 I have married have divorced. But when the marriage in Heaven takes place we will be one with Christ and that union will never and can never be broken! Have you prepared for that wonderful day? Have you trusted Jesus and Him alone as your saviour?? The wedding music is playing. The Groom is about to enter to receive His bride. The wedding is closer than ever!
By Bro. Bubba | August 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM EDT | 1 comment
Unless you have been under a rock or just totally out of touch with the world you have heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge. It is amazing how these challenges hit facebook and then go viral in no time. I have seen some wild videos of people taking the challenge. Some guys screamed like girls and some girls took it “like a man”! I have seen some have the bucket dumped on them before they were ready and some have the bucket dumped on them and they weren’t even taking the challenge. Most of those taking the challenge were not concerned about their appearance before or after the cold awakening shower.
I wonder if we could get a “Worship Attendance Challenge” to go viral? Wouldn’t it be great if we took that much concern and effort and put it toward serving and praising the One who took the greatest challenge ever. The challenge that Jesus took required Him to die a vicarious death. The Bible says that the “wages of sin is death”. So we owed a debt that we just couldn’t pay. However, Jesus took the challenge. He left His rightful place in Heaven, became a man, and paid the debt with His life and blood. Salvation is now free for “whoever believes in Him” and the atonement He made.
Now, the least we could do is accept the challenge of worshiping Him and attending Sunday School to learn more about Him. We don’t have to worry about the way we look or what others might think. Jesus accepts us just as we are. I am challenging you today to accept Him and be faithful to Him. Will you accept and challenge someone else? God Bless!
By Bro. Bubba | August 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM EDT | 1 comment
I have had the pleasure of serving in 6 churches since I surrendered to the ministry almost 29 years ago. Of these 6 churches I have been the pastor of 3 of them and served as interim pastor of one of the others. Most of these have been rural churches with First Baptist of New Baden being the most rural. I am reminded of a song from the 70's by a group called “Love Song”. The name of the song is “Little Country Church”. Here is the song: Little Country Church (Chuck Girard/Fred Field)
Little country church on the edge of town Doo-do- do-dn-do-do-do People comin' everyday from miles around For meetin's and for Sunday school And it's very plain to see It's not the way it used to be
Preacher isn't talkin' 'bout religion no more He just wants to praise the Lord People aren't as stuffy as they were before They just want to praise the Lord And it's very plain to see It's not the way it used to be
They're talkin' 'bout revival and the need for love That little church has come alive Workin' with each other for the common good Puttin' all the past aside Long hair, short hair, some coats and ties People finally comin' around Lookin' past the hair and straight into the eyes People finally comin' around And it's very plain to see It's not the way it used to be
I catch myself singing this song (at least to myself) a lot. It reminds me of our little church on the edge of Franklin. I know, as pastor, I don't want to be tied down by religion. I just want to praise the Lord. Religion is man trying to reach up to and appease a holy God. Let me just say that you'll never do that my friends. Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is God reaching down to man through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.
When I go to worship I don't want to try to do something religious or ritualistic to try and earn my salvation or impress God. I want to go and praise the One who loved me and gave Himself for me. I want to lift up Him who accepts me just as I am. I don't want to get caught up in long hair or short hair. I don't want ties or suits to be an issue (I don't care if you wear them or not).
As you read this blog I pray that you will see my heart. These things I have said are based on personal conviction and have no reflection on any other church or ministry but First Baptist New Baden and the pastorate that God has blessed me with there. If you ever visit the “Little Country Church” on the edge of town I pray that you will feel welcomed just as you are and that you will experience Jesus Christ in an amazing way. As a matter of fact, when you experience Him, there is no other way to describe Him but amazing! God bless you.
By Bro. Bubba | August 18, 2014 at 10:47 PM EDT | No Comments
Is an “oxymoron” someone who is dumb as an ox? No an oxymoron is a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory. Oxymora appear in a variety of contexts, including inadvertent errors (such as "ground pilot"). Being the food critic (not really, I’m only critical if the portions aren’t big enough) that I am, I’ve always thought that “jumbo shrimp” should be an oxymoron! This past Friday Marsha and I were shopping in Bealls. I noticed (in the ladies section) a tag on a shirt that had P/XL on it. I had to ask and was told that it stood for Petite/Extra Large! Seriously!?! Shouldn’t they just put ST on it for “stumpy”?? What does this have to do with a spiritual blog you ask? Glad you asked. As I think about the encounter between David and Goliath, I can’t help but think about it being a spiritual oxymoron. I see it as a “jumbo shrimp” battle. You see, Saul and his army saw Goliath as jumbo but David (in the power and might of the Lord) saw him as a shrimp! Remember when obstacles stand in our way, and they will, we need to see them as God sees them. Trust Him, because the battle belongs to the Lord. Those obstacles that appear jumbo will become shrimp. They will go from obstacles to opportunity.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
Let me start by saying WELCOME to my blog. Thanks for taking the time to read these words. I pray that they will be an inspiration. I have been putting off starting this blog for too long now. This morning as I was sitting in my office I realized that everyday I put it off would just be another day that I missed out on something new. Wow, that was a ton of bricks that just fell on my head! How often do we procrastinate when it comes to doing God's business? How many times have we missed out on God's blessings or maybe being a blessing because we find so many other things to do for ourselves or maybe just doing nothing? We break God's heart when we are unwilling to come to Him or render service unto Him. The greatest and worst form of procrastination is putting off Salvation. God loves you. If you have never trusted your life to Him and accepted His great salvation by faith through His amazing grace, I would encourage you to do so before it is too late. Don't put it off!
Matthew 23:37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling."
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