Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Thinking Ahead with Pastor Jim

Mission's Conference
October 3,4,5
Missions is a biblical (Great Commission) concept and there is a real need to get the gospel out to people. This year's theme, for our Mission's Conference, is "From Local to Global". We can't expect the missionaries to do what we are not willing to do. Missions starts at home and goes beyond our personal reach.
The conference starts on Friday, Oct. 3nd at 6:30 pm, and continues on Saturday and Sunday, morning and evening. We encourage our people to attend all sessions and welcome guests.  J. A.  Richards and Barry Feaker will be our guest speakers.  The Richards  are with Baptist Bible Fellowship and serve in Wales and Barry Feaker is the Executive Director of the Topeka Rescue Mission. J.A. and Barry are great speakers with heart's for God and His people.
Look forward to seeing you this weekend,
Pastor Jim

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thinking Ahead with Pastor Jim

Will God Always be there for You?


God is enough!  However, God will not always be there for you if you are not a believer.  God will always love us!  The scriptures clearly tell us that His love is a part of His nature and He does not change as to His nature.  “While we were sinners Christ died for us”, clearly tells us that His love is not contingent on us being believers. 

However, just because He loves us does not mean He will always be there for us.  If I do not trust Him as my savior, in this life, and end up in eternity without experiencing Christ’s work for me on the cross; I will end up separated from Him in hell.  He will not be there for me, should that take place in reality.  Loving us and being there for us are two different realities. 

We will further explain these concepts this Sunday.  See you then! 

Pastor Jim

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Who were the heretics of Jude’s Day?

Jude intended to explain the Gospel of which he, himself, had experienced but now needed to switch his approach to spend his time in defending the truth.  Does that still hold true today? 

While we have been given the direct command to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth, to all people, until the Lord returns for His own in the rapture; we have also been given the clear mandate to defend the truth.  What Jude is telling us in this short little book is as relevant for us today as it has ever been for those of the first century. 

While much has changed through the years, Satan’s tactics & the human heart has not!  While we have dressed up the past issues with modern clothing & up-to-date styles the deception is as real as it has ever been.  In fact, in our time, we have a greater deal of arsenal available to accomplish this deception. 

Join us this Sunday, your attendance at church does influence someone beyond yourself! 

Pastor Jim

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thinking Ahead with Pastor Jim

The Believer’s Victory! | Romans 8:1-25

Paul having written the book of Romans while at Corinth, gives clear insight as to why he was so forceful, bold and on target when he describes humanity at its worst in the first three chapters.  This introduction into humanity would be discouraging had he left us there, and as humans we probably would be destroyed, staying there. 

However, since God is the author of Romans, there is great hope for us!  God is the one who sought us ‘while we were still sinners.’  In Chapter 8 we see that He is not only the Savior, but also the one who gives us victory.  Salvation is personalized and takes place at the time we believe.  For many of us, we are still unaware that the provisions for victory over sin was made for us in Christ, even though we may already be forgiven.  The Holy Spirit is the one who is presently working in our behalf to gives us daily victory. 

Victory must be received by faith as salvation is received by faith! 

See you this Sunday! 

Pastor Jim

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thinking Ahead with Pastor Jim

Trust in the Character of God!

1 Samuel 7:1-6, 15-8-22

In a time when right is wrong and wrong is right, we must have confidence in the character of God to be able to determine our course of action in life. 

Those who have authority over us are placed into that position by God, Himself.  God is sovereign and He either places people into a position of authority or allows them to be placed into that position of authority.  The individuals who have authority over us are accountable to God. 

Proverbs 29:2 clearly tells us that those who are under authority are either helped (rejoice) or harmed (groan) by the rules they serve under.  Daniel Webster said “Whatever makes men good Christians makes them good citizens.”  While we are citizens of heaven, we must not minimize our responsibilities on earth. 

Join us this Sunday! 

Pastor Jim