Monday, May 18, 2015


Time is a funny thing. Why? Well, it moves slowly and also quickly. Actually, it neither slows nor speeds up. Time passing slowly or quickly is all in our perception.
Worship at FBC.
As I approach August, I am reminded that it will have been 5 years since I was called to be the pastor of this great church. In that time, I have learned a great deal about the people who make up this wonderful church. I have also learned a great deal of the perception of our church. There still appears to be a, "oh, that is FIRST Baptist" type of attitude about us. I do not believe that that is deserved, nor has it been earned by us since I have been here. The time has come to reintroduce ourselves to our community. The younger generation does not know us. They do not know the love which dwells inside of our hearts during worship. They need to see that. They need to see us reaching out to them and to others in our community. What do they see when they look at us? Let us reeducate this town as to who we are. Let us let them know they matter to us and to God.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The refrigerator door

What is the one of the most special rooms in your home? I dare say it is the kitchen. In the ktichen of your home conversations take place, food is prepared and the refrigerator door is opened and shut more times than many can imagine if one has a teen in the home. What I want us to think about today is that refridgerator door. What is usually on that door? I think if I were to enter your home and look at the door of your fridge, I would probably find at least one picture of a person you love on that door. That is what we do. We put pictures of those who mean  the most to us on our refrigerator door. Why? So we can see them often and be reminded of how we love them. We are proud of them. We want to show them off to others.

Imagine with me that God has a huge refrigerator door in Heaven.  Guess what? He has your picture on His door. He loves you. Imagine someone passing by that door in Heaven. Imagine God grabbing them and saying, "See that child? That is my child. I'm so proud of them." Yes, your picture is on His door. You matter to Him. He loves you. Will you let Him love you? Will you allow Him to lead your life?