Clarke County Baptist Association
|Posted on 28 November, 2017 at 0:45||comments ()|
It is the end of the year and the celebration of the first advent of our Lord Jesus Christ is upon us. What is on my mind is gratitude for all that God has given us. So great a Salvation, provision and promises to live by, a community of faith that surrounds and supports me, a family that nurtures me and a loving wife that sustains me are an incredible gift from God. I am a rich man and am grateful!
I have had the privilege of working alongside of some great men of God. One of whom is Thomas Anderson the pastor of Bethel Baptist in Coffeeville, Alabama. He has given me permission to share an inspirational thought he posted today.
“In my tool bag, there is my favorite socket wrench.
I’ve used it to fix many things. It often gets pretty dirty. It takes on stress when I twist it in dark crevices of my truck engine. It loosens nuts and bolts that are hard to reach. Sometimes it gets put back in the box, sometimes it gets laid to the side. Sometimes I don’t clean it off immediately.
But man, I love that socket wrench. It is more valuable to me than many other things.
I want to be that socket wrench for Jesus.
A useful tool for Him.
It is my prayer that you may walk closely our Lord Jesus and know His presence in your life and become that tool that is used for His Glory and your Joy will be filled up to the full!
It is Christmas! Maranatha!
|Posted on 20 February, 2017 at 11:30||comments ()|
“People act the way they act because they are where they are in relation to God.” I have heard this quote by my dad, Darrell Robinson, my whole life. This quote has given me a frame of reference especially in reaching out to lost people. You can’t expect people who do not know Jesus to act like good Christian folks. Lost people are going to be rough around the edges or have totally different agendas at best. As we embark on this emphasis to reach every lost person by the year 2020 let’s be honest with ourselves. The people that we are most uncomfortable reaching out to- the down-and-out, uneducated, crass, isolated, mean spirited, gruff, very different from us, are many times the ones with whom the Holy Spirit is sending us to share Jesus. Continue in prayer that God will prepare your heart as well as preparing the hearts of those with whom He will make a Divine Appointment for you to share Jesus. Individually, be on the lookout for Divine Appointments. As a leader, influence your church to develop a strategy to involve every person in sharing Jesus Christ with the lost. Before we see the harvest of souls for the Savior we must prepare the field.
Operation Prepare Your Field is our associational evangelism campaign that will lead us to fulfill Vision 2020. The objectives of the campaign are as follows: Operation: Prepare your Field
1. Locate Every Home and take a New Testament to every home in your church field. Ask them to respond to a religious opinion survey.
2. Identify every lost or unchurched person and share the Gospel with him or her.
3. Invite the lost person to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and receive Him as Savior and Lord.
4. Invite to attend church with you. If a new believer, invite them to make a public profession of faith in Christ at church.
5. Lead the new believer to be baptized and follow Jesus as a disciple.
6. Train the new disciple to go out & share their faith through their testimony. Lead to participate in each of these steps.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." Luke 19:10 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19
|Posted on 28 November, 2016 at 13:10||comments ()|
The Lord is Come!
That phrase in the majestic hymn we sing every Christmas is so rich with truth. Some wince at the seeming incorrect grammatical composition of this phrase. But I want you to be encouraged that it is correct. It is the use of the unaccusative intransitive verb form of to be. To put it simply it means not only the Lord has come, He is here! It is a statement that not only he has come but he is present. It also implies that He is here and that He has been sent here. We know that our Lord Jesus is sent by the Father.
Though we sing this at Christmas, ‘Joy to the World’ is actually a hymn written to proclaim His second coming. What a proclamation of His coming to be with us physically forever. We know that Jesus is present with us in the Spirit. But one day He is coming to be ever present with us. He will establish His reign on the earth and we will rule with Him in His Kingdom. When we sing ‘Joy to the World’, we celebrate Jesus coming to bring us Salvation, but also know we are singing of the Joy we will have when Jesus comes to be ever present with us. It is a song of hope for redemption of the World! Take time to spread the Joy of Jesus this Christmas. I pray that you will be filled with Joy during this Christmas celebration. Know that you are loved and valued greatly!
|Posted on 25 October, 2016 at 15:05||comments ()|
Gratitude can change your life.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; Philippians 4:6
“Your attitude is the aroma of your heart” Coach Grant Taylor from the movie Facing the Giants spoke to the Eagles football team in regards to their defeated attitude. Negativity and complaining come from an ungrateful attitude. When we focus on our bad circumstances it results in griping and complaining. We have all found ourselves there. It is a constant battle for our minds. Like Peter stepping out on the Sea of Galilee to walk on the water toward Jesus. As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he had firm footing. But when he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the storm, Peter sank. Giving thanks puts our eyes on the Lord. Gratitude opens our hearts and lives to receive from God an overcoming attitude. Gratefulness can transform our circumstances from problems to possibilities. Transformation begins with renewing our minds in the Word of God (Romans 12:1-2) and choosing to give thanks to God in the midst of our circumstances. What is your problem? Give thanks to God for He promises to be with you in it. We can complain about many things in life but that takes us down a destructive path. But when we give thanks, life flows into us and through us. Choose an attitude transformation, give thanks.