Where were we? Where are we?

“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilledmaster builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 3:10–11                  Have you seen the gallery of former Eastern Hills pastors located in the hall … [Read more...]

Christian Discipline

I was not a very gullible child. I guess it was because we did so much camping in the Everglades.  My brother, sister and I grew up with a healthy understanding and respect for nature so it really should not have been such a big surprise to my scout leaders when I would not go on a “snipe” hunt. I knew just about all the animals in the glades and I knew there was no such bird that was half bird and half turtle. If that were not a good enough reason, who in their right minds would leave a … [Read more...]

Perplexed but not Forsaken!

How many times have we wondered…Why? Why does God allow so much suffering in the world? Why are there wars and famine? Why can’t people just tell the truth? Why do wicked people seem to prosper? Why did I lose my job? Why did my spouse die at such a young age? Why did my wife/husband walk out on me and our kids? Why did I lose both my parents in the same year? Why?? Life’s hardships are perplexing. There are no simple answers to the multiple struggles we face on this earth. God reminds us … [Read more...]

Our Jerusalem

WOW! Sunday morning worship was wonderful! The spirit of the Lord was all over that service. From the music to the message it was truly a time of “Worship.” Dewayne Rembert did a wonderful job in sharing God’s Word and telling about his journey to Christ. We are blessed to have him as a part of our Montgomery Baptist Association and his leadership at Flatline Church in Chisholm. If you would like to know more about Dewayne, he has written a book entitled “Flatlined 2 NGauge.” Please call the … [Read more...]

Is Grace Enough for You?

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” — 2 Corinthians 12:8–9 Remember when Paul was having a bad day? He told us all about it in 2 Corinthians 12:7–10. God had given Paul a great vision of heaven, the kind that could make a person think he’s really something special, but God also made sure Paul didn’t get too arrogant. God gave him a “thorn in … [Read more...]

Battle Stations

Proverbs 22:6: Train up a Child in the way He should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. The Mission Statement for our Church is to Follow God, Reach People and to Teach Others to do the same. The Children’s Ministry is no exception to this rule. The goal of the Children’s Ministry is to, “Lead children to love the Lord their God with all their hearts, souls, minds and strength, and to love their neighbor as their selves.” (Matthew 22: 37-40) Everything we do is to lead … [Read more...]

Zoom In

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 English Standard Version (ESV) 16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self[a] is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. New year, new beginnings, … [Read more...]

Sanctified Dissatisfaction

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” — Philippians 3:12 Are you satisfied? Good…and not good. The Apostle Paul was satisfied and discontent at the same time, and you should be too. Warren Wiersbe commented on Paul’s words from Philippians 3:12, saying, “Obviously, Paul was satisfied with Jesus Christ, but he was not satisfied with his Christian life. A … [Read more...]

Christmas Time

There is no question that Christmas is my favorite time of the year. The shepherds watching their flocks by night is my favorite part of the Christmas story. I do not know why, maybe because the shepherds were camping out at night watching animals. As a kid, that seemed like the ultimate job. I loved camping and I loved animals. Let’s not forget the angels singing sweetly and serenely while the shepherds listened with smiles on their faces. Of course, now we know that is not the case. It was a … [Read more...]

Christ Has Come!

This Advent season we are called to reflect upon what Christmas is all about. What trappings characterize this most busy of seasons? Is it tinsel and holly, cedar and pine, Santa and children, mistletoe and jingle bells, family and parties or something deeper; something richer and more satisfying? I hope the presentation of “Celebrate the King” this past Sunday reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas. Christ stands at the center of this most joyous of celebrations! In our busy shuffle … [Read more...]