Imperfect People

Today is such an exciting day!  Our Ladies’ Fall Bible Study begins at First Baptist.  So far, 339 ladies from all over our community as well as two from Baton Rouge have preregistered.  It’s a Bible study that has crossed all the boundaries—geographic, racial, socioeconomic, denominational, etc.  (Sorry, guys, we haven’t allowed you to come.  We haven’t crossed that boundary, yet.  It’s just for us girls!)

If your schedule will allow, please join us this morning as we study about how our Perfect God uses imperfect people to advance His kingdom.  If you are unable to attend would you pray for us?  Especially pray for those ladies who do not know the Lord.  I take great comfort in knowing He promised that His Word is never without effect.  Through the prophet Isaiah the Lord said, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).for blog

Before the Children of Israel crossed over the Jordan River into The Promised Land, the Lord said, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds” (Deuteronomy 11:18a).  May God be glorified and may we be blessed today as we fix His words in our hearts and minds.

 

Precious Treasure

IMG_0791How do you like my new Bible?  I’m so proud of it.  It’s bound in genuine leather—top of the line—and cost $139.

IMG_0795Actually, it’s not new at all.  One look on the inside and you can tell it.

I just had it rebound.  The Bible is nearly 20 years old and has already been rebound once before.  I could have bought a new Bible, one exactly like the old one, for less money, but if I had I would have lost everything I have marked in it.

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Do You Want a God Who Builds Skyscrapers or One Who Makes Stars?

I sat in the early worship service fighting tears that refused to be held back as we sang:

“Change my heart, Oh God.  Make it ever true. Change my heart, oh God; may I  be like You.  You are the potter; I am the clay.  Mold me and make me; this is what I pray.”

Afterwards I leaned over to Waylon and said, “Isn’t it amazing how those words take on a new meaning given our new set of circumstances?”

A few weeks earlier I had been faced with an option—to choose my own selfish desires or to choose to be more like Jesus.  It was a WWJD moment.  Opting for the latter would mean I couldn’t turn my head from hurting and needy people. Instead I would have to look them straight in the eye knowing it was going to rip my heart out and be very costly. Continue reading

Can You REALLY Trust God?

1After Waylon preached his last sermon in June, we were excited about enjoying a month’s sabbatical to rest, relax, recoup, and study before beginning another year of ministry.  Little did we know there would be no rest, no relaxation, no time to recoup, and definitely no opportunity to study.  Instead, there was a Category 5 storm already brewing.

On Sunday evening as Waylon and I began to make our plans for the month, Waylon shared something he had read in one of F.B. Meyer’s books, The Secret of Guidance, about discerning God’s will.  According to Meyer we need to look for three things to converge: God’s Word, the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and our circumstances.  He said that when these three line up, the will of God will become so clear it is as if we have glowworms sparkling along our path. Continue reading