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TBC Sermon for June 28, 2020

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Jason Kerr in Post on July 01 2020 » 0 comments

TOO FAR: TOO FAST

                                                                                                                    6/24/2020

I love the study of the Civil War. I see great bravery exemplified on both sides and admire the leadership and character and dedication. Many of these men had attended West Point together, and knew each other before the war. Stonewall Jackson was pursuing a Northern army late in the day. Some of his lieutenants suggested they wait till tomorrow to pursue further. Jackson felt it was a good time to overtake them. So late in the day, and running ahead of his own troops, mixing now with the Northern troops, in failing light, a shot rang out. Jackson had been shot in the left arm by his own troops. Robert E. Lee said that when Jackson lost his left arm, that he, had lost his right arm. Without the leadership of Jackson it would be difficult to continue a winning campaign. Jackson had gone too far; too fast.

The Corona virus caused the world to come to a dead stop. That, my friends, is an opportunity to evaluate your life before God. Politics, the media, the novelty of the virus itself, cannot take away from the fact that God is using this time to talk to you. If you are still mad that it all happened in the first place, and set your plans back, and you do not see the hand of God in it, then I have nothing else to say to you today. Go off and get yourself stirred up again; stay mad, listen to mere men act like they have control of God’s world. But there is something else you can do. Think about the statements below.

“ Nothing is more intolerable to man than a state of complete repose, without desires, without work, without amusements, without occupation. In such a state he becomes aware of his nothingness, his abandonment, his inadequacy, his dependence, his emptiness, his futility. There at once wells up from the depths of his soul weariness, gloom, misery, exasperation, frustration, despair. Sport, pleasure, entertainment and society are so often pursued not because they bring pleasure, but because they take men’s minds off themselves.”

Wow, whoever said that really knew our times. The activity of the world has gotten faster and faster! But we have surely gone too far; too fast. Real meaning and real fulfillment are sliding behind us.

Psalms 46:10 is now a joke, even to many professing Christians. “Cease striving; and know that I am God!” Patience and gentleness is considered a weakness today. Impulsiveness is hidden behind a noble idea of, “Get it done!” Like the old saying goes , “ I don’t know where we are going, but we are getting there in record time!” That attitude has all the earmarks of an addiction. A meaningless addiction!

So who wrote the above quote? When was it written? It was written by the great Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662 A.D. Yea, horse-and-buggy days!

Judgement begins in the household of God (I Peter 4:17-19). Till the Christians face these things then there is little hope for unbelievers to see Christ in us. What do they see? As one unbelieving friend said to me when I ask him what he thought of the best Christians he had seen, he said this; “ Well, they are just like me, but very nice about things. They have the same drives to look successful and have stuff. They have fit their beliefs nicely into, as a supplement, the American dream of prosperity.” About the saddest thing I have ever heard.

So is that it? The world will clearly see Christ in us if we will just be really nice? It is a lot deeper than that!

 “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12: 1-2.

We have to be different from the world. I have been around a lot of military people. I cannot express how much I admire their focus and dedication. For example, I can spot a Marine now in the public square about anytime and anyplace. The respectful way they speak to civilians, the way they take the back of the line and don’t act like they need to be admired. No amount of plain clothes can hide the fact that they are Marines. They can’t hide the hours and hours they have spent in training to be the defenders of this country. They suffer by having many of their rights taken away that we enjoy as civilians. How ironic that they have to be different, in that way, to guarantee our good!

 Finally then, can you be spotted as a Christian quickly in this world, even though all people look about the same physically, and good social mannerisms are about the same? Your speech and actions should make people say, “ You are not from around here, are you?” It has to be, not because you come from a different part of the country, therefore you merely sound different, or look different, but because you spend time with God you have a certain glow! We are the light of the world. Light it up my friend!  JWP

Jim Petty in Post on June 24 2020 » 0 comments

TBC Sermon for June 21, 2020

Please join us in today’s word. And let us know what you think….either in our comment section or in person at our next service. Join us every Sunday at our worship times–9:30am for Sunday School and at 10:45am for Worship Service. We’d love to see you here!

Jason Kerr in Post on June 22 2020 » 0 comments

TBC Sermon for June 14, 2020

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Jason Kerr in Post on June 22 2020 » 0 comments

TBC Sermon for June 7, 2020

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Jason Kerr in Post on June 12 2020 » 0 comments

I Can’t Rejoice Under These Circumstances!

“I Can’t Rejoice Under These Circumstances!” 5/29/2020

I read this from a technical commentary once in comment on I Thessalonians 5: 16-19. ( Tyndale New Testament Commentary)

“ ‘Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is the God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’ The injunction to ‘rejoice always’ is at first sight a little surprising coming from one who had had to suffer as much, and as continually as had Paul. But he had learned that affliction and deep joy may go together and that he could rejoice in tribulation. So he could counsel perpetual rejoicing even to a church which was suffering so greatly. Few things about the New Testament are more remarkable than this continual stress on joy. Our information about the early church indicates that, from an outward point of view, there was little that could cause rejoicing. But they were ‘in Christ’ and because they were in Him they had learned the truth of His words, ‘ your joy no man takes away.’ New Testament Christianity is permeated with the spirit of holy joy, and there is no reason why 20th century ( now 21 century) Christianity should not have the same joyfulness. “

When you meet a Christian who stays joyful most of the time you know you have met a man or woman who has had to choose joy over self-pity, and who knows something greater than their immediate pain. They know how to retain joy. In other words, you have met a man or woman who has chosen the good part from out of the midst of suffering. They retain what is theirs; against all odds.

I met a pastor who was the shepherd of a church in Hollywood, California. He was an older gentleman and I was only 20 when we met. We were on a youth music trip. I played in the band. The whole group of us went to his church on a Sunday morning.

I had never met anybody quite like him in my life, up to that point. As we were leaving the church, he took a bit of time to meet me and ask me a few questions about plans I may have for the future. It was like he could read my soul, but it did not seem judgmental or invasive at all.

Our youth director told me later that the man had been married a long, long time. I was to be married late that fall, 1974. It was truly as if one joyfully seasoned life; his life, a life closer to glory, was crossing paths with a new ship on the ocean on its maiden voyage.

He was so interested in me. Of course, who does not like being the center of the conversation! Wow, I don’t remember asking him anything about his life. But that is a pastor’s life.

He said one incredible thing to me as I was walking away. I had assumed the conversation was over. What he said seemed so unrelated to anything he had said up to that point. I was so taken aback that I had no response. It felt like time froze. I truly don’t think he planned on saying it. I think the Lord gave him these words just for me. He said, “Jimmy; don’t let anything steal your joy.” I did not respond. Other people swarmed around him, waiting to blessed as I had been, yet I did not know to what extent he had touched my life in Christ by that statement.

Our youth director told us later why we went to that church on that day. He said, “The pastor’s wife has terminal cancer and she will not live out the next few months.”

I had been a Christian less than a year and was very fearless in my zeal for the Lord and my witness. No way to stop this train! But I have to tell you; his statement rocked me. It is surprising how fears emerge in you, though you thought you had buried them.

Though Jesus can do anything as Lord of all, I sometimes wonder if certain things might happen to me; certain bad things, and will I then, perhaps give up following Him? I have always known that He is the one holding me up and not me doing the sustaining. “What if this ( fill in the blank) happens; what will I do then!” Fear always comes in undefined lines so as to keep you a prisoner to the nebulous for as long as possible. It is wielded as a tool of Satan to make one dread the unknown and drain the advancing glory of God.

How could this pastor be at all interested in my life when he had so much on his plate! He has learned deep lesson on how to deal with fear. I found out that such fears that surfaced that day in my heart are not the exclusive property of young people, but older people as well. Older people who forget things easily, I assume? When I dwell on such questions of ” What if ? ” I feel joy slipping away. Let me add to that for clarification if I may. When I dwell on it, to the exclusion of the past record of God’s faithfulness, I lose joy.

I do see a pattern in my life. The longer I walk with the Lord the more I see how He ‘continues’ to be my Savior. Not just one time; not just for eternal life, but for this life also. His continued intercession on my behalf, brings joy because He lives in joy.

What is it this year that seems a mountain you cannot climb?

Before you answer that you might look at the other years, and years, and years you felt you were going under; and you did not, because God is faithful! I don’t know how He does it , but He restores our joy time and again.

I don’t have to earn it, or beg for it. I am His child and it is mine at all times. Joy is not actually a thing , separated from its source. It is as the air He breaths out upon me. It is part of who He is.

Don’t let anything or anybody steal your joy. Now, that I have lived fairly long in this life, that voice from that past conversation, is truly calling like never before. Deep once called out to young and shallow. But now, it is deep calling to deep. I get it now.

II Corinthians 6:10

“ as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.”

Acts 16: 25

“ But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; “

John 16:22

“Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world. Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” JWP

Jim Petty in Post on June 06 2020 » 0 comments

TBC Sermon for May 31, 2020

Please join us in today’s word. And let us know what you think….either in our comment section or in person at our next service. Join us every Sunday at our worship times–9:30am for Sunday School and at 10:45am for Worship Service. We’d love to see you here!

Jason Kerr in Post on June 04 2020 » 0 comments

TBC Sermon for March 15, 2020

Please join us in today’s word. And let us know what you think….either in our comment section or in person at our next service. Join us every Sunday at our worship times–9:30am for Sunday School and at 10:45am for Worship Service. We’d love to see you here!

Jason Kerr in Post on June 04 2020 » 0 comments

TBC Song List 05/24/2020

SUNDAY OUTDOOR SERVICE
MAY 24, 2020 10:00 A.M.

WHAT IF IT RAINS? WE GO HOME.

Jason Kerr in Post on May 23 2020 » 0 comments

TBC Services Cancelled 05/17/2020

CHURCH CANCELLED TOMORROW
5/17/2020

TEACHING FROM THE PORCH AT 8:30 A.M. ON TBC FACEBOOK PAGE.

” KNOW WHAT YOU BELIEVE AND WHY YOU BELIEVE IT”

MAIN TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 8: 1-20

OTHER VERSE TO KNOW: Matthew Chapter 4/ Hebrews 12: 5-11/ Luke 17:11-18/ Romans 1:18-22/ Romans 8: 28-31/

TRAINING PROTOCOL VERSES: Romans 1: 1-5/ I Peter 1:6-7/ James 1: 2-3

AFTER THE VIDEO THEN THE NOTES WILL BE POSTED.

Jason Kerr in Post on May 16 2020 » 0 comments

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