I have the privilege of preaching at several events in the next few months, in addition to the ministry at Lakeshore Baptist Church.
Next week, January 15-17 I plan to attend the Deep South Founders Conference in Jackson MS. I’ve been invited to speak about our mercy ministry in Lakeshore on Thursday evening and preach on “The Love of God” in the Friday morning session.
On January 25, Clifton Baptist Church in Franklinton, LA has invited me to lead their January Bible study. We will cover the book of Exodus in three sessions.
At the end of March my wife and I will fly to see our friends in Livermore California where I will speak at the Livermore Reformed Baptist Church for the morning Sunday School hour and preach in both the Sunday morning and Sunday evening services on March 29.
Later that week I will speak at the West Coast Reformed Baptist Pastor’s Conference in California. I really enjoyed this gathering last year and and received great encouragement from like-minded pastors. I look forward to spending the week with these men again.
(to be sung to the traditional tune: MUELLER, by James R. Murray, 1887)
verse 1 by anonymous – verse 2-4 by Don A. Elbourne Jr. 2008
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.
Hear angels proclaiming, our dear Saviors birth,
His life brings salvation, to children of earth.
He walked in great wisdom, among mortal men,
All God and full human, without any sin.
The pain of temptation, rejection and strife,
He suffered with joy as He laid down His life.
Perfections of heaven, He gladly did leave,
Securing salvation, for all who believe.
He calls for repentance, and faith in His name.
Great glory to God for the spread of His fame.
Rejoice in King Jesus, we gladly make known.
We praise Him this season, from manger to throne.
Trinity Baptist Church in Baton Rouge Louisiana took a significant hit from Hurricane Gustav. Yesterday I went by to check on my friend Pastor Dale Crawford and the damage to their building. Gustav blew the roof off, soaked their fellowship hall area, Sunday school classrooms, nursery and offices. Dale lost his library to water damage. Their insurance responded quickly and a clean up crew was already onsite gutting the buildings. Dale predicts they may be back in full operation in little over a month. Meanwhile, they plan to hold joint services with a sister church.
Dale and most in their congregation do not have power. Electricity may be down in Baton Rouge for over a month. Please pray for these folks as they clean-up, regroup, and persevere to the glory of God.
I just listened to a great series of sermons by one of my favorite preachers, Dr. Steve Lawson. He explains the Doctrines of Grace, otherwise known as Calvinism, following the familiar acronym TULIP, with crystal clarity, Biblical integrity, and contagious passion. Download the mp3s. Highly recommended:
Last week the National Founders Conference met in Owasso, Oklahoma. Speakers included Ed Stetzer, Andy Davis, Voddie Baucham, Tom Nettles, Don Whitney, Ted Christman, and Phil Newton. They have graciously made the audio available. I’ve already downloaded the mp3s to my iPod and look forward to hearing them all. While traveling yesterday, my wife and I listened to Andy Davis and his challenge to memorize scripture.
- Ted Christman on “An Exposition of Psalm 1?
- Andy Davis on “Dangers in Reforming a Church”
- Tom Nettles on “Biographical Sketch of Daniel Marshall”
- Voddie Baucham on “Building a Solid Doctrinal Foundation”
- Ed Stetzer on “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes, Part 1?
- Don Whitney on “Reforming Through Discipline”
- Ed Stetzer on “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes, Part 2?
- Andy Davis on “The Importance of Filling Your Life With Scripture”
- Phil Newton on “From Planting to Reforming”
btw, the mps do not appear to have id3 tags, so you may need to manually add them to find them on your player. I find it helpful to put the speaker in the artist field, the sermon name in the song title field and “Founders Conference 2008” in the album field. For fun, add the Founders logo as the album art.
Some time tomorrow, Tom Ascol will attempt, once again, to present a resolution to the floor of the Southern Baptist Convention calling “Southern Baptists to repent of our failure to maintain responsible church membership.” I do not know if the resolution will reach the floor, much less meet with approval, but as for Lakeshore Baptist Church, where I pastor, we have heard the call and desire to move toward a more meaningful, definite, love-motivated, Christ-honoring, joy-enhancing regenerate church membership.
This past Sunday Lakeshore Baptist Church celebrated our 97th anniversary. A handful of believers met together in 1911 to found the church in Lakeshore. In the sparse minutes of that meeting we learn that the moderator read from their Articles of Faith and their Church Covenant. The record also gave a definite list of five original church members. I pointed to these three pieces of data and appealed to the churches founders as examples to dedicate ourselves to upholding and valuing sound doctrine, our covenant promises to each other, and to maintain definite responsible caring church membership rolls for the glory of God. While I think we could receive a decent grade on the first point, we would need to repeat the class on the other two and probably enlist a tutor.
In the Homecoming sermon, I swallowed hard, acknowledged my own personal failure in leadership regarding our church rolls, asked for forgiveness, and publicly repented. My cards lay face up on the table and we pray that God would grant us the grace to lovingly move forward toward a more healthy church. At the risk of airing our dirty laundry, I am making the audio of the sermon available here. (1 hour 15 min.)