Pastor’s daughter diagnosed with cancer

Please pray for my friend Yogi Taylor and his family. Yogi is pastor of Saraland Baptist Church outside of Mobile AL. Their 14 month old, Hanna, has just been diagnosed with Neuroblastoma cancer. Doctors performed surgery today to remove the tumor. The Taylors look to have a long road ahead as they minister to their baby girl, consider treatment options, etc. I spoke with Yogi this morning, during the surgery, and he expressed a strong confidence in the sovereignty of God as he acknowledged depending on his theological grounding to keep them stable in the days ahead.

Yogi was scheduled to preach in Lakeshore on March 29, when I will be in California preaching at the West Coast Reformed Baptist Pastor’s Conference. Understandably, he will not make the speaking engagement. Please join us as we continue to lift his family up to the the Lord in prayer.

In Christ Alone – Book Review

Recommended Reading: “In Christ Alone – Living the Gospel Centered Life” presents a collection of short articles written by Sinclair B. Ferguson over the last 20 years or so. Although you can find most of the work in back issues of Eternity Magazine and Tabletalk, having the 50 chapter 256 page volume of Ferguson’s work provides theologically sound rich devotional material in a nice hardback Reformation Trust binding.

Sinclair Ferguson serves as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina.

Preaching Schedule

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.

Away In A Manger – Revised

(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 and Hurricane Gustav

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.

Trinity Baptist Church of Baton Rouge - Hurricane Gustavrent a car bulgaria

Trinity Baptist Church of Baton Rouge - Hurricane Gustav

Don Elbourne and Dale Crawford

Steve Lawson on the Doctrines of Grace

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: