• Vision 2025 for the Southern Baptist Convention

    VISION 2025 for the Southern Baptist Convention   But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8                                              While we are going through a series in Nehemiah called 2020 Vision, I thought I would share a little of Ronnie Floyd’s (Execut…

  • Valuing Life

    For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:a time to be born, and a time to die. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 I was just thinking about the ups and downs of life. Each time we gather as a body of believers, we have some who are filled with excitement and joy and others who are dealing with heartache and trials. Some weeks you get to celebrate the birth of a baby (like Hazel M…

  • Participating in the Work

    And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me.  And they said, “Let us rise up and build.”   Nehemiah 2:18                                               I am really enjoying going through Nehemiah.  I try to think about how the people must have felt when they thought about the task of rebuilding and repairing the wal…

  • Rejoicing in the Lord!

    Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.  Hebrews 7:25                                              I hope I get to write about lots of “ones” who get saved this year.  I am still super excited about Jay Robinson and his decision to repent and believe in Jesus last week.  Crisa Robinson had Jay as…

  • Fraility of Life

    Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  James 4:14                                                     I was going to write about a praiseworthy testimony in regards to “Who’s Your One” but I will hold that until next week.  This past Sunday, many were saddened by the sobering news of Koby Bryant’s trag…

  • Nehemiah: A Godly Leader

    As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.   Nehemiah 1:4                                                Sunday we will dive into the book of Nehemiah.  Nehemiah had an important (and pretty cushy) job as the cupbearer to the king (Persian King Artaxerxes).  Basically, it was the cupbearer’s duty to serve t…

  • When Beliefs and Behaviors Don’t Match

    I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.   John 15:5                                                I think we would all agree that prayer is important.  We would say prayer is imperative for us individually and corporately (as a church).  However, when most churches have special times of prayer,…

  • Disciplines for 2020

    Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.  1 Timothy 4:7 (NASB)0          As we come to a new year, it is always a good time to evaluate your life (both spiritually and physically) to determine what areas you want to grow, change, or improve in.  Have you evaluated your life from a spiritual and physical perspective as we start 2020?  Paul (1 Timothy 4:7) encourages us to discipline, or tr…

  • High Expectations

    Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.  Eph. 3:20          As we come to the end of 2019, I am looking forward to what God has in store for Burlington Baptist in 2020.  I’ve been working on my sermon for Jan. 5th about Jesus’ instructions to pray for laborers to work for the harvest (Luke 10:2).  I think that Jesus…

  • What A Savior!

    She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matt. 1:21        This month we have talked about the coming of our Savior into the world.  Jesus Christ loved us so much that He would come to this earth and give His life for you and me.  Jesus gave His life for His bride, which is the church.  I am thankful to be apart of His church and speciall…