Monday, March 30, 2015

Toot! Toot! Toot!

Tooting one's own horn can be a somewhat "dangerous" and obnoxious thing to do. However, I feel somewhat at liberty and a little bit compelled to toot just a tad today.

A-Z begins April 1st. I have utilized different formats each year. This year I have decided to write a poem/song for each day. This can be a bit challenging.

Let me say I am halfway through the days in April already. Out of this first 15 days I think I have only used two (2) previously written poems/songs and the others are new. A couple seem a bit lame, but I am excited about several others.

I am especially pleased with the poem for the letter "B." I hope you get a "kick" out of the poems for "D" and "G." I think they are not only corny but they are cute. I hope they make you chuckle.

I still have the back nine to finish. I hope they can be just as entertaining, edifying, and encouraging as some on the front nine. Please join me each day and see what you think. I am looking forward to seeing each and every one of you!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

No Message Today

I am out of the pulpit today. At least once a quarter we take some time to "sneak away." Therefore, there will be no message for today in "Sunday in the Study." We will resume our study in Romans on April 5th, Lord willing. Please join us then. Thank you!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

To the Diligent Seeker...

"The Bible is no lazy man's book! Much of its treasure, like the valuable minerals stored in the bowels of the earth, only yield up themselves to the diligent seeker." 
(Arthur Pink)

Friday, March 27, 2015

April's Blog Format Announced

Inspired by NashvilleCats (2) Poems by Yvonne’s blog I am going to attempt to write a poem for each of the 26 letters of the Alpha-Bet based on people, places, and things in the Bible. Yvonne has been writing poetry almost daily on her blog for a number of years. She has actually had two books of poetry published.

Most of you know I am a frustrated poet/songwriter at heart. God has blessed me with having three of my songs recorded. The first was a labor of love written as a response to a sermon series I was preaching and it was recorded by a local church for distribution called Hand in Hand. The second was a country and western song I co-wrote called Haggard and Jones. The third song recorded was a song about the bible called This Ole Book. The late Jerry Hanlon of UAR Records produced and recorded the last two songs.

I have written hundreds of would be poems and songs since I first rewrote a Johnny Cash song called the Long Black Veil while I was a recruit in boot camp. Many poems and songs have been written for my blog.

So, I hope to encourage, edify, entertain, and exhort you over the next 26 of 30 days. I will attempt to write or include a self-written poem Monday through Saturday. Sunday we “have off.” However, I will post my weekly message on Sunday as I usually do at this time. 

I hope you will join me each day. Please, I implore you to leave a comment. Remember, since I haven’t earned a dime yet on anything I have written, I am still an amateur and not a professional. Therefore, please be kind – honest, but kind. Thank you!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It's Back!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blogging programming to bring you this very important public service!

For the month of April, I will be taking a break from our normal blogging format and will be joining in with over 1,500 other bloggers in the sixth annual A-Z challenge.

This is your invitation to follow along as I blog each letter of our Alphabet! Come join me beginning April 1st, 2015.

I am going to interrupt our normal theological and biblical format for some light, fun, and silliness for this challenge. Come May, I will return to the normal format for this blog! 

Please hang in there while we take this break! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

God's Perfect Plan (Part 1)

SERMON:             GM15-051

SERIES:              Renewal Through Romans: The Gospel Defined, Explained &           Applied

SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

SERVICE:          Sunday AM (March 22, 2015)

SECTION:          The Prologue to Righteousness (Romans 1:1-17)

SUBTITLE:        God's Perfect Plan (Part 1)

SCRIPTURE:     Romans1:16a

SUBJECT:          It is good to experience confidence

SUMMARY:       You must believe in the Gospel’s ability to deliver you from your                              sins.

SCHEME:           That each member of NKBC fully trusts in the gospel for its sanctifying work

Our theme is: It is good to experience confidence        

This is a good reminder for us all to remember that the gospel is designed to more than simply save people from their sins. The gospel is the means by which the HS uses in your daily sanctification.

 Proposition:  You must understand the ability of God to deliver His people from their sin and how he sanctifies his people.         

Interrogatory Sentence:  What does the text reveal to us about confidence in the gospel?

Transitional Sentence: From our passage we learn two very important truths about Paul’s confidence in the gospel:

·        …the gospel produces saving faith in sinners
·        …the gospel produces sanctifying faith in saints