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"Torn Paper"

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Romans 6:23 (NKJV) 
23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
John 1:12 (NKJV) 
12  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

Christmas wrapping paper has come a long way.  If I recall correctly, there was a time when it was so thin that you could literally read the name of the gift through the paper.  Anyone been there?  It would tear easily, and when you cut it with scissors, it tore as you cut.  Stores like  Elder Beermans,  J.C.Penneys, (Rikes) had gift wrapping available.  This year it is hard to even get a free box to wrap a gift.
This week as Renee and I wrapped some gifts I was surprised to find out that the back of the paper of a certain brand had a grid on it.  A straight line grid to help you cut more accurately.  Now there is a great idea.  Something to make sure I stay on track.  Do you realize that God has given us a life grid, something to help u…

"The Heart of Christmas"

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What this Past Weekend Really Taught Me About"The Heart of Christmas"

Wow what a weekend of worship and ministry!  God came through again for us in a miraculous way as the Choir, Kids Choir, and Drama Team, along with our sound, media, and lighting folks  did an outstanding job for the Lord. Marcia with the music, Adults and Children, and Bev leading the Drama and setting up the lighting (While still singing in the Choir!)  reminded us once again that we have two of the best and should thank God for their tireless effort. Saturday night marked our largest attendance on opening night and we had another full house Sunday morning as we learned there is hope for the lonely, the hurting, and the torn family this Christmas.
What did I learn from this past weekend?  
1. God honors prayer. I know many of you prayed for us, and let me assure you we prayed. A special time of prayer took place Saturday evening in the choir room prior to the presentation as different people stood and an…

WELCOME HOME

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Today something unusual  happened.  I was in line at a store today and a man and his wife were checking out and being assisted by the clerk.  Another couple was behind them and the second man said to the first, "That is a nice coat. When and where did you serve.  "The Coat" he referred to was a military jacket with patches on it. You may have seen veterans wear them. As I listened, they both served in Vietnam at the same time, one on the north side and another in the southern part of that war torn region.  It was the next statement that caused me to dictate it immediately into my phone. The first man stepped away from the clerk, outstretched his hand and said, "Welcome Home. Thank you for serving our country." Wow, Welcome Home? As I pondered that touching reunion, it hit me.  Those and some of you who served in Vietnam prayed to just live through it and make it home.   The victory for some was just making it through the war alive and coming home.

Thank You Veterans!

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On this November 11, 2015 we stop to say we remember you and we thank all of our Veterans. While neither my dad, myself, or son served in the military, our family is forever grateful for the sacrifice our men and women have made to protect us and keep us free.  the following link is a tribute  to Veterans as recorded by Rick Warren.  I hope it is a blessing to you as we say thanks.
-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8Mn1hngPiE

I want to say thank you Commander Scott A. Gobar upon his Naval retirement after 35 years. He was and is one of my best friends and I am honored to be associated with someone who has served and loves our country as he does.-- 


Whirlwind

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Sometimes life is on cruise control, sometimes stressed out, or you fell like you are in a whirlwind. That is the case for me as I just returned home after being in eleven states in one week.  It began with an invitation to meet with  Speaker of the House John Boehner in D.C. with 9 other pastors to discuss the defunding of Planned Parenthood.  After a long van ride, we arrived in D.C. after dark and had the privilege to sight see and then get some rest. I was like a wide eyed boy in a candy shop.

The following day was jammed with meetings and culminated with a face to face meeting with the Speaker who is also our District 8 Representative. It ended on a note of prayer, and served us to remember  the great pressure our elected officials have on them. My prayer is that this movement will continue to gain support and that as a nation we will make a strong stand in regards to life and the atrocities that we have watched on video and what PP is doing with baby parts.

We left for home at 6…

9/11/01 The Day Things Changed

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Dear First, as we prepare for Miracle day this Sunday and the celebration of  giving to pay off our worship center this Week, let us not forget the meaning of this day, September 11. Fourteen years ago on this day in 2001, the world changed, America changed, and our lives changed. Terrorism had a new face and we found ourselves victim to senseless, malicious killings that struck at the heart of innocent people and families and at the very heart of our nation.

Today we remember  those who were killed and pray for those who lost spouses, parents, children, grandparents, brothers and sisters, and friends.  America has many flaws, and seems to change daily, but it is still the greatest nation in the world, as we witness by the thousands who want to come and live here.

Always know that the Devil is real and wants to destroy your life, and your testimony.  May the Lord shield you today to be a light for Him, not a tool for the enemy. Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV) 
12  For we do not wrestle against fle…

Lessons from Yesterday!

Yesterday was one of those days that you pray for as a pastor.  It began knowing that we were going to baptize two brothers. That is always wonderful to know that we are baptizing.  Both having received Christ as their Savior in Bible School.  One this year and one several years ago.  Lesson #1 Bible School is still our Church's most fruit bearing ministry.  While we were talking about how I was going to baptize, their young brother Wyatt was with them and he indicated that he wanted Jesus to come into his heart.  Wait a minute, the worship service had not started yet! Lesson #2 Jesus still saves!  With our worship guest, This Hope (thishope.org) standing there, we knelt and led this young man to Christhurch joyfully proclaimed our gratitude and thanksgiving to the Lord.  What a morning, what a way to begin a service.  We baptized all three together as we celebrated together as a church the hand of God moving in a mighty way.

This Hope led in a Spirit filled  and led worship exper…

2015 SBC Annual Meeting Takeaway

Having the Southern Baptist Convention here in Ohio was a wonderful treat.  First of all the proximity, a little over one hundred miles from Camden to Columbus.  Secondly, for Southern Baptists led by Ronnie Floyd to really see what God is doing in our great state.

The Pastor's Conference was tremendous.  Willy Rice put together a home run lineup with hometown Columbus Lifepoint Church Planter Dean Fulks leading off.The worship, and each preacher blessed my heart and challenged me to remember that "He must increase" in my life and ministry if it is going to be effective.  The offering that was taken, is going to Stow Mission Center Metro Columbus downtown Columbus.  That is tremendous.  In years past, preachers would beg people to give to pay for the conference.  Vance Pitman began a trend several years ago of getting sponsors to underwrite it and the offering is now ministry given.

Ronnie Floyd did an outstanding job of leading, presiding, and his sermon will be played …

Don't forget Mom this Mother's Day

This Sunday we celebrate Mother's Day.  A time to say thanks and remember Mom for all she has done.  I realize I am blessed to still have a Mom as many have lost theirs. May we all be sensitive to the needs around us at this time of the year.  Some are spending their first Mother's Day without their Mother or perhaps it the first without a wife.  May the memories flood souls with warmth, joy, and comfort.

 My Mom has always been there for us.  She is interested in all of our lives and is living to spend quality time, not just with grand kids, but great grand kids.  I praise the Lord for that!

Renee is a great mom. I married the best. Willing do anything for the family, not just for her own kids and grand kids, but anyone. She is an example of selfless living.

This year Stacy our daughter is enjoying her first Mother's Day as Koby approaches his first Birthday Celebration. I am amazed at what good Mothers both she and our daughter in law Ashley are.  I guess a Mother's …

Seasons

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After a bitter winter, this past week began to feel, smell, and produce signs that Spring can't be far behind.  One thing about living here in Ohio is that we get to experience the change in Seasons.

Our Church is going through a season of change that I pray will draw us closer to the Lord.
Many of you were here Sunday when our Student Pastor and his wife, Eric and Nicole, came forward sharing the news that God was calling them to plant a Church in their hometown of Carlisle, Ohio. While their departure, around June 1,  is bittersweet, how wonderful it is to know that God is still in the business of calling people to follow Him, calling people to plant churches and reach folks in a certain area.

It has happened fast, and one reason is because Eric is working with the Cincinnati Association which is a Send North America City.  What used to take many months to accomplish has been accomplished in a few short weeks.  The interviews, assessments, references, have all been completed,  F…

Until we meet again Barry!

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Tomorrow we will pay our respects to the family, remember his life, and preach the funeral of Barry Clutter. I have known Barry for a long time as we went to church together in Vandalia prior to coming to Camden.To the world  his name may not be recognizable, but to his family, those that knew him, those who took care of him,our church, and most importantly the Lord, we will be burying a soldier.

1. He was a soldier of the cross, a Christian, and because of that, according to the Word of God He is in the presence of the Lord. Amen!
2 Timothy 2:1-4 (NKJV) 1  You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2  And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
3  You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 

Barry was the one w…

Fairest Lord Jesus

This old hymn spoke to me today in my study.  Do I cherish  and honor the Lord with my life?  Lord may you be my soul's glory, joy, and crown.
Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,O Thou of God and man the Son,Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,Thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown.
Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,Robed in the blooming garb of spring;Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,Who makes the woeful heart to sing.
Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,And all the twinkling starry host;Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purerThan all the angels heaven can boast.
All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly,Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;None can be nearer, fairer or dearer,Than Thou, my Savior, art to me.
Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!Son of God and Son of Man!Glory and honor, praise, adoration,Now and forever more be Thine.
1873 translation by Joseph A. Seiss[5]