Blessed to be a Christian, Renee's husband, dad to Drew and daughter in law Ashley. Aiden and Eli's papaw. Dad to daughter Stacy and husband Kyle Herrmann, Koby and Jordy's Papaw. Blessed to pastor the First Southern Baptist Church of Camden, Ohio since 1993. Not a great pastor or preacher, but am honored to preach a great gospel about a great Savior. Jesus Saves! Do you know Him?
Romans 3:23;6:23;5:8;10:9-10;10:13. Check it out, He can change your life!
Luke 2:14 (NKJV) 14 "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
love how today's devotion paints the contrast between the palace and
the manger. Had Jesus been born in a palace, only the elite would have
had access. Only those with perhaps the wealth to pay their way in
would make it. But Jesus was born in a manger, came as a baby, born of a
virgin so that all could approach Him. The lowly shepherds, and then a
little later the royal magi. It is a reminder that Jesus bridges the
gap for us to have a relationship with a Holy God. God with us would be
His name. Jesus. It doesn't matter what you have or what you don't
have, Jesus calls us to come to Him empty of ourselves, willing to
receive Him as our Lord and Savior.
week, Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) went home to be with the Lord. We all
remember him best most likely from those early Andy Griffith shows prior to Gomer Pyle USMC.. The
country scatter brain. As you remember, his high country voice was also
transformed at times into a beautiful deep rich baritone/bass voice
when he sang. It almost seemed a little out of place in Mayberry. Quite
the opposite of the country Bluegrass Darlin Family, He was a polished,
and an accomplished soloist. That is a picture of the contrast between
the manger and the palace. God meets anyone right where they are at
regardless of social standing, and regardless of what we bring to the
table. In his innocence, Gomer Pyle represented all that is good in
us join the angels in heaven this day and this Christmas and sing out,
Glory to God in the highest , and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!
Psalm 94:1 The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. HCSB
This photo was recently sent to me and it preaches a message without words. A stray dog had gotten into the manger of the nativity and had fallen asleep at the feet of the Christ child.
I believe that this is what the Lord Jesus wants us to do.He wants us to come close to Him, and realize that He is our safety and our shield. He is a place of refuge. as the Psalmist repeatedly reminds us.
Psalm 27: 5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. NLT
Another interesting thing to note is that the dog is at the feet of Jesus. Isn't that where we need to be as a believer, learning to walk in obedience to Him?
How do we learn to walk in obedience? By studying His Word, being a person of prayer, and following the lead of the Holy spirit in our life.
Urgency has really hit home as we were saddened with a call from my dad , that Mom's brother Benn, in South Carolina was found dead in his home by his son Jack. Benn was seventy, and here is the irony. On March 9th, we had a surprise 80th birthday reunion for my mom in the cabins of the Smoky Mountains. Benn and Jack were the first to arrive. This picture is a compilation of the group that came. Benn is in this picture.
This passed Sunday we launched our "Who's Your One Campaign."
I preached a message from Luke 15 and the value that Jesus places on the one. I am grateful that as a fourteen year old boy, I met Christ and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. while I have always enjoyed sharing the Gospel, I will admit that it isn't the normal default position. It is a decision I must make daily and in the opportunities that God gives us.
Thirty days of praying for, spending time together, inviting, and sharing the Gospel with urgency.
I must admit, after twenty six years of pastoring and attending most of the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meetings, that over the past few years I have opted to stay at home, save the money, and watch online. With Renee working and not able to travel with me like before, it became less appealing. Maybe that is why it may be good to not attend every now and then and be reminded of why it is important to be there and be involved.
Pastors, we must admit, the friendships that are forged in ministry pick up right where you ended whenever you run into someone in the Convention Hall or Exhibit area. It is a real blessing to catch up with old buddies and couples who have meant so much to us.
It is always a blessing as well to see some of our pulpit heroes and to be able to observe and often speak with them. The convention is a reminder that the SBC is made up of churches of all sizes and demographics. Styles that vary from coast to coast, but preaching the Bible and the Gospel of Ch…