Are We Living in End Times?

When will we know? Matthew 24

As the uncertainty of the corona virus has manifested into this invisible unseeable attacker, there can come questions of spiritual impact. One of the questions that some are wrestling with is this: Are we living in End Times? It is always a good question to ask, since we see in Matthew 24:3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

If the disciples asked that question, and they had Jesus right there with them, I believe we too can ask that question. So, what did Jesus tell them? Matthew 24:5 – Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.” Of all the signs Jesus could have given, He says be careful that you aren’t deceived. Isn’t that interesting? He does go on to say a whole lot of other things, but the text lends itself as this statement being the most important. We must not be deceived.

How can we take heart in knowing we aren’t being deceived? There is only one way to know, and that is to know Jesus through the Word of God. If we know Him in a personal way, then we will recognize the deception when it comes our way. You don’t have to fear the end times, you know why? Because God is still in charge of what happens to us and our loved ones. No virus is going to derail His plan. Yes, it can be scry at times, but Jesus tells in John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Encourage Your Pastors!

If you know a little about pastors, then you know that they operate a little different than most people. They are studious, servants, and people pleasers. So, for many pastors, thus can be a difficult time since the call they have is one to be with people. Of course you have the occasional pastor who can be a recluse at times, but for most pastors, they are outgoing. I know for me personally, I prefer to be “on the field” with my pastors.

So, I am writing this to ask you to be a friend to your pastor during this shut down we are going through. They would appreciate an email, a phone call, or even a text message. Let them know that you are praying for them. It is an awkward time for many of us who gain energy from being with the crowds. God bless you and encourage a pastor today!

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7

Pastor Larry

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Using The Internet For God

Remember when many christian leaders stood up and denounced the internet as a tool of the devil? They were so afraid that only bad could come from this nonsense called the internet. I am grateful we have moved past that childish mindset. Almost anything can become a tool of the devil if we play his game.

Hebrews 5: 11-14, has much to say about an elementary thought process for believers. Here is the text: 11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

If we are to become mature christians, we have to listen to the Spirit of God in order to understand what the Word of God says. It is easy to make assumptions about things and about God. God knows are needs and He knew that the day was coming when the internet was going to proclaim His name for His glory. Of course it isn’t the internet that is doing proclaiming, it is humans who have the message that God has given them. Maturity comes with prudent wisdom and the studying of the Scriptures. The text calls us to training ignorer to become mature in our faith. In fact, instead of calling things a tool of the devil, read the Hebrews 5:14-But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

If you are struggling with this new way of communication and delivery of your message for Jesus, then it is time to become mature and learn new things, like Zoom, Type, FaceTime, Facebook Live, Vimeo, Youtube, Instagram, Blogger, texting with attachments, etc. We have everything we need to continue to be leaders for the Kingdom of God. Don’t sell yourself short, but remember, God desires for you to succeed. You can learn new things that will give you the means to get the message of Christ out. Who knows, if this isn’t our time to reach the ends of the earth (Matthew 24:14).

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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The Greatest Love Story Ever

This is a wonderful time of year to be a Christian. During the Christmas season, it is ok to openly speak about Jesus, and the backlash usually won’t be there. Since there is an opportunity to speak up about our Lord and Savior, we ought to take advantage of the opening.

A simple conversation can begin with the birth of Jesus. Everyone loves a baby, and that is why I believe it seems ok to say the name Jesus. As you proceed with the conversation, you could ask a simple question like this: “What do you think became of Jesus?” Listen for the answers, so you can gently in love, guide the talk toward King Jesus. This give the power of the Holy Spirit reign over the conversation. This could be a time when others might not have considered that Jesus actually grew up and became the King of the world. To many, baby Jesus is palatable, but allow God to lead others to exactly where He wants to go; into a loving personal relationship with Him!

The Floyds Christmas 2019

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Married for Life

Marriage is a lifetime commitment that should be enter into with God, prayer, hope, diligence, and with professional marriage guidance from a marriage coach. If you jump into a marriage apart from God, prayer, hope, and a marriage coach, your chances of making the lifetime commitment drastically diminish. You enter into this important decision with your own agenda, meaning you have everything all worked out already.

My advice for all couples seriously considering marriage is to prepare to take a look at your heart and soul of who you are. We are good at allowing the good side of our personalities exposed during courtship in order to woo someone to us. The person you are uniting with deserves the real you before you say I do. Prepare by taking an inventory form a marriage coach and allow the marriage coach to walk you through some excesses so that when real life knocks on your door, you know what to do.

Stay in them Light,

Larry Floyd, Marriage Coach

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How to Leave Your Church Well

This Sunday, Sep 29, 2019, marks the end of an amazing time in my life as lead pastor of City Church Del Río. God has been so faithful and gracious to me and my family, as well as to our ministry staff. 
In 2015, about 20 people started a new work, with the hope of creating a new direction for the community of Del Río. Now 4 years later and 5 different address changed, I can look back and see the Hand of God and His mighty power in the people of City Church Del Río!
We had so much help along the way from many friends and many churches who came to Del Río to love on us. 
God has called me to El Paso for a new adventure, but I sure am Going to miss my church. We have one of the most amazing churches that I have ever been associated with. It’s all about the people, not so much about the pastor.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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The Pastor: An Endangered Specie

Today is September 11, 2019, just 18 years after the tragedy of the bombing of the world trade center. What an awakening moment in the life of our country. We will never forget and we will always remember the lives lost and the actions of our police, fire, military, chaplains, doctors, nurses, hospitals, and civilians, who gave all they had on that day that changed us.

I want to address the tragedy that is ongoing in the life of pastors. Pastors are a group of men and women who also have given their lives for cause of others. They work tireless hours, being available 24/7, and rarely have true time off or vacation time. In light of recent events of pastors falling into temptation, and now even taking their own life due to mental illness, I came across Thom Rainer’s daily post, entitled “How pastors discern their true friends.” We as pastors have to do a better job of taking time off and protecting it, spending more quality time with our families (this is a whole other subject in and in itself), and finding ways to engage with friends who will keep us in check.

As I am embarking upon a new position to become the Executive Director of the El Paso Baptist Association, I am challenged to be a friend to our pastors of the many Baptist Churches of El Paso. We need each other. We need to cooperate with each other. We need, we need, we need. We are afraid to admit that at times for fear of appearing weak. Pastors always want to make a good impression of being strong and having their lives all together. The Pastor is an endangered specie. Pastors are leaving the ministry in record numbers. More churches are pastorales than ever before. More pastors are now bi-vocational as well, since giving is at an all time low.

When you think about your pastor, please, please, please, pray for them. They are people too. They have needs too.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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