Monthly Archives: April 2014

Who Is Jesus?

Jesus asked Peter “who do people say I am,” and Peter said, “the people are saying you are John the Baptist, Jeremiah, or a prophet of of some sort.” Jesus then asks, Peter, “who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Wow, Peter nailed it. He really did. Not by might nor by power, but by the Holy Spirit of God!!

Who do you say Jesus is?

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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What in the World is God Doing?

Do you ever wonder what God is up to these days? god-of-hope

 

I think about that a lot. After my family and I moved to the border town of Del Rio, TX, I wondered what was He doing? I was entering into my first pastorate and I knew  I would have to rely on God more than I ever had before in my life. Who was I to be a Senior Pastor at a First Baptist Church? Who was I to bring the message of hope each week from the Word of God? Who was I to be the one to answer the questions of many?

Then God reminded me of who I was. He said you are my chosen one, you are holy, and you are a royal priest; 1 Peter2:9. God also calls me His masterpiece created to do His work; Ephesians 2:10. He says I am an heir to the throne; Galatians 4:6-7. Over and over God reminded me of who I am because of who He is.

6 months have passed by since God called me to First Baptist Church of Del Rio, TX. He is up to something. I have been witness to His great power and His great plan. 20 souls have been Baptized in the first 6 months of ministry. Attendance and giving have risen as well. We just called a full-time youth & worship minister.

I was told not to rock the boat for the first 6 months of the new ministry until I get my feet wet and understand what the church and community need. Well, if I would have listened to man, then God would not have been given the glory. His plans are far better than our plans. I don’t have to wait to know that the world is hurting and it needs to know what in the world God is doing.

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7

Pastor Larry

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Easter Baptisms

Yesterday during our Easter service at First Baptist Church Del Rio, we were eyewitnesses to 8 baptisms! It was an exciting day for our resurrection celebration. God is at work, and we are being allowed to witness it first hand. If you would like to listen to Easter Sunday’s sermon you can click HERE for a viewing.

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Jesus Lays Down His Life

Good Friday is the day in which Jesus goes willingly to the cross to be the Savior of the world. When you celebrate Easter this year, remember what He did for you. He paid a debt that we could never pay. Give Him all your praise and all your thanks.

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7

Pastor Larry

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Watch Sunday’s sermon on-line HERE

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Don’t Invite a friend to Church for Easter by Jim Denison

This is a post from Dr. Jim Denison. Awesome analogy!!
Don’t invite a friend to church for Easter

One in five Americans hasn’t yet decided if they will attend church services this Easter.  According to a recent survey, 41 percent say they are planning to attend, while 39 percent say they definitely will avoid church this Sunday.  But 20 percent are undecided.

There are 314 million people living in the United States.  Twenty percent is 62.8 million people.  Many in this demographic are far less religious than most who will read today’sCultural Commentary.  It would seem obvious that we should invite them to church for Resurrection Sunday.

Here’s what works even better: bring someone with you.

In Matthew 9, Jesus and his disciples returned to Capernaum, where “some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed” (v. 2).  They didn’t invite the man to come—they brought him.  Of course, he was physically unable to come himself.  If they had not carried him into the house, he could never have met Jesus there.

Most non-Christians are in the same condition spiritually as this man was physically.  Some are so desperate that they will come of their own initiative or if they are invited, but most will not.  Put yourself in their position.  Imagine for a moment that a Jewish friend invited you to his synagogue for services this Saturday.  You have no idea how the service works—where to park, where to sit, what to do.  You’re worried that you’ll say or do the wrong thing, that you’ll embarrass yourself and be a distraction to others.

On the other hand, if your Jewish friend offered to pick you up and take you with him, things would be different.  You’d have a guide for the day, someone to lead you through the experience.  You might still be a bit tentative, but you’d be far more confident.  And if this person was a close friend, you’d look forward to spending the day together.

When Andrew became a follower of Jesus, what did he do first?  “He first found his brother Simon” and “brought him to Jesus” (John 1:41, 42).  We seldom hear from Andrew in the New Testament, but Simon Peter changed the world.
  

 

If College Park Baptist Church in Houston, Texas had invited me to their church services in the summer of 1973, I would have declined.  But they sent their bus for me, brought me to church, and returned me home.  Their initiative was used by the Holy Spirit to lead me to Christ.  My dear friend and mentor, Dr. Bailey Stone, had a similar experience.  He had no relationship with Christ before he was brought to church; as a believer, he pastored some of the greatest churches in Baptist life and eventually led the evangelism division of the entire Texas Baptist Convention.  I asked him to share his story with you, and hope you’ll read it today.

Would you ask the Lord to put someone on your heart for Easter Sunday?  Would you ask them if you can bring them with you to church?  Our culture desperately needs more Simon Peters.  Your friend could change the world, to the glory of God.

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7

Pastor Larry

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Good Friends & Family

I had the privilege of serving at Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church in Weatherford, TX for over 10 years. I love the people and they became our family. God called me to pastor First Baptist Church in Del Rio, TX about 6 months ago. I have loved every minute of it.

This week I have been back in Weatherford to work on a house I still own. I have had the joy of seeing old friends and of course our son, daughter, and grandkids! My love tank is full. Thank you for your love everyone.

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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