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BGCT, Baylor agree to sale of Baptist Building in Dallas

When my wife and I worked for the BGCT in 2000-2002, we happened to be there in the convention’s heyday, in other words, in it’s time of great expansion. We saw office space on all 4 floors of the building being utilized. We were there when office space was at a premium. If your department had unused space, the BGCT had a ministry that could use that space.

And then, something happened in the convention that sent a sour taste in many Baptist’s mouths, and even a hurt in their hearts. Money was being stolen that was given to begin new churches and ministries. How that came to be is still a mystery to some and for others was the beginning of the end. Churches began to leave to the newly formed Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Still for others, churches just left.

The BGCT has never fully recovered from the fallout, but it has placed some guidelines in place to help ensure that start starting money goes where it was intended to go. I have always supported the convention and all the ministries it represents. With this next adventure of the sale of the beautiful building that others help create, I pray that the BGCT can survive.

When churches give financially to the convention, for some pastors and churches, they will wonder where the money will be going since the building will no longer be an expense. Will the dispersing of ministries around the state cost even more than thawing one general location? We don’t know and I am sure many at the current building don’t know as well. I hope that we can all wrap our mind around a more virtual BGCT. That may be very well just what the Baptist of Texas have needed all along!

Here is the link to the story for you to read: BGCT, Baylor agree to sale of Baptist Building in Dallas.

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Pastor Larry

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Ephesians

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This summer I will be challenging everyone to memorize 12 verses of Scripture, Ephesians 1:3-14. I will be doing a 30 minute in-depth look at these verses, 1 verse at a time on Wednesdays beginning on June 4-Aug 20, 2014

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Pastor Larry

 

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Crave Meat, Not Milk

Today’s Post comes from Jim Denison’s blog. He hits on what I have known and believe. Don’t just read, but be challenged to take to heart what is written.

Was C. S. Lewis a heretic?

The “five second rule” isn’t a rule: if you drop food on the floor and it lands on germs, the germs will stick to it immediately.  We’ve been told that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but the Empire State Building is struck 25 times a year.  We don’t really use only 10 percent of our brains—MRIs reveal that we use most or all of our brains in one way or another.  And being in the cold doesn’t cause colds—catching the virus from other people is how we get sick.

In other words, we don’t always know what we think we know.  This fact was reinforced for me today by an article on the Relevant website: “6 Heretics Who Should Be Banned From Evangelicalism.”  According to the writer,

  • C. S. Lewis was an inclusivist (believing that people can go to heaven without knowing about Jesus).
  • Martin Luther apparently rejected an inerrantist view of Scripture.
  • St. Augustine rejected a literalist view of the Genesis creation account.
  • William Barclay was a universalist (believing everyone will eventually be in heaven).
  • John Stott thought that the unrepentant might cease to exist rather than spending eternity in hell.
  • Billy Graham once said in an interview that people who don’t know Jesus’ name can be saved by responding to the only light they have.

The writer’s tongue-in-cheek point is that we can be too swift to brand people as heretics.  He’s right.

C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity changed my life when I first encountered it in high school.  After years of intellectual struggles with Christianity, I was encouraged greatly by his reasoned approach to the faith.  I don’t agree with Lewis’ belief in Purgatory, but I remain grateful to God for his mind and influence.

I disagree with Martin Luther on church polity, but admire his wisdom and courage.  I disagree with St. Augustine on infant baptism, but marvel at his genius.  I disagree with William Barclay’s non-literalist view of the virgin birth and his universalism, but have found his commentaries to be extremely helpful with biblical history and context.  I disagree with John Stott on hell, but aspire to be more like him in character and spirit.  I disagree with Billy Graham on the book of Revelation, but will always admire his godly character and heart.

The Corinthian congregation’s immaturity caused Paul to give them “milk, not solid food” (1 Corinthians 3:2).  Milk is digested food, nutrition taken second-hand.  So it is with some of us—our faith is the product of our pastor’s sermons, Bible study teacher’s theology, or the last book we read.  By contrast, the Berean congregation “received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11).  As I said to every church I pastored, measure everything I say by what God says.  Seek meat, not milk.

Is yours a first-hand faith today?

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7

Pastor Larry

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Do Something

Do something, the world needs you. If you are a Christian, then this post is for you. Doing something is always better than doing nothing. When we do nothing, expectations are exactly that; nothing will happen. When we decide to do something, we expect something to happen. Sounds like a simple solution, right? Well, easier said than done. 

As pastors we hear things like “nothing is happening at our church”, or “we should do this or we should do that.” What that tells pastors is this; would you do the things that I would like you to do? I believe that God gives desires to each one of us, and that is our cue, if you would, to do something. God placed the desire, idea, passion inside of you, so who better to do that something than you?

I was inspired this morning by this song from Matthew West, entitled “Do Something.” Here is the link to the video, so check it out and do something.  

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7

Pastor Larry

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My Wife

Today, I want to dedicate this post to my lovely bride Mrs. Luz Esther Floyd, aka Lucy.

In 1982, I was a junior in High School, headed for the military after graduation in 1983. During the summer between my junior and senior years, I met a young lady named Lucy. She was the cutest, sweetest, girl I had ever met. She was bold enough to give my her phone number, and we began a journey together that has continued for 32 plus years. On May 24, of 1983, we were married as Mr. & Mrs. Floyd.

I have to say that our marriage is as strong today as it ever has been. It hasn’t happened by accident. We work hard at spending quality time together as a couple. As we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary back in 2008, we went to the mountains in New Mexico. As we spent time shopping, we were asked if we were on our honeymoon. What a compliment. We had been married 25 years, and to the average onlooker, we appeared to be newlyweds.

Lucy and I are privileged to be the proud parents of 3 children, and 3 grandchildren (1 is on the way).

I want to say to my wife, apart from Christ, you are the best thing that happened in my life. You have loved me unconditionally, and for that you are awesome! Thank you for all of you support, love, and partnership during our years together in marriage, ministry, and life. I look forward to our next phase of life together. I love you always.

Happy Mother’s Day. You are a great mom to our children!

Love Your Husband Larry

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Mom

Today, I want to dedicate this post to my mom, Mrs. Mary Floyd.

This week as we approach mother’s day, I will dedicating some thoughts to the women who have shaped me into the man I am today, starting with my mom today, and my wife tomorrow.

I grew up in a 2 parent home of Larry & Mary Floyd. I was born in Des Moines, IA., but we picked up and moved to the border city of El Paso, TX in 1974. My mom is from El Paso and she grew up there, so we have a great number of family members living in El Paso. After moving to El Paso, I realized that I was very different from the local culture. I am after all, 1/2 anglo and 1/2 hispanic, and the city has a predominant Mexican culture. I am grateful for the upbringing I was able to endure in a tough border town like El Paso, and I owe a lot of who I am today to my mom. My mom loves people. She will talk to you if you will listen to her, and even if you don’t listen to her (ha). She is always happy and cheerful and full of life. My mom is was always there for me growing up as a stay at home mom. That means I must give credit to my dad as well for allowing her to do that and forfeit a second income.

So, mom thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for all you did and still continue to do. Mom you have been a rock and pillar to me and to our family. You are so beautiful and I love you very much. I probably don’t call enough or write enough, but you know that I love you. I wish we could see each other more, but God’s call places distance between us. I wish you the best Mother’s Day this Sunday!

Happy Mother’s Day Mom,

Your Son Larry

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National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The observance of the National Day of Prayer is founded on the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion and can be celebrated by all Americans.

The theme for 2014 is One Voice, United in Prayer, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men.  To further highlight our theme, we’ve chosen Romans 15:6 as our Scripture for this year:  “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, yes we pray for our country, elected officials, and our president; But, I believe the family is who is in need our prayer. The family is being reshaped and redefined right before our very eyes. We need God’s definition of the family, not our opinion of the definition of family.

I have a good read here from www.gotquestions.org

A Christian family is one which lines up with biblical principles and one in which each member understands and fulfills his or her God-given role. The family is not an institution designed by man. It was created by God, and man has been given the responsibility of stewardship over it. The basic biblical family unit is comprised of one man, one woman—his spouse—and their offspring or adopted children. The extended family can include relatives by blood or marriage such as grandparents, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. One of the primary principles of the family unit is that it involves a commitment ordained by God for the lifetime of the members. The husband and wife are responsible for holding it together, the current attitude of our culture notwithstanding. Although divorce is sought and granted much too easily in our society, the Bible tells us that God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16).

Ephesians 5:22-26provide the guidelines for husbands and wives in a good Christian family. The husband is required to love his wife as Christ loved the church, and a wife should respect her husband and willingly submit to his leadership in the family. The husband’s leadership role should start with spiritual matters and then flow to instructing and teaching both his wife and their offspring scriptural values, leading the family into biblical truth. Of course, the first requirement for the members of a good Christian family is that they all be Christians, having a true relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Fathers are instructed to bring up their children in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). A father is also to provide for his family. If he does not, he “denies the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8). So a man who makes no effort to provide for his family cannot rightly call himself a Christian. This does not mean that the wife cannot assist in supporting the family—Proverbs 31demonstrates that a godly wife may surely do so—but providing for the family is not primarily her responsibility; it is her husband’s.

Woman was given to man for the purpose of being her husband’s helper (Genesis 2:18-20) and to bear children. Husband and wife are to remain faithful to one another for a lifetime. This eliminates the cultural view that divorce, living together without being married, and same-sex marriage are acceptable in God’s eyes. Sexuality expressed according to biblical standards is a beautiful expression of love and commitment. Outside of marriage, it is sin. God declares equality of worth in that all people, men and women, are created in God’s image and likeness, and are therefore equally valuable in His eyes. This does not mean, however, that men and women have identical roles in life. Women are more adept at nurturing and caring for the young, while men are better equipped to provide for and protect the family. Thus, they are equal in status, but each has a different role to play.

Children are given two primary responsibilities in the family: to obey their parents and to honor them (Ephesians 6:1-3). Obeying parents is the duty of children until they reach adulthood, but we are to honor our parents for a lifetime. God promises His blessings on those whohonor their parents.

When a husband, wife and children all fulfill their God-appointed roles in the family, when they have all committed their lives to Christ and to His service, then peace and harmony will reign in the home. But if we try to have a good Christian family without Christ as Head, or without adhering to the biblical principles the Lord has lovingly provided for us, we will fail.

Read more:http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-family.html#ixzz30TDnUPXm

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7

Pastor Larry

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