Monthly Archives: December 2014

God with us

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Dear Friends,

I pray that the Lord grants you the desires of your heart as you celebrate Jesus during this Christmas. He is Immanuel, God with us, and He came to save us from our sins, Matthew 1:21.

This will be my last post for 2014, and I look forward to sharing with you in then New Year!

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Sunday Sermon

If you missed church on Sunday and you missed the sermon, here is a link for you to view it online at our church’s website, http://www.fbcdelrio.com/media.php?pageID=115

Jesus promised that He would be back to retrieve His prize possessions, us, His church!

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Merry Christmas

Floyd Family Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

We haven’t written a Christmas letter in many years. René use to write most of them for us, but he has his own family now, so I guess it is up to us to continue the tradition.

2014 has been a year of change for the Floyd household. As many of you know we moved to Del Rio, TX in October of 2013. Larry accepted a call to become the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, thus began our new journey. We had 10 years of stability in the same location, same house, same church, and the kids in the same school district, so the move was naturally a tough one. God really prevailed as He always does when you answer His call.

One of the prayer requests we asked God was to provide us with a house that would accommodate family and friends when they came to visit us. So far, we have had several guests to come and visit us here in Del Rio. Lucy wanted to have a house that was move in ready, since Larry would be very busy with all the responsibilities that come with being the pastor of a church. We purchased a home in a great location with everything on the list that we asked God to provide. We signed a contract on the house 2 days before Larry actually was voted on by the church. It truly was an act of faith, not knowing if the vote would be yes for Larry to become the pastor.

Lucy was able to stay home and set up the house until she landed a job with the school district in January. Lucy start out at the Junior High school, but after a few months accepted a position at Lamar elementary as the attendance secretary. God provided once again for the needs of our family.

David & Irene took some time to adjust to their new surroundings. They had never known another place except for Weatherford, TX. They are now well adjusted and God has provided their every need as well. Irene goes to the same school that Lucy works at, and is doing well. David was accepted to Comstock ISD, which is 30 miles away. Comstock is one of the best school districts in Texas with only 200 students in the entire school system. David is playing sports and also doing well in school. David and Irene have both sprouted in height since coming to Del Rio.

Church has been a total God thing. He has definitely had His hand over all the ministries as we have been able to see that for ourselves. We have seen 32 baptisms since we have been here, with many of them adults that have asked Jesus to be the Lord of their lives. Our small group Bible studies have really blossomed as well. Worship attendance has brought us an array of new young families seeking to live out their lives in community through a local church. We have seen 15 children/parent dedications as well. First Baptist Church is in a rebirthing stage and it is exciting to see.

We are now privileged to be the proud grandparents of our 3rd grandchild, Rhodes Ox Floyd. Rhodes was born on Thursday, November 30, 2014. He is healthy and doing well!

This Christmas, we wish all the best for you and your families. Jesus was born in order for us to live for Him. He changed the world in order to change us. He is the expected Christ child and you can ask Him to be your King by accepting Him into your heart and life. He loves you and wants you to have a very Merry Christmas this year. It is not a holiday, it is a birthday celebration!

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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John Chapter 21

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As I have taken our church down a rather lengthy sermon series (47 sermons to date), through the book of John, I have come to the last sermon that I will preach in this series (sermon # 48), this upcoming Sunday, Dec 14. The book of John has been fascinating to dig into. He is a short recap of all 21 chapters.

Chapter 1 – John tells us that Jesus is the living Word

Chapter 2 – Jesus performs His first miracle by changing water into wine

Chapter 3 – Jesus says that “one must be born again”

Chapter 4 – Jesus encounters the woman at the well, so He could explain to her that He is the living water

Chapter 5 – Jesus explains the authority that has been given to Him

Chapter 6 – Jesus feed the thousands with a few fish and a few bread loaves

Chapter 7 – Jesus begins preaching the Kingdom of God, thus the controversy follows

Chapter 8 – Jesus boldly says “I am the Light of the World”

Chapter 9 – Jesus heals the blind man, but reveals the spiritual blindness of the world

Chapter 10 – Jesus accuses Satan of stealing, killing, and destroying, while claiming the full life

Chapter 11 – Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead

Chapter 12 – Mary anoints Jesus by pouring perfume on Jesus feet, while wiping it with her hair

Chapter 13 – Jesus washes the disciples feet reminding them that He came as a servant leader

Chapter 14 – Jesus exclaims that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, while promising the coming of the Holy Spirit

Chapter 15 – Jesus says He is the vine and we are the branches, and we are to show the world how much Jesus loves us by loving each other

Chapter 16 – Jesus explains the work of the Holy Spirit, and He comforts us with peace

Chapter 17 – Jesus prays for Himself, His current followers, and His future followers

Chapter 18 – Jesus is arrested, while Peter denies Jesus 3 times

Chapter 19 – Jesus is sentenced, crucified, dies, and is buried

Chapter 20 – Jesus rises from the grave, and makes His first resurrection appearance

Chapter 21 – Jesus makes His final appearance to challenge His followers to spread the Gospel

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Thank God, Jesus Is Alive!

Today I am posting Sunday’s sermon for you.

Life is one of things that we cling to naturally. We are wired to live. God created us to fight for life. That is why we all have within us a knowledge of God, who is the author of life.

Romans 1:20—For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

So, according to Romans 1:20, I believe naturally we look to seek after life, when and if we fully understood that the One we really seek is God. It is in us to know God.

Life, when lived to fullest, is a continual flow toward a great God, who has an eternal purpose in store for us. He is life, and thank God, He is alive!

Jesus offers peace, he offers the Holy Spirit, he offers assurance, and He offers life! John 20:19-31

Jesus offers Peace

  1. If there was one word that the world needs to hear from the church it is peace. Peace is that sense of knowing all is well with your soul.
  2. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.
  3. This imagery that Horatio Spafford penned to this song we just sang to God, is life. Peace is equated to a river flowing and running its course without many worries. Sorrows are compared to sea billows, which are waves that are constantly rolling, which seem to indicate the troubles of life.
  4. But whatever my lot, or whatever life brings, You (Jesus) have taught me to say, it is well with my soul. My soul is intact.
  5. You see, when you know the real peacemaker, Jesus, you have real joy in the midst of good times and bad times.
  6. No amount of financial gain, possessions, or titles can give true inner peace. When you have the peace of Christ, you have joy as we see in the disciples.
  7. In verse 19, we see the gathering of the saints. Translation, they were having church, it was Sunday.
  8. Jesus enters and says to the disciples, “Peace be with you.” When you come to church or pray or read your Bible or go to a small group study, Jesus enters the room and says to you and to me, “Peace be with you.”
  9. Our response should be that of the disciples, joy. When Jesus offers peace, we receive joy and our souls are well!
  10. Jesus never says anywhere in the Scriptures, receive my peace, and keep it for yourselves. He always requires us to give it away.

Jesus offers the Holy Spirit

  1. When a person has Jesus in their heart, they have the presence of the Holy Spirit. That what it says in verse 22.You can recognize a saved person by the forgiveness they offer others. Repeat-That is the sign of the Holy Spirit. It is not natural for us to forgive others. We must have the power of the Holy Spirit to offer forgiveness.
  2. Some well meaning Christians have tried to confuse other Christians by saying that the sign by which you know a person has the Holy Spirit in them is the gift of speaking in tongues.
  3. John 20:22-23—says when Jesus breathes life into our lives by way of the Holy Spirit, we are to forgive others. This is the sign that you have received the real Jesus.
  4. If you are a Christian, then forgiveness has to be part of who you are. Jesus didn’t ask, He said Matthew 6:14-15—For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
  5. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:22-25Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? 24 But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, 25 as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”
  6. When the Word of God is preached, that is what prophesying means, real worship is happening.
  7. Let us make sure we are sending the correct message as we proclaim God’s resurrection in our lives.
  8. We obviously need forgiveness and God knows that, so He forgives us of the sins we have committed against Him and against others.

Jesus offers assurance

  1. Jesus knows we need to assured of our commitment to Him. In our passage today, He assured the disciples that they are really looking at the resurrected Christ.
  2. He shows them His hands and His side, so that they can be assured in verse 20, and then He comes back and shows them to Thomas in verse 27.
  3. Thomas is given the label doubting Thomas even though Jesus showed His scars to the other 10 disciples as well.
  4. In Thomas case, we see the need to personally connect to Jesus, which is normal. We need assurance as humans.
  5. That is why it is so important to be the believable Christian so others can see and know that Jesus really does exist and that he has changed you from a doubter to a believer.
  6. Stop doubting and start believing is what Jesus says to Thomas, but I think, Jesus is saying that to all of us today.
  7. Thank God, Jesus is alive. We need believers, not doubters. People need to know that Jesus is for real!

Jesus offers Life

  1. Life is fragile. Many of you know that. You have experienced things in your life that only you have gone through.
  2. Jesus is the only one who has gone through what He has gone through as He has conquered death. Since He has won the victory over death, He offers life to you and to me.
  3. No one else can make that claim. Jesus said to the disciples in verse 29—blessed are you because you have seen and believed, but others who have not seen yet will believe will be blessed as well!
  4. How can others see Jesus? In you, so they can believe.
  5. Verse 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
  6. What kind of Jesus are they seeing in you?
  7. A loving Jesus?
  8. A forgiving Jesus?
  9. A resurrected Jesus?
  10. A real Jesus?

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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