Monthly Archives: April 2015

ALS and Steve Swope

Today, I want to dedicate my post to my best friend, Mr. Steve Swope.

Steve and I met when I worked for the Department of the Army at Ft. Hood, Texas. Steve was an active duty soldier stationed there. We became really close friends as we would spend nearly every weekend together working on the yard at my house, shooting hoops, and grilling steaks to a perfect medium rare.

Our eldest son, Rene also became close friends with Steve. The 3 of us spent countless hours playing street basketball in the driveway, with no out of bounds or fouls called or water breaks.

One day, Steve received orders to a new duty assignment, Alaska. My friend was leaving Texas for the great frontier of Fairbanks, AK. I helped Steve drive to Seattle, and there we parted ways in the airport, thinking we would see each other numerous times again. As we drove the highways together, we listened to Steven Cutis Chapman’s cassette tape almost exclusively. Praising the Lord together, and remembering how blessed we were to be Christians saved by the grace of God!

Time goes by and we haven’t seen each other as much as we had thought. As a matter of fact by the time

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we had reunited, my friend has been afflicted with ALS. It has been such an emotional time for me, but not for Steve. He loves Jesus and has fully accepted his role on this earth. He has inspired me like no one else. His wife Jackie has been an amazing example of what a covenant marriage looks like. And their daughter Grace is the joy of their lives!

Here is a link of the video that was taken during Willie Robertson’s visit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO0tKAf3yiQ&feature=youtu.be

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Next Steps

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On May 10, I will be leading a new Discipleship Class:

The New Sunday morning class is entitled “Next Steps” at 9:30 am upstairs in Youth area, look for signs!
Are you new to Christianity?
Are you seeking for meaning?
Do you want more from your time with God?
Do you want to know more about what it means to truly follow Jesus?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then this class is for you! This is a 5 week study designed for your “Next Step” in your relationship to Christ.
May 10—What Just Happened?
May 17—The Centrality of Christ
May 24—Time With Jesus
May 31—The Blessing of Community
June 7—Joining Jesus on Mission
This will include time to ask Pastor Larry any questions you have about the church, about the Bible, about Jesus, or any other spiritual questions.
A free participants book (value $9) will be given to the first 10 people who email Pastor Larry larryfloyd@fbcdelrio.com or text 817.597.0184 in your email or text just type your name, phone number, and the words “Next Steps”
Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7
Pastor Larry

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Seven Reasons Some Church Members Don’t Want Their Churches to Grow

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I am posting an excellent article by Thom Rainer. Let me know what you think.

It is highly unusual to hear church members say that they don’t desire their churches to be obedient to the Great Commission. Indeed, it is common for the members of a pastor search committee to tell a prospective pastor that they are looking for a leader who will guide the church toward growth.

And most church members do desire to see their churches grow . . . until the growth affects them. It is at that point they can become disillusioned and critical.

So what is it about growth that impacts some members negatively? Let me suggest seven reasons.

  1. Loss of familiarity. When a church is growing, it becomes a different church over time. The difference is not necessarily good or bad, but it’s not the same as it was in earlier years. Some church members grieve when they see their churches change. They miss “the good old days.”
  2. Loss of memories. I recently heard a poignant story from a lady whose church was demolishing the old worship center to build a new one to accommodate growth. She and her husband were married in the old worship center. She understandably grieved at the loss of that physical reminder of their wedding.
  3. Loss of comfort. Growth can mean that the closest parking spots are no longer available. Growth can mean that the traffic flow in the parking lot is more difficult. Church members can feel that their creature comforts are compromised by growth.
  4. Loss of power. New people in a church can mean that power bases are diluted. The growth can result in new influencers in the church. Some of the longer-tenured influencers may not like that.
  5. Loss of perceived intimacy. It’s a common response: “I used to know everyone in this church. I just don’t feel as close to members as I once did.” Indeed, growth can mean that all the members may not know each other as they did when the church was smaller.
  6. Loss of worship style. New members and attendees might have different worship style preferences. They often influence church leaders to make changes. Existing members may resent these changes. They might also start worship wars.
  7. Loss of worship time. Growth in the church may necessitate adding worship services or changing times of worship services. Some members may be frustrated that they have lost “their” worship time.

Obedience to the Great Commission often results in growth in the church. But growth in the church is not always received well by some members. Some of these members have an attitude that the church is there to serve them and to cater to their needs. Healthy church members understand they are to be giving and sacrificial members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). They will rejoice when more members join the fellowship, and when more people become believers in Christ.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Family Sermon Series

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It has been a while since I have had time to think about a new direction in the upcoming sermons that I will begin preaching since we just finished up the book of Philippians. So, for the next few weeks, I will be preaching about the wisdom of God for the family.

God has the ultimate plan for your family and mine. He wants you to acquire the wisdom you need to succeed for your family’s sake. We cannot think as the world thinks, we cannot believe as the world believes, and we cannot fail in this crucial day and age in our responsibilities to our families. God has unveiled His plan for the family through His Word and we have access to it by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I pray you will join me as we journey together in our next adventure as we seek God’s wisdom for the family.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Philippians Sermon Series

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Yesterday, our church finished a 10-week series through the epistle of Philippians. I enjoyed the book for a few reasons. One of those reason was the knowledge that Paul’s imprisonment didn’t stop his joy from coming through the letter. I felt as if Paul was not in prison because he wrote as if he was the most free human being to have ever walked the planet. It was only in those verses that he reminds us that he is a prisoner.

I said in my sermon yesterday, that I have never been behind prison bars, and for that I am forever grateful. I know that my joy would not so evident. I would look at the glass half-empty, I’m afraid.

In order for us to be full of joy and contentment all we have to do is look to Jesus. Jesus will remind us of our dependence on Him.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Are you Content?

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Do you view a glass with half water as half empty of half full? This could be what value you place on your contentment in life. You see things in ways that reflect your heart.

A half-empty view of life many times is a negative or unhappy life. Life just exists to grumble or complain. Even when things are going relatively smooth, a discontented person can see the bad in any circumstance.

A half-full view of life has a positive spin on most situations. The person who lives life with a content attitude can view even bad circumstances as a way to make the best of the situation.

In Philippians 4:12-13, Paul says this: I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

This week as you live life’s circumstances, be content based on the Lord’s strength, and you to can view the glass as half-full.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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