Monthly Archives: June 2015

God’s Wisdom for the Family Series

I have been out of the loop for awhile, but wanted to link a 10 week sermon series that I recently finished on Father’s Day, June 21. This series can be helpful for your family as you seek to bring God’s wisdom into your everyday lives. God’s Wisdom for the Family Series

Stay In the Light,  1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Vacation Bible School

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First Baptist Church of Del Rio, Texas has begun it’s annual Vacation Bible School. For the second year we are doing a sports theme from MegaSportsCamp. We offer basketball, baseball, archery, soccer, and cheerleading. The colors are so bright and inviting for young children. I always love this time of year because of my passion for evangelism. I love seeing children come to Jesus with a true childlike faith. It is so exciting and fun.

I have heard so many of your stories of how salvation came to you during Vacation Bible School. It changes the lives of so many and VBS is still a valuable ministry to reach your community. If you church is doing VBS, get involved. You will never be the same!

If you have a VBS story, please write a comment and share with us!

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Gospel spreading in Acuna, Mexico

Today, God had a task for a group of 3 from First Baptist Church. As we went to minister to this group of tornado victims, we gave cleaning supplies out to the families. 

A group of children came running to one of the men so excited to see him. It melted my heart just know that this is the reason we came to this area. To gain confidence in a neighborhood who lost hope. 

I had the opportunity to share the Bible with a group of adults and 3 came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. God is so good to us. 

          Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Acuna Recovery 

 First Baptist Church Del Rio went to Acuna today to continue the ministry to the tornado victims. I had the opportunity to present the gospel to a group underneath a shade tree. 

Also a group from Sabinas Mexico came to distribute goods as well. It was such a pleasure seeing Mexican natives ministering to their brothers and sisters. 

God is great!

       

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Church growth

Church-growth

A growing church can be one of the most exciting times in the life of a particular congregation. New people, new excitement, new believers, new needs, and a lot of newness.

Sometimes with growth, there is chaos with the current membership. Change is the one thing in any situation that many people do not like or except. In a church setting, it can begin to fell like an us verses them scenario.

I cam across a few things that happen when a church grows by Thom Rainer:

  • When there is growth taking place, new people come into a church and things change.
  • Many times we are too concerned about our needs, our preferences, and our comforts in the church.
  • When churches grow, groups are the key to maintaining intimacy.
  • As a church grows larger, it has to grow smaller through groups.
  • Worship style continues to be an explosive issue in many churches.
  • Don’t just explain the what of a change but the why as well.

The seven reasons some church members do not like church growth are:

  1. Loss of familiarity.
  2. Loss of memories.
  3. Loss of comfort.
  4. Loss of power.
  5. Loss of perceived intimacy.
  6. Loss of worship style.
  7. Loss of worship time.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Marriage on the decline

Today’s post comes from USA Today:

Regan: Marriage is going out of style

Trish Regan, Special for USA TODAY

Updated 11h ago

It’s June — the time of year when we’re supposed to hear wedding bells. You know the drill: The invitations start pouring in and you find yourself scrambling to order gifts from registries and block off summer weekends to attend ceremonies and parties.

Trish Regan is an anchor at Fox Business Network and a columnist at USA TODAY. (Photo: Dave Cross)

Only, this year, there aren’t quite as many invitations. And next year, there will be even fewer.

According to the Pew Research Center, the American marriage rate hit a rock bottom of 50.3% in 2013, down from 50.5% the previous year. Compare that to 1960, when 72.2% of Americans married. Meanwhile, a new finding by the forecasting firm Demographic Intelligence, suggests marriage rates will continue falling into next year as Millennials choose to opt out of traditional relationships.

Marriage is going out of style and that’s a problem. An economic one.

This decline in marriage is the last thing a fragile economy needs. Historically, a rising household formation rate has contributed to America’s financial success. People meet, they marry, they buy a home, they have children and they buy more things. One new household adds an estimated $145,000 to the U.S. economy thanks to the ripple effect of construction spending, home improvements and repairs.

That ripple effect is disappearing as Millennials increasingly chose to live at home. In 2012, 45% of 18- to 30-year-olds lived with older family members, up from 39% in 1990 and 35% in 1980. The Atlanta Fed says, “The decline in household formations is the main reason why the housing industry did not play its traditional role of driving the economic recovery.”

Marriage and family also provides a sense of stability that encourages prosperity — especially for men. According to an American Enterprise Institute study by economists Robert Lerman and Brad Wilcox, young married men, ages 28-30 make, on average, $15,900 more than their single peers, while married men ages 33-46 make $18,800 more than unmarried men.

In a world of online dating and hook up apps like Tinder, where singles can browse pictures of nearby people they want to meet, society and government alike no longer seem to place as much value on the institution of marriage. Indeed, 41% of babies born today are born to single mothers — that’s 2.5 times as high as reported in 1980 and 19 times as high as in 1940. Americans are also having far fewer children — nearly half of child-bearing age women did not have kids in 2014, the most since the U.S. Census Bureau began tracking this stat in 1976.

While there are plenty of reasons for individuals to fear marriage — the poor job market, rising housing costs and high divorce rates, the U.S. government is doing its fair share to compound the problem, discouraging people from marrying through misguided, outdated and senseless tax policy.

Working couples tying the knot this June will get hit with a higher tax bill come April 15 because two incomes often put a married couple in a higher tax bracket than they’d be in as individuals living together. Add to that advantages single parents have in taking standard deductions for children and phaseouts for tax benefits that kick in at lower limits for couples than they do individuals and you have a tax policy that hardly encourages marriage.

Marriage may not be for everyone but the statistics tend to prove that it’s a strong predictor of healthier lives for the couples themselves and for their children especially. It’s also a better path to financial well-being and good for the overall economic health of the country. Bizarrely, our government’s tax policy has done nothing to encourage marriage and everything to discourage it. At the very least, economic policy should not penalize people for marriage.

It’s time for Washington to step up to the plate and do away with marriage penalties. And it’s time for couples — when and if they meet the right person — to start saying “I do.”

Trish Regan is the Host of “The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan” airing daily starting today at 2 p.m. ET on the Fox Business Network. Reach her on Twitter at @Trish_Regan.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7

Pastor Larry

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