Monthly Archives: June 2016

Freedom in Christ


Freedom means different things to different people. As a citizen of the USA, freedom is taken for granted by so many. We have been free for 240 years as a nation, but that has come with a price for many lives of our men and women of the armed forces. We are truly a blessed nation in the aspect of freedom. 

But, when it comes to be spiritually free in Christ, there are those that have yet to embrace so great a salvation. Why is that? What is it that would keep anyone from believing in the only One who can set you free? It is the same freedom that sets you free that can also keep you in bondage. God has given everyone the ability to choose life or to choose death, spiritually speaking. God has made us free beings with the capacity to choose Him or reject Him. It is called free will. 

Are you free today? Do you want to be free? Choose Jesus now so that you can truly be set free and begin you new life in Christ. 

Stay in the Light,

Pastor Larry

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Happy Father’s Day


What is it that makes a great dad? Some one who will be a good friend? Some one who is a good provider? Some one who is a good husband? Some on who is a good parent? Some on who is a good neighbor? Some one who is a godly man? I say yes to all of these statements.

As a father myself, I am always wondering if I measure up. Do my children see me as anything that is good? AM I being enough parent, enough friend, enough husband, or enough pastor? I am also my children’s pastor. It is a lot of different roles to keep in balance. All I know is this. If I love unconditionally as a father, I will be able to stay in balance. I want the best for my children and grandchildren, so I strive.

I was blessed to have a father in my life that was a role model in so many ways. He still is since he is still married to mom after 55 years. That in itself is a great feet. He was always a good provider to our family. He was what I would call a man’s man.

There is a song titled “Good Good Father” and here are the lyrics:

Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you’re pleased
And that I’m never alone

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

Oh, and I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching
For answers only you provide
Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

Cause you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

Oh, it’s love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable
I, I can hardly think

As you call me deeper still 
Into love, love, love

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

If you are without a dad this Father’s Day, you have a heavenly father who will be that role model you have been missing. He wants the best for you!

Happy Father’s Day, and remember to stay in the light!

Pastor Larry, 1 John 1:7

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Vacation Bible School @ City Church 2016

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What a great week we had at our MEGA Sports Camp 2016. God allowed us to minister to more than 90 children, with an average attendance of 70 per night! I am always amazed at what God can do when we choose to serve the community. We had participation from many adults and youth as the kids learned about soccer, football, basketball, cheerleading, and cooking. The main thing was that we were able to share the Gospel of Jesus with all of them as well. That was the most significant part of the week for me. What an opportunity we have to follow up and minister to families that aren’t connect to a church or God.

Check our our Facebook Page HERE and see all the pictures and videos from the week. We are also having another VBS in July and you can REGISTER HERE for that great opportunity as well. You can check out everything City Church has to offer by visiting our webpage HERE

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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7 things Google tells us about evangelism in America

Good Morning,

I am dishearten over the latest findings about the church and evangelism in America. We are way to comfortable in our smugness about our lack of accountability to a Great God and sharing His wonderful love to all.

Seven-Things-Google-Tells-Us-About-Evangelism-in-the-United-States.jpgHere is the link:http://www.google.com/trends/explore?hl=en-US#q=evangelism&geo=US&cmpt=q&tz=Etc/GMT%2B5&tz=Etc/GMT%2B5

Please look at it carefully. It is a chart of Google searches on the term “evangelism” in the United States from 2004 to the present.

As Google tells us, this type of information indicates where our interests lie.

We are not very interested in evangelism. Do we really care about the eternity of others.

It is a simple chart, but it speaks volumes. Here are seven lessons I gleaned from it (Thom Rainer).

  1. We are steadily losing interest in evangelism over time. If you lose interest in something, you are certainly less likely to do it.
  2. Church members are losing interest in evangelism. If the members of our churches are not interested in evangelism, our churches will become (or perhaps they are already) spiritual deserts with spiritual navel gazers.
  3. Pastors and staff are losing interest in evangelism. Though that’s not in the graph per se, I have my own research that demonstrates this reality. I can’t recall ever seeing an evangelistic church without an evangelistic pastor.
  4. American churches are among the worst in evangelism. Google uses an index to rank different geographical areas for a particular term. The highest score is given an index of 100. Ghana is the highest ranked in the work with a 100 index. Nigeria is second at 66, and Zimbabwe is third at 63. In fact, all of the highly ranked nations are in Africa. The American index score is a paltry 11.
  5. Churches not doing evangelism will decline in health. Disobedience to the Great Commission is not the best approach to lead a church to health and growth. Google shows clearly why so many of our churches are doing poorly.
  6. Church members are much more likely to criticize rather than evangelize. I call it “the great distraction.” I wish we could have a rule in churches that you can’t say anything critically until you have shared the gospel with someone. It would be a great source of church unity.
  7. The evangelism problem begins with me. I probably share my faith a couple of times a month. That’s pathetic! I know God provides me more opportunities than that. I can fuss at you readers all day long, but I have my own sins and inadequacies that need God’s work.

Google Trends is an excellent statistical and analytical tool. But its data can be sobering and convicting.

As a rule, we in the American churches stink at evangelism. And we wonder why our churches aren’t healthy.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Married for Life

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On May 24, 2016,  my wife Lucy and I celebrated our 33rd year of marriage. It is hard to imagine where all the time has gone. We have had a great life together. God has truly blessed our marriage.

When we met in 1982 as two young teenagers. We could have never known what God had in store for us. We have had the privilege of serving our country for 7 years in the U.S. Army. We were stationed in El Paso, Alaska, and Indiana. After that I worked for the Department of Defense for 8 years in Indiana and at Ft. Hood, Texas.

When we started to get serious about our relationship with God, He started to get serious with us and ministry. After a few years of back and forth with God, we finally surrendered to that call to serve Him in vocational ministry. We sold our house, belongings, and left much of what we considered comfort for the call to ministry. We started by going to school at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. The rest has been service to God and His people in many churches throughout Texas. First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cleburne, First Baptist Church of Azle, First Baptist Church of Spearman, Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church in Weatherford, First Baptist Church of Del Rio, and currently City Church Del Rio.

Through it all, my beautiful bride has been there by my side. 3 children, and 3 grandchildren later, I couldn’t be in a more loving, healthy, and awesome marriage. God has been good to me. Thank you Luz Esther Sierra-Floyd for 33 years of wonderful bliss!

Just for kicks here is a picture more than a few pounds ago and a current pic as well!

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Stay in The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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