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August 8, 2019, 10:00 AM

Beyond Intellectual Assent


Evangelism Explosion (EE) is a witnessing training program. While I was at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, I was blessed to spend 3 semesters in EE at Southcliff Baptist Church. I had long since desired to be in such a witnessing training program. If you are familiar with EE, then you know that they give you a prepared witnessing presentation. It's awesome! It includes various Scripture verses and illustrations. However, it takes a good 20 minutes to share the whole presentation and is a challenge to memorize.

Towards the end of the EE gospel presentation, the witness shares about Faith. And one of the points is: saving faith is NOT mere intellectual assent. What does intellectual assent mean? Intellectual assent is believing about something. Intellectual assent is about believing facts in your head. The problem is that a person can believe about Jesus in their head and not ever truly receive Jesus from and in their hearts. 

James 2:19-20 says: "You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe — and tremble!"  Even the demons and the devil himself believe in God. But, they aren't trusting in Jesus alone for eternal life! See the difference?!

Believing about Jesus is needed of course! But, after believing the truths about Jesus, one needs to take the next step and believe from the heart and receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.

If you found yourself in an airplane and needed to jump out of the airplane to safety, you'd need a parachute to save you. But, just beliveing that the parachute could help would not save your life. You'd have to jump and pull the cord, afterwards, all of your weight, your whole life, would be trusting in that parachute to bring you to safety. Coming to Jesus for salvation is similar to that! You have to move beyond believing that He can save you to actually putting all of your weight, your whole life, past, present, and future, on Jesus in order to save you! 

It burdens my heart to think that many could be out there who at one point were in our churches and they merely believed about Jesus rather than in Jesus. I hope you'll think these matters through and ponder them in your heart. The best decision you can make is to believe about Jesus and in Jesus. Receive Him and follow Him with all of your heart! 

Prayerfully,

Bro. Jason




July 30, 2019, 2:00 PM

From the Pastor's Desk


Dear WBC family and friends, 
 
Thank you for meeting our SJBA offering goal of $500 in May! Thank you for sending 7 girls and 2 adults to camp at Lake Tomahawk! I've heard good reports from camp and heard that 16 decisions for Christ were made at youth camp! Awesome! And congratulations on serving so well in our VBS to make it such a fabulous success! We saw two young girls give their hearts to Jesus and saw many more seeds planted. We saw many youth involved, and we had wonderful times of fellowship as we served together. Job well done! 
 
We have now completed our youth VBS as well! It was an awesome week. We studied on the topic of holiness and had a whole lot of fun. My sister Melanie was our director and along with her we had a great team of workers! Thank you for praying for, giving to, contributing to and supporting our youth ministry! 
 
I have also restarted a habit that I did a few years ago, which is to set my alarm on my phone to go offf at 10:02am each day. I pause at that time and pray for evangelistic laborers. Jesus said in LUKE 10:2 "Then He said to them, 'The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.'" Will you join me in praying for evangelistic workers each day at 10:02am? When you do so, pray also for yourself and for your own witness and for open doors for you to share! Let's embrace our opportunities to the glory of God!
 
Prayerfully,
Bro. Jason



July 22, 2019, 2:17 PM

Farm Life


On a recent family trip, we were blessed to spend some time with my granny on her farm. Granny is now 95 years old and is doing great! Growing up my parents would take my brother and sister and myself to our grandparents and leave us with them for about a week each summer. I don't think I appeciated those weeks then as I do now. It was good for us to experience the farm life as opposed to life in the suburbs of Houston.

Life on the farm consisted of feeding chickens and cows, gathering the chicken's eggs, picking peas and all sorts of other vegetables, burning trash in a burn barrel, hanging out clothes to dry on an outside line, trapping small animals, fixing fences, working on the tractor, cutting grass, fishing with cane poles and a lot more. Granted we didn't take part in all of those activities, but they were happening around us. It was a vastly different life than what we were used to.

But, on Sundays, it was much the same. We went with them to the local Baptist church for Sunday School and worship. The songs were similar. The classes were similar. The bulletins were similar. The ushers were similar. More importantly, the same Bible was preached and taught and the same Savior, Jesus, was shared and worshipped.

Whether you live in the country, the city, the suburbs, some things are different and some things are the same. God is still to be worshipped. The Bble is still to be observed. People still need Jesus for salvation. And hard work and honest living are still great values to live out in one's life.

Much blessings to you today,

Bro. Jason 




July 17, 2019, 3:00 PM

Serving in an Excellent Way- Avoiding Laziness


One of the key things that my dad taught us kids growing up was to work hard. Old sayings were heard like: "if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right" and "if you aren't going to do it right, don't do it all." One day he and I were moving the lawn at my home church and we had worked very hard. We were tired or at least I was tired. A few sticks lay on the edge of the parking lot and the grass. I thought we should leave it and just go on home with the attitude that we had more than enough done our part! He read my mind when he said: "Five more minutes means perfection!" I doubt it was perfect, but the point was clear that we should serve in an excellent way and do our best!

I still believe that God deserves our very best and we should serve Him in an excellent way. However, for a variety of reasons, it's possible to allow complacency and laziness to set in.

Here are a number of Proverbs that I recently gave in a sermon called "The Danger of Delay." Proverbs contrasts the lazy person with the diligent person. These verses mainly focus on getting rid of laziness.  I hope you'll read them and be inspired from the Word of the Lord. 

Prov 12:24 says: "The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor." 

Prov 13:4 says: "The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich." 

Prov 18:9 says: "He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer." 

Prov 20:4 says: "The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing." 

Prov 24:30-34 says: "I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; 31 And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. 32 When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; 34 So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man." 

Prov 26:13, 15 say:  "The lazy man says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!"  15 The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth."

God gave us His best when He gave us Jesus. Let's in turn give Him our best!

Blessings to you,

Bro. Jason




June 23, 2019, 9:00 PM

Job Well Done!


It's always satisfying to finish a job and to have someone declare: "Job Well Done!"  Well, that is what I"m trying to convey in this post. Over the last six weeks, Wooster Baptist has met it's associational offerring goal, ministered to grieving famlies, conducted VBS for children and their families, sent 7 girls and 2 sponsors to youth camp, worked alongside of United Way as it distributed food from our parking lot, ministered to many families with our food pantry, helped a couple in our church to move, and today blessed me with some wonderful gifts for my 8th anniversary at WBC! I would like to say: way to go WBC, job well done! Keep up the good work! Keep acting as the hands and feet of the Lord!

Much blessing and love to you,

Bro. Jason




May 18, 2019, 7:00 PM

Vacation Bible School 2019


VBS is almsot here! VBS is always an exciting and fruitful week! It is one of our best ministries each year! The theme this year is: In the Wild: Amazing Encounters with Jesus! Each day we will learn about an amazing encounter with Jesus from the Bible! We have a great team of workers and are busily getting ready! Our VBS is from 5:30pm to 8:30 and a meal precedes beforehand! Our VBS director is Cindy Botting. We will get started on Sunday night June 2 and finish up on Thursday night June 6! Please make plans to join in the fun! And certainly contact us if you have any questions! I've been teaching through the Bible Lessons on Wednesday nights in May, and they are very well done and will be a great blessing to the kids! Let's keep praying, keep preparing, and get excited! 

Bro. Jason




April 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

April 2019



April is upon us, and Easter is almost here! I love the Easter holiday and holy week! We will have our Road to Resurrection event for families this month. We will also have our upper room Lord's supper service. And we will begin the month with a youth service on Sunday April 7. Our youth will be involved in our Sunday morning worship service and afterwards we will be having a youth fundraiser luncheon and silent dessert auction. The funds raised will send our youth to camp at Lake Tomahawk in June. Please be generous in your encouragement, your praying and your financial support of our youth. We also continue to collect our Annie Armstrong offering for North American Missions this month. We want to reach our goal of $2000. In our first quarter of 2019, the Lord has blessed us with 8 new church members! We are thankful and hopeful. Let it inspire you to pray in faith for new members and for conversions and to work hard at sharing the love of Jesus. The motto at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary when Angie and I attended there in the late 90's was: Touching Lives, Impacting Eternity. Let's pray and serve and share in Jesus' name this April with the goal of touching lives and impacting eternity.

On a personal note, thank you for your continued prayers for Benjamin and my family as we continue to deal with his health challenges. We know that we aren't the only ones dealing with such challenges. God is with us and will see each us through our challenging times and through it all, we want to be faithful and obedient and honor the name of Jesus. Thanks again.

Thankfully, Bro. Jason


 




October 28, 2017, 5:10 PM

People Reaching People


One of the annual events at our church is called Trunk or Treat. It is a way for us to love on our community, meet new friends, share some information about the Lord and about our church, and reaquaint ourselves with some old friends. It's always a very good event. It happens on the night of Halloween. 

The kids and their families will register, and by registering, they will have a ticket for a hot dog type of meal. We will also have popcorn, bounce houses, games, and of course trunks with candy. Plenty of details are involved in pulling this event off. But, it boils down to people reaching people. 

This event requires people committed to working at it (which has not been a problem). It also requires people committed to coming to it. 

Pray for this event. But, pray for the people. Pray for the workers and for the families who will attend. Pray that we will be filled up with the love of God and ready to meet, greet, connect and share with the people. 

People reaching people. My understanding is that concept, people reaching people, is at the heart of God's plan for evangelism. The events change. The activities change. The programs change. But, the principle of people reaching people will remain in tact. 

May God bless you and use you to be on-mission with Jesus. 

Bro. Jason

 

 




September 6, 2017, 11:04 AM

In TImes Like These


In the turbulent times of the World War II, Ruth Caye Jones wrote the words that became a hymn and has blessed many people facing their own turbulent days. This hymn is called: "In Times Like These."  In light of the devastating affects of hurricane Harvey, I believe the words of this hymn are most appropriate. 

In times like these you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

In times like these you need the Bible,
In times like these, O be not idle;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock! 

In times like these I have a Savior,
In times like these I have an anchor;
I'm very sure, I'm very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

Chorus:

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

Psalm 46:1 declares "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble."  Amen! I am so glad that God is strong and mighty and will lead us through such trying days! Let's all be praying and be leaning on our God  and loving one another. 

Prayerfully,

Bro. Jason

 




May 9, 2017, 9:28 AM

Talking Thomas


Let's journey with Jesus' apostle named Thomas! Thomas is most known as Doubting Thomas, but I'm labeling him as Talking Thomas.  When we find Thomas in the New Testament, he is almost always talking!

1)Thomas was loyal   John 11:16

Jesus received the news that Lazarus was sick and after Lazarus died, Jesus decided He would go back to Judea, where He would raise Lazarus from the dead. Jesus had faced great opposition previously in Judea and Jerusalem and the religious leaders had made plots to kill Him. When Jesus told the disciples, he was going back into that more dangerous region, Thomas made a loyal declaration, saying, "Let's go with Him, that we may die with Him." Are you loyal to Jesus? Do your words reveal a loyalty to Jesus?

2)Thomas had a question  John 14:5

Jesus told the disciples that He was going away and that they knew the way. Thomas spoke up again, declaring, "Lord, we don't know where you are going! How can we know the way?" It was a question that all of them wanted to ask! It was an honest question, in which he sincerely wanted to have understanding from Jesus! Sometimes we feel like Thomas when we are confused and bewildered. We need to do as Thomas did and take such confusion and questions to Jesus in prayer. Are you praying? When confused, are you speaking to God about it and asking for understanding and wisdom?

3)Thomas Stubbornly Speaks John 20:24-25

Thomas was missing on that first Easter Sunday night when Jesus as the resurrected Lord showed up! Thomas spoke out of independence and stubborness, declaring I will not believe unless I see Him myself and put my fingers in His scars! This was the low point of Thomas' journey! Are being stubborn like Thomas? Have you said some things that you shouldn't have said? Jesus didn't give up on Thomas, and He won't give up on you either! Keep seeking the Lord even when you fail!

4)Thomas made a grand confession John 20:28

Peter, Martha, tand he Centurian all made confessions about Jesus! Thomas joined them in making his own confession. It was short and powerful: "My Lord and My God!" I hope it's your confession as well!

Thomas would see Jesus as the Living Lord along with the other disciples a number of times over those 40 days. He was there when Jesus ascended and was there in the upper room praying with the 120 and Thomas was there at Pentecost and was filled with the Spriit along with the others.

Thomas went forth and kept talking about Jesus. May Thomas inspire you to speak up for Jesus! Let us be faithful to testify of Jesus, the Living Savior!

Prayerfully,

Bro. Jason


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