May 22, 2006

Invitation From a Little Boy to Honor God's Faithfulness

Here is an inviation from a little Boy to come to Memorial Day Picnic:

For more information on an Old Fashioned Memorial Day Celebration, go to:

May 18, 2006

Memorial Day - Declaring the Providence of God

Each year the Brown family hosts an unusual Memorial Day Picnic... the whole community is invited. Our neighbors and friends cook and serve Southern Bar B Q, and under the tent we have numerous military veteran speakers who speak of the goodness of God toward them during their military service. Our desire is to exalt the providence of God that was on display through men who served our country.

Bring the Whole Family. YOU are invited!

This year, NC Supreme Court Justice, Paul Newby, Ashley Brown, David Lanier, Dan Heimbach, Bill Henderson, Jim Dyer and others will be sharing their testimonies.

This year, we will be showing the film, "The League of Grateful Sons" which is a call for sons to honor their fathers and for fathers to tell the stories of the great deeds of God to the next generation.

For more information:

May 15, 2006

Entertainment's Poison Pills Taken Over Time

Here are two great articles about one the threats to Life that is really Life, and Joy that is true Joy.

Here is Joshua Harris on Entertainment:

Here is Al Mohler on TV:

May 14, 2006

The Mother of My Children

Deborah, my Helper and the Mother of my Children

The other day when I awakened in the morning, and felt my wife beside me in the bed, it struck me that I was lying next to a woman who has given all of her energies and the best years of her life to me and our children. Every ounce of mental and physical and spiritual energy has been poured out to promote our welfare. She has been perfectly undistracted from this, giving her whole life as helper to her husband and mother to her children.

Happy Mothers Day Deborah. We love you.

May 08, 2006

Shocking Statements about Separating Brothers

In our day when the average Southern Baptist pastor stays only 18 months, where there are regular internet gossip attacks against leaders, and people in the church feel that they can say anything about anyone they wish - with or without honor and love - Some of the most shocking things are said about separating brothers and factious men:

Titus 3:10,11… tells us to, “Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.”

Romans 1:29… tells us that those who continually practice gossip will not inherit the Kingdom of God, and gossip is listed with such sins as homosexuality, murder, inventors of evil, and haters of God.

2 Corinthians 12:20… tells us that gossip is evidence of an unrepentant heart and is bundled in the midst of contentions, outbursts, tumults...

Proverbs 6:16-19… teaches us that seven things are an abomination to the Lord, and all seven condemn the gossiper: "A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."

Proverbs 26:20-26… Ignites and reignites quarrels

Proverbs 16:27-28… leaves friendships in ruins, and inflicts pain to its victims

Proverbs 6:16-19… “A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers”

Leviticus 19:16… Gossips and backbiters have crippled leaders, armies, homes, and churches. "A whisperer separateth chief friends."

1 Timothy 3:11… Deacons wives cannot be slanderers but temperate and faithful in all things.

2 Timothy 3: 3… it is evidence of perilous times and a host of other sins.

Titus 2: 3… talks of what happens when older women become “malicious gossips,”
This Greek term is “diabolous”, and is also translated, “devil.” In Aramaic, slanderer means "one who eats another’s piecemeal” slander is devilish and diabolical.

A modern author suggests that there are three common excuses used to justify gossip:

“Excuse #1. Gossip disguised as “Seeking Counsel.”
When we have a problem with another individual, it may be appropriate to seek another's counsel, but only within Biblical guidelines.

Excuse #2. Gossip disguised as a “Prayer Request.”
When we have a problem with another individual, it may be appropriate to have someone pray for you, but only within Biblical guidelines.

Excuse #3. Gossip disguised as “Bearing one another's burdens.”
When we have a problem with another individual, it may be appropriate to have someone help bear your burden, but only within Biblical guidelines. If “seeking counsel” from someone curses, wounds, or tears down the individual being discussed, it is gossip!

Practical How To's

1. Go directly to the offender/offended. If someone has a problem with someone in the church, they need to first, go directly to the person who offended them, and never to a friend or confidant in the congregation.

2. Refuse to listen. The person who is hearing the dainty morsel needs to refuse to hear about the problem, and send the gossiper straight to the offender. This tends to cause offenses to die away.

3. Personal conversation and reconciliation. If there is no satisfactory resolution and no true unity from the meeting, then another witness can be brought to the original offender.

It is a good thing to be a stickler on this process. There is more true reconciliation and peace in churches where the people refuse to even hear accusations by making it policy to go directly to the offender or the offended.

The alternative to this is broken relationships, wrecked churches and unloved brothers and sisters.

May 03, 2006

New Church Start This Sunday May 7

Former Trinity Baptist elders, Jason Dohm and Scott Brown, will be the founding elders of a new church on Sunday morning at 10:00 May 7, at the Brown's barn.

Scott will bring a message from Psalm 127, "Unless the Lord Builds the House, They Labor in Vain."

For scripture memory this week we would like for all to memorize Psalm 127:1-5. We will be reciting it during our service.

Why A New Church?

There were a number of factors... For quite some time, it has been the conviction of the people and the elders that Trinity Baptist Church needed to multiply, because it had grown to an unwieldy size, and there were some doctrinal and application issues in play in the church that made it plain that we had two churches in one. Now, each group will be able to develop according to their respective callings. The past month has been difficult for us, but we are trusting that God is bringing all of us to maturity, and looking forward to what God will do next.