Friday, February 16, 2018

We Welcome Dwayne Moore to Rainsville this Sunday

This Sunday our students are away on their Winter Retreat and Bro. Keith is on vacation, so I've invited a friend to come and lead our music this Sunday.

Dwayne Moore is the founder and CEO of Next Level Worship International, Inc. (www.NLWInternational.com), a non-profit ministry serving worship leaders and churches around the world.  He has sung and spoken in over 1000 churches and conferences.  He served on staff with Scott Dawson for 10 years traveling as an evangelist throughout the US.  Dwayne has also served in churches as worship and teaching pastor.  He's the author of numerous books, including the award-winning Pure Praise:  A Heart-focused Bible Study on Worship.

He and his wife, Sonia, recently moved back to their home in Lacey Springs, AL from Louisville.

I have known Dwayne for almost 40 years.  We did revivals together as far back as the 70's.  He is an anointed worship leader and writer.  Praise teams of churches I've pastored has used his Pure Praise.

We will be blessed this Sunday morning to have Dwayne with us.

I further am so pumped about sharing the Word with you this Sunday.  On Sunday morning I will continue to ask the question...Why are we doing this Next Level Process?  Is the church worth it? 

Then Sunday night...of my..how I am loving Philemon.  This Sunday night we will examine verses 2-7 of Paul's view of Philemon and who Paul knew him to be.  We will see some Godly characteristics that need to be in our lives and a great example to follow.


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Monday, February 12, 2018

When You Grieve a Prodigal’s Sin More than He or She Does by Chuck Lawless

If it hasn’t happened to you yet as a believer, I suspect it will – that is, you’ll face a time when you grieve someone’s sin more than he or she does. When you walk in the footsteps of the father of the prodigal son, hang on to these thoughts: 
  1. Keep praying. When you quit praying, your silence is a confession that you’ve given up on somebody—and on God. Prayerlessness leaves prodigals living in sin.
  2. Keep believing. God knows exactly where your prodigal is. The One who created him (or her) and died for him still loves him; in fact, He loves your prodigal more than you do.
  3. Keep walking. Stay faithful yourself. Don’t turn in anger from God. You can’t expect Him to answer your prayers for somebody else when you’re not walking with Him yourself.   
  4. Keep standing. Here’s my point (and it’s not an easy one): don’t let your prodigal’s departure lead you to redefine what is right and wrong. Sin remains sin, regardless of how much we love the people living in it.
  5. Keep grieving. That means your anguish may not go away entirely, but the minute you stop grieving sin is the minute you also start caring less about your prodigal’s choices. Agonizing over sin keeps you on your knees—the right place to be on behalf of a prodigal.
  6. Keep loving. There’s a legitimate place for church discipline, but many prodigals have walked away from the church first because they assume the church will reject them. Love your prodigal even if others don’t seem to—and even if he or she thinks you’ve lost your love, too.
  7. Keep listening. Follow the Spirit’s guide to know when and how to speak into the situation, but be willing to listen more than speak if needed. An open ear might take you a long way with your prodigal.   
  8. Keep waiting. Returning to God is seldom easy for a prodigal. It’s sometimes equally hard to return home. Wait patiently (and then be patient when he or she does come home, as change usually takes a while . . . ).
  9. Keep trusting. To be honest, God might allow your prodigal to suffer the pains of disobedience to turn him back toward Him. You might want to try to fix the situation so that doesn’t happen, but trust God. He knows what’s needed.
  10. Keep watching. Keep your eyes on the driveway. You never know when you’ll see your prodigal on his way home.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

This Sunday, February 11 at Rainsville First Baptist - We Welcome Pastor Tim Anderson

This Sunday, February 11, we welcome Tim Anderson, Senior Pastor of Clements Baptist Church in Athens, Alabama, since 1994.  

His weekly radio, television, internet and Defining Moment Ministry reaches thousands of homes, not only in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, but throughout the United States as well as internationally. 

Pastor Tim is known for his practical preaching and strong gift of exhortation.  His seminary education stems from Samford University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Andersonville Baptist Theological Seminary. 

In addition to serving as the Senior Pastor of Clements Baptist Church, Tim serves as the President and Director of the International Congress on Revival (ICR) in South Africa, Budapest, Hungary and South America.  In addition, he also sits on the Board of Regents, University of Mobile. 


Pastor Tim and his wife Sherry have three children, two daughters-in-love, one son-in-love and four precious grandchildren.

Pastor Tim will be preaching in the 10:15 and 6:00 services.  Don't miss hearing one of God's choice north Alabama servants. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I am looking forward to our Wednesday night, as always, but especially tonight.

We are moving into Philippians 4: 8-9

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Tonight the title of our study is "What Are You Thinking?"  What you think is the most important aspect of leading to our sanctification.

I am going to share some resources with you that will be life changing.  The Word of God is always life-changing; so that is why this will be just that.

And to give you a hint....we lie to ourselves more than to anyone else.  Do we think things that are true?

I can't wait....





Monday, February 5, 2018

10 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BABY BELIEVERS AND BELIEVERS WHO ARE BABIES by Chuck Lawless

I suspect all churches have at least one of these persons. Baby believers are those young believers who are just now learning how to walk with Christ, but who are fresh in their faith. Believers who are babies, on the other hand, are usually longer-term believers (often undiscipled) who don’t act like mature believers. Here are some of the differences I see:
  1. Baby believers are hungry for God and the Word; believers who are babies think they already know the Word.  
  2. Baby believers are teachable; believers who are babies complain when they don’t get to teach.
  3. Baby believers tell others about Jesus; believers who are babies tell others about themselves.
  4. Baby believers cry when they’re hurt because they don’t understand; believers who are babies whine when they don’t get their way.
  5. Baby believers look up to their church’s spiritual leaders; believers who are babies expect others to look up to them.
  6. Baby believers admit they don’t know something; believers who are babies tend to make up something rather than admit their ignorance.
  7. Baby believers rejoice when others do well; believers who are babies get jealous of those who do well.  
  8. Baby believers tend to shy away from the limelight; believers who are babies expect attention.
  9. Baby believers struggle with sin, but they want to fight it; believers who are babies make excuses for their sin.
  10. Baby believers tend to be joyful, no matter what happens; believers who are babies tend to be angry and unpleasant—no matter what happens.

Monday, January 29, 2018

A Great Message about Waiting by Paul David Tripp

The Doctor's Office

Over the past few years, I've been to the doctor's office more times than I would like to count. I don't like seeing the doctor, because it's a reminder that my health is out of my control. But there's another reason I don't like seeing the doctor - the dreaded waiting room.
I don't know about you, but I like to be very productive and efficient with my schedule. Few things in life annoy me more than wasted time. And in the doctor's dreaded waiting room, wasted time thrives! You know the drill - you'll have a 10:00am scheduled appointment, but you won't be seen until at least 10:45am.
At one of my recent appointments, as I flipped through a mind-numbing amount of magazine pages waiting for the minutes to pass slowly by, the Lord reminded me: waiting is a theme for his children.
Here are 5 things about waiting that we need to remember:
1. Waiting Is Inescapable: Abraham and Sarah waited decades for their promised son. Israel waited for centuries to be delivered from Egypt, then another 40 years for the Promised Land. The Old Testament prophets waited for the coming of the Messiah. We all wait in anticipation for the Second Coming of Christ. Don't be surprised when you have to wait; it's part of the history of God's people.
2. Waiting Is Refreshing: Waiting immediately announces that we're not in control. When God calls us to wait, He's lovingly refreshing us of the fact that Someone wiser and stronger is in charge of the narrative of our lives. God is God and we are not. Sometimes we need to be put in our place (see Job 38), and waiting is one of God's refreshing tools.
3. Waiting Is Revealing: Whenever I'm forced to wait, I find that I'm easier to agitate, prone to rude words and behaviors, and focused more on my pleasure than other's needs. Just like God uses waiting to announce his kingship, he also uses waiting to reveal the selfishness of my heart and make me seek restoring and redeeming grace.
4. Waiting Is Productive: Psalm 27:4 says, "Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage." This means that God never wastes our waiting, frivolously prolonging what we get at the end of the wait. Rather, waiting is fundamentally about who we become as we wait. Waiting should always build character.
5. Waiting Is Temporary: One day, the former things will pass away (Revelation 21:4), and that includes waiting. In the meantime, God intends that waiting would make us hungry for eternity. This life isn't our final destination; it's a preparation for a final destination, and waiting is meant to produce in you a God-honoring dissatisfaction with the status quo.
So the next time you're in the waiting room at the doctor's office, or the next time you're stuck in traffic, or the next time you find yourself waiting for a late spouse or child, don't just grumble and moan. Remind yourself that waiting is biblical, that waiting is beautiful, and that the God who calls you to wait is loving.
Waiting is changing you, and it's also helping you to be a tool of change in others who are waiting. Find joy in that wait!
God bless
Paul Tripp

Reflection Questions

  1. How did you respond to waiting this week? Be specific about your thoughts, words, and actions.
  2. Has your waiting produced a faith that's stronger or weaker? How so?
  3. The next time you wait, why don't you take time to count your blessings instead of grumbling!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

From the Shepherd's Heart....Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Good Wednesday to you.  It's CHURCH Night!!  GLORY.  I can't wait.

Meal, Adult Bible Study, Student Worship, Arrow Kid's Clubs and nursery - a place for everyone all beginning at 6:10.

We are in our last days of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.  I pray you are enduring until the end.  Spiritual warfare has been real for me .... physically and emotionally.  How do I know when I am in spiritual warfare?  When things happen to me that have no other explanation as something happening or coming against me at the same time when I am seeking a deeper walk with the Lord.

Spiritual warfare is not real when life is good and I'm living like a good Southern boy. But when I seek to deepen my relationship with the Lord and then I begin realizing things are happening out of the ordinary.

"Stand firm in the Lord" - Philippians 4: 1

Don't weave.  Don't turn back.  Remember - your enemy is not flesh and blood.  Ephesians 6:12.  Don't get mad at someone other than Satan for what is happening.  Stand firm.

I will share Friday what a special day we are believing God for this Sunday as we end the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.

This Saturday....

The Rainsville Ministers invite you to participate in a joint community prayer meeting on Saturday, January 27 at Broadway Baptist Church beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The first hour will be a joint Prayer Service with The Church of the Highlands via internet and then at 10:00 will have a local only prayer time for our community and area churches.  The Rainsville community and its churches are invited to attend.