Tuesday, November 4, 2008

He made it real.

Let me start by saying, “God sure is good”

We had a wonderful day in the Lord this past Sunday. We had over 100 people in our morning service, half of those were one family celebrating Ms. Jenny Lou Ford’s birthday. The spirit in the church was sweet, I’ve noticed that the more people are there, the more tense and nervous I become. But, its during those ties that God calms my fears, by showing up in different ways.

For instance this Sunday I was nervous, because I didn’t know who was there, where they stood with the Lord and if the message would benefit anyone. The Lord gave us some great songs, and allowed a few testimonies to calm my fears. Then through the course of the songs, he assured me that the message was from Him not myself, it was He who would be preaching not me. So with all of that, my doubts, and fears, and nerves were quickly quieted.

Sunday night, we had another good service, it was for me anyway. Recently I have been preaching about witnessing, and have wondered why the Lord kept leading me in that direction. During the introduction I told our church that I was not trying to force anything on them, but that the Lord wanted us to know our duties as witnesses to the world. About two minutes into the introduction, God began speaking personally to me. Imagine my confusion, Here I am in the middle of preaching, and God decides to have a one-on-one conversation with me.

The direction of the message changed from “to the church” to “this message is for me”. Oh yes, I kept preaching but no longer to the people in attendance but to the hearts of them and maybe more importantly to myself. My heart began to break for the people I see @ work everyday, I watch as their lives are wasted away. I was literally convicted before the eyes of everyone in attendance. How embarrassing, so I thought, how humbling. Yes it was humbling, but embarrassing, no! God quickly took the embarrassment, and exchanged it with encouragement. He promised during our “conversation” that he was publicly convicting and dealing with my heart to help “the church”.

I have been praying for some time that God would give me clear leadership, wisdom, discernment, a vision of the direction of our church, little by little God is giving me those desires.

You see, on Sunday night November 2, 2008 God did for me what have been wanting for everyone else in the church. He made it real in my heart.

--Preacher

Monday, October 27, 2008

This is the day...

The Psalmist said, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it”. Many times we associate that with Sundays. But I feel that it is a statement that can be made everyday.

 

One that should be made everyday anyway.

 

Currently in Knoxville, its around 51°-53°. The weather begs only for a light sweater or a wind breaker. The sun is exclaiming in all of its brightness, that “This is the day that the Lord hath made…” The clouds are rolling from one side of the sky to the other gently reminding us that we have so much to rejoice about. They seem to carefree, while below we are so worried about today, tomorrow and more days to come. We must realize everyday that the One who has made today, has made us. Not only has He made us but He cares for us (I Peter 5:7).

 

So if its okay with you, I think I’ll rejoice in today. Why? Because…Well because I can, because I should. In the grand scheme of things, how bad do I really have it?

 

--Preacher

Monday, October 20, 2008

"IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME"

Well it has been a long time since I’ve posted anything.

 

I will say this God sure is good to us.

 

If you visit my “MySpace” page you’ll that I am Still in the middle of Revival. Now, we’re not have a “meeting” but the spirit of Revival is very much alive at Cedar Bluff. In the past few months we’ve seen God save three precious souls, call one to preach, we’ve had to join our church by various ways. We’ve seen many services where people just worshipped God, by thanksgiving at the altar, praying for other, testifying, weeping, clapping, singing among other ways.

 

The Lord has become so evident in our church you’d be hard pressed to find some negative. Now, I say that with caution, I know, and our church has been warned as recently as last night that while we’re enjoying the fruits of Revival, Satan is desiring to sift us as wheat, even planning his attack. Scripture reminds us that the devil is “as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

 

We are, and if not, we should be aware that Satan is our enemy, I feel that we should enjoy this time as best we can, but, “Be Sober, be Vigilant”. Another scripture encourages us to “watch and pray”, if there’s ever a time when must be on the lookout it is today.

 

God sure has been good to us.

 

--Preacher

 

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Revival @ the Bluff

Boy we sure are having a good Revival meeting at Cedar Bluff. Bro. Mark Biddy is being used of God to preach to us. We’ve had two join the church and many at the altar for different reasons. I want to stop and say… “GLORY”!

 

I’ll try to keep you updated on the meeting!

 

--Preacher

 

Monday, August 11, 2008

An answer to prayer

Let me tell you a story…

 

For some time now, my family and church have been praying for a little girl to be saved. She has made a few moves to the altar to be saved but could not let go of something. She wept, and wept, but just would not let go. I personally have had the opportunity to witness and pray with her giving her the gospel. Others in the church have done the same.

Well, this past Friday night August 8, 2008 our young folks “Sign 4 Life” were at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Knoxville, and God answered all of our prayers.

 

This past Friday night my Niece Courtney McCoy was saved by the grace of God.

 

May I say… Halelujur!

 

-Preacher

 

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Are you ready?

Well its been a while since my last post. I hope everyone is doing well.
I want to ask you a question. Are you ready?

I am ready for church in the morning. I'm ready for God to bless us in the morning service. I am ready to see what god has to tell us through His word.

Our young folks are ready too. They're ready for Camp Canaan! You see last month, one of our young girls got saved and one of young men surrendered to preach. To say the very least they are ready.

However some folks just are NOT ready. They are not ready for church in the morning, they're not ready for what God has to say, they're not ready to even be around the things of God.

I asked you the question, Are you Ready?

Well what's your answer? Are you ready for what God has to say to your heart? Are you even listening? Are you ready to meet God if your number was called? really, are you ready?

I'm not talking about paying tithes, or going to church to "do your duty". I'm not even talking about praying or reading your Bible, or Believing in God. I want to know are you ready to meet God face to face, eyeball to eyeball. God is ready, He's done His part, all you have to do is accept His gift, jesus Christ, and you CAN BE READY.

I sure would like to hear how that some of you have "Gotten ready". My prayer today is that those reading this post, examine themselves and make preparations to see the Lord.


Everyone have a great day! See you at Church!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Homecoming

Well, we’re working on 108 years now. We had our homecoming services yesterday and it was a great day. Bro. Josh Cornelius preached about “Homecoming” a great message one that our church as well as every other church in America needed to hear.

After the fellowship (the meal was out of this world) we went back to the church for some singing and testimonies. Only one person testified, I find it absolutely, utterly, positively unacceptable that the people of God will say NOTHING ABOUT HIM when asked to. No one wants to magnify and honor the Name of the Lord anymore. A Pastor literally has to drag it out of most people and by then he can’t enjoy it.

Regardless, it was still a good day. Some of our folks have journeyed to Ringgold, GA today for a week long camp meeting. I hope they get filled to overflowing. I will join them Wednesday after church.

I hope one day some others from the church will join us down there.

-Preacher

Thursday, June 5, 2008

This weekend…I can’t wait!

This week end marks a (as far as I'm concerned) momentous occasion.

We are having our first men's prayer breakfast. We will start @ 8:00 a.m. with breakfast then walk to the sanctuary for a short testimony from Pastor David Jeffers then a time a prayer.

    God has laid on my heart some time ago to have something specifically for the men of the church. A time for them to get together and fellowship and pray for the church and things that matter to them. I feel like this is it.


 

Next our young folks are going to Clark Center Park in Oak Ridge for a day on the lake and are sponsoring a picnic for the whole church @ 2:00 p.m. I'm sure they will have a great time.


 

Sunday marks another great happening, our 107th homecoming. Evangelist/Youth Pastor Josh Cornelius will be bringing the message on Sunday morning. We'll have a time of fellowship after the morning service then back to the sanctuary for singing. We will NOT have an evening service this Sunday night (June 8, 2008).

Now next week is exciting too, Camp Canaan starts Monday. Some of our young folks are going, my wife is taking a group down and I will join them with a few more youth on Wednesday Night after church. Camp Canaan is in Ringgold, Georgia.

-Preacher

Mid-week Service

Last night was the first time we had all of our young folks back in the service. Usually they are in the fellowship hall practicing for their mime ministry and/or youth Sunday's. They have decided to change a little during the summer and switch every other week.

I was glad to have them with us. I really do miss them in our services. We finished up Philippians Chapter 3. Some of our folks were struggling last night, so much so that God has impressed them on my heart today. I trust that God will help them with their burdens and troubles.

I have preached at church a lot about the fact that we MUST give Him those things that weigh us down. He wants them, sometimes He chooses to help us bear them while sometimes he removes the problem. I sincerely desire to see not only our folks but every Christian get a hold of that fact. God does want to help us.

-Preacher

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

What a day

Boy! We had a good day in the Lord this past Sunday. I wrote about Sunday morning, but Sunday Night was the Kicker. I had planned on preaching about heaven "I'm Longing for Home", I thought the Lord wanted that too. I asked the song leader to sing some songs about Heaven. He did, all of them were very good. I asked for specials and they were good too, but something wasn't right.

I began looking at my watch, see, we had business meeting Sunday night too, so the time was "getting away from me". Finally the Lord spoke to my heart and said, "don't worry about the time, just worship me". I then told the church, hey we spent 20 minutes or so in business meeting, let's not rush the service, but lets worship God.

They responded well, some more folks sang, other testified, I shouted, other raised their hands, clapped their hands and altogether we worshipped the Heaven Father.

A Great day in the Lord.


 


 

James Burke

Friday, May 23, 2008

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