Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday Service at the Bluff

We had a great day in the Lord today. attendance was down due to vacations, but we still had a good day.

Bro. Daniel Flatford preached this morning on “He is Light”.


A great job to be sure. I have not felt well since Friday, so I asked Bro. Daniel to take the reigns for me.



I felt a need to preach something encouraging to everyone at church tonight. I hope its a blessing.


You can do it” is my hearts cry as I try to address December and January’s resolutions for 2009, Here we are mid-way through the year and I myself needed some encouragement to keep on keeping on with those resolutions. Some I’ve actually stopped all together, but if it will bring Glory to the Lord, then I want to “get back on the wagon” and go on for the Lord.



I trust you listen and enjoy the messages. Have a great night and a blessed week in the Lord.


To those of our church who are away…Please be careful, and hurry home.



--Preacher

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Amen Sis. Beth

Amen Sis. That previouspost is right on point.
I stand in awe at the intricacies of God's Creation. As I watch the development of our unborn baby, God always shows be His power and Glory. My heart goes to a Nicole C. Mullins song:

"Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning? And who told the ocean you can only come this far? And who showed the moon where to hide till evening? Whose words alone can catch a falling star?"

My Redeemer, that's who. I'm thankful for the day 17 years ago that I heard His voice and answered. My heart has a desire to see Him work in my life. I have many times said no to God, whether directly or indirectly, but what a joy it is to hear Him say "Child you're forgiven" to feel His loving Forgiving arms wrap around me once more.

"The very same GodThat spins things in orbitRuns to the weary, the worn and the weakAnd the same gentle hands that hold me when I'm brokenThey conquered death to bring me victory"

There is very little wiggle room on the "Straight and Narrow" pathway, we should count that a blessing.

"...and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings."-Psalm 40:2
"The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD:..."-Psalm 37:23

It IS a blessing simply because there IS no room to waver. The Lord has already paved the way, He's established it. He's ordered it. All we need to do it "keep it between the lines" stay on the path that He's given.

--Preacher

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wiggle Room?

As I sat on the beach looking at the ocean, I noticed how there were only a few yards difference between high tide and low tide. The ocean is so big, so mighty, yet it stops at the exact place God commanded it. I thought of a sermon I heard about how God told the sea it's boundaries and told it to go no further, and the sea said "yes Lord". God placed all the planets and gave them their exact rotation, and the planets said, "yes Lord". God gave people commands and people said "NO!".

I went back to how little "wiggle" room this large body of water has - stopping yards from the same place at both tides. In our Christian walk, our "wiggle room" on the narrow path, just like the ocean, isn't much. We have to abide in Christ to bear much fruit for the Lord.

The wisest man on earth penned this:

Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. (Song of Solomon 2:15)

In our walk we need to be aware of the foxes that spoil the fruit. Notice they are "little foxes" - it doesn't have to be a quote, "big sin" to spoil your fruit. Any sin, any disobedience, any area of our lives unyeilded to the Lord can spoil our fruit.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Only in Christ can we bring forth fruit that is pleasing.

Song of Solomon 7:12 says, "Let us get up early to the vineyards; ...."
Get up early to spend time with the Lord. In that time, let HIM tend to the branches - watering, feeding and pruning. HE will catch and prune away the foxes that spoil our fruit for Him. He will make our paths straight - we just need to be obedient. :)

Amen!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Double header tonight @ the diamond

This is the first game I’ve gotten to attend and we lost. 16-5.

This is just the first game though, maybe we’ll pull the next one.

Exciting News!!!

We had a busy evening yesterday! Got a few calls that a tree had fallen in the church parking lot. The tree fell toward the fellowship hall but missed it completely, however it did damage our church fan.



Here are a few pictures:



















Sunday Evening Message

Sunday’s Service was quite a lot easier to worship in. The air had cooled the church down, and there was a freedom in the service as well.

“The Glorious Church” is about Christ’s church. It involves you and I, this is a message that we all need to be reminded of, the Make up, the Message, The Mission, and the Master.

 

--Preacher

Introducing a Great Father

Here’s Sunday Morning’s message. I hope you enjoy it.

“Introducing a Great Father”

 

--Preacher

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How to know your walk pleases God

How can we be sure our walk is pleasing to our Lord? Praise God, He does not change and He has given us a clear and succinct word in both the Old and New Testaments.
Ps 15:1-5  A Psalm of David. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.  He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a 
reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
2Pe 1:5-8  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity [love]. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
How wonderful! Psalm 15 gives us a picture of 2 Peter put into action! If we do these things, we will never be moved and we will know that our walk is fruitful. Amen. :)
Remember to savor your Saviour!
love, Beth

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A song from Sunday Night

Over and Over

Last nights Message @ Bays Mountain Baptist Church

Sunday was homecoming @ Cedar Bluff, so Lori and I went to our home Church. My Pastor, Bro. Hubert Troutman asked me to preach, so I preached “Who I am” from I Corinthians 15:10.

I Hope you enjoy!

 

--Preacher

Homecoming Sunday…107 years

What a great service! It started out kind of usual with the choir singing a few. The a few more songs, then a few more, Scott & Ashley sang a song I’ve never heard before, beautiful!!!  Scott, Lori & I sang I have not forgotten the the Revival Choir sang How great thou Art with Floyd Taylor leading it, then we sang My, My, My. As the choir sat down someone asked us to sing another song, it went over okay, but the Lori & I sang a new song, I knew it blessed me but didn’t think much more, well God did, everything apparently had been building in a few folks. Because during that song some came to the altar, then we sang another song, and another, every time someone left the altar, someone else would come. The service lasted 2 1/2 hours, but it was great. I wanted to hear Bro. Josh Greene preach but he never got to. The BIG preacher stopped by. We had a few get help with struggles, some with family, had one admit that he really was saved, but was ashamed to say he was because of things that he’s done. Had a few come just to praise the Lord. I got the great opportunity of shouting all over the pulpit (something I’ve not done in a while)! So what I guess I’m trying to say is that…I do not have a message to pass along to you today.

We’re not having church tonight but I am preaching at Bays Mountain Baptist Church tonight, so I may post that message later tonight!

Imagine for a moment…People coming Home to do business with the Lord on “Home Coming” what a thought.

--Preacher

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Laptop

Well I believe some Praise needs to be lifted to the Lord. I have prayed for some time now for a laptop. Since May marked the first time our Sermons have been on-line, I felt a more urgent need for a laptop. Thankfully a friend from church allowed me to borrow hers for as long as I needed it. After more praying some things fell into place and I felt as iff the Lord was impressing me to purchase a laptop for this ministry. I felt as if He wer giving me permission to step out on faith and that He would do the rest. Well he is well on His way to taking care of the financial need for the laptop.
Saturday I ordered the laptop, found that I had $250.00 off for my birthday in June, found that there is 9 months no interest, and within two days God provided an addition $250.00 to go toward the laptop, that brings the total down to around $500.00 left on the laptop. Further the Lord has impressed me to use this as a "Mission Work" or a "Ministry Tool" if you will. So with that He has given me peace, to redirect our personal missions offering directly to the cost of the laptop.
Today I recieved the laptop, right out of the box I could telll that this will be a great asset to the Internet Ministry. Thanks be to God for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this. I trust you will pray for the ministry and tell everyone you can about the on-line sermons.

Here are a few links you can use to listen and/or download the Sermons from Cedar Bluff:

www.sermonaudio.com/cedarbluffbc

www.sermoncloud.com/cedar-bluff-baptist-church

Now, the messages located at the last link is also available on "ITunes". Here's how that works.

If you've downloaded Itunes to your computer, click on podcasts. Be sure you're conected to the internet, then search for Cedar Bluff Baptist Church. you should find us immediatly, click on "subscribe", then you can update as often as you want.

I trust that God will bless your family and home. Drop us a line or comment on one of our blogs or sermons and tell us what you think.

--Preacher

Sunday Night Message

I had a little problem with the CD from Sunday Night but I got it fixed last night.

Here it is "Why Can't everyone be like me? Part 2"

pics

 

here are some more pics

 

--Jason Bell

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

"Right Things", wrong reason

My devotional reading a few days ago had some thoughts I've been pondering the last few days. It's about religious people – people that are part of the "churched" community, if you will, doing the right things for the wrong reason. In all the cases I came across this was frowned upon by the Lord.

Isaiah 1:10-17 talks about people that went through all the motions of worship with hearts far from worshipful.

John 12:4-8 relates how Judas had "concern" for the poor but with a heart opposed to God.

Matthew 16:21-23 tells us how Peter made bold statements of love for the Lord, but was, in that moment, aiding the work of satan.

1 Samuel 13:8-9 paints how we can offer sacrifices to God and be in total disobedience doing so!

James 4:3 relays how we can pray with the wrong motives.

I've been thinking how easily it is for a Christian (at any point in their walk) to assume they know God's will on an issue. One might even feel the issue is "cut and dry" but Paul writes: 

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing(1 Corinthians 13:2)

All we do should be done out of our love of the Lord and motivation to please Him. As for good council, Solomon pens:

Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. (Proverbs 8:14)

If there is something perplexing in your life, or something you are trying to make sense of, if you have an upcoming decision, or just need strength in your day to day walk, know this dear brothers and sisters, if we ask, we can trust God to lead us in the paths of righteousness. He is the good shepherd. He leads His sheep, and His sheep know His voice. We can please God and we can fight the good fight. (Psa 23:3, John 10:14,27)

Hallelujah!!


FW: Beach pics

This is the last batch I have. Jason texted this morning, he’s trying to find a good wireless hotspot to send some more.

--Preacher

 

 

FW: Beach pics

Here’s a few more from the beach. 

 I’ll more in a few minutes.

 

--Preacher

Beach pics

Here are a few i will send more later!

--Jason Bell

 

Monday, June 8, 2009

Miming on the beach.

Here a pic from Yesterday around 1:00 or so. If you can see their faces, you can tell they are a little nervous. They're used to doing this in the dark with black lights.

--Preacher

Youth trip to Myrtle Beach

I will get Last night Message uploaded today around 1:00 or so.

 

I want to update you on our youth. They left Saturday at 5:30 a.m. headed for Myrtle Beach, SC. They’ve had a few Bible studies so far, and have performed on the beach. (We have a mime group called “Sign 4 Life”) They went armed with the gospel, and a multitude of “give aways” such as beach balls, sanitizers, bottled water, gospel tracts, and many other things.

I got a text from Jason Bell (Youth Leader) saying that they were about to mime at an open gazebo. We later learned that about 60+ people gathered to watch. They loved it, in fact the kids ran out of Songs to sign with. Please pray for them as they minister, and have some fun there in South Carolina.

 

I’ll try to post pictures as I get them.

 

---Preacher

 

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sunday Morning Message

I'm getting a jump on things today. This morning Message "Why can't everyone be like me Part 1".

I was wondering how the service would be, because most of our folks are out of town this week for vacation, and our youth being on a youth/mission trip. But I feel like the service went very well. I had great liberty to preach. I hope you enjoy the message. look for Part 2 from tonight.

I've also posted the message to SermonAudio.com

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Quick Update

Last night at church I felt led to prea-teach. What is that? Well its a mix between preaching and teaching. We've been studing the "ABC's of Chritian Growth" a very basic study of essential doctrines from the Word of God.

While studying I felt the need to hold off on the next study about the Holy Spirit, so the Lord opened up a door to preach "The Steps of a Good Man" from Psalm 37.

It felt good to take a break from the study, but I felt the need to study on the Holy Spirit more in depth before I teach it @ church.

Please pray for our youth Group this coming weekend, and next week. They leave this Saturday headed for Myrtle Beach, SC, for a Mission/Beach trip. They will be gone for a whole week.

Have a great Week!

--Preacher

Monday, June 1, 2009

Looking Like Winners

Yesterday was a geat day! We had a spirit of Worship in the House, the Lord began to move in the singing, some came to the altar, just a sweet sweet Spirit.

I was able to preach "Looking Like Winners". I thoroughly enjoyed myself while preaching.

A quick update on our messages:
1. We're still waiting on Last Weeks messages by Bro. Daniel Flatford. Will post ASAP.
2. Podcast is also Available on ITunes.
3. We have had a total of 92 listens (not Including ITunes) from the Podcasts
4. From SermonAudio.com we have uploaded Three messages and have had 29 downloads since Wendesday May 27th.

I believe that God will or should I say is using this as a blessing to many. Keep praying and Have a great Day.

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Here's Our Sermon Audio Page

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