Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tell me what you think

For some time now I have been maintaining several social networking site, at last count, that number is 10...yeah 10 separate sites. Now, keep in mind that some of these sites have the same information.
I need your help on something though. You see, each of these sites have their own "fan base", for instance I have some followers on "YouTube" that don't follow on "Facebook", and those may not follow us on "GodTube". I can cutback on some of these websites by using only a few but I'm reluctant because of the possible loss of "Fans".
Another thing and the real reason for this post, I've been thinking about shutting down our Official Website, and use this blog as our website in the future.
I am praying about this, and I ask you to join me in prayer about this change.

If I post a video, I post to 4 sites, and I may also post here on blogger, it usually takes 30 minutes to 1 hour for editing, saving, and posting. That is not a large block of time, but it is overwhelming at times keeping up with these sites.
The answer could be as simple as organizing the effort, so please help me pray for guidance on this.

God Bless and thank you for your prayer.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Are you Thankful?

The Psalmist, possibly right after his fatal sin with Bathsheba, wrote a psalm that thrills the hearts of readers.
Psalm 103 begins with "Bless the Lord Oh my soul, all that is within me bless His holy Name."
Recently i preached on the Song of Thanksgiving, and since I have been reminded daily about the blessing that God has given. Not just family, friends, health, and employment, but the little things. Things like my baby girl fighting sleep every night, and getting up every morning @ 7:00 or 7:30, or my baby doll whining because someone changes the channel on the tv, or when someone runs all of the hot water out at home by taking long showers. These may not sounds like things to be thankful for, but you see, God has reminded me that in spite of the fighting, and early rising, I have an 11 month old baby that is alive, and healthy. Regardless of the whining, I have a 4 year old that it vibrant, and happy nearly all the time. Whether or not, I have have hot or cold water, at least I have a home, where I rest, love, and live freely.

Are you thankful? David was, even in one of the darkest times of his life, after this horrible lapse in judgement and tragic consequences, he praised the Lord. Heart broken and disappointed, he cried out for his soul to praise the Lord, for his whole body to bless the Lord. Oh, that we would "Praise Him in the Storm" when everything is wrong in our lives, we would be blessed to "Bless the Lord".

Once again, I ask, are you Thankful?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

We're not Blind

Christians have weaknesses but blindness is not one of them. We may fall short by gossiping, we see what's going on in this wicked world through prophecy, we at times think negative thoughts, but we realize those thoughts are dishonorable. People can be hypocritical some times but we know we are not hypocrites. We struggle with sin in some areas that can hinder our close walk with God but we overcome by the power of God. Christians have weaknesses, But Blindness Is Not One Of Them. We have eyes to see what is wrong and what is right. Will you choose to acknowledge these warnings?
Submitted by Avery Hicks

Sunday, November 14, 2010

First and Last Look

The first book of the Bible begins with an intimate interaction between God and man and the last book ends in a similar fashion, with God Himself wiping every tear from our eyes. What a way to end the story! With our Heavenly Father bringing us on His knee to wipe away every tear from our eyes. Maybe it will be at that moment when we will realize that we are finally home.
I wonder if the tears we shed will be a mixture of joy at being in the Father's presence and relief that there will be no more death or mourning, or crying or pain. Whatever the reason for our tears, the soothing comfort
of a Father's love will assuredly take away all our pain and make all our suffering but a distant memory. We have this promise, that at the end of all time, we will find ourselves in the arms of the Father. He will come and
live with us and be our God and we will live with Him and be His people.
May this be the hope that we cling to for those who have gone before us in Christ and for us as well. While our temporal life on earth may soon come to an end, we have the hope of an eternity living near to the Father's heart.
*Rev. 21:3-4
Submitted by Avery Hicks

Through the Seasons

There are seasons of devastation that we all go through where we are in
desperate need of a Father's love and comfort. Let God carry you through
these seasons in your life. You were never meant to shoulder these burdens
on your own. The Lord wants to comfort you with His tender love, so that
you might be able to pass on the comfort that you have received to others
when they need the Father's love.
2 Cor. 1:3-4

Submitted by Avery Hicks

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thus Far

There is a thought on my mind, a burden rather on my heart. However it is one that I cannot explain. It concerns the will of God, and His direction. My Spirit is so excited about the moving of God, however my flesh is hesitant about what it will be caused to do.

If only my flesh and Spirit we not “Contrary” one to the other, this, or these things wouldn’t be so distracting or troubling.

You see, the Lord has impressed me to follow through on things that He began in me, and for the church a year or so ago, however I do not have the time, energy, or the knowledge of how to go forward. I picture myself as Moses (not that I am comparing myself to Moses), He was giving direction from God, yet he made excuses, but I rejoice in the end result…God made Him able, to do His will.

There are currently four separate destinations that are all accessible by the same path, the Will of God. So, I now have to prepare for the journey, make the time, maintain the energy, and go as God leads.

I am praying that God sends someone to join me without, having to be led every step of the way. I need someone that has a desire to do the will of God, and the same burden, and discernment I things of God.

God has been faithful, in everything thus far, and I feel certain that He will continue to be so.

 

In His Service

Preacherman

 

The Sheperd's Care

Isaiah 40:11
Just for a moment, shut out the world around you and close your eyes. Try
and visualize what God is saying through this picture with the eyes of your
heart. Can you see the loving shepherd, gently picking up His little lambs
in his big strong arms? Can you see the look on the shepherd's face as He
lovingly gazes down into the eyes of each lamb held close to Him? What a
picture of intimacy and safety.
There is no other place that these lambs would rather be at that moment in
time. Their shepherd cares for them and has vowed to lay his life down for
their protection. He has truly won their hearts. God wants us to know, that
this is how He wants to relate to you and I. He is our shepherd and He wants
to pick us up in His big strong arms and hold us tightly to His breast that
we might feel the beating of His heart.
Can you be a little lamb who needs to be picked up and held? If you can, you
will find a place of safety and rest that is better than anything you have
ever experienced.

-Submitted by Avery Hicks

Master Architect

It is wonderful to think that we have a Father who made each one of us
uniquely for His special plan for our life. He's a Father that loves
diversity and uses our own desires to guide us to do His will. It is when we
obey these promptings that we begin to line up with our destiny.
Many of us struggle with the concept that God might use our own desires to
direct our steps. It is as if we think that God's sole mission is to force
us to live a life contrary to our heart's desires. God is the master
architect of our life and He equips us with all we need to accomplish what
He had foreordained. He is the one who planned our DNA and He is the one who
works in us to will and to do His good pleasure. Before we assume
unnecessary guilt for yielding to the life-long yearnings in our hearts, we
may want to see if God is the One who gave us those desires in the first
place.
*Philippians 2:13 *

-Submitted by Avery Hicks

More Precious than Gold

We determine an object's value by what we are willing to pay for it. Some
people are willing to pay incredible sums of money to own pieces of art,
while in others eyes these paintings wouldn't be worth the wall space that
they would take up.
The value we place on things is very subjective. "One man's garbage is
another man's gold." If how much we are willing to pay for something
determines its true value, then we must be incredibly valuable to God, for
He paid the highest price that could be paid for our redemption the life of
His only begotten Son.
God demonstrated His love to us and proved our worth to Him by offering the
highest payment He could possibly pay. The God who made all the precious
jewels, the gold and the silver, has chosen us to be His most treasured
possession. Our worth is not based on what we think of ourselves, or by our
own good deeds, but solely on the astronomical price that God was willing to
pay for us to come home.
*Exodus 19:5*

-Submitted by Avery Hicks

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Podcast available

Click on the right for a new audio podcast!
If you've listened to it before, please try it again. The quality is 1000% better! Promise!

--Preacherman

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I need Jesus

Quick Update

Hey! It’s been a few days since I’ve updated. If you’ve noticed I have added a player on the right. Here you can watch some Video Podcasts and hear “Plain” audio podcasts that we hope to begin to upload.

 

I want to encourage you to tell your friends about this blog, and our different sites. Not that we are concerned with numbers, but we would like to reach as many people as possible, we want to share what the Lord is doing for us. So, please spread the word!

 

--Preacherman

 

Over and Over Video

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

A few new updates

First let me say, we have uploaded two new messages from Cedar Bluff Baptist, you can fin the links below.

"I'm Glad I Got Lost"

"I Want That Mountain"

Also, let me share this with you, We have a new video up, I hope it will be a blessing.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

What's been happening?

Okay, you've all heard the news about floods, oil spills, wars beginnings, wars ending, economy, democrat and republican trash talk, etc. But have you heard the good news?

Here it is, Jesus still saves. Yes, Jesus God's own Son still has the power and desire to save this world.
That's what we've been sharing at Cedar Bluff. No, not every service, but we have been sharing Christ, and encouraging our church to go and share Him as well. For some time now my heart has been burdened for the lost of the world, specifically those I know, but the burden doesn't stop there.

That burden is heavy for those in foreign countries and for those who are literally risking their lives to share the Gospel. You see, here we may face a few snide remarks or angry faces but over there in that distant land, they are facing imprisonment, torture, dismemberment, persecution and even death on an everyday basis.

To them it is not a job, to those men and women it is a calling that they must be true to. It is a sad fact that, "They" have a call, and we at home still consider it a "Conviction" or maybe a better word "Choice" to share the Gospel to a lost soul.

So, on that note, God has led me to have our missionaries to come and update us on their work and encourage us in the faith to continue supporting and praying for our missionaries. Their lives are not as comfortable as ours, their churches are not as plush as ours but God is using them and bringing souls to Him.

So, what's been happening? Well, a lot! God has been leading me (the Pastor) in a way that He hasn't led before and giving me liberty in that fact. He has brought people in to the church who have moved away or have left the church for different reasons. He has been working on some of our youth in recent months in a few areas (howbeit some of them are running from Him), God has impressed a few series on my heart and allowed those to be preached (in His own time, I'll have to tell that later), God allowed our church to come to an agreement with the local government over an issue and smiled on us in that.
On a sad note we have lost two wonderful saints of God. First was Sister Della (Dolly) Conaster, then Brother Roy Kirby. They both suffered for a few years with different health issues and dementia, but God saw fit to call them home to be with Him. We still have a few more that need prayers and God will surely answer those prayers either here, or "Over yonder".

With that said, God surely has been Good. We've had such wonderful church services recently, the presence of God has been real, and mighty.

In June, we celebrated 109 years as Cedar Bluff Baptist, boy the crowd was wonderful, the Lord blessed that day as well. We're all looking forward to another year slammed full of God's blessings.

Until next time, may the Lord bless ya!

Preacherman

Where do I start?

"Its been a long journey but, I've been blessed!"
That's a pretty good starting point. It has been so long since I've actually sat down and written my thoughts down, so I wanted to give you a heads up, I'm gonna try to do that tonight, if I can get the kids settled down that is.
There has been a lot going on, and a lot more coming down the pike.
So watch for the update. See ya later!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Onward Christian Soldiers

Here's part of a message I preached a few weeks ago. There are two more parts, so feel free to visit our Youtube page to view more.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Soon coming update

I will hopefully get to work on a few messages so they can be uploaded tonight or tomorrow. I had a great opportunity of Preaching a Revival for Dutch Valley Baptist Church. I had a wonderful time with those folks.

Check back here, or www.sermonaudio.com/cedarbluffbc

 

--Preacher Man

Saturday, May 15, 2010

New Sermons

Its been a month since I’ve posted but I promise we’ve been busy and we’ve been faithful in posting the messages.

I did get behind a a few weeks but I think we’re up to date now.

 

Here are a few direct links to those messages, then a link to our sermon page.

Mother’s Day

Who’s the Boss?

Four Great Things

Do You See It?***

A Church on Fire Part 1***

A Church on Fire Part 2***

Is there sin in your Camp?***

***= Very relative and important messges. I encourage you to listen to these first.

Main Sermon Page

God Bless!

--Preacher Man

Friday, May 14, 2010

Giving our Old Bibles a Second Life

About a week ago, I sent my old Bible off to get rebound. It has been my daily study companion, and has been with me through four surgeries of loved ones and a cross country move. Sending it off was one of the hardest things I've done. In a way, it contained years of my life. But, it was either fix it or retire it.

I wish I had taken "before" pictures. I did find some on the web similar to the condition mine was in, so I'll post those here for you. Mine is a Holman Giant Print KJV Reference Bible. It used to have a maroon cover similar to the one below. My pages were also splitting like you see below, and the back had come away from the spine.







Thanks to Ace Book Bindery, who took my old friend with the glued pages (WHY do Bible Publishers DO this?? A glued Bible does not last! ....The love of money.........) and sewed the pages in properly, gave me a new cover, 3 ribbon markers and printed my name on the cover.


This is so special to me. Two women that have been spiritual mentors to me have had their hand on this Bible. My Mom gave it to me years ago and I've cherished it. My Aunt rebound it for me as a gift, and I treasure it. It doesn't get any better than that! 

If you have a Bible you don't want to retire, consider giving it a second life.  Book binders can be to our Bibles like the Lord calling Lazarus. They can truly "raise them from the dead." Thank you Lord for such technology and blessings!





Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD!! (Psalms 119:156a)

Monday, April 12, 2010

New sermons, new outlines.

I have posted int he last week a few enw sermons and the outlines.
One important outline is my personal testimony.

I gave it at our last youth Sunday. I have debated on posting it or not.
God allowed me to do this, so it too is available on this blog, and on www.sermonaudio.com/cedarbluffbc

Please have a great day in the Lord.

My Personal Testimony

My Personal testimony
Psalm 34:6
Psalm 40:1-3
You’ve heard me say for years now that there is a part of my life that I never
want told. That by the grace of God no one would know about.
Well, last night, God impressed on my heart to tell my wife. He also gave me
Grace.
Today I feel impressed of God to tell you.
It will not be easy for me, it sure won’t be enjoyable, but I believe God will
show you through me that God CAN save anyone.
Over 20 years ago, a time that I have tried to forget for good has continually
been stirred up at the sights, and sounds of certain things.
I’m not entirely sure when this story started, but I do know when it ended.
Somewhere between 8 and 11 years old, is the darkest time of my life.
You see it was during this time, that I was molested by a family member.
Always together, over powered, and scared, this happened multiple times.
It happened so many times in fact that I began to think it was a normal act.
I was forced many times to do this and other unsavory and unnatural acts as
a very young boy.
Always being ashamed, and scared to tell anyone, or to stop it myself, finally
some of my family found out, and stopped it on my behalf.
So, when I say things like, God saved a poor lost wretch like me, God saves
old sinners, God reached into the very pit of Hell for me. You understand.
Through this I was also introduced to pornography, both printed and on
video. I became addicted between the ages of 8 and 11. I seen things that
no boy should ever see, I seen some things that no human should ever see. I
became so deprived and steeped in this filthy sin of pornography that it
consumed my, should-be innocent mind. So in fact that I would rummage
through trucks to find magazines, I would sneak into family members homes
to watch their videos.
These are images that I cannot get rid of.
So, when you hear me say things like I never thought God could use
someone like me, I’m amazed that God would love me. I hop eyou can
understand.
Sometime after I turned 11 years old, some in my family found out about
the molestation.
Those things stopped that day. I was so confused, and still ashamed. Could
my family still love me? I purposed to never speak about it again. Never tell
anyone about. But for some reason God is having me tell you today.
Shortly after this, we began revival at New hope Baptist. Bro. Jeff Pleamons
preached about the Lamb, and how that He could take away the sins of the
world. He spoke about this spotless lamb, becoming sin for me as the
sacrifice for my sin. He told about how that he bore my sin AND my Shame.
God began to draw me during that revival. He began to convict my heart to
be saved.
For at least 6 months I struggled with the question, does God really want
me? I’m broken, damaged goods. Surely I’m too filthy for God.
On April 24th 1992, God proved to me once and for all that He indeed DID
want me. He could take my old damaged, and ruined life and make me new.
He would take my broken life and change me from the inside out.
On April 24th 1992, I accepted the gift of Salvation, new life, and redemption
from the bondage and power of Satan.
This person that did these things, has made professions of both Salvation
and the Call to Preach, but he has continued in the sin of Sodomy.
He needs true salvation, he need the God of heaven to speak once again to
his heart.
The shame and guilt, and hatred of that has haunted me for nearly 19 years
now.
It was last year when I went to Florida to preach a funeral. I knew I would
come face to face with this person. I prayed that God would allow me to
forgive him. I prayed that God would allow me to preach the Gospel to him.
God again filled me with Grace and allowed me to do both.
I have no idea what he has done with the message of the Gospel, but God
has given me victory over that hatred, and guilt and shame.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sunday Night

Sunday night we had a great service here's a video you might like.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Centered in His Will

You’ve probably heard the song “Keep me in your will”, it has long been a life’s cry for me. I desire so badly to be in His will, when I pray I have continued to ask the Lord to keep me there. I have struggled with decisions, making sure that they are God’s will and not my own; thankfully God has always been triumphant in those decisions.

There has in recent months surfaced another phrase, that has changed my prayers, and thought process. Let me lay it down for you now. Our Sunday school teacher took a break and had a showing of an older video of a Potter and His wife. Their names escape me at the moment, but they are not the subject of this thought. It is what this potter said, and the illustration he made.

On his wheel he had a lump of clay, as he worked the clay is grew taller and wider, but as it grew it began to “wobble” or “waver”. The potter then began to testify of his life, he was in the right place, he was on God’s “Wheel” but he was not centered. He then began to apply pressure to the clay to center it in the “Wheel”. Once the clay was centered the “wobbling” stopped and the clay looked uniform as it turned.

The Potter began again by saying while he was saved, in church, and doing the work of God, he was not centered in God’s “Will”. You see many of us are where we should be, we’re allowing God to work in our lives, but we’re out of balance. We still want some control in our lives and we’re not centered in God’s Will. He can still work on us, and work in us, but the finished work will not be desirable to Him or others. Oh, but if we will be Centered in God’s Will, then He can work in us with ease and precision. He can take out all of the unlovable, and replace it with tenderness, and lovingkindness. He can remove all of the hurt and replace it with forgiveness. He can if necessary, remove the flawed parts in our life and mould and make us a vessel of honor.

This potter made what he called a “God Pot”. He described this as being one thing in his eye. He had a plan, an outline if you will of what this pot should look like. However after the heat was applied, the pot took on altogether different characteristics. Completely different from what the potter desired, but its beauty surpassed even His plans. They only way he could describe it was a “God Pot”, he made it the best he could, then he put it in God’s hand, it endured the flames, and God made it into a vessel unlike any other.

What about you? Will you be a “God Pot” today? Will you take your hands off of your life, and give yourself to God and allow Him to work in you? Will you ask God to Center you in his “Will”? The tame for wobbly, wavering Christians is over. We need Christians that will be just that…”Little Christ’s”, we need to be Like Him, seek the Lords will and do it as it is revealed to us.

Lord, just as this potter centered this clay in the “Wheel” I want to be centered in your “Will”, I won’t to be used of you, I want my life to be a testimony of your handiwork. I want to me a “God Pot” I want people to see me and realize that I am nothing but a product of you.

God Bless you and your family.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wholeheartedness

I am literally running out the door headed to church right now. But I stopped long enough to upload the message from Sunday.

Wholeheartedness in a halfhearted world

The Lord really wants our whole heart, the World really needs our whole heart. Will you give Him and them yours?

 

-Preacherman

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sunday Morning’s message

“Five ways to Thrive in the new year” is Sunday’s message. Sunday night we preached “Out with the New, in with the Old”. Yes, I know it sounds wrong, but I used Jeremiah 6:16, so I’m sure you can figure it out.

We have a problem with our recorder sometimes. Usually when you see a gap in Service Posts, its because of two things either the Lord moved in the service and there was no preaching, or the cd  recorder was hit during recording and the cd was damaged.

I hope you enjoy Sunday’s message. God Bless and I hope to see you this Sunday.

 

--Preacher

Needed Update

It’s time to update you on what’s happening at Cedar Bluff. Its been a while since I’ve just wrote about whats been going on. So let me start now.

Let me say first of that God is working in our church. There are so many folks dealing with personal issues, that I feel like God is bringing the church together in prayer through all of these things. His name is worthy to be Praised.

How services have been going well, again Thank you Lord. My wife Lori had our 2nd baby, Braelyn, so to fill in for her Bro. David Bilyou and Tammy Peterson have stepped up to help.

Some of our folks have been sick now for a few weeks, and we’re working on getting them all well.

Others have been travelling for the Holiday’s and we hope to see all of them back soon.

 

In other news, we’ve just taken on Two more Missionaries. Bro. Nemuel Lesada to the Phillipines, and the Internet/Media ministry that we started back in early 2009, it has been supported by individual donations up to this point.

Here’s some things that are happing.

We have began a new venture via video. We’ve started “Conversations” which are in essence testimonies and life stories in a relaxed atmosphere with Myself and one other person. We have filmed one conversation with Knox Williams and have posted two episodes from that. We are learning the process so the video quality is not that great, but the audio and the message is very good.

We’ve just purchased a new video camera that is all digital so we hope to correct the quality issue.

In this we will also film skits, and drama’s put on by our church. We will attempt to video the youth group “Sign 4 Life” doing mimes. We have in the works to film a few things this month and hopefully get them posted soon.  We have also made a fan page for the church. Cedar Bluff Baptist Church, I encourage you all to become a fan our page.

In addition to this we are still pouring a lot of time in to sermonaudio.com. We have a new scheduling avenue, so hopefully everything will get into a regular routine, and things will not be as sporadic as they have been.

 

Again, the Lord has really done a work in us. He has encouraged me so much through all of these things, we believe God will get the glory through these things. We are also looking for “A few good men” that will help with some of these things, so please help us pray that God will move on the hearts of His people to step up and help on some of these things.

 

Here’s some links that I’d like you to see.

Cedar Bluff Baptist Church

Sermon Audio

CBBC FaceBook Page

YouTube

Tangle (Formerly known as GodTube)

 

GodBless everyone and have a great Week. See you later!

OH! Be looking tonight for Sunday Morning’s message.

 

--Preacher

 

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