It’s My Choice

I didn’t want to share this on Jan 1 as a New Year’s resolution post, but I did want to share it early enough to get started making a change in the new year. First, let me say tat NONE of are are what we should be for Christ. We still have that old sin nature and it wins the battle far too often. But, we also have that new Divine nature that Peter tells us about (II Peter 1:3-4) which means that our decisions can go either way – it is our choice.
So, I want to challenge all of us to look back at our choices and see if we can’t do better in 2022. Remember, God knows the difference between can’t and won’t.
Can I Choose to
1. Begin each day in prayer
2. Spend time reading God’s Word every day
3. Recognize God’s presence in my day
4. Thank God for His blessings on me
5. Be in Church more than 1 hour a week
6. Be aware that people who know me are watching me
7. Change my “have to” to a “want to”
Just imagine how much better life will be when we make the right choices. I guarantee you that ALL OF US can make some adjustments for the coming year. Pray for me as I pray for you.

A New Year begins

2022 has arrived. As you look back over the last couple of years, what do you see? Some would say “nothing”, because they don’t want to see, they are just glad it is over. It would be easy for us to lay the blame on others for the things we didn’t like about the past. But, reality is that we made our decision and had to live with them.

So, what decisions did you make that you would do differently having seen the results. There will be many resolutions made today that will be broken by tomorrow. If one of your determinations is to get back into Church in 2022, then I want to personally invite you to join us at Wilson Ave Baptist Church. We can help you grow spiritually and you can help us grow physically. God wants you saved and serving. Praying that we all have a wonderful blessed Ney Year. Hope to see you soon.

Happy New Year

Wilson Ave Baptist Church, family and friends. First, I want to wish each of you a Happy New Year. 2022 is here and 2021 is heading out. As the new year arrives it brings with it some not so pleasant weather. Please be careful and keep tabs on one another.

Those of you who were at Church Weds night or were able to listen on the web remember that we shared a message about he fact that the End Is Near as we considered how God told us in Rev 22 “I come quickly”. It may be by death or it may be at the Rapture. But, death comes when we least expect it. Having said that, I have some sad news to share as we found out today that our Missionary, Bro Bobby Harjo, passed away last month. He had been in the hospital and we had be praying for him for a few months. He is no longer ill. He is rejoicing. With that we glory in the Lord, but we need to continue to pray for Mrs Harjo during these days of transition. She needs our support even more now.

We are looking forward to a great state beginning of 2022 on Sunday. Make plans to start the new year off right. Pray for those who may be more effected by the icy roads. Have a great day tomorrow and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Bro Jim and Anita.

Looking Back and Looking Forward

It is hard to believe that 2021 is coming to a close. After everything that happened in 2020, we were all looking forward to a sense of calm as the new year rang in, but not so much. Things have certainly been different this year – different from one day to the next. But, by the Grace of God, we have survived.

Anita and I began the year with a move to Aurora, MO as I became the Pastor of Wilson Ave Baptist Church. When the bells chime to end this year, we will conclude our 42nd year in ministry. Hard to believe. We have been in several locations and several Church during that time and each has been just a little different from the rest. So, it is here at Wilson Ave Baptist. But, there has been on constant through it all – to the best of our ability, we have followed God’s call and leadership. We scan the auditorium and see a congregation that is not the same as where we have been in past years. We also see a congregation looking at the pulpit and seeing a Pastor that is, no doubt, different than what they have had in the past. How can I say that with such confidence? Because we are all different – even different today that when we came together for the first time a year ago. And that is ok, because there has been one constant through it all. We have all had a desire to serve our Lord and Savior and that is what life is all about. My prayer is that we have been a blessing and that each of us has grown in our walk with Christ. And as the new years rolls around that we have a greater desire to be closer to one another as we are closer to God.

During 2021, we have experienced many joys and many sorrow. We have seen people come to know Christ as their personal Savior. We have also had to say goodby to some as they passed from this world to be with Jesus. Such is life. It has a beginning and it has an end here on earth. We look at the calendar and see there are only 3 days left of this year – but some will not see those three days. Some will pass on into eternity while others will face the challenges of 2022.

Again, there is one constant – we all need God!

Join Us This Sunday

Christmas is a season for giving and sharing. We are inspired by the greatest Giver – God the Father – giving the greates Gift – His only begotten Son. It was an act of compassion on His part and should be an act of commitment on our part. The focus is not on receiving, though that is what the world wants us to see, it is on the sharing with others what God has done for us and His blessings on us.

Having said that I want to invite you to join us at Wilson Ave Baptist Church this Sunday. We want to share God’s blessings and show you how to receive this wonderful marvelous gift from God. Sunday School begins at 10 AM as we consider “who is the you in Luke 2:11”. Our morning worship service is at 11 AM as we consider the events of Christmas day then and how it should be today.

But, that isn’t all, as we gather together for Christmas dinner following the morning service and we want you to join us. Then later in the day, at 6 PM, we will have our kids Christmas program. It will be a fun time and we would love for you to be a part of that as well.

We hope you will join us for a wonderful day and pray you have a very Merry Christmas.

Don’t Block A Blessing

Yesterday Anita and I were checking out at Walmart and there was a lady in front of us that was riding in her electric scooter type chair. She had just enough room to put her bags between her feet to carry to the car and she had another bag in her lap. I asked if I could carry these to the car for her, but she was very adament that she could do it and didn’t need any help. The cashier mentioned that she is very independent. I can certainly appreciate someone who can and wants to do things on her own. But the thought came to me that “just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should”. The idea that she was incapable of doing this on her own was never an issue to me. Just watching her told me she could do it. I just wanted to be a help and a blessing to her. I don’t know what her mindset may have been when I asked her.

Here is my point in this. If we seem loaded down and someone wants to help, don’t take away their blessing. It could be an opportunity to meet a new friend, or to share how Jesus met your greatest need when it was impossible to do it yourself. And on the other side, don’t be discouraged if someone turns down your offer for help. Just keep on serving as best you can.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

Come Join Us

Christmas season has arrived. It is my favorite time of the year. I love the Carols and sharing of personal stories of days gone by. I love the decorations and the lights glowing at night. I love the opportunity to preach about the coming of the Messiah, the fulfilling of the Promise that was given, hundreds of years before.

Having said that, I want to invite you to come to Wilson Ave Baptist Church if you are in the Aurora, MO area. We would love to have you and you will be blessed. Join us at 10 AM for Sunday School and 11 AM for our worship hour. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Religious But Lost

As I was sitting here this morning reading some comments on facebook, I began to think about the “religious” background of those talking about being saved. It is a very sad thing that there are so very many denominations out there today. But, the reality is that those denominations do not save a person. But, they can prevent a person from going to Heaven.

I am a Baptist preacher for over 40 yrs and make no bones about it. But, I have said for many many years that I do not preach and teach “Baptist” doctrine. I preach “Bible” doctrine. It just so happens that the two are one and the same. Now, you have a right to disagree with me on that point, but the fact is that there is only 1 way a person can be assured of a home in Heaven and that is to have is sins cleansed by the Blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on Calvary. A person cannot be saved until first they are lost. Too many denominations believe that you can be good enough and God will accept you, or that you have to perform some ritual or continue getting better and better so that you can reach a point of acceptance. I talk with some people and I doubt that they really on the right track. Not because they are a part of a denomination or religious organization, because what these actually teach concerning being saved.

Now, before you begin to judge me as be “holier than thou”, I just want everyone to consider what they are being taught and actually compare it to what God’s Word has to say. I have encouraged people for years to take what any preacher/teacher says and see for yourself if it coincides with what the Bible has to say. We are living in the last days! Jesus could come and any moment! When you get to Church, listen very closely to what you hear. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into the Truth.

Time Change

Well, once again it is time for a change. This we call “fall back” to remind us to set our clocks back 1 hr. The clock by my bed has already been changed.

But, it is also time to “fall back” in love with Jesus. Due to COVID last year and then the freedom to get out this year, so many people have gotten out of the “habit” of coming to Church. The reason being that it is a habit – something you do without thinking – instead of a heart”s desire.

You will be spending time setting your clocks back, so make sure you spend time praying to set your heart back. We can ALL use an adjustmet.