“A Word From My Pastor” Got One??

Happy Wednesday, you lovely things!

Today I thought we’d do something that could really build us up as women of faith as well as charge us on as members of a local body of believers. If you have been around here a while, you know how strongly we believe in the investment of our lives in a local church. Oh, I know, I know. I’ve heard the whole “they’re just a bunch of hypocrites” thing a million times but I can tell you that some of the loveliest, most genuine Christians I have ever known, I met at my local church amid all the flaws and occasional dysfunction. We can get over thinking we’ll ever find a perfect church and, anyway, I always think to myself that, if I could find one, I’d mess the thing up by walking in the door. I am convinced way down in the marrow of my bones that we cannot grow up into full-throttle effectiveness in our callings without being in the framework of a Word-oriented body of believers. This is true even if you and I often minister outside those walls. My home church profoundly affects what I do in ministry on the road and I rarely make a really big decision outside without running it by the leadership inside. This segment of Ephesians 4 is probably the biggest reason why I believe so strongly in the framework.

11 And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Eph 4:11–16). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

That’s a powerful segment, isn’t it? Listen, I know some of you have been badly hurt by a grossly unhealthy church. In case nobody ever said it to you, your sisters here are so sorry that such pain came to you within a local body. It shouldn’t have. But, Sister, there’s another one out there for you. Don’t shut yourself off. You need a community of believers and not just your small group Bible study or accountability group. For it to function as the assembled church Christ ordained, it needs to be one that operates with leaders and shepherds and teachers like Ephesians 4 describes. Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying! I love communities of women in small group Bible study! You know I do! I’m just suggesting that they don’t replace a functioning assembly of believers where the broader gifts are practiced for the growth of those members.

Anyway, I’m just here to say that I really love my pastor. And, yep. He is my son-in-law but I told Amanda and Curtis recently that, this far in, I would have wanted to go right there to that church even if I didn’t know them from Adam. I am growing and meeting many new people. I’m being stretched. I’ve been kicked way out of my comfort zone. I love ministering to the children and helping hold doors and give hugs. And, Sister, I GET A WORD. Some of the most powerful things God has done in my life in the last year came from a seed sown in me through one of Curtis’s messages. (If you were part of the simulcast, that whole message about the Widow’s Oil and the jars developed from a question Curtis asked us the day he taught from 2 Kings 4.)

SO, this is what we’re doing today! We’re going to share ONE (just one please!) of the most important or memorable words God has ever spoken to you through your present pastor in a sermon. If you can do it succinctly, you can also tell us why, but it’s perfectly fine if you simply share the word. If at all possible, please give the text reference. You don’t have to write the verses out. Just the address is fine.

Here’s what I’m going to do for my entry. I want to share with you a recent sermon of Curtis’s that really ministered to me. Many of you probably won’t have time to listen but, for those of you who do, stay with it all the way to the end. His wrap up left me in tears. Perhaps it will be meaningful to you, too. To get to the sermon, click the following link. It will bring you to the Bayou City Fellowship podcast page. Look specifically for the title “What is to Come.” It will be the second one listed there, I’m almost positive. It’s free, of course. I’m not trying to get you to buy something here today. I’m also not selling churches. Laughing. Just hoping this might bless somebody.

Click here to download the podcast on iTunes. Remember, the title is “What is to Come.” If you have any  problems connecting with the link provided, you can also search for “Bayou City Fellowship” in iTunes either online or on your computer if you have iTunes loaded there.

Your turn!!! Let’s share some words we’re getting, Sister! I love you dearly. I mean that. You are on my heart every day.




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  1. 51
    patty swinford says:

    The first service in our new building many years ago was an amazing experience. Our pastor spoke the words “walk in the measure of faith God has given you.” Romans 12:3 This has become one of my strongest life verses. Even our faith is from God.

  2. 52
    Jaime says:

    My Pastor, Rob Zinn at Immanuel Baptist Church, Highland, Ca. preached Sunday on trying to divide our loyalty between God and the World out of James 4.
    What specifically resonated with me was when he talked about how God loves His own enough to correct us. He said that I am not called to discipline the kids down the street, only my own children…similarly if I am not feeling the discipline of God, perhaps I do not belong to him. And I should stop expecting those who do not belong to Him to feel His discipline…they are not held to the same standard the same way that the kids down the street only follow the standards set by their own parents.

  3. 53
    Janae says:

    Romans 11:33-36….We serve an awesome God. An amazing reminder of just how awesome our God really is and that He alone is in control.

  4. 54
    Elisabeth says:

    Our pastor recently spoke on Jonah. He warned us not to fall for the lie that as long as we’re on staff with a church or ministry we’re not running from The Lord. He explained the ways in which we can lovingly and even politely say “well, no, God. That’s an interesting idea, but I’m just going to love you over in THIS corner. Don’t worry. I’ll pour myself into it & be dedicated! Just here. Not……there.” That message came the week I returned from a short-term trip to Africa. Coming back, I knew I was meant to live there but told everyone “Oh, yes. SOMEDAY I’ll go back.”
    That message shook my core so strongly that I’m now committed to long term work in Kenya and will be moving this year.

  5. 55
    shannon mims says:

    I am 34 and my daddy has been my pastor my whole life (at the same church believe it or not, but he will retire in May 🙁
    He spoke about angels this past Sunday. Not any one verse, just read several passages about angels. He was giving us biblical definitions of angels instead of what we have made up.
    Made me think of the new song out Angel Armies. One of my new fav songs. 🙂

  6. 56
    Arielle says:

    My Pastor talked about our call – and command – as Christ followers to make disciples. He showed us from Scripture what discipleship is and what being a disciple requires (a position of humility – Luke 17:7-10 – and a call for personal sacrifice – Luke 14:26-27, 33)

    Then, he asked us what we were doing in response to Christ’s direct command to us to make disciples. Whew… convicting but oh so wonderful to be reminded that God has plans specifically for me and I better be getting to it!

  7. 57
    Brenda says:

    I would love to be a member of a local church. LOVE!!! Unfortunately, 7 years ago I developed asthma and severe fragrance allergies after the birth of my second child. I have been to lots of doctors and spend about $200/month on allergy medicines. The meds allow me to work, shop, go to my kids school, work conference, etc. If I didn’t want to go to church, the allergies would NOT be an issue in my life. The non-Christians at work are willing to implement a scent-free policy and follow it. However, church is a challenge, because Christian women are, in my experience, the worst offenders in terms of fragrance and church executives are “afraid to offend” by instituting a scent-free policy.

    For 5 years I sat in a room by myself at church watching the service on a closed-circuit TV. Then the church was remodelled and that room was eliminated with the balcony designated as the “fragrance free” zone. Because scent isn’t airborne and doesn’t rise?? We started attending a different church that was fine initially, but the last two weeks I have also had to leave the service because I couldn’t breathe.

    This is not about me being particular regarding worship style, or having been hurt and refusing to forgive, or about anything optional for me. It’s about being able to breathe. Air. Essential to life. I know other people in my same circumstance and eventually, we just stop going to church because Christian women refuse to stop doing something that IS optional for them – scent.

  8. 58
    Beth says:

    My current memory verse! 1 Peter 5:7
    Pastor Brian asked, “Am I really casting my care on The Lord or just sharing with Him?

  9. 59
    melody s. says:


    January is always a time where we talk about clearing away things in our life that hinder our relationship with God & also with others. This year my pastor did a 4 part series called Walls…
    Part 1 Tearing down walls that Drain…having a healthy self image by getting rid of any shame we feel about ourselves & on the other spectrum our Ego which can distort our sense of humility we should have.
    Verses referenced: PS 139:23&24, Gen 1:26&27, Eph 1:4 & Is 6:1-8
    Part 2 Walls that Divide…we build walls because we’ve been hurt by people who are hurting & react by hurting us. We seek God’s love & forgiveness for ourselves & extend to others thru God’s awesome power.
    Verses referenced: Gen 37:2-4, 19-20, 45:1-3, 50:19-21
    Part 3 Walls between God & I….Issue: Self-reliance….Luke 18: parable of the Pharisee& tax collector, & parable of the rich & the kingdom of God
    Part 4 Build up walls (to protect from sin)….missed it I was in nursery.

  10. 60
    Renee Kelley says:

    Hi, Beth and Siestas!

    On Dec. 30, we tried a new church. My heart needed some healing of some wounds and a fresh reviving. The first message spoke so much to renewal!

    The new church we tried was BCF!
    I can’t tell you how God has done immeasurably more in my life since that day! My heart is so refreshed, renewed and full. God is renewing my heart on a daily basis! The joy and peace that God fills me with regularly is supernatural!

    All of the messages that Curtis and Earnest have spoken have encouraged my heart and brought new renewal!

    The one that stands out is the first one Curtis gave at the beginning of the year.
    He spoke of God filling our cup with the cup illustration! He spoke of God doing out of the ordinary things. He refered to I believe it was Ephesians 3:20 about God doing immeasurably more than we can think, ask or imagine.

    Earnest continued with that thought in Youth!
    He talked abou how we give God a lid to a water bottle and sometimes we expect him to fill that. We think that’s good, but we limit God. We can give God and barrel and He will overflow it! He will fill our cup.

    Now God had been speaking to me about my value and complete fulfillment being in Him! These cup illustrations helped me so how much God wanted to do in my heart…immeasurably more!
    Earnest said that we can’t be satisfied trying to be filled by being or hanging out in someone’s cup. We have to have our own. It spoke to me that while Godly friends are good, that I can’t rely on friends or hanging out in their cupto get full fullfillment or for my value of who I am. My value is completely in Him.

    The more I have God in the right priority the more everything else falls in place according to His plan and the more my relationships with others thrive!

    God has helped me realize anew my value in Him on a daily basis and that He is doing immeasurably more!

    Amen! Thanks Be to God! He is truly amazing!

    And BCF is truly filled with God’s spirit in a tangible way! God is first and foremost!

  11. 61
    Shelly Story says:

    My Pastor is preaching a sermon series out of Revelation, one sermon for each of the churches who received letters from Christ. On the first Sunday of the series, the first Sunday of 2013, I received a WORD straight from God through Pastor Matt. “You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet, I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.” Revelation 2:3&4.

    These verses, and the sermon surrounding them, slammed me. It is totally true that I have persevered in Christ’s name…but also totally true that in all my persevering, I had fallen out of love with the Person of Christ, and had become really good at just doing all the good things a devoted Christian woman does. But the Person of Christ, the One who gave His very life for mine, was no longer my first love.

    So, by His very grace, I have prepared my mind for action and am deliberately taking steps to be certain that my first Love, my first Hope, and my first Joy are in Christ.

    I don’t make resolutions, but this year I made a DECISION, and it has been a GREAT year so far!!

  12. 62

    My husband, who serves as Associate Pastor of our church gave the sermon on Nov. 25 of last year from Psalm 27:8 which says, “You have said, ‘Seek my face’. Your face, Lord, do I seek.” (ESV)

    His sermon title: A Vital necessity or An Optional Accessory

    In his sermon, he pointed out that many times we “seek a work of Christ instead of falling in love with Him.”

    Daily Submission…You can’t start in the Spirit and expect to be able to walk in the flesh.

  13. 63
    Vanessa Szanto says:

    My pastor is currently teaching a series on the book of Proverbs. Several weeks ago he was teaching from Proverbs 3. Many of us are familiar with verses 5-6, as they are wonderful encouragement. But he said something different that Sunday that really spoke to me. Verse 6 says,”in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight” My pastor taught that what it means for God to make your paths straight is that everyday if I will take all my ways before Him, He will guide me in a clear way. I will not be on a road that is constantly filled with curves to the right or left. That is not to say that unexpected events will never arise again, or that my day will be free from surprises, but to say that when those events do arise I will know the best most effective way, the straight way to navigate my way through them. This was a WORD to me. I am so thankful that He (the Lord) is in my day, in every part of it and that He wants to make my path straight. ( I hope this made sense, my wording is not nearly as good as his was, but hopefully you get the idea. And praise God He can use my lack of finesse to speak .)

  14. 64
    GJ says:

    Our Pastor, Dr. Jim Perdue preached recently on growing as a disciple and used the text from Hebrews 5:12-14 on spiritual immaturity. WE HAVE TO KNOW THE WORD! That is how we stay mature in Christ on the meat and not the milk!

    I love the way he always says before he preaches…THE POWER IS IN THE WORD!

    Love y’all,

  15. 65
    Tammy says:

    Pastor Andy Stanley talked about deceiving yourselves by hearing the Word and not doing what it says James 1:22 He made the point APPLICATION is everything. In verses 23-25 of James he also talked about the liberty we experience when we apply the scripture to our lives, We will never experience the authentic relationship w/Jesus unless we do what He says.

  16. 66
    Stephanie T says:

    Our preacher has been concluding his past few sermons with Aaron’s blessing. It is my favorite and it makes me feel so good when I hear it. I’ve shared it below:

    Numbers 6:24-26

    New King James Version (NKJV)

    24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
    25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
    And be gracious to you;
    26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
    And give you peace.”

    I guess it gives me a little bit of peace before my children start fighting again. 🙂

  17. 67
    Ashley Moshell says:

    Our church, The Heights Baptist in Richardson, TX, recently launched an initiative called “INFUSE” to encourage members, visitors, anyone…to ‘infuse’ HIS word into our daily lives more than we currently are. To kick this off, we’ve been encouraged to memorize Col. 3:16 (which I chose as my Siesta memory verse this time).
    “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” (NIV). And I totally typed it from memory…verse #2 down!

  18. 68
    Connie says:

    Psalm 55:22, and I Peter5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. NKJV

  19. 69
    Cheri Rolando says:

    At the end of every sermon, my pastor, Roger Thompson-Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville, MN says, “You are The Living Church out there.” It is a great reminder, every week, that outside of the walls of our church we are to be salt and light in our neighborhoods, workplaces, wherever God has given us a circle of influence and to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those he puts in our path.

  20. 70
    Jennifer T. says:

    One other thing in my notes from a sermon by John Yates this past fall: Subject was BE HEALED and, when talking about Peter arrested in Acts 3&4, John just said, “the Healing Power of God always comes with controversy.”

    (Man, could I testify.)

    Also, ALL healing comes from God – medical discoveries are a gift of the glimpse of God.

  21. 71
    rhonda says:

    The pastor of the church we have been attending for a couple of years now taught on Ephesians and brought to our attention to “walk in a manner worthy of our calling”. That has been with me for a good bit now.

  22. 72
    Sandy Bowers says:

    The past couple weeks we have been doing a series of sermons on “Radical Hospitality.” This past Sunday the text was out of 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12. He talked about 4 parts of radical hospitality: first, serving God – (vs. 1-2); second, offering hospitality with integrity — that is pure motives (vs. 3,5); third, Consider the well-being of others above our own (vs. 12); and fourth, motivated by love, sharing God’s love and sharing ourselves, open, honest relationship and putting ourselves at other’s disposal. (vs. 8)

    This was a new way for me to look at welcoming new people to our local church and indeed, any place where two or more are gathered in His name.

    Love you Siesta Mama. Can’t wait to be able to do your Thessalonians study!

  23. 73
    Anon Today says:

    “Leaders need to be above reproach” – not perfect, but above reproach – 1 Timothy 3:2 We were still trying to pick up the pieces of our hearts and make sense of a church body we’d been a part of that we had eventually realized we needed to leave when our current pastor very kindly – but honestly – gave a simple teaching on elders (leaders) needing to be “above reproach.” Somehow it gave framework to my questions and pain (in trying to still sort stuff out). I knew we loved the people who were leaders in our former church. It’s not that they were involved in some gross, obvious sin. It’s just that long term problems that had been there for years – that the leadership were fully aware of – went unaddressed. Part of living above reproach is being honest and open to assess and address issues that may be hard.

    I still miss aspects of my former church; but I’m wiser now, and very grateful to be in a church body whose leadership works hard to be honest and open.

  24. 74

    Our pastor, Pastor Chuck told us once that someone is always watching our actions to attribute them to who Jesus is. Those were strong words with me, who is the only Christian in my extended family.

  25. 75
    Selina says:

    Selina KY.
    My pastor happens to be my husband of 29 years. Grinning….
    “We are none perfect. No.Not one.”

  26. 76
    Tack says:

    Sometimes when I mess up and fall short I have a hard time getting over it as I am very hard on myself and this often causes me not to do the next thing with God. Instead of dusting myself off and trying again I will spend that time beating myself up. In a summer series my associate pastor said this was a form of pride and that people who did this did not fully understand grace. He said if someone else came up short and you were able to tell them that it would be ok and you also encouraged them to keep going but were not able to do this for yourself then one of two problems were occurring. Either you were saying that it was understandable that they could mess up but “you” could not – pride. Or that you were able to extend grace to them but you would not extend that same grace to yourself – not fully understanding grace.

    Now when I fall short I repent and ask for forgiveness like I did before but the change is now I move on instead of spending days dwelling on what a failure I am.

    This has helped me so much I have shared it with others. It is much easier to explain in person than it was to write it down. I hope someone is able to follow what I am trying to convey.


  27. 77
    Carla Rybolt says:

    “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great if His faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentation 3:22-23 (NLT)

  28. 78
    Peggyann Calderwood says:

    Ephesians 5:21~33 SUBMISSION is an Admission that your life is not your own. SUBMITTING is putting yourself under another person. SELF SACRIFICE is putting another person above yourself. THEN YOU ARE BOTH EQUAL !!!!!!

  29. 79
    theHarborMom says:

    My pastor…also my man… participated in a sermon series on our Call. One of my biggest take-aways was that the call comes first, then the gifting. I am continually looking for it to come in the reverse order.

  30. 80
    Colette says:

    It is really hard to say just ONE! But one that pertains to me right now in my life is “Believe and Receive!” I am holding on to that promise from God as I pray for my son. In Mark 11:22, Jesus tells us to have Faith in God. And whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours! I am trusting and believing!!! Thanks for your Word from you Pastor too! Loved it! 🙂

  31. 81
    Kristi says:

    My pastor, Jack Jackson, preached on Peter (the man, not the book) last Sunday and it fell so fresh on me that JESUS LOVES PEOPLE WHO MESS UP! He loves them over and over, even when they keep messing up. And most of us are a lot like Peter, we swing wildly between great faith (Peter was so spiritual he got to go up on the Mt.of Transfiguration, even after denying Christ) and great wordliness (once there, all he could think to do was offer to build a lean to!) It felt so good to be reminded that Jesus loves me NO MATTER WHAT! I need that every day.

  32. 82
    Ruth says:

    From Andrew Mook of Sanctuary Church, Providence, RI

    Preaching during Advent, from ISAIAH 9:1-7 on expectancy.
    He was challenging this young congregation to address what people have expected from the Lord and where that may have led to disappointments that have hardened hearts. I wrote quickly to quote him precisely, since I thought this was BRILLIANT!
    He said, “When we’re disappointed and we just sit in that, we allow ourselves to be discipled by disappointment. Then we become cynical and call that wisdom!”

  33. 83
    Holly says:

    I was home sick today and had the privilege to hear your pastor speak. What an amazing word! I love my pastor as well, something he said a few months back that really resonated was, ” It’s not what you need to stop doing, but, what you need to start doing.”

  34. 84
    Bilsgirl says:

    It was more than a Word but a visual this week. Pastor Liz was speaking on missions, not only being in mission faraway but right where you are. The visual came from William Butler who was painting for the whole service. I was struck by a verse but I will not share it until Friday when we do SSMT. It hit me hard and I just knew it was my next verse; so I wrote it in my SSMT binder immediately.

    The Saturday God’s GALS met the day before and we are doing The Patriarchs and challenging each other on how to be a blessing to someone this week. God is so awesome when He ties it all together.

    Mary Ann, Woodbury, MN
    King of Kings Lutheran Church.

  35. 85
    Dee Dee says:

    I remember our pastor saying that you only know how good a servant you are when you see how you react when someone actually treats you like one. I realized my reaction reveals my real motive for serving. Ouch.

  36. 86
    Amy Hawk says:

    i LOVE my church and pastor of two years (we just moved to this town two and a half years ago.) His overall message is: “He has showed you, O man, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
    To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

    Beth, I would love it if you could do a blog sometime on church membership. For some reason I am hesitant about it, even though I fully participate, care for, serve in, and pray for our church. I just don’t see a Scriptural basis for membership and I would love some insight there. Many blessings and thank you for the encouragement to celebrate our amazing Pastors!!!

  37. 87
    Cheryl says:

    Years ago Pastor Dale preached on the need to SLOW DOWN. Many times when I have gotten myself too busy with things (very worthwhile things I might add) my pastor’s words have reminded me to take time to slow down and listen for God’s voice.

  38. 88
    theoldadam says:

    This is only 11 min., but I found it quite helpful…and liberating;


    Thanks for a very edifying post!

  39. 89
    alice says:

    Shortly after my mom died, my pastor preached out of 2 Timothy 2. He said these words, “Connect short-term suffering with long-term glory, and you can endure.” I wrote those words in the margin of my Bible and repeat them to myself at least once a week.

  40. 90
    cindy d.r. says:

    Colossians 1:9-14 I’ve been through over 2 years worth of an extremly difficult season and people have been willing to listen and pray for me. I’ve desired to be obedient at times the only thing that kept me going was the prayers of others. With any journey it’s one step at a time, the days pass and sooner or later you find yourself as I did out of the darkness and stepping into God’s wonderful light. My Pastor gave his sermon on these verses and I was overcome, after sharing the latest news he said to me you’ve come a long way. I looked at him and said to my amazement “it wasn’t me, it was all Jesus” I’m humbled and overcome, it has been a long journey one that I’d have never made without Him. Thank you Beth for the opportunity to share God at work!!!

  41. 91
    Sandy says:

    I’ve been experiencing a paradigm shift through this message about
    cultivating an awareness of the Holy Spirit in Truth
    and cultivating a culture of honoring His Presence in one another.

    Luke 3: 21
    http://ournewsong.org/ (Click on Bill Johnson under podcasts)

    “He’s in me for my sake. He’s upon me for yours. Those who learn to host the presence, actually do so for the transformation of the world around them.” B. Johnson

  42. 92
    sweet anonymous says:

    Dear Beth,
    For me the most recent sermon my Pastor John Piper has preached was on December 30, 2012. It was called Sorrowful Yet Always Rejoicing. The text was 2 Corinthians 5:20 – 6:13. You can find it on the Desiring God website. Ever since my best friend was killed in a mass shooting this last fall the words No pit is so deep that His love is not deeper still keep running through my mind. I guess my take on those words would be no matter how deep the sword of suffering plunges into your soul is His love not deeper still. I am sorrowful in the loss of my dear friend, but my heart rejoices in the love of my Savior. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me after that wonderful message at the end of the service and my heart saying over and over amen and amen – to have the tears streaming down my face, with my arms stretched as high as they would go singing with a full heart to my sweet Lord Jesus, It is well with my soul!!!!!!!!!!! I’m your’s Lord! No matter what comes I’m yours!
    As soon as I get a chance I will check out Curtis’ sermon!
    Love ya’ Beth. Mary

  43. 93
    Diana A. says:

    Our Pastor is off on vacation. One of the visiting Pastors spoke on Gen. 1:26-27. And it was Amazing!

    It was on Image, and how very important for us to get all our image from the First Image giver. How we are to reflect the image of Christ in our daily lives. Can I say I have to re-hear it on line! It was soooo good!

    Then GOD said “Let Us make mankind in Our Image…” Any other image if not from GOD is not godly, no matter how good it may appear. Be mirrors of GOD’s Image!

    Well good stuff… hard to express here, but look on line at http://www.parkland.org – sermons.

    To GOD be all the Glory over His Word!

  44. 94
    Pat says:

    Pastor Terry on 2Kings 18 and 19, where Lachish had been defeated and Sennacherib King of Assyria is threatening Jerusalem. Hezekiah prays to the Lord and the angel of the LORD struck down 185,000 in the Assyrian camp. We had left our church, after much prayer and sadness, after it became apparent they were no longer following Biblical teaching. This was our first message in our new church (we did not know that this is where we would settle, as we were just in the beginning phase of finding a new church home). The title of the message was “Paying Attention to the Details”, and it was about Israel not following the LORD closely and what happened from that disobedience, even though Hezekiah has a short reprieve. Our entire family understood that this was confirmation from the LORD that we were to leave our former church, despite our grief, and “pay attention to the details” of following the Lord and His Word. I thank the Lord for this, for His faithfulness during that time of transition for us. We are now members in that church, a church that loves the Lord and His Word.

  45. 95
    Erin Linn says:

    My husband and I are on a journey to find out where we ‘fit’ in the Body of Christ. It has been much harder than I anticipated, though. 🙁 Now, our little 9 month old is back and forth with us. IT is HARD. Especially when we aren’t in one place being fed and connected. It’s easy to take for granted to luxury of a “home church” if YKWIM. Thanks for the reminder that we need this and I pray I will be able to report something positive soon!

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    Tessa says:

    Our pastor has preached on slowing down and living in the moment God has placed us in. His series is entitled “Life in the Fast Lane.” So appropriate for the beginning of a new year! So blessed to hear a word that slows me down to fellowship with other believers as well as my Savior!

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    Amy Corley says:

    At my church, we are going through a series called, “The God of Abraham”. This past Sunday during his sermon my pastor talked about how just because God calls us to something doesn’t mean it will be easy or without suffering or bumps in the road. I loved hearing that truth from the pulpit!

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    Diane says:

    Glory in the presence of the Lord

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    Serena says:

    The most recent sermon that has hit me actually came while our reg. Pastor was on vacation. It was titled the Shining and the verses were Ephes. 3:16-17. His church was going through a very rough emotional time as was ours. The one thing that got us was this

    “The glory of God is for healing” it was all about Gods glory and us just getting out of the way. After having to deal with two suicides in our church just a few months apart this was a word we all needed.

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