Rumor Has It…

The other night I received a call from an old friend. During the course of our conversation, he said that he had heard that I had changed churches. When I asked him what church I was supposed to have taken; he gave me the name of a church that would never tolerate my brand of preaching, nor could I tolerate their brand of worship. That conversation, along other incidents that have occurred during the past few days caused me to think about the matter of getting your words right.

In Col. 4:6, Paul said, “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Among other things, that verse has the idea that we need to watch what we say and how we say it. Our words do matter. What we say does have an impact on those around us. When we tell something on someone, it hurts. When we spread a rumor on someone, it can cause them problems. When we gossip, we are working alongside the enemy to accomplish his purposes in the world. We should stop before we open our mouths and think about what we are about to say. We need to be sure that our words are “alway with grace“. That is, they should be gentle, truthful, godly, edifying, loving, thoughtful and wholesome. They should also be “seasoned with salt“. This means that our speech should not only reflect a Christian character, but they should also have a purifying influence on those around us. In other words, people should be changed and challenged when we speak to them. When we fail to do that, we fail to live up to God’s standards for proper use of our tongues.

Need I remind you that James said this, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh,” James 3:6-12.

So, before we speak, let’s remember the little verse many of us learned as children, which goes, “Be careful little mouth what you say.” If we can bring the tongue into submission to the will of the Father, we will be well on our way to a life of true holiness. James 3:2 says this, “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

The fact is, many people love to tell things. They could care less if what they tell is true or not, so long as they get to tell somebody about it. The child of God takes into account the feelings of others, the will of God, the truth, and the facts before he or she speaks. At least they should!

Let’s get it right, or let’s keep our big mouths shut!

Alan

Thought I’d better Blog Something

It’s been well over a week since I stopped by to say anything on this here blog. I just thought i’d comment on today’s services. It was good! No, I will say more than that. I preached about the ascension of the Lord Jesus into His glory. God blessed the preaching. That translates to, “I had great liberty and a great time.” I might as well have been preaching about the genealogy in the book of Numbers. Suffice it to say, it was a little quiet. Of course, that might have because I had to make a couple of corrective comments before the message. Anyway, all in all, it was a good service. I praise the Lord for the privilege of preaching to His people. I praise Him for allowing me to be a part of His ministry. I bless His name that He saved me and called me into the ministry. We all have dry days, we just do not like them. I am going back tonight, I look forward to what He will do in that service. Have fun.

Alan

The Meeting IS Still Going On..

but it is winding down fast. Today is the last day of Bible Conference here at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Vanntown, TN. In the 10:00 AM service, Brothers Ronnie Galloway, David Clemons and Bob Weldon will preach. Brother Doug Bearden will preach the final message of the meeting tonight. It has been a good week with the Lord helping His people for His glory.

I was thinking about some of the friends I have made while I have travelled from place to place. Some of them I do not get to see for w whole year at a time, but when we meet, we pick up where we left off. It’s as if we had never been apart. That’s the kind of people I like to associate with. Not too needy, not too clingy, just steady. Thank God for real friends.

Please continue to pray for Brother Milton Martin. He is doing well and is now out of the critical care unit. Please pray for him and his recovery, Remember his family as well. These are hard days for them all.

Lord willing, we will head back to North Carolina tomorrow. I miss my bed!

Alan

Good Day In Conference Yesterday

The meeting at Pleasant Hill Baptist is going very well. The preaching in the morning service was good and Brother Doug Bearden did an excellent job preaching about the crucifixion of Jesus last evening. God spoke to my heart in the services and I received some help. This morning, Brother Ken Bowman, Brother James Stutt and another preacher yet to be announced, will preach. Lord willing, I will preach tonight. As I mentioned previously, the Pastor, Brother Milton Martin, had heart valve replacement surgery on Monday. He is doing very well and may be moved out of the critical care unit today. Please continue to pray for Brother Milton and for the meeting here.

Alan

Greetings From Huntsville, AL

After a terribly late start and a long trip, Joan and I finally arrived in Huntsville, AL. I am preaching just north of here this week at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Vanntown, TN. The Pastor, Brother Milton Martin, had heart valve replacement surgery yesterday in Nashville. He did well, and is on his way to, what we hope and pray, is a full and speedy recovery. Please pray for Brother Milton, his wife Barbara and his daughters Lois and Carrie. The meeting is going on the Pastor’s absence. Pleasant Hill is blessed to have Brother Craig Clemons for their Associate Pastor. Brother Craig is a man of God who is very sensitive to the moving of the Spirit. He will moderate the meeting.

After arriving, Joan and I got ready and went to the meeting last night. Given their Pastor’s surgery, and the fact that they had a death in the church on Sunday, the people were just a little subdued. Nonetheless, we had a great service. I preached last night, and the Lord helped in a great way. It always amazes me that God can take His Word, and it through a frail, faulty human instrument and get glory to His name. Some folks said they got some real help last night. To God be the glory!

Brother Brian Calhoun and Elwood Seamster will preach this morning. Brother Doug Bearden will preach tonight. I suppose that I am off the hook until Wednesday evening. So, I just get to go to church and feed like everyone else.

Pray for the meeting, and if you are in the area, please stop by. The church is located at 353 Stewarts Chapel Road in Vanntown, TN. The morning services begin at 10:00 AM and the evening services begin at 7:00 PM.

Alan

Just A Note

I wanted to drop by today to remind you good folks to pray for Brother Milton Martin. Brother Milton is the Pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Vanntown, TN. Brother Milton will have heart valve replacement surgery Monday (07-13-09) morning in Nashville, TN. Please pray for Brother Milton, his wife Barbara, their daughters Lois and Carrie, as well as the church. Brother Milton has a great Associate Pastor in Brother Craig Clemons, so the church will still be in good hands. I would appreciate it if you would keep this special man of God in your prayers. Lord willing, I will be at Pleasant Hill Baptist next week for their annual Bible conference. Brother Craig will moderate the meeting. Pray about the meeting as well. I am expecting the Lord to do some great things for us during those days of meeting. I am not sure who all will be there. I know that Brother Doug Bearden and I will be doing the night preaching. I am sure there will be a number of great preachers there in the AM services. Pray for the meeting and come if you can! God bless.

Sick And Tired…

Of being sick and tired. For the last few weeks I have been fighting a wicked cold in my chest and head. I think I either had bronchitis or pneumonia, or both. Wither way, I heven’t felt like doing much. Of course, even with the sickness, I had to do some preaching, so that just prolonged my recovery. Anyway, enough whining, right? I am feeling some better. Still coughing, still hoarse, still stuffy headed, but well on the road to recovery. God is good!

The last week has been a tough week for other reasons, but through all the issues of life, God has demonstrated His grace and presence in a great way. My wife Joan and I have been spending a considerable amount of time in prayer together and the Lord is blessing that. I love my wife! She is an inspiration to me. I have been watching her grow in the Lord. She is a praying woman and she has been actively seeking the Lord. He has been blessing her in return. He is honoring His promise to draw near to those who draw near to Him, James 4:8. I appreciate the ministry she has had in my life.

Today, I would like for you to help me pray for a preacher named Milton Martin. Brother Milton is the Pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Vanntown, TN. Brother Milton is going to have to have heart valve replacement surgery within the next few weeks. Please remember him, his wife Barbara, their daughters Carrie and Lois, their grandchildren and the church he pastors. Brother Milton is a humble, faithful man of God and I am asking the Lord to give him complete healing for His glory. I know Brother Milton would appreciate your prayers.

I have spent the past two mornings at the Taylorsville Baptist Camp Meeting. The preaching was great and the presence of the Lord was so very real and powerful. I got some help for my soul yesterday and I am thankful for that. Pray for that meeting as it continues through Friday.

Looking ahead, it is just a month until our Bible conference at Calvary. The dates are August 2-6. The preachers include Tom Hayes, Scott Moneyham, Rick Safriet, Steve Dagenhart, and Eric Snider. Please pray for the meeting and make your plans to join us then. The service times on Sunday are 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Monday through Thursday the service times are 9:30 AM and 7:00 PM. We hope to see you then!