October 1, 2020

Hello everyone!
 
I hope that your week is going well. I also hope that you are enjoying the weather as we have brisk mornings! Its my favorite time of the year.
 
I will be starting a Series of messages on some basis Bible/Baptist Doctrines it will be a 12-week series. Dealing with, How you can be saved and know it, How to be sure that you have Eternal Security 2 parts, How to come back when you are down. Those are the first four in the series. It should be a great series to help people who are just not sure about what the Bible says about these things.
 
 
I see much confusion in Baptist churches today and have for some time now. I started pastoring a Baptist church in 1984, it was one that I started in Connecticut. My very first church was in 1982 and was a Bible Church. So, I have been at this for some time now. In that time, I have observed a slow drift by Baptists to the left/world. We have started being like other Denominational churches and even more like the world. To the point that some have even taken Baptist out of their name, they say to be able to reach more people. I just laugh at that reasoning, if the people inside the building are not different, changing the name will not help one bit.
 
 
Baptists have always stood for something, the Bible! Now we have more of the world and less of the Bible in our services. We have compromised the Scriptures for worldly popularity. Some have gone so far as to ordain women, hire non-Baptists as pastors, allow any kind of teaching into our churches. Baptists are not charismatics; we do not believe in the modern day charismatic “gifts”. Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, with special emphasis on verses 8-13.
 
 
Nor do we believe in losing your salvation or walking away from it! Read John 3:15-16; John 10:28; Romans 8:35-39. Jesus did not die to give us “temporary” life, He died so that we could have “eternal” life. This is a solid fact of salvation. I will be preaching on this in the coming weeks. Come listen, take notes, and ask me after the service whatever questions you like.
 
 
The first three, prophecy, tongues, and knowledge, were establishing gifts of the church, verse 8 says that these first three will, fail, cease, vanish away. Then in verse 13 they are to be replaced by Faith, Hope and Charity/Love. These are perpetuating (to continue indefinitely, preserve) gifts of the church. They will take us on to eternity. This has been the Baptist belief since Baptists began. But there are some who want to rewrite Bible/Baptist doctrine. Others teach that you can lose our salvation, when Christ said that it is a done deal until you reach glory. Some would take Scripture out of context to try to show that you can either lose or walk away from salvation. Which would render eternal life mute. It would be “until you lose it or walk away from it life.”
 
 
So, the series should be eye opener for some and maybe bone of contention for others. Either way it will be Biblical and exciting! I am looking forward to it!
 
 
More next time…
 
Pastor
 


September 24, 2020

Hello everyone!

 

I trust that the week is going well for you! As the weather turns cooler, I find myself being happier and in a much better mood. Isn’t it something that the weather can make us happier and sometimes it makes us sad. When the weather suits us its good and when it doesn’t its not so good. I wonder how that fits into the Scripture that says, “This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24 KJV. So, it says that we WILL rejoice and be glad. Interesting how we can allow the least little thing to discourage us and get us off track. That is why I used the weather, we all have a preference, some like to hot, some like it warm, some like it cool, and some like it cold. We all have favorites; I like the rain and I like snow. Others like heat and sun.

 

The problem with this is not what you prefer, it’s how you deal with the things that you do not like. Do you keep a good attitude, or does your joy dissipate when things aren’t to your liking? The mature Christian should know how to take the good and the bad, without allowing it to discourage you. Two verses of Scripture should encourage us, “Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4; and “Rejoice evermore.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16 KJV. And there are many other Scriptures that encourage us to rejoice, be glad, praise the Lord. All of these require that we should be happy.

 

Paul told us, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11 KJV. I believe that God, through Paul, is trying to tell us to not allow outside things to discourage us. True happiness comes from within. If we live our lives with a heart of praise toward God, then the other stuff will not affect us so much.

 

You like the rain, but its sunny outside, thank God for the sunshine. You like the sunshine, but its raining outside, thank God for the rain. Apply this to whatever it is that can get you down, start thanking God for it all. Start the day by thanking God for a new day, new opportunities, new joys, and learn from the circumstances that come your way! Allow Romans 8:28 to be real in your life! “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” All things, not just the ones that we like. Give God a chance to work in your life, through the things that you like and the things that you do not like.

 

This is how we grow and how we are conformed to the image of Jesus! Rejoice in the Lord, and again I say REJOICE!

 

More next time…

 

Pastor

 



September 16, 2020

Hello everyone! I took a while off from writing my blogs, I really ran out of inspiration to write them. But, I’m back! This past Sunday was the Fall kick off at Castledowns Baptist, we had our highest attendance since Trish, and I arrived back in late February. It was the fifth week in a row of first-time guests and our Children’s Church kicked off. It was a great day all in all. Many new faces and people to meet.

The Fall is my personal favorite time of year. The crisp air and smells of Fall are very nice to me. I finished up a sermon series on Roads of the Bible, I think that it went well. So, we will be endeavoring to continue the streak of new folks as we progress into the fall.

The world is still going crazy, people act like they have no sense whatsoever. People killing law enforcement officers and others cheering while they do it. It is a very sad time in which we live today. The one thing that we, as Christians, can count on is that God is aware of what is going on. He does not approve of it by any means, that is for sure. But, in the end it will work out the way the Bible says it will in the end. Continue to tryst Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose.” (KJV).

It does not mean that everything will be good, what it does mean is that if you will just hang in there and allow God to work, it will be for good in the end. That is the hard part for many, allowing God to work out His plan, in our lives and in the lives of those that we love. But I encourage you to do it anyway, no matter how hard.

God is on the Throne and He does care, do not be weary and quit of Him. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9 KJV)

Have a great rest of the week and keep on trusting God, He is never late, but always on time!
 

More next time.

Pastor



June 24, 2020

Hello everyone! I trust that you are doing well and if not, that you are trusting Jesus to get you through it. He is s friend that sticketh closer than a brother! Do not despair in trials, God is always there right beside us as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death!

I am going to address a topic that can be very controversial depending on the person, “Tithing,” giving to God what is His in the first place. There are many scriptures that talk about this, almost 30 in the Old Testament and 7 in the New Testament contain the words, “tithe or tithes.” With several others that say “tenth” which is what a tithe is, a “tenth”. That makes it very easy, one tenth of what we earn or are given belongs to the Lord.

Now if you have continued with me this far, allow me to explain. Many preachers, teachers are afraid to teach on tithing for fear of losing people, that would not be the case with me. I believe that if I preach, teach the whole council of God blessings will come to those who obey.

So, let’s go to the first time the tithe/tenth was mentioned, Genesis 14:20 “And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.” So, all the spoils that he had taken in battle, he gave God a tenth/tithe. Now the problem is that most people have been taught that the tithe is no longer Gods, that they can do whatever they want with what God allows them to have. That could be no further from the truth. I will give you some other scriptures to check out then, move to the New Testament, Leviticus 27:30, 32; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 12:17; 14:22-23, 28; Nehemiah 10:38; 13:12. And the most pointed of all Malachi 3:8-9 “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.” So, they had robbed God in their tithing, but not that alone, also in offerings. Offerings are above the tithe, that is the money that God lays on your heart to give to some missionary, church project, some other ministry than your local church, to name a few.

 

You do not split up your tithe to other things. Why, you ask… Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” God is saying that if we are faithful in giving our tithes and offerings, He will bless us. You might ask, “what if we don’t give our tithe?” Well then, read verse 11 of Malachi chapter 3. Things will happen that cost you, car will need a repair, dishwasher will break, furnace will quit, maybe you pay will get cut, and on and on.

New Testament, Matthew 23:23, Jesus speaking tells the Pharisees that they are hypocrites, because they tithe but do not obey law, judgment, mercy, and faith. He said that it was good that they gave the tenth, but they should not have omitted the other. Also, Luke 11:42, the same thing recorded by Luke. So, Jesus tells them that they should be tithing. Luke 6:38 relates also as the scripture tells us “to give”, as you give it will be given unto you. And Hebrews supports the fact of tithing as a good thing, chapter 7 verses 5-6, 8-9. So, to say that tithing is not for us, is not Biblically correct.

 

So much more that I could say, but space won’t allow. The only place in Scripture that God tells us to prove Him is regarding our tithe. Try Him and see that it works, not only works but brings blessing.

Oh, the storehouse in Malachi 3 is the local church where you belong, where you get your spiritual food and fellowship. The local church has expenses, insurance, utilities, salaries, maintenance, supplies, and much more. Trust God have faith and give it a try.

 

More next time…
Pastor


June 17, 2020

Hello everyone! I pray that your week is going well. We are starting to get out of this lockdown and back to doing things that need done. This Sunday, Father’s Day, we are hoping to see many of you back in worship. I am excited to get to see many of you again and some for the first time! I will do my best to make it worth your while to come worship with us.

Now shifting gears a bit, I am amazed at the move in Baptist circles into what I consider false teaching. The old Bible standard seems to no longer apply. Men are no longer comfortable with being called fundamentalists; in some cases they do not want to be called conservative. I just do not get it. R. A. Torreys book “The Fundamentals” is still a full of sound doctrine. Printed in 12 volumes back in the early 1900’s, he sought to set forth the fundamentals of the Christian faith. A four volume set was issued by BIOLA, Bible Institute of Los Angeles. Many, if not most, preachers have departed from the faith once delivered, let alone “earnestly contending” Jude 3.

Every mish mosh of theology has been accepted into Baptist churches. There is the attitude of growth at any cost and unfortunately that cost is sound doctrine. I will endeavor to always preach and teach sound doctrine, to not compromise in a futile attempt to please people. You can never please everyone, so just please God and stay true to His Word.
 

Some Scriptures for you to read; Galatians 1:10; 2 Timothy 2:4; Romans 16:17; Ephesians 4:14; 1 Timothy 1:3; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Timothy 4:2-4; Titus 2:1.

Psalms 119:89; Hebrews 13:8.

The church should NEVER allow the world to set the standard, Gods Word does that. To lower the standard to please the world and the politically correct is to displease God! His Word is settled in heaven and it does not change!

More next time…

Pastor



June 9, 2020

Hello everyone! Well, it’s a beautiful day in Edmonton! Looks like the rain has stopped for a day or two. Now we get to enjoy sunshine for a while, even though I do enjoy rainy days!

I hope that things in your life have been going well. It has been a struggle for many with the lockdown and all that it has brought about. The Provincial government has begun to let up on churches now. We are going to be going back to one service on Sunday June 21st, Father’s Day! So, please plan to start back worshipping with us. It should a great start to summer!

This Sunday I will be preaching from the Scripture contained in the Gospel of Luke chapter 5 verses 1-11, “Launch Out Into The Deep.” It should be a challenging message. I trust that you will come to the 9:30 or 10:30 service, whichever works for you. It will be the last week, at least for a while, that you will have that choice.

I would like to remind you, that whatever is going on and wherever you may be in life, it could be worse. I pray that you are in a good place, loving life and serving God, but some may not be there. Try to count your blessings, think of the good things that God has done for you. Do not allow your mind to dwell on the negative things in life. It isn’t easy, but you can do it! Read Philippians 4:6-9.

Have a blessed rest of the week, stay fixed on God’s love and grace.

More next time…

 

Pastor



May 27, 2020

Hello everyone! I pray that you are enjoying this time of your life! We always wish for something that we do not have, thereby missing what we have.

Yes, I understand that it is a tough time around our world with all of this COVID stuff. We could and should be using this time to get into the Word and for praying. Things are not ideal that is for sure. Continue to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and spirit!

Unfortunately, what I see is that some, Christians, have taken this time to put others down. Why do they do this? Well, because some think that we should do everything that the government tells us to do. Others think that free men and women should do what their conscience tells them to do. I think that both are right in the fact that they should do what they feel is best for them. Keep in mind that when the powers that be confronted Peter and the other apostles, Peter said; “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29.

It’s okay to do what you think best. It is not okay to put others down because they do not do what you think that they should do. I saw the other day where a former pastors wife called people “so-called Christians” because they did not agree with her. And why? Because some churches have chosen to reopen and not obey the government. Last check, I thought that believers were accountable to God, not to the government and certainly not other believers. We will give an account at the judgement, to God!

The cause of Christ is not benefited by the putting down of other believers just because they do not do it my way! 1 Corinthians 2:14-15 tells us, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because the are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” What I have always preached on here is that, we can judge things, actions, but we do not have the right to judge people. We do not know their heart, only God knows that.

So, let us do what we feel comfortable doing, wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, wear gloves, don’t wear gloves. Give others the same space that you want. And please, do not use that phrase, “well they are self-centered and do not care about others.” You do not know their heart!

Thanks for reading this, have a blessed week! See some of you at church this Sunday!

Pastor



May 20, 2020

Hello everyone! I trust that your week is going well. It is going well for Trish and myself, it is a trying time with the lockdown and how it effects the church. It appears that the lockdown will be easing a bit.

We will be meeting again at the church building. We are limited to around 30 people, at the writing of this blog. I will be taking part in a conference call with Premier Kenney, Thursday evening May 21st. I will be one of many church leaders in Alberta. It is to be a sharing and question time. I believe that it is genuinely nice of him to offer such a time.

This Sunday May 24th we will be having a 9:30am service and a 10:30am service. If you are coming, please be a couple of minutes early. The 9:30 service will need to leave at the conclusion of the service so that those coming for the 10:30 service will not put us over the allowed number. I will not be turning anyone away from the church if, in fact, we go a couple of people over 30. I might add, neither were Greg or Darcy, it would be sad to turn someone away from hearing the Word. We do not know the need of their heart. But we are not planning on being over 30 – 35 people on purpose. Also, when the limits are lifted, we will be going back to one service, until such time as we grow and have need of the second morning service.

Now on to better things, it has been an amazing time as far as weather goes for me! I do enjoy the cool days and I love the rain! I am already looking forward to the Fall. It is my favourite time of year! I am excited to start seeing our church folks again! Trish and I have longed to be able to connect with you all. Now it looks like we can start that process!

God is good to us, all the time! Do your best to continue to pray for God’s blessing on the church! Try hard to be in the Word daily, allow Him to talk to you, through the Word. Pray for one another!

May the love and grace of God abound in your lives,

Pastor



May 5, 2020

Hello everyone!

I hope that you all are doing well and trusting Jesus daily! He is our Rock and Deliverer! (Psalm 18:2; 18:46; 1 Corinthians 10:4) Thank God that He is the one that we can run to in times of trouble. This world in which we live has gone crazy it would appear, so many mixed signals out there. Do this, don’t do that, this is right, this is wrong. It is the most upside-down time that I can ever remember in my lifetime for sure.

But this too shall pass. The goal for the Christian should be to stay close to God, trust Him alone. History has taught us that we cannot trust the government to take care of us. It should be our goal to trust in the Lord. Do not allow the government or anyone for that matter force you to disobey God and His Word. Keep following and keep trusting, what about the children of Israel at the Red Sea? Pharaoh coming up behind them with his army and a seeming impassable body of water in front of them. They had no choice but to trust God and He came through for them! Folks, we have the same God today (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8), there is no reason not to trust Him during this uncertain time in history.

We need to continue to be the church, the light to the world, a committed group of baptized believers, on fire for God, and on mission to a lost and dying world! You and I need to continue to trust and obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey! We will be back in the church house soon, be praying that many will stay faithful and return with us. For corporate worship, for fellowship, laughing and crying together, to rejoice together! Our God is still on the Throne! So I say rejoice in the Lord!

I would like to leave you with this from the Book of Joshua, “…Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9). God is taking care of us, sit back and watch the salvation of the Lord.

Blessings! Have a great rest of the week!

Pastor



April 28, 2020

Hello everyone! I trust that as you read this blog that you are trusting the Lord for your protection and blessing. Many times, it seems easier for the believer to trust in the world, than in God. We trust our bank account, we trust in our paycheck, we trust in the government and quite often we trust ourselves. We think that if we have planned something out that it will work that way.

What I have found in life is that my plans all to often go the way of the dodo bird. They just do not work out, only the plans that I have to follow Gods leading in my life work out. Not easy all the time for sure, sometimes we find it is extremely hard to follow God, we want something in writing from God to us. Maybe to come in the mail, signed by God.

But God has given us His Word to follow, trust in what He says to us, be faithful. In the Book of Hebrews chapter 11 and verse 1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Interesting things, that we cannot see faith as such. We must trust that what God says, He will do. 2 Corinthians 5:17; “For we walk by faith not by sight.” Now not everything that comes our way will seem to be good at the time, I know that for sure. This virus that we are all dealing with, seems at face value to be a bad thing, but when it is past, and it will pass, we will see what the future holds. In Romans 8:28 the Scripture says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love the God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” What we can take away from that is that we need to ride whatever out, then evaluate how it impacted us. What may seem to be negative may work out to be good.

The second time that they found that I had cancer was because of my having appendicitis. Now let me tell you I was having a great amount of pain, Trish drove me from Pahrump to Veterans Hospital in Las Vegas, every turn was sheer pain. Got into the ER, they took a look and I was on my way to surgery. Now I just saw that as a pain that I surely did not need. After a short time, the doctor let me know that they found cancer at the entry to the appendix and that I would need another surgery. Had I not had the pain, the 60-minute drive, the surgery, it surely would have spread, and I may not even be in this life now. Let God work out the things in your life, trust Him to do what’s best for you. No matter how young or old, it is the prefect time in your life to learn to trust God through all things.

Trish and I are still excited to be here, it is Gods will for us. When we are finally able to get back to church in our building it will be great! God is going to do great thing with and through Castledowns Baptist Church! Pray with us and for us, that God will guide and that we will follow!

 

Because of His Amazing Grace,

Pastor