Thursday, December 21, 2006
Vision Sunday, January 7th 2007 – I will be sharing what God has placed on my heart for the future of First Baptist. I want to give the people something to grab hold of and work towards.
Deacon Family Ministry – This ministry of the deacons will be a great aid to me and will help us close the “back door” of the church by keeping in better contact with our members. All the church members will be assigned to a specific deacon who will be responsible for maintaining the relationship and meeting any needs they may have.
Construction of the Life Enrichment Center – We will see the LEC completed by the end of 2007. This has been a long-term dream for our church, and it will be wonderful to see God bring it to completion. The LEC will be a fantastic way for our church to reach out to the community. It is a multi-function building with a gym, stage area, classrooms, and a kitchen.
Membership Discovery Class - We will be working towards the development of a membership class that would be a prerequisite for joining the church. In this class we would share our beliefs, what it means to be a church member (expectations), how the church operates, and how a person can be involved. I think this will be a definite plus for the church when it comes to the commitment and retention of new members.
I've got a few other things in the works that I'll share with you as the church works through them.
I'm signing off for this year...See you next year.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Let me guess...that's what new year's resolutions are for...
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
The church I pastor has a church sign that has interchangeable letters (so we could conceivable put those great messages out), but we only put the service times and pastor's name (like that's really important) on the sign.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Back to what I was going to say...The Chargers were up by 8 points with a little over a minute remaining and Denver had the ball on their own 4 yard line, so they have to go 96 yards for the touchdown and score the 2 point conversion. Practically impossible, but the Broncos got a big play and move the ball out to the 40, and then one of the Chargers defensive linemen got man and started punching a Broncos player. That got him ejected and gave the Broncos another 15 yards on the penalty.
Who's team is this guy playing on? It's not about his petty revenge on some other player. It's about the team winning. When will we ever figure out that everything is not about us? For that guy it was about his team winning the football game.
For Christians out there...this whole thing is not about you. It's all for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Get over yourself and starting playing for the team. Let go of grudges and forgive.
Friday, November 17, 2006
You can pray for me. The Billy Graham and Charles Stanley things were no prob, but I'm a little nervous about this one.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
1. Our house has a built-in grill on the back porch. The first time I went to use it I found a mouse nest with a mamma mouse and 3 babies inside our grill. So I ran the mouse off (unsuccessfully tried to kill it) and gave the grill a good cleaning. A week and a half later I went to grill again and the mouse had come back in the grill and rebuilt the nest!!! This time the mouse did not escape. Victory was mine.
2. I use those glue boards in my garage to catch insects. Here's the list of things I've caught on the glue boards besides insects. 2 birds (they get in the garage and try to eat the insects but get stuck on the glue board), 1 snake (this was a nice catch), 1 mouse.
3. Our house is two stories. Luke has fallen down the stairs.
4. We've been rolled twice.
5. Life is great and God is so gracious. I'm glad to have a house.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Here's some recent pics of Luke. Enjoy.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
"nature tithe doug stuart"
"postexilic judean community/ezra prophecy ceased"
"joseph wiles bcm"
Go figure. How does the number 4 bring a person to our site?
Monday, October 30, 2006
So...what should we name our new dog? I like the name "Scout."
Tell me what you think.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
However, on a similiar note, Microsoft also just released the next version of IE for download from their website. The new version (IE7) is a vast improvement over it's predecessor b/c of it's security enhancements. IE7 also has most of the cool features that make Firefox so good.
Monday, October 23, 2006
I'm going to shut down our website. The website is shutting down because it costs money but this blog is free. Also the purposes of the website were to publish photos for our family to see since we were living far away and to publish my resume for potential churches to be able to download it. Both of those things have changed now.
We'll post our pics on the blog from time to time rather than on the website.
I'm coming up on two months as the pastor of First Baptist Smithville. It's really incredible so far. Emily and I have received so much encouragement from the people, and I'm really enjoying preaching. God has been good to us. I'll post pics soon.
God bless friends....Mark
Monday, August 28, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Sun. 6th - speaking to youth group in the evening
Mon. 7th - meeting the senior adults for lunch and a time they can ask me questions
Fri. 11th - cookout with a small group from the church
Sun. 13th - church's homecoming; will be there in morning and afternoon; preaching evening
Mon. 14th - meeting in evening with the brotherhood group (men's fellowship)
Sun. 20th - preaching morning service; church votes after service
Monday, July 24, 2006
Keith...don't you love suspense???
Friday, July 21, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
1. The reason Genesis 1 was written is explained in verse 1, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." This is the summary statement for the whole chapter. Genesis 1 serves as a record of God's creative activity, and displays that our God is creative. But more than this verse 1 makes a clear statement of fact that God is the one who brought our world into existence, not any other power or force.
2. Genesis 1 does not exist to serve as a timetable so we can figure out the amount of time God used to create the world. First, Biblical Hebrew was a pre-scientific language. The Hebrew language was a very artistic and picturesque language. So, rather than describe exactly and scientifically the amount of time it took God to do his work, the activity of God was described and summed up by days.
3. In biblical interpretation we must allow the author's original purpose of the text to come though in our interpretations. That means we don't force the text to mean something in today's highly scientific world that it didn't mean in Moses' pre-scientific world.
So, what was Moses' purpose? To make a very direct statement that God is the sovereign author of all creation. He is bigger than his creation. So as the Israelites sat poised to take the promised land after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, when they read the account of creation it would cause them to know that God is over all. Also, they would see that other nations were worshipping the mere things (sun, moon, stars, trees, rocks, etc.) that had been created by the God of Israel. Therefore, the gods of the other nations were powerless while the God of Israel was in full and sovereign control.
Does Genesis 1 describe 7 literal 24-hour-days? Maybe, but what does it matter because that was not Moses' purpose in writing Genesis 1. Unfortunately we major on this one point when we come to Gensis 1. Can you see the Israelites as they're about to move into the promised land arguing over whether Moses meant literal days or figurative days? Doubtful. They knew that their God had created the land and so he had the power to give it to them as he was doing.
Okay...so I suppose that will stir you all up and get some fun comments. Don't be too hard on me.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
Our Florida trip was really good. Nice break.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Hey folks. I can't say the least bit that I've missed the hot
We've had a good first week in
On Saturday, Em and I are headed to
Friday, May 26, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
We don't understand so that we may believe. We believe so that we may understand. The Christian life is faith seeking understanding. As you read Hebrews 11 you find in verse 39 "All these (the people written about in ch. 11) were approved through their faith, but they did not receive what was promised..." The great giants of our religion had only their faith in this lifetime (how's that for you prosperity gospel people???). Their faith was reality and it became their eternal hope upon death.
Chapter 12 tells us that these great giants of faith are now a great cloud of witnesses around us as we make our trek through the world. Will you make your trek by faith???
Monday, May 01, 2006
Ordination is on May 13th. Same day as graduation. Same day as Luke's dedication. Geez...who's planning these events???
Friday, April 28, 2006
Monday, April 24, 2006
Elsewhere in the world today...I uploaded some of our Easter pictures.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
cell phone in order to make a backup copy of the crazy recording between Logan and Henderson? If he had done that then the problem would have been solved, but I guess that's why he didn't do that b/c then the problem would have been solved...and by the way this is a TV show where they hook you so you come back and watch next week. (Good thing their tactics don't work on me).
Friday, April 14, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
To visit the "Don't Click It" website, click here (how ironic is that?!?!?).
I have one question. All of these people who have taught me over the past several years are called Dr. This and Dr. That (real names withheld to protect the innocent...) because they have earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree. When I graduate next month, I'll have the degree Master of Theology. So here's my one question...since we are calling people by their degree title, will anybody be calling me "Master Bass"? I doubt that will be happening.
Although I'll have the degree Master of Theology, that's not a good description of who I am. As one of my profs told me recently, "When they declare you a Master of Theology...don't you believe it." Seminary has been a great road, and I've learned so much, but it's only the beginning of a journey..................
Monday, April 10, 2006
Emily bought a CD to give to a friend as a b-day gift. We won it for $5 + shipping. Came up to about half price of what we'd pay for it in the store. The CD was described as brand new and sealed in the wrapper...when it came a few days later it was not sealed, the case was scratched and had a hole in it. That would have gone over well as a b-day present.
So, I emailed the seller and he refunded all of our money. We got the CD for free to keep for ourselves, but still don't have the b-day gift.
I still like ebay b/c you can get some fantastic deals.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Here's the website for Oak Leaf Church.
Here's the lead pastor's blog.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Can I say...it was crazy nice. Although I didn't get to play golf (that costs major $$$ at a donor event) I did sit and watch guys hit into the 18th green. The course was perfectly manicured. Inside the resort there were people everywhere who would serve you. I went into the internet business room to check my email and a tuxedo clad guy comes up to me and asks what he can do for me drink or food wise. At lunch I sat down after getting my food and the waiter immediately comes to pour my tea, and then he takes my cloth napkin and drapes it across my lap...that has NEVER happened to me before. Those type of things always freak me out because I wonder what they are doing.
Well...it was a fun day, and it makes me want to play a little golf myself. Alas...I shall wait until seminary is finished for those excursions.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
I started out really good last Friday. When I went to the gym I weighed in at 195.6. When I left the gym about 2 hours later I weighed 194.0 on the same set of scales. Now that's a weight loss program for you (not sure how that actually happened).
Here's my game plan for the month of April:
1. No cokes (easy). Where I grew up "coke" is the name of any product which falls under the category of soft drinks. If you wanted some drink other than an actual coke-a-cola the conversation would go something like this (What would you like to drink? I'll take a coke. What kind? A Mountain Dew please.) Sorry to get side tracked, but this was an important point :)
2. No desserts (really hard for me to do).
My goal is to be 185 at my seminary graduation on May 13. I wrote all this so you wonderful people can hold me accountable.
As a side note to all of this I was thinking about the times when I go running. I was imagining how much easier and faster I could run if I lost about 20 pounds. My legs would have 20 less pounds of me to carry around. Brilliant thought, huh. If you've actually read all of this random babbling...you've got a lot of free time.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
It's b/c of my blogger widget that was designed to integrate with blogger.
If you don't know what a widget is, that's b/c you're not using a Mac computer. There's a link on the side bar to the Apple web page (a little mac evangelism for you there). My humble opinion is that Macs rock.
I'm actually using my widget to type and publish this post right now w/o ever having to start a web browser or anything. I do it directly from the desktop. Pretty cool.
Friday, March 24, 2006
1. Teach your kids to become independent from you.
2. Teach your kids to be dependent on God.
3. Teach your kids they are responsible for their actions.
What do you think???
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (context falls back on preceeding verses, starting with 7)
I. Your focus determines your hope. (16)
II. Understand hardships from the eternal perspective. (17)
A. 3 comparisons - circumstance, time, weight
B. View life's hardships as opportunities.
III. You have a choice in the set of eyes you look through. (18)
A. Momentary eyes - look at your situation
B. Eternal eyes - look beyond your situation
Despite all the hardships Paul experienced in his life, he boldly said, "We do not lose heart." You can say the same, just keep an eternal perspective on everything that happens.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
Give me a few thoughts about these verses. These are some of my favorite verses in Paul's writings. I'll post my outline a little bit later.