GROW BY LEARNING January thru
                                        March 2010
Personal, Family, and Church
This book of Blogs from Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher of
Rivers of Joy Baptist Church. My dear wife Charity has help...
2
Contents
The Start of a new year Two Thousand and Ten               6
Charles E. Whisnant                                 ...
Computer Virus Hits                                           20
    Update on the Computer                               ...
GOSPEL DRIVEN CENTERED CHURCH                        36
A NEW BLOGGER FOR THE STUDY OF ROMANS                36
THE EXPERI...
The Start of a new year Two Thousand and Ten
    Saturday, January 02, 2010
    Sometimes just for the enjoyment of music ...
Bible Class 509
Monday, January 04, 2010
                                             Mrs. Bernice Fail, (member of FBC in...
Tiger Wood's Redempton
    Monday, January 04, 2010
    Brtit Hume did great on O'Rally Monday. He was totally one with hi...
1. Faith
 2. Hope
 3. Love
The idea we need to put into action those nouns.

  1. Believe
  2. Dream
  3. Image

Posted by...
and have fellowship with us.


     If you can get into your car Sunday, then I would say, you might be able to come. Just...
Our Conception of Christian Living
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Our conception of Christian living

(J. R. Miller, "Being Chri...
Granddaughters January 2010
     Wednesday, January 13, 2010
                                                 Posted by Ch...
month it will be our 40.7 wedding anniverary.

                       She might have something.
                       Pos...
Are Your Serious About Your Spiritual Life
     Monday, January 18, 2010
     Let me ask this: ARE YOU SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR ...
Salvation is a continuous working out its holiness
in us
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
SALVATION DOESN'T STOP AFTER WE FIRST R...
Memorial Service in Roanoke, Virginia
     Saturday, January 23, 2010
                                                  Ch...
Its amazing after 55 years you still have in your heart a love for those who you knew. A
seed was planted and it grew for ...
• Don’t love the church because of what it does for you. Because sooner or later it won’t
     do enough.
     • Don’t lov...
Monday, January 25, 2010
Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 03:59PM (-06:00)


Charles Whisnant Teaching Chapter by Chapter
...
“Two things never live up to their billing: the circus and sin.”

     “It does not matter how small the sins are, provide...
Computer Virus Hits
Friday, January 29, 2010
                                            This is my office at home.

     ...
Bowling
     Monday, February 01, 2010
                                  On Saturday Charity and I went bowling
          ...
Faith Is The Result of The New Birth
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
THE CHANNEL or conduit IN WHICH GOD USES TO BRING ABOUT TH...
Simply recording Spurgeon's messages was a labor-intensive process in those days
     before electronic sound-capture was ...
shall ever hinder the peace of God with them, but that they shall through Him be received
into the number of those who sha...
• If the evidence of guilt be insufficient or inconclusive, there is no necessity for a pardon!

     • Preachers and teac...
Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant

One of the fundamental marks of liberalism is its constant attack against "doctrine." ...
3:18,19)

     As you know it’s always being my goal to discover the depth of Scripture. I do get excited
     about what ...
1B Professing (5335) (phasko from phemi = to say or affirm) means to affirm, allege,
pretend, profess. The idea conveyed b...
and serve Him; His power enables their sanctification.
     THE POSSIBILITY OF LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS TWO-FOLD

    ...
2B HOLY ASPIRATION:

   • A Strong desire to achieve something higher or greater: knowledge, wisdom, to be
     like Paul,...
BY CONFESSING OUR SIN Joshua 7:19

     BY TRUSTING IN HIM Romans 4:20

     BY PRAISING HIM Psalms 50:23; Psalms 145

   ...
Word, hearing his voice, and receiving direction for your life as a part of your
     church.
   • THUS PREACHING THE WORD...
So what would make one service better than another when you are doing the same
     things each week? The singing is alway...
NOTHING HAPPENS AUTOMATICALLY IN THE
CHRISTIAN LIFE
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Nothing happens automatically in the Chris...
The fallacy of the humanist is, of course, that he believes that all you have to do therefore
     is to tell people to th...
THE EXPERIENCES OF MINISTRIES SEEM TO
BE THE SAME
Monday, February 22, 2010
My experience in ministry seems never to chang...
I continue to view others who are much smarter than I in matters of interpretation. I don't
     change my position just b...
to just anyone who comes along. And that’s why the Apostle Paul would not feel at home
in many of our churches today.

Eve...
Sometimes we ordain people to the ministry. That’s important because it means that a
     certain group of well-respected ...
the Corinthians:

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:
Neither the sex...
Her answer would blow their minds.

     Or here is a man in Corinth who has lived a homosexual lifestyle. But no more. He...
Christians are “living epistles,” letters that anyone can read. Christianity written on the
soul is

Legible,
Persuasive,
...
He’s Almighty God, Maker of heaven and earth.
     Like we’re going to impress him?
     I think not.

     I’ve already s...
believed his message. Not all of his disciples stayed true to the Master. And yet he
determined to go wherever he was led,...
“Follow me, and don’t worry about anyone else.”
     “Follow me, and I’ll take care of the others.”
     “Follow me, and y...
Our home was broken into last week, and they took a lot of things, but they are things. A
little shaken but we are find.

...
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  1. 1. GROW BY LEARNING January thru March 2010 Personal, Family, and Church
  2. 2. This book of Blogs from Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church. My dear wife Charity has help me to make my blog readable. Hope you enjoy reading them. 1
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  4. 4. Contents The Start of a new year Two Thousand and Ten 6 Charles E. Whisnant 6 Bible Class 509 7 Tiger Wood's Redempton 7 Lexmark Collection Cars 8 Bob Temple Preaching January 2010 8 Should We Have Services Sunday 9 What A Family 10 Our Conception of Christian Living 11 Granddaughters January 2010 11 Charles Whisnant and Charity's 40.6 Anniversary. 12 Wednesday Night Bible Study 13 Are Your Serious About Your Spiritual Life 14 Salvation is a continuous working out its holiness in us 14 Roanoke Baptist Temple of 1963-1966 Is Now a Rescue Mission 15 Memorial Service in Roanoke, Virginia 16 Roanoke Baptist Temple and now a Rescue Mission 17 The Active Willful Neglect of God Glory 17 Reasons How God Can Bless Your Church 17 The Gospel Is..... 18 Monday, January 25, 2010 19 Charles Whisnant Teaching Chapter by Chapter 19 Rivers of Joy Baptist Church 19 Rivers of Joy Baptist Church Photos 2009 20 3
  5. 5. Computer Virus Hits 20 Update on the Computer 21 Randy and Barbara Webb Family 21 Bowling 22 Why Do Preachers Think They Can Sing? 22 Faith Is The Result of The New Birth 23 Charles H. Spurgeon Sermons 23 The Atoning Work of Christ 24 Real Love Is Not Clean Water but the Living Water 25 the church is the body of Christ 25 Until You Know You Are A Sinner, You Will Not Know You Need A Saviour 25 350 Years of Baptist In America Were 26 Is The Teaching And Learning Doctrine Important? 26 God’s Right To Judge Mankind 27 God Is The Energizer of Life Part two 29 Trip to Lexington Februay 2010 31 SEVEN THINGS A PASTOR NEEDS TO REMEMBER 31 WAYS TO GLORIFY THE LORD 31 LEADERSHIP IS BEST DONE BY THE PASTOR WHEN 32 Union Mills Confectionery 33 GOD IS TO BE PRAISED AND GLORIFIED 33 RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH AND THE VICTORY CIRCLE 33 GROW BY LEARNING BOGGERS POST 2007 34 Spiritual Discipline 34 NOTHING HAPPENS AUTOMATICALLY IN THE CHRISTIAN 34 4
  6. 6. GOSPEL DRIVEN CENTERED CHURCH 36 A NEW BLOGGER FOR THE STUDY OF ROMANS 36 THE EXPERIENCES OF MINISTRIES SEEM TO BE THE SAME 37 GOD SAVES PEOPLE FROM EVERY GROUP 38 HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS? 38 SON KYLE AND GRANDDAUGHTER 46 THE LORD IS PATIENCE WITH US WHEN WE ARE NOT 46 THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LEARNING THE WORD OFGOD 48 THE DESIRE TO BE HONEST WITH WISDOM 49 Adam and Eve Redemption By Faith Video 50 Three Reasons Why We Should Not Complain To God 51 THE RESULTS OF GOD RELEASING MEN PART ONE 51 23 Results from God Releasing Man To Their Desires 52 The Philippian Kind of Church 52 HOW WE ARE TO WORSHIP GOD 52 WHY SHOULD WE QUIT COMPLAINING? 54 HOLDING FORTH THE WORD OF LIFE 56 GOD IS PRESENTED AS SAVIOR 59 What About The Moral Folks 61 HOW DO YOU WORSHIP AND PRAY 63 What Did Jesus Really Achieve on the Cross? 63 Everette Whisnant, my DAD 66 TEN QUESTIONS UNCHURCHED PEOPLE USUALLY DON'T ASK 66 5
  7. 7. The Start of a new year Two Thousand and Ten Saturday, January 02, 2010 Sometimes just for the enjoyment of music I guess, click here We begin another year. Its a new beginning by the calendar date. We can build on the pasted and remember the future is here, as they say its the first day of the rest of your life. So start today and make this day a day to be proud of. While I am here, here is a quote: • “The gospel as recorded in Scripture is as broad as creation. Since the church has been sent to make known this good news in all of life, in actions and in words, the church’s mission is, likewise, as broad as creation.” - Mike Goheen and Craig Bartholomew The Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. Its more than just Matthew 1:1, but John 1:1 AND Acts 1:1 and Philippians 1:1 and Romans 1:1-5 too. Remember its not about physical beauty that really counts, its the inward beauty you have with the Lord Jesus Christ. Really. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:48AM (-06:00) Charles E. Whisnant Sunday, January 03, 2010 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:09AM (-06:00) 6
  8. 8. Bible Class 509 Monday, January 04, 2010 Mrs. Bernice Fail, (member of FBC in Altoona, Ks.) said as she was leaving the church, "Pastor Charles, its like being in college when you teach us the Word of God." Charity said, "When you preach, you have to think, its like taking class 509." I do not try to teach on a college level, but try to explain the text in which I am teaching. I don't try to speak from the little knowledge I have in my head at the moment I am teaching. I spend a lot of time studying from those who have a greater understanding of the text than I do. I have a sermon manuscript before me when I am preaching, and give out an outline of the sermon to the people so they can follow alone. If they wish to study more later in the week. While most preacher it seems, preach on a fifth grade level on purpose, I have refused to do that. Because adults are not 5th graders. Besides as we have learned on the other hand we don't know as much as a fifth grader do we? Here you have Christians who have been saved for 20 years still on a fifth grade Bible level. And I desire to see them grow in the knowledge of wisdom of the Lord. I know we are told to take a deep subject and made it simple. I think my teaching is simple. I have seen Theological Journals in which I can't understand at all. The content of the message is propounded to say the leased. God's word while simple, is deep in in thought. Obedience. Simple right? To live it is not. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 10:07AM (-06:00) 7
  9. 9. Tiger Wood's Redempton Monday, January 04, 2010 Brtit Hume did great on O'Rally Monday. He was totally one with his comment. I hope someone will put his comment on YouTube. I have recently taught that God “calls us to obedience” and not to results. Brit the journalist had the opportunity to offer a safe professional journalistic response to the conversation about Tiger Woods. I commend him because he chose to stand in obedience to God and support of his faith. Adda boy Brit. Now we need to keep in mind that he (Brit) could very well be the new target for what he said on national TV. Let’s keep Brit in our prayers. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:43PM (-06:00) Lexmark Collection Cars Tuesday, January 05, 2010 Amazing, we are in the moment of time, I took this photo at 5:57 and posted it on Facebook at 5:57 and then posted the photo on my Blogger at 5:59 p.m. Thanks to Brian Williams for sending me two Lexmark 1/64 collection cars. My collection is growing. Brian is April's husband, who is the daugher of my lovely sister Ellen, who is the daughter to my wonderful Mom Pauline Whisnant, and they all live in Texas. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 04:57PM (-06:00) Bob Temple Preaching January 2010 Wednesday, January 06, 2010 This past Sunday January 03 2010 my father in law Bob Temple spoke for us at the Rivers of Joy Baptist Church. From Romans 5:1- 3 and Romans 5:4-5. Three words we have seen on a wall. 8
  10. 10. 1. Faith 2. Hope 3. Love The idea we need to put into action those nouns. 1. Believe 2. Dream 3. Image Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:55AM (-06:00) Should We Have Services Sunday Friday, January 08, 2010 Honest to goodness is this Thursday or Friday? So what happen to Thursday! It must have been all the blowing white snow that was fallen on my head. SO DO WE WORSHIP AND HAVE FELLOWSHIP AT RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH ON SUNDAY? I think of the mail carrier, rain, sleet or snow, hail, or high water, they always deliver the mail. So why should't Christians always find a way to come to church.Its going to be a little bitter cold Sunday, there will be snow in the yard.... I understand reasons people don't come to church, I understand there are good reasons not to come to church. There are some bad reasons why people don't come to church. Here is what I am saying, as I have said a number of times over the years, if you can get out 6 a.m. in the morning to go to work, then you should be able to get out at 9:30 a.m. and come an worship. And if you are old and unable to drive, then you need to say home. Remember folks who are not old and are able to drive will not come to worship the Lord 9
  11. 11. and have fellowship with us. If you can get into your car Sunday, then I would say, you might be able to come. Just saying. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:27PM (-06:00) What A Family Saturday, January 09, 2010 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:30PM (-06:00) 10
  12. 12. Our Conception of Christian Living Sunday, January 10, 2010 Our conception of Christian living (J. R. Miller, "Being Christians on Weekdays" 1888) True religion is intensely practical. Only so far as it dominates one's life--is it real. We must get the commandments out of God's Word--and give them a place in the hard, dusty paths of our earthly toil and struggle. We must get them off the tables of stone--and have them written on the walls of our own hearts! We must bring the Golden Rule--into our daily, actual life. We are too apt to imagine, that holiness consists in mere good feeling toward God. It does not! It consists in obedience in heart and life to the divine requirements. To be holy is, first, to be set apart for God and devoted to God's service, and it necessarily follows that we must live for God. Our hands are God's--and can fitly be used only in doing His work; our feet are God's-- and may be employed only in walking in His ways and running His errands; our lips are God's--and should speak words only that honor Him and bless others; our hearts are God's--and must not be profaned by thoughts and affections that are not pure. True holiness is no vague sentiment--it is intensely practical. It is nothing less than the bringing of every thought and feeling and act--into obedience to Christ! We are quite in danger of leaving out the element of obedience, in our conception of Christian living. If we do this, our religion loses its strength and grandeur--and becomes weak, nerveless and forceless. Our religion must touch every part of our life--and transform it all into the beauty of holiness. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:46AM (-06:00) 11
  13. 13. Granddaughters January 2010 Wednesday, January 13, 2010 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:08PM (-06:00) Charles Whisnant and Charity's 40.6 Anniversary. Friday, January 15, 2010 Charity calls: "Do you want a date night?" I said, "What for?" She said, "Its our 40 1/2 wedding anniversary!" Okay I said, let's have a date. So we had dinner and went to a movie. Yep a movie, the first one since 1999 or 2000. We saw the Blind Side with Sandra B. And the movie was great. And we had a great time. Charity said, we need to do this again. Maybe the 14th of next 12
  14. 14. month it will be our 40.7 wedding anniverary. She might have something. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 01:49PM (-06:00) Wednesday Night Bible Study Saturday, January 16, 2010 The Role of Members 2 of 2 from Charles E. Whisnant on Vimeo. Should Christians desire to study together on Wednesday Night the Word of God?Saundra and Bob Danny, Dorthy Janet, Shyann, Charity Kindra Bill, Linda, Lois, C, Dr. Who Jimmy Frankie, Pauline, Richard, Mary and Assoc Pastor Bill Should Christians desire to hear the teaching of the Word of God, and have fellowship with other believers in Wednesday Night? Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:16PM (-06:00) 13
  15. 15. Are Your Serious About Your Spiritual Life Monday, January 18, 2010 Let me ask this: ARE YOU SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE? POINT ONE: The Christian is to work out, bring out, and commanded to keep on doing an action as one’s general habit or life-style. To produce on the outside of your life what is on the inside of our life. What is planted by grace on the inside is to be made visible in your conduct what God has worked in. THEOLOGICAL: What God has worked by the way of salvation we are to work out by the way of sanctification. The call for maximum work. Maximum effort. Bring forth, to give intense commitment to the result of the salvation placed in us to do its designed purpose. C.T. Studd (1860 -1931) • Christ's call is to save the lost, not the stiff-necked; He came not to call scoffers but sinners to repentance; not to build and furnish comfortable chapels, churches, and cathedrals at home in which to rock Christian professors to sleep by means of clever essays, stereotyped prayers, and artistic musical performances, but to capture men from the devil's clutches and the very jaws of Hell. This can be accomplished only by a red- hot, unconventional, unfettered devotion, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the Lord Jesus Christ. • I felt something wrong with my relationship to the LORD, and so I am reading through the entire New Testament to check all the commands in case I have unwittingly violated any of them.” Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:07AM (-06:00) 14
  16. 16. Salvation is a continuous working out its holiness in us Tuesday, January 19, 2010 SALVATION DOESN'T STOP AFTER WE FIRST RECEIVE GOD'S GRACE What God has worked by the way of salvation in us, we are to work out by the way of sanctification. Romans 1:20 The call for maximum work. Maximum effort. Meaning "bring forth", "to give intense commitment" to the result of the salvation placed in us to do its designed purpose. • 1 Corinthians 9:27, Romans 12:1-2 Salvation is a continuous work in progress, i.e. called sanctification. We are continuous called to be obedience to the commands of Christ. They work for our holiness. They work of our spiritual health. We are not to careless live our lives. There is to be a daily discipline of right thinking, right acting, taking in the right stuff that will produce in us the right kind of spiritural food for our daily living. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:04AM (-06:00) Roanoke Baptist Temple of 1963-1966 Is Now a Rescue Mission Friday, January 22, 2010 The map of the location of Roanoke Baptist Temple as was shown by Google in 2010. The mission provides sleeping and washing accommodations to homeless men and women, a free cafeteria, free medical clinic, thrift store, free year-long live-in addiction recovery program for men and for women, a family shelter, and a summer rural day- camp for children. The Roanoke Rescue Mission is a Christian mission located in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. The mission is the largest homeless shelter in the state of Virginia. It is part of the City Mission movement. See the photos here and see here the work at the Rescue Mission in Roanoke While in Roanoke Virginia this week, I took these photos of the building that was in 1962-1966 the Roanoke Baptist Temple. I will say more next time. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:04PM (-06:00) 15
  17. 17. Memorial Service in Roanoke, Virginia Saturday, January 23, 2010 Charles, Dolly, Joyce and Buddy This week I had the joy of speaking in Roanoke Virginia, my home town as a child and youth, and until I finished High School in 1966. My Dad, Everette Whisnant, pastored in Roanoke from 1954 until he died in February 1966. I was asked to speak at Frances Copper Pruett's funeral. She was 87 years old. You might asked why was I asked. I had not seen Frances in a number of years. But I had known her in my father's church when I was seven years old. She was my first girl friend. She was the same age as my mother too. Frances and her kids loved us and Dad and Mom. She was a great help to the church. And for the rest of her life was involved in her gospel music, playing the piano, taught Sunday School class at Garden City Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling and her family. I loved her family too. She had five children. Bill and Kenny Copper who have pass way some years ago. Joyce and Dolly (Darlene) and Buddy (James). I reconnected with Joyce, Dolly and Buddy after some fifty years. It seemed we picked up where we left off. Dolly and her husband Bob were so kind to me. Dolly called me to ask if I would come and hold the service for her Mom. Dolly and I were in high school together at Jefferson High School. And they drove me all over parts of Roanoke. Thanks Dolly and Bob so much for your gift and love. After the service we went to where Joyce and here husband Jimmy live and had a great time of fellowship and eating. And we had a great time with Buddy and his wife Anita. We had a great time with all the families and friends. While we were sad about the home heaven bound Mrs. Cooper as I knew her, we were happy to know she gave her life to the Lord, and to see her family after so many years 16 apart.
  18. 18. Its amazing after 55 years you still have in your heart a love for those who you knew. A seed was planted and it grew for all these years. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:45AM (-06:00) Roanoke Baptist Temple and now a Rescue Mission Saturday, January 23, 2010 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:42AM (-06:00) The Active Willful Neglect of God Glory Sunday, January 24, 2010 Romans 1 1 24 10 Outline The Active Willful Neglect Of God View more documents from Charles E. Whisnant. This morning I preached from Romans 1:20 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 03:09PM (-06:00) Reasons How God Can Bless Your Church Monday, January 25, 2010 Lois and Jimmy Grant and grandson, members of Rivers of Joy Bill Bower, Assoc. Pastor of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford, Ohio 1A DEFINE MY PRESENT GOD-GIVEN ROLES (Spiritual giftedness) 2A DETERMINE SPECIFIC, THEOLOGICALLY INFORMED GOALS AND 3A TRANSFER THESE GOALS INTO MY SCHEDULE. For God to be able to bless our work ethic…… the above three areas need to be addressed. Wrong Reasons to Love the Church 17
  19. 19. • Don’t love the church because of what it does for you. Because sooner or later it won’t do enough. • Don’t love the church because of a leader. Because human leaders are fallible and will let you down. • Don’t love the church because of a program or a building or activities because all those things get old. • Don’t love the church because of a certain group of friends because friendships change and people move. Love the church because of who shed his blood to obtain the church. Love the church because of who the church belongs to. Love the church because of who the church worships. Love the church because you love Jesus Christ and his glory. Love the church because Jesus is worthy and faithful and true. Love the church because Jesus loves the church. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:41AM (-06:00) The Gospel Is..... Monday, January 25, 2010 My friends, I do not believe it is preaching Christ and him crucified, to give people a batch of philosophy every Sunday morning and evening, and neglect the truths of this Holy Book. I do not believe it is preaching Christ and him crucified, to leave out the main cardinal doctrines of the Word of God, and preach a religion which is all a mist and a haze, without any definite truths whatever. I take it that man does not preach Christ and him crucified, who can get through a sermon without mentioning Christ's name once; nor does that man preach Christ and him crucified, who leaves out the Holy Spirit's work, who never says a word about the Holy Ghost, so that indeed the hearers might say, "We do not so much as know whether there be a Holy Ghost." And I have my own private opinion, that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism. Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith without works; not unless we preach the sovereignty of God in his dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor, I think, can we preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the peculiar redemption which Christ made for his elect and chosen people; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation, after having believed. Such a gospel I abhor. The gospel of the Bible is not such a gospel as that. We preach Christ and him crucified in a different fashion, and to all gainsayers we reply, "We have not so learned Christ." Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 03:54PM (-06:00) 18
  20. 20. Monday, January 25, 2010 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 03:59PM (-06:00) Charles Whisnant Teaching Chapter by Chapter Monday, January 25, 2010 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 04:23PM (-06:00) Rivers of Joy Baptist Church Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Outline from Charles Sermon Sunday Morning THE ACTIVE WILLFUL NEGLECT OF GOD’S TRUTH LEADS TO EMPTY SPECULATION Romans 1:21 January 24, 2010 Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant BECAUSE 1360 THAT, WHEN THEY KNEW 1097 GOD, THEY GLORIFIED 1392 HIM NOT AS GOD, NEITHER WERE THANKFUL2168; BUT BECAME VAIN 3154 IN THEIR IMAGINATIONS 1261, AND THEIR FOOLISH801 HEART2588 WAS DARKENED 4654 Romans 1:21 For even though they knew (AAPMPN) God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened (3SAPI). 19
  21. 21. “Two things never live up to their billing: the circus and sin.” “It does not matter how small the sins are, provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into nothing. Murder is no better than lies if lying does the trick.”—C. S. Lewis “The punishment of sin is sin.”—Augustine The basis for God’s wrath against the Gentiles and the fact that they are without excuse is that they suppress the truth about God and have exchanged the glory of God for idols (1:18-23) The basis for God’s wrath against the Gentiles is that although they knew God, and claimed to be wise, they neither glorified him nor gave thanks to him, but instead they became futile in their thinking, darkened in their foolish heart, and exchanged the glory of God for idolatry (1:21-23). THEY KNEW · God has given mankind the means to know personally the existence of God and to know His divine attributes. Men have knowledge of God’s being and character. Acts 17:27. THEY DID NOT GLORIFY HIM AS GOD · About the worst thing you can say about a man is a man who is not thankful to God. · They give the glory to another, they did not praise Him, or magnify Him, they did not place Him into the position of power and immense honor that He truly deserved. · They made a choice of their will. They made a deliberate choice not (absolute cancellation) to honor or glorify Him. · Mankind is to respond to the Truth given. Truth demands a response. The response? To glorify Him as the Great Creator. · It’s the main thing for a man: to glorify God: I Corin. 10:31; Romans 11:36;Psa. 73:15- 281 Chronicles 16:24-29 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 04:56AM (-06:00) Rivers of Joy Baptist Church Photos 2009 Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 02:36PM (-06:00) 20
  22. 22. Computer Virus Hits Friday, January 29, 2010 This is my office at home. Its Friday. My computer at the home office got a virus of the major kind on Wednesday. I should get it back today. I am not in the church pastor's study. I set up a new Lexmark printer, etc. yesterday. I don't have all the information on this pastor's office computer as I do in the home office computer, therefore I can not upload the different information I would like too. But I am working on a external memory in which I will be able to get information from home to the office. I love working out of the church pastor's office. But since so much of my work is on the computer its hard to do as much as I would like. But I am working of that problem. Sunday I hope to be in Romans Sunday Morning. I hope I have not lost all my notes too. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:05AM (-06:00) Update on the Computer Friday, January 29, 2010 I have my computer back and am setting up here in the home office. I have to upload all the software that I have before the virus hit. This is a challenge but okay. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 02:44PM (-06:00) Randy and Barbara Webb Family Sunday, January 31, 2010 I took this photo from Barbara's Facebook. I was glad to see the photo. Charity and I have known Randy since Pleasant Valley Ranch in Perrsyville, Ohio back in the late 70's. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:49AM (-06:00) 21
  23. 23. Bowling Monday, February 01, 2010 On Saturday Charity and I went bowling with a family and friends from the church. I had not bowled in twenty years. But I had a good time trying to get back in form. (which I didn't). We hope at least once a month we can make this a church activity. Maybe I will get in form after a few months. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:01AM (-06:00) Why Do Preachers Think They Can Sing? Monday, February 01, 2010 Why Do Preachers Think They Can Sing? Well many really can. While I enjoy singing some, my thinking is always on preaching and teaching. But twice now Charity and I have sung. We are getting a little better. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 01:20PM (-06:00) 22
  24. 24. Faith Is The Result of The New Birth Tuesday, February 02, 2010 THE CHANNEL or conduit IN WHICH GOD USES TO BRING ABOUT THE CHANGE IN THE HEART: TO AWAKENED THE MIND TO THE REALITY OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. AT THAT MOMENT IT’S LIKE YOU PUT YOUR FINGER IN AN ELECTRIC OUTLET. THERE IS AN IMMEDITATED REACTION. CHARITY AND I TOUCHED LIP’S SUNDAY AND THE ELECTRIC SHOCK WE FELTED KNOCK US BACK FROM EACH OTHER IN THE INSTANCE WE FELT THE SHOCK. 1 John 5:1 God’s Begetting Causes Our Believing John says this plainly in 1 John 5:1. This is the clearest text in the New Testament on the relationship between faith and the new birth. Watch the verbs closely as I read 1 John 5:1, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God.” Here is what John Stott says on this verse, and I agree totally: • The combination of present tense (believes) and perfect tense [has been born] is important. It shows clearly that believing is the consequence, not the cause, of the new birth. Our present, continuing activity of believing is the result, and therefore, the evidence, of our past experience of new birth by which we became and remain God’s children. (The Letters of John, 175) The Divine Power of God in and through the preaching/teaching of the Gospel when connected with the spiritual deadness of man’s heart and at that moment is awakened to the reality of Jesus Christ. Believing happens; faith is activated when the New Birth occurs. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:13AM (-06:00) Charles H. Spurgeon Sermons Tuesday, February 02, 2010 CHARLES H. SPURGEON SERMONS • Charles H. Spurgeon sermons has been used by more preachers than any other preacher I think. I remember on of my first experience preaching outside my home church was in North Caroline, at my father's friends church. That Sunday Morning I preached a sermon that Charles Spurgeon had preached. I was only about 17 years old. I had no idea of the impact of Charles Spurgeon. I knew that Dad had a set of his sermons in his own library and I was reading the sermons. So I thought it would be good to take on of the sermons and try to preach it. Of course I had not been to seminary and had little idea about the art of preaching. But that was the beginning of my learing to preach. 23
  25. 25. Simply recording Spurgeon's messages was a labor-intensive process in those days before electronic sound-capture was commonplace. Spurgeon spoke extemporaneously, without the use of a manuscript. (He normally took only half a used envelope or a similar scrap of paper into the pulpit with him, containing just a handwritten, bare-bones outline.) Two or three stenographers would record his words as he spoke. Their transcriptions would be compared and combined, insuring that very few words were missed. Then either Spurgeon himself (usually), his trusted secretary (especially in later years), or another qualified editor (beginning around the turn of the century) would edit the transcript for publication. I own several pages of edited transcripts with emendations scrawled into the margins by Spurgeon's own distinctive hand, and he was a meticulous editor. (It is some consolation to me as a rather halting preacher to see that some of the stunning eloquence of the published sermons was added during the editorial process. All that genius wasn't straight off the top of Spurgeon's head when he preached-though much of it was.) The task of editing and proofreading sermons was a massive one, and the stress of so many relentless deadlines no doubt complicated Spurgeon's frequent health problems. It may well have hastened his death. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:40PM (-06:00) The Atoning Work of Christ Thursday, February 04, 2010 The atoning work of Christ and the attributes of God "[saving faith is demonstrated]...by the Word of God having come in divine power to the soul so that my self-complacency is shattered and my self-righteousness is renounced...by the Holy Spirit convicting me of my woeful, guilty, and lost condition. ... by having had revealed to me the suitability and [ALL] sufficiency of Christ to meet my desperate case and by a divinely given faith causing me to lay hold of and rest upon Him as my only hope... by the marks of the new nature within me - a love for God; an appetite for spiritual things; a longing for holiness; a seeking after conformity to Christ" - A.W. Pink The gospel of Christ in general is this: It is the good tidings that God has revealed concerning Christ. More largely it is this: As all mankind was lost in Adam and became the children of wrath, put under the sentence of death, God, though He left His fallen angels and has reserved them in the chains of eternal darkness, yet He has thought upon the children of men and has provided a way of atonement to reconcile them to Himself again...Namely, the second person of the Trinity takes man's nature upon Himself, and becomes the Head of a second covenant, standing charged with sin. He answers for it by suffering what the law and divine justice required, and by making satisfaction by keeping the law perfectly, which satisfaction and righteousness He tenders up to the Father as a sweet savor of rest for the souls that are given to Him...And now this mediation of Christ is, by the appointment of the Father, preached to the children of men, of whatever nation or rank, freely offering this atonement unto sinners for atonement, requiring them to believe in Him and, upon believing, promising not only a discharge of all their former sins, 24 but that they shall not enter into condemnation, that none of their sins or unworthiness
  26. 26. shall ever hinder the peace of God with them, but that they shall through Him be received into the number of those who shall have the image of God again to be renewed unto them, and they they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. Jeremiah Burroughs Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:54AM (-06:00) Real Love Is Not Clean Water but the Living Water Thursday, February 04, 2010 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 01:51PM (-06:00) the church is the body of Christ Thursday, February 04, 2010 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 03:53PM (-06:00) Until You Know You Are A Sinner, You Will Not Know You Need A Saviour Saturday, February 06, 2010 William Newell writes that • "The silliness of these "modern" shallow-pan days! How men are rushing back to the old pagan pit out of which God’s Word and His gospel would have delivered them! • They suck up sin; they welter in wickedness; they profess to be wise! They sit at the feet of "professors" whose breath is spiritual cyanide. They idolize the hog-sty doctrines of a rotten Freud: and count themselves "wise"! • They say, "God is not a person; men evolved from monkeys; morals are mere old habits; self- enjoyment, self-expression, indulgence of all desires—this, " they say, "is the path of wisdom." • It is the path of those who go quickly down to the pit and on to judgment! • The very morals of Sodom, as our Lord foretold, are rushing fast upon us, and God will bring again the awful doom of Sodom (Lk 17:28-31). • This is a strange introduction to the gospel of God’s grace, we answer, It lies here before us, this awful indictment of Romans One, and cannot be evaded! • Moreover, until man knows his state of sin, he wants no grace. Shall pardon be spoken of before the sinner is proved a sinner? • While the evidence is being brought in, the whole attention of the court is upon that. 25
  27. 27. • If the evidence of guilt be insufficient or inconclusive, there is no necessity for a pardon! • Preachers and teachers have soft pedaled sin, until the fear Of God is vanishing away. • McCheyne used to Say, "A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hands of God" A preacher who avoids telling men the truth about their sin as here revealed, is the best tool of the devil. (2Ti 4:3, 4, Acts 20:30, Heb 13:9)" Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:37AM (-06:00) 350 Years of Baptist In America Were Saturday, February 06, 2010 Kenneth Good, in his book, Are Baptists Calvinists?, does a good job of tracing the Calvinistic influence that Vedder speaks of to the Baptist Bible Union and the General Association of Regular Baptists. (pp.188-216) All the various Fundamental Baptist groups have their roots back to this same source. Whether Fundamental or Southern, most Baptist churches of our day have for their Articles of Faith but a version of the New Hampshire Confession of 1833, with certain modifications. Although The New Hampshire Confession is more moderate in tone than the Philadelphia Confession, it was drawn up precisely to combat the message of the Free Will Baptists which was becoming popular at the time in that area. (Baptist Confessions of Faith, Lumpkin, p. 360) Therefore it still retained its distinctly Calvinistic theology purposely, and that for polemical reasons. It has always puzzled me why the longest single section of that confession has always been omitted by modern day Baptists. It is article ix, "Of God's Purpose of Grace." "We believe that Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it is ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves, demands and deserves our utmost diligence." (Ibid, p. 364) It has always seemed to me that any Baptist group, wishing to stand with the mainstream of the venerable Baptist past and desiring to be true to the gospel, would be proud to include such a biblical and Baptistic statement in its Articles of Faith. In fact, if purposely done, it seems to me to be historically dishonest to have omitted it, particularly when such Articles were and are set forth as representing the historic Baptist position. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:04PM (-06:00) Is The Teaching And Learning Doctrine Important? Saturday, February 06, 2010 IS THE TEACHING AND LEARNING DOCTRINE IMPORTANT? 26
  28. 28. Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant One of the fundamental marks of liberalism is its constant attack against "doctrine." A growing number of people are now saying, "Doctrine is not important. Jesus is important. Let's lay aside our petty doctrinal differences and get back to Jesus." Bible doctrine is SO IMPORTANT that God made sure 2 John 9-11 was recorded: "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." If doctrine is not important, then these verses do not mean anything. Doctrine is of utmost importance! The word doctrine means: "instruction, teaching." Therefore, the "doctrine of Christ" is the instruction or teaching that Christ gave. Is the teaching of Christ important? Is the truth important? Is sound doctrine important? YES! A thousand times YES! Just how important is the doctrine or teaching of Christ? Paul told Timothy to "give attendance to...doctrine" and "charge some that they teach no other doctrine" (1 Timothy 4:13,16; 1:). Titus was told to "speak the things which become sound doctrine" (Titus 2:). Paul warned that some " will not endure sound doctrine" (2 Timothy 4:3), that we are as "children" when we are "tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine" (Ephesians 4:), and to "mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine" (Romans 16:17). Elders are to be able "by sound doctrine both to exhort and convict the gainsayers" (Titus 1:9). Every Christian is to "hold fast the form of sound words" (doctrine) and "earnestly contend for the faith" (doctrine) (2 Timothy 1:13 Jude 3). Therefore, we see not only the importance of doctrine but also the strict warning to anyone who would pervert or change Christ's doctrine. If doctrine is unimportant, then what parts can be changed? Can we do away with the doctrine of: the virgin birth, the deity of Christ, the church of Christ, the acts of worship, the plan of salvation? If any point of doctrine can be changed, then WHO has the right to change it and HOW FAR can he go in changing it? Let's submit to Christ's doctrine, for therein only do we purify our souls (1 Peter 1:22). Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:03PM (-06:00) God’s Right To Judge Mankind Saturday, February 06, 2010 Romans 1:22 # 45.23 February 07 2010 Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant Romans 1:22 Professing (PAPMPN) to be wise, they became fools (3SPAPI) Romans 1:23 and exchanged (3PAAI) the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures • PROFESSING (alleging, asserting, affirming) TO BE WISE: phaskontes (PAPMPN) einai (PAN) sophoi: • (Ro 11:25; Pr 25:14; 26:12; Is 47:10; Jer 8:8,9; 10:14; Mt 6:23; 1Co 1:19, 20, 21; 27
  29. 29. 3:18,19) As you know it’s always being my goal to discover the depth of Scripture. I do get excited about what I am learning from God’s Word. Romans is about the Good News, but for the Good News to be good, we need to know what the bad news is. And the bad news is, we are all under the wrath of God. We are all sinners and with out some good news we are all bound to go to HELL for all eternity. That is forever. So we need good news. On the TV News they give us all the bad news without, or with little good news. Jesus spoke more on the negative. He had more to say about judgment, destruction, damnation, Hell, than anybody recorded in scripture. • For contempt of others. • For unwillingness to forsake sin. • For falsely professing to follow Christ. • For assuming Jewish lineage can save. • For rejecting the Messengers of Christ • For failing to fear and reverence God. From the beginning Jesus’ testimony was clear. God is a God of judgment and wrath who will punish sin. So Paul does the same, he first warns men about the wrath of God. And Paul answers the question: “Is God fair?” Is God unloving? How? By defending God’s right to respond in judgment. • God has a right to judge: Romans 1:18-23. • Paul gives FOUR REASONS FOR THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD’S JUDGMENT: 1A REVELATION: 1. God has given the truth of God. • Man is responsible for responding properly to the revelation of God: • • Acts 14:15, 17:23,27, John 1:9 2A REJECTION: • 1. Men have rejected the revealed creation of God, and refuse to thank and glorify Him. • 2. Rejecting the light of God’s knowledge in their consciences, men now arrogated to themselves wisdom, and became—what? Fools! “The fear of the Lord is the beginning”—of both knowledge and wisdom (Pr 1:7; 9:10; 15:33; Ps 111:10-; Job 28:28). That is the characterization of the entire human race apart from regeneration. Rom 2:23 Man refuses to glorify God and thus praises himself. Daniel 4:30-37 Nebuchadnezar 3A RATIONALIZATION: 28
  30. 30. 1B Professing (5335) (phasko from phemi = to say or affirm) means to affirm, allege, pretend, profess. The idea conveyed by this verb is that one is speaking with an air of certainty, stating something with a high degree of confidence The English word assert which means to affirm or declare positively or with assurance and often even forcefully or aggressively. The idea of assert implies stating confidently without need for proof or regard for evidence. • Man rationalizes his sin and proves his utter foolishness by devising and believing his own philosophies about God, the universe, and himself 2B They Became fools (3471) (moraino from morós = foolish and root of our English moron = very stupid person) can refer to physical sloth or dullness, but mainly is a reference (and especially in the present context) to one's intellectual life. It means to cause content of certain thoughts to become devoid of meaning or even to cause them to become nonsense. • Rejecting the light of God’s knowledge in their consciences, men now arrogated to themselves wisdom, and became—what? Fools! “The fear of the Lord is the beginning”—of both knowledge and wisdom (Pr 1:7; 9:10; 15:33; Ps 111:10-; Job 28:28). THREE WAYS THEY HAVE BECOME FOOLS: 1B COMPROMISE: THEISTIC EVOLUTION: 2B LIBERAL THEOLOGY: 3B PSYCHOLOGY Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:08PM (-06:00) God Is The Energizer of Life Part two Sunday, February 07, 2010 Philippians 2:12-13 Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher February 2010 Philippians 2:13 for it is (3SPAI) God who is at work (PAPMSN) in you, both to will (PAN) and to work (PAN) for His good pleasure SUPERNATURAL WORK REQUIRES SUPERNATURAL ENERGY The Christian life is a disciplined spiritual life. Paul is calling for a personal sanctification, personal godliness and spiritual maturity. Work (1754) (energeo from energes = active, operative, at work in turn from en = in + érgon = work) • refers to active, efficient, effectual fervent work. God energizes His children to obey 29
  31. 31. and serve Him; His power enables their sanctification. THE POSSIBILITY OF LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS TWO-FOLD 1B The Christian working 100% out what is on the inside. 2B The Lord working 100% on what is on the inside. Remember: Whatever is being produced in your life for the glory of God is being produced by God, He is at work in you. So which one is it? You or God bringing about your salvation? FIVE KEY TRUTHS ABOUT GOD WE MUST UNDERSTAND. 1B HIS PERSON: It is God in person working in you. 2B HIS POWER: It is God’s power who is working in you. • It is God who is energizing the fulfillment of His own command in us. 3B HIS PRESENCE: It is God who is in you, working out His will. • Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Psalms 139:3 His presence is always present in your life from the first day to the last day on earth and into eternity. Always sustaining, supporting, upholding, strengthening, shielding, never out of His care. 4B HIS PURPOSE: He is trying to develop something very specific in us. Thus He is working in us both to will and do His good pleasure. BOTH TO WILL AND TO WORK: kai to thelein (PAN) kai to energein (PAN): • 1 King 8:58; 1 Chro 29:14-18; Ezra 1:1,5, 7:27; Nehemiah 2:4; Psalms 110:3; 119:36; Psalms 141:4; Proverbs 21:1; John 6:45, 65; Ephesians 2:4-5; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; Titus 3:4-5; I Peter 1:3 There are two things God wants to energize in us! 1. Our Will and 2. Our Work. • Psalms 110:3; Ezra 1:5; 7:27; Proverbs 21:1 • God is working in you on your will to produce the intent, the will to do what He desires. HOW DOES GOD PRODUCE IN US TO MOVE OUR WILL? 1B HOLY DISCONTENT: • You are discontent with your holiness, your spiritual state. He wants you to hate sin. 30
  32. 32. 2B HOLY ASPIRATION: • A Strong desire to achieve something higher or greater: knowledge, wisdom, to be like Paul, Peter, James and John 3B HIS PLEASURE: • Why is God doing all this in you…..for His good pleasure. For His satisfaction. He wants to cause us to do what pleases Him. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:20AM (-06:00) Trip to Lexington Februay 2010 Tuesday, February 09, 2010 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:06AM (-06:00) SEVEN THINGS A PASTOR NEEDS TO REMEMBER Wednesday, February 10, 2010 Seven Great Lessons of a Faithful Pastor 1. Dead orthodoxy is deadly. 2. Tradition is a wonderful servant but a terrible master. 3. God blesses preaching that is scriptural, personal, and evangelical. 4. Do not neglect the Lord's Supper. 5. Fear God, not people. 6. Doctrinal fidelity and evangelistic fervor do not have to be at odds. 7. Passion and courage are no excuses for a harsh spirit. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:22AM (-06:00) WAYS TO GLORIFY THE LORD Thursday, February 11, 2010 WHAT ARE SOME PRACTICAL WAYS TO GLORIFY THE LORD? BY CONFESSING JESUS AS LORD: Philippians 2:11 BY MAKING IT OUR GOAL TO GLORIFY HIM 1 Corinthians 10:31 31
  33. 33. BY CONFESSING OUR SIN Joshua 7:19 BY TRUSTING IN HIM Romans 4:20 BY PRAISING HIM Psalms 50:23; Psalms 145 BY PRAYING John 14:13 BY MINISTERING OUR GIFTS 1Peter 4:10-11 BY PROCLAIMING THE WORD 2 Thess 3:1; 1 Thess 1:8 BY MORAL PURITY 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 BY TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT CHRIST 2 Corinthians 4:15 BY BEARING MUCH FRUIT John 5:8; John 15:5, 15:16 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:17AM (-06:00) LEADERSHIP IS BEST DONE BY THE PASTOR WHEN Friday, February 12, 2010 PASTORS OR LEADERS • No form of leadership a pastor provides is more decisive than his proclamation of Scripture. Preaching both defines the priorities for your church and fuels the implementation of those priorities in the church. We must never sever the connection in our minds between leadership—providing direction for the church—and your preaching plan. It’s that preaching plan, and its execution, that provide the most powerful and biblically rooted leadership. And I’m not just speaking about the “leadership opportunity” on any given Sunday. The preaching diet over a period of time will be the most formative, shaping influence on a church. • If all this is true, what then? If you’re a senior pastor, then nothing you do this week is more important than, nor should it supplant, your prayerful preparation for the preaching of God’s Word. If you serve on a pastoral team with a specialized sphere of ministry, you should be thinking about how the Sunday preaching can be applied in the life of the church in your sphere. If you’re a member of a church, there is no more important moment for you than when you sit under the teaching of God’s 32
  34. 34. Word, hearing his voice, and receiving direction for your life as a part of your church. • THUS PREACHING THE WORD OF GOD IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE PASTOR/TEACHER'S MINISTRY FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH BODY. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:34AM (-06:00) Union Mills Confectionery Friday, February 12, 2010 Union Mills Small Feb2010 View more documents from Charles E. Whisnant. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:05AM (-06:00) GOD IS TO BE PRAISED AND GLORIFIED Monday, February 15, 2010 GOD IS HOLY – So He always does what’s right. GOD IS LOVING – So He is always concerned with our best. GOD IS GRACIOUS – So He always forgives. GOD IS MERCIFUL – So He always holds back the fullness of judgment. GOD IS JUST –So He is always fair. GOD IS GENEROUS – So He always gives more than enough. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:57AM (-06:00) RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH AND THE VICTORY CIRCLE Monday, February 15, 2010 SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2010 There was the NASCAR Daytona 500, There was the NBA All Stars There was the Winter Olympics There was the PBA Masters Bowling There was the NHRA Funny Car Race There was the College Basketball There was the Tennis Games There was the PGA Golf And Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford Ohio was having a great time in their services. Of course you would expect the pastor/teacher to say that. Well know always. But there are times you might say the worship, fellowship and services were a bit better. 33
  35. 35. So what would make one service better than another when you are doing the same things each week? The singing is always good, the fellowship is always good. And generally I really enjoy teaching and preaching each week. And the attendance should not be a factor, having visitors is always a good sign, and people not walking out while I preach is a good sign. Kidding. We do have a really small church. Really small. But again we have a great group of people who do love the Lord and generally love to fellowship and like hearing the teaching of the word of God. One member said to a former member last week. "You know, our problem before was that we were not getting spiritually feed by the Word of God, and we are now." I know personally that the joy I had Sunday was as much joy as any of the winners had in the sporting events mention above. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:23AM (-06:00) GROW BY LEARNING BOGGERS POST 2007 Monday, February 15, 2010 Grow By Learning[2) 2007 View more documents from Charles E. Whisnant. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:56PM (-06:00) Spiritual Discipline Wednesday, February 17, 2010 According to 1 Timothy 4:7-8 physical exercise, while beneficial, is no where near as critically important as spiritual exercise! We are also told in Romans 8:29 and 1 John 3:2 that Christians are in the process of becoming like Christ. While believers are in the process of becoming like Jesus, the writer of Hebrews 12:14 teaches us that we are not merely to wait for holiness we are to pursue it. But how? The answer is discipline! “The word discipline was disappeared from our minds, our mouths, our pulpits, and our culture. We hardly know what discipline means in modern American society. And yet, there is no other way to attain godliness. Discipline is the path to godliness.” - Jay Adams Concerning discipline two things must be understood: 1. Discipline is the necessary key to accomplishing anything in this life. 2. Discipline without direction and desire is drudgery. That is true in regards to any kind of discipline, but it is especially true concerning the spiritual disciplines. Discipline is not an end to itself, it’s the means to an end. Referring again to 1 Timothy 4:7-8 we learn that spiritual discipline is for the purpose of godliness. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:39PM (-06:00) 34
  36. 36. NOTHING HAPPENS AUTOMATICALLY IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE Thursday, February 18, 2010 Nothing happens automatically in the Christian life. Christians learning to THINK. Critical Thinking. Critical thinking gives due consideration to the evidence, the context of judgment, the relevant criteria for making the judgment well, the applicable methods or techniques for forming the judgment, and the applicable theoretical constructs for understanding the problem and the question at hand. Critical thinking employs not only logic but broad intellectual criteria such as clarity, credibility, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, significance and fairness. Definition Thinking is often casual and informal, whereas critical thinking deliberately evaluates the quality of thinking. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT AND DISCIPLINE Understand that spiritual discernment means being ready to admit to weakness or limitation in that very gift; being willing to abandon “shortcuts” in return for the demanding spiritual disciplines that produce lasting fruit; and resisting the temptation to judge the hearts of others. Lloyd-Jones makes a great point in the quote below. The only thing I would add is that many people today think that simple preaching of doctrine will automatically lead to a transformed life. Lloyd-Jones is right when he says we must be taught to think. We need practical guidance to help us apply the wondrous truths of the gospel, or we will remain stunted and immature Christians. Where is the preaching that will help us live as Christians? NOTHING HAPPENS AUTOMATICALLY IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. Nothing happens automatically in the Christian life. That is a very profound principle, for I believe that most of our troubles arise from the fact that we tend to assume that they do happen automatically. We persist in holding on to a semi-magical notion of regeneration which teaches that, because of what has happened to us, the rest of the story is, quite simply, ‘they all lived happily ever after’. But of course we know that that is not true . . .Obviously the antidote to that is • to think, • to have an understanding, • to reason the thing out thoroughly. The world does not do that. The trouble with the world, ultimately, according to the teaching of the Bible, is that it does not think. If only people thought, most of their problems would be solved . . . 35
  37. 37. The fallacy of the humanist is, of course, that he believes that all you have to do therefore is to tell people to think. But as long as they are sinners they will not think. (As our study in Romans 1 tell us, I have added)) These elemental forces are so much stronger than the rational forces that ‘man in sin’ is always irrational. When we become Christians we still need to enforce this self-same principle. Even the Christian does not think automatically; he has to be taught to think—hence the New Testament . Why were they ever written? If a man who becomes a Christian automatically does the right thing, why did the Apostle ever have to write these epistles? Or if you can receive your sanctification as one act, one blessing, why were these epistles ever written? Here they are, full of reason, full of argument, full of demonstrations, full of analogies and comparisons. Why? In order to teach us how to think, in order to teach us how to work these things out, and how to gain understanding. David Martyn. Lloyd-Jones, Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home & Work : An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 to 6:9 (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1974, c1973), 209. Sanctification happens in our life as Philippians 2:12-13 tell us, but as I have said, we have to put forth the effort to think on the spiritual things of the Word of God and then God gives us the will to do His will for His good pleasure. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:08AM (-06:00) GOSPEL DRIVEN CENTERED CHURCH Friday, February 19, 2010 Gospel Driven Centered Church 2 of 5 from Charles E. Whisnant on Vimeo. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 04:56PM (-06:00) A NEW BLOGGER FOR THE STUDY OF ROMANS Saturday, February 20, 2010 I have added another BLOGGER for the express purpose of posting the outline and notes from my study of the book of R O M A N S . http://charlesromans.blogspot.com/ . What I am going to do is post all the outlines that I have so far from the study of Romans. This process will take a few weeks to complete. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:18AM (-06:00) 36
  38. 38. THE EXPERIENCES OF MINISTRIES SEEM TO BE THE SAME Monday, February 22, 2010 My experience in ministry seems never to change. The same events usually happen ever time, in every church. I must say, if the experience didn't prove to be what was worked out by the Lord I would be rather discourage to say the least. I don't necessary believe one can question my hearts desire to be the kind of teacher I desire to me. The question seems to be the interpretation of Scripture that I make with scripture. What I have learned over the years, it seems that pastors are not willing to teach publicly what they really believe in private. I think the reason why preachers don't preach from the text is because they are not willing to teach the truth from the text. The Scripture seems to be clear about what it teaches. But over the years preachers have avoided teaching the truth about the text, and thus the members have not learned the scriptures. Then when a preacher really began to teach the text and what it is really saying, the people throw a fit. "Well its not what we have been taught by our pastors in the past." The truth is they are right, they haven't. Many fundamental preach preaches on topic of sin, and legalism, and stuff that are not in the scripture, and fail to teach the Word of God, and thus the people are ignorant of the truth. In every cast that I have confronted are people who say, "You are not Baptist." "You teach the doctrine of Calvinism." "You don't preach to us,you teach." While I do believe its more of a personality, or control issue, they often leave the church. They are willing to get back into a church like the one they had and didn't really like in the first place. They are more willing to listen to a preacher who just tells them how sinful they are, and gives an altar call, and is in control of the church. And where you are simply saved when you just invite Jesus into your heart at the end of some sermon and Just as I am is sung. That is the way its always been. Good Christian people get so caught up in these things that they are not willing to really listen to what they are saying or even believe. I have never tried to pressure people to believe any doctrine. But I don't skip doctrine. All my preaching is teaching doctrine. I try my best to teach people how to study the people. To examine what I preach, I am not afraid of examination of what I preach, as a matter of fact I welcome it. I am not afraid to change my position if my current position is incorrect. But I firmly believe after carefully studying the text I am correct to teach the text to the people before me. 37
  39. 39. I continue to view others who are much smarter than I in matters of interpretation. I don't change my position just because some Dr. says so, but after carefully viewing his position again mind. There will always be two sides to the same doctrine position. I have to agree that some are not going to change their position. I am forced to preach the verse that I am current's in and not back down from what I believe it says. As a pastor/teacher I have been given the responsibility to teach the word as I have studied it. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:16PM (-06:00) GOD SAVES PEOPLE FROM EVERY GROUP Tuesday, February 23, 2010 God Saves People From Every Nation from Charles E. Whisnant on Vimeo. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 12:48PM (-06:00) HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS? Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Keep Believing Ministries Tupelo, Mississippi January 17, 2010 How Do You Measure Success? 2 Corinthians 3:1-3 Would you hire this man as your pastor? *Arrested many times. *In and out of prison. *Often run out of town. *Never built a building. *Never spoke on television. *Never had a website. *Never had a Facebook page. *Never owned his own home. *Had to work on the side to support himself. *Never stayed very long in one place. *Not a skilled public speaker. *Unimpressive appearance. *Sometimes preaches for hours at a time. *Seems to get involved in public controversies. 38 Most churches would take a pass on a man like that. After all, you can’t trust your pulpit
  40. 40. to just anyone who comes along. And that’s why the Apostle Paul would not feel at home in many of our churches today. Every year I spend a good part of my time talking with pastors. I love pastors and I love spending time with them. Sometimes I’ll ask, “How is it going?” and then sit back and wait for the answer. Just as I typed that sentence, I shrugged my shoulders, as if to say, “It depends.” It depends on who is asking and when and where and why. And it depends on what day you ask. Success in the ministry is notoriously hard to define. Even if we have met all our goals, have we truly been successful in the eyes of the Lord? How do we measure success in the ministry? That’s the question Paul faced in 2 Corinthians. He had to justify himself because a group of critics had virtually taken over the church, filling the people’s minds with base accusations against Paul’s character and his conduct. “You can’t trust him. Look how fickle he is. He says he’s coming for a visit, then he doesn’t show up. How do you know he’s not a fake?" Part of Paul’s answer comes in 2 Corinthians 3:1-3 where he declares that the real measure of his ministry is the lives changed by the Holy Spirit. That constitutes true success in the eyes of the Lord. It’s not about programs or buildings. It’s not about budgets or titles. It’s not about a big reputation. I. Inadequate Measures of Success “Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?" (2 Corinthians 3:1). Paul says, “I don’t need to boast and I don’t need a letter of reference to prove the validity of my ministry." That’s different from the way we do things today. Sometimes we measure success by our degrees. So we go to college for four years to get a BA or a BS. Then we may go to graduate school for an MA or an MBA. Some will seek a professional degree, such as an MD, JD, DDS, or DMin. Those with a scholarly bent will pursue a PhD so they are qualified to write or teach at the highest levels. So in the end the extremely studious person may have a string of degrees after his name, such as BA, MA, PhD. And of course these things matter. We pay attention to them. We put our degrees up on the wall. We want people to know we went to Georgia Tech or Miami or to Notre Dame or Princeton or Multnomah or Biola. And it’s not just those letters. We gain status, we make friends, we network, we may meet our spouse at college or in graduate school, and when we graduate, having a degree from a particular school may land us a job some day. So it does matter. 39
  41. 41. Sometimes we ordain people to the ministry. That’s important because it means that a certain group of well-respected people examined you carefully regarding your testimony, your background, your education, your doctrine, your spiritual life, and your call to the ministry. In some denominations a candidate without ordination papers will not be considered for the pastorate. We put our ordination paper on the wall. It’s a mark of accomplishment, a sign that someone, somewhere has checked us out and we pass muster. Often we measure pastors by church size. Probably nothing matters more than this. Go to any ministerial gathering and after the initial greetings, someone is sure to ask, “How large is your church?” or “How many are you running in Sunday School?” That matters because 50 is better than 25, 100 is better than 50, 500 is better than 100, 1000 is better than 500, 2000 is better than 1000, and anything over 2000 is considered a megachurch. And these days there are quite a few churches in America that draw more than 7000 people very Sunday. Currently the largest church in America attracts over 40,000 people. And around the world there are mega-megachurches that number over 100,000 or 200,000. There are other ways of looking at success. Who do you know? How well are you connected? Do you know a senator? How many millionaires attend your church? Do you have Bill Gates’ cell phone number? Do you Twitter with Shania Twain? Do you drop by and say hi to Donald Trump when you are in New York? Have you met President Obama? Will Peyton Manning return your calls? Did you eat lunch with Chuck Colson last week? On and on it goes. Because we live in a celebrity culture, it matters to all of us who we know. Knowing important people gives you clout, it helps you get things done, and it elevates you in the minds of others. But these things, the “letters of recommendation” that Paul is talking about, the approval and recognition of others and the applause of the world, these are not the true measures of success. God views it differently. II. The One Thing That Matters Most It’s all about lives changed by the Holy Spirit. See how Paul explains it in verses 2-3: You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. As far as Paul was concerned, the real proof of his ministry was the changed lives of his hearers. As he preached the gospel, the Holy Spirit applied it to his hearers so that when they believed in Jesus, their lives were completely changed. Corinth was a thoroughly pagan city, given over to idol worship and gross sexual immorality. As a seaport town, it had a reputation for sensuality to the point that “to corinthianize” had become a by-word in the first century. It meant to live on the level of brute sexual appetites. Corinth was a place where you could say that truly “anything goes.” So when the gospel entered with its promise of life transformation through the power of Jesus Christ, sinners were converted, and some of them were radically changed. Paul had written about that in his first letter to 40
  42. 42. the Corinthians: Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). In today’s world we tend to regard that as a “hard passage” that makes us squirm because it seems so negative-and it is! But that’s not the end of the story. Read on to verse 11: And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. The most important part of this text is the first phrase of verse 11: “And that is what some of you were.” In those eight words we find the entire Christian faith. The effective power of all that we believe is summed up in those few words. Christianity is supremely a religion of conversion. Everything we say and everything we believe is built upon one fundamental and revolutionary premise: You don’t have to stay the way you are. Your life can be radically changed by God. The miracle of conversion happens when the life of God intersects with human personality. Once God enters the picture, your life will never be the same again. Until then, you may be religious and you may be a very good person and you may obey all the rules of the church, but you have not been converted. Let’s just write it down for the whole world to understand. The Christians at Corinth were . .. Wicked no more. Immoral no more. Idolaters no more. Adulterers no more. Homosexuals no more. Thieves no more. Greedy no more. Drunkards no more. Slanderers no more. Swindlers no more. Talk about a change. Can you imagine the impact in Corinth when an idol worshiper came to Christ and his buddies at the temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, wondered what happened to him. Why didn’t he come around anymore? Why didn’t he offer sacrifices? Why did he partake in sexual escapades with the many priestesses attached to the temple? Why didn’t he join in the bacchanalian celebrations? What happened to him? “I met some people who told me about Jesus, and he changed my life completely." Or suppose a woman was one of those priestesses who practiced a form of religious prostitution. What would her friends say when suddenly she stopped plying her trade? 41
  43. 43. Her answer would blow their minds. Or here is a man in Corinth who has lived a homosexual lifestyle. But no more. He has been washed, cleansed, sanctified, given a new heart, a new life, a new direction. Yes, the temptations remain, but the direction of his life has been altered forever. Can you imagine what his friends would say when he declared, “I’m not going to do that anymore"? There is another way to say it. Conversion is the miracle whereby God changes the tenses of your life: This is what you were. This is what you are. Christians believe that Jesus Christ can do it, and we believe that only Jesus has the life- changing power to utterly transform your life from the inside out. That’s what happened to the first-century believers in the seaport town of Corinth. It could happen to you today as you read these words. How did this radical change take place among those who heard his message? These former idol-worshiping pagans were now . . . Visibly Different You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody” (v. 2). It’s a wonderful thing when your conversion is so real that no one can deny the change in your life. Followers of Christ “You show that you are a letter from Christ” (v. 3). Their lives were like a letter from Christ, written in their hearts, plain and clear for the whole world to see. Supernaturally Changed “Written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God” (v. 3). They had not been changed by “joining the church” or “walking an aisle” or “signing a card." Those things have no power to change us. Only the Holy Spirit working within can write God’s truth in our hearts. Internally Transformed “Not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (v. 3). The Ten Commandments were written on stone, giving them permanence as a rule of life for ancient Israel. If someone said, “Is it okay to sleep with my neighbor’s wife?” the answer was, “Check out the tablets. What do they say?” Rules can do many things. They can tell you right and wrong, and they can provide guidance in tough situations. Only the gospel can change us from the inside out. 42
  44. 44. Christians are “living epistles,” letters that anyone can read. Christianity written on the soul is Legible, Persuasive, Enduring, Irrefutable. Jesus is the writer, the Holy Spirit is the ink, you are the letter! You are writing a Gospel, A chapter each day, by the deeds you do and by the words you say. People read what you write, whether faithful or true. Just what is the Gospel according to you? So what is the real mark of a successful ministry? It must be the lives changed by the preaching of the gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s why the proof of the ministry can never be simply counting nickels and noses or listing degrees or books written or places preached or the size of your Sunday School or how many services you have or how big your budget is or who came to speak for you or who serves on your Board of Reference or how long you’ve been in the ministry. Michael Andrus makes a telling observation on this very point: Paul never gives us any attendance statistics from his churches; never tells us how many baptisms were performed in a given year; never reports on the number of new programs he started; and he never even tells us how the giving was doing compared to budget! We count those things and say, “Well, if you’ve got those, you’ve got a successful ministry.” Paul said, “I’m not playing that game." He wouldn’t ask for letters of reference nor would he provide any. He simply said, “If you want to know about my ministry, check out the people who listen to me. Look at what God has done in their lives.” Living epistles. Living proof. That’s the only thing that matters. The rest is just details. And a lot of it is just ministerial window-dressing. III. The Source of Our Success If you take this passage as a standard, it means that God measures our success in terms of lives changed. He’s evidently not that impressed by the size of our budget or by the stained glass in our sanctuary. The One who hung the stars in space doesn’t really care how many books we’ve written or how much money we make or whether or not we see our name in lights. 43
  45. 45. He’s Almighty God, Maker of heaven and earth. Like we’re going to impress him? I think not. I’ve already said that the proof of our ministry is lives changed by the Holy Spirit. So who does the changing? (This isn’t a trick question.) The Holy Spirit (who is God himself). If lives are truly changed under our ministry, God did it! He has arranged things so that we get the honor and privilege of serving him. To us he committed the message of reconciliation and told us to go into the world and preach it in every nation, saying to one and all, “Be reconciled to God." We do the preaching. God does the saving. We do the praying. God does the answering. And it is God who takes the message we preach and writes it on the hearts of those who hear. And let us be thankful about that. If we had to save people, no one would ever be saved. I can preach from sunrise to sunset, I can preach till the cows come home, but if God doesn’t work, no one will ever be saved. A wonderful old hymn from the colonial era says it this way: Brethren, we have met to worship and adore the Lord our God; Will you pray with all your power, while we try to preach the Word? All is vain unless the Spirit of the Holy One comes down; Brethren, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around. I don’t know how you feel about this, but I’m very happy that “all is vain unless the Spirit of the Holy One comes down” because that means it doesn’t all depend on me. My success depends on the Lord! Not partly, but entirely. Three Simple Conclusions Let me draw three simple conclusions from this and we will be done. First, I have a part to play and I must do my part. I am called to preach and teach the Word of God. The where and the how and the when are not specified. Circumstances change all the time. Look at Paul’s life. He had great success in one city and was run out of the next. He stayed in one city for months and in another for three or four weeks. He was loved and hated, admired and reviled, praised and criticized wherever he went. Some of the churches he started had major problems. Not everyone who heard him 44
  46. 46. believed his message. Not all of his disciples stayed true to the Master. And yet he determined to go wherever he was led, to become “all things to all men” so that by God’s grace, he might win some to Christ. Was Paul successful? From the perspective of twenty centuries later, we know the answer is yes. But he ended up in jail in Rome (twice!) and evidently died by beheading at the order of Nero. In 1 Corinthians 4:1 Paul reveals a key secret of success in the ministry. “It is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful." There it is, plain for all to see. Be faithful. That’s what God wants from you and me. Be faithful to our calling. Be faithful to the Lord. Be faithful to preach the Word. That is my part and I must do my part. No one else can do it for me. Second, I won’t really know how successful I’ve been until I get to heaven. Several years ago I watched Larry King interview Billy Graham. At one point he asked Dr. Graham, “How many people have been saved under your ministry?” Without missing a beat, Billy Graham answered, “I have no idea.” “You have no idea?” “No, only the Lord knows that." Here’s a man who has preached to more people in person than anyone else in history. And hundreds of millions have seen him on TV. He is the best-known evangelist in Christian history. But when you ask how many have been saved, he says, “I have no idea.” You can count decisions but only the Lord knows the true heart condition of those who come forward. His attitude is exactly right. Whatever success we have in serving the Lord comes because the Lord himself granted it to us. Since we don’t save anyone, all the glory belongs to the Lord alone. Third, I shouldn’t bother comparing myself with anyone else. Years ago I heard Dr. Vernon Grounds, longtime president of Denver Seminary, share a story from a time in his early ministry when he was bring harshly criticized for some stands he had taken. The men criticizing him felt he should have been stronger or stated things more forcefully or done things a different way. They were so vocal that he could not ignore them. Eventually he became angry and discouraged. Then the Lord impressed upon his heart the passage in John 21:20-22 where Peter, evidently feeling a bit of apostolic competition, asks the Lord what will happen to the Apostle John. Here is the Lord’s answer in verse 22, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me." It’s a polite way of saying, “What happens to John is none of your business.” The King James Version renders the last phrase this way, "Follow thou me.” “Follow thou me.” Dr. Grounds said the Lord used those three words to set him free. 45
  47. 47. “Follow me, and don’t worry about anyone else.” “Follow me, and I’ll take care of the others.” “Follow me, and you’ll have plenty to do. Here is our calling put simply: Feed God’s sheep. Be faithful. Follow Jesus. If we do that, we are successful already, and when our work is done, we will discover that the Lord made more of what we did than we knew while we were on the earth. The applause of heaven will welcome us home, and that’s the only success that really matters. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 02:43PM (-06:00) SON KYLE AND GRANDDAUGHTER Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 03:07PM (-06:00) THE LORD IS PATIENCE WITH US WHEN WE ARE NOT Monday, March 01, 2010 How could you not be glad with just a wonderful granddaughter You don't want to say everything on Facebook or any other social network, of course. But there are some who like to know what we are doing from time to time. Personally I have a personal interest in my friends and family. I enjoy knowing how I might be of better service and how to pray better. We live in a society of those who are not really interested in others, only themselves. To those we would hope the Lord will call them unto salvation. 46
  48. 48. Our home was broken into last week, and they took a lot of things, but they are things. A little shaken but we are find. On another note, while I am sad about our personal experience, and lost, I will confess by joy out weight my sadness in other matters. In every church I have been the pastor, what is so amazing, those who were responsible for me coming to the church, have over time decided to leave the church. Experience over the last 40 years have proven this out. Every time a pastor comes and a pastor goes, you aways have people to leave and come. Those who say they would never leave the church no matter what, usually are the first ones to leave. From my first church I was the pastor in 1971, to second in 1980 and then in 1997 and 2001 and now in 2010. You are usually shaken and discouraged and believe you have failed in your effort and that you have failed the Lord. You believe the Lord's work is hurt and recovering is going to be hard to accomplished. In every church that I have been the pastor, the church body was in disarray before I ever got there. I really don't know why the Lord challenges me with these churches. And I go into the leadership positing with the idea that I might be able to pull out the church from disarray. And there is a group that is willing to work with you and see change, and then there is the other group that believes they don't need change. What I have learned over time, those who really love the Lord and love the church and want to see the church grow and are willing to follow our leadership, the church does grow. On the other hand when those who will fight you on every decision you are making and changes you make, the church is in disarray and the spirit of the Lord is broken and the church can not grow. Then in time you realized that the Lord was in the midst's and that He is watching over things, since the Church is His to began with, and in time He will correct the problem if we stay faithful and the people will follow the leadership of the Lord. What I am most joyful about today is how our people have responded to disruption and change in our church. I am not one who will paint a good picture if there is not one. What I have learned that if the Lord is going to bless a church, then we need to trust Him in the process. Today I gleam from the past, that the LORD is working in our midst, trust Him when you are discouraged, trust the Lord that He is guiding you, and what I have found He knows and we trust Him for the outcome. I know you are thinking, okay what is going on. After Sunday, I can say, everything is going to be just fine at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 10:23AM (-06:00) 47

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