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THE FOLKS AT RIVERS OF JOY                         10
HOW IS THE PASTOR TO LEAD THE CHURCH               11
SARAH...
FELLOWSHIP                                         38
    BUILDING THE LOCAL CHURCH GOD'S WAY                39
    Sports...
IT IS EASY UNTIL YOU DO IT RIGHT                  71
GOD AND PRAISE                                    72
FOOD FOR THOUGHT...
OKAY YOUR CHAP FOR THE WHITE HOUSE LOSES!            98
    CHURCH ANNIVERSARY                                   99
    LI...
Saturday, November 15, 2008                       124
Shuttle Endeavor Blasts Off Into Night Sky        124
Pastor Does th...
PROBLEMS BETWEEN THE PREACHER AND
    CONGREGATION                                       146
    THE EARLY YEARS OF MARRIA...
GOOD COMMUNICATION AND GOOD PREACHING IS   176
GIFTS GOD GIVES US THROUGH ADVERSITY       178
MacArthur: HARD TRUTH MAKES ...
THE FOLKS AT RIVERS OF JOY
     Monday, September 01, 2008
                                                Frankie and Dan...
HOW IS THE PASTOR TO LEAD THE CHURCH
Monday, September 01, 2008
                                               I often hea...
conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness
         but denying its power. Have no...
truth and spirituality is not a relationship to the Word God, it is a forceps to His Way
     and true Truth that we must ...
ending it. The decreasing number of children born with the condition begins to make it
     more difficult to imagine that...
who the pastor was before I became pastor. ( I am going to see if I can find that
      answer). But I believe the Lord al...
ministry.
     Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:19AM (-05:00)


     UNION MILLS
     Tuesday, September 02, 2008
     ...
YOUTH GROUP AT VICTORY BAPTIST
STEVE EUTON AND FRANKIE LEMASTER
Frankie Dawkins now, is a member of Rivers
of Joy Baptist ...
THE MANAGEMENT OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
     Wednesday, September 03, 2008
                                                A BR...
PORTSMOUTH RACEWAY
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
                                               NOW I HAVE BEEN A BIG FAN ...
The typical result is mediocrity, sloppiness,
                                    and haphazard ministry. But there’s a
  ...
wiring.
                                                And Eric painted.
                                                ...
are we willing to make that impact? Many are willing to transform themselves and their
     ministry to make a impact.

  ...
LORDSHIP OF CHRIST IN ALL THINGS
Friday, September 05, 2008
                                              THE CATTLE ON TH...
God's holiness may seem like good news at first glance. You may be thinking about
          someone who has wronged you in...
But that doesn't mean I fit the mode. I don't preach like many fundamentalists,
independent, Baptist preachers. I don't al...
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL
     Monday, September 08, 2008
                                                  WHAT IS THE GOSPEL

 ...
in the life of the believer.

Generally, all we ever learn about the Gospel and Salvation is “to repent and believe and
be...
he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be
           the firstborn among many b...
MY CHURCH OFFICE plus THE GOSPEL
MESSAGE
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
                                             THIS IS ...
• AND CAN THERE BE EITHER (JUSTIFICATION/SANCTIFICATION) WITH OUT
          THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST?

...
into the text what we believe to be true, let us read out of the text what is truth.
   • Of course there needs to be corr...
when he started Porstmouth Baptist Church
                                                    back in 1959.
              ...
Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:36PM (-05:00)


Arlington Baptist College 1968 1969
Thursday, September 11, 2008
     ...
LET IT BE KNOWN NEWSLETTER 1969
     Thursday, September 11, 2008
                            LET IT BE KNOWN - STUDENTS O...
A group of student spend many hours on this project,
                                  Student Christians Activity Club. A...
used in our old worship center).

     Well, come churches are trying to attract those who are dropping out of church. So ...
RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH
Friday, September 12, 2008
                             PASTOR/TEACHER CHARLES E.
           ...
PLEASE CHECK OUT GROWBYLEARNING CHURCH WEBSITE




     Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:20AM (-05:00)


     Humor
   ...
BUILDING THE LOCAL CHURCH GOD'S WAY
Monday, September 15, 2008
                                             EXCEPT THE LOR...
edified. Luke 19:10
        • The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Acts 1:2-3
          "Until...
Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:13AM
                                            (-05:00)




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  2. 2. To Bloggers Everywhere This Book will from September 2008 thru December 2008 1
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  4. 4. Contents THE FOLKS AT RIVERS OF JOY 10 HOW IS THE PASTOR TO LEAD THE CHURCH 11 SARAH PALIN AND DOWN SYNDROME 13 THE HEALTHY CHURCH PART TWO 14 UNION MILLS 16 VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH 1974 16 THE MANAGEMENT OF THE LOCAL CHURCH 18 PORTSMOUTH RACEWAY 19 PASTOR CONTROL OR LEADER LEAD 19 REMODELING OUR HOUSES 20 PASTORS KEEPING ON TRACK 21 LORDSHIP OF CHRIST IN ALL THINGS 22 PASTORAL MINISTRY: ADVICE TO PREACHER 24 WHAT IS THE GOSPEL 25 GOD'S BEAUTIFUL CREATION 28 MY CHURCH OFFICE plus THE GOSPEL MESSAGE 28 BELIEF IS BASED UPON TRUTH NOT FEELING OR LIKING IT. 30 The Brothers 31 RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH 31 Arlington Baptist College 1968 1969 33 LET IT BE KNOWN NEWSLETTER 1969 34 THE STATE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH TODAY 35 RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH 36 Humor 38 3
  5. 5. FELLOWSHIP 38 BUILDING THE LOCAL CHURCH GOD'S WAY 39 Sports Collection 40 Pastoral Ministry 41 WHAT IS A BAPTIST CHURCH ANYWAY 44 TROUBLSHOOTING PROBLEMS IN THE CHURCH 46 MY DAD EVERETTE WHISNANT BIRTHDAY 47 THE PROCESS OF SALVATION 48 POST NUMBER 700 49 LEADERSHIP 50 SUNDAY FAMILY VISIT 51 THE PASTORAL MINISTRY 51 LIVING IN FINANCIAL CRISIS? 52 JUNK FOOD OR SOLID MEAL PREACHING 54 HOW TO TEACH THE WORD OF GOD 55 IS GOD SOVERIGN OVER OUR FREE WILL? 57 PERSONAL STRUGGLES AND MINISTRY 59 WHAT A LIFE ON THE FARM 61 TAKE A LOOK AT THE SERIOUSNESS OF SUICIDE 62 THE AIM IS TO UNDERSTAND THE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES 62 Gospel Salvation 63 GOSPEL, SPEECH, HOLLYWOOD 64 LIFE CAN BE INTERESTING 66 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH FAMILY 2008 67 RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH 2008 68 THE LEADERSHIP AND THE MINISTERS 69 4
  6. 6. IT IS EASY UNTIL YOU DO IT RIGHT 71 GOD AND PRAISE 72 FOOD FOR THOUGHT ABOUT PREACHING 73 A PREACHERS WIFE 75 IS IT A MANIKIN? 76 CHURCHES GOD MIGHT NOT SHOW UP IN ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY 76 TIM WHEELER FIRST PLACE 79 The Volcanoes of Lewis Clark 79 CONTENTMENT OR DISSATISFACTION 80 WHAT REALLY IS THE TRUTH 81 THE WORLD AND THE CHURCH 82 FOUR INGREDIENTS THAT MAKE THE GOSPEL EFFECTIVE 82 VISIT WITH MY SON ERIC AT THE THE FIRE STATION 84 VISIT WITH FAMILY 85 ANOTHER TRIP TO LEXINGTON 86 Good Group of Kids 86 IS THE GOSPEL THE END OF THE SEARCH FOR PERSONAL HAPPINESS? 87 AM I A FUNDAMENTALIST OR NOT? 89 BIRTHDAY TIME 89 Birthday and Reflection on Ministry 91 PREACHING 92 THE JOY OF SPIRITUAL MINISTRY 95 GETTING A ARK FOR NOAH IN 2008 96 ROLE OF THE PASTOR TO HIS PEOPLE 97 Politics, Activism and the Gospel 98 5
  7. 7. OKAY YOUR CHAP FOR THE WHITE HOUSE LOSES! 98 CHURCH ANNIVERSARY 99 LIFE IS FROM GOD TO GIVE AND TO TAKE IS NOT YOURS 100 KEEPING YOUR DDDP 100 THEOLOGICAL 101 Sixteenth Anniversary of RIvers of Joy 103 Why economy seems more important than abortion. 104 MY CONVICTIONS ABOUT WOMANHOOD IN LEADERRSHIP OVER THE NATION. 105 Economy or Morals to be the issue? 106 WALKING 107 Election 08 108 Post Election Analysis One 110 BILL and SHARON SMITH 111 IS GOD GOD? 112 PREDESTINATION AND SALVATION 113 CAR CARRIER 114 SEMINARY DAYS OF PREACHING 114 JOHN THREE SIXTEEN CONFERENCE REVISITED 114 How the Evangelicals and Christians Voted 116 WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF WORLD MISSIONS? 117 Pastor's Office Building at Rivers of Joy 119 WHY BELIEVERS IN CHRIST SHOULD GO TO CHURCH 120 SPURGEON AND MACARTHUR ON SALVATION 121 VISUAL LITERACY AS WELL AS OTHER VIEWPOINTS 122 PREACHING HAS BEING REPLACED WITH DIALOG 123 6
  8. 8. Saturday, November 15, 2008 124 Shuttle Endeavor Blasts Off Into Night Sky 124 Pastor Does the KJV-SmackDown on NewSpring 125 ADULT BIBLE STUDY TODAY 126 RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH 127 ARE WE ALL, A BAD PASTOR! 127 A GOOD CHURCH IN SCIOTO COUNTY! 129 HOW TO REACH THIS CURRENT GENERATION 129 Isn't Evolution Wonderful take a look. 131 DO YOU SEE ENJOYMENT ON SUNDAY 131 LEVEL OF MEDIA CONSUMPTION, PARTICULARLY ONLINE 133 UNDERSTANDING WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT MONEY 135 That's My King! - SM Lockridge 136 DON'T LET YOUR KIDS BE PASTORS 136 MY WIFE, MY FRIEND, MY LOVE 136 BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? 137 EVANGELIST ALAN HARRIS FROM CONNERSVILLE, INDIANA 137 NOW THEY ARE GOING AFTER THANKSGIVING 138 THANKSGIVING AT UNION MILLS BAKERY 2008 140 PORPOSIE DRIVEN LIFE IS NOT ON SALE 141 HOW TO REACH THIS CURRENT GENERATION 141 Thursday, November 27, 2008 141 THANKSGIVING DAY WITH FAMILY AND FAMILY 141 LET US SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT 144 THROAT SINGERS SINGING I FLY AWAY 145 7
  9. 9. PROBLEMS BETWEEN THE PREACHER AND CONGREGATION 146 THE EARLY YEARS OF MARRIAGE IN 1970 149 THANKSGIVING 2008 CHARLES AND CHARITY WHISNANT 149 CHARLES WHISNANT AND BOB TEMPLE SR FAMILY AT THANKSGIVING 150 EQUAL TIME FOR THE PASTORS WIVES 151 GOD GIVES AND THEN WE KNOW 152 TAKING TIME TO BE WITH FAMILY 153 ELEMENTS OF TRUE FAITH IN CHRIST 154 RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH 157 KIDS TODAY TIME ON THE INTERNET 158 J. FRANK NORRIS SPEAKING FOR DAD 161 JOHN PIPER AND JOHN MACARTHUR PREACHING 162 IS GOOGLE READER MAKING YOU STUPID 164 IS GOOGLE MAKING YOU READ LESS 165 SPIRITUAL BREAD GIVES SPIRITUAL EVERLASTING LIFE 167 SHORTER SERMONS NEEDED TO WIN SINNERS? 168 WHAT ABUNDANCE GRACE HAS HE DISPLAYED 170 SUNDAY IS COMING PRAISE THE LORD 171 MY TOP 10 BEST OF 100 172 NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES IN HISTORY 172 GOD AS OMNISCIENT, TRANSCENDENT, STRONG, PRESERVER 174 ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE WITH CHRIST 175 THE NAMES OF CHRIST EXPRESSING HIM 175 WHAT WE SAY WHAT WE BELIEVE 176 8
  10. 10. GOOD COMMUNICATION AND GOOD PREACHING IS 176 GIFTS GOD GIVES US THROUGH ADVERSITY 178 MacArthur: HARD TRUTH MAKES SOFT PEOPLE 178 I AM BOUGHT WITH A PRICE 179 I AM OBSESSED WITH CHURCH REALLY 180 FELLOWSHIP AT THE TABLE IS COOL 181 THERE IS A COST OF STAYING COOL 182 Saturday, December 20, 2008 184 THE INCARNATION MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE 184 HAVING A GLORIOUS SEASON AT CHRISTMAS 186 CEBRATE THIS DAY AND GLORIFY CHRIST 187 WHY THIS WAS A BAD MORNING 188 IN BETHLEHEM, A BABY WAS BORN 188 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN 189 A MOST BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO ALL 190 LAST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 2008 190 WHAT A "GOOD' BIBLE TRANSLATION IS? 191 WATCH YOUR THOUGHTS, THEY BECOME DESTINY 193 FIRST QUICKCAM VIDEO BY CHARLES 194 9
  11. 11. THE FOLKS AT RIVERS OF JOY Monday, September 01, 2008 Frankie and Danny Dawkins Newest member: Kindra TumbleonDaughter Amber and Gaven Rosemary Lambro and Dorothy Fields A FELLOWSHIP OF BELIEVERS WHO LOVE THE LORD AND COME TOGETHER TO WORSHIP THE LORD, AND FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS. The folks above love the church, love the fellowship of the local church and love the worship of the Lord. I AM TOTALLY AMAZED THAT THE LORD WOULD HAVE PUT ME IN AS PASTOR OF RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH. I AM AMAZED THAT WE DO HAVE A WONDEFUL GROUP OF FOLKS WHO DO LOVE THE LORD. AND THAT THEY HAVE WEATHERED THE STORMS. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:26AM (-05:00) 10
  12. 12. HOW IS THE PASTOR TO LEAD THE CHURCH Monday, September 01, 2008 I often hear how the pastor controls the life of the church. SELF DESTRUCT IN THE CHURCH BODY Part One How sad how some preachers believe they control the life and ministries of the church. They believe they control the temperature of the auditorium, to the type of coffee they serve at a Sunday dinner. They believe you need their permission to sing a special, and to teach a Sunday School lesson. They believe they control the spending of the money, and who drives the church bus. I am amazed how pastors believe they can control people's opinion and work and spiritual gifts. They believe they control the kind of food that is going to be served at a Sunday Night fellowship, to the way the tables are set up. PREACHERS LIKE CONTROL, AS WELL AS THEIR WIVES. Wives are not co pastors. Really. Of course I was trained that as Pastor I was the in control of church life, I was in total control of every phase of the church life. That was hard work. I believed I should "run" the ministries of the church. Far too many misunderstood their roll in the church. I misunderstood Leadership verses Control. Giving direction is one idea but to demand control is not the right idea. Of course there are churches where the Deacons believe they are in control, some believe the church membership is in control, and then others there are committees who are in control. And in some churches a group of people believe they control the direction of the church. When you are in a large church such as Thomas Road Baptist, or even First Baptist Church in Hammond, Ind, where Jack Hyles was the pastor, 20,000 people do not control the church. THERE IS A BIBLICAL GUIDELINE TO CHURCH LEADERSHIP • Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave-just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:25- 28; cf. Mark 10:42-45 and Luke 22:25-27) Leadership, Servanthood, and Submission How and why churches self destructand its not all the pastor's fault • "People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, 11
  13. 13. conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them."2 Timothy 3:2-5 Here are some excerpts from Francis A. Schaeffer lectures and conversations: • …As a people who follow Christ, we are in and a relationship to the One who is here and to others who are here. Our right ecclesiastical position is important, but only as a starting point to go on into loving and living relationships, these things we do are not as ends in themselves, they are to know and grow in Him. He becomes more, we become less, then we become more in our relations and opportunities to be personally transformed, renewed and be impacting to one another to our culture and societies at large. It starts in our hearts and must follow us to here in these halls… • …Because of the Fall we all became abnormal and dysfunctional. It is not just that us as individuals are separated from God by our true moral guilt, but each of us is not what God intended to make or us to be, what He wanted us to be more of Him and less of ourselves. Beyond each of us as individuals, human relationships is sin and pride, desires that feed upon ours and others sin and desires, all of which is not what God meant us to be or behave as His Fruitful Bride. In our interpersonal dealings we have to be aware of our sin nature, we are abnormal, our wholeality, our cause and effect is from sin and the choices we make, even the entirety of history shows us this as significant, as we are now abnormal. To say it another way: there is much more which we should be and not be as a Fruitful Bride of Christ… How do you display this? • …In saying that God is there, here with us now, saying we are saying God exists, but are we showing that God exists in our being and not just talking about the Word God, or the idea God, but exercising His Word in our being so it shows in our dealings with one another. Have any of you read any of the “one another” passages, love one another… a glimpse in a Bible reference or concordance may give you convection or at the very least awareness, insights into this sin and how to become His Fruitful Bride. You say God is here not by mere mouths and words written down but by continual actions said and done. This is what transforms a church and influences a society, our reality in Christ acted upon into others… • …In order to understand the problems of our church or our families or our societal breakdowns, we should be very wise to sin so to be alive to His distinction. Arguments may make up the heart of your church world, but it does not have to be. Through the Christian call and life of true spirituality one can rise above to such things, as forgiveness, by accepting Christ's precepts, study, not just as a philosophy, rather as a life to be well lived in the here and now, in this very room and up the steps I see outside that go to the worship place, the alter, that beautiful display of wood and cross of crucifixion, as we rise to go to Him. There is no reason why this cannot happen in us and through us, less we take in more sin or ignore Him. Should we not be glad for the concept that kind words reflects our kind Savior, we need to be defined in Jesus Christ as Lord before we can be used in communication and connection. As Christians, we must understand that we have a call, we have a responsibility, we have a mission, we have a Lord a God who is there as in He is here. Here we are called in this church “All Saints,” do these word's mean meaningless? …Live your lives to know this and reflect this. We have no meaningless "god,”? How do you live? How should you live? How will you live? In this place and through this place? • …Consequently, let us not be confused. There is much "spirituality" about us today that is needed to be built upon, we need to relate our Christian life to the word of God or not just the idea of a god; but this is not what we are talking about. Biblical 12
  14. 14. truth and spirituality is not a relationship to the Word God, it is a forceps to His Way and true Truth that we must know and reflect in our relationships, especially here, in this hall, on these grounds, if not, how can you now live? The idea we have of God will pave the way of our relationship to the One who is here, then to one another's as God's Word declares us to do so... • …This is our calling. This is part of our richness to be in Christ. the reality of what true spirituality is about, the Christian life in action, in relation to my brethren not my separation from my fellowmen, including those fellow men who are my perceived enemies or distracters, we are brothers and sisters in Christ, in the church as a whole and in the this precious local congregation as in any other Christian group. Our efforts are not to be practiced in sin or in pride or by a dull, ugly way; to be a Fruitful Bride is to be a thing of true beauty, practiced by those within, and observed by those outside. This is an important part in preaching the gospel to the all of humanity who are still in revolution against God; but if we are in revolution to one another what does this say of Christ? More on this in my work, “True Spirituality.” Our confessions in action is the only thing that is right on the basis of the existence of the personal God exhibited in us and on the basis of what Christ did for us in history, on the cross… …And having come this far, true spirituality is the Christian life that flows on into the total culture from our investment in Christ first and foremost… Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:11AM (-05:00) SARAH PALIN AND DOWN SYNDROME Monday, September 01, 2008 A WORD ABOUT SARAH PALIN The choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate has all kinds of interesting political implications, which are being diced and parsed as I write. But I’m more interested in the long-term cultural implications of the choice of Palin, whether the McCain & Palin ticket wins or loses in November, for one of the most vexing horizons of impossibility in our culture: the abortion rate among unborn babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Upwards of 85 percent of parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome elect to terminate the pregnancy, according to several studies in the peer-reviewed journal Prenatal Diagnosis. A 1999 British study in that journal found the termination rate to be between 91 and 93 percent. When I was a teenager in the 1960 and even into the 80s, I remember seeing many people my age and younger who had the distinctive facial and behavioral characteristics of Down children. These days I rarely see a Down Syndrome child at all. While there are still those who still would not elect to have their baby terminated, it seems that many do. Those lives who do have signs of DS seem to be rather happy don't that. What is peculiar about Down Syndrome as a reason for termination is that, plainly put, you rarely meet a Down Syndrome “sufferer” who is notably unhappy. The condition has a range of manifestations, some more disabling than others, but many, many persons with Down Syndrome thrive as children and adults, even if they may not have the same range of capabilities as you or I do. The fact that this syndrome has become a reason for termination is evidence of the terrible power of culture. A culturally neutral artifact (prenatal diagnosis of congenital diseases) combined with a culturally tragic artifact (elective abortion) begins to make it plausible that parents should avoid the challenges and risks of a Down pregnancy by 13
  15. 15. ending it. The decreasing number of children born with the condition begins to make it more difficult to imagine that “normal” families can absorb the stresses of raising such a child, and undermines public support for public programs that support families who have made that decision. Which, over time, makes carrying a Down Syndrome baby to term ever more inconceivable, leading to increased rates of termination, leading to decreasing plausibility . . . until one day the burden of bringing a Down Syndrome child into the world is seen as so grave that less than 10 percent of parents take the risk. But Sarah and Todd Palin have done it. I cannot think of any other public figures in my adult life, at least of the prominence they are about to enjoy or endure, who have made this decision. They will cause many, many families to reconsider the horizons of the possible. Their public example could very well lead to a cultural sea change—a dramatic shift in the “horizons of the possible.” Those horizons are so real that, for a future generation of children and their parents, they are quite literally a matter of life and death. For this reason, which utterly transcends politics and this year’s election, the sudden prominence of the Palins is, in the deepest sense, an extraordinary act of public service. As for the Christian parent who checks to see if their child would have DS, I would say that child is in the hand of a loving God for you to care for. Down syndrome, • Down's syndrome, or trisomy 21 is a chromosomal disorder caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 21st chromosome. It is named after John Langdon Down, the British doctor who described the syndrome in 1866. The disorder was identified as a chromosome 21 trisomy by Jérôme Lejeune in 1959. The condition is characterized by a combination of major and minor differences in structure. Often Down syndrome is associated with some impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth as well as facial appearance. Down syndrome can be identified during pregnancy or at birth. There have been several articles on this topic that I have adopted to address this issue. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 12:29PM (-05:00) THE HEALTHY CHURCH PART TWO Tuesday, September 02, 2008 CHARLES AND JOHNNY EDWARDSPASTORS WHO LOVE THEIR CHURCH BODY OF BELIEVERSA HEALTHY BODY OF BELIEVERSPART TWO The Lord has given me and Charity a love for people in the body of Christ who love the Lord Jesus Christ and love their church fellowship. For some reason, the Lord has allowed us to go to churches that are hurting for many reasons. • The first church I was the pastor in 1971 had just had five splits in five years (that is my understanding) and the church was in disarray. And I to this day do not know 14
  16. 16. who the pastor was before I became pastor. ( I am going to see if I can find that answer). But I believe the Lord allowed us there to bring the church back on its feet. • In 1980 we went to a church in Altoona, Kansas that was in disarray. They had voted to accept five preachers, and they all turned the church down. The church in my opinion was in trouble when I arrived. But the Lord used us to bring the church back from the brink of closing. They were asked to merge with another church. We had the privilege to be their pastor for sixteen plus years. I could mention the other two churches that I was asked to come and pastor, and personally I loved the experience. Those churches were not willing to work out their problems that was there before I came and were there when I left. But within those churches were some of the best people I have known. I have discovered in the church I now pastor, are some of the very best folks a church could have. I have discovered that those who have stayed and have weather the storms are those who have a spirit of teachableness. What ever it is going to take to rebuild the church body they seem to be willing to try to accomplish. • "You may not have been the pastor we thought we were going to have, but you seem to be the pastor that the Lord believed we needed to have" The blessing was when they learned I was a little different then they expected, they were willing to say, okay, lets see what he is going to do. My comment to those churches I have pastured, "Pray for a pastor that the Lord would have for this church, rather than trying to find a pastor that you want to fit your church." I have heard in the past, "There is no way that Charles is going to fit in that church." And I have thought the same thing. Why? And in many cases that is so true. Some preachers are not going to fit in to the fiber of the church body. In some cases, the members were very willing to accept our leadership, but the pastor was not. In some cases, the leadership was willing and a few people were not willing. Goodness what is the problem. WHY DO SOME CHURCHES HAVE THE SAME PASTOR FOR FIFTY YEARS? REALLY IT CAN HAPPEN. IT IS WHAT I BELIEVE SHOULD HAPPEN. A church body needs to stay healthy. A healthy and biblical church will need to have a foundation that is healthy. Both the pastors/elders and people need to have a biblical foundation for long term growth and health. The Church is a body of Believers called out of the world to Worship the Lord Jesus Christ. The foundation of the church needs to be build upon the precepts of scriptural principles. And the leadership needs to continue to focus upon those precepts to stay healthy. A healthy church is a growing maturing church that continue to grow and glorify the Lord. You continue to see growth in the body. The growth of new converts, new believers, and they grow in maturity in Christ, and in turn you have pastor and staff and members growing in maturity as believers as Ephesians 4 points out for us. A HEALTHY CHURCH DOES START WITH THE PASTOR/TEACHER Personally I have made this a life time of learning, being a pastor/teacher. I have studied the scriptures, and have studied those who know the ministry of the Word. I have studied churches and other pastors over forty years now. I continue to seek wisdom in this 15
  17. 17. ministry. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:19AM (-05:00) UNION MILLS Tuesday, September 02, 2008 CHARITY AND DEBBIE A GOOD PLACE TO SHOP Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:06AM (-05:00) VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH 1974 Tuesday, September 02, 2008 VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH 1974YOUTH DIRECTOR, CHRISTIAN EDUCATIONAL DIRECTORPauline Lesmaster, and Pauline Whisnant )MOMMOM WAS CHECKING HER HAIR EVEN IN 1974Pauline Lesmaster now attends Rivers of Joy Baptist Church CHARITY WHISNANT 16
  18. 18. YOUTH GROUP AT VICTORY BAPTIST STEVE EUTON AND FRANKIE LEMASTER Frankie Dawkins now, is a member of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church YOSONDA COLLEY KING AND QUEEN 1974 WELL I HAVE PULLED THESE PHOTO FROM MY FILES.... ARE THEY NOT JUST GREAT.... Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:31PM (- 05:00) 17
  19. 19. THE MANAGEMENT OF THE LOCAL CHURCH Wednesday, September 03, 2008 A BRIEF NOTE: • EVERY CHURCH IN EVERY AGE HAS EXPERIENCED THE LOST OF A PASTOR, PASTORAL STAFF, AND CHURCH STAFF. OUR CHURCH HAS LOST THREE PREACHERS AND CHURCH STAFF WHO HAVE LEAD THIS CHURCH. AND EACH MEMBER OF OUR CHURCH HAS REACTED TO THE CHANGE IN A DIFFERENT MANNER. AND WITH EACH LOST, THE CHURCH HAS BEEN EFFECTED. • EVERY CHURCH MEMBER HAS EXPERIENCE HURT, (to cause mental pain to; offend or grieve): BY EVENTS THAT TAKE PLACE IN THE CHURCH. • THE DIFFERENCE IS HOW YOU WEATHER "GUSTAV STORM OR HURRICANE". • HAVING THE WISDOM HOW TO REACT AND HELP IN THESE EVENTS TAKES THE GRACE OF CHRIST. • HOW TO HAVE THE WISDOM TO PASTOR A HURTING CHURCH BODY TAKES THE WISDOM OF CHRIST, THAT ONLY HE CAN GIVE US TO DO AND SAY. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:54AM (-05:00) 18
  20. 20. PORTSMOUTH RACEWAY Wednesday, September 03, 2008 NOW I HAVE BEEN A BIG FAN OF NASCAR OVER THE YEARS, WHEN DALE EARNHARDT WAS LIVING. BUT SINCE HE DIED I HAVE NOT HAD AS MUCH FUN WATCHING THE RACES. But I do have fun passing this place on Saturday Night. NOW JUST LOOK AT THE BRIDGEAND MAYBE ONE DAY, ALLEN BARNHART MIGHT COME TO PORTSMOUTH TO RACE. The raceway is open when its not under water. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:22AM (-05:00) PASTOR CONTROL OR LEADER LEAD Thursday, September 04, 2008 PASTOR CONTROL OR LEADER LEAD part four Every church culture is different. I've been in some churches where I could tell that the fear of the senior pastor, board, or treasurer thwarted people from being creative, flexible, and responsive to people as needs arose. Of course, the antithesis of this is a church where there are no rules and everyone just sort of does his or her own thing... 19
  21. 21. The typical result is mediocrity, sloppiness, and haphazard ministry. But there’s a powerful place in the middle where you don’t have to create a million rules to follow but keep it simple. Thank of that? Later We had a great Wednesday Night service at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church Charles Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:36AM (-05:00) REMODELING OUR HOUSES Thursday, September 04, 2008 Charity's Dad is moving into his remodeled apartment, and garage and its being transformed into a very nice home. and because Bob is moving out of his house and needing to down size Charity wanted to get in one some remodeling herself at our house. My son Eric took a couple of days vacation, to help his parents and his grandfather do some painting and moving some furniture. Charity has wanted to do some changing in our living room, some painting was necessary and a change in carpet. Eric did the painting, and I got the carpet put down (now to get it tacked down). There were several men who was helping Bob with this project: Several of them were Oscar Perry, John Robinson, a another crew of men. Even his son Rob was doing some painting 20 and his grandson Roby did the electric
  22. 22. wiring. And Eric painted. Oh I took the pictures and his daughter Debbie helped give her Dad some good advice I can't wait to publish the final result of these projects. And I might add the project in our house as well. Oh, Charity and I worked on our Church Office ITS HARD WORK BUT THE FINAL PROJECTS ARE GOING TO BE NEAT. and it is 11 p.m. and John McCain just finish his speech at the REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS US ALL - Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:26PM (-05:00) PASTORS KEEPING ON TRACK Friday, September 05, 2008 PASTORS NEED TO KEEP A RIGHT STATE OF MIND ABOUT HIS POSITION AS PASTOR part five The right theology – essential theology - in this matter of what are the key ingredients that make a good healthy Pastor. Getting the right state of mind about this position as Pastor of a local church is essential in doing it right and staying on track. Having and keeping a right state of mind theologically about ministry has been a task, since you are inundated with so many different points of view about how to be a healthy pastor and have a great church. You are undoubtedly tempted to take another look at the ministry and your position as Pastor. You look at the church you attend or pastor and you see 20, 30 50, 100 people, and you see these other churches growing to 1000 and you are going to be tempted to say, “Am I doing high- quality ministry as a Pastor?” “Could I do a better?” What are we willing to do to make greater impact on our community? And just how much 21
  23. 23. are we willing to make that impact? Many are willing to transform themselves and their ministry to make a impact. Many are saying, “What can we do to reach as many people as possible in our culture?” Listen, when I see on the Internet these churches that are growing in number, and the number they say are getting saved, it’s a challenge to stay in the race. You can go to church on Sunday morning, and see a nearly empty church building. You try to get excited about 30 people coming. (By the way, I really can). Of course I really loved when I was at FBC in Hammond, Indiana, and 6000 people were in one place. I would not be against that at all. You view the websites of some of the churches that are growing and people are “getting saved” (that is a point that I would debate) and you might think about a different approach. They are very attractive and they are excellent in many ways. What I am not willing to do, is to go against my inner spirit that I need to be different than what the Lord will allow me to be. But I know that the Lord has and is changing me to be more to His image that He would be pleased with. What I need to be careful about, is changing my position, and character, and characteristics in order to get a crowd. I really do want to see God bring a group of folks to our church, I really do want to see God bring those whom He will bring to Himself for salvation. But I am not willing to take my tie off when I preach, or wear jeans to church on Sunday Night. (Maybe on Wednesday) “Cotton candy tastes good for a fraction of a second and then is gone. And the nutrional value of said cotton candy is zero. It is pretty and big, comes in different colors, and is interesting to watch as someone makes it. In the end it is good for carnivals and fairs, but no one eats it at the dinner table.” A comment I read this week on church growth methodology. I am not willing to change my mostly expositional preaching to telling stories that are relevant to the culture, nor am I willing to use the “bait and switch” method of getting people to come to church. Nor am I willing to have Saturday Worship in order to get people in church. But I would serve pizza, I would have a Union Mills Bakery set up in the foyer and a friendly atmosphere. But I would not change the auditorium to look like a night club or coffee house atmosphere. Nor do I believe the auditorium should look like the 50’s either. SO WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY TO BE A PASTOR, AND BE RIGHT AS A PASTOR? next post COMING Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:07AM (-05:00) 22
  24. 24. LORDSHIP OF CHRIST IN ALL THINGS Friday, September 05, 2008 THE CATTLE ON THE HILL. Eric and I were going to the church, and I wanted this photo, I had been looking for a photo to take with cattle on a hill side, and this was perfect. We often say, God owns the cattle on the hill and even the hill. GOD CREATED EVERYTHING In the beginning there was nothing, and God created (Genesis 1:1). GOD OWNS EVERYTHING • ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty” (Haggai 2:8). • “Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10). • “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” Psalm 24:1). The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. Psa 24:1 New American Standard The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, English Standard Version Flowing out of the fact that God created and owns everything is the logical conclusion that whatever we possess is not really ours, but belongs to God; we are simply entrusted with our possessions. Therefore, we are trustees, not owners. WE ARE TRUSTEES I Corinthians 4:1-2 (three translations of the text) • “A person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful” • This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. English Standard • Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. KJV WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GOD: • God is infinitely holy. God is perfect in thought, word and deed, and He is glorified by His perfection and sinlessness (see below for a definition of sin). God is also a perfect judge, and the Bible tells us that the "LORD Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will show himself holy by his righteousness" (Isaiah 5:16). 23
  25. 25. God's holiness may seem like good news at first glance. You may be thinking about someone who has wronged you in the past, and are glad to hear that God will judge them. You are right if you think that because God will judge all people. All people will be judged by the perfect standard of God's holiness and righteousness. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:23PM (-05:00) PASTORAL MINISTRY: ADVICE TO PREACHER Saturday, September 06, 2008 PREACHING AND ADVICE TO PREACHERS WHO PREACH AT OUR CHURCHSO WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY TO BE A PASTOR, AND BE RIGHT AS A PASTOR? part six Knowing the right way, and doing the right things, is the key, and most difficult to accomplish. HERE IS SOME ADVICE I WILL GIVE TO THOSE WHO WE ASK TO SPEAK IN OUR CHURCH Here is some advice, the ministry is not a game, this is not politics, this is not fun and games, and this is not to be taking light hearted. We will be accountable to Christ for our words and actions. I want to make sure I am going to be honest with anyone who desires and I ask to preach in our church, as much as possible. Now I do have a few concerns. There are purposes that God has calls preachers. There are reasons preachers are God's under shepherds in the church. Preachers, Elders, Pastors have a personal responsibility to the Lord in their duties as pastor of a church, and I take that responsibility seriously. Here is my advice, what comments you make to one preacher or pastor make sure you don't make the opposite comments to others. Don't play up,( if I might use that term) to get on their good side. With me that is not necessary. While I might like someone, that doesn't mean that I can automatic ask them to preach for us. There are reasons why I need to know the person and know what he believes and how he preaches. He has to respect our church position, our church members. He needs to be a Man of God first and foremost. ONE: As a pastor I have a responsibility to Christ first, than the church. Therefore in this matter of letting someone preach is an important issue. TWO: I consider my self a Fundamentalist, Evangelical, Independent Baptist preacher. 24
  26. 26. But that doesn't mean I fit the mode. I don't preach like many fundamentalists, independent, Baptist preachers. I don't always agree with their methodology of preaching. I am not KJV only. I believe in the doctrines of Grace. I don't agree that a preacher controls the church, and he is LORD of the church. I do not agree that a preacher has any authority other than the Word of God. He is to be a leader and give directions to the church, and disciple others to be like Christ. I don't believe preaching should make people feel guilty if they don't do the things that the preacher thinks they should do. I believe that your preaching should presence what the Word of God is saying in the text and then allow the Holy Spirit convict the believer. THREE: What Rivers of Joy Baptist Church were under the last several preachers, have their place, and they have done some good things. But as their pastor now, I am taking the church in another direction, as they know and have agreed with. Therefore those who preach will need to know that. • In other words I would not want a guest preacher get up and say, "I am a KJV only preacher and if preachers are not they are not right we God." While I preach out of the KJV, that is I read from the KJV, I will quote from time to time from other versions. • I do not want a guest preacher get up and say, "If you are not a "soul winner" you are not a good Christian." As an illustration of what you think a Chrsitians should do. If it is in the text preach it, if it is not, don't preach it. • I do not want a guest preacher to get up and rage about what he believes a Christian should do or not do. I really am not interesting in what he wants people to do, I want the preacher to tell me what the Word of God, in the text he is preaching from says. To have a guest preacher get up and say the opposite of what I am teaching to the membership would not be very wise. We all have different view points that would be okay, but not to undermine what I have been teaching. FIVE: I can ask someone to speak that has some different points of view about ministry and even some doctrinal issues, but what he says needs to be from the text of the Word of God. He may have a different interpretation on some text, that is okay, but needs to be presented in a manner that would give thought. SIMPLY STATED, THE PREACHING AND TEACHING SHOULD BE BIBLICAL, AND SCRIPTURAL FROM THE WORD OF GOD, AND THEOLOGICAL SOUND. AND YOU PREACH CHRIST, AND NOT PREACHING AT THE PEOPLE BUT TO THE PEOPLE. The advice here in this post, is first directed to myself. I need to heed the advice. I need to be the right kind of pastor/teacher/elder for the church, and above all Jesus Christ. The saints and servants in our church are too important to God's kingdom work, not to be the best possible servant that I can be. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 04:54AM (-05:00) 25
  27. 27. WHAT IS THE GOSPEL Monday, September 08, 2008 WHAT IS THE GOSPEL 52.6 I Thessalonians 1:5 Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant What is the Gospel? Just ask the typical American evangelical or fundamentalist the question? Here is what you will likely hear: “Believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins and you will be saved.” NOTE SOME SCRIPTURES ON “WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?” o Mark 1:14-15 • Mark 1:14 ¶ Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Jesus was saying then, that the gospel is preaching the kingdom of Christ, kingdom of God which was breaking into this present world through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of the Messiah. The Gospel, then, is the message of the Kingdom. Repenting and believing is the means by which we are included in the gospel story of God’s work throughout history. God is redeeming for Himself a people out of a fallen world: we enter into the gospel story by grace through faith alone. o Romans 1:1-6 • Ro 1:1 ¶ Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared [to be] the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: We think of the Gospel as “the way of salvation.” There is another idea: “Redemption accomplished.” is another way of saying the same. There is a “history of salvation:” i.e. what God has done objectively throughout Biblical history to accomplish the redemption of the world and of His people. The history of salvation is found in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The first verse to mention the process of salvation is Genesis 3:15." And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." REDEMPTION APPLIED: This is how the redemption purchased by Christ becomes real 26
  28. 28. in the life of the believer. Generally, all we ever learn about the Gospel and Salvation is “to repent and believe and be baptized.” There is so much more to the process than this. THE WORD GOSPEL MEANS ‘GOOD NEWS” Isaiah 52:7. Rom. 10:15. • Isa 52:7 ¶ How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Ro 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! MARK 1:1 “The beginning of the gospel <2098> of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” When was the beginning of the gospel? If the historical events of Jesus Christ did not happen, then Christianity does not “work”. For the good news is that God has entered the human “now” (history) with the life of the world to come. Jesus Christ and the Gospel are the same. Jesus does not bring the gospel – He is the gospel – because the gospel is that God has broken into history and accomplished everything necessary for our salvation. The gospel: “the gospel of the kingdom.” , Matthew 4:23, • Mt 4:23 ¶ And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. The gospel is the message about the Kingdom of God entering into this world through the ministry of Jesus Christ on our behalf. THEN THE QUESTION BECOMES, HOW DOES ONE ENTER INTO THIS KINGDOM? Matthew 18:3 "And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." How do I become a part of the new creation? cf. 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." What must I do to be saved? Cf. Acts 16:30 "And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" The answer of course is: • “Repent and believe the gospel” mark 1:15 SO THE QUESTION WILL THEN BE: how does the gospel become real in our lives? i.e. how is redemption applied to us? The term “redemption” is used to express how one becomes a Believer, a Christian, and is born again. WHY IS THE GOSPEL SO IMPORTANT TO PREACH? Because we see that all human beings are incapable of entering into the kingdom of god on their own – that is – for us it is impossible to merit our own salvation. We are wholly dependent upon the graciousness of our god for our salvation in every step along the process described in Romans 8:28-30. • Ro 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. For whom he did foreknow, 27
  29. 29. he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorifiedPREACHING THE GOSPEL? It’s the Christian life. It is the way in which we communicate the work of Christ to others, so that the story of their life might be found within the grand story of god’s redemption. Is your story found within the story of god’s redemption? Have you become a part of the grand narrative in which our lives tell he story of His glory and His redeption. • THE GOSPEL is, but more than “being saved” It’s redemption accomplished. The story of Jesus, is how our salvation was accomplished by the work and words of Jesus Christ. The story how God is redeeming His people for Himself to live in His New Heaven and New Earth (Heaven) Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:30AM (-05:00) GOD'S BEAUTIFUL CREATION Monday, September 08, 2008 MY DRIVE TODAY, I HAD TO STOP AND TAKE THESE PHOTOS Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:21PM (-05:00) 28
  30. 30. MY CHURCH OFFICE plus THE GOSPEL MESSAGE Tuesday, September 09, 2008 THIS IS MY STUDY ROOM AT THE HOUSE. This photo I was trying to use to make a point. Charity was trying to get the point of what I was trying to get at. I WAS POINT OUT......... A view of the office I have at Rivers of Joy Baptist ChurchI like the picture of the eagle.It's a great joy to have a office again at the church. Its humbling to know that the Lord is so gracious to us. The three pictures on the wall, I have had since the 1980's and they speak of the leadership roll of the Pastor/Teacher SEVERAL QUESTIONS TOAY 1. CAN THERE BE REGENERATION WITHOUT JUSTIFICATION? I.E. can a person go to Heaven without having been saved? Do those who never hear the gospel go to Hell? • CAN THERE BE JUSTIFICATION WITHOUT SANCTIFICATION? I.E. can a person who has been justificed, saved, born again, and not be sanctified, this is a change of character, nature, and a life style? 29
  31. 31. • AND CAN THERE BE EITHER (JUSTIFICATION/SANCTIFICATION) WITH OUT THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST? I.E. Can a person be saved without hearing the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom, Jesus Christ?If you believe the truth about the Gospel then you need to follow that belief throughout your understanding about the Gospel message. • Upon futher study of the Scriptures, I finally understood that the Gospel is far more than just the message about the invitation of salvation. Salvation is about the past, present and future realities of the believers life, and the Work of God and Jesus Christ. • Salvation: is also Redemption revealed, and Redemption accomplished , and then Redemption applied. From Genesis to Revelation the Story of Salvation/Redeption is taught. 1. But just a footnote, I do not apply every verse in the Old Testament to Christ. I do believe there is another thread that is woven throughout the Old Testament. I do not spiritualize the Old Testament. I do believe in progressive history and progressive redemption. I do believe there is a "seed" that you can trace throughout the Old Testament and that seed is the Messiah, Jesus Christ. 1. I do not think I need to address salvation each time I preach, in the sense I need to address "you need to be born again", with that said, I believe you need to preach or teach the scriptures you are addressing. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:59AM (-05:00) BELIEF IS BASED UPON TRUTH NOT FEELING OR LIKING IT. Tuesday, September 09, 2008 TRUE BELIEF IN THE BIBLE REQUIRES YOU TO BELIEVE BEYOND YOUR BELIEF. • Too often we can't believe the truth of Scripture because we don't like it. When the subject comes to salvation, we know what the scripture says, but we still believe that its not what we really believe. We might believe God saves, and Jesus is the only way unto salvation, but at the same time we might believe some might still get into heaven with out belief in Jesus Christ. • "I just don't like it, pastor." "So it can't be true." That is often the case with many Christians and their theology. When did truth depend upon our liking it? • If the Scriptures says it, let us believe it. Yet when the plain sense of the scripture makes it clear, then we must accept the truth of the Scriptures. Rather than reading 30
  32. 32. into the text what we believe to be true, let us read out of the text what is truth. • Of course there needs to be correct study of the text for the correct interpretation of the verse, thus we need to understand and believe. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:12PM (-05:00) The Brothers Wednesday, September 10, 2008 19991949 or 52 DID YOU NOTICES WE ARE SITTING THE SAME WAY. I know these photo are a few years ago, but nevertheless now to get an update. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:23AM (-05:00) RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH Wednesday, September 10, 2008 RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCHon 139 and 62 Shady LnMinford OhioWe have a nice place to gather and have fellowship on Sunday A view of the foyer A view of the adult class and Wednesday Bible Study A CHURCH: Rivers of Joy Baptist Church was started by Quentin King in 1992. I believe there were sixty folks who started coming to the church when Quentin came back to Portsmouth, from Friendship, Texas. Many of the people had already known the Kings, 31
  33. 33. when he started Porstmouth Baptist Church back in 1959. Too often the church body takes on the character of the pastor, and Rivers of Joy is no different. Quentin was the pastor of his time. I don't mean to write a bio of him, because am not sure of his history. But I do know he loved the Lord. He was a man on a mission, it seems. He would do what ever it took to get people to church and put up a building, with the money that was available. It seemed in his day, that putting up a building was not as important as getting people to come to church. Just get the building up and get the people in. When I went to Altoona, Kansas, this was the same mindset. Get up a building the best you can and get the people to come. The building was about as poorly build as any building I have been in. Just honest. Yet in spite of the outside of the building and poorly put together inside, we had a great group of people. And we slowly, very slowly made the building a bit better. I am glad now they have a very nice new building. And still have a great group of people. Well back to Rivers of Joy. Some preachers are driven by a big building and will go in debt by the millions to build one. Others will go the other direction, and put up a poorly designed building. And its my experience that preachers are not good building builders, but think they are. I guess that is the reason I was never motivated to get a building up in Altoona, I desired to, but I didn't want to go into debt or have a poorly buiding either. Today we live in a culture that most folks have a nice home. We don't see many poorly buildings today. It is not that you can worship in any building. VIEW OUR WEBSITE AT GROW BY LEARNING AND MY CHURCH Charles E. Whisnant Pastor/Teacher 32
  34. 34. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:36PM (-05:00) Arlington Baptist College 1968 1969 Thursday, September 11, 2008 FIRST ON CAMPUS REVIVAL 1968 BIBLE BAPTIST SEMINARYARLINGTON TEXASFront:Terry Spencer, Ken Hawkins, Richard Conrod,Back:Joe Mays, Charles Whisnant, Bill Smith, Duane Light(yes, that is me at twenty) Don, Linda Epps (Grimm) Becky Pickeral Adams, Jeannie Wood,Charity Mucha Whisnant, CharlesDecember 1968We talked to Linda last week, she and John are doing good.Becky is married to David Adams, Dr. Adams, proferssor. Promotion for the first On Campus Revival Bible Baptist Seminary 1968 Girls Dorm Linda Clark Shelton are good friend on the left The FIRST ON CAMPUS REVIVAL AT BIBLE BAPTIST SEMINARYIf I recall, forty years ago, I was the Sunday Speaker on Campus.If I reall, the Revival was our idea. We pushed for an on campus event where we could preach to the whole group of seminary students. I loved preaching, and I loved campus life.And I have been preaching since.andBill Smith, missionary to Brazil is still preaching todayI would love to hear from the other fellows. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:20AM (-05:00) 33
  35. 35. LET IT BE KNOWN NEWSLETTER 1969 Thursday, September 11, 2008 LET IT BE KNOWN - STUDENTS OF BIBLE BAPTIST SEMINARY NEWSLETTERNote the PASTORAL PRACTICE CLASS Dr. George Norris had the vision to start this class with some of preacherboys. Off campus at Gideon Baptist Church.Those were some of the best practical classes on church and pastoral ministry. Believe me, having taken my first church to pastor. These classes really helped me. Secondly Ralph and Barbara Wimm,Most outstanding servants of ChristSTUDENT CHRISTIAN ACTIVITIES CLUB.Bill Smith, Edgar Graham and Daniel Stockton who were on this project with me, they were and are as I understand great servants to the Lord. . Those years 1966-1969 in Seminary were interesting to say the least. As I remember the desire of my heart was for the on campus students. I had desire to help them move forward in their Christian service. I was only nineteen in August 1966, but I had been a Youth Pastors for two years prior in coming to Seminary. As I remember the only on campus activity was the Missionary group, and as I remember there was no activity for the preachers, students that was not missionaries. So I desired to start a ministry to minister to them. As I remember we had a great time trying, but as I also remember, not well received by the administration. Of course this was 40 years ago. Those were the years. Arlington Baptist College today, has come alone way from those days. The current leadership are doing a wonderful work. 34
  36. 36. A group of student spend many hours on this project, Student Christians Activity Club. As I again remember after 40 years. I still believe that this would have been a wonderful ministry on campus, as was the Campus Newsletter, and the Student on Campus Revival. And many of those who were on this project, have proven themselves as wonderful servants of the Lord Jesus Christ, many of them even after 40 years are still serving the Lord today. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 07:37AM (-05:00) THE STATE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH TODAY Thursday, September 11, 2008 THE POTENTIAL FRUSTRATION OF THE LOCAL CHURCH There are times over the years that you do want to "pull your hair out." There are times of frustration can set in. Its human. I am reading that local Churches attendances in North America have declined over the years. While there are churches that are larger, those churches are growing with those who have stopped going to other churches. There are fewer people going to church these days. On a Sunday, “tech” is happening in classrooms, the Treehouse, the gym, the main worship center and our new FX Live family production that kicked off this past Sunday. The FX Live team has their own full tech team and uses IMAG (Image Magnification) in their production as well. NOTE: FX Live has 2 cameras right now (the same ones we 35
  37. 37. used in our old worship center). Well, come churches are trying to attract those who are dropping out of church. So some churches are doing some other things to attract people to come to their church: In this church they have chosen to have a great stage to attract people to come to the church. Here is there staff 1. Dir. of Technical Arts (that’s me - I float around, encourage and oversee) 2. Front of House audio (usually our full-time Audio Coordinator) 3. A2 (second audio engineer at FOH) 4. Monitor Engineer 5. Lighting Technician 6. Service Director (on headset with stage managers, times service, executes) 7. Stage Manager on stage left 8. Stage Manager on stage right 9. Stage Manager on floor 10. Producer (takes in overall experience, gives creative feedback/guidance) 11. Video Director (right now the VD calls and switches) 12. Video Engineer (this person is the camera shader and is responsible for starting the recordings for the DVD-R and capture to FinalCut for the video podcast) 13. Camera operator 1 14. Camera operator 2 15. Camera operator 3 16. Graphics Operator (right now their is one that runs EasyWorship) 17. FUTURE: Broadcast audio engineer (right now we capture to ProTools HD) 18. FUTURE: TD at the switcher (the Video Director will just call the shots) 19. FUTURE: Prompt Screen Operator (we are going to move to 2 graphics operators, one for the screens that the people see and one just for the prompt screens that the singers see) I read this comment: I Chronicles 12:32 'And of the children of Issachar, [which were men] that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them [were] two hundred; and all their brethren [were] at their commandment.' From this text, "men who understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take" Today, church leaders must act as scouts, fervently asking the Lord for discernment into how they can best practice biblically faithful ministry in their cultures and contexts." I thought this has come merit. So how is the Pastor and Staff to view the need of church ministry today. Next time. Its late. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:22PM (-05:00) 36
  38. 38. RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH Friday, September 12, 2008 PASTOR/TEACHER CHARLES E. WHISNANT AND CHARITY RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT WHEN YOU COME TO RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH I HAVE WRITTEN A PROFILE OVER AT MYCHURCH. I have added a few outlines from the FIRST THESSALONIANS SERIES. 37
  39. 39. PLEASE CHECK OUT GROWBYLEARNING CHURCH WEBSITE Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 09:20AM (-05:00) Humor Friday, September 12, 2008 I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO STEAL THIS PICTURE FROM MY LOVELY, WONDERFUL, YOUTHFUL, CARING, SWEET SISTER, MOTHER, AND GRANDMOTHER. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 05:52PM (-05:00) FELLOWSHIP Monday, September 15, 2008 FELLOWSHIP Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:44PM (-05:00) 38
  40. 40. BUILDING THE LOCAL CHURCH GOD'S WAY Monday, September 15, 2008 EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE ....THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT. EXCEPT the LORD BUILD the HOUSE.... they LABOUR IN VAIN that BUILD it: psalms 127:1 WORKING OUT HIS WILL.. 2 Thess. 1:11 PRINCIPLES Applied out of the Word of God PRODUCES the CHANNEL for God to BUILD His Body His Church. I pray that God move like a whirl wind in our lives and in the life of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church and we move into operating our Spiritual/Grace gifts and begin to minister to "one another" in the ENERGY of the Holy Spirit. (not in tongues) LEARNING HOW TO DO GOD'S WILL IN THE LORD'S WA Y will produce a spirit within our congregation, which will produce a life within us, and we will begin to see the Lord work within us. When the life and spirit of Christ is working within us, we will see the Work of Christ within this Body. How do we learn the Lord's will? • Note I Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore, brethren, be ye steadfast unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." WHAT IS THE LORD'S WORK? • What did the Lord do while He was on earth? Two things: He evangelized and He 39
  41. 41. edified. Luke 19:10 • The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Acts 1:2-3 "Until the day in which Jesus was taken up (into heaven), He was speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" Refers to the edification of Christ's disciples. The Lord's work is "labour" (work)Christians have been called to do the Lord's work in the Lord's way. And doing His work, your labor will not be in vain Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 06:52PM (-05:00) Sports Collection Tuesday, September 16, 2008 MICKEY MANTLE, BOBBY RICHARDSON, TOM TRESH, YOGI BERRA, ELSTON HOWARD,ROGER MARIS, WHITEY FORD,AND THOSE YANKEES OF THE 50'S AND 60'S.OVER THE YEARS I HAVE ENJOYED COLLECTION STUFF Wheaties - I have eaten the breakfast of champions for years, I just kept the box Baseball, Football, NASCAR, Basketball cards have been a part of my life for many years. A view in the collection room - Hot Wheels and NASCAR Some preachers play golf, or enjoy fishing, and a few dirt racing. DO PREACHERS/PASTORS/TEACHERS HAVE OTHER INTERESTS? The last several years, I have had little time for my collection, I do from time to time collect a few Hot Wheels, and a few new Wheaties Boxes. I still enjoy looking through my sport cards. I do look as I go down the steps in the morning at the collection I have on display, but that is about as far as I have time for these days. ITS OKAY - YOU DON'T HAVE TO FEEL GUILTY 40
  42. 42. Posted by Charles E. Whisnant at 08:13AM (-05:00) Pastoral Ministry Wednesday, September 17, 2008 THE SMELL OF THE SHEEP (No this is not me as a youth) THE SHEPHERD AND THE SHEEP • 1 Peter 5:1-4: "The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a wit­ness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shep­herd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away." • 1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by 41

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