Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, Paul loved the Galatians. He had taken them the gospel. They had accepted Christ and had grown quickly. He has now learned that they are looking from grace to works to keep their salvation. They believe that […]
Archives for September 2009
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Thank God we are free in Christ. Our salvation is purely the grace of God. There are no rules. We simply accept the free gift that He offers. There […]
Dear Vision, Finally here! This is the week of our mission’s conference. This is one of my favorite times of the year. We are going to have a blast. God is going to work in all of our lives. Put it on your calendar. Cancel all your other appointments. Be here for every session. I […]
Ephesians 6:19-20 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Paul asks for prayer. He wants God to give […]
The other tendency is to thoroughly popularize the ministry. He is no longer Godâ€™s man, but a man of affairs, of the people. He prays not, because his mission is to the people. If he can move the people, create an interest, a sensation in favor of religion, an interest in Church workâ€”he is satisfied. […]
This is taken from Pastor Dean Herring‘s facebook page! My family sat in solemn silence this past Thursday as we watched the History Channel special that was a montage of video clips taken by people as the tragedy of 9-11 took place. The footage, thankfully, was without professional commentary. There was no Jimmy Carter interview, […]
To teach the Bible To provide a place of service To discover and reach new people To promote worship To magnify the winning of the lost by Elton McCann
Ephesians 3:16-19 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, […]
The Coldstream Guards at Buckingham Palace play the Star Spangled Banner on September 12, 2001.
Legalism is a distortion of obedience that can never produce truly good works. Its first fault is that it skews motive and purpose, seeing good deeds as essentially ways to earn more of God’s favor than one has at the moment. Its second fault is arrogance. Belief that one’s labor earns God’s favor begets contempt […]
I am currently reading The Indwelling life of Christ by Ian Major Thomas. I loved the following quote: Are you bewildered about your Christian experience? You know you are redeemed, but beneath the outward practice and profession of your faith you are conscious of the inner nagging of a troubled spirit. True inner peace eludes […]
We are so happy to welcome three very fine young ladies to Vision Baptist Church. God has really blessed us. Lori Bassham just married Philip our music minister. Autumn Falen Lesia Wimberly
Everyone knows about Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Mother’s Day really gets everyone going and being nice to Mom but who knows about Grandparent’s Day. This Sunday is Grandparent’s Day. I hope you will be sure and plan to say a special “I love you!” to them. Be sure and tell them how much you […]
September 17-20th don’t miss it
1. Does the Bible actually get opened here? 2. Is this the kind of church you could take an uncommitted friend to? 3. Is there a recognisably New Testament feel to the church? Here’s what he meant in this question: “Is it Trinitarian in its emphasis on Father, Son and Holy Spirit as equally God? […]
Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. Ephesians 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the […]
You have to be a true southerner to understand that. That means I hope you will all help prepare a dessert. You will not believe what I have in mind to do!
I wanted to invite you to participate with me in a day of Prayer and Fasting on September 16th. Our mission’s conference begins the next day. September 17-20th are going to be very important days for our church. I want to ask you to join me in serious prayer that God would do something to […]
You will meet them in person at our mission’s conference-next week!
The Our Generation Summit is coming up in December. I hope you will make plans now to be there. God has used the Summit to change lives. Many have surrendered to be missionaries. Others have learned about praying and giving. But God is using this time in a very special way. You can get lots […]
Ephesians 5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. I am not careful enough of my mouth. This word filthiness refers to something that is shameful. The old Webster’s says foulness; dirtiness; filth; nastiness, corruption; pollution; defilement by sin; impurity. I know that I have many […]
John and Sandy Pearson are celebrating 25 years of marriage today. God has greatly blessed them with three wonderful adult children and a super daughter in law. They have been an integral part of everything that Vision has done since the start. We thank God for the way He has used them. Have a Happy […]
Done! We have paid the first month’s rent and are on our way. I am thrilled that God is going to allow us have our first service on September 26, 2009 at 6 pm. We would love to have your help. This is still the home of Immanuel Baptist Church. They are just being kind […]
I am so proud of what our Mission Conference Committee has been doing. They raised $2,000 in their meetings. They have a prepared a budget of $9,500 for the expenses of the conference and the love offerings. That means that they are still praying for the remaining $7,500.00. As you know they asked each of […]
I hope you are already making plans for this Sunday evening and the desserts for the No Longer Bound group and all of Vision. The men are preparing the desserts. Whatcha got cooking?
I just finished reading my Bible through again. I love reading the Bible. I read it each day. Here are some ideas that might help you get in the habit of reading your Bible. Make a decision. Decide to do what you know is important. It is just a matter of deciding to start reading […]
Ephesians 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. As Christians we are to seek out thoughts, actions, and attitudes that please the Lord Jesus Christ. What is acceptable to the Lord? I am afraid that we are more concerned what our friends will think or how people will accept us if we have certain […]
Have you made plans to be with us for the mission’s conference. Ask off from work. Change your plans. You are not going to want to miss this very special time. It is going to be the most exciting time we have ever had as a church. Just imagine 10 missionary families will descend on […]
This Sunday evening our church will host a group of over 30 men from No Longer Bound. It will be an honor to have them. Stephanie Cornwell has set up a Bake Off Contest for the men. We will be making the desserts for the evening. The ladies will be making supper for over 125 […]
Well Lang and Faith hosted a wonderful Labor Day get together. The place was covered up with people. Chuck brought his canopy and Betty and I invaded that and left Chuck and Leisa sitting on the ground. What a pastor! It was a wonderful time with a tremendous turn out. Thanks Lang and Faith!
This isn’t an actual picture of the desk but as close as I can find on the Internet. The desk is beautiful. Yesterday when I walked into my office I found a new, custom made, oak desk! It is beautiful. I want to thank all of my friends, staff, and missionaries that made such a […]
Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The New Testament ends with Jesus saying that He is coming quickly. The word quickly refers to shortly, without delay, soon, or suddenly. Jesus is coming back. It will shock us and the entire world. It will […]
Today is Philip Bassham’s birthday. He will not be with us at Vision because he and his new wife Lori are off on their honeymoon. We are excited for both of them and God’s blessings on their lives. Philip is and has been a tremendous blessing to all of us at Vision. He started all […]
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Facing a direct, frontal attack by Satan God’s people were still able to win the victory. Satan was no match for this spiritual strategy. This is a […]
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. It is so easy to get confused, to get things turned around. He is the Creator. He had a purpose when He created us. He created […]
Our missionaries, Keith and Rebeca Shumaker, live in the city you are about to see on the video. They are some of the sweetest, most dedicated people that I know. Pray for them as they are living in some unusual times on the mission field.
Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: We are often guilty of thinking that material blessings, prosperity, comfort, and money mean that God is blessing us. The opposite just might […]
1John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. John who knew Jesus very well states under inspiration of the Holy Spirit that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. What a promise we have here. Anybody […]
Dear Pastors, Partners, & Praying Friends, August was another great month of deputation. We have had several churches vote to partner with us, and we are excited about getting to the field as soon as possible. Here is a review of what has been going on since we started deputation: We have had about 112 […]
1John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of […]
1Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Above all things we are to have this fervent charity. That is a very deep, strongly felt, love. Christians are to love one another! This is not just something that we say but something that we […]