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Tuesday
Feb022016

February 2016

When the champion of the National Football League is crowned on the first Sunday of this month, the sports world will go into a time of hibernation.  March Madness (the NCAA basketball tournament) is still a month away.  Spring training for Major League baseball is getting close, but games that count don’t start until April 12.  Yes, the NBA seasons continues, but that usually doesn’t get real good until the play offs begin.  And I know that hockey is rocking along, but I am not a Canadian.

So what is a guy supposed to do?  We can’t just sit around and mope.  We can only apply for hunting license for this fall’s hunting season so many times.  This is a true dilemma.  But, men, we should be grateful.  The women of our world, some years ago, recognized this problem and decided to help us out.  They invented a holiday that fits perfectly into this time of sports void.  They call it Valentine’s Day!!  You may ask me how I know it was invented by a woman.  Well, the holiday itself gives us all indication that we will ever need to recognize this obvious reality.  What man, no matter how devoid of sports he may be, would ever think up a day like Valentine’s?  A day centered on chocolate and flowers would never have entered his mind.  (Well, chocolate maybe, but flowers never.)  Perhaps, you could argue, it was a man who was in deep trouble, so he came up with this idea.  But, what man is in so much trouble that he would have to make this an annual holiday?  (OK, I concede this as possible, but not definitive.)

Enough of the arguing, we need to move on before I have to invent another mushy holiday.  Valentine’s Day is a day, yes, designed by women for their men to give them some special attention.  But, beyond that, we can and should use it as a reminder of the truth about love.  God is the perfect picture of love.  He is love, as the Bible tells us. He exhibits love in more ways than we can count. 

Now you may counter with the idea that the love of God is a little different than the love we exhibit on Valentine’s Day.  (You seem to be in an argumentative mood today.)  But, let me point out that it was God who invented this romantic love.  After all He created us male and female.  He placed us in a beautiful garden and instructed us to care for the garden and for one another.  It was not until we sinned against Him that our love for one another, romantic and otherwise, was interrupted.  Without the interruption that sin brings, we would have had no need for Valentine’s Day.  Actually, without sin, every day would be Valentine’s Day.  For each and every husband would be so driven by his own need to serve his woman that he would never be satisfied by the ways that he served her.  At the same time, each and every wife would be so driven by her need to serve her man that she would never be satisfied with her service. 

All this sounds pretty good, but really, this is how it was all intended to be.  We have just messed it up.  So here we are, relegated to a single Valentine’s Day, given to us in the midst of a time devoid of interesting sports.  (I am not conceding here the point that sports are a result of the fall of man.  Although, I’m not sure I can defend that point.)  So let us make the most of this year’s Valentine’s Day.  Let us also strive to make our spouse and children feel the true love that is returned to us in our relationship with God through Christ.  Let us indeed love   one another as Christ has so loved us.

Pastor Quin

 

Monday
Jan042016

January 2016

As the calendar turns from 2015 to 2016 it turns at a time of great uncertainty for our nation and our culture.  With the current events going on internationally and domestically, most of us are living with a level of discomfort to which most of us are unaccustomed.  With the rise of ISIS and other venues of radical Islam, there is a hatred that is being expressed which most of us have never seen before.  Even the evil forces that gave rise to World War II were pushed more by a lust for power and control than it was by the hatred we see being expressed in our current series of crisis.  In reality, we are under threat for two simple reasons:  1) We are Americans who live in a free and open society.  This has its own sets of problems that are produced by these freedoms, but these freedoms are the object of hatred that is producing great violence. 2) We are Christians who believe that Jesus is the Messiah, that He is the Son of God, that He died on a cross and was raised from the dead.  In other words, we are hated for theological reasons.  To hate someone over religious disagreement is so foreign to us that we would never even think of doing someone harm over such issues.  We may debate these issues, but we would never harm someone else over them or even wish them ill.  But, the truth of the matter is that we are hated because we live in freedom and we worship Christ as our Lord and Savior.

To stick our heads in the sand and pretend that we are too insulated here in Wyoming to be threatened by this is unwise.  So how do we deal with the threats that have been made against us and our way of life?  There are forces that say that we would be safe if there was stricter gun control.  Some go so far as to say that if we were to completely disarm our citizenry that this would somehow make us safe.  On the other hand, I have recently heard one university president and two sheriffs tell their citizens to arm themselves for their own protection.  While personally, I would fall on the more conservative side of these issues, this article is not intended to have anything to do with the politics of our country.  Rather, I want us to consider the answer that will truly bring us peace even victory in a set of very difficult circumstance.

Recently, Barbara Crews sent me a letter that her uncle sent to his parents while he was serving in our military during World War II.  With her permission, I am sharing this letter with you.  Note the date, the place, and emphasis of this letter.

 

England                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        December 6, 1943

Dearest Papa & Mama,                                                                                                                                           

I wrote you yesterday in answer to a couple letters from you.  There isn’t much else to write today, only that I thought of writing a few lines extra because Christmas is upon us.

I suppose that in some respects this Christmas will be minus its usual cheery atmosphere for you because the boys won’t be there.  But you can take consolation from the fact that four of your boys are in uniform to preserve the privilege of enjoying Christmas in the American way.     

In the face of a world torn asunder by hate and war, the story of the Prince of Peace at Bethlehem shall reverberate once more to dispel, temporarily, some of the present gloom.  The old rugged cross has not lost any of its appeal.  Let us, with renewed faith; hope and pray for a better Christmas in 1944.                                                                                                                            

So it is the same old story from one who loves you sincerely—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.                                                                                                                                                                                           Dargan

 

We have just concluded the Christmas season.  A time when our way of life and our faith in Christ is a point of hatred and violence.  Today, just as in the midst of World War II, we owe a great debt to the men and women who serve in our military and in our domestic law enforcement.  These people are standing between us and those who hate us.  But, above this, we will find our true peace in that baby who was born in Bethlehem, died on a cross as our Savior, and was raised from the dead in ultimate victory of the true evil of our sin.  It is His victory in which we live.  Yes, our politicians will have all sorts of ways to bring peace and keep us safe. But, let us live in and enjoy the only source of peace, the Prince of Peace.  Only in Him we can have a happy and prosperous New Year.

Happy New Year

Pastor Quin

 

Tuesday
Nov242015

December 2015

Well, it’s hard to believe, but another December is upon us.  Another year is nearing its completion.  For some, 2015 was a difficult year.  A time where things didn’t always go as planned.  Health issues, family problems, job adjustments, and more can make for hard times.  Others had a great 2015.  Things went as expected or perhaps a little better.  For most of us, the year has fallen somewhere in between.  There was good and bad.  There were successes and failures.  Joys and disappointments come and go.  This is called life.  It generally has its ups and downs.  Overall, they tend to balance out pretty well.

 If your 2015 has been difficult, odds are that next year will be better.  On the other hand, if you had a great 2015, next year may not be quite so good.  The great variable here is how certain individuals handle hardship and/or success.  Some folks get overwhelmed easily.  Others have a knack for making lemonade out of the lemons of life.

Whichever, category you fall into you can rest assured that next year will likely be different than this year.  Just as this year was different from last year.  I know that you already know this.  But the point that I am trying to get to is that life changes.  Pure and simple, life changes.  The question is how am I going to approach this inevitable reality?  Will I sit back and try to roll with the flow of life and let the changes happen around me?  Or, will I be more aggressive in my approach to life and try to shape some of the changes that are sure to come?

The changes that come to us are in God’s design.  He calls them growth.  Growth is expected in our lives and we have to understand that this is true in our spiritual lives as well as our physical lives.  It is a valuable exercise to evaluate ourselves in a comparative way.  Have you grown spiritually in the last year?  Are you better able to deal with situations now that you did a year ago?  Do you have a better understanding of the Bible now than you had last year?   Are you involved in a different ministry?  Or, has you involvement in a ministry deepened?  All of these are markers that we can and should be using to measure our growth this year.

Obviously, growth is a good thing.  Growth comes to us as life unfolds.  Ironically, growth tends to be greater when we are in the crucible.  When life heats up or crushes in on us, tremendous growth opportunities arise.  It is very consistent that we grow more from adversity than from any other force that we encounter.

Shortly after the first of the year, I am going to lead an adult study on Wednesday evenings called S.H.A.P.E.  This is not an aerobics class.   It is a study through a series   of self-evaluations that will help people find their  ministry shape. 

God has created every believer to be involved in ministry.  Each of us are shaped differently because God uses each of us differently for His Kingdom purposes.  How has God shaped you for ministry?  Come be a part of this class, and we will not only try to help you discover your ministry shape, but we will also try to find an effective way to use that shape for the work for which you have been designed.

This study should help all of us grow.  It can be one of those tools that God uses to grow us spiritually.  Then when December 2016 rolls around, we will be able to see our understanding and use of our ministry shape as a point of growth.

I wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A     HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

Tuesday
Oct272015

November 2015

November is always one of my favorite months of the year. No, I am not looking forward to the full onset of winter that usually comes with this month, but it does bring us into the holiday season.  As it now stands, Beth and I are planning to spend some vacation time in the latter part of this month in Texas, visiting with my parents, our kids and grandchildren.  Actually, the only reason we go back to Texas on such a regular basis is to see and be with   family.

On the first of the two Sundays we plan to be gone, we will be a part of a baptismal service at Valley Creek Church in Flower Mound, TX.  This is the church that all three of our children and their families attend.  Recently, we have been given the exciting news that two of our six grandchildren have accepted Christ.  Our son’s son, Gage, and our older daughter’s first born son, Jaxen, both made the decision to receive Christ.  These decisions were independent of each other, but as it turns out, they will both be baptized in the same service, while we are there.  Furthermore, to my great delight, my son asked me if I would baptize Gage.  He has checked with the leadership of Valley Creek and it appears that this is going to happen.  Needless to say, I am thrilled and honored.

As I was reflecting on this, I began to mull over baptism, why we do this, and what it means.  First, of all we have to remember that Jesus chose to be baptized as He began His ministry.  If there was ever a person who did not need to be baptized, it was Him.  He had no need for repentance.  He had no sin to confess.  He was in complete harmony with the Father.  But, still He came to John the Baptist and insisted on being baptized.  This fact alone is reason enough to baptize people when they come to faith in Christ.  But, beyond that, Jesus also instructed the Church to baptize new believers.  We are to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  We are to baptize them, upon their profession of faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior.  As a new believer we desire to be baptized, because our Lord was Himself baptized.  As a Church we want to baptize new believers, because it is a celebration of what Christ has done and it marks the growth of our Christian Family because someone has been “born again.”

But, what does baptism mean?  What is the symbolism in this rather unusual rite?  First, of all we must understand that baptism is a symbol.  There is no saving power in the water of baptism.  The miracle of salvation has already taken place.  We baptize so that the one being baptized can make a public statement of what Christ has done for them.  The symbolism of baptism is powerful.  It shows our sharing in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  The water cleansing shows the washing away of our sin by the cleansing power of the blood of Christ.  The departure from the baptism shows the new life in which we walk, following our encounter with Jesus.  Yes, baptism is symbolic, but it is no small symbol.  It is a symbol of the power of God’s grace and how it can affect our lives every day. 

WOW!!  What a symbol!

Perhaps, we would do well to review our own baptisms.  It is a great honor to be asked by God to imitate Jesus.  As Christians, we are called upon to be as much like Jesus as we possibly can.  While you and I will always fall short in many areas, we can imitate this thing that He did as He began His earthly ministry.  We can follow Him in believer’s baptism.  If you have not been baptized by immersion as a believer, there is no time like the present to accomplish this.  If you have, then take a moment and relive that time of testimony and celebration when you went through the waters of baptism.  No doubt, it was a great day in your life.  And we should enjoy and celebrate its memory often. 

If our current plans for this November unfold as we hope they will, we will celebrate this very special day in the lives of two of our grandsons.  There is no doubt there will be much giving of thanks during Thanksgiving 2015 in our  family.

May each of you have much for which to give thanks this Thanksgiving.

 

Tuesday
Sep292015

October 2015

As our building program continues to move forward, I thought it would be helpful if I took this opportunity to bring you up to date on where we are in the process.

I know that all you have seen happen over the last few months is the moving of the office and the growth of our “brick wall” as we near the first financial goal in our fund raising.  But let me assure you that there have been many other things happening behind the scenes.  We have had to have an asbestos study done in preparation for the demolition of the old office building.  By the time you read this, this will have been completed and demolition of the building should be scheduled.  One day, you will come by and the building will simply be gone.  Along with the building removal, the trees will be taken down and the black-top will be scraped away.  Basically, the lot will be scraped bare, in preparation for the construction of the building which is targeted to begin in March.  This has to be done, because soil samples must be taken to determine the proper engineering for the foundation of the new building.  While all this is being done, construction plans will be completed, bids for various aspects of construction will be taken, and preparation for the beginning of construction will be underway.  While you may not be seeing very much happening, that is going to change in the very near future.  Things are moving forward.

The fund-raising aspect of the program is continuing to move forward as well.  If you have been watching the “brick wall” visual, you will have noticed that we are very close to reaching the $300,000 goal that is required to trigger the next phase of our fund-raising needs.  Please understand, that in any major building program, the fund-raising never really stops until the project is complete and paid off.  I doubt the $300,000 goal will be in hand by the time you read this, but it will be very close. 

Somewhere near the first of the year, we will begin to sell church bonds to raise the construction capital for the project.  The details of this will be put forward in the coming weeks as we prepare for this bond sale.  In a capsule, we will sell bonds in various sizes for various durations.  The interest that we will pay will be markedly higher than can be had in CDs or traditional savings accounts.  But, to the church’s advantage the interest we pay will be notably less than we would pay in any conventional style construction loan.  In effect we will be borrowing the money from ourselves rather than from an outside entity.  It seems to be a win/win.   Furthermore, once that has been reached, we will put up another visual that will challenge us to give $100,000 in 2016.  The purpose of this income is to enable us to pay back the bonds that will come due.  These styles of fund-raising emphasis will happen periodically until all debt is eliminated.  Hopefully, we will see a day in the very near future when the building will be in full use and the debts will all be repaid.

All of this has been the progress and the administrative side of what we have been doing.  But now, I want to take a minute and remember why we are doing all this.  We are not doing all this just to build a building.  I promise you, I have plenty of things to keep me busy without this.  We are building this particular building, because it is going to vastly improve and increase our ability and opportunity to touch our community.  It will give us a fellowship area and increased kitchen space to open many opportunities for gatherings where everyone in our church can gather and comfortably fellowship and dine with each other.  It is going to exponentially expand our recreation ministry.  We will have the opportunity to join with already successful ministries in our community, as well as open an array of new opportunities to touch children, youth, and adults with an on-campus ministry, that, to date, we simply cannot do.  A quick glance at our congregation on any Sunday morning, will reveal a large and growing number of young children and their families.  If we want this trend to continue, we must widen our opportunities to minister to them as quickly as we possibly can.  Now please do not misunderstand me, this building is not just for kids and their families.  There is not an age group that will not benefit from the completion and utilization of this building.  It will serve many purposes and will have many functions.  But, the bottom line is that there is no doubt in my mind that when this project is complete, Boyd Avenue Baptist Church will have the opportunity to touch many more lives for Christ.  We will see His Kingdom grow.  We will see our community improved!  This is why we are doing all of these things.  Please continue to pray for and give to this project.

If you have any questions, please let me know.  I will do my best to give a full and complete answer.