Saturday, March 19, 2005

Please be in prayer for these services.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Mission Fair was Fun

The Mission Fair at First Baptist Church of Lake Butler (Florida) was held today. The fair was part of our "40 Days of Purpose" campaign as the emphasis centered on Evangelism. We had seven booths highlighting past mission projects & upcoming mission opportunities. Those attending were able to see photos & other items from the projects. A few of the booths even offered a sample of food that can be found in their particular mission area.

In the photo above I am explaining to Janice Parrish how to use a "Gong-Gong" from Ghana, West Africa.

In the second photo a couple of students learn more about Ghanaian Cedis from 2004 Ghana Mission Team members Sonja St. John (left) and Curtis Richards (far right). Cedis is the currency used in Ghana. You can also see some of the items & photos that were displayed in our booth.

The two photos above were taken by Jon Fletcher, a member of FBC Lake Butler and a member of the 2004 Ghana Mission Team.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

For Teachers & Christians Too!

I received the following in an e-mail today and I thought it was too good not to share with others. It may be a little humorous, but I think it contains a powerful message for all of us!


After being interviewed by the school administration, the eager teaching prospect said: "Let me see if I've got this right. You want me to go into that room with all those kids and fill their every waking moment with a love for learning. And I'm supposed to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse and even censor their T-shirt messages and dress habits."

"You want me to wage a war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for weapons of mass destruction, and raise their self-esteem."

"You want me to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship, and fair play, how and where to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook and how to apply for a job."

"I am to check their heads for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, offer advice, write letters of recommendation for student employment and scholarships, encourage respect for their elders and future employers."

"And I am to communicate regularly with the parents by letter, telephone, e-mail, newsletter, and report card."

"All of this I am to do with just a piece of chalk, a computer, a few books, a bulletin board, and a big smile AND on a starting salary that qualifies my family for food stamps!"

"You want me to do all of this, and then - you expect me NOT TO PRAY?!"


Pray for and offer encouragement to all of our teachers and students. Let's also pray that one day prayer is allowed back in our schools again.

Who knows, after you've prayed - the Lord may want you to contact a school board member, a legislator, a member of Congress or the White House and share your views on school prayer with them. Sometimes our prayers need to grow some feet - you know what I mean?

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Mission Fair Sunday

First Baptist Church of Lake Butler will hold a Mission Fair this Sunday, March 13th featuring exhibits from the church's mission activities. The exhibits may be viewed between 10:30-11am (between Sunday School & Morning Worship) and immediately following the service and again before and after the evening service at 6pm. The Mission Fair is part of the "40 Days of Purpose" series.

The fair will feature exhibits from the following areas:

  • Honduras Construction Projects
  • Ghana, West Africa Crusades & Construction Project
  • Montana Mission Project
  • Hurricane Relief in Central Florida
  • Brotherhood Local Mission Projects
  • WMU Emphasis on Mission Support
  • Youth Local Mission Projects

The morning worship service will feature a message by Pastor Rusty Womack on evangelism. The evening service will feature a concert by the Bluegrass Prophets.

The Mission Fair and services will be held in the Union County High School Auditorium in Lake Butler, Florida. For more information call (386) 496-3704.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

First Baptist Lake Butler Tonight

I will be preaching in supply tonight (Wednesday) for my pastor Rusty Womack at First Baptist Church of Lake Butler, Florida. The service will begin at 6:30pm. First Baptist Church of Lake Butler is located at 195 East Main Street.

Brother Rusty will be concluding revival services tonight for Eastside Baptist Church in Lake City, Florida.

Please be in prayer for both of these services.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Father's Day in White Springs

Pastor Ron Thompson of First Baptist Church of White Springs has asked me to fill the pulpit for him on Sunday, June 19th at 11am. I always enjoy worshipping at FBC White Springs because I have so many friends there and my brother, John Croft, is the Music Director.

First Baptist Church is located on Camp Street in White Springs, Florida.

Gospel Concert

Dave & Sherrie will be in concert at my home church, First Baptist Church of Lake Butler, this Sunday, March 6th at 6pm. The service will be held in the Union County High School auditorium in Lake Butler, Florida. The "Sherrie" in Dave & Sherrie is my sister Sherrie Davis. Her singing partner is David Godwin.

Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the service as I will be traveling to Pensacola, Florida to speak at a recycling conference.

Please be in prayer for Dave & Sherrie and the service, and for me as I travel.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Christian One-Liners

I received an e-mail today with the following "Christian One-Liners". I thought I would share it with you.

"Christian One-Liners"

Don't let your worries get the best of you. Remember, Moses started out as a basket case".

Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited - until you try to sit in their pews.

Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.

It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes and sand gnats come close.

When you get to your wit's end, you'll find God lives there.

People are funny, they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.

Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.

Quit griping about your church; if it were perfect, you couldn't belong.

If the church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has.

Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

Peace starts with a smile.

I don't know why some people change churches; what difference does it make which one you stay home from?

A lot of church members who are singing "Standing on the Promises" are just sitting on the premises.

We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.

Be ye fishers of men. You catch them - He'll clean them.

Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

Don't put a question mark where God put a period.

Don't wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

God grades on the cross, not the curve.

God loves everyone, but probably prefers "fruits of the spirit" over "religious nuts!"

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

He who angers you, controls you!

If God is your Copilot - swap seats!

Prayer: Don't give God instructions -- just report for duty!

The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.

The Will of God will never take you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.

We don't change the message, the message changes us.

You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to ........ discourage him.

The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.