Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Two Christmas Reading Plans

Christmas is upon us. 
Do you know the Reason for the Season??

Join me in reading about God's Redemptive plan to Save us from our sin.  Below are two reading plans to ready your heart for Christmas.  Pick one or read both.

The First Reading Plan is focused upon the Prophetic Messianic promises of God to send a Savior to save Humanity.  

The Second Plan takes you through the genealogy of Jesus were you will discover the Grace & Mercy of God to use some of the most unlikely people to bring the Messiah into the World.

You can also find PDF Printable versions Online;

Bible Reading Challenge #1  
Merry Christmas

               The Christmas Season is upon us.  As you prepare for the Season may you forever remember the Reason for the Season...Jesus, the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, laid in a manger and destined to die for our sins.
       This reading is focused on just a few of the many prophetic Messianic promises found in the Old Testament pointing to the Birth and Ministry of our Lord. As well as a few Messianic promises of His Return for His people.

       May you find hope that God keeps His Word from Eternity Past to Eternity Future
1 Dec      Genesis 3
2 Dec      Genesis 22:1-18
3 Dec      Genesis 49:1-28
4 Dec      Exodus 12
5 Dec      Deuteronomy 18:15-18
6 Dec      2 Samuel 7:12-16
7 Dec      Psalm 2
8 Dec      Isaiah 9:1-7
9 Dec      Isaiah 11
10 Dec     Isaiah 35
11 Dec     Isaiah 40:1-11
12 Dec     Isaiah 42:1-4
13 Dec     Isaiah 52:13àIsaiah 53
14 Dec     Isaiah 61
15 Dec     Jeremiah 31
16 Dec     Micah 5:1-5
17 Dec     Zechariah 9:1-10
18 Dec     Zechariah 12
19 Dec     Psalm 110
20 Dec     Matthew 1:1-17
21 Dec     Luke 1:1-25
22 Dec     Luke 1:26-56
23 Dec     Matthew 1:18-25
24 Dec     Luke 1:57-80
25 Dec     Luke 2:1-40
26 Dec     Matthew 2
27 Dec     Revelation 1:9-20
28 Dec     Revelation 4
29 Dec     Revelation 5
30 Dec     Revelation 19:1-16
31 Dec     Revelation 21 & 22

Bible Reading Challenge #2  

                  The Season of Christmas is upon us once more.  As you prepare for the season may you forever remember the reason for the Season...Jesus, the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, laid in a manger and destined to die for our sins.  

       The Reading will help you to see the focus of God’s redemptive plan.  Salvation is not relegated to a select few who are pure in their genealogy and their religion, but is open to all humanity and you find no greater evidence of this than in the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Himself. 

       Simple and short this plan may be but it is packed with great insight.  As always, let the Lord peak your curiosity read before and long after these passages. Enjoy the discovery of God’s Great Word.

1 Dec      Genesis 16

2 Dec      Genesis 27
3 Dec      Genesis 38
4 Dec      Joshua 2
5 Dec      Joshua 6
6 Dec      Ruth 1
7 Dec      Ruth 2
8 Dec      Ruth 3
9 Dec      Ruth 4
10 Dec     2 Samuel 11
11 Dec     2 Samuel 12
12 Dec     1 Kings 11
13 Dec     1Kings 12
14 Dec     1 Kings 15
15 Dec     2 Kings 8:16-29
16 Dec     2 Kings 15:32-16:4
17 Dec     2 Kings 18
18 Dec     2 Kings 21
19 Dec     2 Kings 22:1-23:3
20 Dec     Matthew 1:1-17
21 Dec     Luke 1:1-25
22 Dec     Luke 1:26-56
23 Dec     Matthew 1:18-25
24 Dec     Luke 1:57-80
25 Dec     Luke 2:1-40
26 Dec     Matthew 2
27 Dec     Revelation 1:9-18
28 Dec     Colossians 1:13-22
29 Dec     Hebrews 4:14-5:1-14
30 Dec     Romans 8
31 Dec     Ephesians 2

Saturday, September 11, 2021

West Monroe Baptist Church Serves Day 2021

Everyone who signed up to assist at the West Monroe Serves Day Saturday October 2, 2021
& anyone wishing to help please arrive at West Monroe Baptist Church
no later than 9 AM Saturday Morning for preparation & Prayer.


Monday, March 22, 2021

Daily Prayer Outline

            I've been asked over the years, "how do you pray through-out the week, what's your plan?"  What follows is a simple outline I created several years ago to help me to focus on specific areas of prayer each day. 

It's a way, not the way.  It's a guide that helps me & it maybe useful for you in creating your own plan for daily prayer. 

Some people and situations you will pray for every day, always remain open to the Spirit’s leading. 
I pray for my Family every day; my Wife & my Children

Remember Prayer & Praise walk Hand-in-Hand


Praise and Worship of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit

Prayer by the leading of the Spirit

Revival in Christ’s Church


Nation: Awareness of the presence & the blessings of God 

Leaders: President, Congressmen, Representatives, etc.

Soldiers: protection, confusion of the enemy

            State & local government: Governor/Mayor/Legislators

            Police, Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, City workers

            Judicial system: Truth revealed, Justice done; Abortion, Marriage, etc.

            Schools: Teachers/Parents/Students/Administrators

            Other nations


Your Extended Family:

            Parents, Grandchildren, Uncles & Aunts, Nephews & Nieces, Etc.

            Be specific with names & with prayer request for each person


            Brothers & Sisters in Christ around the world: 
                        To have Boldness, Fruitfulness in Sharing the Gospel, to be Salt & Light

            International Missionaries

            North America Missionaries

            Seminaries to raise up Pastors, Preachers, Missionaries, Evangelists & Leaders

            Missionaries: Specific Missionaries if known & general prayer for all Missionaries
                        For Boldness, Acceptance of Gospel, Open Doors, Rapid Evangelism,                                    Protection & for Local Leadership to be raised up among the people they                                serve.


          A time of prayer for all those who have asked for you to pray for them specifically & those you said you would pray for them. 

            Be specific in names & requests. This portion of the list will vary & change continually. This list can include family, but should focus on others outside of prayers for Tuesday & Friday 


Immediate Family: Husband, Wife, Children

            Be specific with names & with prayer request for each person

Pray for Family Revival


Prayer for your Church: 
                        To Fulfill the Great Commandment & the Great Commission

Pastors, Music Director, Teachers, Deacons, Persons behind scenes & their families

           For Hearts to be transformed, Souls saved, Wayward members to come home



            Ministries: Men, Women, Seniors, Youth, Evangelism, Outreach

            For your Church to reach your Community & County for Christ

           Pray for other Churches to fulfill the Great Commandment & Great Commission

          Your Local Association & its Director

Prepare your heart for Worship on Sunday

If you did the Praying Part 
Don't forget to do the Praising Part

Scriptures on Prayer

Luke 5:15-16  

15 the news about [Jesus] was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses.  16 But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.

Matthew 6:5-13   

5 "When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

6 "But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.  7 "And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 

8 "So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

9 "Pray, then, in this way:
'Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 
10 'Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 
11 'Give us this day our daily bread. 
12 'And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
13 'And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.' 

1 John 5:11-15   

11 the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 

12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.  13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 

14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

Romans 8:26-28   

26 the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;  27 and [God the Father] who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because [the Spirit] intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God,

Philippians 4:4-7  

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 

7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 5:14-18   

14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;  15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.  16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 

17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.  18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.



Monday, September 30, 2019

Christian, Is Christ Jesus Your Life or Just "In" Your Life?

Christian, is Christ Jesus your Life or just "in" your life?
Before you answer consider this; we have people in our lives that come and go based upon either our terms for their entry into our lives or their terms of entry of our lives into theirs. I could drop by unannounced but you would prefer I set up an appointed time of arrival and prefer I don't wear out my welcome.
Many people treat Jesus in this same way. They want Jesus in their lives, but only on their own terms; when it's convenient. They want to drop in for a visit with Jesus, when it is convenient for them & they'll call on Jesus when they want Him to come over and address some much needed issues, but only on their terms. They act as if Jesus has worn out His welcome in their life.
If your a Believer, a Christian, understand this; Christ is your Life. Christ moved in on the inside, He took up residence, and gave Life to your dead soul.
We were dead in our sins, helpless & hopeless. Christ died for our sins, He was buried and three days later He was raised from the grave to make our Salvation possible, This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News of God for all mankind.
By God's grace through faith if you have believed, turning to God and from your sin, and believed the Gospel, confessing Jesus as Lord of your Life and believing God raised Him from the Dead you are forgiven of your sins, given eternal life, given an eternal relationship with God and Jesus, whom He sent. Those dead in sins thru faith are given the Life of Christ.
Christian, you were dead in your sins. Now, as a believer, you have been crucified with Christ, you are to reckon yourself dead to your sin and dead to yourself. You have been bought by the Blood of Christ on the Cross. You have been raised to walk in newness of Life in Christ. He is in you and you are in Him.
Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." 
The Bible in Galatians 2:20 declares the anthem cry of everyone who believes;   "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."
Christ does not tolerate the idea of being just some addition to the life you live, He demands your life be His life.  Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 16:24-27, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.  "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  "For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS." 
Is Christ in your life as a matter of your convenience?
Or, is Christ your Life as a matter of necessity?
Christian, I pray the latter for you?

Book Recommendations:
I don't often recommend books, because I fear far to many believers are reading recommended books rather than their Bibles.  But, in this instance I will recommend two books, recommended to me by Dr. Ron Lynch of Life out of Death Ministries, I know that these have begun to change my time with my Lord, my Bible reading and my prayer time. I know they will change yours as well. 

1) Bone of His Bone, by F. J. Huegel
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  • ISBN-10: 0875086896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875086897

2) Victory in Christ, by Charles Trumbull
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ISBN-10: 0875085334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875085333

Pastor Eric 
Galatians 2:20 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Don't Forget Church on Your Vacation

            Summer is almost upon us.  It’s amazing how fast this year is moving, in just a little while our High School Senior will graduate, finalizing a milestone in their lives.  Our children and youth are looking to some summer time fun and maybe some vacation time, either here at home or somewhere on some distant shore or even in the foothills of the mountains. 

            Remember as this time of year brings to mind long awaited vacations, we never take a vacation from God.  As we all scatter to the four-winds plan out your vacation time to include some “God-time.”  It is amazing how many churches are around vacation spots such as the beach and yes even in the mountains.  Make your vacation special by planning on visiting a church.  The Scriptures are clear regarding our Church time in Hebrews 10:23-25 it tell us to,

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

We need to take to heart this message, we know by the signs of the times it want be long till Jesus comes, we are to gather with fellow believers to encourage one another.

            Be intentional when planning your vacations to visit a Church.  Many Churches have websites so you can check and see if they are of like-minded-faith.  I promise you if you go, God will have a message for you and you will discover there are Bible-believing-Baptist even in vacation hot-spots. Take it as an opportunity to greet them in love from a Sister-Church in the Faith from Startex, South Carolina named Tucapau. And don’t be surprised if they ask you to “say that again…can you spell that again.”

            May God bless you as you seek to serve the Lord.  Remember, no matter where you go, there you are, and so is God.

Pastor Eric
Galatians 2:20       

Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Moment in Biblical Literacy: The Great Commission

If you were asked to explain the “Great Commission" and locate it in the Bible could you?

Matthew 28:19-20  
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

What does it mean to “Go?”

The emphasis of the Great Commission is not on the “Go.”  The Greek word for “go” here is a modifier (participle) of the command in the passage, meaning “as you are already going do ____.”

We are already going to work, school, shopping, out to eat, visiting with family and friends, and even vacationing, but as we are already going we are to “Make Disciples.”  

What does it mean to “Make Disciples?” 

This is where the emphasis of the Great Commission of Jesus to His followers is found.

The Greek word for “make” is an imperative, a command to every believer, to every Christian, it’s not a suggestion nor is it a request.  You are commanded to share your faith in the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Gospel.  What is the Gospel?

“…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).  

Before you go further, allow me to take a burden from your shoulders.  You cannot make anyone believe in Jesus and you cannot save anyone, that’s Jesus’ job.

1 Peter 2:24  [Jesus] Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

It’s not even your job to convict anyone of their sins, that’s the job of the Holy Spirit.

John 16:8   And [the Holy Spirit], when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.

Your job as a disciple is twofold, first, you are to love God and love people, this is the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40). Second, you are to share your faith in the Gospel
 of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), the good news that God has made a way of salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ for any person.  You don’t have to argue or win a debate, just love people and speak the truth in love and trust the Lord to work in their heart.

Now, when you have shared the Gospel, and a person has believed and accepted Jesus as Lord and believed that God raised him from the Dead to be saved (Romans 10:9-10), then you make sure they follow in Believer’s Baptism.

What does it mean to Baptize?

Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as an act of obedience to the command of Christ. It’s their public profession of faith, symbolizing their belief by faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus for their sin.  It is symbolic of their death to sin, burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Jesus Christ.  (Romans 6:3-7)

As an ordinance of Christ to the Church, it is prerequisite to church membership (Acts 2:41-42). When a person is baptized a spoken formula of the baptism is to include, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”  

The Baptism provides no saving work toward a person’s salvation. You are neither more saved if your baptized nor less saved if you are not, salvation is by God’s grace alone, through your faith alone, in the work of Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).  As an act of obedience to the command of Christ it demonstrates that you have already believed.  It is an outward expression of an inward change.  

What does it mean to “Teach?”

Once a person believes by faith on Jesus for their salvation, they are spiritually “born again.”

John 3:3   Jesus answered and said to [Nicodemus], "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."  

A newborn believer is much the same as a newborn baby.  A newborn baby doesn’t have the knowledge or the skills to provide or protect themselves, they need someone to teach and guide them. 

A newborn believer knows that Jesus died for their sins and by faith gave them eternal life (John 17:3).  What they now need is to know how to live that life for Christ, to conform it to the image of Christ.  Learning every day to be a little more like Jesus through the taking off the old self (sin) and putting on the new self (faith) in Christ (Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:21-24, 5:1-2).

What do we teach a new believer?

·         How to read the Bible, the Gospel of John is a great place to start
·         How to pray, Matthew 6:5-13 is a wonderful outline for prayer
·         How to be the Church to worship, learn and fellowship
·         How to live their life of faith in Christ publically
·         How to share their faith

We call this Discipleship.

So, as you are going about living your life, take every opportunity to share the Gospel.
If you lead someone to saving faith instruct them on Jesus command to be baptized.
Teach them how to walk their new life in Christ pleasing and serving God.

And remember, you’re not alone in this Great Commission, Jesus said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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