God Bless America,
We ask God for blessings for our troops.
The Sovereign Grace Missionary
Baptist Church Of Texarkana, Texas USA
1217 Dillon St. Texarkana, Texas
Randy Johnson, Pastor
This Church Was Established in Texarkana, USA
Sovereign Grace Missionary Baptist Church
"Where The Truths Of
Godís Word Have Been Taught For More Than Fifty-Five Years"
1217 Dillon Texarkana, Texas 75501
September 23, 2017
Newsletter Number 638
Brother Randy Johnson, Pastor
Brother James Thomas, Song Leader
"A Church Seeking To Please God In Prayer, Song,
Preaching, And Worship."
|Please Join Us As We
All of Our Military, Their Familyís & All the Civilian
Workers in The Middle East, Zee Mink Fuller and Family, Her
sonís Bryan Armstrong and Hunter Hackie, Daughter Shannon,
and Brother Philip & Sondra Thornsberry, Johnnie Stephens,
Alecia Stephens, and children, Frankie Baldridge and
daughter, Buckie Thompson, Frank & Sonya Trusty, Frank &
Dawana Reigel, Andrew Preston, Larry & Martha Mollette and
Her Family, Tyrell Loyd, Bonnie, Ted O'Bonion, Larry
Mollette II & Family, Kerry Adcock, Kim Poole, Danny & Nita
Mollette, The Muncy Family, Lee & Mary Mollette, Wendell
Henderson, Joshua Kidd, Matthew Kidd, Ronnie and Sarah
Henderson, Ronnie Henderson Jr. & Children, Ricky Henderson
and Family, Jacie Henderson, Velma Hammond, Charles, Don
Hammond and Families, Vickie Adkins, Archie Griffin, Donna
Johnson, James and Luann Reynolds, Timothy Fails, Nathan
Fails, Jacob Ramsey, Jerry Hughes, Pastor G. L. Burr, Melody
Carr, Janie Capps, Linda Hughes, Donna Jones, Gina, Brother
Kelley and Sister Hinson, The Harris Family, Teresa Bookout,
Little Titan Thomas (Trent and Tiffane Thomas child), James
Ė Diane and Brooke Thomas, Jace Fails, Steve Sparks, Sister
Ann McSwain, Elaine Sparks, James daughterís mother-in-law,
David Leman, Danny Hammond, Brother Curtis Pugh, Brother Dan
Sullivan the work in Thailand, Brother Raul and the work in
Romania, Bro. Sergey Mochalov and the Churches in Russia.
|A Thought From our
God Works In Us, The Will To DoÖ
Philippians 2:13 "For it is God which worketh in you
both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
I know and understand mankind enough to know this, as
mankind we believe there is not much we canít do if we just
set our hearts and minds to its conclusion. However, we must
understand the works of God, for spiritual things can only
be accomplished by God. Fleshly speaking there is a lot we
can do if we set our minds to it, but it is only by the
power of God that we can work spiritual satisfaction to God.
First, letís look at salvation. Only God can cause a lost
sinner to repent and seek salvation, and to receive it. No
one has the ability to turn from their old nature to a new
one if God has no given them a new one to start with. God
uses the examples of an Ethiopian changing their skin color
of a leopard changing their spots. Neither can change what
they are no more than man can change what they are,
depraved, lost sinners. Second, letís look at church
membership. Church membership is brought about by God also.
People donít just join a church, God has chosen the fold
before the foundation of the world, and He has elected His
church before the foundation of the world. God in comparing
the church to a human body says in 1 Corinthians 12:18 "But
now hath God set the members every one of them in the
body, as it hath pleased him." He said "every
member" meaning that if you are a true church members that
God has set you in the church, and in the position He wants
you to serve in that church. God chooses the Pastors,
missionaries, and all other workers as He is pleased to send
them. Just as He sent the prophet Jeramiah. The main problem
with so many today is they either fail to understand these
truths, or they are ignoring this. Let us look at what John
said in John 3:27 "John answered and said, A man can
receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven."
Some have said we should add "of his own will" when speaking
of man, which does the original text no harm at all. Because
spiritually speaking the closer a believes is to this
thought, the closer they are to God, and trusting God in
everything. God is always telling us to look to Him for our
life resources. James wrote in James 1:5 "If any of you
lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men
liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
Whatever you need ask of God, stop trying to do-it-yourself.
You are not washing your car, or changing your oil. You are
a believer in Jesus Christ, you are attending to the Kingís
work. When working for the King it is best done if he is
doing it through you. Let us look at what Amos said in Amos
7:15 "And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and
the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel."
Amos did not just choose to do this work, God sent Him and
like so many others, he obeyed and did as the Lord said. We
must be patient and wait on the Lord, He knows what is best
and what need to be done. The "preacher" Solomon wrote in
Ecclesiastes 7:8 a very profound truth, "Better is the
end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the
patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit."
Let us remember that waiting on the Lord to act in us is
better than just acting. I remember waiting more than 20
years in the ministry before the Lord gave me my first and
only church, and it was worth the wait! If you have a
need, your church has a need, or if you are searching for a
work, or searching for workers, always remember God sets
people in place as He chooses, be patient. We will
end with these words, "And no man taketh this honour unto
himself, but he that is called of God, as was AaronÖSo
also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest;
but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I
begotten thee." Hebrews 5:4-5 DO NOT ATTEMPT IT, IF GOD HAS
NOT CALLED YOU TO IT. Amen!
By Elder O. B. Mink (our former Pastor)
SENTIMENTALISM, A VICIOUS ENEMY OF THE CHURCH AND PASTOR
Sentimental: "Marked or governed by feeling." (Webster).
1. CAN NOT PREACH Election because the daughter of
Brother and Sister Elite, is in attendance with her family,
and they belong to an Arminian church. And we do not want to
2. CAN NOT PREACH ON BAPTISM because some of the church
members have loved ones who have been sprinkled, and they
would surely believe the Pastorís remarks were directed
3. CAN NOT PREACH ON CLOSED COMMUNION, for some will feel
left out, and nobody likes that left out feeling.
4. CAN NOT PREACH ON MISSIONS, because we do not want to
offend our members or visitors who have some Primitive
5. CAN NOT PREACH CHURCH TRUTH, for there are some good
people in the invisible church, and many of them are fiends
to some members of our church.
6. CAN NOT PREACH ON HOLY LIVING, for everyone sins.
Therefore, we are not qualified to rebuke our brother or
sister for sinning. "Who is it that is so sin free that they
can cast the first stone?" (It was rank and God defying
hypocrites to whom Christ put this question; it was not
addressed to the church. The Lordís church is not only
qualified to officially rebuke sin, but is commanded of the
Lord to do so (John 8:1-10; I Corinthians 5:12-13, 6:2-3;
Romans 6:14-15; I John 2:1).
7. CAN NOT PREACH STEWARDSHIP, because Brother Hardship
is in debt way over his head, and to preach tithing would be
like rubbing salt in his wounds.
THE SHAMEFUL RESULT OF THE ABOVE SENTIMENTAL RESTRICTIONS
IS A CHURCH AND PASTOR THAT SIMPLY, CAN NOT PREACH!
Nevertheless, the word of God admonishes every New
Testament church and Pastor, saying: "Preach the word; be
instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort
with all longsuffering and doctrine." (II Timothy 4:2).
And the first New Testament preachers said: "... WE OUGHT
TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MAN" (Acts 5:29).
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