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
God’s Word Have Been Taught For More Than Fifty-Five Years"
1217 Dillon Texarkana, Texas 75501
June 17, 2017
Newsletter Number 624
Brother Randy Johnson, Pastor
Brother Ronnie Henderson Sr., Song Leader
"A Church Seeking To Please God In Prayer, Song,
Preaching, And Worship."
|Please Join Us As We
All of Our Military, Their Family’s & All the Civilian
Workers in The Middle East, Zee Mink Fuller and Family, Her
son’s 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 & Barbara
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, Brandy Sullivan, Gina, Brother Kelley and Sister
Hinson, Manual Seymour, Sr, The Harris Family, The Morris
Family, Teresa Bookout, Little Titan Thomas (Trent and
Tiffane Thomas child), James – Diane and Brooke Thomas, Jace
Fails, Steve Sparks, Sister Ann McSwain, Brother Archie and
Barbra Griffin, Brandy’s Mother, Elaine Sparks, James
daughter’s mother-in-law, Rick McCloskey’s brother, 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
"Abstain from all appearance of evil." 1 Thessalonians
One of the greatest problems of believers in Jesus Christ
is to abstain from evil, but God has demanded of us to do
it. While we are yet sinners even while in the gracious
salvation of God. No human is perfect and we should never
expect another to be perfect. God warned us through the
Apostle Paul, "For I say, through the grace given unto me,
to every man that is among you, not to think of himself
more highly than he ought to think; but to think
soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the
measure of faith." Romans 12:3 As Christians we must think
soberly because it is easy for proud believers to tend to
believe that somehow they are more highly and more
respectfully above others. But as we think soberly and not
thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought, we should
remember that we are all sinners saved by the grace of God.
And as sinners none of us are better than the other. We must
believe that all the goodness in us if in Jesus Christ and
given to us by the holy Spirit through the grace of the
Father. Paul went on to say in Romans 12:3b "…according as
God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." We must
understand that God deals with us independently of each
other. It is God that takes a single lump of clay and molds
each of us the way He chooses too. One He may give many
gifts of grace, another somewhat less, and some He may have
made them a vessel for destruction. There is not injustice
with God He has the right to do as He please, just as you
would if you created something. Therefore, the more you
know, the stronger you are, is the more blessed with Gods
"measure of faith". Therefore, I believe it is wrong to be
critical of one who lacks the graces you do. However,
lacking grace, faith, and understanding is one thing, but to
disobey God is another. Christians often get themselves into
trouble by knowingly disobeying God. Even the simplest
believer knows it is wrong to disobey God. Therefore, it is
our job to avoid sin in our lives and to worship God with
all our being. God warns us throughout His word to avoid
evil and sin. We should not be around it, nor be a part of
it so that we are not tempted. The less temped you are the
less likely you are to disobey God.
Now to our main point. We are not only to avoid sin but
we are also to avoid putting ourselves in a place that even
looks like sin. Notice exactly what God said "Abstain from
all appearance of evil." In other words, don’t put yourself
in a position that it is going to make you look like you are
sinning. Let me use this example, if you are sitting in a
bar where drinks are served, one might assume you are
consuming alcohol, and if you are sitting with a pretty
woman one might assume you are with her instead of your
wife. Now all of this is assumption, but you are going to be
mad it someone claims they saw you. But here is the
question, who’s fault is the misunderstanding? It is yours
for allowing yourself to be seen in "…appearance of evil."
We don’t need to forget that God also told us "That ye may
walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may
have lack of nothing." 1 Thessalonians 4:12 How are we
walking honestly before them if we are walking with them?
Folk’s don’t sit with sinners unless you want to look like
one of them. Regardless of the measure of faith that God has
given to us, we all know by faith alone to avoid sin, and
here God tells us to even avoid the appearance of it. I
finish with this thought, please read it very careful.
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever
things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever
things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if
there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8
|EVERY MAN HAS A SOUL
By Elder Milburn Cockrell (from his article called,
"The Loss Of The Soul"
What is a soul? It is the spiritual, the best and most
noble part of man, and it is distinct from the body. It is
the immortal part of a man which allies him with angels and
God who are spirits. Speaking of the immortality of the
soul, Jesus Christ said: "And fear not them which kill the
body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him
which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matt.
10:28). Luke records Him saying: "Be not afraid of them that
kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do"
According to Jesus Christ, man may go so far as to kill
the body, but here the power of man ends. Christ clearly
distinguishes between the state of the body and the state of
the soul. The state of the soul would not be different at
death, if the soul sleeps after death as does the body.
Jesus Christ taught that a soul could be lost but not
The soul outlives the body and is superior to the body.
When Rachel died at the birth of Benjamin it is said that
"her soul was in departing" (Gen. 35:18). Here we see death
is the departure of the soul from the body to the world of
the spirits. When Elijah wanted the dead child to come back
to life he prayed: "O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this
child's soul come into him again" (I Kings 17:21). The Lord
answered Elijah's prayer, "and the soul of the child came
into him again, and he revived" (v. 22). Here again we see
the soul left the body at death and existed separated from
the body. This proves its immortality. Then we see that this
immortal soul returned to the body of the child and the
child lived. If the soul can exist separated from the body,
it is not the same as the body.
The powers and properties of the soul are amazing. The
soul retains its powers when the body is mutilated or
destroyed. This demonstrates its superiority to the body.
The soul is capable of thought and reflection, matter is
not. It has power to contemplate God's being as well as His
government over the world. The soul is capable of enjoying
the friendship of God and of reciprocating His love.
The body is the house of the soul (II Cor. 5:1; Job 4:19;
13:12). The body is compared to the house, and the soul to
him that lives in the house. Man is more noble than the
house he lives in, so is the soul more noble than the body.
The body is the clothing or garment of the soul (II Cor.
5:2-4), and we know that the body is more than raiment
(Matt. 6:25). As clothing is worth less than the body, so
the body is worth less than the soul that it covers. The
body is a tabernacle in which the soul worships God (II Cor.
5:1; II Pet. 1:14), and a worshipper is more honorable than
the place of worship (Heb. 3:3). Even so the soul is more
honorable than the body.
Happy Birthday Brother Larry Mollette Friday June 23rd
If you would like to receive our Weekly
Newsletter in your email box please send me an email to