Monday, August 3, 2015

The Pastors Corner...

* Article was published in the August edition of The Herald; a monthly publication of Green Hill Baptist Church

“…He has made everything appropriate in its time.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NASB

The Lord reminds us, through the pen of Solomon, “there is an appointed time for everything; and a time for every event under heaven.” Time waits for no one. We can’t slow it down let alone stop it. I was talking with someone the other day and they were telling me a story from their childhood. When they finished telling the story, they looked off into the distance and said, “You know, that was over 60 years ago!” Every tick of the second hand reminds us of time that is ever-passing; time that we can never regain on this earth. I believe Solomon came to realize just how precious time is and how we should be good stewards of it, making the most of every minute and counting it as a gift and blessing from God.

I am grateful for the time God has given me on the planet. God reminds me of the precious gift of time with every funeral I preach and family I console. Time is indeed a gift and I pray that I would never squander it or take it for granted, but instead, spend it in a way that will glorify the Lord and build His kingdom. Friends, that’s essentially why God put us on the planet. That is also why He has established His church and has given us time to spread His gospel and labor in His harvest fields. There is only so much time; time to be spent wisely doing His work and accomplishing His will. There’s simply no time to waste or no time to wait. Based on the evidence we find in Scripture, I believe Solomon lived out the remainder of his days with urgency and purpose. I believe he allowed God to bring about some significant changes in his heart and life; changes that would not only impact his life, but the lives of those around him.

Church, as we close out summer and move into fall, let’s make the most of the time God has given to us. Let’s work together to do His work and accomplish His will. Let’s understand that as we serve Him faithfully as a child of God – whether as a parent, Sunday School teacher, deacon, pastor, student, etc. – we not only allow God to change us, but we allow Him to use us to impact the lives of those around us. There is much kingdom work to be done and we only have a certain amount of time with which to accomplish it. Therefore, as Jesus told the disciples in John 9 in the story of the man born blind, “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” I love you and am so blessed to be able to serve as your pastor.

Serving Together,
Pastor Brett

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Pastors Corner...

* Article was published in the July edition of The Herald; a monthly publication of Green Hill Baptist Church

“The LORD is near to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

In recent days, our hearts have been broken and our spirits have been crushed by the deplorable act of evil that visited Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. As a church, we pledge to stand with our brothers and sisters and walk with them through this time of grieving and healing. We know that the Lord our God is with His people, and He gives grace to those who are broken hearted and crushed in spirit.

This act of violence clearly demonstrates the great need for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Legislation can’t fix the problem of a sinful human heart; only the gospel can accomplish this task. May we be driven to our knees in prayer for revival and spiritual awakening to come to our churches, our state, our nation and world. May our hearts be gripped by the commissioning call of our Lord to take His reconciling, restoring, and redeeming gospel to the ends of the earth.

Church, let us join together in prayer – desperate prayer (Ps. 119:17-24). With desperate hearts, let us plead with God to revive His people and to awaken hearts for His glory. I’ve heard about historical revivals and spiritual awakenings, but I desire to see it with my own eyes. Don’t you? It’s been said that God can do in a single moment what we can’t do in a lifetime. Paul had it right when he said, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us…” (Eph. 3:20).

God alone opens the eyes of the blind. God alone dispels darkness with the Light of His Truth. God’s kindness alone brings a sinner to repentance and faith. God alone saves. Therefore, we must pray to the God of heaven and earth, that He would “rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at His presence – as fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil – that He might make His name known to His adversaries! That the nations might tremble at His presence!” (Is. 64:1-2)

Friends, I truly desire to see what only God can do. It’s time!

Serving Together,
Pastor Brett

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Standing With Charleston



In recent days, our hearts have been broken by the deplorable act of evil that visited Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. We stand with our brothers and sisters and will walk with them through this time of healing. 

Green Hill Baptist Church affirms the statement issued by The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). You can read it here.

Indeed, this act of violence is a vivid example of the great need for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us pray for revival and spiritual awakening to come to our churches, our state, our nation and world. God's people must take seriously the commissioning call of our Lord to spread His reconciling, restoring, and redeeming gospel to the ends of the earth. May God revive His people and awaken hearts for His glory.

Below, is a video shown at the SBC Annual Meeting held in Columbus, Ohio June 16-17, 2015. Please watch and join with us in the prayerful hope that we will see what only God can do. Friends, He truly can do in a moment what we can't do in a lifetime.

Serving Together,
Pastor Brett
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