Vacant Pulpit: Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Miami, FL (Deadline: 5/20/2016)

Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1901 and is seeking a full-time pastor called by God who will be the spiritual leader of the congregation.

PASTOR QUALIFICATIONS
– Be licensed to preach and an ordained Baptist minister.
– Have a clear understanding of the Baptist doctrine and Articles of Faith.
– Have a minimum of three years’ experience as a Baptist pastor or an assistant to the pastor.
– Demonstrate ability to teach sound doctrine and to preach effectively from the Bible.
– Be committed to church growth and membership retention.
– Be able to articulate a vision for the church that emphasizes spiritual growth and Christian education development.
– Be able to plan and conduct worship services.
– Be committed to further religious training.
– Demonstrate a record of community and mission involvement.
– Demonstrate financial awareness and responsibility.
– Possess effective administration and leadership skills.
– Possess effective communication skills (written and oral).
– Be proficient in the use of modern technology.
– Be willing to attend, support, and encourage members to attend associations, unions, congresses and conventions with which the church is affiliated.

SUBMISSION
The following must be submitted by May 20, 2016:
– Completed application
– Completed and signed application checklist.
– Current color photo (5 x 7)
– Copy of driver’s license or state identification
– Three recommendation letters (clergy, layperson, and personal)
– Certified copies of degrees mailed from the issuing institution.
– DVD of a sermon delivered with the past year.

SUBMISSION AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church
c/o Pastor Search Committee
10500 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33150

My Problem with Angels

As a pastor/minister who is nearing his 60th year of life (about four years from now), I am approaching the reality that one day I’m going to move from this container called “flesh” and be translated into the presence of the Lord. For some, that means an immediate transfer, for others they hold the translation that it will be after a period of “sleep” – but this is sure, my time on earth, in this form, in this body, will be done.

I’ve got a problem with angels. Because there is a false theology out there, and please hear me . . . There is no scriptural evidence . . . NONE . . . That even suggests that when a believer or any human being dies, that they are morphed into an angel. The Bible is too clear on the role of angels – messengers, primarily, and servants of the most High God who move and operate at His bidding.

The Scriptures are also crystal clear that humans/souls are completely different from Angels. According to Hebrews 2:7, humans/souls are made “a little lower” than the Angels. Angels don’t have souls like human beings do. Angels were never participants in the advent of Jesus . . . In other words, Jesus did not shed His blood at Calvary for both men and Angels. No, they are separately made beings.

Angels were created way before man came around and of course, one of their most famous, Lucifer, the Angelic chorus leader, was thrown out from Heaven along with one out of every three Angels who became renamed as demons.

My heart aches when I hear people refer to their loved ones as having died and “they got their wings.” No, there is no scriptural evidence that we get wings or we become remade into any such form. Matter of fact, the only indication of a transformation in Glory is that “we shall be like Him.” (1 John 3:2).

When I was a kid, on the old Looney Tunes cartoons, that actually was a popular explanation for children’s shows that when someone died or was killed, they became Angels. In fact, if a character died, they immediately got their wings and floated into Heaven. That might have passified and worked when I was a child, but now that I have become a man, I put away not only childish things, but childish theology.

It does a disservice to those who have gone on to lower the standard. In Glory, we shall be with the Lord forever and ever. In His glory, in magnificently made and designed bodies. Not in the costumes of an Angel, but in a body that will never decay nor age.

In the movie, Michael, starring John Travolta. An Angel came from Heaven, in human form with wings. He never said “I’m human” and in fact proudly said “I’m an Angel.” Even in that movie, the suggestion was never made to the humans he interacted with, “one day you’ll get your wings.”

When I’m gone from this life, comfort those who mourn by telling them simply, “He’s with the Lord.”

Homegoing of a Saint – Mother Mary Wade

LOS ANGELES – The home going services have been announced for Mother Mary Wade, the widow of Dr. J.C. Wade, Sr., and matriarch of the Wade Family.

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The Preacher Who Could Not Celebrate

By Robert Earl Houston

Hello everyone. It’s been a while. I’ve just been super-busy in life lately and I don’t want to fall down the “gotta put something out” rabbit hole every week. I pray you’re doing well.

Many years ago I served in a community on the west coast and there was a pastor of a rather good sized church who had a strange paradigm – he was ridiculously complimentary of any church and pastor that was “at his level” or larger . . . But when it came to “smaller” pastors and churches, he was dismissive even to a point of being nasty about it.

I think one of the problems in the pastoral ranks is that we’ve starting ranking pastors. I appreciate the T.D. Jakeses, the Joel Osteens, the Paul Mortons, the Joseph Walkers, the Kenneth Ulmers . . . But there are pastors right in my community, my state who have preached just as fervently, love their churches just as passionately and they may not have grand stages, they are making a difference in their communities.

In my home community of Portland, OR, there was a pastor named Jerry G. Myers. Pastor Myers came up through the ranks at my mom’s home church, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, and he pastored  a congregation, 50 miles away in Longview, Washington. Pastor Myers was faithful. Man, I don’t know if I could have done it, but he made the distance to that church, even sometimes when it was just him and a handful of people who trod out in the snow. He was well respected and lived to be over 100. He was celebrated by his peers. No, he didn’t see 500 a Sunday. No, he didn’t have a choir and excellent organist. No, he didn’t appear on CBN or TBN or The Word Network. But Jerry Myers was faithful.

You can learn (and appreciate) the work and ministry of any pastor – no matter the site of his church. I’ve lived long enough to hear people equate crowd with blessings . . .  But it was a crowd that rebelled against Moses in the desert. It was a crowd that put David on the run when Absalom was after him. And we all know, it was a crowd that cried out “crucify HIm” against Jesus, our Christ.

So this is my appeal – celebrate EVERYONE. Even if you have to do so on credit until you get an understanding of their circumstance. Birthday? Celebrate them. Anniversary? Celebrate them. Accomplishment, large or small? Celebrate them. To not celebrate a colleague is to create an impression that “you’re too big” or “two shallow.”

Maybe the reason why people don’t rejoice with you is because you don’t rejoice with them.

Consider this. Paul never pastored but he heaped praise upon those who did. Selah.

Announcing the 2016 Biblical Exposition Conference, April 11-14, 2016

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Vacant Pulpit: Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church, St. Louis, MO (Deadline: June 12, 2016)

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Vacant Pulpit: Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Flint, MI (Deadline: June 30, 2016)

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Vacant Pulpit: Thankful Missionary Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN (Deadline: May 1, 2016)

Application – Please click for more information.

Homegoing of a Saint – Rev. Luther C. Wyatt, Vacaville, CA

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Rev. Luther C. Wyatt

Reverend Luther C. Wyatt went home to be with the Lord on January 2, 2016 in Vacaville, California.

Reverend Wyatt organized the Living Water Baptist Church of Suisun, California in 1997.  The membership grew rapidly and moved later to Fairfield, California. The Church was an active member of the Progressive District Association, California State Baptist Convention, Southern Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention.  Later they purchased a church building in Vacaville, California.

He especially loved encouraging the young people to give God their all, often telling them that serving the Lord would pay off.  Many of the youth graduated from high school and went on to college obtaining various degrees in numerous fields.  He served faithfully as Pastor until health challenges prevented him from fulfilling his full duties as Pastor.  He retired in 2010.

Please pray for his wife, Jerry Wyatt, and the Wyatt family.

Services will be on January 9, 2016 at the

Mt Calvary Baptist Church
Dr. C. Lea, Jr, Pastor
1735 Enterprise Dr. #3
Fairfield, California 94533

(information submitted by the Wyatt Family)

 

 

Blessed Jesus by Dale Jay Sanders

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