Pastor Buddy

Pastor Buddy HoggardRev. Buddy Hoggard serves as the Senior Pastor of Lake Drummond Baptist Church. Buddy and his wife, Geri, have three adult children and seven grand-children.

Buddy was born at Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA. He was raised in Norfolk except for a five year stint in Smithfield, VA. As a teenager, Buddy attended Norview Baptist Church in Norfolk. In the fall of 1984 during a “New Christians” class Buddy came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. While at Norview Baptist he was ordained a deacon and served as Sunday school teacher as well as Young Adult Department Director. He served as a member of Norview’s Pastor Search Committee.

Buddy and his family moved to Chesapeake and moved their membership to Great Bridge Baptist Church. While at Great Bridge, he served as Sunday School Director and Teacher, Deacon, chaired the Deacon Ministry Proclamation Committee & Pastor Search Prayer Team, and taught multiple discipleship training classes including “Baptist History”, “The Baptist Faith & Message” and “An Understandable History of the Bible.”

In the mid 1990’s Buddy knew he was being called of the Lord to the ministry. Buddy worked as a full time electrician and received his Associates in Applied Sciences degree in electronics. He started seminary classes in 2002 and began working as a pulpit supply minister. He served in churches in Knotts Island NC., Roanoke Rapids NC, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach VA. Rev. Buddy Hoggard, served as pulpit supply starting July 1st, 2007 and was called and voted unanimously to be our Pastor on November 7th, 2007.

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Musings from the Pastor

Date Posted: July 5, 2016

While calling in on folks who have visited our Church over the past nine years I’ve observed an insidious trend. Many are unimpressed with the sound of the musical instruments and the light shows and especially left high and dry by the preaching, or lack thereof, from the pulpits of the churches they have attended. Sometimes this is told to this Pastor as a way of complimenting the preaching of the cross when they attend Lake Drummond Baptist Church. Yet, my heart is broken whenever I here this example given of “other” churches.

You see, I and every other preacher of the Gospel work toward the same goal. We preach that all might be saved. We remain on the wall giving the warning that all would hear and positively respond. God hasn’t given us prey to prepare for the dinner table. HE has given us flocks to care for and if need be . . . die for. The people of Lake Drummond Baptist Church do not nor will they ever belong to this Pastor. No, they belong to God in Jesus’ name when they believe that He died on the cross for their sin, was buried, rose again the third day in resurrection glory and confess Jesus as their Lord!

Well, you may ask, why is this guy making this point?

As pastors, we tend to the flocks that God has entrusted us with but we also lift each other up. Pastors are not in competition with each other. We all work for the same Boss! When another Pastor’s ministry is blessed I praise the Lord with him and thank God for His ministry. This is a man of God being used as His vessel. However, there is the other side of the coin where I’m reminded of the person behind the pulpit not being interesting, or not reading from Scripture during the message, spending the entire worship time telling the church how his team did last week or using his color, creed or ethnicity to enrage or “work up” worship in a group of people where non is.

I’m heart broken when I hear of this. This is a jab, an incitement, against all who stand behind that sacred desk every Sunday morning. The joke goes, “Well all Pastors do that,” or “All Pastors say this.” As a Pastor, I pray that all Pastors preach Christ and HIM crucified and resurrected. I pray that all Pastors would preach so that the people will either hate their sin or the Pastor. I pray that Pastors preach from no place else but the Word of God. The world is looking for a word from the Church. Pastors, let’s not stutter.

We are in battle and must become that band of brothers that always form in the field of battle. The only reason that bond isn’t forming is that we are not in the same battle nor do we care to be. Our hope is based on the commands of our General and not in the enormity of ourselves. Friendly fire isn’t. Pastors helping pastors is great but if you’re using your church as a stepping stone to bigger and better things or If you’ve decided to use your church as a place to coast until retirement. If the fire isn’t in your gut to do that which God has called us to do. Get out! Please, just get out. If God hasn’t called you into this ministry you won’t find the time, energy, nor money to do that which must be done. But, if HE has called you, you will reap if you faint not. Being where you shouldn’t be will only draw others to fall. Remaining at the helm of a sinking ship is not the picture I want to empress here. If the Pastor has lost his vision or never had it to begin with, the church will fail if they do not have the discernment to acknowledge that there is no leadership and replace it.

Sadly, many churches are failing because they hired a hireling and didn’t call a shepherd. This is the fault of churches and pastors. Some churches get shell shocked over pastors using them for stepping stones, some have had splits that injured the body and some are just mean. Every one of these examples has a man-of-God that can be used to shepherd that flock. Given time and prayer, the right man can be called and everyone is amazed. Pastor, it is at this time you are most vulnerable. Everyone brings you accolades for what you have done. If it hadn’t been for you, the church would have closed its door for good. You came and saved them! But we both know that’s not correct. God blessed the ministry; The Holy Spirit led people to salvation, Jesus saved them.

Know this, this Pastor acknowledges that there but by the grace of God go I. I hope and pray when I start to waiver, my brother-in-arms will snap me out of it before I end up getting him or others wounded. We are not home. We are ambassadors in bounds and we need to stop looking at our Churches like they owe us. If we do what we do for Christ . . . does anybody or anything owe us?

People will still leave the Church you’ve been given the privilege to serve. It happens. Paul preached on Mars Hill and some mocked, others said they would hear him again but others followed Christ. That’s the response every time the Gospel is preached. There will be some in your Church that are just looking for excuses not to come. Quit making it so easy for them. Think on the light you are shining, are you placing yourself in the spotlight or are you shining the light of Jesus so that people may see HIM? Everything we do must point to Jesus. We no longer have the luxury of self. Self should have died with our call to the ministry. Some will say, “Well, what about me?” What about you? Are you saved? Are you sure of your calling and election? If you are, stop taking the easy way out, stop quitting, stop giving excuses for doing or not doing what God has called you to do.

I say this in love knowing that one day you may have to slap me around and bring me back to my senses. I am not home yet and do not claim to have all the answers but I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Don’t let your seminary training get in the way of the Word of God. Don’t let your traditions keep you from meeting the needs of others and don’t let your needs or wants keep you from doing that which God has called you to do. This may sound campy or bootcampish (if that’s a word). Shouldn’t we prepare? Shouldn’t we be instant in season and out?

Many will get mad at what is written here. It will merely prove this Pastor’s point. Let’s call sin sin and wrong wrong and point everyone to the Way, the Truth and the Life. Let’s pray for one another and not talk about each other. Let us be that band of brothers that years from now will think on the battles waged in Jesus’ name and lift a glass to the memory of victory due to our obedience in the high calling of Christ Jesus.

2015 – A Year in Review

Date Posted: January 5, 2016

2016 is right around the corner. We’ve had to tighten our belt and do some ministry within, deal with growing pains and shed tears as we’ve said our farewells to members called to other parts of the United States. 2015 has seen its share of ministry needs and Lake Drummond has answered the call.

Spring saw our Studentz cleaning yards and helping the elderly. In June, our Studentz served with other churches in “Serve the City” and did clean-up, handicapped ramps, roof repairs and backyard Bible Studies. In July, our Studentz didn’t attend Studentz Camp. No, they served 10 different projects in Norfolk and Chesapeake through SHRMP (South Hampton Roads Mission Project). In this mission, there were 1403 enrolled, 3040 fed and 159 saved! Then in August we had one of the best Vacation Bible Schools in anyone’s memory of having VBS. September found us revamping our Awana Clubs with the start of the School season. We’ve had baptisms throughout the year with one at Sandbridge for an off campus service!

The time spent in Romania was phenomenal. 125 Romanians confessed Jesus during the medical mission in five different villages! The pastors in Romania are doing such a great job of planting churches that we are training men to assume churches as pastors as most pastors are serving 3 or more churches! We must pray as a church to learn how we can be led of God in this matter.

The Ladies Christmas Tea was a great success as one saw the need of Jesus in her life and submitted to the Saviour’s call. Dan, the choir, musicians and all who were involved blessed us with “Walk To Bethlehem” which, by the way, was written and directed by our very own Dan Edwards. And to top it all off, we had 44 people show up for Christmas Caroling.

What a blessing it has been to serve as Pastor to such a Church. My prayer is to see the individual evangelism testimonies such as—the young lady who shares Jesus with her school mate and leads her to Jesus, or the young man witnessing to his muslim school mate. We must step out of our comfort zone and tell the Truth to a world in love with a lie. I pray you will spend more time inviting family and friends to church this year. I pray that you will consider serving in a new and fresh way this year to see others come to repentance in faith. I pray a Godly woman hears the call of our Father to serve our newest additions in nursery care petitioning the Father for these babies among us to grow in faith and nurture through God’s Holy Word.

I pray each and everyone knows Jesus as Lord this holiday season and every day.

May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Blessings from my KING!

Pastor Buddy

Why Christians Should Not Celebrate Halloween

Date Posted: October 31, 2015

Set Apart

Many Christians celebrate Halloween. Some churches and pastors even do. I recently saw a church advertising they were having a Zombie Run. Seriously? God’s House? This pastor does not celebrate Halloween and neither does his church.

In a spirit of full disclosure, when I was a brand-new believer, I took my kids to go trick-or-treating. Part of the reason was because I did it as a kid. The other part was because I didn’t see the harm in it. After all, many Christians I respected did it, so as a new Christian I justified that it must be OK. Right? Wrong!

As I grew closer to the Lord and gained more knowledge of His Word, I became convicted about Halloween. I had thoughts like:

  • God is a God of life, but Halloween focuses on death. Should I celebrate a holiday where people decorate their front yards with tombstones?
  • The Scriptures tell us to put away deeds of darkness (Rom.13:12) and that light has nothing in common with darkness (2 Cor. 6:14). Is celebrating a dark holiday something a child of the light should be doing?
  • I had been delivered from fear and knew that fear comes from the enemy. Should I participate in a holiday that has fear as its very foundation?
  • Witchcraft is clearly detestable to the Lord (Deut 18:10-13). Shouldn’t something that glorifies witchcraft (just take a walk through the Halloween store) be detestable to me as well?
  • Halloween is a sacred, high holiday for Wiccans (the official religion of witchcraft). Is this a holiday Christians should celebrate alongside Wiccans?
  • Is it cute when we dress our kids like the devil (or witches, ghouls, scary characters, etc.)? Isn’t it, well, demonic?
  • What if my child dresses in a wholesome fireman costume? Romans 16:19 says that we need to be wise to what is good and innocent of evil. If I let them participate in Halloween, even while dressed as a fireman, aren’t I sending them a mixed message by allowing them to participate in a celebration of evil?
  • The Lord said in 2 Cor. 6:17, “Come out from them and be separate . . . Touch no unclean thing . . .” Doesn’t God want His children to be set apart from the world and from sin and evil? Aren’t we supposed to be peculiar people?
  • My extended family thinks it’s ridiculous that we did not allow our kids to dress up for Halloween. Should their opinions matter to me more than God’s? Shouldn’t pleasing God be my utmost concern?
  • If there is even a question in my heart and mind that it might be wrong, shouldn’t that be my first clue? Why would I continue to do so with even a lingering thought that it is wrong?
  • Does Halloween bring glory to God? No! It glorifies the devil! Nuff said.

So as a new believer, saved only for a few years, I responded to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, repented of displeasing the Lord and put a stop to Halloween in my household. And as a pastor, after observing firsthand the amount of destruction that the enemy brings into peoples’ lives when they give him a foothold, I am even more convinced I made the right decision to close the door to the enemy and on this evil holiday.

Setting aside a day to celebrate evil, darkness, witchcraft, fear, death and the demonic brings disdain to God. Period. A Christian celebrating Halloween would be like a Satan worshiper putting up a nativity scene at Christmas while singing, “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” The two just don’t go together. Jesus has nothing in common with Satan (2 Cor. 6:14), and neither should we.

So, what did we do instead? Hide in the basement with the lights off? Hustle the family out of the house? No, darkened homes are the enemy’s victory! Where does your light shine the brightest . . . in the darkness!

Halloween is the one day a year when neighbors come to your door expecting to receive something. So give them JESUS! Our family chose to give God the glory and the devil a black eye by reaching out to our neighbors with the gospel of Jesus Christ! “You are the light of the world . . . let your light shine among men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16).

So stop justifying why it is fine to celebrate this demonic, worldly, evil holiday. There are no muddled lines or gray areas about it. A committed follower of Jesus Christ should not celebrate Halloween.

Setting aside a day to celebrate evil, darkness, witchcraft, fear, death and the demonic brings disdain to God. Period.

HOMECOMING – 165th Anniversary

Date Posted: July 22, 2015

HOMECOMING, 165th Anniversary . . . these are titles that bring memories of those who have gone before us, tenacity, persevering of the saints, victories in Jesus and the like.  There also those memories of gossip, tearing down the brotherhood of faith and rejection.  The church has seen it all and yet, here we are.  Many throughout the centuries have predicted the end of the church and that God’s holy Word would be forgotten in the next generation.  Lake Drummond, you have been faithful in raising up a generation that proclaims the Word to a lost and dying world and I salute you.  At times, it has not been popular, even amongst friends and family.  Wounds have been deep in the battle with the enemy.  Lines have been drawn as His people of faith have stood on the inerrant Word of God and continued to proclaim Him.

We celebrate this and remember where we come from and where God is leading us.  Sunday, 7/26 through Tuesday, 7/28, we celebrate with Revival, Renewal, and how we are to leave a Legacy.

Lake Drummond Baptist Church was established July 27, 1850, with nine people who were dismissed from Northwest Baptist Church to plant a church closer to the Dismal Swamp Canal.  Here we are, 165 years later, three miles east of that canal, named after the lake in the middle of the Great Dismal Swamp.  The years have been fruitful and some have been lean.  The people of the church over the last over century and a half have stood on God’s holy Word and continued to be the watchmen on the wall proclaiming the warning of coming judgement and the grace of our Lord Jesus.

We invite you to join us for our regular Sunday services and also as three of our former pastors lead us in our nightly services.  Come celebrate with us as we remember the days the church has existed, the days in which we live, and the days to come and what our Father would have us to do that all might know Jesus and make Him known.

The schedule will be as follows:

Sunday         7/26

9:45 a.m.   Sunday School

11:00 a.m.    Worship Service – Pastor Buddy Hoggard

12:30 p.m.    Covered Dish Dinner – Fellowship Hall

6:30  p.m.   Revival Service – Rev. Jay Slater

Monday        7/27

6:30 p.m.    Renewal Service – Rev. Rob Stovall

Tuesday       7/28

6:30 p.m.    Legacy Service – Rev. Jim Clark

 

Come and celebrate the message that we have shared since 1850,

“To know Christ and to make Him known”

 

We are located at 3873 Ballahack Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322

(757) 421-3522       email: ldbcva@gmail.com     www.ldbcva.org

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Date Posted: December 23, 2014

Here we are at the close of 2014 and look what the Lord hath done. Lake Drummond Baptist Church planted a new church in Cross Trails Cowboy Church with Pastor Tim Kirkpatrick. Lake Drummond baptized 22 brothers and sisters in Christ this church year. Kids were saved at Vacation Bible School in August. Geri and I had the pleasure of leading precious souls to the Lord both in Mexico and Romania. Members of our church have stepped up to be part of the core group that keeps the logistics of Cowboy Church a reality every Saturday night at Triple R Ranch. A young lady just confessed Jesus as her Saviour on the last night of Awana Clubs while the clubs were celebrating His birth! These are all causes for celebration!

Do you know that everything said above did not take place in over 75% of the 45,000 Southern Baptist Churches last year? Yet, let us rejoice, reflect, and move on. Jesus has given us a command and it’s called the Great Commission. We are to go, tell, baptize and disciple in His name.

Do you know that churches are closing their doors at an alarming rate? Just the other day I read an article from a president of a vast Baptist Institution and it was titled, “Leading a Church to Die Well Rather Than to Live Poorly.” I couldn’t believe it. I know there are times in the church when the workers are few, when the workload seems too immense, the days just don’t seem long enough and the timing just isn’t there for doing the ministry just the way you thought it should be done. Yet, Jesus has commanded us to go . . . not give up. He’s commanded us to tell . . . not shut-up. He’s commanded us to baptize . . . not dry up. And He’s commanded us to disciple . . . not to tie up.

I thank God that Lake Drummond Baptist Church is a body of believers that believe the Word of God and stand on it, walk in it and persevere with it. May we continue to be in the world but not of it and share the precious news of the Saviour until He comes to bring us home.

What’s this precious news? That Christ, who’s birth we celebrate this season, died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. Now, why is this good news? Because if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. Isn’t this great news?!! Just ask Jesus to take His rightful place as Lord of your life and you shall be saved!

I pray each and everyone knows Jesus as Lord this holiday season and every day.

May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Blessings from my KING!

Pastor Buddy

Thanksgiving and what I am thankful for

Date Posted: November 29, 2014

I am thankful that God’s Word is preached faithfully each week in local churches.  Lives are transformed.  Sinners are convicted.  Christians are encouraged.  Disciples are made.  God is glorified.  The gospel changes lives.

I am thankful that the gospel is shared every day through the ministry of the local church.  Millions become followers of Christ each year by the faithful witness of those in the local church.  Evangelism is truly the heartbeat of many churches.

I am thankful that countless Christians become more devoted followers of Christ through Bible studies in local churches.  Faithful teachers and students prepare lessons and come together each day throughout the week.  Their time in the Word brings transformation to their lives.

I am thankful that sacrificial ministry takes place every day through the ministry of local churches.  Church members care for the sick, bring food and clothes to the needy, visit those in prison, and offer hope and resources to heal and strengthen families.

I am thankful that local church members give sacrificially, not only for the ministries of the church locally, but for mission work throughout the world.  Local churches in America both give to missions and send out missionaries.

For these things, and so much more, I am thankful for the local church.

Yet . . . though all these things are “things” to be thankful for, none are worthy.  For HE and He alone is worthy to be praised.  I am thankful for my GOD in heaven that HE loved me enough to send HIS SON to die for me.  I am thankful that though HE knows me more than I know myself HE still took my sin penalty and loves me in spite of myself.  I am thankful that one day HE will return for me and bring me home.  And I am thankful as I repeat John’s words in Revelation, “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

Through the Bible in 2 Years 8 Months – What have we learned?

Date Posted: August 17, 2014

Luke 09.23

 

Well, for the first time in the service God has placed me in as pastor, we have just finished walking through the Bible during the Sunday morning Worship services!  Originally set up as “Through the Bible in 731 Days” this message series grew.  2012 was a leap year so it was 366 days long.  2013 was a 365 day year and the 2 together made up the 731 days.  The 731 days did not cover the entire Bible though.  We finished Jude in 2013 and began Revelation the first Sunday on 2014.

Looking over the years I had been serving the Church at Lake Drummond I was heart-broken that in that time I had only preached from Revelation some 3 times.  So we slowed down and walked through every verse of this book.  What a study this has been and eye opening to the body of Christ!  The enormity of who Jesus is, the awesomeness of His sacrifice, His love, His grace, His promises and His authority are more that we can take in at one setting.  Yet gather at the table we have and fed and digested on His Word.

There were good comments and just a little angst about a sermon series lasting at first for 2 years, yet actually covering two years and eight months. Yet the walk through Scripture has been so fresh and enlightening and real. While other churches around the world are looking to the world to grow the church, Lake Drummond has dived into the Word.  While others are looking for some new thing to reach people, Lake Drummond has taken the Word of God to the people.  While others are seeking a scheme to get people to come to church, Lake Drummond has been actively sharing Scripture with folks in and out of the church.  While 25% of the over 45,000 churches in the Southern Baptist Convention had no baptisms last year, Lake Drummond Baptist Church baptized 21 brothers and sisters-in-Christ since September 1st of 2013!

Have we got it all figured out?  Of course not.  Do we brag on this statistic?  Absolutety not.  Why is this important then?  It’s important to see the simplicity of the Gospel message and yet understand the enormity of the same.  It’s not a new message we need to share with a world with itching ears, it’s the old, old story that saves!  While many are seeking some new thing we have the message of salvation, the simplicity of the cross and the love of the Father as He sent His Son to pay the sin penalty that we and we alone owed.  It’s the obedience of that only-begotten Son who could have walked away yet suffered for sin He did not commit that we might be saved and be able to stand with this Son, Jesus, in eternity bathed in His glory and grace.  Do we have it all figured out?  No, but He does, so we seek His Word in all we do and lean not in our own understanding.  His strength is made perfect in our weakness.  His burden is light and His yoke is easy so we cannot brag on what we are doing for in order for His grace to abound in us we must die to self!  How can I, the clay pot, brag on what I can hold when I did not make myself; the Potter did.  We boast not on ourselves but on His grace.  We boast not on our abilities but stand before Him in obedience.  We boast not on how many people we have led to the foot of the cross but we fall at His feet amazed that He would allow us to be present when He and He alone saves.

Lake Drummond Baptist Church has been in existence for 164 years now since July 27th, 2014.  Our Father is using those obedient to Him and it shows.  May we continue to keep our eyes on the prize and not on self.  May we continue to walk the narrow path seeing Jesus as our reward without regard to the things of this world that would draw our attentions away from Him.  May we live our lives as He has said, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

Don’t Let the Rabbit Get in the Way

Date Posted: April 5, 2014

Every year around the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection I am asked “Why don’t we have Easter Egg hunts anymore?”or “Why do you wish me a Happy Resurrection Sunday instead of Easter Sunday?” or “Why don’t we decorate the church with Easter baskets and bunnies?”

First, let me say that as a child in an unsaved household, I used to look forward to the Sunday mornings when my sister and I would wake up and run into the kitchen to find our baskets wrapped in clear-colored plastic (the advent of saran wrap) with the green plastic grass and hollow chocolate bunnies and eggs inside.  I used to look forward to going to the local church with my best friend and take part in the Easter Egg Hunts that were held there every year.  I didn’t know any better . . . after all, the local church was hosting this event?

I got saved in September of 1984.  I realized that I was a sinner and I needed a Saviour and invited Jesus to take His rightful place as Lord of my life.  Since that fateful night, the evidence of who God is has led me to the place where I serve today.  Don’t get me wrong, there are many great teachers out there that are led of the Lord . . . I just had to search out the evidence myself.  What I found shocked me.

Before I go further, read what Paul wrote to the Church in Galatia, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? (Gal. 4:16).

What you are about to read is based on Scripture:

Jesus lived about 33 years and died on a cross for yours and my sin penalty.

Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb not far from the place of the crucifixion.

Jesus arose bodily three days later in resurrection power and glory.

Forty days later, Jesus ascended to the Father and sits at His right hand today interceding for the saints.

Now, just after reading this . . . where do we find Easter baskets, bunnies or eggs?

I couldn’t find them either.

I could however wax poetic about how, basically, almost every vile, profane and idolatrous practice you can think of originated at Babel with Queen Easter/Ishtar (Semiramis), the Mother Goddess and Nimrod.  As the people scattered from Babel with their different languages, they, of course, used different names for Nimrod (Tammuz) and Semiramis.  Some called the Mother Goddess “ISHTAR” (originally pronounced “Easter”).  In other lands, she was called Eostre, Astarte, Ostera, and Eastre.  Other names for Semiramis, the Mother Goddess include: Wife of Baal, Ashtaroth or Ashtoreth, and Queen of Heaven.  The Mother goddess was frequently worshipped as the goddess of fertility—and as a sort of Mother Nature and goddess of Spring and sexual love and birth.  She was also worshipped as a mediator between god and man.  Sexual orgies and temple prostitutes were often used in her worship and in attempting to gain her favor.  Rabbits and eggs were used to worship these pagan deities as they are symbols of fertility.

Search the internet and you will find as many sites that will deny Easter/Ishtar has anything to do with the Easter holiday as give evidence that Easter/Ishtar is the basis of what we celebrate today.  My question is this, “How does using Easter baskets, bunnies and eggs lead a lost soul to the throne of Grace?”

Throughout the ages, man has been practicing replacement theology when it suited him.  Stay with me on this, you see a person convicted of their sin and you want to make them feel better so you say something like, “That’s okay, everyone does that, you’ll feel better soon.”  What have you done?  You’ve made that person comfortable in their sin.  You’ve replaced the convicting power of the Holy Spirit with empty words of hope that lead to no hope.  The same instance could have been handled by asking the person if they have brought these things to God and if they haven’t or don’t know Him . . . make the introductions.  If this soul confesses Jesus as Lord, you have been a witness to saving a soul from hell.  You didn’t replace their morning or angst with a false hope of comfort but gave a reason for the hope that is within you with meekness and fear.

God’s Word needs no help from Baskets of eggs delivered from an imaginary rabbit.  As a matter of fact, it’s confusing.  One day, as a parent, you will have to explain why you thought it was okay to tell your kids and/or grandkids about a rabbit’s nightly visits instead of a real Saviour’s visit to bring the greatest gift of all.

My Father asked, “Whom shall I send?”  This servant answered, “Here am I Lord, send me,” and He has been faithful to allow His child to serve to shepherd the flock at Lake Drummond Baptist Church.  The Pastor serves as the under-shepherd as Christ Jesus is the Head of this body of Christ.  What kind of shepherd would the Pastor be if he preached Truth from God’s Holy Word and lied to the children to make them feel good about the candy they received on “Easter” Sunday.

Back in 2009, Dan Lietha illustrated a picture for the After Eden series with Answers in Genesis.  It speaks for itself.  More people today know of the Easter Bunny than have a saving knowledge of who Jesus is.

DEVOLUTION - The Easter Bunny was Here

We cannot deny our Lord for feel good illusions, for this is truth!

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  [John 14:6]

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  [1 Corinthians 15:1]

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  [1 Corinthians 15:2]

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  [1 Corinthians 15:3]

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:  [1 Corinthians 15:4]

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  [Romans 10:9]

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  [Romans 10:10]

If you believe and confess what is underlined . . . you shall be saved.

This is truth.

Don’t let the rabbit get in your way.

The “Annie” of the Offering

Date Posted: February 25, 2014

Each year, we honor the life and work of Annie Walker Armstrong (1850-1938) when we give to the annual offering for North American missions named after her.  As a tireless servant of God and a contagious advocate and supporter of mission efforts throughout the world, Annie Armstrong led women to unite in mission endeavors that ultimately led to the formation of Woman’s Missionary Union, for which she served as the first corresponding secretary.

Annie believed in Christ with all her heart, but it was her hands that expressed that belief in tangible ways.  She spent a great amount of time typing and handwriting letters in support of missions.  Many of these letters were quite lengthy and all were filled with conviction that more could and should be done in our mission efforts.  In 1893 alone, she wrote almost 18,000 letters!  Annie also never hesitated to use her hands to reach out to hug a child or distribute food and clothing and the Word of God to those in need.  Her hands held her own Bible as she studied to know how best to share Gods love with others.  And, most important, Annie was a woman of prayer, folding her hands in prayer to intercede for the missionaries and for those they were helping discover Christ.

Annie rallied churches to give more, pray more, and do more for reaching people for Christ.  As we continue to unite to make her vision a reality in North America today, we can be confident that her legacy will also be ours.

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Date Posted: January 13, 2014

AM I THEREFORE BECOME

YOUR ENEMY, BECAUSE

I TELL YOU THE TRUTH?

GALATIANS 4:16

 

This is the message on the sign in front of Lake Drummond Baptist Church.

Why is this?

What kind of trouble are we asking for with this message?

Why would a church put this phrase on their sign?

To begin, the phrase on the sign is a Scripture reference, a Word from God, a warning to those who are living a lie and shows the compassion of the Saviour Who is not willing that any should parish.

Why now?

Starting January 12, 2014, the pastor will lead the church through the Book of Revelation, verse by verse, in a comprehensive study of the unveiling of Jesus Christ to His witnesses.  This message series will take us from Revelation 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.  It begins with “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” and ends with “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”  The revelation of and the grace of . . . it’s all about the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, The Way, the Truth, the Life, the Lamb of God.  We will experience the Witnesses of the Lamb in Revelation 1-3, the Worship of the Lamb in Revelation 4-5, the Wrath of the Lamb in Revelation 6-19, the Reign of the Lamb in Revelation 20 and the Wife of the Lamb in Revelation 21-22.

Revelation is the only book in the Bible that begins by promising a special blessing on those who read it, hear it and keep it.

As well, it ends by promising a special curse on those who add to it or take away from it.  Truth is Truth . . . you can lie about it, but you can’t change it.  It is still Truth.

You may ask, why does Lake Drummond Baptist Church have Galatians 4:16 on its sign if the pastor is preaching from the Book of Revelation?

As we walk through the Book of Revelation we will take up the subjects of Jesus, Himself; the Church; the Resurrection of Saints; the Great Tribulation; Satan; the man of sin; false religion; the Times of the Gentiles; and the Second Coming of Christ.

We will read the most detailed description in the Bible of the ascended Christ.  The most vivid description of Heaven in all Scripture is in the Book of Revelation.

Histories most severe judgments are recorded, which includes the judgment of the seals, the trumpet, the vials, and others.  There are some 20 main judgments discussed in this book.

John provides the most detailed description of the Great White Throne.  Scriptures’ most frightening description of Hell is included.  This is the only Biblical book to describe both the Antichrist and his false prophet.  The most vivid accounts of Armageddon and the Second Coming are portrayed.  John foresees the world’s greatest earthquake and hail storm.

The Book of Revelation shows the Grace of God along side of the Wrath of God.  Our Father has given us a clear view of what will be and it is our responsibility to share the word of our testimony with all who will hear.  So . . . why Galatians 4:16?

What does Galatians 4:16 ask?

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

The Truth has many enemies since many would rather live a lie than dwell in the Truth.  As the Truth is preached at Lake Drummond and in many other churches, lines will be drawn in the sand and decisions will be made as to the solidity of the walk and faith of the believer.  Those not willing to stand on the Truth will fall away.  Some who fall away will not blame themselves for their stumbling in the dark but will want to shoot the messenger.  So . . .

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?