Abiding In Christ

February 2, 2014



Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

~John 15:4


It may sound simplistic, even cliché but Christ is all we need.

~Paul Gotthardt


A pastor had 130 things on his daily to-do list and it had his head spinning. He new he had 130 things because he sat down and made a list. The first 15 were spiritual disciplines such as: bible reading, study, prayer, scripture memory, etc. After this came a lot of things which people expected.  Amidst his frustration and despair, he heard a still small voice saying, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” It was the first three word that really hit home, “Come to Me.” Suddenly he realized that he did not have 130 things to do, he had only one thing to do and that was “Come to Jesus.”

I first ministry is to ABIDE IN CHRIST. If we abide in Him, He will guide us in whatever He wants us to do. There is nothing that a preacher enjoys more than being in the right place at the right time and only Jesus can make this happen.  Abiding in Christ does not make us lazy or passive but it does give us a sense of purpose and direction.  It’s a way of letting Him make your to-do list.

Are you running yourself to death trying to meet people’s expectations? Stop, hear His voice, “Come to Me.” Jesus is your refuge and He is also your strength: abide in Him.


  • Morning schedule is normal: Deacons at 8:00, LCBS at 9:00 and worship celebration at 10:15 but this evening we meet at 5:00 pm and then go to the FORTE for supper. Jamie will be in the foyer this morning with a list: we want to know what you are intending to bring so we’ll know how to fill in the gaps. If you want to donate money instead of cook; give it to Jamie and we will get pizza or chicken fingers. One throw-back…
Chanda and the Extremes

Chanda and the Extremes

  • Our breakfast with our widows went well. We doubled in attendance in one month. We have Peggy burning the candle at both ends: she is a night owl but we have forced her to get up early three days in a row. They have narrowed down the “Name” of the group to two things…the Black Widows and the Golden Girls. I feel confident that GOLDEN GIRLS will win out. Next month we will meet on the 8th so Peggy will not have to get up early two mornings in a row. We have some widows from Athens coming to join us.

widow women

  • We attended the CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE for Ray “Bear” Browning yesterday morning at Sardis Springs. Bro. Charles and Bro. Tim did a good job leading the service and the music was excellent. Ray loved music. It was a fitting tribute to the “Bear.” Ray battled cancer for over a year. The pic below was made in 2005, nine years ago.  It is Ray and first wife Ann. She suffered from kidney failure and was promoted shortly after this picture [I think]. Ray was only 68 years old. Ray was a member of the Sardis Springs Baptist church where Dr. T. Ray Keenum is pastor. He was a member of the last class at Copeland Elementary. He was all-county and all-state in football at East Limestone.

Ray Browning

  • This is a pic of Lamar Browning’s grand girls that he did not get to see. Lamar’s physical body was also destroyed by cancer some few years ago. To be honest, I am losing track of time and can’t tell you exactly how many. This is his son Ryan and his family. What a beautiful family.

Ryan Browning


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