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It’s been a big week already! I announced Sunday during all three services that the Building Debt has been paid off! Praise the Lord! What an amazing feeling! I had a man call me about three weeks ago and ask me to come by his home. I did and he said, “I feel the Lord is telling me to pay it off.” What a blessing! And that happened last week! We’ll have a “note burning” on Sunday, August 11th.

Honestly, after 13 years and being $3 million dollars in debt…whew!! What a relief to have that over. Are we planning on building anything else and try to get back to one service? Nope! Too expensive! We’re going to maximize what we have. We have room for another 150 each service and that would take us to over 1200 folks (currently we’re averaging around 660 people in total each Sunday). So are we done doing anything? No way!

There is so much to be done. There are so many needs that we’ve put off for years. So, the Leave A Legacy (building fund) will stay open…but, it won’t be paying off debt. Instead, we’ll look to pay for things as we go. We’ve got kitchen equipment that needs replacing, walls that need painting, a new playground (the current one is 30 years old), HVAC units that need purchasing, etc. There is much to be done… So, I hope folks will continue to give. I know my family will be. It’s like in your home…after 13 years…things have to be done, repaired, replaced, etc. The same is true of a church. The way I see it…we’re making eternal investments each week here at MPBC. Truly, eternal deposits are being made weekly in Wilkesboro, NC by way of what we’re doing to equip and strengthen the believers to do the works of ministry…the Great Commission.

It’s amazing, really…12 years ago (after we had been in the building for just over a year), our Treasurer told us that we had to raid the General Fund to pay the Building payment. We had $12 left in the General checking account. Oh my! We were down to about 275 people and things were looking scary to say the least. Yet, the Lord showed favor on us and we were able to see His hand and last Sunday we worshipped in a building…DEBT FREE! I can’t tell you what a relief and a joy this is!

I officiated two marriages this past weekend. Dylan and Noel Henderson were the first couple. I love weddings!

Isn’t that wonderful! You got to love those smiles!

I love my family!

Can you tell Evie likes to eat!

She’s shoveling in that cake!

Then it was another wedding on Saturday. This time it was Keith and Barbara Huffman.

I’m grateful to perform these ceremonies… Everyone knows I don’t do them unless we sit down and counsel…(and that keeps some from asking me)…but, at the end of the day…I’ve got to be accountable to the Lord for marrying folks.

As I speak, we’re having Vacation Bible School this week. We’ve had the most kids ever! They are having a blast learning about Jesus!

We’re praying the Lord will touch these wonderful children’s lives and that we can sow seeds of faith in Jesus. I’m so grateful for our church and the tons of volunteers it takes to pull this off. And WE’RE NOT DONE! We’ve hosting a Community Independence Celebration this Saturday night. We’re expecting 1,000+ people. (Honestly there’s no way to know for sure how many we’ll have, because this is the first one we’ve ever done.) But, this is a legitimate fireworks display like you’d see at a minor league baseball game or Carowinds. It’s going to be amazing! We’re staring at 4 pm and end at 9:30 pm after the fireworks. This will take place on our sports field and we’ll have multiple food vendors, games, inflatables, and live music! I’ll be sharing the Gospel around 8:30 pm…so, pray for me, please!

Yes, it’s been a Big Week and there’s more to come. We’ll be baptizing 7 people on Sunday! And guess what…I’m going to be worn out! But, it will be a good tired and I’m hoping to take my foot off the gas just a little next week. We’ll not be having mid-week services on July 3rd to let our people rest. They will have earned it after this Big Week!

Here’s this week’s Two-Minute Tuesday. It’s about the power of the government and future Supreme Court rulings! I ask and seek to answer the question: “Can the Government Tell Us What to Believe?” Take a look here:

https://www.mpbc.church/media/?sapurl=Lys3ZWViL2xiL21pLytxa2h0ZnF0P2JyYW5kaW5nPXRydWUmZW1iZWQ9dHJ1ZQ==

Little did I know that on Tuesday this would be coming out of California…as reported by World at http://www.world.wng.org.

The California State Assembly passed a resolution on Monday calling on religious leaders and others with “moral influence” to affirm homosexuality and transgenderism. The resolution asks counselors, pastors, churches, educators, schools, legislators, and others to avoid supporting traditional and Biblical views of sexuality, which the measure claims can cause suicide and depression. The text of the resolution includes philosophical statements about the nature of human sexuality and a broad condemnation of so-called “conversion therapy,” which it says “has been rejected as ineffective, unethical, and harmful.”

More than two dozen doctors, counselors, activists, and other Christian leaders signed a letter condemning the resolution, which they said violates religious freedom. “Religious leaders have the constitutionally protected right to teach religious doctrine in accordance with their faith, and politicians have no right to tell clergy what is moral, dictate the content of their sermons, or instruct them in religious counseling,” they wrote.

Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low introduced the resolution earlier this month after pulling his controversial bill last year that would have banned any attempt to change sexual orientation—even when a person has unwanted same-sex attraction. As a resolution, ACR 99 does not have the force of law. It will now go to the state Senate for a vote.

I’m not even sure what to say to that. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. I read this line in that first paragraph twice:

The resolution asks counselors, pastors, churches, educators, schools, legislators, and others to avoid supporting traditional and Biblical views of sexuality…

Wow! I’m still shaking my head. I could never do that. Ever.

“And ever man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:6

The Bible is our guide and it is God’s Word, period! To reject it is to reject truth. Those who do so will suffer the consequences of ruined lives. Lord have mercy on us all.

Kevin

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What are the important things in your life? I’m sure many things come to mind: salvation, family, church, your job, your home, etc. I’m thankful for so many things. Truly, this past weekend I was reminded of how grateful I am for my family. This past Friday I was able to go with my family to Tweetsie! I love that place!

Thomas the Tank Engine was there!

Can you tell I love my wife!!! I’m so grateful for her! She puts up a lot with me! I work a lot of hours and she is an amazing lady!

She out these two cuties!

It was Milly’s first trip…but, she slept through most of it! 🙂

Of course you have to get some Dippin’ Dots…

Clara loves Dippin’ Dots!!!

Andrew and Evie!

I had to laugh…

Clara’s legs are so long that she really didn’t need the steps. She was giving me the evil eye because I was laughing so hard!

Charlotte and I rode the chairlift together…

The kids love the petting zoo…

Evie is a hoot! She feeds the goats one kernel at a time…

I’m too old to ride those spinning rides any longer…because my head would be spinning for hours afterwards! 🙂

It was a great day! Truly it’s one of the best days I’ve had in a long time! It’s nice to get away for a few hours and just be Daddy and Papa! I’m reminded of the need of rest from the work from time to time.

The weekend continued with Father’s Day! I’m grateful for my sister, Kim who snapped this shot…

We had a Father’s Day meal at my Mom and Dad’s Saturday night. See that man in the middle…David Brown. I love that man with all my heart! He’s the best dad in the world. I mean that! He’s the most kind, generous, giving man I’ve ever known. I’ll never be half the man he is…but, I’m grateful to seek to follow in his footsteps. I love you Pop!

We played basketball and had a great time! And just enjoyed chatting!

Kim enjoyed holding Milly! (Can you tell that Milly is a loved, little girl!)

Can you tell I love my newest granddaughter…

She was absolutely knocked out when I was holding her. They wanted me to wake her up…but, I couldn’t do it! 🙂

Sunday was wonderful at church… In that it was Father’s Day…we ended up with prayer at the altar! Dads were praying over their family!

 

That was such a sweet time! I said this on Facebook!

“Dads, yesterday was Father’s Day, and we gathered at the altar to recommit ourselves to be like Noah, who: “built an ark to save his household…” Hebrews 11:7. So, how will this week look different from last week in being intentional to see that we are leading our families to our ark, Jesus Christ? This will take time, effort, and commitment. If we put in much concerted effort into leading our children to discover the power and presence of Jesus in their lives. If we do…then, we can proclaim: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” 3 John 4. And that’s better than anything they might ever do monetarily, athletically or academically. So, let’s pull out that Bible tonight and do this!”

If you know me…you know how much I love reaching out to the men! Sunday was just that! As you look at those two pictures from our services on Sunday, you’ll see youth and children. I had a lady send this to me and the other pastors (Pastor Brad and Pastor Dale) this past weekend, and it blessed my heart.

Hello All!
You may have seen this, but it’s worth a reread. I feel like it mimics the sentiments of our church for all families, but particularly those with younger kids.

Take your kids to church.
Make the effort. Wake them up early. Fool with the belts and the buckles and the fancy hair bows. Endure the sleepy, grumpy faces and the misplaced shoes. Run around like mad people gathering everybody’s everything and trying to get out the door on time. Hop to the car with a shoe in one hand and keys in the other. Give those babies a pop-tart and some milk and let ‘em eat it in the car. If its raining, get wet. If its cold, get a jacket. If you’re tired, go tired. But take those babies to church. You know why?

Because JESUS is there.

He’s there. And He’ll meet them there. And you too, parents.
He’ll be there in the sweet smile of their Sunday School teacher as she greets them into their room. He’ll be there in the goldfish and the apple juice and the filling of their little bellies and hearts. He’ll be there in the hug from a sweet friend and the encouraging smile that assures you that they “just barely made it” too. He’ll be there in the sacred words read from the Bible speaking truth to their little impressionable hearts. He’ll be there in the worship and the raised hands and the watery eyes and whispers of praise.

So take them. Carry all of their Bibles and drawings and toilet paper tube creations. Sit by them in worship. Open your Bible and open theirs. Show them how to find the scripture the pastor is preaching from. Show them how to worship. Explain to them why He’s worthy of worship. Let them see you laugh and cry and praise and study. Forgive their wiggles and paper rustles and know that they’re listening even when it seems like they aren’t. Ask them questions and answer the ones they ask you. Introduce them to Jesus. Tell them of His greatness – his power – his faithfulness. Tell them with your words and show them with your life. Tell them what he’s done for you and how you’ve been changed by His grace and forgiveness and goodness and love. Tell them how they can be too. Point them to Jesus. Over and over and over again.

Take your kids to church. They’ll love it there. It’s the only place where they can go and just be themselves. They don’t have to “be” good enough or smart enough or athletic enough. They don’t have to perform for approval or achievement. They just get to go and hear how much God loves them. Just because they’re them. Just because He created them, they’re valued. Wanted. Their worth isn’t based on the grades they make or their ability to throw a curveball. Its not dependent on their performance or skill level. And they need a little more of that, don’t you think? A little more grace and a little less pressure. A little more love and a few less demands.

Take them to church. Before you take them to the ballfield or the dance studio or the gym. Before you take them on vacation or to grandma’s or to the backyard to play. Take them to church. Let them know its a priority. Show them it has eternal value. Let them see you set aside schedules and extra curricular activities and work and busy-ness to be present with the Lord in His house. I promise you won’t regret it. I promise you it won’t return back void.
Take them to church.

I promise it’s worth it.

“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 19:14A

All I can say is: “Amen and amen!”

Kandace and Clark had has down to their house for dessert Monday night. It’s hard to believe that she’s married and she and Clark have their own house!

My loves holding Milly! Doesn’t Katy look great! She’s an awesome mom, wife and Christian example of a lady! Pop is the patriarch and rock of the family!

Kandace decorated so nicely…and Charlotte and Evie…

It was a fantastic weekend! I’m grateful!

This week’s Two Minute Tuesday asks: “Do You Love Your Spouse?” Take a look and see what you think…

http://link.mpbc.church/TMT6-18

Kevin

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Man have we had the rain lately! 9.1″ at my house over a period of just 2 1/2 days. Amazing! I had to empty my rain gauge just to catch all the rain…

As I was going to church Sunday morning, here was the scene at the Boiling Spring Rd bridge with the Lewis Fork Creek (or might I say: “River”) crashing by! This was about 7:45am.

Note the garden below the road. Okay…now take a look at the picture I took at about 12:50 pm on my way back home after church…

That garden was swamped. (I might tell you that it has mostly recovered… As the water has receded, the garden is mostly intact. It’s amazing how hearty plants are.) I’ve never seen the water that high. Amazing indeed!

You know it’s interesting to consider… Many say that we’re experiencing unprecedented weather conditions with increased rain, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, etc. Honestly, that’s not true. We’re just more aware of these things in our day of media saturation. Truth is…if you listen to the mainstream media (MSM), you would believe that the end of the world is coming. I think there is a lady in Congress who said recently that we just had 12 years left. But, take it from a guy who loves the weather and actually follows the “history” of weather… this is simply a cyclical pattern.

Most people only go back about 30 years when looking at the weather. They look at the weather during the “satellite age.” Might I remind us…there were not satellites prior to the 1960’s beaming the weather conditions back to earth. There were very few weather reporting stations in our oceans either. In fact, many hurricanes were only reported and noted in the early 1900’s because ships reported them once they docked at harbor. My point is this: most folks have a “short-view” of the weather and the climate.

A couple of weeks ago we had temps in the 90’s for over a week. 8 days in a row at my house to be exact. That all occurred in late-May and early June. People were reporting this was because of “Climate Change.” (Note that phrase used to be “Global Warming,” but was changed because folks were having a hard time explaining why we were having record snows and ice in the winters of 2014-15. Now it’s Climate Change, because the agenda-drivers know they are disingenuous to say that “Global Warming” explains these phenomena.) Interestingly, if you go back to record-keeping in the early 1900’s, you’d find that we had similar weather in 1908 and 1914. Was that Climate Change?

There has been much talk by people like Al Gore, (who makes millions on the “speaking circuit”), who said the Arctic icecap would be gone by 2014. (He made those comments in 2005-06.) Well, it’s still there. Now please understand this: Yes, there has been a warming of the globe. There is no disputing that. Without question there are glaciers melting in the arctic and in Greenland. But, it HAS HAPPENED BEFORE.

If you study the weather and listen to people who actually study weather history, like Joe Bastardi of Weatherbell.com, you’ll find that the weather and the climate react in cyclical patterns. Do you know what they are finding under the glaciers that are melting in the Arctic and Greenland? Forests. Forests (some of them) that are 1,000 years old. What does that mean? It means that 1,000 years ago the climate was warm enough in those regions to support forests, folks! That’s what it means. It means: this HAS HAPPENED BEFORE. Yet, if you have a “short-term” view of the climate and you have an agenda to push…which is to make the government the purveyors of the climate…and you have to give them your money to protect yourself from well, yourself…since, after all, “humankind” is killing “Mother Earth,” then you must believe the earth is headed for certain destruction in the next few years.

Dear friend, please understand there is an agenda to be pushed, and the same folks pushing it are the same people who are pushing all of the other progressive, liberal causes. There is a pattern here. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. Am I a climate-change denier? Absolutely not! Of course the climate is changing. Yes, the global temperature has risen (slightly) over the last 50 years, but it’s not because of CO2 (the greenhouse effect). It’s because the ocean temperatures have risen and there is more water vapor being emitted and that’s creating more storms, rain, hurricanes, etc.

Think about this. What happened after Noah’s flood? The Ice Age. After the upheaval of the earth’s crust…the waters from the depths of the ocean erupting forth…massive volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, etc., there is tremendous water vapor in the air and that created massive amounts of precipitation (a lot of it snow) for decades. Here’s the Scripture reference for that event:

Genesis 7:11-12

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

Massive amounts of water vapor led to clouds…precipitation, ice, snow and thus the polar caps that we have now. Throughout time…there has been the ebb and flow of these icecaps and the point is: THIS HAS HAPPENED BEFORE!

Here’s the problem…most of us just didn’t know that, and we don’t know about it because the MSM will never report (even if they know it…and most don’t because they aren’t really interested in reporting facts…but, rather…pushing and pulling the “agenda carts” of the progressive liberals). Therefore, may I give us Christians a bit of “worldview” direction from Scripture? You remember when Noah built a boat and God sent a flood? Sure you do. It’s in Genesis, chapters: 6-9. Do you know what the Lord said after the flood?

Genesis 8:22

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease. 

Will you let that verse sink in. See it again… While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.

Those last three words say it all: SHALL NOT CEASE. God is in control, NOT Mother Earth. She doesn’t exist. Surely we know that. God said that there would be the change of seasons throughout all time. It would get hot and it would get cold. It would be summer and it would be winter. There will be day and there will be night. There will be farmers who plant and farmers who harvest and this SHALL NOT CEASE. So, I’m not worried about the pontifications of Al Gore or freshmen Congress women known by just her initials. I’ll take the Lord at His word.

Now, does this mean that we should be flippant with the earth and how we steward our time here? Absolutely not! The Lord put us on this earth to have dominion. He placed us on earth so that we could experience what it’s like to be “little kings” and have dominion. Otherwise, he would have created Adam and Eve in heaven and kept them there. But, no! God created the earth so that humankind might flourish and understand what it is like to have dominion and authority. Remember, God brought all the animals to Adam and he named them. God let Adam do that. God wants us to feel responsible for this earth. So, I’m careful about how I live. I don’t want to trash up the earth or be a bad steward. But, I do understand that God created us to have dominion over the earth, not the other way around. I really believe there are those who would love to see humankind jettisoned off the earth so that “she” can be saved. Sounds crazy…but, I believe it’s true in some folks’ minds.

So, you pick who you are going to listen to… Yes, I just witnessed the most amount of water I’ve ever seen in my 51 years running under Boiling Springs bridge this past weekend. But, I’ll tell you this…I bet IT’S HAPPENED BEFORE.

Here’s the latest picture of little Milly. She’s two weeks old today…

 

Do you think Clara loves going to Katy and Josh’s and helping out? You better believe it!

Speaking of worldviews…here’s this week’s Two-Minute Tuesday. Maybe the title will draw you in to watch it: “Do You Like Money?”

http://link.mpbc.church/tmt6-11

Kevin

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Filters

Filters…

Not a very glamorous title for this week’s Blog post… But, I’ve had filters on my mind. I changed out my A/C filter last week and it got me thinking… We all need filters. That was this week’s Two-Minute Tuesday: http://link.mpbc.church/TMT6-4

That filter (above) is nasty isn’t it? It definitely needs to be changed. We all like breathing clean air, right? Of course! How about what goes in and out of our brains? We need a filter for our brains. Believe me…we are bombarded with information today. You know that and I know that… How do we filter what we’re hearing and seeing? Certainly as parents, we need to constantly be thinking about that. Our kids don’t have filters until we give them one.

Yes, we must teach our children how to filter what they hear and see. What should that filter be? The Bible. (Yep, you knew I was going to say that. But, it’s true.) We need to give our children the ability to sift information through the filter of the Bible. The Bible (like an A/C filter) can collect the garbage and give us the ability to take it captive and not allow it to harm us. But here’s the thing. We’ve got to teach the Bible to our kids. They’ve got to be taught how to develop an appetite of the Bible. Just like we teach them to eat their vegetables. But, it’s not easy! Because we have to be intentional. We have to pull out the Bible and sit ’em down and teach them to listen. But, don’t expect them to sit like a knot on a log. If they are under the age of 7, you better make it short and you better give them something to color or something to hold in their hand (particularly boys). Give ’em a Lego and then read Scripture. Let the Word of God wash over them. Just let them get used to hearing you read and as they get older, let them read.

Remember, “Faith comes by HEARING and hearing by the Word of God” Romans 10:17. I know I talk about this a lot…but, it’s so vital that we equip ourselves and our children with filters. If not, the world and Satan’s system, will take us down. We’ll start believing the lies and little by little we’ll accept as right that which is wrong.

Milly is doing well… She’s almost one week old. That’s hard to believe!

Ain’t she purdy! So precious!

Pam and I have enjoyed helping out with Charlotte and Evie as Josh and Katy get adjusted. Clara and Andrew are big helpers too!

It’s a joy being a Dad and a Papa at the same time. That’s what it’s like we you basically have two sets of kids. Two older (married) and two younger…Clara and Andrew (14 years old). I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Oh…and since you have a 14-year-old young man…you can have fun at the carwash!

Andrew and I love seeing if we can get the vehicles hosed down and brushed and then hosed down again in 3 minutes, before the $1.75 runs out of the carwash timer. It’s a “still” photo above…but, believe me…Andrew is hopping! I mean moving at the speed of light! And yes, we made it with 10 seconds to spare on my Grand Marquis (the tank that she is). 🙂 He’s the “spray” man and I’m the “brush” man. I get tickled at the silliness of this…but, it’s got to be a “guy-thing” to see if we can beat the timer! I love it! And I love my family and my life and I’m grateful to Jesus for all He’s done for me!

Kevin

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