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September 5, 2015, 1:35 PM

The Good News in September, 2015 ~ A Message from the Pastor


God promised the Hebrew nation a land flowing with milk and honey. They left slavery in

Egypt in a hurry, but quickly became disillusioned because the journey was longer and harder than

they expected. They wanted water and then food and then meat. It got so bad that some actually

wanted to go back into slavery in Egypt. They would rather have the familiarity of the collar of

slavery, no matter how bad it was, than the promise of the bounty of the future.

How often do we settle for the familiarity of what we know rather than invest in the potential

of the future promise that God has set before us? Carey Nieuwhof lists 11 Signs Your Church is

Going Extinct. Number 5 on his list is “Your affection for the past is greater than your excitement

for the future.” What are you thinking about when you think about Southampton? Do you revel in

the glory of the past or dream in the potential for the future? Where does your energy flow –

backward or forward?

Do you remember next how the Hebrew people sent twelve men into the Promised Land, but

only two, Joshua and Caleb, were willing to advocate going ahead into the land? The other ten were

scared. What is it about a future filled with potential that is so scary?

In July, I asked for you to send me your dreams. I received ONLY four responses. Where are

you stuck? What is stopping you from sending in your dreams?

It is right and good for us to ask these questions of ourselves, the body called Southampton,

right here and right now. Where are we going? Who has God called us to be? Why don’t other

people come to our church? Why don’t we ourselves participate more in the activities of the church?

Are we like the Hebrew people, afraid the journey of the future may be longer and/or harder

than we expect? Are we like the spies sent into the land; are we not ready to invest the energy it will

take to reach the future? You tell me!




August 1, 2015, 9:08 PM

The Good News in August, 2015 ~ A Message from the Pastor


In April, I asked you about your growth, particularly your spiritual growth, and asked if you were following Jesus as closely as He would like?

          In May, I asked about your Bible study habits.

          In June, I asked what changes you would like to make in your life to hear God more.

          In July, I asked to hear your dreams about Southampton. 

I LOVE CHURCH!  Do you love church?  Do you regularly pray for your church?  Do you enjoy meeting regularly with the body in any of the many ways we meet?  Do you regularly participate in giving?  Do you regularly participate in mission activities?  HOW do you show your love for the church? 

I hope you realize that I am defining “church” the same way the Greek defines “church” - in a Christian sense:  ekklesia – an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting; those who anywhere, in a city, village, constitute such a company and are united into one body; the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth; the assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven. 

Ephesians 3:20-21 tells us, “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the ekklesia and in Christ Jesus to all generation, forever and ever.  Amen (amen means, ‘and let it be so.’)”

Look at how powerful we are, or at least, how powerful we could be!!  I added that “could be” for a reason.  Sometimes in the summer we say, I need to take a break.  Sometimes in our age we say, I will let others do.  Sometimes, “sometimes” gets in our way of being ekklesia.  I pray your spiritual growth and study habits do allow you to hear God more so you can dream about the church into the future.  After all, we want another generation to say, “I LOVE CHURCH!” There is no time for complacency of any kind in the kingdom.




July 16, 2015, 4:31 PM

The Good News in July, 2015 ~ A Message from the Pastor


I think that 2015 may well be the fastest year of any year I have lived.  Can you believe that Christmas is less than 6 months away!  I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.  Seriously, I do wonder what the rest of 2015 will bring… 

In fact, let’s take a much longer journey into the future.  What will 2025 bring?  More specifically, what will Southampton Baptist Church look like in 2025?    Joel 2:27-29 tells us:

27You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame. 

28Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. NRSV

If we really believe God gave us the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, then I want to hear your dreams that God is giving you.  In the heat of the summer, fix a glass of lemonade and sit in some air conditioned space, and record your dreams.  You can record them on one of your devices and email them to me.  You can call me.  You can take pen to paper and write them; I do not take off for misspelling or grammar!  You can even take crayons and draw me a picture.  I want to see what you see.  I want to think like you think.  I want to hear what the Spirit is telling you.  This is spiritual discernment.

Arthur Schopenhauer tells us there are three stages of the spiritual discernment process:  Orientation > Disorientation > Reorientation.  He believes every truth passes through these stages before it is recognized.  He also reminds us that, “In the first stage, it is ridiculed.  In the second stage, it is opposed.  In the third stage, it is regarded as self-evident.”

My encouragement to you is that you do not let the fear of ridicule be the inertia that stops you from communicating to me.  Allow God’s Spirit to dream within you like God wishes you to dream.  I am waiting for each of your dreams!!




July 16, 2015, 4:31 PM

The Good News in July, 2015 ~ A Message from the Pastor


I think that 2015 may well be the fastest year of any year I have lived.  Can you believe that Christmas is less than 6 months away!  I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.  Seriously, I do wonder what the rest of 2015 will bring… 

In fact, let’s take a much longer journey into the future.  What will 2025 bring?  More specifically, what will Southampton Baptist Church look like in 2025?    Joel 2:27-29 tells us:

27You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame. 

28Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. NRSV

If we really believe God gave us the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, then I want to hear your dreams that God is giving you.  In the heat of the summer, fix a glass of lemonade and sit in some air conditioned space, and record your dreams.  You can record them on one of your devices and email them to me.  You can call me.  You can take pen to paper and write them; I do not take off for misspelling or grammar!  You can even take crayons and draw me a picture.  I want to see what you see.  I want to think like you think.  I want to hear what the Spirit is telling you.  This is spiritual discernment.

Arthur Schopenhauer tells us there are three stages of the spiritual discernment process:  Orientation > Disorientation > Reorientation.  He believes every truth passes through these stages before it is recognized.  He also reminds us that, “In the first stage, it is ridiculed.  In the second stage, it is opposed.  In the third stage, it is regarded as self-evident.”

My encouragement to you is that you do not let the fear of ridicule be the inertia that stops you from communicating to me.  Allow God’s Spirit to dream within you like God wishes you to dream.  I am waiting for each of your dreams!!




June 13, 2015, 11:34 AM

The Good News in June, 2015 ~ A Message from the Pastor


"When I encounter teachers who are constantly complaining or housewives who are bitter, I quickly conclude that they are not following their divinely ordained mission. Perhaps they are following their economically ordained mission, or their culturally ordained mission, but they can’t be following their divinely ordained mission, because bees hum while they work – they don’t whine." The Path by Laurie Beth Jones

Are you following your divinely ordained mission? How do you know? Ms. Jones suggests that one must be alone, and quiet, to be able to understand one’s own personal mission.

Can that happen in today’s technology filled world?

Can you sit and look at nature as long as you can sit and look at a television?

Can you shut off your phone for one hour without becoming anxious?

Do you live to fill up your agenda more than you live to fill up your heart?

Can you have a conversation with another person and be fully present in the conversation?

Do you live in the memory of yesterday, or in the expectation of tomorrow, rather in than in the here and now of the present?

Psalm 46:10 tells us to "be still, and know that I am God." Moses and Elijah heard God on the mountain in the small still voice. Jesus withdrew to the wilderness before starting his ministry. He withdrew to the garden of Gethsemane at the end of his ministry.

How do you hear God? Where do go to listen to Him, without you talking? God is listening to you. Will you give Him the same in return?

What in your life would you like to change to be able to hear God more? What is stopping you from making that change?

Are you humming, or whining?


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