GSFBC Staff Blog

GSFBC Blog, updated each week from our Staff

Obadiah
March 20, 2014

It’s in our nature as Christians to read certain books of The Bible more often than others.  The book of Psalms, Revelations, and The Four Gospels are prime examples.  From time to time however, I like to examine books that maybe don’t get my attention as often as they should.  One book is Obadiah.  Obadiah, whose name means Servant of Yahweh, was a prophet. The book of Obadiah, which is the shortest of the Old Testament, is 1 whole chapter and 21 verses long.  In this book, Obadiah casts a vision for the country of Edom, whose hatred for Israel would eve ... read more
What Are You Giving Up?
March 14, 2014

My calendar says that last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday.  Growing up in the Baptist faith, I am not that familiar with Lent and its traditions.  I have had friends that tell me they are giving up certain pleasures for Lent, and I have seen several on Facebook lamenting over not being able to eat chocolate for forty days!  (You never know if they truly gave it up for the full forty days because they give up Facebook, too.)   In my limited research, I have found that Lent is a religious observance that begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks be ... read more
Living Life Together
March 07, 2014

With the tease of spring weather this month, I catch myself searching for signs of early bulbs poking through the soil and mulch. Some came from my grandmother’s home place, some from my mother’s yard, others from Bud’s sisters’ flower beds.  A small clump came from a trip to Wye Mountain.  Each brings memories of special people and special times and places.   Life is a lot that way.  Along the way many people have invested their prayers, time and encouragement in me throughout the seasons of my life.  God pops up those qualities they l ... read more
General Maintenance
February 28, 2014

After several weeks of searching I finally located an adequate car for Anna Grace to have at school in Texas.  Trying to think through her around town needs as well as 8 hour trips home made me pretty specific about what I wanted and could afford to put her in.  Making the decision on a vehicle was just the beginning; as a Dad I also had to think through any difficulty or need she might encounter without me close by to “take care of it.”  The result of my overprotective, obsessive, “always be prepared” personality was a car kit assembled and a booklet wri ... read more
God First
February 09, 2014

I recently did a devotional study with two youth girls here at GSFBC. I recommend the study, “Named by God” by Kasey Van Norman. We learned a lot about where our identity comes from and about who we are in Christ. Early on in the study one of the lessons was on 2 Samuel and seeking wisdom from God first rather than immediately going to those we love and trust. That is a choice we all make daily. It’s often easier to call your best friend, your family, or a mentor when you are faced with a trial or even a time of joy. But God wants us to come to Him first. The following is an ... read more
Change
February 02, 2014

If you know me, you know I battle my weight constantly, until lately.  The past year or so, I can honestly tell you, that whatever was in front of me, I ate.  I would have eaten the table cloth if you put a little catsup on it.  I was out of control.  Shari likes to go to a restaurant and “share” a plate.  Not me.  Now I will go and share, but only after you have eaten all you want out of your plate and then I will “share” what’s left over.  I love food!  I was raised on chicken fried steak, fried potatoes, fried okra, fried ... read more
God is our Lodge
January 26, 2014

Our high school students just finished an incredible weekend at our winter retreat, The Lodge.  God showed up in a huge way and we were able to experience a fresh movement of the Spirit.  The focus of the weekend was the idea of God being our Lodge.  The idea came from Psalm 46.  Think about it, the idea of hanging out in a ski lodge brings peace and security.  Rarely, does someone equate chaos and misery with being in a ski lodge. We were challenged to find our Lodge with God and dwell there daily.  It is a sweet place to be once you find and protect your Lod ... read more
Adoption
January 20, 2014

In October of 2013 we met a two year old boy named Jordan.  Jordan was in foster care and living with Pastor Jeff Williams and the Williams family.  Our close friendship with the Williams family helped us to get to know Jordan and to learn of his need to be adopted. We quickly fell in love with him and felt God clearly leading our family to adopt him into our home.  When God leads He also provides and the adoption process was complete on November 15th.  Adopting Jordan has been an amazing journey of God’s faithfulness and leadership in our family.  We are blessed ... read more
Resolutions?
January 09, 2014

‘Tis the season to make new year resolutions.  Do you have yours?  This is always an interesting discussion to me because you’re basically changing something you don’t like about yourself (your knowledge of scripture, your weight, your relationships) or it may be that you just feel you need to add something to your life that isn’t there now. I’m a bit of a resolution Grinch.  It’s good to evaluate things in your life and determine what is not mentally, physically, or emotionally healthy for you.  A new year is as good a time as any to ev ... read more
Merry Christmas
December 24, 2013

What a joy to serve a church of faithful people who believe in the power of prayer.    Usually in my blog I would remind you of a current community event, or share some noted spiritual truth.  This time I have a request.  As we approach Christmas Day there are three groups of people I would like to ask you to bring to our Lord.  First, I would mention the 10,525 Southern Baptist missionaries that are serving around the world.  Most will not have opportunity to be with their families at Christmas except by Skype or telephone.  Pray for their safety an ... read more
What does Christmas look like to you?
December 15, 2013

Mike and I spent the week before Christmas in New York City several years ago and, from an earthly perspective, it really “looked” like Christmas.  Everywhere we turned there were lights, trees and decorations of all kinds, except we both noticed there was something missing.  There were no nativity scenes.  Jesus was nowhere to be found!  It saddened us to realize that amongst the beauty of the season, they had missed the most important part.  So, what about us? Have we missed the “reason for the season?”  Oh sure, we may have nativ ... read more
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
December 09, 2013

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere we go!   I love Christmas, and it is a wonderful time of the year to celebrate the birth of Christ with friends and family. Several years back, I took a hard look at how my family celebrates Christmas and I was ashamed of how our focus was not on the right things. My family seemed to stress over the little things, the things that really didn’t matter.  We were taking our focus off of the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place. We had to make sure we made time for every Christmas party, family gathering, ... read more
Give Careful Thought To Your Ways
December 02, 2013

As I was reading through Haggai the other day, I couldn't help but relate to the plight of the Jews and how their self-centered focus was very similar to the struggle we as Christians face today.    In Haggai, the Jews, fresh from Babylonian exile, were ready to reestablish their community.  However while doing so, they neglected their duties in the rebuilding of the Temple as well as neglecting their focus on worshipping God.  The Lord called them on it in verses 4-6 of chapter 1.  He questioned why there was no fruit from the labor, no reward for their effort, "Yo ... read more
Thanksgiving
November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving is a great occasion for recalling and recounting how everything good comes from God. The Creator of the world and the Giver of Life itself warrants our worship.    Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.&n ... read more
Busy
November 17, 2013

Are we crazy busy? The answer to this question is "probably so".  When you take time to reflect on your daily (weekly, monthly, or yearly) schedule, it is easy to see that we do too much.  I am currently reading a book entitled, Crazy Busy, by Kevin Deyoung. This book has been both eye opening and challenging.  There are several things that I could mention, but I will stick to one "diagnosis" mentioned in this work.  Deyoung suggests that "You can't serve others without setting priorities".  I know…sounds simple, doesn't it? Or, does it?  When we ... read more
Sunday School
November 10, 2013

I'm a fan of Sunday School. Always have been. My first memories of church involve Sunday School. My Sunday school teachers influenced me growing up as much as anyone. There were two in particular. You won't believe their names. Cash and Carrie Register. Yes, you read that right. When I was in Jr High they taught Sunday School and they taught at night too. They played with us, laughed at us and with us and most importantly showed us what it meant to love Jesus. They didn't have any kids of their own so they adopted us.  I have the privilege of working with some of the finest directors an ... read more
Defending the Faith
October 13, 2013

Last week the Pulaski Baptist Association, under the leadership of Danny Johnson, hosted a conference that equipped attenders on how to defend Christianity against the world’s major religious movements.  Among the religions addressed were Mormonism, Islam, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, New Age philosophy and even the deceptive Word of Faith movement that has crept into parts of the North American church.  The conference was well attended and there was a definite buzz of interest among those involved.  Oftentimes Christians feel unprepared to have conversations with people ... read more
The Main Things
October 06, 2013

This is an exciting time in the life of our church. In less than two months, we will have the opportunity to demonstrate our love for this church and the Kingdom as we determine our commitments of giving to our next building project. I have often had people ask me, "How do I determine what God wants me to give?" I always answer, "If you are willing to listen and receive His direction, He will find a way of giving you your answer." My father always reminded me that God has no reason to hide His will from me. No doubt your experience is similar to mine. Usually we know His will, so it i ... read more
40 Days for Life
October 01, 2013

This past Sunday afternoon was perfect - sunny, moderate temperature, nice breeze.  I got back home about 1:30; had to be back at church for a 4:45 class … just enough time to get a little reading in and maybe snooze in the hammock. But, it didn’t happen.  It’s tough to give up the nap after a tiring weekend, but more pressing matters, life and death matters needed my attention. At 3:00 last Sunday afternoon I had the privilege of joining about 25 others for prayer and worship outside the one remaining abortion mill in Little Rock.  The time of prayer was th ... read more
Something to Smile About
September 23, 2013

In these first weeks at Geyer Springs First Baptist Preschool, we sing a lot!  One favorite is always, “If You’re Happy and You Know It” so we sing and clap and stomp and shout hurray.  Almost everyone ends with a big smile. Several times in the past few weeks I’ve been reminded how wonderful a smile can be.  When I see a smile I almost always want to smile back.  A smile relaxes me, encourages me, even shifts my focus or my mood. The “I am with you” verses in the Bible always make me smile.  I especially depend on Joshua 1:9 . . . ... read more
A Great Start
September 15, 2013

I am finding it hard to believe that summer is over and we are entering fall with the weather being so warm. Fall brings on a lot of changes in Preteen Ministry and the biggest is promotion for the kids. This year we promoted a big class of fifth graders and they are already making an impact in service. We had one hundred preteens during our Bring A Friend night with twenty-eight first time guests. The students who brought three friends will get lunch for them and their friends delivered to their school and I will have the opportunity to eat with them. This is a great way to start off the new ... read more
Lifestyle
September 02, 2013

Faith is not a leap into the dark; it’s actually a leap into the light, GOD’S LIGHT!  A person of light is committed to a life of purity and is taking steps to separate themselves from darkness (sin).  The big difference between people of light and those living in the darkness is their relationship to God, and it is evident in their lifestyle.  In no way can you say that Jesus is your Lord and continue living comfortably in sin.  Your lifestyle of light should be drastically different from the darkness surrounding you!  If you are living a life surroundin ... read more
Trusting Like A Child
August 26, 2013

I just finished keeping my four week old grandson, Gray, and held him close to me as he slept. At first he was squirmy, but he finally settled down into a peaceful sleep.  As he relaxed, I did too!  In fact, I almost went to sleep!  I so enjoyed holding him close to me listening to him breathe and watching him smile. This simple pleasure is a picture of how God desires us to live close to Him, seeing things through His perspective instead of ours.  He yearns for us to walk as children of light and to bask in His radiance, His peace, His and His calmness.  Wha ... read more
Blessed
August 20, 2013

This has been a wonderful summer for the Statton family.  I hope it has been for you as well.   God is so good to provide good times with friends and family in a land that is virtually free of dangers compared to other parts of our world.  We are so blessed to be in a country that allows freedom of worship and travel without fear of governmental control and intrusion.  I hope you are ready for a great new church year as school starts.  Some challenging and exciting days are ahead.  Once our families commit the funds needed to move FORWARD… with our e ... read more
Daddy's Little Girl
August 12, 2013

She always seems to have a bow in her hair.  She is always playing with her dolls.  She would wear a dress or skirt every day if we would let her.  She is dramatic.  She laughs a lot.  She is 7 years old this week.  She is my daughter. I could spend all day telling you all the reasons I absolutely adore her…  from the way she calls me “Daddy” to the way she greets me at the door when I return home.  From the way she wants everything to be “fair” to how she acts so much like her Mom. She is 7 years old this ... read more
Prayers for a Friend
August 05, 2013

Les Dawson was one of the best friends I have ever had. I met Les in about 1978 in Marlow, Oklahoma where I was serving as Minister of Music and Youth and he was teaching and coaching in the school system there. Les and I became friends and the longer we knew each other, the closer we became. He left the school and went to work in the bank. That was in my celebrated “car trading” days and Les was my banker. The bank had a community room where most every afternoon, Les and I would hang out, drink a diet coke and talk. Les was not a Christian. His kids came to church a ... read more
Summer Vacations
July 29, 2013

I love summertime!  During the school year we are so busy.  Between our jobs and all of or kid’s activities it seems like we run at a frantic pace.  No matter how hard we try it seems like we never get enough time to spend as a family.  Having our kids on summer vacation really opens up our schedule and creates opportunities for us to be together.  God has really challenged me as a dad to take advantage of the summer.  I realize that time is racing ahead and my kids are growing up so fast.  We have our kids at home for a season before they are grown.& ... read more
Adoption – a picture of salvation
July 14, 2013

Nearly 18 months ago our family relocated to the Little Rock area.  We knew God had specific plans for us and some of those were made known quickly.  One of His plans, however, blindsided us at the most improbable time.  Our transition here was a tough one.  It was in the middle of the school year.  House closings got pretty complicated.  We had some car trouble.  Worst of all, we lost Andrea’s mom to cancer just 24 days after moving to a new church, schools, and community.  It was the first weekend in May of 2012 and we still had boxes unpacked bu ... read more
Pledge of Allegiance
June 30, 2013

I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. As we stand at attention to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and to sing the National Anthem this Sunday morning, may we remember the many brave men & women who sacrificed their lives in order for us to enjoy the blessings our flag represents.  More importantly, may we remember Christ’s sacrifice when he died on the cross for the sins we committed.  What a privilege we ... read more
The Privilege to Pray
June 23, 2013

This spring our Sunday School classes were challenged to get involved in meeting needs through short-term Barnabas projects. My class connected with UAMS Family Home where families dealing with cancer treatment or families of very ill newborns at UAMS are provided housing regardless of their ability to pay. Our class has committed to a three-month prayer ministry for the UAMS Family Home. Even though privacy guidelines prohibit providing names, every week two or more class members go to the Home to pray for the people who are there and leave them each a note of encouragement. God knows each ... read more
Jesus Cares
June 16, 2013

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:7 I have had the blessing and privilege over the years either through quartet work, or ministry to sing hundreds of great hymns of the faith.  With recent events in Oklahoma however, one song  sticks out in my mind.  Does Jesus Care? Does Jesus Care, is a hymn written in 1901 by Frank Graeff.  Frank was a Methodist Pastor, who was distraught with grief after losing his daughter tragically.  These were the first lines that came from his pen as he was dealing with this grief.  “Does J ... read more
God's Handiwork
June 09, 2013

Well, summer is finally here.  It’s time for travel, kids out of school, vacations, grass mowing and family gatherings.  It’s also an opportunity for being outdoors to enjoy seeing God’s handiwork. Every time I open my Facebook account I get to enjoy the sights of someone’s outdoor adventures….and am reminded that God has given us so much for which we must be thankful. When I was a boy, being outside meant work.  I was up at 4:30 in the morning to go get the cows to milk before school.  When I got home I was outside to get the cows to milk ... read more
Does Jesus Care?
May 28, 2013

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:7 I have had the blessing and privilege over the years either through quartet work, or ministry to sing hundreds of great hymns of the faith.  With recent events in Oklahoma however, one song  sticks out in my mind.  Does Jesus Care? Does Jesus Care, is a hymn written in 1901 by Frank Graeff.  Frank was a Methodist Pastor, who was distraught with grief after losing his daughter tragically.  These were the first lines that came from his pen as he was dealing with this grief.  “Does J ... read more
Marks of a Church Growing as Disciples
May 19, 2013

Mark Dever is a notable pastor from Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., who is a sought-after speaker and has written many books on church life.  His writing ministry is called 9 Marks and teaches there are 9 marks of a healthy church.  The following is a list of attributes that he contends point to a healthy church with growing disciples of Jesus Christ.  As you look through the list you will notice that some of these are tough to measure but this provides a framework to examine your own life personally and the heartbeat of our church here at GSFBC.  This is a ... read more
Lists
May 12, 2013

So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 I love lists! I love checklists, packing lists, shopping lists, color coded lists, to-do lists, alphabetical lists, etc. A lot of the time this strange obsession of mine is helpful. Lists help me stay on task, accomplish what needs to be accomplished, and stay organized while doing so! But sometimes we make checklists for life. And we start putting conditions on our to-do lists. If I accomplish _______, then ______ will notice me. If I get a good grade on ... read more
ADDRESS: 0000 STRUGGLE STREET
May 05, 2013

What is your address?  All of us have a physical address.  But on occasion, many of us also live somewhere else but we just don’t want to admit it.  This place we don’t want to talk about because we feel like we are supposed to have it all together.  You know what I am talking about.  We think our life is supposed to be like a clean manicured yard, a kitchen with no dirty dishes in the sink and a couch with no laundry waiting to be folded.    Perfect, having it all together and without struggle is the image we want to portray to people.  ... read more
Absolute Surrender
April 28, 2013

There are times in my life where I am living day to day, not really thinking about trust, not really requiring any measure of faith to get through the day.  As I reflect on such times and as I go through a temporary season where there are few difficulties in life, I find myself asking, “Do I really believe (experientially) in the power of God?’  Pastor Jeff’s series in Acts has really made me think about the miracles God performed in response to the faith of the church.  I want to be in a church like that; I want to be a disciple like that.  Last week we ... read more
Teamwork At Its Best
April 22, 2013

We all have our own example of what teamwork looks like. In its core, teamwork is at its best when each member works together and denies the need to receive the spotlight of fame or credit to the team's overall success.   At Geyer Springs FBC, our Upward Sports program is a success because so many people have adopted this truth. God has blessed our ministry with so many servant-hearted leaders that it's easy to see why people have a positive experience within the program.   In scripture, 1 Corinthians 12 comes to mind in its focus on the Body of Christ. In this chapter, P ... read more
Christ's Followers
April 14, 2013

I am so thankful for the staff team that God has given me the privilege to work with.  This week we were able to get away for a couple of days and pray, dream, evaluate, and plan for the future.  I am so excited about what God has in store for us. As a part of our time together I shared my heart with them related to John 14.  Verse 12 says… “I assure you: The one who believes in Me  will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these,  because I am going to the Father.” There are so many powerful thoughts in ... read more
Easter
March 31, 2013

With the newness of spring and the celebration of Easter within our homes, there are many fragrances to enjoy such as the smells of jonquils, day lilies, hyacinths, dogwood blooms, Easter chocolates, new clothes and shoes, deviled eggs, baked ham and, of course, homemade yeast rolls!  These all are pleasant smells to anticipate during this special time of year.  As believers, we’re to be like a sweet perfume whose fragrance others can’t help but notice.  What’s your fragrance for this Easter?  Is it one of gratitude and humility for the sacrifice Christ ... read more
Spring Planting
March 25, 2013

Spring Planting  It is so easy to be thankful in the springtime.  It is like God wakes up the world from a long nap.  Every day there is a new bloom opening or baby leaves on a nearby tree or a new plant sprouting out of the dirt. The colors of spring are splashed everywhere!   It is almost time to plant. Last week many families traveled to spots around the state, across the US, and even to Peru for Spring Mission Trips. Others were at home praying for God to work in the lives of people in all these locations as the mission teams developed friendships, met physical ... read more
Tribulation Brings Patience
March 10, 2013

One of the parts of ministry that I truly find myself at ease in is that of hospital visitation.  I am blessed to be part of a dedicated staff that sees it as a personal responsibility and calling (Matthew 25:36) to visit the sick and lonely in our hospitals.  On one such occasion, I visited with the family member of a patient at Saline Hospital who was dealing with severe pain.  When I prayed with the family member, I asked the Lord to provide patience for the family during that time.  After the prayer, the family member a mentioned the following phrase “Tribulation ... read more
Dream Team
March 03, 2013

For the last four Monday evenings, we have had meetings with what I have called “The Dream Team”.  These 12 people have shared ideas, dreams and goals for our Summit (Adults 60+) Ministry.  We have come to several conclusions.  Our older adults are a very diverse group.  Some still work full time, some part time, some are fully retired, most still live in their own homes, some in retirement homes, some in assisted living centers and some are in full nursing home care.  Some are married, some are widows or widowers, some have lost their mates and have remarr ... read more
Relationships
February 24, 2013

The late Roy Fish, distinguished professor of evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, once said, “Relationships is the most important word in the English language. Being relational is a value we hold highly here at Geyer Springs.  We define relational as  connecting and intentionally investing in people within the church and community. This week I was thinking about building relationships with those outside the church, those who need to know Christ.  As I have been evaluating how I am doing in that area, I realized I can feel good about where ... read more
Wake up sleeper
February 17, 2013

Do you ever get the sense that you’ve become spiritually asleep and in need of a wake-up call? You are not alone. In fact, scripture points us to a hymn that addresses the issue in Paul’s letter to the Church at Ephesus in Ephesians 5:13-14: ‘But everything exposed by the light becomes visible- and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” The light of God exposes our sin for what it is. Our ability to hide any aspect of what goes on deep down within us is use ... read more
Gift of Life
February 10, 2013

I have been starkly reminded in recent days of the “Gift of Life”.   Many wonderful people have died in my circle of friends, family and church.   With each death, I am drawn to the importance of my Relationships.    In some cases I have bemoaned my lack of attention to that relationship, but always have been thankful for the time God has given me with them.   I know you have experienced the same emotion as well. Through these experiences God is reminding me of some very important life lessons.  First, clear the clutter in my li ... read more
Bonhoeffer
January 27, 2013

Biographies are not my preferred genre of literature when comes to reading what I enjoy but I came across Eric Metaxas’ work on Dietrich Bonhoeffer in a Barnes and Noble a couple of years ago and felt prompted to pick up a copy.  What initially drew me to Bonhoeffer was his role in opposing the Nazi regime as a leading theologian in Germany during WWII.  While I was in college I had a natural interest in history and took a few history courses as an elective and ended up picking up a minor.  Perhaps my favorite period to study was WWII. Sometimes I purchase a book and read ... read more
Prayer
January 21, 2013

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” –Romans 12:12 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” –Colossians 4:2 “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”-Acts 4:31 Our call by God is to be faithful in prayer. Paul tells us this in Romans 12 in the backdrop of our call to be a “living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God”. In Colossians, Paul focuses in on the church at Colossae to ... read more
Epidemic
January 16, 2013

Dr Charles Arn has done extensive research on evangelizing older adults.  And since I work with older adults, I have been very interested in what he has had to say.  In his book, “White Unto Harvest”, he writes about the difficulties in reaching older adults for Christ. Listen to these statistics:  Only 7% of all Christian conversions happen after age 50, 1% after age 60 and 7/10% after age 70.  That says a couple of things to me. One is we need to be busy sharing the Gospel with Children and Youth.  That’s when most people come to know Christ.  ... read more
New Year
January 07, 2013

Happy New Year!  I am excited about all that God has in store for Geyer Springs this year.  It is an honor for me to serve this great church and to be a part of this great team!  I hope you are having a great Christmas season.  I wish you all of God’s best as you begin the 2013 year! The beginning of a new year offers the opportunity to evaluate our lives and make fresh commitments to God and others.  As I prepare to enter the New Year, I am in the process of evaluating my life.  I have never been good at keeping New Year’s resolutions.  Each ... read more
Relationships
January 02, 2013

The late Roy Fish, distinguished professor of evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, used to say, “The most important word in the English language is relationships.” Definitely an important word in any language.  Just think of the importance of relationship from a Biblical perspective:  From the very beginning, God expressed His desire for relationship with us.  “Let us make man in our image.” (Genesis 1:27)  Being made in God’s image means we are the only creature that has a soul or spirit, that has the ability to relate to ... read more
Live It
December 16, 2012

Have you ever had a moment in your life that God reveals something to you? That happened to me this week after I challenged our Preteens to ‘rock’ their prayer life.  As you probably know, this past Wednesday was the 12th day of the 12th month of 2012. Wednesday night I gave our kids a 12-12-12 challenge to pray for their friends daily for 12 days. To help them to remember, I gave each of them a rock to carry in their pocket. That is the reason I called this challenge Rock Your Prayer Life. The kids were very excited about picking out their rock and all of them promised to kee ... read more
The Greatest Gift
December 10, 2012

It’s so easy to get caught up with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I know for me personally, I get caught up in traveling to see family, the food, and even the presents.  We’re so quick to forget that on December 25 one of the most miraculous gifts was given to all mankind, a Savior born in a manger.  We need to keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas. On Christmas Eve, I am always reminded of the amazing gift of my salvation every time we sit down as a family and my dad reads the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth. He was sent here for us so that we may be set free.  Mat ... read more
Taming the Tongue
December 02, 2012

We have all had times where we’ve accidentally or even intentionally said something that we wished we could have taken back. As soon as we said our peace, instead of it satisfying us, it made us feel empty and it changed the way people around us viewed our character.  In the book of James, the brother of Jesus is directing his letter to the Jewish Christians, challenging them to grow in their new Christian faith. In James 3:9-10, it says:  “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out o ... read more
Thanksgiving...More Than A Holiday
November 25, 2012

While there is no specific reference in scripture to the holiday we celebrate every November; there are several references about offering thanks and praise to our God. One that always comes to mind is Psalm 106:1,“Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Thanksgiving is traditionally a fun time together with family celebrating all that we have to be thankful. But a few weeks ago I challenged a group of 2nd graders to have an attitude of thanksgiving. Like always, when I was challenging them, God showed me that I could do a better job of ... read more
Our Design
November 19, 2012

I’d like to share a verse from a recent daily devotion. As the LORD commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and Joshua did it; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses. — Joshua 11:15 Look closely at Joshua’s interesting life.  He was a spy (Numbers 13:16-17), a commander (Exodus 17:8-16), and an eventual successor to Moses (Joshua 1:1-9).  Joshua was both a leader and a servant.  Today, society is in a quest for Joshua’s.  We are searching for those people who will help us face our fears and turn them away; to ... read more
A New Path
November 12, 2012

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now.”  Philippians 1:3-5 On August 1, 2002, I embarked on a new path.  After spending four years as a stay-at-home mom and teaching public school for 22 years, God pointed me in a new direction.  I would still be ministering to young children and their families, but in a different venue and with a totally new responsibility.  Geyer Spring First Baptist Church hired me as the Minister to Pre ... read more
Fall
October 28, 2012

I love the fall!  The vibrant colors of leaves whirling in the sunshine, the crisp, cool air in the early morning, the crunch of juicy apples, the spicy smell of pumpkin muffins and the sound of acorns plunking on the sidewalk energize me.  I’m eager for afternoon walks and Saturdays watching college football and the first fire in the fireplace.  My mind floods with memories of special fall days with family and friends. I only have to step outdoors or glance out a window to be reminded how incredible our God is!  He is Creator of all I l ... read more
Singles Ministry
October 21, 2012

Geyer Springs is a truly a church that cares about single adults.  That care is reflected in the many programs and opportunities offered to this important group.  As the Minister to Single Adults at Geyer Springs, I have the honor of working with hundreds of single adults involved in this ministry.  God is at work and each Sunday I meet new people in Bible study and constantly see growth in our groups.  I want to take the opportunity in this article to spread the word about our ministry and the opportunities that are available. Sunday school is the heart of the singles min ... read more
Voting Rights
October 14, 2012

All of us have our own set of childhood memories, some pleasant, some not so pleasant.  One of my most memorable moments occurred on my 18th birthday.  Now you might think this particular birthday revolved around nice gifts like a new car or cute clothes, a party where my friends were invited to come over to help celebrate with me or maybe a big family celebration.  Not the case entirely.  Yes, my mother made a nice country dinner for me including a “made from scratch” chocolate cake and yes, my parents & youngest brother, Stan, sang “Happy Birthday&rd ... read more
I Am Not, But I Know I Am
October 07, 2012

God knows everything about everything and everyone.  His eyes race back and forth across the cosmos faster than you or I read the words on this page.  There is not a bird flying through the sky or perched in a tree that escapes His field of vision.  He could name every man, woman, and child who has ever lived, describing every detail about each one.  He wrestles with no mysteries.  God’s rule and reign are unrivaled in history and eternity.  He sits on an everlasting throne.  His Kingdom has no end.  He has no equal.  Ne peer.  No competi ... read more
His plan…your passion,
September 23, 2012

         A few years ago, I attended a conference in Atlanta, Georgia and was inspired by a speaker, named Kevin Carroll.  Kevin is a former executive for the Nike Corporation.  His job was to inspire the Nike employees and stimulate their creativity.  Kevin is an incredible communicator with a wonderful personal story.  He spoke of his childhood and adolescence and his intense desire to do nothing but play sports.  Sports were his life!  The playground is where he discovered his love for sports.  His grade school teachers w ... read more
God is Always Good
September 16, 2012

This is going to be a busy week.   Team Impact will be with us Sunday through Wednesday evenings.  As you know, God uses so many methods to impact people for the Kingdom.   It is my prayer that God’s Spirit will have complete control of all that happens with the 10,000+ kids in the schools and our time together each evening. As a grandparent, I am so impressed with what is going on in our children and preschool ministries.   These leaders care about our kids.  Everything we do says that we love children and their families.  With a culture ... read more
God's Constant Presence
September 04, 2012

My father died this summer.  His death was unexpected and came as a shock to our family.  My dad had recently retired and we were looking forward to being able to spend more time together with him.  We talked on the phone almost every day and we were so excited about the days ahead.  As a minister, I often spend time with families who are walking through times of loss.  I am comfortable helping and encouraging others but it is different when you are the one experiencing a time of grief. Difficult days and loss cause us to pause and reflect.  We begin to evaluate ... read more
Making Him Famous
August 26, 2012

Maybe you are like me and you've  heard these verses a million times, but let me challenge you to look at them differently this time.  Sometimes we hear sermons or read passages and only take away the theological knowledge behind the verses. This time, read this passage and in addition to the theology think about the application to your life personally. Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.  For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free —and we ... read more
A New Box of Crayons
August 19, 2012

I love new crayons!  Nothing signals the start of a new school year for me more than new crayons. I could not wait to put new crayons in all our preschool rooms for the new Sunday School classes and I’ve watched Preschool Center students come in proudly with their new classroom supplies. The start of a new school year is so exciting.  Hundreds of preschoolers and children in our community are starting new classes in school and in church this week.  They are our future!  How can we keep that excitement in the weeks ahead? Pray often for children that you know. Pr ... read more
Baby Boomers
August 12, 2012

Amy Hanson, one of my favorite “authorities” on Ministering with older adults, has a book called, “Baby Boomers and Beyond”.  Now in case you don’t know what a “Baby Boomer” is, it is an adult who was born between 1946 and 1964.  I’m a Baby Boomer, I’m 61.  She says in the first chapter of her book, “For nearly a decade, there has been an upward trend in people living longer and the older population growing.”  Much of what we see on TV, read in newspapers and magazines and see on the internet is aimed at this ... read more
Would I Be So Bold?
August 05, 2012

By the time you read this.  Millions of people will have already sunk their teeth into a delicious chicken sandwich, in support of a stance taken by Chik-Fil-A ownership in regards to the establishment of marriage being between one man and one woman.  The C.E.O. of Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathy, opened himself up to a lot of criticism in defending his faith.  Ask yourself this.  Would I be so bold? It’s easy to judge and say that Mr. Cathy was just trying to find a safe way to promote his business, because he knew his views are shared by millions of his customers. Stil ... read more
Children are a heritage from the Lord
July 29, 2012

“Children are a heritage from the Lord.”  Psalm 127:3 I have always loved children and cherish the memories I have of when our son was growing up.  When he was a baby, we watched for every new development as if he was the only baby that had ever accomplished that feat.  As a toddler, he never took a few steps and sat down.  Instead, he pushed one of his wheeled toys around the house until he was able to let go and take off.  As he began to learn about colors, shapes, numbers, letters, words, and math, his dad and I shared his enthusiasm with each new skill ... read more
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
July 22, 2012

I first became acquainted with the song, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”, as a child growing up in a small community church where the congregation ranged in attendance from 15 to 50. Instead of having a Minister of Music we had a song director who was my dad, Edwin Wilson. He led our congregational singing from the Heavenly Highway Hymnal (I’m dating myself!!); we sang this particular song quite frequently. The first verse & chorus goes like this: What a fellowship, what a joy divine, Leaning on the everlasting arms; What a blessed-ness, what a peace is min ... read more
A Family Worship Experiment
July 17, 2012

We have always tried to capitalize on the summer with our kids by doing some very specific Bible study with them.  For example, a couple of years ago we took each fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 and spent a week teaching them what the Bible says about “love.”  The next week “joy.”  The next week “peace,” and so on.  This summer we’ve decided to study the book of Philippians.  The kids each have an assignment.  We’ve broken the letter down to about 2, sometimes 3, verses per day (roughly Monday through Frid ... read more
Are You Happy?
July 01, 2012

Some might call this the happiest time of the year…”SUMMERTIME”.  Many of us are making (or have made) summer plans, these plans might include a trip to the beach, daily trips to the local pool, fun in the backyard, daycamps, etc.  The list of things that bring us happiness is endless: food, destinations, people, toys, games, did I mention food?  We often go to immeasurable lengths to dwell in a state of happiness.  Not only do we want to be happy, but we also want others close to us to be happy.  What makes you happy?  My family makes me happy. ... read more
Abandon the Plan
June 24, 2012

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher that the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:8-9 Being a fairly regimented, sometimes impatient, somewhat rigid person who doesn’t particularly like to deviate from my plan, the Lord continually has to teach me to flex, to be willing to give up my thoughts and ways and to trust Him and go His way.  What better place for that than on the mission field where EVERYTHING is constan ... read more
Make Someone Smile
June 17, 2012

What a blessing to serve on this staff team at Geyer Springs.   We have too many meetings, and too much food…..but we DO have lots of fun.  Each week as we meet on Tuesday morning to plan and evaluate ministry…we find ourselves overwhelmed by the opportunities that the Lord provides.  We also have opportunity to study Gods Word together, and pray for the many shared requests of this wonderful congregation.    I hope you will take time to continue to make Max Pyron and Ryan Ingold feel the warm welcome that we as a staff enjoy.  Now you have the ... read more
What's Next
June 10, 2012

I am so thankful for the staff that God has provided for the Geyer Springs family.  Many of them serve in areas that are not as visible and although their work may at times go unnoticed, their value to the Kingdom of God is incredible.  For this reason we are going to use this blog site to allow them to highlight their ministry passions and share their hearts with you. Every week a different staff member will be responsible for the blog entries.  My prayer would be that you would read them, get to know them, and pray for them.  I know that as you do that, you ... read more
Whatever it Takes
October 28, 2011

When I was about to get married I remember having several men in my family tell me that the key to a happy marriage is the simple phrase, “whatever it takes”.   By that they meant do whatever it takes to make Wendy happy.  They were joking when they said that but often times there is a lot of truth in jokes.  For over 17 years I have been attempting to do “whatever it takes” to make her happy.  Obviously I have not always been successful at making her happy.  Believe it or not, there have been times that I said or did things that caused her ... read more
Fast Forward
October 02, 2011

This morning we began a new series entitled Fast Forward: Living Today with the Future in Mind. At the conclusion of the service we gave everyone money. That's right we gave it out. Those of you that missed are really kicking yourself now. The purpose was to help us learn what it means to be a steward. God gave us everything we have...talents, abilities, resources, and experiences. His desire is for us to leverage everything for His priorities and values. The truth of that statement makes sense and even sounds right, but yet can be so hard to actually follow through on because our ... read more
School Days
September 02, 2011

As the church is moving into the new school year there are many new faces on our campus every week. The increased activity has got me thinking a lot about how we engage them and then connect them to the life of our church.  My mind seems to be consumed with, for lack of a better description, guest relations. I recall a statement I heard years ago about the difference between visitors and guests. A visitor is someone who comes to your home who you weren't expecting and who you are not excited about them being there. In essence they are more of a nuisance than anything else. Your ... read more
Running
August 23, 2011

This morning as i was running (i'm in training for Run with the Son 2012.  if dave hughey is going to cheat and take steroids i'm just going to have to work that much harder)...i'll deal with my bitterness in a future blog post.    Anyway as i was saying, this morning i was running and the Overcome came on my ipod.  There was one line that really struck me, "...He never sinned but suffered as if He did."  Think about the power in that truth.  Christ, who was perfect suffered even though He didn't have to and He didn't desrve it.   His motivati ... read more
Reach Week
July 27, 2011

We are in the middle of REACH Week at Geyer Springs and it is so exciting to see students and leaders hitting the streets to share the Gospel. Even as I write this there are people in our community that are hearing the Gospel for the first time. What an unbelievable thought and I’m so thankful for this ministries passion for Christ and for people to know Him as we know Him. As this week has progressed there has also been a way above average number of deaths in and connected to our church family. The sadness and loss is something you never get used to seeing. People have lost long t ... read more
Divine Appointments
July 20, 2011

As we approach REACH week at Geyer Springs I keep thinking about how God works. It is amazing to me to think how God takes our lives and our plans and uses them to change people's lives. This next week 100's of teenagers will hit the streets of Central Arkansas. Some will be scared out of their mind, some will be bold, others will be cautiously optimistic, but all will be walking into a world of divine appointments. It is amazing to think that as we have been praying and preparing God has been working out the circumstances in peoples lives and although they have no idea we are coming, ... read more
You Never Know
July 07, 2011

The last two weeks I have been the camp pastor for a children's camp in Louisiana. It is the first time in a LONG time that I have spoken Gods Word in that kind of environment to that age. It has brought back so many memories and reminders. It has been awesome to watch elementary age children listen and respond to God's Word. I think we sometimes underestimate the ability for God to speak to and use children for His glory and purpose. The guy that is leading worship, Zack Edmonds, was in 3rd grade at our church when I lead my first camp as a children's pastor. What an awesome ... read more
Don't Give Up
June 23, 2011

It’s natural for all of us to seek instant results from everything we do. Our culture is built around the idea of getting what you want, the way you want it, and getting it RIGHT NOW. It is the reason so many people are in debt; it’s the reason so many marriages end in divorce, it’s the reason so many people start diets or fitness programs and don’t complete them. We seek instant gratification and if we don’t get it we give up and quit. If we were honest, we all struggle with this in different areas of our life. Phrases like discipline, hard-work, perseverance, an ... read more
The Authority Dilemna
June 09, 2011

I have been thinking a lot this week about authority.  As I have been studying the book of Malachi, I have seen so many tendencies in the people of Israel that are prevalent in the American church today.  One of those is definitely a lack of true understanding and recognition of the authority of God.  Malachi was addressed the religious leaders, the ones that were supposed to be setting the standard, and he challenged them with the fact that they showed much more respect to human authority than they did to God.  He asked, ‘If I am truly Father and Master, why do you bri ... read more
The Beach
June 01, 2011

This week i took some time away at the beach with Wendy and the kids.  We have had a great time just being together, with no schedule or agenda.  This morning, as the girls are off shopping, I'm sitting quietly, reading and thinking about all that God has provided for me that are gifts of grace in my life. I do not deserve the incredible family that God has blessed me with.  I do not deserve the great church family that i get to serve and lead.  I do not deserve the wonderful friends that God has blessed me with.  I do not deserve the love of God. It is ea ... read more
Everything's New
May 24, 2011

Welcome to the new website and along with that, welcome to the first edition of my new blog on the new website.   In case you didn’t know the word for the day is new.  My family’s life has been filled with new things this past year.  We live in a new city.  We are a part of a new church.  We have a new home.  We are making new friends.  I work with a new staff (please pray for me…this group is crazy).  We have experienced new weather (kids saw first snow, experienced first earthquake, cold weather in May, and of course some unusual wind.) Wh ... read more