PRAYER FOR AMERICA
 
July 1
 

PRAY FOR OUR NATION 

(2 Chronicles 7:13-14)

* Pray that our nation will be “one nation, under God”.

* Pray that our nation will see its need for truth and Biblical answers for our problems.

* Pray that our nation will see their desperate need for a relationship with God, and the emptiness of false beliefs.

PRAYER FOR AMERICA

July
 

PRAY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire Department

* Pray for safety as they respond to alerts.

* Pray for wisdom as they administer care and attend to the needs of the situation.

* Pray that they will use sound judgment in all their decisions.

PRAYER FOR AMERICA

July 3
 

PRAY FOR OUR NATION’S HEALTH SYSTEM

Hospitals, Doctors, Nurses, and Families.

* Pray that our hospitals will be fully staffed and supplied for all needs.

* Pray that our medical personnel will be refreshed and renewed daily for all the services they render.

* Pray that medical personnel and their families will stay healthy.

PRAYER FOR AMERICA

July
 

PRAY FOR OUR POLITICAL LEADERS

(2 Timothy 2:1-4);

(1 Peter 2:13-17)

* Pray that our leaders will live lives above reproach.

* Pray that our leaders will seek Godly counsel to make good decisions.

* Pray that our leaders will understand the importance of Biblical values.

* Pray that ungodly influences will be exposed that affect our leaders.

PRAYER FOR AMERICA

July 5
 

PRAY FOR OUR CHURCH (Ephesians 6:19-20); (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

* Pray that UBC will preach the Gospel!

* Pray that UBC will be a force for faith, hope and love.

* Pray that God will pour out His Spirit upon UBC.

* Pray that God will break down all barriers to revival.

* Pray that more laborers for ministry will be raised.

* Pray for Dr. David Norman and his family as they move to SATX.

Written by: Pastor Terry

June 27, 2020

For I will proclaim the Lord’s name.  Declare the greatness of our God!  The Rock—His work is perfect;
all His ways are just.  A faithful God, without bias, He is righteous and true.  – Deuteronomy 32:3-4

 

Every day we talk about many topics with others.  Our conversations might be stories about our children, the sale in the store we just left, job challenges, ball games, or even health concerns due to the Covid-19 virus.  We’re not shy to talk about what matters to us.

 

I’ve heard it said many times, “I cannot share the gospel at work or at school.  There are policies regarding that.”  Or, “I don’t have the gift of evangelism … I wouldn’t even know where to start.”

 

Having travelled with several ministry teams to East Asia, it was strongly expressed that we could NOT share the gospel, because it was a “closed country”; HOWEVER, if people asked questions, we could answer those questions.  “What do you do for a living?” (I’m glad you asked; I teach music).  “What kind of music?” (I’m glad you asked; gospel music).  “What is gospel music?” (I’m glad you asked, it is about Jesus!)  “Who is Jesus?” (I’m glad you asked!!!)

 

If our relationship with God really matters to us, we need to be unashamed in proclaiming the name of the Lord to others.  Try this, when you go to work on Monday and you’re asked, “How was your weekend?” start with, “Church was great!”  We can touch people with the truth of God’s Word when we are faithful to share His great name with others.  Why wouldn’t we want to do that?

 

God is great, and there is no one is greater!  God is our Rock, and no one is stronger!  God is perfect in all His ways!  God is just in all things, in Him there is no partiality!  God is true at all times, and He is always right! 

 

At all times and in all things, proclaim the name of the Lord!
Written by: Pastor Terry

June 21, 2020

Restore us, God; look on us with favor, and we will be saved.

Psalm 80:3

 

Three times in Psalm 80, Asaph (the writer) pens the phrase: “Restore us …”  Here in this psalm, we can see that he mourns the sad state of his time, the broken walls (vs. 12), the rampaging animals (vs. 13), and the burnt vineyards (vs. 16).  Sadly, it can look much like today’s news. 

 

There is comfort knowing that the God of Hosts, sits upon His throne, and in His Sovereignty brings provision, protection and much more!   But it is also His right to allow events in our lives to bring obedience and discipline; all for the purpose that we will seek His face and not just from His hand.

 

I have been praying for 8-and-a-half years for revival, and until it happens, I will continue to do so.  Broken walls, violent boars and destroyed vineyards might not be my surroundings, but I see a society filled with complacency, “self-sufficiency”, a “what’s-in-it-for-me” mentality, and a lack of love for God, and others.  I certainly am not trying to paint a “doom-and-gloom” picture, because there is HOPE; there is SALVATION, and that is found JESUS CHRIST alone! 

 

There will still be times that I will cry out just like Asaph, as he pleaded in verse 18, “Revive us, (my emphasis) and we will call upon Your name.”

 

The history of the past revivals portrays this truth in full color: you will always find men and women who first inwardly groan, longing to see the status quo changed.  They begin to call on the God with insistence; prayer precipitates revival, which produces more prayer.  Will you pray?
 
Written by: Pastor Terry
 

June 14, 2020

Why? 

We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.

– Romans 8:28-20

 

Why do bad things happen to good people?  This question has troubled many people for generations.  But these words from Paul bring encouragement to our hearts during difficult circumstances.  Notice what Paul did not say and what he did say.  Paul did not say, “All things are good!”  Rather, he said, “All things work together for good.”  A lot of things in life are not good – cancer, the death of a child, domestic violence, Covid-19, and so on.  But the promise of this passage is that God can take all the bad things of life and orchestrate them for our good and for His glory!

 

While God never promised to answer our questions of suffering or pain, He did promise His presence (1 Peter 5:7).  We can rest in the truth that our circumstances do not take God by surprise.  He doesn’t look down from His throne and say, “What just happened, what is going on down there?”  In His Sovereignty, He knows every day of our lives before we experience them.  He has a plan for our lives, which includes a process to conform us more into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Sometimes the process of being conformed is painful, but we have the promise of a future joy and of all things being made new.
 
Written by: Pastor Terry

June 7, 2020

Hope

 

I came across this story about Florence Chadwick, and could not help but think of all that has been going on during this Covid-19 virus, especially many who have a sense of loneliness, depression, isolation, and uncertainty.

 

“On July 4, 1952, this thirty-four-year-old competitive swimmer waded into the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Her goal was to become the first woman to swim the twenty-one miles from Catalina Island to the California coast.  Chadwick was an experienced long-distance swimmer. She had already become the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. Her biggest challenge in the Pacific Ocean that day was not the distance but the bone-chilling waters and the thick fog that made it almost impossible for her to see anything, including the boats accompanying her.

 

While Americans watched on television, Chadwick swam for hours in the numbing water and choppy waves. But the fog kept Chadwick from seeing her goal, and she lost hope of ever reaching the shore. When she begged to be taken out, her mother and her trainer, who were in one of the support boats, cheered her on. But after fifteen hours and fifty-five minutes, Chadwick stopped swimming and was pulled out—only to discover that she had quit less than a mile from the coast. She told a reporter, ‘If I could have seen land I know I could have made it.’”

 

I’ve had many conversations with people lately that are engulfed with worry, doubt, depression, health problems, loneliness, financial uncertainty, and strained relationships.  To them, there is no end in sight, and are tempted to give up hope.

 

I can only imagine what Peter must have thought while “walking on the water”; as soon as he took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink.  We must continue to live by faith.  We must not quit!  Land is just ahead.

 

Written by: Pastor Terry

May 31, 2020

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come.  Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” – John 17:1-3

 

If someone asked you to recite the Lord’s Prayer, you would probably begin by saying, “Our Father, who art in heaven” (Matthew 6:9).  I’ve heard it said many times; “Perhaps this prayer is best not-called the Lord’s Prayer – a better title is the “Disciples’ Prayer,” because Jesus gave the prayer as a model for disciples to pray.”

 

One of the greatest prayers ever prayed is found in John 17, and many believe and suggest that this is the “Lord’s Prayer.”  In it we see the heart of our Lord and discover His purpose for us.  In verses 1-5, Jesus prayed for Himself.  He prayed for His disciples in verses 6-19, and in verses 20-26, Jesus prayed for you and me!  Think about it:  We are part of the greatest prayer Jesus ever prayed. 

 

He prayed for us, because He loves us deeply and wants us to know Him personally.  Jesus prayed, “…that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” 

 

To know Him is to talk to Him in prayer.  Stop.  Take time to talk with your heavenly Father.  He is personal.  You do not have to come to Him with religious jargon and eloquent words.  Talk to Him as your Abba Father … and as your friend.

 

How wonderful it is to be known by Jesus and to know Him in prayer.
 
Written by: Pastor Terry

May 24, 2020

Memorial Day

 

Josiah became king of Judah at the age of eight, after the assassination of his father, King Amon, and reigned for thirty-one years.  The Bible describes Josiah as a very righteous king, a king who “walked in all the ways of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left” (2 Kings 22:22 Chronicles 34:2). He is also one of the kings mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew’s gospel.

 

According to the Bible, in the eighteenth year of his rule, Josiah ordered the High PriestHilkiah to use the tax money which had been collected over the years to renovate the temple. It was during this time that Hilkiah discovered the Book of the Law. 

 

I can’t imagine going a day without reading God’s Word, but this was eighteen-plus years!  The nation had drifted so far away from God.  I’ve heard it said: “If God could walk out of your life, how long would it take before you knew He was missing?”

 

According to the Bible, when King Josiah heard the words of the law, “he tore his clothes” (an outward sign of remorse or sorrow).  He then changed his form of leadership entirely, entering into a new form of covenant with the Lord. He wiped out all of the pagan cults that had formed within his land. He, along with his people, then entered into this new covenant with the Lord to keep the commandments of the Lord.

 

Our country could learn an important lesson from Josiah. Today, many people in America believe that all religious systems are equally valid. But what we celebrate as diversity, God condemns as idolatry. Although our constitution grants every citizen the right to worship or not worship any god he or she chooses, that right in no way changes God’s attitude toward idolatry. The First Amendment does not usurp the first commandment. The Bible is clear: any nation that chooses to renounce the true God in order to embrace and elevate other gods will face God’s judgment.

 

Tomorrow is Memorial Day.  As a nation, we remember those who have given their lives for our freedom.  Freedom is never cheap.  It has cost many their lives.  Today, thank God for those who have given the “ultimate price”.  Today, thank God for the One who gave the ultimate price for our freedom at Calvary.  His name is Jesus!

Written by: Pastor Terry
 

May 17, 2020

“Inquire of past generations, and consider the things searched out by their fathers.

For we are only of yesterday and know nothing, because our days on earth are as a shadow.” – Job 8:8-9

 

I used to enjoy watching the popular “Man on the Street” interviews on late-night comedy shows years ago.  To listen to what people said about “history” astounded me.  At times I thought it was made up. 

 

According to a recent survey, most residents of the United States are “alarmingly ignorant of America’s history and heritage.”  Only one in three Americans can pass the US citizenship exam, and that number plummets to a dismal 19 percent of those under age forty-five. More than half of those surveyed didn’t even know which countries the United States fought in World War II!

 

Lest you think this lack of historical knowledge is strictly an American problem, consider that one-fifth of British teenagers today think Winston Churchill was a fictional character, while more than 50 percent believe that Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood, and King Arthur were real.

 

Someone who doesn’t think history is bunk is the Author of history.  After all, history is ultimately “His story.”

 

No fewer than sixteen times in the book of Deuteronomy, God instructed His people to “remember” their history.

 

Throughout the sixty-six books that make up our Bible, we have stories of heroes who teach us the value of faith, sacrifice, love, and hope. We also have examples that show us the consequences of failures, betrayal, lying, and immorality. If we are willing to learn from it, the history we find within the pages of Scripture provides truth and wisdom—and it challenges us to be more like Christ. As Paul said in Romans 15:4, “Whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction.”

 

If you and I are going to thrive spiritually in a world that has abandoned biblical values, we cannot disregard what thousands of years of history teach us.  Instead, we should put into practice Job 8:8-9 (above).

 

 I want to encourage you to get into God’s Word, after all – it is the Word of Life.  God’s Word will last forever.  Yes, it is a book of history, but it is a book of revelation and needed for daily nourishment.

 

  • Pray for the power of the gospel to be heard today both live and on live-stream.
  • Pray for the UBC family as many “feel” isolated and lonely because of the Covid-19 virus.
  • Pray that UBC will have a hunger and thirst for the Bread and Water of Life.
  • Pray for continued finances of While this has been a time of adjustment for us all, the bills of the church and our overhead expenses continue.
Written by: Pastor Terry

May 10, 2020

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  You have heard Me say to you, “I am going away and coming back to you.”  If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, “I am going to the Father,” for My Father is greater than I. – John 14:27-28

 

These past six weeks of “staying-at-home” has been difficult for many.  Stress … anxiety … loneliness … abuse.  I’ve made many phone calls checking on people, mainly to see if they needed anything, especially after a community run on hygiene products and toilet paper!  But conversations quickly changed, especially for the “at-risk” who couldn’t get out. 

 

I had one interesting conversation when a person asked, “What will the church look like when we all get back to normal?”  My reply was, “What is normal?”  As they tried to answer my question, it was apparent that they didn’t like “change.”  Trying to ease their mind, I finally shared with them, “It’s Jesus’ church, and He knows how to run it better than we do.  We are just stewards and will continue to listen to Him as He directs us.”

 

The apostle John spends the fourteenth chapter of his gospel documenting the actions and teachings of the Lord Jesus as He prepared His disciples to lead His church to success.  Jesus completed His instructions by reiterating seven important commands for His disciples.  The Lord’s commands to His disciples are the same commands He gives Christians today.

 

First, remember your entire relationship with Jesus is based upon Jesus.  He is the way.  Stay close to Him, focused on Him, and don’t be drawn away by things you do not understand.  Second, receive the work of the Holy Spirit and His ministry.  Third, expect the Holy Spirit to teach and bring you into all truth.  Fourth, revel in the peace Jesus gives and expect it to be a lasting aspect of our life.  Fifth, reject thoughts that keep you full of anxiety.  Sixth, reject fear!  Seventh, the Lord Jesus gave one final command: “If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.” 
 

Father, I want my eyes to always be fixated on You.  I will live by “faith and not by sight”.  I want to live my life with this expectancy … knowing You will order my steps each day, and that You have planned for my life what is best for me.  To God be the glory!

 

  • Pray for the Re-Opening; this Sunday – May 10th. Pray for the power of the gospel to be heard today both live and on live-stream.
  • Pray for the UBC family as many “feel” isolated and lonely because of the Covid-19 virus.
  • Pray that UBC family members will draw closer to Him.
  • Pray for continued finances of While this has been a time of adjustment for us all, the bills of the church and our overhead expenses continue.
 
Written by: Pastor Terry

May 3, 2020

LOVE GOD AND LOVE PEOPLE
 
 

Jesus said to him, “’You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all you mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40

 

I’m sure that during these “stay-at-home” days, we all have some story to tell.  I hope that you haven’t missed opportunities to minister to others – maybe write an encouraging note (when was the last time you did that in this day of texting and email?); call to check on someone; or even meet your neighbors while walking your neighborhood.  Sharon and I were able to distribute “masks” that my mother had made, and have had many conversations with others while maintaining the “6-feet distance.”

 

There were 613 laws in the Jewish law, but you can sum them all up with just two:  Love God and Love PeopleEvery Biblical law and command ultimately comes down to one of those two.  For my family … “ministry” will continue to happen after Covid-19 … why, it’s pretty simple.

 

The famous Westminster Shorter Catechism says, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”  Thus Christians need to glorify God, which occurs when one loves God.  Loving God transforms your life.  Worship is the act of loving God.  Christians use music to express their love to Him, but worship is more than music.  Worship is about expressing your love to God.

 

The second command is as important as the first: love people.  If you truly love God, you will also love people who bear the image of God.  People who brag about their spiritual devotion but then mistreat others or use them for selfish gain, deceive themselves.  If you don’t love people, you don’t love God.

 

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter-in-law was driving around in Mobile, Alabama “picking up groceries” and came across a sign on the front lawn of a house that read: “Take what you need.”  On display was an “act of kindness.”  She didn’t need any groceries.  She was able to find what the family needed at the local market, but what she saw compelled her to pray for others who were less fortunate.  As she continued home, she decided to get some coffee.  She went through a drive-thru, made her order, and as she got to the place to pay, she found out that the car in front her had already paid for her bill!  Pay It Forward!!!

 

Loving people can be as easily as that.

 

I pray that we at UBC will never be the same.  I pray that we will be the church that God has called us to be … 24/7!  I like the meme that I saw recently on that first Sunday when the “doors were locked” because of the Coronavirus: “The Church Isn’t Closed, Just Deployed.” 

 

This is my prayer and I hope that you will join me: “Father, help me to demonstrate a genuine love to You, not only in my worship, but also in my service, kindness, and generosity to others.  Amen.”

  • Pray for the power of the gospel to be heard today on live-stream.
  • Pray that people will STOP and listen. These are powerful sermons from Dr. Rudy that the CHURCH NEEDS TO HEAR!
  • Pray that UBC family members will draw closer to Him.
  • Pray for continued finances. While this has been a time of adjustment for us all, the bills of the church and our overhead expenses continue.
  • Pray for the re-opening, next Sunday, May 10.
 
Written by: Pastor Terry

 

April 26, 2020

HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE?

 

“He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” – John 1:11-13
 
Dr. Rudy Gonzalez, our Interim Pastor has been teaching in the Book of John for the Wednesday Bible Study.  As he came across these verses above, they have always amazed me.  When John the Baptist preached of the coming Messiah, he had to be stunned that anyone would reject Jesus and the life He came to offer.  I’m still this way!  But they did in his day and still do in ours.  Think about it for a moment.  Throughout the Old Testament the Jews lived in anticipation of the coming Messiah.  Then Jesus came to His own to free them from the loyalty to the law and to give them new life.  They decided to reject Him because Jesus was not the kind of Messiah they expected or wanted.  To this day many still reject the Savior.
 

The writer of Hebrews asked, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).  The gospel is so simple.  Jesus came to die upon the cross for our sins.  He took our place and paid sin’s debt that we owed.  He arose again on the third day and offers salvation to all who will repent of their sins and place their trust in Him.  It is the gift of God.  He offers it to us, but must receive Him.  When we do, God give us eternal life!

 

  • Pray for the power of the gospel to be heard and received through our live stream services. Today is the day of salvation!
  • Pray for revival!!!
  • Pray that UBC family members will draw closer to Him.
  • Pray that wisdom will be given to the staff as “stay-at-home” orders are lifted and the adjustments that will be needed for weekly ministry endeavors.
  • Pray for continued finances of UBC. While this has been a time of adjustment for us all, the bills of the church and our overhead expenses continue.
 
Written by: Pastor Terry
 

April 19, 2020

YOU ARE VALUABLE

 

Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins?  And not one of them is forgotten before God.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. – Luke 12:6-7

 

I don’t know about you, but there are times I feel unworthy, unimportant, and insignificant.  We sometimes do our best in school, and we barely get by.  We often try to eat healthy and exercise, but we still don’t like what we see in the mirror.  We sometimes work hard on our jobs and are still passed over for a promotion or raise.  Or in my case, we hear other pastors or see how their churches are growing – only suddenly to feel like failures.

 

Now it may just be me, but I imagine most of us struggle with this.  That’s why this passage is so important.  Luke 12:1 tells us that “an innumerable multitude of people had gather” to hear Jesus.  The rich.  The poor.  The married.  The divorced.  The single.  The healthy.  The sick.  The misfits.  The successful.  That crowd mirrored the society back then and our society today.  And Jesus’ message to everyone was, “You are valuable to God.”  The same message applies to everyone today.

 

God loves you!  He has a plan for you!  He will never leave you, and He will never turn His back on you!  You are fearfully and wonderfully made!  You are His prized possession!  So stop it.  Stop letting the enemy fill your mind with thoughts that you are insignificant or unimportant.  It’s a lie.  Today go out there and live as the prized possession of God you are!

 

  • Pray for the power of the gospel to be heard through the various online outlets. These are great days!  Pray for revival!!!
  • Pray that during this “time of pause”, UBC and along with other churches will draw closer to Him. What a shame it would be that when the “stay-at-home” order is lifted, we return to “life as usual”.
  • Pray for continued finances of While this has been a time of adjustment for us all, the bills of the church and our overhead expenses continue. In addition, there are missionaries and workers around the world who are dependent on the financial support of Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.  This is the last week to give to that effort.
Written by: Pastor Terry

 

April 12,2020

BEHOLD OUR GOD

“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid;

“For YAH, the LORD is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation. 

Therefore, with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2-3

 

Storms will come in your life.  There will be moments when you know that if God does not show up in a specific situation, you are in deep trouble.  Living through these storms is not fun.  The prophet Isaiah wrote about such difficult times in the text for today.  But when God shows up, you know He will intervene in this situation and save you powerfully.  There is nothing like God reveling Himself in the situations of your life.

 

When He showed up in the form of a burning bush, God changed Moses’ life forever.  Moses’ direction and confidence relating to his future took on a new trajectory.  Just as with Moses, when God shows up in your life, it impacts you forever.

 

Many times it alters only your perspective and confidence, but other times it changes the direction of your life.  This energizes you with new spiritual strength!  Your vision and energy become impacted, and you want to brag on Jesus and what He is doing in our life.  Jesus gives you joy … again.  Jesus becomes as rivers of living water in your life … again.  Jesus makes you want to sing … again.

 

Here at UBC we sing many songs which comes in many forms (psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit (Ephesians 5:19).  We all have our favorites, but every now-and-then there comes a song that seems to hit everyone’s chord.  Behold Our God, by Sovereign Grace Music is one of those songs.  When we sing that song, the church erupts!  Here are those lyrics … and maybe right now, where you are … you can begin and sing (no matter what it sounds like):

 

Behold Our God

(Baird, Altrooge)

 

Who has held the oceans in His hand; Who has numbered every grain of sand
Kings and nations tremble at His voice; All creation rises to rejoice

Chorus

Behold our God seated on His throne; Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare; Come let us adore Him

Verse 2

Who has given counsel to the Lord; Who can question any of His words
Who can teach the One who knows all things; Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds

Verse 3

Who has felt the nails upon His hand; Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
God eternal humbled to the grave; Jesus Savior risen now to reign

 

One day … we will all gather again … and we’ll sing this song!!!

 

  • Pray for the many churches (along with UBC) who will be having Easter services.
  • Pray for the power of the gospel to be heard. These are great days!
  • Pray that during this “time of pause”, UBC and along with other churches will draw closer to Him.
  • Pray for UBC for the continued finances of While this is a time of adjustment for us all, the bills of the church and our overhead expenses continue. In addition, there are missionaries and workers around the world who are dependent on the financial support of Annie Armstrong that is made possible only through your generous contributions.
Written by: Pastor Terry

April 5, 2020

Sing!

 

The LORD our God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17

 

Did you know God sings?  The God who is the Mighty One, Savior, Deliverer, King of kings, and Lord of lords also sings!

 

He made us in His image, and when He saved us, He gave us new identities, new lives, new beginnings, and new songs.  Psalm 40:3 says, “He has put a new song in my mouth – praise to our God.”  It is the song of redemption for the glory of God.  This is a song many will hear, and they will fear the Lord and place their trust in Him.

 

We sing because God sings.  Music is a gift from God, and He has given us much about with to rejoice.  Authenticity should mark our worship.  It should involve a response from our hearts to praise Him for all He has done for us.

 

Paul wrote, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16).  Singing stirs our hearts and hides God’s Word in our hearts.  It helps us remember all the Lord has done and helps us teach others. 

 

Pray:

 

  • Pray that God in His mercy will remove the Coronavirus from our country; world.
  • Pray that during this “time of pause”, UBC and along with other churches will draw closer to Him.
  • Pray for opportunities to live out the gospel and share Jesus. These are great days to do so!
  • Pray for the faithful giving of tithes and offerings. While this is a time of adjustment for us all, the bills of the church and our overhead expenses continue to be a weight on us. In addition, there are missionaries and workers around the world who are dependent on the financial support of Annie Armstrong that is made possible only through your generous contributions. We have the Lord’s promise that, as we give, He will supply our own needs through His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

 

There are three ways to give: through our online giving service at www.ubcsa.org; through the church app and regular mail.
 
Written by: Pastor Terry
 

March 29, 2020

I WILL TRUST IN THE LORD

 

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

– Jeremiah 17:7-8

 

By watching the news over the past few weeks, uncertainty seems to be a constant companion for many people.  In reality, it has been this way for years.  Financial turmoil, employment woes, political unrest, wars, the threat of terrorism – all of this and more are reported daily in the news.  Where should a person turn for rest from these troubles?

 

Today’s verses make it very clear that one’s only hope is to turn to the Lord and place his or her trust in Him.  The picture in this passage is that of a tree planted by the waters that will withstand heat and drought and still bear fruit.

 

Trust, however, is not always easy to give.  Are you the type of person who finds it difficult to trust someone else, especially someone you can’t see?  If so, God knows and understands your reluctance.  This is one reason He sent the Holy Spirit to live inside of you.  Now you have God with you every single moment of your life.  As you learn to trust the Holy Spirit, you will discover a new closeness with the Father and trusting Him will become much easier.  You will then become like a tree planted by the waters.

 

Pray:

  • Pray that God in His mercy will remove the Coronavirus from our country; world.
  • Pray that during this “time of pause”, UBC and along with other churches will draw closer to Him.
  • Pray for opportunities to live out the gospel and share Jesus. These are great days to do so!
  • Pray for the faithful giving of tithes and offerings. There are three ways to give: through our online giving service at ubcsa.org; through the church app and regular mail.

 

            While this is a time of adjustment for us all, the bills of the church and our overhead  expenses continue to be a weight on us. In addition, there are missionaries and workers around the world who are dependent on the financial support of Annie Armstrong that is made possible only through your generous contributions. We have the Lord’s promise that, as we give, He will supply our own needs through His riches in glory in Christ Jesus   (Philippians 4:19).
 
 
Written by: Pastor Terry