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The Perfect Church

          I had a dream one night many years ago. It was about harmony in the church. Since God revealed that to me it seems to be the devils button to push to upset me. You know what I’m talking about, right? We all have an issue that gets us stirred up and the enemy knows it. He hits us there every chance that he can. Well, my button is disharmony in the Body of Christ.           I drive around the state we live in and see all types of Christian churches and it makes me wonder how the world perceives us. Do they think we are all against each other and laugh? Are they puzzled as to which church is the real church? Does it make … Read entire article »

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The Perfect Church

          I had a dream one night many years ago. It was about harmony in the church. Since God revealed that to me it seems to be the devils button to push to upset me. You know what I’m talking about, right? We all have an issue that gets us stirred up and the enemy knows it. He hits us there every chance that he can. Well, my button is disharmony in the Body of Christ.           I drive around the state we live in and see all types of Christian churches and it makes me wonder how the world perceives us. Do they think we are all against each other and laugh? Are they puzzled as to which church is the real church? Does it make … Read entire article »

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It’s All About the Fruit-Part II

Last week I talked about the fruit we produce. We saw that everyone produces some kind of fruit, good or bad, and that it is evident to those around us which crop we are growing. This week I am going to go through that same passage and look at each individual fruit or work of the flesh and what it means. So many times we skim over a passage and tell ourselves that we have no problem with the sin or that we are producing the good fruit. In actuality we might find that we aren’t the husbandmen that we should be. Let’s turn again to Galatians chapter five and see what God has for … Read entire article »

It’s all about the Fruit

          Winter time has me thinking about the farm. I spend the cold, wet days looking at seed catalogs and planning improvements for the garden. In my lifetime there is one thing that I have always wanted and that is an orchard. When I was young my father had a farm with a large variety of fruit trees. We had peach, apple, plum and pear trees. There was a large pecan grove there too and always something fresh to eat. On my small farm here I planted fruit trees six to seven years ago and they have all just now begun to bear fruit. There is a lot of maintenance with … Read entire article »

Straddling the Fence

          Angie and I had an interesting discussion this afternoon about people we know who are living with the Devil at the wheel and yet believe they are going to heaven. Their lives are no different than anyone else in the world and they are lead by their flesh. At some time in their life they made a statement that they wanted to live for God. Then, it seems that they slid over to the other side. This week I’m going to talk about fence straddlers.  As a shepherd it is my duty to provide food for my sheep. A few years ago, just after we had moved here we had … Read entire article »

Waiting on Doors

  This is the third message in a series on the meat of the Word of God. In 1st Corinthians 3 Paul told the church at Corinth that they were still on the milk. In Hebrews 5:12 the writer said that those who should have been teaching someone else were still having to be taught themselves and therefore were still on the milk of the Word. Through the years I have experienced many things in my own growth in Christ. I’ve made lots of mistakes and learned from them. I also watched many around me make erroneous decisions and suffer the consequences. I am a great observer of people. I listen to what they are saying … Read entire article »

Tough Meat

  Thank you for joining us again this week for our HomeChurch service. I began a message last week in which I began to talk about the meat of the gospel. We looked at passages that state that after a certain point in Christian maturity we ought to move on to the meat of the Word. This week I want to talk about something that is a little hard to swallow but necessary for us to accept. The subject this week is suffering. We are going to look at some scriptures that talk about suffering and God’s character. We will look at Godly people who have suffered.  In fact, Christians often suffer in ways that the … Read entire article »

Time for the Meat!

As a Homeschooling family we had the great opportunity to be a part of our children’s education. Many years ago our family started having geography dinners to teach our children about other cultures. Each month a new country was chosen to study. At the end of that month we met with other families in our group and had a meal with food from that country. Recipes had to be something common to their culture. Everyone also had to dress in the traditional clothing for that country. During the evening each child had to give a song, dance, present a skill or read a report about something pertaining to that area of the world. Then at … Read entire article »

When Passion Fades

Looking back over my own life I think about all of the things that I was passionate about. Through the years I’ve had quite a few hobbies and interests and they were the most important thing I ever involved myself with—at the time. Then something else captured my attention and I lost interest in those things. That is the problem with passions; they fade. Sadly, we not only let simple hobbies fade in our lives but also the really important things like God, family, friends and moral values. I have noticed that churches often try to “schedule” revivals with a guest speaker. I always observe the people who come out of those churches and have … Read entire article »

The Big Ten

            I was asked to talk about the Ten Commandments recently and to give a break down of each one. There are a lot of people who don’t like rules and they particularly dislike these since they were given by a God that they do not know.  When God created the world there were no written rules in place. It was His intention to have a personal relationship with each person and there would be spiritual communications taking place daily. When Adam fell and was banished from the Garden he went out and lived as best as he could. His descendants married (each other) and multiplied. With no laws they lived as each one pleased. … Read entire article »

You are the Salt

I was reading in Job this past week and chuckled at the verse in chapter 6 verse 6. Job says, “Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?” When I read this I was very amused at the thought. Job is giving a rebuttal to his first “friend” who has just tried to explain Job’s suffering. Eliphaz has been explaining to Job that suffering comes only because of a broken relationship with God and that Job must be in sin. Job states that there are some things in life that are intolerable and unpalatable without seasoning. Eliphaz stated some things that were very true. … Read entire article »

The Church-The Body of Christ-Part II

  In last week’s message I talked about the Church’s formation. I covered the original meeting place for God’s people (the Tabernacle) and how that it was a type of the Christian in that it was mobile and went where the Spirit led by the pillar of fire and cloud. I discussed the fact that this was indicative of the New Covenant and the way that God put His laws in our hearts. In the New Testament we saw that the early Church began to meet in the Jewish Synagogues but were quickly stopped by the Jews. Then they primarily met in homes. This does not mean that it is wrong for Christians to meet in … Read entire article »

The Church-The Body of Christ

Today I want to cover some aspects of the Christian Church and look at what it is and what it is not. If you look this up in the Dictionary there are several definitions for the word Church. These include a building for public Christian worship, a religious service in such a building, the worldwide body of Christian believers, a Christian denomination, and organized religion as distinguished from the state. For clarity today I am speaking about the third definition; the worldwide body of Christian believers. Before Jesus went back to His Father’s side He gave a call to His disciples to go into all the world and to preach the Gospel, baptizing those who … Read entire article »

God’s Plan for a Happy Home-Part V

Up until now we’ve examined the relationship of husbands and wives in the structure of the home. I would now like to examine scriptures regarding the children in the family. It is important for them to understand that their actions can cause strife in a home or can bring peace. Some people may be surprised to find out that God gives children rules to follow since younger children may not be old enough to understand. If they are too young to grasp the Bible it is the parent’s responsibility to train them so that they can understand. Let’s look at training children first and see what God says. While some families may not be able to … Read entire article »

God’s Plan for a Happy Home-Part IV

This week I will continue covering passages that deal with the husbands. Last week I went through Ephesians chapter five which explains that the man stands in the role of Christ in His relationship to the Church. The wife stands in the role of the Church in her relationship to Christ. Since God has declared that the man is head of the home it is important that we understand what He has called us to do. As I was going through the passages for last week’s message I came across 1st Peter 3:7. While it is just one verse I kept it for this week so that we could break it down. Let’s see if … Read entire article »

Charlie’s First Sunday at Church

Charlie’s First Sunday at Church

Charlie’s First Sunday at Church … Read entire article »

God’s Plan for a Happy Home-Part III

This is a continuation of a series I am doing on the family. I am going to give my standard disclaimer as I did on the other two parts before I begin. It does not matter if you believe the Bible or not or if you choose to ignore its teachings. You were created by Jehovah God and the institution of marriage was ordained by Him as one man and one woman. You will never find happiness in a relationship that does not go along with what He has established. While you may find temporary enjoyment in what you are doing it is only that-temporary. Ignoring the master plan from the Master Builder will lead … Read entire article »

Welcome Charles Matthew Robertson!

Welcome Charles Matthew Robertson!

The Burrell Family welcomes Charles “Charlie” Matthew Robertson to the family!   Charlie Matthew was born on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 He weighed 10lbs 3oz and was 21 3/4” long!   Mama and Baby are doing great and settling in at home. Daddy is so proud of his new little boy and Isaac is still trying to understand it all. Thank you … Read entire article »

God’s Plan for a Happy Home-Part II

Last week I looked at some very foundational things for the family. The families are under attack today like never before. People of God need to know what the Word says about our role in families, what we should do and what we should not do. I mentioned in part one that it was difficult to find a properly functioning home in the Word of God. Even in the best families recorded in the Bible we see problems and mistakes. This should be a comfort to you that there is hope for your family. I made a disclaimer last week that I will repeat this week. I am covering what God says is His best … Read entire article »

The Robertsons are getting ready for a fall harvest!

The Robertsons are getting ready for a fall harvest!

Welcome fall!!! This is my (Haley) favorite time of the year! I love everything about the fall, campfires, sweaters -no sweat, the beautiful colors, pumpkins!, pumpkin bread, hot chocolate, warm oatmeal and just enjoying the beautiful earth the Lord has given us! I always feel refreshed and renewed by the crisp air and the fall events and outings. I guess … Read entire article »

God’s Plan for a Happy Home—Part One

I was asked recently to talk about the home and family. The world is quickly trying to redefine the word “family” to be any two or more people living together. God ordained it thousands of years ago as one man and one woman producing Godly offspring.  Our world is desperately in need of reformation for the family. The survival of mankind is dependant on a properly functioning home unit. When homes are out of order it causes society to be out of order. Let me make one disclaimer before I begin. There will be many who scoff at what I’m going to share. My disclaimer is this: I am speaking from the perspective as a Christian … Read entire article »