Monday, April 11, 2011

Vic and Bess In Gainesville

Good Monday Morning To You!

I hope your week was as good as mine. Miss Bessie and I traveled to Gainesville, Florida to attend a Church Planter’s Meeting sponsored by the Florida Baptist Convention. Florida Baptists are renowned throughout the entire Southern Baptist Convention for their efforts, abilities, and successes in church planting. The course is recognized by the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and continuing education credits are given by that institution. It was an intense learning time, but such a blessing. As a side benefit, we met many people and made some new friends. The LORD was good, we learned much, and getting away for a few nights was just the right prescriptive for us.

When the conference ended, we stayed an extra day because Bess was attending the Son Shine ladies conference at Lake Yale the next two days. We had some free time and someone from Gainesville had recommended the Museum of Natural History to us. We went and all I can say is Wow!!! The museum is on the campus of the University of Florida and it is indeed a first class place. The admission is free, but donations are accepted. Some exhibits have a small fee, but those costs are low and well worth it. One exhibit we saw was the butterflies. You walked out a door into a replica of a rain forest. Inside were many species of butterflies, finches, and turtles. There were plants and waterfalls as well. As you walked along the trail, there were places you could sit and just enjoy the tranquility of the place. As you were sitting, a butterfly might very well come and land on you. It was such a treat to have these colorful little creatures come and sit with you. I thought when God created these little guys, He was aiming for gentle beauty; the butterflies certainly fill the bill. We would like to go back one day and finish our tour of this museum. Right next door to it is the Art Museum. Bess and I would like to visit there as well. Is there a museum of natural history near to where you live? Have you ever visited? If you have never, or if it has been a while, let me encourage you to go. If you are ever in the Gainesville, Florida area, do yourself a favor and plan on visiting this museum. Tell the butterflies Pastor Vic said hello; I met quite a few of them up close and personal.

Yesterday was another great day at Friendship Harmony. The Holy Spirit seemed to fill the room with His presence. It was such an honor to be there and to meet with the LORD. My message continued our Jesus Our… series. I preached Jesus our Teacher. Past topics included Jesus Our Shepherd, and Jesus Our Preacher. If you did not get any of those notes, simply scroll down to the blogs from the past two weeks. The notes from yesterday’s message can be found below.

Jesus Our Teacher
Acts 1:1
Jesus Our….. Series By Victor Cooper
April 8,9 2011

Intro: Today we continue with a series of messages focusing on what Jesus is to us, or could be to you if you have not yet received His love and pardon. We have examined the topics Jesus Our Shepherd and Jesus our Preacher. Today we will see Jesus as our Teacher. In the future we will examine Jesus our Savior and Jesus our LORD.

I. He taught men the reality of their sin.
A. The thief realized it. Luke 23: 39-43
B. The man sick with palsey. Matthew 9: 1-8
C Jesus stated it. Luke 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. ///
Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

II. He taught men the way to God.
A. Jesus said He was the way to the Father.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
B. Twice God the Father agreed.
Matthew 3:17 &Matthew 17:5 17This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
C. Jesus taught He is…
1. … the bread of life. John 6:35
2. … the door. John 10:7
3. … the Son of God. John 10:36

III. Jesus taught men of Himself.
A. Jesus challenged men to learn of Him.
Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
B. His mother told the people to listen to Jesus.
John 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
C. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would teach Him. John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
D. Paul believed in preaching and teaching Jesus.
2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
E. The early church taught Jesus. Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Delivered to The Friendship Harmony Baptist Church 4/10/11/a.m. service.

Have a good week. Stay safe and healthy. Pray for Vic and Bess as we get back into the swing of things this upcoming week. I’ll see you next Monday Morning With Pastor Vic!


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