Monday, June 18, 2012

9000 and Rising!!!

Good Monday Morning To You; again, from Cincinnati!

I have an announcement to make. The Monday Morning Blog is now reaching more than 9,000 people per month. We are actually closer to 9,100. Can you imaging someone like me reaching over 9,000 people per month? It literally boggles my mind. All I can say is, “To God Be The Glory!” It seems like since our group formed the Friendship Harmony Baptist Church, the LORD’s blessings just keep pouring in. It is totally awesome to get to join God at what He is doing rather than trying to convince Him to join us. I believe if the Apostle Paul had internet access, he would use it extensively.

I’ve told you in past blogs I have some exciting visions for the near future. Let me share them with you. The first is to add video through “you tube,” or some other means. Then, wherever you are, you will be able to hear and see the preaching. The second is to add online giving by a secured means. Some have already asked about this, and I will be meeting with our financial team to make it a reality. Who knows what the LORD has in mind for us? I believe the Savior wants us to use every means at our disposal to promote His Kingdom. Our Church cannot do everything, nor has it been called to. However, we can do what we can, and I really believe the LORD wants us to reach out into the electronic world.

Our first need, logically, is a digital video camera. I’m working with some people from the Florida Baptist Convention, and they tell me we can get a good camera for $300-$500 dollars. Obviously we can spend less, but the quality of both the video and the audio would be poor. I’m not trying to be as fancy as CBS, but I refuse to broadcast what I consider an embarrassment to Jesus Christ. I’m sure you’ve seen church broadcasts that were grainy, with poor lighting, and sound that you could barely hear. I absolutely will not give Jesus second rate, poor quality. We could also spend much more for some super fine equipment but that would be a waste of money at the moment.

Do you believe in this vision? Is this something that you would be willing to watch from time to time? Would you be willing to help us purchase the equipment? I thought about not asking, but then I realized that many of you would want to share in this ministry as well. The Bible says in James 4:2b
“…ye have not, because ye ask not. “ So, I’m asking. Will you share in this project? If you could send a check of any size, make it payable to Friendship Harmony Baptist Church; 2296 Date Street; St. James City, Florida 33956. On the “memo” line write “video.” If we receive more than we need, we will keep it for the future use of the video ministry. Either way, you will be able to share in the blessings that come from joining this undertaking, plus you will be able to be at Friendship Harmony whenever you choose. Also, so will the 9,000 others who will benefit. Rest assured if you give, as with all gifts to Friendship Harmony, I will have no knowledge of who gives what. I believe the pastor should have no access to church money whatsoever. This philosophy has guided my ministry for the entire forty years I have been preaching.

Take care of yourself this week, and thank you for being so faithful in reading this blog. If it blesses you, be sure to tell others about it. I can’t wait until we reach 10,000 readers. For those on Pine Island, I will return to the pulpit this coming Sunday morning. The sermon title will be, “A Saint Or An Ain’t.” It comes from Psalm 16, so be sure to read that passage. The following week will be, “When God Gives A Promise.”

I’ll see you next Monday Morning With Pastor Vic!!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Hello From Cincinnati!!

Good Monday Morning To You!
I bring you greetings from beautiful southwest Ohio. My travels began on Friday and took me to Detroit, and eventually home to Cincinnati. I got to see my mom who, as you know became very ill back in mid February. She is doing fantastic and thanks you for your prayers. I too am feeling fine and have recovered nicely from my bout with C-diff. If you do not know about that, scroll down to last weeks blog for more info.

Miss Bessie reports to me that the service went very well at Friendship Harmony. I want to thank my friend, Dr. David Holt for preaching in my absence. Thanks also to Karen Fain for doing a fine job with the music and Karan Berry on the keyboard.

I took my mom to her Church in Norwood. It was her first time back since her illness. Her friends at Liberty Baptist were extremely glad to see her. The last time I saw that much hugging in Cincinnati was when the Reds won the World Series! Her Pastor, Brady Clark, preached a fine message from Psalm 2. It was nice to sit back and listen. I enjoyed the service very much.

On Thursday Bill and Patty Wolfe and I will be going down to Great American Ball Park for a game between the Reds and the Cleveland Indians. It should be a good game. I've got much to do while I'm in Cincy, but I receive daily reports about the goings on at Friendship Harmony. I was glad to hear that Margaret Pequegnat is home from the hospital and recovering nicely. That's the kind of news I enjoy.

I'd better close for now as my internet time is limited. Take care of yourself, and I'll see you next Monday Morning With Pastor VicQ!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Wash Your Hands!!

Good Monday Morning To You!!

Life is pretty lonely around here since you winter birds have migrated back north. You people in Tennessee or the Carolinas, please don’t be bothered when I call your home “north.” To us full timers here in S.W. Florida, anywhere north of I-4 is north. Even though we miss you, Friendship Harmony is cranking along just fine. The attendance is holding good and visitors continue coming. Today, in my absence, Rabbi Jim Pickens preached. I’m told the service was outstanding. I talked with Bro. Pickens later on Sunday, and he was so pleased with the service. Thank you Jim not only for pinch hitting, but for hitting a grand slam. I also appreciated your visit at the hospital.

I spent a few days last week at the Health Park Medical Center. As some of you know, two weeks ago I was at Church by myself setting up the piano and the P.A. system before the service when it felt like a 24 hour stomach virus had hit me. After the service was over, I couldn’t wait to get home and climb back into my bed. I knew the next 24 hours would be miserable, so I set my mind to just letting myself be sick. My 24 hours turned into 240 hours --- ten days. Each day I thought I’d get better, but it didn’t happen. I am a tough old bird, but I finally asked Miss Bessie if she would call Doc Mauney and tell him I needed to see him. He said, “No. Go immediately to the E.R.” We went and I was admitted with dehydration and a nasty bug referred to as “C-diff. That is short for Clostridium difficile. It sounds horrible, and left untreated can cause nasty side effects, but mine was caught and treated with an antibiotic called Flagyl. We all have the C-diff bacteria in us, but when it gets out of balance and takes over, look out. If you want to know more, Google “C-diff.” There are several sites on there that explain it pretty well. A few major causes of it is an over use of antibiotics and antacids. Neither of these criteria fit me. You can also pick it up in hospitals and nursing homes by touching something an infected person has touched. The use of the hand sanitizing gels provided at most hospitals does no good. You must use good old fashioned soap and water. The gel will kill most germs, but not C-diff. Let me encourage you to wash your hands with soap and water often. My boyhood doctor, Dr. Freiden would wash his hands when he came into your room, then wash them again before he moved on. As he entered the next patient’s room, he would again wash his hands before and after his examination. Over-kill you ask? Well, with as many patients as he saw, he was never sick. Enough said. Another country doctor who was never sick attributed it to the fact that he washed his hands frequently, and gargled with antiseptic mouthwash throughout the day. Do you remember when you were little your mom was always saying, “Did you wash your hands?” My mom preached it like an old fashioned Baptist Evangelist. Moms almost seemed to nag it, but medical science confirms that indeed mother knows best.

The practice of cleanliness and sanitation comes from our good friends the Jews. They got it from God. Now the oft quoted phrase, “cleanliness is next to Godliness,” is not to be found in your Scriptures. The teaching, however, is. James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” In other words, you cannot get next to God with unclean hands.

As most of you know, I come from Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati is famous for many things, one of which is being home to Procter and Gamble. I’d be willing to say you probably have a P & G product in your possession right now. Go on their web site some day, and check out their product line, and the history of all their products. Ivory soap is one as is Cascade, Tide, Dawn, and Safeguard. It is safe to say P & G knows much about cleanliness. Dirt has made them rich. As good as their products are, even they cannot help you get your hands clean enough to get next to God. In fact, there is not a cleaning agent on this earth that can. Even though God demands it, and man doesn’t have it, do not despair. Job fretted over this. He said “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.” (Job 14:4)

Whatever God demands, God supplies. Yes, the grocery stores of Heaven are over stocked with it. Right now, it is on sale: it‘s free, but a coupon is necessary. The coupon can be found in Psalm 116:13 which says, “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.” In the New Testament Paul writes to the Romans, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) It’s not Tide, Joy, or Mr. Clean: it’s galled Grace, and all you have to do is ask for it. Your words of confessing your filth and sin unto God is your coupon! Simple isn’t it? Definitely!

At the first Church I pastored, a gentleman told me a story of how the church got its new organ. He told me how one very wealthy man sent word to the Churches of our local association, telling them that if someone from the Church, other than the Pastor would send him a letter simply asking for an organ, he would supply it. Sadly out of about thirty Churches, only three asked. Those Churches each received a brand new, top quality organ. When the other Churches heard of it, they too sent letters, but it was too late. The time limit had expired.

There is also a time limit on God’s offer of grace. The Bible says, “For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” If you want to get those clean hands and that clean heart, ask God today. Simply confess your sin to Jesus and ask Him to cleanse you. You do that, and I guarantee you a cleaning that would make even P & G envious. Do it today!

Take good care of yourself this week, and don’t forget, “Wash your hands!” I’ll see you next Monday Morning With Pastor Vic!!!