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November 29--Sermons Outlines from Today

I thought I'd post you the sermon outlines I preached from today.  I've actually never taken a course in sermon preparation, though I graduated from college with a speech minor and so have lots of training in speech preparation.  There are some differences in the two, but the biggest issue is this: speech outlines, really, look different than sermon outlines.  So, if this doesn't look like what you think a sermon outline should look like, you're right.  It doesn't.

One of my goals, by the way, is to get back and finish seminary, which will require a sermon class or two.  Which, by the way, is intimidating.  Sermon professors are usually well experienced old preachers who know how it should be done, and don't like any nonsense.  Which can be challenging.  Also challenging is the fact that you're preaching to a class of preachers, most of whom are sitting there thinking how they could do it better, and aren't afraid to say so.
Hope you can gather some go…

November 28--Joshua 4:24

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving
In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, here's the text of the Mayflower Compact, which was the foundation of civil law for the people that came to be known as the Pilgrims.
In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc.Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and conve…

About Doug...

So, who is Doug?

I'm a follower of Jesus Christ, who died to save the world from sin.  I find myself more in awe of His grace and the wonder and majesty of God every day.

I'm blessed to be married to Ann, who is much more amazing than words can ever tell.

I'm the father of Olivia, Angela, and Steven.  Sometimes, I'm glad I've only got 3.  Other days, I wonder why we have so few.

I am the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Monticello, Arkansas.  We're a group of people that are trying to honor our heritage as a Baptist church while seeking our future as a part of God's Kingdom.

I am honored that you've read this far.  Hopefully you'll find somethings in this blog worth considering, and feel free to comment.  I alternate between moderated and not-moderated simply because of spam comments.  So, comment away. This is my blog, though, and while your views are your own, I'm responsible for what people read here, so if it gets profane or unnecessarily…

Skit Guys

I've been a long-time fan of a comedy duo called The Skit Guys.  They're a couple of youth ministry people that are quite entertaining. 

And they're trying to win the Doritos contest to be featured in the Doritos Superbowl Commercial or something like that.  These links take you to their videos.  I like the penguin one better.

http://www.crashthesuperbowl.com/#/video/5586

http://www.crashthesuperbowl.com/#/video/4855

Check it out!

Doug

FREE!!! IT'S FREE!

Just because it's free....
So, I'm sitting here, trying to simplify my digital organization scheme. Why? Well, let's inventory what I have had, and some of it I still have:
3 Separate Google accounts: 1 straight-up, 2 domain/Google Apps.
Between them, these are connected to: 6 email addresses (not counting that I'm the domain admin for the 2 Apps accounts, and so I get any non-addressed email to those domains); 13 blogs; 7 Google calendars; 1 Google Voice account; 3 Google Docs accounts; and a Google gears app on my computer that I don't know what it does.
I also have Facebook account that is the admin on both a fan page and an organization page for the church plus a group page for ministers in Drew county.
I am the only one that does anything with the church website, which is free, and has a blog, calendar, and all sorts of other stuff, and it's great, but it doesn't link to anything else.
Plus I need all of this to sync back to my laptop, my Blackberry, the des…

November 17 Hour of Prayer Guideline

Calvary Baptist Church Prayer Hour:
Prayer for ourselves:That we stand rightly before God:19Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.Heb 10:19-22 (NASB)Do we have unconfessed sin?Are we harboring any resentment toward others?Do we covet what others have?Are we focused on God and not on the things we are doing for Him or what we are 'giving up' for Him by taking time to pray? That we open our hearts to Him, acknowledging our dependence on HimPrayer for our familiesThat our homes will be places of worshipThat our homes will be places of prayerThat our homes will be places of discipleshipThat our homes will be places …

What's going on here?

Okay, this isn't really a blog post, but a quick posting of where we are as a church.  I'd challenge any of you who are followers of Jesus to consider the situation, though.  Are you willing to give an hour of prayer for your church?


Dear Members of Calvary Baptist Church,

As we approach another season of Thanksgiving, it is easy to find the many things we have to be thankful for: God has been faithful through this past year; we continue to enjoy the freedom to worship Him, and we have seen some souls saved in the past 12 months. 

Yet we can also find many causes for concern.  First, people in Monticello and around the world step into eternity through death, and many go to eternal judgment.  Second, while we see a core of faithful members, Calvary Baptist Church does not draw in many new members. Finally, we can easily see that the moral, ethical, and financial      problems of our country have affected Monticello, and some of those challenges also challenge this church.

What can…
Moving day is going to be November 7! So, here we go. Any help is appreciated. All prayers greatly appreciated!