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TBC 50th Anniversary

TBC 50th Anniversary

Visit to a Courtroom


In 2010, I had the opportunity to interview a judge in the large, historic courtroom of the courthouse in Plymouth, IN. I talked with the judge about the decorations in that room. He said that they ended up removing the large listing of the 10 Commandments when they added or remodeled the balcony. I was sorry to hear that, but at least it happened for a reason and not blatantly that some were just trying to get rid of it.

We discussed the arm of Lady Justice holding her balance pictured on the ceiling of that large room.

He told me about the large painting of Solomon and the two women. It portrayed the story of “divide the child.” Solomon is wearing his crown while sitting on his throne. A court guard is holding the live child up-side down by one of his ankles. The other child lay lifeless between the two mothers. One mother had her head turned away from the king looking down toward her deceased child while the other is looking at the face of the king with her hands raised up as she pleads with him for the life of her child.

I am surprised that a secular courtroom would have such a huge, biblical portrait on the wall in this day and age, but I am glad that it was there when I visited that room six years ago.

It would be an encouragement to see this image in a courtroom where one would be at the mercy of a random judge. I would hope that it would make it more likely that a godly or righteous decision would be brought forth from the bench in that courtroom.

May our courts, our judges, and our government be drawn back to godliness, righteousness, and a biblical foundation.


Our Flag


The flag of the United States of America, often referred to as the American flag, is the national flag of the United States of America. It consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the “union”) bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars. The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states of the United States of America, and the 13 stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and became the first states in the US.[1] Nicknames for the flag include The Stars and Stripes,[2] Old Glory,[3] and The Star-Spangled Banner.

Oh say can you see,
By the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed,
At the twilight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched,
Were so gallantly streaming.

And thy rocket’s red glare,
Thy bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through thee night,
That our flag was still there.

Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

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A Great Best Friend

Cracker Jacks with Tom Bell '13The Lord has given me a great best friend who spent ten years in the Navy.

He was in World War II and the Korean Conflict.  He served in both the

Atlantic and the Pacific theaters of operations.


He is now 91 years old, and my family and I still enjoy visiting him in his

home and talking about old times.  Sometimes I take some of my WW II

history books or nautical books to his house and have him autograph them.

Many times I have studied my large pilot’s book and asked him questions

especially from the glossary.


Of course, many seaman’s terms start with the letter “a”:  abeam, abaft,

aft, etc.  As an evangelist, I have discovered that I can make use of the

term “avast.”  The example in the pilot’s book is “Avast heaving!”  To a

sailor, avast means to stop.  What a great object lesson this makes to hold

up a sign that simply says AVAST and then share two or three Bible verses

where the Lord encourages or commands us to STOP doing something.


God wants us to stop worrying, stop thinking wrong thoughts, stop lying,

stop hating things and people that we should love, stop looking at evil

things, and stop listening to wicked or ungodly speech.  There is literally

“A VAST” amount of things that the Lord wants us to stop doing.  We should

AVAST them all for His glory.


This picture above was taken in my friend’s living room where we often

discuss the Navy, WW II, and biblical truths.  The cover is from WW II.

The blouse is from a friend at Tabernacle.  The outfit is just for

Christian drama in churches, schools, and camps.



Thoughts on Religion in England

imagesAs a missionary on deputation, I am always seeking to learn more about the culture and religion of the nation to which the Lord has called me.  My calling is to the country of England.  In my most recent trip to England, I was overwhelmed by the apathy of a people who are supposedly part of a Christian nation.  I have been doing some reading recently about the religious climate in England.  The statistics are stunning.  I’ve known that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the nation, but I had no idea what a stronghold that religion has on the country.  The recent census numbers lead the experts to believe that within the next 10-20 years the Muslims will overtake the nation, and they could even take over as the national religion.  The people in England who are claiming Christianity are mostly the older generation.  The younger generation is known to identify with other false religions rather than the national religion.  Even within the national religion there is so much fallacy that it is hard to know exactly what percentage of the country is Biblical in its view of Christianity.

With every article that I read, my heart longs to be in the nation to which the Lord has called to minister.  I long to be there NOW.  I know there are many missionaries who share this internal struggle as well as we travel on deputation.  What is the answer for the nations of the world who need the Gospel?  It is for our churches to send missionaries to them as quickly as possible to share the good news of the Gospel with them before it is eternally too late.  The Lord is going to come back soon.  What could you do to help a lost person on the mission field of the world hear the Gospel?  Maybe you could give to your church’s missions program.  Maybe the Lord would have YOU go.  Definitely you could pray that the Lord would send laborers into His harvest field and use each one of us in the area in which He has placed us.

Matthew 9:36-38 – “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

Celebrating Ten Years!

imagesOL37H63KTen years ago the second Sunday of August was our first Sunday at Tabernacle Baptist Church.  Where has the time gone?  Much has been accomplished with the Lord’s help as far as building improvements–bathrooms in church, pre-school, and academy remodeled; auditorium remodeled; new carpet many places; offices updated–our missions family has increased; we now have a lovely Missions Hallway, and our missions giving is up.  Most of all we have grown to love you and count Tabernacle Baptist Church our home.

The Lord has been in all of it, and the glory belongs to Him!

We have not been without battles, but the blessings far outweigh the battles.  People have grown spiritually and children have grown up physically as well.  God has stretched us at times to teach us to depend on Him.  He is always FAITHFUL!

The celebration Sunday (August 10, 2014) was a blessing to us!  We appreciate all the kindnesses shown to us–the luggage, the love gift toward a missions trip, the video with greetings from so many here and some who have moved away, the many hugs and reassurances of your love, and the special speakers who shared God’s Word with us–it was a all very special!

Now . . . on to the next ten years or how ever long the Lord would see to leave us here.  The work is before us with a new school year about to begin and many opportunities to reach out to others.  May the Lord bless you as we enter the fall of 2014!

Seven Ways to Love Your Pastor


f12ef6ec241945c8ad7a9024f67d9eda1.  Love his preaching. 
He may not be the most remarkable preacher you ever hear, but I cannot find a single text of Scripture that suggests he should be. I see many texts that say he must be faithful, and I can tell you that nothing will encourage his deep study and prolonged faithfulness in the pulpit more than a people who love to hear God’s Word preached. If you love his preaching, you should tell him. 

You need not worry about puffing him up. There are far too many other things in his life to pop that bubble. But you will help him and strengthen him if you tell him how God is using his preaching ministry in your life. What’s more, if you love his preaching, you will pray for his preaching. And if you get to praying for his preaching every week, then you better hang on for what the Lord is going to do.

2.  Love his wife. 
Few things will encourage your pastor more than when you love the one he loves most of all. Remember that she helps to carry his load but is not paid for it; she enables him to be hospitable, which he must be in order to preach; she carries the brunt of raising faithful children, which he must have in order to preach. Love, honor, encourage, and thank God for this woman.

3.  Love his children. 
There is a silent pressure on every pastor. It can weigh on him like a bag of wet cement . . . his children. He knows he is called to prioritize them and teach them the ways of God, but, like you, he has to learn all this on the fly, while trying to have something to say to everyone else about how to do it! I have been in churches where things are not going well in a pastor’s child’s life. 

Some of those churches know just what to do. They come alongside their pastor with encouraging words, and they actually get down on their knees and pray for that man’s kids. If you are going to love this man, you will truly love his children. You will not judge them or hold them to some higher standard. You will expect they need to hear the gospel as much as the other kids in the church. You will love them for who they are.

4.  Love him with your complaints. 
Christians have a hard time with this, but I want to call you to it. We have lost the art of disagreement. We have become numb to the Bible texts that teach us to speak the truth in love. We are more discipled in our methodology by Jerry Springer than by the apostle Paul. 

But if you love this man, you will learn to come in all humility and speak privately to him of your concerns. You will not make snide remarks or gossip or spread disunity or hold resentments that spread into gangrenous bitterness. When you truly love someone, you can come to them quietly and submissively with honest questions and self-searching that allows for disagreements to lead to agreements.

5.  Love him when you don’t understand him. 
It is an odd thing to be a pastor. We become involved in all the intricacies of others lives, and sometimes we know things about a person or a situation that we simply cannot divulge. Often, it is in these times when misunderstandings grow. Why aren’t you doing this, or putting a stop to that? Where were you when this happened? Why didn’t you come when we asked? How come I have to wait so long to meet with you? 

If you love him, you will hope all things! Love beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.(1 Cor. 13:7). You will bless him even when he seems to go in a direction you find less than compelling. Love him when you don’t understand him

6.  Love him for a long time. 
A wise church member will set her heart on loving her pastors for a long time. Not just putting up with them—but loving them. You must commit to loving him for the long term. You want a man to be here to bless your babies, baptize your believers, and bury your dead. You don’t want a stranger to do that. If that is so, then you must commit to much more than tolerating this man. You must love him. Love him so much that he thinks to himself on his worst days, “I’d be a fool to move on from here!”

7.  Love him because God loved you. 
The final and great motivation for our love is never what it gets us—true love is seen in Christ. “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.” (Eph. 5:1–2).






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Ladies’ Day

1077On the fourth Saturday in March (This year it will be Saturday, March 22.), we have a Ladies’ Day here at Tabernacle Baptist Church.  It is an annual event, and all the ladies of Tabernacle look forward to it.  This year we will have close to eighty ladies attending from our church and over two hundred ladies in total!  Our theme for 2014 is “Are We There Yet?”.  We provide a light breakfast during the registration time. We invite a guest speaker (This year Mrs. Cookie Altizer from Simpsonville, SC, will be with us.) who speaks in the first and third sessions; and during the second session, we have a few of our Tabernacle ladies review books that the speaker has requested.  We then feature those books in our bookstore making them available to the ladies in attendance.  We enjoy special music and a “funny” of some kind. (This year it will be a skit.)  There is refreshment and fellowship to be enjoyed during the breaks of each session, and our tables are decorated by the ladies of Tabernacle.  At noon we enjoy a box luncheon purchased from a vendor in town.

The fellowship is always a highlight, but the challenge and emphasis we leave with is indeed of great value.  Thank you ahead of time to all the Tabernacle ladies who invite, decorate tables, review books, provide special music, donate door prizes, make the favors, and come and enjoy the day along with our many guests from nearby churches.  As the Pastor’s wife of Tabernacle Baptist Church, it is a pleasure to work alongside you as we prepare and a blessing that so many of you give of your talents and time to be a blessing to those who attend.  You are an encouragement to me!

Missions Highlight

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (III John 4).

During the week of October 13-16, 2013, Miss Amanda Baker was at Calvary Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL, where the Baptist World Mission Annual Meeting was held.  It was an exciting time as she met with three different committees of board members to formally apply  to the mission to be accepted as a missionary appointed by that mission.  (She had filled out a lot of paper work as well as talking to Dr. David Canedy, the Deputation Director, to get to this point.)  There was a candidate application review, a doctrinal examination, and the last meeting was with the entire board (thirty-two pastors and men in full-time work) where she was asked questions, and then voted on (unanimously) to be appointed as a missionary to England with Baptist World Mission.  What a joy it was as her parents to sit back and watch her go through this process!  She is experienced and seasoned.  Many of the men commented on her spirit, willingness, and poise during the meetings.  She will serve the Lord in England with the same fervor and faithfulness as she does here.

A mission board does many things for the missionary.  Although she will be sent out by Tabernacle Baptist Church, the mission board will handle her finances, keep her accountable as she launches out to raise support, send out her prayer letters, and work with local churches to get Amanda to the field as soon as possible.  An informative meeting after the appointment was held for all the new missionaries concerning finances, insurance, contacting churches, and requirements of the missionary as she prepares to begin deputation.

Raising support can sometimes take two-five years.  We are certainly praying that the Lord sends in the support sooner than that so that the Lord can use Amanda in England.  Pray with us that His will be done.  Thank you to so many who have prayed and given to the survey trip!  Please continue to pray as Amanda continues to seek the Lord through the deputation process.  To God be the glory, great things He hath done!