Pastor's Blog

Seeking a New Pastor

On Wednesday Night, August 24th, at 6:30pm, we will study about the search for a new pastor. This will be my last Wednesday Night Bible Study as Pastor of Northlake Baptist Church. The task of seeking for a new pastor has already begun. Northlake has appointed a Pastor Search Team and chosen a Transitional Interim Pastor – Dr. Jim Austin. When churches are seeking a New Pastor, Jesus encouraged us to “ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you(Mat 7:7). So I also encourage you to pray for the next pastor who will lead Northlake. Also, pray for the Pastor Search Team who has the responsibility of praying, reading, discerning, and sorting through many applications and applicants to find the next pastor for this church.

     And that will be our Wednesday Night Questions of the Week which will help you pray for our Pastor Search Team: What is the description or profile of a Good and Godly Pastor? What do we look for? How will we know when we have found “God’s Will” for the next pastor of Northlake Baptist church? 

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Spiritual Warfare

On Wednesday Night, August 17th, at 6:30pm, we will study Spiritual Warfare. I’ve received lots of requests for this study probably because of all the changes we have experienced in the last few years. We look at the world we live in and we're overwhelmed. The “High Places” in the world and among the nations are being held by leaders who are making decisions that are unbiblical, unholy, and illogical. We go to our jobs and send our children to school and often find leaders whose daily business practices are sometimes immoral, unethical, or illegal. Even some so called Christian denominations and churches are being led by people whose methods are unspiritual and unscriptural. Closer to home, we often have family members who are unbelievers and some even living lifestyles that are ungodly and self-destructive. How shall we then live (Eze 33:10)?

     We watch TV or go online and hear some preacher or teacher telling us that we need to practice "Spiritual Warfare" from Ephesians 6. They say that if we are filled with the Spirit enough, if we claim “words of faith” enough, if we “pray with authority” enough, if we "plead the blood of Christ" strongly enough, if we “bind Satan” tightly enough – then we should be able to “move these mountains.” 

     So you pray as boldly and strongly as you know how – and nothing seems to happen in the high places of government, the middle places at work, or the lower places at home. And then those "fiery darts" of the Devil: disappointment, doubt, and depression leave you in despair.

     That will be our Wednesday Night Question of the Week:

          Does Spiritual Warfare still work in the 21st Century? 

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Cross Culture

On Wednesday Night, August 10th, at 6:30pm, we will be lead by Ken Jones as we study "Cross Culture-How to have a Godly approach and appeal in an ungodly culture.” Specifically, we will study how this relates to the Christian college student in today's university atmosphere.

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Racial Relationships

On Wednesday Night, August 3rd, at 6:30pm, we will study what the Bible has to say about “Racial Relationships.” Specifically, we will try to answer some questions about interracial dating and marriage. Race relations can be complicated in a multi-cultural nation like the United States. America has been called a “Melting Pot” where various people groups, ethnicities, and races have settled, assimilated, and united to become one people called “Americans.” There have been other times when America has seemed more like a “Stewing Pot” where there has been multi-cultural division, segregation, and strife. 

     Our Wednesday Night Question of the Week will be:

          Should Christians Date or Marry someone from a different Race? 

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Has God’s Judgment of America already begun?

On Wednesday Night, July 27th, at 6:30pm, we will study the Judgment of God. I was recently asked if God is going to judge America for her sins or has God’s Judgment already begun? 40 years ago, the great evangelist Billy Graham looked at the moral decline of the USA and said, "God will either judge America or apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah."

     The Bible teaches that God is holy and just; therefore, He will not be apologizing to anyone. Rom 14:12 says “each of us shall give account of himself to God.” And God’s Judgment not only applies to individuals, it also applies to nations.

     God’s judgment of nations is summarized in Psalm 9:4 “​You sat on the throne judging in righteousness. 5 ​​You have rebuked the nations, ​​You have destroyed the wicked; ​​You have blotted out their name forever and ever….7 the LORD shall endure forever; ​​He has prepared His throne for judgment.8 ​​He shall judge the world in righteousness, ​​And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. ​9 ​​The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, ​​A refuge in times of trouble. 10 ​​And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; ​​For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You… ​​The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; ​​In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught. 16 ​​The LORD is known by the judgment He executes; ​​The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

17 ​​The wicked shall be turned into hell, ​​And all the nations that forget God.”

     The Word of God is clear and sure. God in His holiness & righteousness will punish sin and at the same time will save those who put their faith and trust in Him. But what about the United States of America whose motto is “In God We Trust”, but in recent years, we have put our trust in the American Dream of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”? Is God’s judgment still in the future or has our judgment already begun?   

     That is our Wednesday Night Question of the Week. 

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