Thursday, April 26, 2012

This week we are starting our Crown Financial stewardship study.

I will be away for a few weeks preaching in Wales with the Higham's. I have asked a number of our leaders to participate in the delivery of these Bible studies on the Lord's Day. Don Freeze will begin our study. I will be praying for all of you in the days to come and I trust that the Lord will bless our church fellowship from this series of messages.

Over the next number of weeks I will be posting on my blog a number of interviews from some of our leaders that I trust will be a blessing to all of you. I will also try to send some pictures and videos of our trip to England, Scotland and Wales. Pray for me and Mary and we travel and minister to our friends at the Tabernacle in Cardiff.

Please keep my in your prayers while I am away. I will uphold all of you in prayer as well. I leave you with this wonderful verse from David in Psalms 34:3, "Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together."  

Sunday, April 22, 2012

John Blanchard's visit!

We had a great meeting on Saturday night and again on Sunday morning with Dr. John Blanchard from the UK. The messages were inspiring and and convicting. Over the years we have had so many precious times with some of the choicest servants of the Lord who have been able to be with us at Berean. In this picture from left to right is Craig Carlton, Pastor Dickie John Blanchard and Matt Zimmerman.

In this photo is Howard Williams, John Blanchard and Pastor Dickie

Please keep me in prayer as I prepare for the trip to England, Scotland and Wales with Mary to visit with the Higham's and to minister to the Lord's people in the British Isles. I will be posting some video interviews on my blog in the coming weeks.

While I am away Mary and I will be praying for all of you at Berean. God bless you all,
In Christ, ohn

Pastor Dickie

Friday, April 20, 2012

Pray, Trust, Praise!

Dear Bereans,

Our service with John Blanchard is upon us. I want to ask all of you to pray for the Lord to speak to all those who attend both on Saturday night and on the Lord's Day. There will be some present who do not know the Lord. Pray and trust the Holy Spirit to speak to hearts. Also, pray that the Lord will speak to your heart as well. Every time we hear the Word we should come with the desire, "Speak Lord for thy servant heareth!" Finally, I would ask you to join me in praising the Lord for what He will do in our midst this weekend! Pray-Trust-Praise!

Next Sunday we begin our Stewardship series. May the Lord come down among us and visit us with His presence and blessing. I am praying for all of our church family. May the Lord raise up a mighty army in these days to fill the earth with His glory!!

Yours in Christ,

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Saturday Night With John Blanchard

Dear Berean Family,

This Saturday night at 6:00 pm we will have the blessing of hearing John Blanchard. This is going to be a great night of fellowship. I trust that all of you have invited others to come and hear this godly and gifted servant of God open the Word for all of us who attend.

There will be two new books on sale at our book table. One is a biography on John called “Hear Me Carefully.” The other is a new book published by EP called, “Major Points From the Minor Prophets.”

I can’t tell you how blessed we are to have this special man of God with us once again. John Blanchard is a special gift from the Lord to his church. In every age there are those who, by the sovereign grace of God, stand head and shoulders above the rest because they are so gifted, so unique, and so used of the Lord. John is one of those gifts to the church.  Don’t just come to the service but please, as spiritual believers, make this meeting a matter of prayer. I am very grateful for the leadership of our deacons that is coming from Matt Zimmerman. Matt has sent out the call for each of the deacons to be godly, dedicated, and deeply spiritual men. I am asking all of you along with our elders to take up Matt’s call and pray for our church. Like I said to the assembly on Sunday—if we serve the Lord with a spirit of grumbling or complaining we lose any blessing that we might have received.

These are great days to serve the Lord. David says in Psalm 34:3, “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

Pastor Dickie

Saturday, April 14, 2012

We are starting a series of messages on Christian Stewardship. I want to share with all of you the introduction to my message that I'll be speaking on in tomorrow's service. I trust this answers any questions you might have and will prepare you for the wonderful time that I am praying that we will all have around the Word in the days to come.

We are going to start a series of messages on Christian Stewardship in two weeks. There are reasons why I have felt led by the Lord to have my pulpit ministry emphasize this topic. Let me list the reasons for you.
1.     First and foremost, I have felt the leading of the Lord to go in this direction. While I always appreciate suggestions and encouragements from the congregation on topics for future studies,  I have always regarded the selection of the topics of my preaching and teaching to be ultimately a matter for me to seek from the Lord.
2.     Second, Christian stewardship is an important subject because it relates to discipleship and Christian living. Therefore, stewardship is an essential aspect of Christian living, and it is the duty of every Christian minister to properly instruct his congregation in this important area of their lives.
3.     Third, to share with our families and friends the topics that we will study in this series will enable us to take seriously our call to be faithful followers of Christ. Understand this well—the secret Christian, the lukewarm Christian, the carnal Christian, the uncommitted Christian, and the professing Christian that does not take stewardship seriously is an abomination to God. We must openly and unashamedly declare ourselves to be on the side of Christ.
4.      Fourth, many of the topics that we will consider in this study have not been taught in our ministry here before. These subjects are both biblical in nature and very practical for our families and for our youth to hear and learn. The materials from Crown Financial Ministries that I have chosen to use are excellent and perhaps the finest that I have seen.
5.     Finally, I am looking at our Church from where I want us to be five or ten years from now. I have been making some changes in our fellowship and ministry that will ensure that we grow and develop spiritually and biblically as we move into the coming years of our worship together here at Berean.

What is Christian stewardship? Stewardship simply stated is the understanding that everything we own and everything we are belongs to God. Therefore, all of our actions, service, and decisions should reflect serving God’s interests above our own. Stewardship touches every area of our lives. Stewardship relates to our:
a.     Time
b.     Money
c.      Talents
d.     Spiritual gifts
e.      Family
f.       Physical bodies
g.     Property
h.     Relationships

Please be sure to join us for this series of messages!! God bless you all.

In Christ,

Pastor Dickie

Monday, April 9, 2012

John Blanchard is coming!!

I am very excited to have this wonderful man of God with us once again. Please be praying for the blessing of the Lord on this event. There is still time for everyone to make an effort to get as many people out for this occasion as possible. We will have a selection of John's books with us and a few copies of his new book Major Points from the Minor Prophets. We also have a  new biography that was written on John. I trust I will see the entire Berean family out on April 21st and 22nd.

I will be traveling once again to England, Scotland and Wales in May. I plan to post from over seas a series of video clips of our journey and our ministry with some of the Christians and churches that we visit. I will be posting on Face Book and on the Berean Baptist Face Book page. Please keep me in prayer as Mary and I prepare for this journey. We are looking forward very much to seeing many of our good friends in England and Wales once again.

The Stewardship seminar from Crown Financial is coming up on April 29th. This is something that the Lord laid on my heart as an extension of the teaching and preaching ministry of Berean. Don Freeze will begin the series and when I return from my trip over seas I will continue the series. Please note dear Bereans...if any of you ever have any questions please give me a call or call pastor Eric. We are both ready at any time to answer any questions you or others may have.

God bless you all, and may the Lord bless our efforts to magnify and to glorify His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sincerely, Pastor Dickie 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important?

James Weldon Johnson, an old black preacher from Georgia wrote a funeral sermon called "Go Down Death." A dear lady in his church named Caroline was suffering and eventually passed away. This is what James Weldon Johnson shared with the family at the funeral service. This dramatic reading says it all! Without the resurrection we would not see our loved ones again after they have passed away and have left this world. Because Jesus lives all who trust Him will know His resurrection power.  The resurrection of Christ is the distinguishing feature of Christianity.

(A Funeral Sermon)
Weep not, weep not,
She is not dead;
She's resting in the bosom of Jesus.
Heart-broken husband--weep no more;
Grief-stricken son--weep no more;
Left-lonesome daughter --weep no more;
She only just gone home.
Day before yesterday morning,
God was looking down from his great, high heaven,
Looking down on all his children,
And his eye fell on Sister Caroline,
Tossing on her bed of pain.
And God's big heart was touched with pity,
With the everlasting pity.
  And God sat back on his throne,
And he commanded that tall, bright angel standing at his right hand:
Call me Death!
And that tall, bright angel cried in a voice
That broke like a clap of thunder:
Call Death!--Call Death!
And the echo sounded down the streets of heaven
Till it reached away back to that shadowy place,
Where Death waits with his pale, white horses.
And Death heard the summons,
And he leaped on his fastest horse,
Pale as a sheet in the moonlight.
Up the golden street Death galloped,
And the hooves of his horses struck fire from the gold,
But they didn't make no sound.
Up Death rode to the Great White Throne,
And waited for God's command.
And God said: Go down, Death, go down,
Go down to Savannah, Georgia,
Down in Yamacraw,
And find Sister Caroline.
She's borne the burden and heat of the day,
She's labored long in my vineyard,
And she's tired--
She's weary--
Go down, Death, and bring her to me.
And Death didn't say a word,
But he loosed the reins on his pale, white horse,
And he clamped the spurs to his bloodless sides,
And out and down he rode,
Through heaven's pearly gates,
Past suns and moons and stars;
on Death rode,
Leaving the lightning's flash behind;
Straight down he came.
While we were watching round her bed,
She turned her eyes and looked away,
She saw what we couldn't see;
She saw Old Death.  She saw Old Death
Coming like a falling star.
But Death didn't frighten Sister Caroline;
He looked to her like a welcome friend.
And she whispered to us: I'm going home,
And she smiled and closed her eyes.
And Death took her up like a baby,
And she lay in his icy arms,
But she didn't feel no chill.
And death began to ride again--
Up beyond the evening star,
Into the glittering light of glory,
On to the Great White Throne.
And there he laid Sister Caroline
On the loving breast of Jesus.
And Jesus took his own hand and wiped away her tears,
And he smoothed the furrows from her face,
And the angels sang a little song,
And Jesus rocked her in his arms,
And kept a-saying: Take your rest,
Take your rest.
Weep not--weep not,
She is not dead;
She's resting in the bosom of Jesus.

From God's Trombones by James Weldon Johnson.
Join us tomorrow for Easter services!! God bless you and have a great Sunday!

Pastor Dickie

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Good Friday Service

This Friday night I will attempt to help all those who worship with us to understand the Cross of Christ. For many people in our country (even those who profess to know the Lord) there is an appalling ignorance of what really happened when Christ died at Calvary. I hope to make clear the wonderful message of redeeming love that flows to the world out of the agonies of the suffering Savior's passion at the cross.

Please come and if possible remind others to come as well. Come with a prepared heart. I would suggest you read the story of the crucifixion found in Matthew's Gospel chapter 27. Spend some time meditating on the events that you read there in Matthew's text. Try to picture the event. Imagine that you were there. What would be the thoughts going through your mind as you stood there next to Mary and John. How would being there change your life? Does the fact that we live two thousand years removed from that event change anything with us? Ask yourself in the light of the cross how should you live your life now in this present world?

Sunday morning be sure to  meet us at Crestwood Cemetery at 7:30 for our sunrise service. This is the 30th year that we have been going to Crestwood for the sunrise service. This has been a wonderful tradition for our church family. We will meet back at the church for breakfast at 8:00 and then our morning service will take place at 10:00am. There Will not be a morning Bible study on Easter Sunday.

I pray that this weekend will be a great blessing to all of us as we seek to exalt and to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. The  incarnation of Christ, His cross and His resurrection are the three greatest events in human history. Our duty and our joy should be found in celebrating these Christ events with our families and loved ones. How important was the cross to the apostle Paul? Here is what he said in I Corinthians 2:2, "For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified." 

God bless you all,
Pastor Dickie

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Stewardship Study

As we are set to begin our Stewardship small group studies, I wanted to share some thoughts about finances and our relationship with God.

  The Crown Ministries material that we’ll be using is really excellent for people at all stages of life – from children just starting out with a regular allowance and I pray that our studies over the next several weeks serve to bring a new or deeper level of awareness of how God expects His people to use all the gifts they’ve been given to further His purposes and bring Him more glory.

There is a great deal of false service by many who profess to serve God but actually want God to serve them. They will give, but they always expect to be repaid. They will help the needy, but it's to keep God from allowing tragedies to befall them. The list could go on and on and would eventually touch every one of us. Why? Because so few of us really understand the function that finances play in our spiritual lives.

Christ taught about finances

It surprises many Christians to learn that approximately two-thirds of the parables that Christ used in teaching deal specifically with finances. Christ never said money or material things were problems. He said that they were symptoms of the real problems. He constantly warned us to guard our hearts against greed, covetousness, ego, and pride, because these are the tools that Satan uses to control and manipulate this world. "He said to them, ‘Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions’ " (Luke 12:15). Finances - our spiritual barometer A definition of "faith," according to Hebrews 11, is trusting God totally. It means trusting God for things you cannot see or manipulate into happening. Most of us truly desire to be able to exercise this faith, but the world around us tells us to do just the opposite. If you don’t have the money for what you "need," borrow to get it. If it’s too expensive for your income, so what? You deserve it; besides, you have to stretch yourself if you want to be successful in this world. God’s Word tells us to learn to be content and dedicate ourselves to serving God. In Hebrews 12:1 we are told, "Let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."

Is it wrong to be rich? Rich is a very subjective term, but here it’s used in the context of having enough money to meet all of your reasonable needs and still having funds left over. Clearly, God’s Word teaches that many of His people will fit into this category. God’s plan is clearly stated in 2 Corinthians 8:14-15: our abundance at the present time will meet the needs of others, and later their abundance will meet our needs (a good alternative to welfare within the church). Christ warned those who are rich always to be on their guard (Luke 12:15-21). There is a great temptation to trust in the security that a surplus can provide. The greater the surplus, the greater the temptation. That’s why those who are rich (most of American Christianity) must guard their hearts and minds with the principles from God’s Word.


The greatest need in our generation is for God’s Word to be taught clearly and undiluted. The next greatest need is for Christians to demonstrate that it works.” I have given this study on Christian stewardship a great deal of prayer.

Please join me in seeking the Lord's blessing on our church family as we meet and study together on this biblical topic.

Yours in Christ, Pastor Robert Dickie