Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The First distinctive of Trinity Baptist Church is: Christ Centered
CHRIST CENTERED - By this we simply mean that the centrality of Christ is at the very heart of our church. We recognize His ownership of our church and seek to glorify Him in everything we do. It is our great desire that our worship, our theology, our preaching, and our evangelism all have Christ as the focus and that our lives be conformed to His perfect righteousness. He is worthy of all praise, honor, and obedience. Recognizing Christ as King over all things, we look for His return when all men will stand before Him to give account.
The second distinctive of Trinity Baptist Church is: Sound Doctrine
SOUND DOCTRINE - We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God. The Bible alone is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We presuppose the authority and sufficiency of Scripture in every work of our church. A right understanding of Scripture is essental; it governs everything in our church from our worship to our preaching and teaching to the lives of our members. We are a confessional church which means we hold to a statement of faith or confession as an expression of what we believe about the Bible.
The third distinctive of Trinity Baptist Church is: Biblical Worship
BIBLICAL WORSHIP - We believe the Bible is the only rule to determine the proper worship of God. We incorporate into our worship only those elements that can be specifically found in the Bible. We give a high priority to the preaching of God's Word. We sing hymns that exalt our Lord. We seek to observe Baptism and the Lord's Supper in a Biblical manner and recognize that the Lord's Supper is the place of discipline. As a church, we have resisted the modern church-growth movement's tactics which place a premium on entertainment while giving little significance to the preaching of God's Word.
The fourth distinctive of Trinity Baptist Church is: Expository Preaching
EXPOSITORY PREACHING - In contrast to topical or other forms of preaching, we believe expository preaching to be the best way of preaching the whole counsel of the Word of God. Expository preaching allows the text to direct the flow of the sermon and maintains balance and consistency as we set God's Word before the congregation.
The fifth distinctive of Trinity Baptist Church is: Personal Holiness
PERSONAL HOLINESS - It is the great desire of our congregation to conform every area of our lives to the Word of God. Personal sanctification is an ongoing work of God in the lives of His people and the New Testament continually presses the work of growing in hoiness as the pursuit of every Christian. We emphasize the importance of strong families in the pursuit of holiness. In addition, we believe in a regenerate church membership and that true Christian conversion will be accompanied by the fruit of holiness.
The sixth distinctive of Trinity Baptist Church is:
LOVING COMMUNITY - We place high importance upon our covenant relationship, each of us watching over one another in love. In our union with Christ we have been blessed with unity with one another. Our members continually seek ways to express the love of Christ.
The seventh of Trinity Baptist Church is: Commitment to Evangelism
COMMITMENT TO EVANGELISM - We believe in the importance of evangelism. God has clearly commanded us to preach the Gospel to all men. Although we understand that salvation is a supernatural work of God and that it is not in our power to bring about the change that enables a person to embrace Christ, we have great confidence that our labors will never be in vain. We believe the church must be involved in purposed evangelism and that every believer must endeavor to place the Gospel of Christ before all men.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Recently we had the timber cut on some land that we have at Cheniere, LA. It has been some years since I have been able to walk the land because it was pretty grown up from being logged back in the 80's. When I was a boy my Dad and Grandfather would take me to walk around the land and they would show me the boundaries and all of their favorite spots. I decided that we I would avail myself of the opportunity to start showing the boundaries to my oldest five boys.
We hadn't been out of the van for more than a couple of seconds - and my boys already had their walking sticks.
We could not get across the creek - so we decided to head back to he highway and cross over the bridge and make our way around the back way.
The Water was by far the most exciting destination. I think water most excite the imaginations of most boys.
Cade came upon a Deer Skull and a collection of leg bones. They were greatly impressed.
There were some great obstacles to cross. Everybody did pretty well - except Cai - he landed face up in the middle of a mud puddle.
Abram looks like he is pretty focused at this particular moment.
We probably walked around for about 3 hours and we were all pretty tired. I was glad that Abram was able to keep up. I was concerned that his little legs would give out - but with a little encouragement - he finished the journey.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I just got back from an adventure with my 4th son, Cai Daniel. We went to Fountainebleau State Park for a father son retreat and enjoyed some great time together. The picture below was taken by the trusty time delay on the camera perched upon a brick column along one of the gravel trails.
I first stared taking my boys on a camping trip when my oldest son, Cade, was 4 years old. As a desperate and concerned father - it seemed to me that I was was not doing a great job at capturing the heart of my son and I thought it would be time well spent - to go and spend some time without anyone else around. It is so difficult to really spend time talking to children with all of the distractions - that are constantly competing for our attention. As the dynamics of our house have changed - I find that not only do toys and technology compete - but even siblings compete for attention with their father.
As soon as we got there - I began unpacking the equipment and I had Cai to rake the leaves and sticks away from the spot that we would be pitching our tent. His raking skills are not as developed as mine but his heart was into it. He really wanted to do a great job and wanted to be involved. It has taken me some time to relinquish my desire to have everything just such a way but I have come to find that I can not do everything because there is just too much to do and to little time to do it. Much better to assign a job to my sons (my helpers - in this case - Cai Daniel) and let them accomplish it to the best of their abilities.
I certainly do not let them slack and give me any old poor attempt - but I am often content to be thankful for their willingness to help and accept the fact that God has placed me in the family to lead, train and instruct and I must not grumble about the quality of helpers or the youthful skills that they posses - but rather I am called to be thankful and to be faithful with my part.
Certainly - there must be some fun mixed in with all of the preparations.
The tree had obviously lived out its life and was now on its way to becoming one with the earth.
Cai took some of the bark that had fallen off of the tree and began to investigate and test its strength.
We also spent some time talking about the way that the waves create the ripples in the sand - down by the beach. Surprisingly - the lake was very low and the pier was almost entirely out of the water. It will take a lot of rain to make up that short fall. None the less - it presented a good teaching example.
With Four "4 year old" camping trips behind me - it looks like the next one will have to wait for Abram James - however - all of the boys have already decided that we must have a camping trip pretty soon with just the guys. They were waiting for us when we got back yesterday and wanted to hear all about it.