The first thing we do when we get home at night is to turn on the light. We cannot find our way without light.  Dark is dangerous!

When the fire of revival is burning it does the same thing spiritually. The light of salvation, in the light of the gospel, lights our way.

The powerful moving of the Holy Spirit of God works to shine the light of conviction into our lives. The searchlight of revival starts the soul searching questions about eternity.

Am I a follower of Christ? Does my life exhibit evidence that I have been redeemed by Jesus?  Have the old things of the dark way of seeing things past away? Does my life show the light of the indwelling Christ?

Matthew 5:16 tells us, “…let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works…

On Wednesday evening God turned on the light of self-examination in our service. That is powerful exclamation from the grace of God!

When God turns the light on in our lives we begin to see the past the darkness of our self-denial.  God‘s love for us lights up the parts of our lives that need to change.

When they can see the change in us, it points our family and friends to the power of Jesus.  The scripture states that we are the light of the world. Our lives in Christ can light the way for others In this dark world of sin and confusion.

John 8:12 declares the words of Jesus, “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

As Pastor, my prayer is for you to have the light of revival for that is the light of life!

You are loved,

Pastor Ralph

Trinity Baptist is a church family that has been blessed of God.

We have hosted some of America’s greatest speakers, pastors and singers. We have had the honor of hearing from people that have been used across America and around the world.

Once again, this past Sunday, God reminded Trinity Church that Jesus is the real power present to change lives, families and churches for God’s glory.

At both our 8:15 AM and 10:45 AM services the power of God touched us and, praise the Lord, lives were changed!

The Recovery Soldiers Ministry was used by God to put our feet back down in the real world.

It is easy to sit in church on Sunday with our padded chairs and air conditioned environment and be tuned-out to the community we live in.

God used men that had been broken with the pains of life to shake our bed of apathy!  All of these men were broken with an earthquake of circumstances. They didn’t have the Lord, they didn’t have family and friends of faith to support them and they didn’t have a church home like Trinity.

Isolation, fear, pain and guilt produced the desire for self-medication to allow them to cope. Then as they were hooked on drugs they entered into the never ending circle of lies, stealing, rehab, failure and even overdose. 

One young man stated that he was only 17 years old when he caused a four-car wreck that killed his mother.  WOW! What would I have done? How would I cope with the guilt?

Then to hear each testimony changed to, “I AM REDEEMED!”

The shouts of victory! I have been set free! What a mighty God!

My first thought and today still my last thought is that only God could rescue these men! What a mighty God we serve! 

You are loved,

Pastor Ralph Sexton

I came across this thought as I was reading.  We actually need three homes:

1.   My Heavenly Home

2.   My Earthly Home

3.   My Church Home

A heavenly home means that I am sure of my soul’s salvation.  It is not because of works or the efforts of men, but because I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. 

An earthly home is a place to get away from the turmoil of work and world.  Home is a place to rest, eat, relax and build family relationships.

A church home is a place to restore my soul and is also a place to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and The Word of God.  A church home is where I build my faith and get hope!

A church home provides a shelter from the storms of life and a place to recover from the storm’s damage.

Our church becomes more important each day we live.  It is my help, my hope, my home! Our church is a community of people that love the Lord and love and care for each other. 

We are building and binding together for a spiritual home for our families!  

You are loved, 

Pastor Ralph

Today we meet to worship and to celebrate Mother’s Day in the life of our church.

The power and influence of a mother that loves the Lord has never been more important. Our culture is changing and the faith and values of the next generation are being destroyed.

In conversation, I think a lot of people would agree the fabric of our society is being torn. Christians and non-Christians can see that we are living in a post-Christian era.

That does not mean that God is dead or that the church is dead. What it means is that our homes, schools and institutions of government no longer have a biblical world view.

It doesn’t even mean Christianity is dead. The discovery is that the influence that Christians once had on our nation and culture has diminished dramatically.

Christians of 100 or 200 years ago would be shocked at the decline in morals, education, Society and even in the care of our families.

We have replaced Biblical truth with the secular humanist worldview.

Mothers, you are the core, the foundation, and the heart of the home!

Your love and leadership glues our family units together. That same energy that gets us up to go to school and work is the same energy for spiritual health of your marriage and your children.

We must plan and pray for God in our lives and homes. Mom, your gentle love will lead us all to want to go to church and to live our lives for Jesus!

Moms, happy Mother’s Day!

Thank you for your strong faith in Jesus and love for your family and our church!

You are loved,

Pastor

As we were finishing up Chapter 14 in our exploration of the Book of Acts, I kept thinking about some verses of challenge.

Acts 14:21-28 tells of Paul and Barnabas teaching and preaching the Gospel.  These two evangelists had traveled to Lystra, Derbe, Iconium, and Antioch.  Not only was a crippled man healed, but churches (faith fellowships) were established.

The teachings were to the new believers in all these cities and the preaching was to the unbelieving and heathen of the population.

Verse 22 uses the phrase, “Confirming the souls of the disciples and exhorting them…”

Think about that statement, “Confirming the souls…”  Paul was setting the example of the importance of the local church!

Notice Paul gives us three insights into the position and power of the local church.

1.   Paul is very honest with the new Christians.  It would not be easy and they would go through many difficulties in their walk of faith.  Paul was acting on the principal that Jesus had come, not to make life easy, but to make men great!

2.   Christianity must be lived in fellowship.  People are not to be left alone or isolated.  John Wesley said, “No man ever went to heaven alone.”

3.    Paul and Barnabas carefully gave all the glory to God for the miracles and good works.  They regarded themselves as fellow-laborers with God.

We are in the walk of faith together!

Let’s strengthen our family of faith and grow our community of support and prayer, confirming the souls of our loved ones!

You are loved,

Pastor Ralph