We often refer to the group of brave individuals who birthed America as our Founding Fathers.

The foundation our nation was built upon was the faith and vision of men that wanted to be free. 

Each year we have special days on our social and personal calendars that we want to remember.  One of those days is even called Memorial Day.  July 4th, D-Day, Christmas Day, Easter, birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are all special days of remembrance. 

These days are foundational to our social and cultural calendars.  Celebrating and remembering the purpose of these days defines who we are. 

Today, as a people and as a church, we honor and celebrate Father’s Day.

Our Bible teaches us that God uses this human relationship with Jesus and God the Father.

God is our heavenly Father.  Jesus even taught us to pray, “Our Father, which art in Heaven.” We learn of our Father’s kingdom in Matthew 26 and our Father’s business in Luke chapter 2.

Luke 12:32 speaks of our Father’s “good pleasures” and another reference we all remember, “In my Father’s house are many mansions…”

Father God speaks to His children (the saved, the redeemed, the church) through the life and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.  God the Father teaches and instructs us through His Holy Word, our Bible.

Notice God’s instruction in Psalm 78:3, “Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.”

God said to us, the parents and the grandparents of today, focusing on our dads, to say, ”We will not deny the Lord God, our Heavenly Father, in the way we live and conduct our lives!”

Verse 4 states that we will not hide the truth of God and His Word from our families, “…shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength, and His wonderful works that He hath done.”

Fathers, families, and friends, let’s rededicate our lives and energy to serving the Lord!

You are loved, 

Pastor Ralph

John 3:30

Consider the power of music.  Music can make us feel glad or make us feel sad.

Music is connected to our spiritual being.  God incorporated music into us when we were created.

The formation of worship in Heaven was built around music and singing. God even created Lucifer with special musical skills to lead the choir of Heaven in praise to the most High God!

Notice Psalm 100:2, Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing.

We are to prepare our hearts and spirits with gladness and with singing so we can worship.

As we enter into church, we start with singing to make our hearts glad.  Singing is to get our mind off of the problems of this world and to begin to think about the goodness of our Lord.

God said we should sing about Him so that the world can hear.  We sing “Jesus Saves” so that the lost can hear and have hope! 

Psalm 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, the Lord hath done great things for them.

Our new Family Choir reminds us that we all have been blessed and we have a song.  Not the song for the next DVD or CD, but the song of our heart, our praise to Him.

Psalm 100:1 declares it is not the quality of the vocals, but the joy of a sinner saved by grace.

Let’s be happy to unite our voices in praise and thanksgiving to our great God.

Let’s Sing!  You have a place in the Family Choir today; get out of your chair and let’s sing to the Lord!

You are loved,

Pastor Ralph

John 3:30

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