Saturday
Jun102017

This Sunday at Bristol . . . "Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide"

“Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide” is the special phrase we will consider as we continue with the current teaching series, “Is That in the Bible?”

Your conscience is to your soul what your nerves are to your body. Your conscience is like a light telling you what you are contemplating doing is either right or wrong (based on past experience). Just as a compass points to magnetic north, we are born with a moral conscience that points to right and wrong.

So as followers of Jesus, to stay on the right path, we must be constantly and continually recalibrating our conscience to the Bible.

The conscience is a fascinating subject and one we will more fully develop in the lesson tomorrow.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow as we worship, learn, and grow together.

Never forget that you are truly loved in the Lord.

Pastor Terry

Thursday
Jun012017

This Sunday at Bristol . . . "To err is human; To forgive; Divine"

This Sunday at Bristol . . . we continue with lesson #5 of the current study series, “Is That in the Bible?” These ten lessons focus on common phrases we and others use in every day language that are sometimes attributed to the Bible, but cannot be found in the Bible.

Our phrase for this Sunday is, “To err is human; To forgive, divine.” Have you heard this one? Even though this phrase is missing from the Bible, God’s Word has much to say about the subject of forgiveness.

When Jesus was teaching His followers to pray, He said, Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.” Being humans carries this liability that we will mess up sometimes - we do this to others and other people do the same to us. But messing up does not have to be final or fatal.

This Sunday we will focus on what to do when someone has offended us. How should we respond? What is forgiveness all about? How do we move beyond the hurt? What steps do we need to take to truly forgive someone?

The word forgiveness means “to release” and that is what forgiveness will do for you.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we explore the phrase, “To err is human; To forgive, divine.”

You are truly loved in the Lord,

Pastor Terry

Thursday
May252017

This Sunday at Bristol . . . "Just Doing What Jesus Says"

The most important meal that we celebrate at Bristol Missionary Church is not about food, but about faith. We call this celebration the Lord’s Supper and the Lord’s Supper is a clear representation of what close fellowship and relationship with Jesus is all about.

Those of you who are parents, do you remember any time in the growing up years of your children when you said to them, “Just do as I say?” And when they invariably asked “Why?” you responded, “Because I said so”?

The Lord’s Supper is very similar. Jesus tells His followers (then and now) “Just do as I say.” The difference might be that Jesus more completely explains why we eat the bread and drink the cup so our response is not likely like the response we receive from our children.

There are thirty-one commands that Jesus gives which are recorded in the first four books of the New Testament and among those commands is, “Take and eat” . . . “Drink from it, (cup) all of you . . .” (Matthew 26:26 and 27). Why? Because Jesus says the bread will remind us of His broken body and the cup will remind us of His blood given so that we might experience forgiveness from sin.

This Sunday is “Communion Sunday” at Bristol - a time when we will reflect on the great love Jesus has for us and proved that love by sacrificing His body and shedding His blood.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday.

You a loved in the Lord,

Pastor Terry

Thursday
May112017

This Sunday at Bristol . . . "The Mother with a Loving Heart"

This Sunday at Bristol we celebrate Mother’s Day and we will be honoring these special people in our lives.

I am sure we all have a story to tell about our mother. Mine goes like this: I never really gave my mother the time and attention she deserved when I was younger. I never disrespected her and I truly loved her, but I guess I was too busy buidling a life and establishing myself in ministry that I overlooked her, and I regret that to this day. Younger years have a way of doing that to any son or daughter. As we both got older, I developed a deeper appreciation for her and that relationship became very strong. Today, I would love to sit across a table and just talk with her (just as we did almost every week in her latter years), but that will have to wait until I get to Heaven.
 
Moms are so very special. As sons and daughters, we will never be able to thank them enough for the great lessons of life they have taught us.
 
There are a number of mothers mentioned in the Bible - there is Mary, the mother of Jesus . . . Then we read about the unnamed mother of James and John . . . Proverbs 31 acquaints us with a special mother . . . In 1 Samuel, we learn of Hannah, the mother of Samuel . . . Then in the New Testament we discover, Elizabeth, who is the mother of John the Baptist. And there are others.
 
This Sunday we will take a peek at Jochebed (probably for many an unknown mother, but a significant one), because she is the mother of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. We will discover what Exodus 2 tells us about the courage it takes to be a mother.
 
We will begin our morning with a “Muffins with Mom” fellowship (light breakfast) from 9:30 to 10:15 and worship will follow at 10:30.
 
As a simple way to thank you for being a mom, at the conclusion of our worship, there will be a gift waiting for you. YOU ARE SO VERY SPECIAL!
 
Never forget mothers, and everyone, you are truly loved in the Lord.
 
Pastor Terry

 

Thursday
May042017

This Sunday at Bristol . . . "Money is the Root of All Evil"

This Sunday we continue with the third lesson in the current study series, “Is That in the Bible?” These ten lessons will focus on common phrases we and others use in every day language that are sometimes attributed to the Bible, but are not in the Bible.
 
Our phrase for this Sunday is, “Money is the root of all evil.” These words are not in the Bible, but some believe they are. Even though this phrase is missing, God’s Word has much to say about this subject.
 
Did you know that there are over five hundred verses in the Bible regarding money, possessions, and greed? Did you also know that Jesus had more to say about money than any other subject? It is true. And, even though the Apostle Paul did not say as much about this subject as Jesus did, he still had plenty to say.
 
Our scripture text for this Sunday morning is 1 Timothy 6:6-10. A proper understanding of these verses can significantly help us have a much more healthy attitude toward money and possessions.
 
I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we explore the phrase, “Money is the root of all evil.” What does the Bible say about the right attitude we should have regarding money and possessions?
 
You are truly loved in the Lord,
 
Pastor Terry