Friday
Jul082016

This Sunday at Bristol . . . "Two Things that Amaze Jesus"

This Sunday we begin will begin a new teaching series from the Gospel of Mark titled, “Highlights from Mark.” This will be a ten week series exploring some of the stories in this interesting Gospel and their application to our lives. 

The Gospel of Mark is a recording of a very busy Jesus as He teaches in Galilee, journeys to and ministers in Jerusalem that culminates in His crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to Heaven.

This Sunday our primary text will be Mark 6:1-6 and Luke 7:1-10. Our subject? “Two Things that Amaze Jesus.”

Did you know that Jesus could be amazed? Puzzling? Confusing? After all He is God in the flesh so how could anything amaze Him? Yet there are two specific stories that led to His amazement and we find those in our scripture lessons for this Sunday.

Here is my conclusion - What amazes Jesus should amaze us!

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we begin this new series.

You are very much loved in the Lord,

Pastor Terry

Friday
Jun102016

This Sunday at Bristol . . . "Everyone Needs a Family"

This Sunday we will conclude this short teaching series, “We are Family - Who is the King of Your Castle?” as we discover how desperation leads people to do many different things, even within the family, but sometimes the results are not very positive.

The family unit has changed considerably in the United States. No longer does the family consist of a father who is employed, a stay-at-home-mom, two children, a dog, and a house with a white picket fence. Those days are long gone and just a memory for those who can even remember that far back.

One of the best ways to see the change in the family is to study family television over the past six decades - from “Ozzie and Harriett” to MTVs “Ozzie Osbourne.” That fact alone should destroy any social theory that humanity is evolving into something better.

The word “desperate” will be the key word for our study this Sunday morning. If the family unit is in trouble, and it seems to be, then how do we get beyond desperation? How can hope be projected? There are several keys to overcome desperate times and the answers are not found in a modern day television show, but from the wisdom of the Bible.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

You are very much loved in the Lord,

Pastor Terry

Friday
Jun032016

This Sunday at Bristol . . . "Do You Read Me? - Over"

We continue with the teaching series - “We are Family - Who is the King of Your Castle?” (this series will conclude on June 12th)- as we focus on how to communicate within the family structure (a big problem for many families). James 1:19 has some great insights into this important subject. 

Have you ever listened in to air traffic control speaking to a pilot of a commercial aircraft (or a private aircraft pilot, for that matter)? These conversations fascinate me. I have discovered a very important rule in the business of flying, good radio communication is an absolute necessity.

It is no different in the modern day home. The problem with many marriages is that there is not enough of the right kind of communication taking place. The result is consequences that are not very pleasant. 

Maybe it would be a good thing to apply some of the skills and principles of aviation communication to personal communication. That does not mean you have to say, “Roger” to your wife, or children, or husband, but it does mean that effective communication completes, what one person calls, “a verbal communication loop.” This is what I believe James was saying.

I am not the expert on this subject, I am learning just like you, but I believe the Bible has insights that must be heeded.

I truly look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

You are very much loved in the Lord,

Pastor Terry

Saturday
May282016

This Sunday at Bristol . . . “My Fractured Family Needs Help”

We continue with the teaching series - “We are Family - Who is the King of Your Castle?” - as we focus on how to overcome dysfunction in the family.

It does not take anyone, who is seriously reading the Bible, too long to discover families that lived with great dysfunction. Why? Well for starters, we could read Genesis 3. Following sin entering into the world what followed? The first murder recorded in the Bible, Cain killing his brother. I would say that Adam and Eve had a fractured home.

Especially when we read the Old Testament, we discover a number of families with severe problems. Examine the family of Eli, or David, or Samuel. Those homes were not model homes. And even though today we are removed from these Bible stories by thousands of years, their family problems are our family problems.

This Sunday we will look at the family of Jacob, and specifically at Jacob’s eleventh son, Joseph, to see problems developing and then fully blossoming. And what we witness is not very pleasant.

Here is the fact: Joseph’s family story is our family story. Every family has a little craziness, but it does not have to remain that way. We will learn some insights from this story that will help us overcome dysfunction.

I truly look forward to seeing you Sunday!

You are very much loved in the Lord,

Pastor Terry

Saturday
May142016

This Sunday at Bristol . . . "The Power of the Bible"

No one knows the full extent of the effect the Bible has on people. What we do know is that the Lord said, Isaiah 55:10-11, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Distributing the Bible is what Gideons International is all about and since 1908 they have been relentless in their task. In fact, most recently the two billionth Bible milestone was reached and now they have begun on the second billion. I remember reaching a Gideon New Testament when I was in the fifth grade - in fact, I still have that Testament.

Did you know that the Gideons distributed more than 88 million copies of God's Word last year? On average, more than two copies of the Word are distributed per second and over one million Bibles and New Testaments are distributed every four days. You talk about return on investment! WOW!

So, we will take a break this Sunday from the current teaching series, “We are Family - Who is the King of Your Castle?” as we listen to Mr. David Peterson share on behalf of the ministry of Gideons International. You will have the opportunity to hear first-hand about the work of the Gideons.

Following his presentation, you will also have the privilege of helping them provide Bibles and New Testaments through your generous giving. When you give, you have the confidence of knowing that your gift will allow someone, somewhere the opportunity to read God’s Word. So, please give generously.

I truly look forward to seeing you Sunday!

You are very much loved in the Lord,

Pastor Terry