Patriotism in a Pagan Nation

Rowland BlogAmerica has joyfully and officially abandoned God. There is no substantial desire to follow His wisdom or commands. Our society has declared its independence from God and his influence. This did not begin with the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding homosexual marriage. This has been a generational slide that began with the sexual revolution in the 60’s. The first official shot was fired when abortion was legalized in the 70’s. Our nation’s refusal to repent from that abominable approval of mass murder has only led us closer to this day.

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Why the Color of the Dress Matters

thedress3Recently, the entire internet was blindsided by a worldwide debate over whether a dress was white and gold or black and blue. This question was posted and spread all over social media and it got an unusual amount of attention in a relatively short time period. The main reason why the attention was so intense was because of the surprising frustration and emotion that seemed to crop up over people's drastically different perceptions of the dress.

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Society Wants it Both Ways

Rowland BlogI want to be very careful with this post. I debated whether or not to say anything just because the issue is so heated and delicate in our society on so many different levels. But I think it warrants some analysis from a Christian perspective.

I am referencing the latest controversy concerning ESPN host, Stephen A. Smith, and his comments addressing the Ray Rice domestic violence case
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To review: Ray Rice, an NFL football player with the Baltimore Ravens was seen on a casino camera dragging his girlfriend (now wife) out of a elevator after having hit her and knocked her unconscious.

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Are you ready for the trip?

Rowland BlogMay is a month of anticipation. We are anticipating the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. Many of you have scheduled vacations and trips. Maybe you have a favorite hotel or you are going someplace new. You can hear the beach or mountains calling your name! Summer is a fun time of outdoors and relaxation. It is a time of travel and vacation. It is a time for family and togetherness… and many of us can’t wait!

Imagine if we all lived in this kind of constant anticipation of the return of Jesus. 2 Peter 3:12 talks about believers, “waiting for and hastening the coming day of the Lord.” The attitude of the church is to be one that lives with an anticipation of His return. We should live with an excitement that builds with every passing day. We are one day closer to his return!

What does anticipating his return do? Well, like anticipating a vacation makes us packed and ready for the vacation when it comes, anticipating the return of Christ makes us ready for his return. When he returns we want to be found packed and ready to go and not caught off guard.

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We are so Blessed

Rowland BlogWe are so blessed to be able to call Bovina Baptist Church our faith family! There are so many wonderful things going on in our midst. I want to highlight some of the many things I am praising God for in our church. (There are many other things that I do not have time to list - these are just a few.)
  1. I am praising God for our kids! We are seeing such wonderful ministry going on in our children's ministry. God has blessed us with so many children and we are going to focus on children's ministry in the upcoming year to make sure we are good stewards of those children as we train them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

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NEVER Rest From Worship

Rowland BlogYou have worked hard all year. Now summer is here! It is time for VACATION!!! Vacation is a word much discussed throughout the summer months. One of our biggest events of the year at our church has just ended and it even has vacation in the name, Vacation Bible School! Many of us look forward all year to summer vacation! July, in particular, is a time when many people have either just gotten back from vacation or are about to go on a vacation. Maybe you have a favorite vacation spot: the beach, the mountains, the lake, or even your front porch?

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Kid's Sermon Notes

Rowland BlogIn January I began encouraging our church kids to take notes during the sermon. Many started but now (May), only 7 (mostly 2nd-3rd graders) have continued to take the notes during these months. Every Sunday these kids bring the notes they took up to me and give them to me. Usually, I thank them, give them a high five, put them in my pocket and go on. They have been piling up over the last few months. This morning I got them out and read through them all.

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Reasons Why I Am Praising God Today

Dr. Chas RowlandI woke up this morning from a dream. It was a very odd dream. I was sitting in my study, reading my Bible. I can't remember all of the verses that I was reading in my dream, but, many of them I do remember. Some I have posted on Facebook today. One verse in particular I remember because it bothered me in my dream when I read it. It bothered me so much that I have not been able to shake it all morning. The verses are, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." When do we rejoice? ALWAYS! When do we pray? ALWAYS! When do we give thanks? ALWAYS!

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Do you spend time every day in the Bible?

Dr. Chas RowlandDo you spend time every day in the Bible? Are you devoted to a daily time of devotion unto God? Spiritual disciplines are critical to our spiritual health and maturity. If you are not giving that daily time to God, let me encourage you to do it. But how can we protect the quality of our time alone with God? Let me offer a few suggestions.

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Doing Church Right Is Doing Church Well

Dr. Chas RowlandHow should we "do church"? Do we have to sacrifice effectiveness for being Biblical? The longer I pastor, the more I see fads come and go, the more convinced I am that being Biblical is the only way to be truly effective in the long run. To do church well, we must do church right!

In the Pastoral Epistles, God outlines what His church should look like and how it should act. He defines what a church's leadership should do. He stresses what a church should believe. The Pastoral Epistles are our best tool with which to build a church. It is in the Pastoral Epistles that God lays out His ecclesiology. Paul wants to make it clear that ecclesiology matters!

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Blood Sweat and Tears

Dr. Chas RowlandCritical self-evaluation is important. It is necessary for success. There are times when a pastor or church planter has to take a time-out and honestly re-evaluate things. What is my church really like? Is my church doing what I want it to do? Does my church look like I want it to look? Asking these questions are critical to keep your church from becoming dry, dead, ineffective, and stagnant.

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