April 21, 2019 Easter Morning Worship Service | Pastor Carl McCray

Special music by
Linda Dane, Jerry Shepherd, David Woodward, and Tony Hatfield
“Because He Loved Me”

Message: Don’t Give Up

 What do you do when you ask God for help and He doesn’t seem to answer? When Lazarus became sick, his sisters, Mary and Martha, asked Jesus to come. By the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus had been dead several days.

You may ask some of these questions. Why does God allow bad things to happen? How can the Lord see so much suffering and be silent? Where is God? Why doesn’t God show up when I need Him the most?

Sometimes we pray only to experience His stillness. What do you do when you ask, when you seek, when you knock and – when you do that – God seems silent? Some think God doesn’t care and they give up. Maybe you are on the verge of giving up today. When God is silent, don’t give up!

The fact is that God answers prayers. Prayers cause things to happen! God loves us. He wants us to grow (James 1:2-3). And like in the case of Mary and Martha when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead – sometimes God wants to show off (in a good way).

Blessings,

Burgin Baptist Church

October 28, 2018 Morning Worship Service | Pastor Carl McCray

Message: God’s Provision

God uses all kinds of things and different types of people to accomplish His purposes. For example, He used the beauty of Esther to save His people from the evil plans of Haman. He used David with his sling and a stone to save His people. He used Samson and a jawbone of a donkey. He used Moses and a rod to open up the Red Sea. He also chose to use floods, a burning bush, and in donkey to achieve His purposes and goals. In today’s scripture (John 6:1-9) God used something very small to do something incredibly large. A boy had five small barley loaves and two small fish. God used what was in the boy’s hands to feed 5,000 men. Without the touch of the Lord, the loaves and fish would have been inadequate.

What’s in your hands? What talents and abilities do you possess? God wants to use you and me to exalt Jesus and expand His Kingdom; but He can’t until we give Him what’s in our hands. Don’t worry about what you don’t have or can’t do. Instead, concentrate on what you do have and what you can do. Little is much when God is in it. What’s in your hands? Are you willing to give it to the Lord?

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” John 6:9 NIV

Blessings,

Burgin Baptist Church

March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday | Carl McCray, Pastor

Living in the Present (John 12:12-16)

On this Palm Sunday, the faith family of Burgin Baptist Church celebrated with the observance of the Lord’s Supper. When you think about Palm Sunday, this was an important event in the journey of Jesus. Everyone wanted to hear and see the Miracle Worker, the Messiah. Jesus road into town on a donkey, which in that day and time, symbolized that He came in peace. It was misunderstood. He didn’t come to use force or shed the blood of others. He came, not to conquer the political powers or government authority, but to conquer death, hell, and the grave. He came to bring peace.

Sometimes, like the disciples back then, we don’t understand the significance of what God is doing. Rest assured, God is working out His perfect plan. What God wants us to learn today is to live in the present. Make it your choice every day, every moment to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. We may not understand what is happening, but what we must do is live in the present and trust in Him.

“At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.”   – John 12:16 NIV

Blessings,

Burgin Baptist Church

March 18, 2018 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

When God Calls You Out: Life’s Greatest Challenge (John 3:14-15)

Special thanks to Sherry Peavler for sharing her testimony about the Good News she found in Jesus!

Today, Pastor Carl shared how to overcome life’s greatest challenge.

God calls all to salvation. He doesn’t want anyone to perish. That’s why He sent His Son on a rescue mission – to offer salvation to anyone who would accept it. Salvation is not just a ticket to heaven. The call to salvation is a call to passionately follow after Jesus. Salvation is taking God’s truth, implementing it into our lives, and living it out. This is a road that is less traveled by the majority. We want to follow God on our terms. We want to play “Let’s Make Deal” with God. That’s not the way it’s suppose to be. When we do that, God calls us out!

“If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross DAILY, and follow Me.” – Jesus (Luke 9:23 HCSB)

The greatest challenge you will ever face, you will face every morning. The question is, “To whom will I surrender to today?” Choose to follow Jesus passionately.

Blessings from Burgin Baptist Church