Church Website Redirect

If our are looking for our old church website, lbcwylie.com, it is is now found at lbcwylie.ORG. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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VBS 2014 – Pictures and Ideas

Logo 2014 VBSVacation Bible School is always a highlight of our summer activities. This year our theme was “The Regions Beyond,” and our lessons centered around the missionary journeys of Paul. We had a high day of 82 kids and averaged over 70 each night with many trusting Continue reading

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Article: “I Repent” – The Oft Missing Element In Reconciliation

handshake2Luke 17:3-4 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. (4) And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

The Christian life begins with forgiveness. We who were undeniably guilty were forgiven solely on the merits of Jesus Christ and our faith in Him. To be saved, we repented toward God and received His pardon by faith. God forgave us freely “for Christ’s sake,” and commands us to do the same – “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32). This brought reconciliation. The Christian life therefore begins with forgiveness, is based on forgiveness, and must practice forgiveness towards others.

However, it is a sad trend that people want and expect forgiveness and reconciliation without any repentance on their part. I believe we should examine the above passage from the perspective of the one who has done the offense. Yes, the Christian has a responsibility to forgive. But does not the offending brother have a responsibility to say, “I repent?” Is there no responsibility on that brother’s part to sincerely acknowledge his error, own up to his action, and admit that he was wrong?

We teach our children to say “I’m sorry” to their little playmates; yet how often do we as adults remain silent when we should acknowledge our faults? This expectation of forgiveness without repentance hurts marriages, parent/child relationships, friendships, and relationships within the church. Some husbands never acknowledge their wrongs, and it hurts their marriages. Some wives do the same. Some parents could be reconciled to their adult children if they would say, “I’m sorry, I was wrong;” some adult kids could enjoy a restored relationship with the same words. Sooner or later we have to start taking responsibility for our actions – and take our responsibility for our part in reconciliation.

The Lord is “good, and ready to forgive” (Ps. 86:5), but doesn’t He also tell us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)?

Now, this view of Luke 17:3-4 does NOT justify unforgiveness on the part of the offended. Forgive for your sake and move on in life. There’s no sense holding a grudge or becoming bitter over things in the past. And there are many things we can “pass over” in our daily relationships that shouldn’t require a tear-filled apology and a hug (Prov. 19:11). However, reconciliation between two people is going to require more than quoting scripture at them and telling them they should be more forgiving when you’ve never bothered to say, “I repent.”

It’s time that Christians grow up and act like little children. A little kid knows to say “I’m sorry,” the other kid says, “That’s OK,” and they go right on with life. Let us learn to say, “I’m sorry” again – or, to be more Biblical, “I repent.”

Thank you for reading. God bless.

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Article: Why Don’t Some People “Stick?”

sowerThe Parable of the Sower is repeated in all three synoptic Gospels (Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8). When the disciples did not immediately understand the Lord’s meaning, He carefully explained it to them, leaving us with no doubt as to the interpretation. “The seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11). The soil represents the human heart (Luke 8:15). The birds that ate up the seed by the wayside represent the devil and his work (Luke 8:12).

We are commanded to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mk. 16:18). We are to go forth with weeping, “bearing precious seed” (Ps. 126:6). As we do so, the parable of the sower illustrates the fact that we will see four different reactions and results to our efforts.

Notice that the sower goes forth to sow. Apparently he is casting seed everywhere: on the wayside ground, stony ground, the thorn-covered ground, and plowed up ground. This illustrates the fact that we are to share the gospel with everyone – no matter how difficult or hopeless the situation may appear. We aren’t called to interview the ground to see if it deserves the seed, but to cast the seed everywhere. How many of us would have seen Saul of Tarsus as “good ground?” Don’t worry, there’s no danger in running out of or wasting the gospel seed. God has enough for all mankind. You can’t take the gospel to the wrong person.

Notice the first and last groups mentioned. Some seed falls by the wayside. The heart is hard, unreceptive. The birds quickly snatch it up and fly away. Nothing spiritual happens. There is no new birth. The last group mentioned is the “good ground.” Broken up, receptive to the seed. It is received, and with a good and honest heart brings forth fruit with patience.

What about the two middle groups? Well, Jesus said plainly that each “received the word” (Mt. 13:20,22). In Acts 2:41, the 3000 on Pentecost “gladly received his word,” Continue reading

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Article: What Does It Mean To Be An “Independent” Baptist?

Photo Apr 06, 12 12 35 PMI am an independent Baptist preacher and pastor an independent Baptist church. First and foremost, I am a Baptist in doctrine. I see no reason to divorce myself from a historic name and a doctrinal position that distinguishes me from other groups (who often take Biblical names without adopting Biblical doctrines or practices). So, first I am a Baptist with a capital “B.” Then, I am an “independent” Baptist.

“Independent” means “Not dependent; not subject to the control of others; not subordinate.” An independent Baptist church is one that is not dependent, subject, or subordinate to any outside organization. This adjective distinguishes and differentiates Continue reading

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Showers of Blessing – Just a Post of Praise

IMG_0220The Lord sure has been good to the Rasbeary family and the Lighthouse Baptist Church family this year. Sometimes, we go through times of purging, but, according to the Lord Jesus, such purging is necessary for bringing forth much fruit:

John 15:1-2 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (2) Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Purging is never fun but in the end it always leaves the church and the Christian stronger, healthier, and more productive.

IMG_0251As the Spring season gets ready to turn to summertime activities, I am excited about what the Lord is doing at Lighthouse Baptist Church. We just finished a Sunday School campaign in which we saw a good increase in our average attendance and many saved. Two months ago, we started our first choir and orchestra and changed our Sunday morning service format. Before, the children’s church ran separately; now, the children join the adults in the auditorium for the beginning of the song service. This Continue reading

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Article: The Positive But Often Overlooked Benefits Of Being A PK/MK

PK MK LogoMy wife and I were not PKs (preacher’s kids). My wife was a BK (bus kid). I was an MB (military brat). Yet, at age 17, the Lord called me to be a preacher and at 25 I became a pastor – and, through no fault of their own, our four kids are all PKs.

Recently, I began making a list of what I consider to be some PRACTICAL benefits of growing up in a preacher’s household. I found that it is much easier to list negatives. I suppose that is because of our sinful natures, or perhaps some of us lean naturally towards pessimism. Ask us to list ten negatives about the ministry and we can have it done in 5 minutes, with some bonus answers (this is partly because there ARE negatives, no doubt about it). Ask us to list ten Continue reading

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Article: Love It Or List It – Church Edition

Love_it_or_list_it_TitleApproximately 18 months ago, my wife started watching some HGTV home renovation shows. Approximately 18 months later, our home is totally renovated and I have a nice new mortgage. Moral of the story? Don’t let your wife watch home renovation shows unless you are ready for a long-term commitment.

One of the shows that my wife really enjoyed was “Love It or List It.” Okay, I admit it, I kinda liked it, too, and I learned a lot. For those who have never seen the show, allow me to explain the basic premise of the program: The show features “Designer Hillary” and “Realtor David” and a different couple each week that is divided over whether they want to stay in the current home or sell it and move. Hillary’s job is to remodel the house in such a way that the couple will choose to stay. David’s job is to persuade them to sell their home and purchase another. The drama builds around unexpected problems in the remodel and the visiting of various homes in the effort to persuade them to move. At the end of the show, the couple is shown their newly remodeled home and given their options – Will they love it? Or list it?

Perhaps a preacher is reading this blog and thinking, “I’ve about had it with my church. I think I’d like to ‘list it’ and look for better circumstances.” Or, perhaps a preacher’s wife is thinking, “I’d like to get out of this town and get away from Sister Sourpuss once and for all!” If so, you aren’t the first person to feel that way. In fact, considering that the average pastor stays in one church for less than 5 years, it is safe to say that a lot of people have felt exactly the way that you do.

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