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February 18, 2020, 12:00 PM

Serve One Another in Love

Last week we gathered at El Camino Baptist Church for a special association meeting.  As always, it was a great time to be together, and we voted to pass new by-laws that will make our ministry processes more effective, as well as to honor Bob and Debbie Lewis for their service to our association.  The Lord has been so good to us, and I am looking forward to what He has for us ahead!

That evening, I shared why I was excited to be there with everyone.  It’s because I was with my favorite people in the world—those who love Christ.  There are a lot of people who say they love the Lord, but He Himself tells us what that love looks like.  In the last chapter of John, Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love Me?”  Not once, but three times the Lord asks that question, which got Peter’s attention and should get ours.  And every time Peter responds, Jesus says, “Feed my lambs… take care of all my sheep… feed my sheep.”  What is the Lord is saying?  He saying that if you love Him then you will love His people, you will serve His church.  That love for the Lord is evident in so many people in our association who “serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13).

One of the most inspiring examples of this I’ve ever heard is not of a well-known pastor or a famous author or a gifted speaker.  No, it’s the example of a man named Jimmy, a man in his sixties who lived alone.  On Sundays he would come to the church building unnoticed, long before anyone else.  He parked his old car in the corner of the parking lot to leave the best places for others.  He unlocked all the doors, he got the bulletins and then waited at the entrance, giving a bulletin and a big smile to those who came for worship.  Because of his weakness Jimmy was robbed and beaten several times.  It was suspected that he lost his voice as the result of one of those beatings.  He had extensive arthritis, which stooped his shoulders and made him unable to turn his neck.  That made unlocking doors and handing out bulletins hard work. But he was always smiling, even though he couldn’t speak a word, which was embarrassing when guests would ask him a question.  But even though he had shortcomings, setbacks, handicaps, and a number of potential excuses, that didn’t stop him.  The Lord’s love filled Jimmy’s life that love overflowed into loving ministry to others.  What a shining testimony!  May this faithful love be true of our lives as well.

Looking forward, 


Pastor Ron Prosis
Director of Ministry, SRBN

January 31, 2020, 1:19 AM

Two Are Better Than One

This week I was excited to meet with two pastors of different churches who are interested in joining our association. As we talked, I was able to share why it is such a blessing to be a Southern Baptist Church.  Ecclesiastes 4:9 teaches that two are better than one, and that is true for relationships as well as for churches. I know first-hand from my ministry as a pastor how easy it is to become isolated and have an inward perspective, seeing the kingdom of God as primarily just your own church. But the New Testament reveals churches supporting one another. When many were coming to faith in the young church of Antioch, the church of Jerusalem sent Barnabas to help, then Barnabas got Paul to assist, and the end result was the church sending them on their missionary journeys (Acts 11:22-26; 13:2). When famine created a hardship for believers in Judea, other believers helped with their needs (Acts 11:27-30). (Further examples of churches helping one another are seen in Acts 16:1-5; Romans 15:26; 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians 16:1, 12; Philippians 2:19-22; Colossians 4:15-16.) The point is this: as an association of churches, we are more blessed together than alone, and we can be a greater blessing together than alone.

When my daughter was in college, we attended one of her school’s concerts. Before it began, there was a lot of discordant noise as each instrument was warming up. Each musician was playing whatever he thought best, oblivious to the other musicians. It was not a pleasant experience. But then, the conductor stepped forward, and as each musician followed his leadership, there was a dramatic, unified change—we heard wondrous music. This is my prayer for our association of churches, united in following the leadership of our Lord, as the apostle writes in Romans 15:5-6, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Looking forward, 

Pastor Ron Prosise
Director of Ministry, SRBN

August 1, 2019, 6:05 PM

Bob Lewis Shares about Where We Are in God's Timetable

Check out Bob's vlog on Where We Are in God's Timetable

July 25, 2019, 7:58 PM

Mid-summer Update on SRBN

Check out what's going on with SRBN this summer. 

Watch it here.

July 23, 2019, 4:06 PM

Why Churches Are Dying and How We Should Respond Vlog

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