November 2007


“I had one most touching proof of a deacon’s loving self-sacrifice and generosity. During a very serious illness, I had an unaccountable fit of anxiety about money matters. There was no real ground for apprehension, for my dear wife and I were scrupulously careful to “owe no man anything,” and there was no pecuniary liability in connection with the
Lord’s work under my charge which need have caused me the slightest perplexity. I had fallen into one of those curious mental conditions that are often the result of extreme pain and weakness, in which the mind seems to lay hold of some impalpable object, and will not let it go. One of the brethren came to see me while I was in that sad state, and after trying in vain to comfort me, he said, “Well, good bye, sir, I’ll see what I can do.” He went straight home, and before very long he came back to me bringing all the stocks and shares and deeds and available funds that he had. Putting them down on the bed where I was lying in great agony, he said, “There, my dear Pastor, I owe everything I have in the world to you, and you are quite welcome to all I possess. Take whatever you need, and do not have another moment’s anxiety.” Of course, as soon as I got better, I returned to my dear friend all that he had brought to me under’ such singular circumstances. Even if I had needed it, I could not have taken a penny of it, for it seemed to me very much as the water from the well of Bethlehem must have appeared to David. Happily, I did not require any part of the amount so freely placed at my disposal, but I could never forget the great kindness of the brother who was. willing to give all that he had in order to allay the groundless fears of his sorely-afflicted minister.” from his autobiography 2 page 72

There are lessons we can learn–one that I am working on is getting out of debt.  He owed no one anything and that had to be a relief.  Another thing to be learned is that God gives us in our churches great men and women who are such a blessing to us.  We need to be careful to so give to our people that they will feel this great love.

It is not to be expected but to be earned.

Vision News

Vision Baptist Church 

I am often kidded about my enthusiasm for blogging and so as I read this quote from Spurgeon I thought that it might give you that extra nudge to start recording what you are learning also:”Beloved, when you and I have seen or heard anything which God has revealed to us, let us go and write it, make it known by some other means.  God has not put the treasure into the earthen vessel merely for the vessel’s own sake, but that the treasure may afterwards be poured our from it, that others may thereby be enriched.  You have not been privileged to see, merely to make glad your eyes, and to charm your soul; you have been permitted to see in order that you may make others see, that you may go forth and report what the Lord has allowed you to perceive.  John no sooner became the seer of Patmos than he heard a voice that said to him, ‘Write’.   He could not speak to others, for he was on an island where he was exiled from his fellows, but he could write, and he did; and, often, he who writes addresses a larger audience than the man who merely uses his tongue.   It is a happy thing when the tongue is aided by the pen of a ready writer, and so gets a wider sphere, and a more permanent influence than if it merely uttered certain sounds, and the words died away when the ear had heard them.”  Vision News
Vision Baptist Church 

I am working on a special series of posts on a blog that I call the Church Planting Discussion.  The material is tremendous due to the fact that it is what William Carey and his team drew up to better reach the people of India.  I want you to invite you to read them and start following that discussion.  Feel free to make comments:Post 1, 23456789.  Yes you did hear and get started late. Vision News
Vision Baptist Churc

Dear Friends,
We have heard that Gary and Sarah have been released and are boarding a plane to Miami right now.  We praise the Lord for watching over them.  Thank you for your prayers and concern.

In Christ,
Matt Burns

Vision News

Vision Baptist Church 

Vision Baptist Church where I pastor does not support these missionaries but I do know of them and know their family.  I would like to ask you to be in prayer for them.  I will get more news to you as it becomes available.

Dear Friends,
We just received news that Gary and Sarah Greenwood, missionaries in Venezuela that we know have been arrested and detained in Venezuela by the government.  Sarah is 6 months pregnant and they have two other small children.  The govt. officials that are guarding them are not allowing them to speak to a lawyer or to the national pastor that they are working with.  Jail time has been mentioned by the arresting officers.  The American embassy will get involved tomorrow and hopefully they will be released or deported.  Please hold them up in prayer during this difficult and very scary time.

Kathy Ashley

Vision News

Check out the new website that Philip Bassham has prepared for Vision Baptist Church.  He has done a wonderful job and you can get his help if you would like by just clicking on his name and seeing his website.

He is a tremendous man of God and does a great job serving us and many others with their websites.

You can see more of Philip’s work on ChristmasOnTheNorthside.com and take this as an invitation to see the site and participate in this very special day.

Vision News