November 14, 1976

NVBC1976 – that’s not todays date! No it’s not. That is the date that I was saved. The date that I became a follower of jesus Christ. How did it happen? Well, I was invited to church by a couple of friends. That’s a key to bringing people to Jesus – the INVITATION. We could all learn a great deal with this one idea alone. Next, I was wonderfully accepted – mess up and everything. This is another key ingredient. Instead of looking down on lost people, we should embrace their journey to Christ. I am so glad that the people at North Valley Baptist Church (Redding, CA) accepted me. Now they didn’t condone my lost lifestyle, but they did love me. The love that I felt was like something that I had never felt before (John 13:35). The people at NVBC really showered me with love. This set the stage for what happened at the evening service on November 14, 1976.

Pastor Royal Blue was preaching a series of messages from the book of Revelation. On this particular night he was in the

Royal Blue

13th Chapter of Revelation. He was preaching about a beast coming up out of the sea have many heads and various horns. His message dealt with the End Times, and prophetically what was going to happen with the rise of the Antichrist. At the conclusion of the sermon he gave an altar call to anyone present that felt lost and without hope. He said, ‘If you are here tonight and you have never received Jesus Christ I want you to come forward. Someone will be here to meet you.” I got up out of my seat, and I began my journey to Christ. A man by the name of Jim Lindenburger counseled me in a small room off to the side of the church. He opened the Bible and showed me my need for Christ. There in that room, I called out to Jesus to save me, and to wash away my sins. I asked Him to come into my life. He did, and my life has never been the same.

Right away I planted myself in the church. I got involved with youth group and church related ministries. I was a bus captain, and went out and visited homes on Saturdays inviting children to ride our church bus on Sunday morning to church. We picked them up, we dropped them off at their front doors. I got involved with our church youth choir, and went on several summer choir tours through the Northwest states. I was active at Bible camp serving as a camp counselor. Sunday school and midweek was also important for me.

My church provided me with a lot of reading after I gave my heart to Christ. I found myself reading that material after school as I sat in my car waiting for a friend. We would ride together into Redding where we both worked for Red Lion Motor Inn. Those early days were so very important. I am so glad that my church knew just what I needed, and that they provided the materials to help me get properly grounded.

What about your salvation experience? Are you walking with Christ today? Did you get involved in your church? Are you rooted properly? If you can’t answer yes, why don’t you begin afresh. Start today. Get involved in your church. Plant yourself in a ministry. Serve Christ through serving people. Read all that you can to help yourself understand the Christian faith. Serve the Lord with gladness.

I al so thankful for that Sunday that I came to saving faith. North Valley Baptist Church – Thank you for everything you did for me. Thank you for accepting me, and loving me into God’s forever family.

A Recent Sermon: Snow Flurries

   Slide1   We started a new series, really a mini-series compared to Hosea. We started a three-week series that I am calling, Biblical Weather Report, and yesterday we looked at a message I entitled, Snow Flurries. Yes, we took a look at SNOW, how it is used in the Bible, and what we can learn from SNOW. This series is being based off of Psalm 148:8, “Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word.” Isn’t that a truly amazing verse? SNOW fulfills the word of God!

   SNOW we discovered is mentioned some 20 times in the Bible, and we traveled through most of the places in yesterday’s sermon. What did we discover about SNOW? We learned:

I.              God controls all weather, even snow.

Take a few minutes to look up the following verses in your own Bible. Job 37:6, God causes the SNOW to fall on the earth. Job 37:13, God sends the weather for correction, for the land, and out of His goodness. Job 37:13, God has a treasury just for SNOW. Psalm 147:16, God gives SNOW like wool. It is a covering! Psalm 148:8, Our key verse again (Highlight it in your Bible). What do you think the point is in all these verses? It’s simple – God controls all weather.

II.            God inspired His writers to be creative with the word, SNOW.

Check out the following biblical writers usage of the word, SNOW:

A.    Job uses the word, SNOW – Job 24:19

This is the verse that I had a hard time with in the sermon yesterday. It wasn’t Solomon that used it; it was Job. Thanks for the text, Anthony. As SNOW melts away by heat and drought, so the grave consumes those that sin. There is a high price for sin. Sin is the culprit that leads us away from God.

B.    David uses the word, SNOW – Psalm 51:7

This verse comes right out of David’s prayer of repentance. It is a powerful verse of confession and cleanings. God will wash us and make us whiter than SNOW! Remember, it is God who does the cleansing.

C.    Solomon uses the word, SNOW – Prov. 25:13

Here SNOW is seen as something refreshing. It is used to cool one down on a hot harvest day. It is compared to a faithful messenger that brings good news to his master.

Solomon also uses SNOW over in that great Proverbs 31 chapter. Check out verse 21. Here we read that the wife wasn’t afraid of the SNOW because she had prepared ahead of time for its arrival. Preparation is essential.

D.    Isaiah uses the word, SNOW – Isaiah 1:18

In this verse Isaiah quotes God, “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” 

There is nothing like knowing that ones sins have been completely forgiven. Thank you Lord. Agree with God about our sin, and we shall be forgiven.

III.           God is described by the word, SNOW.

There are three places where God is described (His garments, head and hair) by the word, SNOW. You will want to pick up your Bible and look at the following verses: Daniel 7:9, Mark 9:3, and Revelation 1:14. God being described by the word, SNOW is used to drive home the truth that God is wholly pure and totally holy.

I brought the message to a close by reminding us that no two snowflakes are the same. That they are as individual as fingerprints. God created them all. I also asked us to see winter through new eyes. Remember that all weather is God controlled. That SNOW comes from God’s treasury, and that it fulfills His word. That’s mighty awesome.

Next, I reminded us how creative man is with SNOW. Man makes snowmen to snow hotels with God’s SNOW! I also pointed out that along this same creative streak that the writers of Scripture were creative with the usage of SNOW. Go back up and reread point II. Washed as white as SNOW. As heat and drought consume the SNOW waters. SNOW is like a faithful messenger that refreshes his master. A prepared wife doesn’t have to be afraid of the SNOW. If we will agree with God about our sin, and confess our sin, that God will wash us as white as SNOW. Now that is a very creative use for the word, SNOW!

Finally, I shared that when we look at SNOW that we need to be reminded that it describes for us the attribute of God. We looked at three places where God’s garments and His head and hair were being described by the word, SNOW. SNOW in those passages was speaking about God being pure and holy.

And there we have our Biblical Weather Report. I really hope that you and I will never look at SNOW again in the same way. SNOW points us to God! Now, how wonderful is that?

Sunday Reflections – September 29, 2013


I am sitting in my office listening to people just outside my door making plans for The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever. Decisions are being made regarding whether we should charge a fee, or free, decorations, sound equipment, lighting, food, and so many other decisions. It is exciting to hear the discussion between various individuals. Others in the drama are actually in the sanctuary going through various lines. I hope that everyone at SLBC will begin to pray and to think about whom they will invite to the program in December.

This week a decision will be made regarding the new church sign on Hwy 41 and New Hampshire. Pray! This is going to be a great way to inform our community about what is happening here at SLBC.

Tonight we also held our 5th Sunday worship experience. The group was small, but the Spirit of God was present. Christian, Bob, and Carlee did a fantastic job in ministering to us through song. Boy O’ boy did those present sing – I loved it! Thank you to everyone that came out and participated. It was tremendous.

Today’s sermon was titled: It’s what’s in the Heart. I asked us at the beginning to think about what we allow into our heart (essence of who we are as people). Solomon wrote in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Yes, each one of us needs to be careful what we allow into our hearts, because it will eventually come to the surface of our lives. Today we walked through Hosea 10, and we saw what Israel allowed into their lives. They allowed the following sins into their heart:

  • Selfishness – shows up with we spend only on ourselves.
  • Division (half-heartedness) – showed up with Israel serving other gods.
  • Lying – showed up with Israel broke covenants they made with others.
  • Idolatry – showed up by the many idols Israel worshipped.
  • Wickedness – showed up in the many wicked behaviors of the Israelites.

Yes, its what’s in the heart that really matters! We need to guard our hearts, and make sure that we don’t allow things into our lives that will lead us away from a strong walk with the Lord. So then, how do we as the people of God today establish a healthy heart? What is the right stuff that we need to be putting into our heart today? I would remind us, and suggest that we practice the following:

  1. Serve instead of being served (or being selfish). I challenged us that we do something every day this coming week outside of our comfort zone for another human being, and expect nothing in return. No applause, and not even a thank you.Serve as unto the Lord. This is how we overcome selfishness in our hearts.
  2. Choose God above gods! Remember the wonderful words of General Joshua, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)
  3. Speak the truth (from your heart). The key for this point was that we must have truth in our heart, if we are going to speak truth from our heart. Key verses here were: John 17:17, and John 8:32. Truth sets people free. Seek to only speak truth this week. Have a heart of integrity.
  4. Glory only in God Almighty. This was what the Apostle Paul wrote, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” (I Corinthians 1:31, II Corinthians 10:17).
  5. Sow for yourself righteousness (what I RIGHT). Do this and you will reap God’s mercy! Each one of us needs to do what is right as a habit from our heart. Practice this and we will reap the goodness of God. Sounds good to me.

Well, those are my thought tonight. I trust that you and your family will have a great week. As Robert King use to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.”

In His Service,

Pastor Kim

Amos 5:1-15 Hear this Word # 3 Pt. 1

Amos 5:1-15 Hear this Word 3 Pt. 1Pastor Kim again returns to the Old Testmanet Minor Prophet book of Amos. The shepherd-tree tender turned Prophet. What a message to the household of Israel. It doesn’t sound like something written thousands of years ago. No, it sounds like a message give to a people who are alive in the 21st Century. People seem to be the same throughout the ages. The only thing that changes is the calendar. This message is a clarion call to hear, and to seek the LORD and live. Pick up your Bible and follow along.

Amos 4:1-13 Hear This Word # 2

Amos 4Pastor Kim continues in the series through the Minor Prophet book of Amos. Although it is thousands of years old, it is very relevant to the times in which you and I are living today. God’s message to Israel seems to be a message to us. Pick up your Bible and follow along.

Amos 3:1-15 Hear this word # 1

Slide1Here is a message about hearing! Check out: Amos 3:1, 4:1, and 5:1. Three messages that Amos preaches about the importance of hearing God’s Word. Pick up your Bible and follow along as Pastor Kim shares about why it is important for us today to hear God’s word.

Authentic Discipleship – Go Make Disciples Matthew 28:18-20

Slide1Disciples are to follow Jesus Christ, and they are to be obedient to His last words to them. These words are called, The Great Commission. In this message Pastor Kim shares four ideas about the Great Commission – It’s Proclamation, Transformation, Equipping, and Object. Pick up your Bible and follow along.

Amos 1:1-15 When God Has Enough # 1

Pastor Kim returns to his series on the Minor Prophets. Minor Prophets with Major Messages. In this first installment of Amos we see that God has had it with the nations surrounding Israel, and that He judged them based on their treatment to His covenant people. There are six key truths that Pastor Kim concludes this message with. You really need to grab your Bible and listen along. Take notes and interact with your Bible. God is speaking to all His people in this message.

Matthew 4:18-22 Authentic Discipleship # 1

A new series for a New Year – Authentic Discipleship. Can people follow Jesus without really following Jesus? The early disciples dropped all to follow Jesus, and they did so immediately. Has following Jesus Christ changed your life? To be a disciples means that you are following the teachings and actions of Jesus Christ Himself. Grab your Bible and listen to the first in a series of messages of what it means to be real, true, genuine, or authentic in following Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5:43-48 Love Your Enemies

We probably have all heard the words, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy” – this is often the motto of many people today. It is easy to love people that we consider friends, but what about people who think differently than we do, or people that may not have our best interest in mind? How are we to think about these people? Jesus teaches us that to be a Christian  means that we learn to become a kingdom thinker. Grab your Bible and follow along as Pastor Kim presents a message on loving our enemies.