Don’t Despise Preaching

1Thessalonians 5:20 “Despise not prophesyings.” It’s interesting that the opposite of “despise not” would be to highly honor. We are to esteem preaching, i.e., we are to highly regard preaching. That’s what the Bible says. We are to place a premium on Bible preaching as we regard it with pleasure and not with contempt. The […]

Consider Him

The greatest Example of a soldier of faith is the Lord Jesus Christ.  That is why Hebrews 12:2-3 commands us, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the […]

Is Organized Religion Biblical?

What do you mean when you say that you don’t like organized religion? Could it be that “organized religion” is really your way of referencing the church?  Consider a typical Biblical church service: people come together in an “organized” assembly for a “religious” (religious simply means worship) service.  Maybe a corollary question to “Is organized […]

“So, This Isn’t Big?”

I had preached my heart out. It was a favorite passage and subject and I tried to pour myself into it, hoping to stir the church to do something BIG! David and Goliath. We could be David. We could really do something big if we just caught David’s vision! We could make everyone, the world […]

Final Authority

Someone said that there are four foundations upon which to base your life. You could base your life on: EducationReligionExperienceThe Word of God The born-again, Holy Spirit-indwelt Christian will desire to base his or her life SOLELY on the Word of God. They accept, affirm, and embrace it as the Final Authority.  Christian, it is […]

Wanted: Faithful Men!

There is an incredible famine of faithfulness in these days. Many churches could take Proverbs 20:6 as their theme verse— “Most men will proclaim every man his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” Thank God that the Apostle Paul found one in Timothy. To that young preacher Paul issued the following command […]

Zealous Of Good Works Or Straddling The Fence?

The following exhortation is by Paul Brownfield, a faithful man here at Mid-Coast Baptist Church.   Titus 2:14  “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”      Being a father for just a short while has taught me many things. […]

Let Him Speak!

After preaching in Corinth for about a year and six months Paul was made to stand before the judgment seat of Gallio, the deputy, or governor proconsul, of that region.  Gallio was known as a very affable man, friends with many, and a lover of good times.  His brother was Seneca, tutor of Nero, so he  was […]

He Came To Me

The farmer doesn’t say to the soil, “Find a way to get to the barn, get the plow hitched to the tractor, run the plow across your hardened self, and then have some seed sown on you, and bring forth fruit.”  The cloud does not say to the ground, “Find a way to come up […]

Time To Just Accept It

Prayer.  Calling on the Lord.  Talking to God.  Beseeching.  Pleading.  Crying out.  Falling on your face.  Interceding.  Asking.  Seeking.  Knocking.  What a subject! What a vital topic.  Think of the promises of prayer, the practitioners of prayer, and the power of prayer that the Bible reveals. Jesus taught His church to pray in Matthew 6:5-15.  […]

Older Is Not Necessarily Wiser

You will need to read 1 Kings 13 to understand this article. It is not complicated. It should be taken as a serious admonition to obey the Bible no matter who is attempting to convince you to go in a different direction. No matter how much older or experienced anyone is, including an older pastor, the […]

Soulwinning: What About Motivation?

New Testament churches are commanded to be preaching the Gospel “to every   creature” (Mark 16:15), with the goal of seeing men and women become genuine  disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19,20).   Souls are won  to the Lord by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit of God as the Gospel is proclaimed by […]

They That Turn Many To Righteouness: Soulwinner Or Salesman?

Another favorite Old Testament promise claimed by soul-winners is found in  Daniel 12:3: “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the  firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).  Obviously, if someone is turned to righteousness, they do not live in unrighteousness.  Biblical soul-winners […]

He That Winneth Souls Is Wise

The idea of winning souls is Scriptural.  Solomon wrote, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30). Of course, that inspired statement should be considered in its context.  In the minds of many evangelical and fundamentalist Christians today soul-winning is merely an attempt to […]

Give God The Glory

Psalm 29:1-3–“Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.  Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.  The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth; the LORD is upon many waters.” I really […]

To God Be The Glory

God’s glory is the result of His nature and acts. He is glorious in His character, for there is such a store of everything that is holy, and good, and lovely in God, that He must be glorious. The actions which flow from His character are also glorious; but while He intends that they should […]

Grace Baptist Church

We often describe certain New Testament Baptist Churches by saying something like, “They are a strong church!” or “They are a giving church!”  Maybe we proclaim, “They are a talented church” or “an evangelistic church.”  Many times we just hear, “They are a GOOD church.”  The Biblical reality is that if there is anything good […]


The Barna Group recently released a survey that they claim reveals the most and least Bible-minded cities in the USA.  The survey results can be seen at We should be happy that many people in some major cities in the USA state that they read the Bible and believe it to be accurate.  That’s great!  […]

Merry Christmas!

We at Mid-Coast Baptist Church are rejoicing that God gave His Son Jesus to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21).  We accept the testimony of the Word of God that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, that He lived a sinless life, that He died in our place to pay the debt of […]

Be Content

Hebrews 13:5–“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Notice:   The Command—Let your conversation be without covetousnessThe Cure for Covetousness—Be content with such things as ye haveThe Constant Presence—For he hath said, I will never leave […]

Even After

“But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention” (1 Thessalonians 2:2). Paul, Silas, and Timothy “SUFFERED” as they were “SHAMEFULLY ENTREATED” at Philippi.  They were stripped, whipped, beaten, and […]

Missing The Obvious: If The Lord Will

Have you ever noticed how often we miss, or almost miss, the OBVIOUS? I hope you didn’t miss that big “obvious” right there.  I’ve noticed, for example, that whenever someone commits a horrible crime that gets the attention of the nation, many miss the obvious.  The news programs and talk shows spend hours discussing why […]