Posted in From the Pastor | By Shades Mountain Baptist Church | Posted on Wed May 18, 2022
How easy is it for us to lose sight of where we want to go? Pastor George speaks on Proverbs 4, teaching us that intentional living must be a priority, if we want to live for the glory of God.
Posted in From the Pastor | By Shades Mountain Baptist Church | Posted on Wed May 11, 2022
God is the giver of wisdom. When we need Him, He is always there for us guiding us through life. Watch this week as Pastor George shares about where to find wisdom and advice through the lens of Proverbs 2:6-8.
Posted in Missions | By Shades Staff | Posted on Tue May 3, 2022
I moved around a little in high school. In fact, I went to three different high schools, my last three years, in three different states! (At the time, I was not a happy camper but looking back I am thankful for the way God used those moves to shape me and the calling on my life…but that’s another blog for another day!) In each new school, I distinctly remember being the “new guy,” which carried various implications and outcomes. One of those outcomes, was that I was an “outsider”. Groups, cliques, and “clubs” were pretty much formed in the school, church, and sports team…and I was clearly not a part of them. Even though I wanted in, I did not have an invitation to be “in”. On occasion, someone from within a “club” would became a friend which might eventually gain me entrance into the group. However, there were always a few groups that never let me in and after a while, I quit wanting to be in those groups.
Posted in Missions | By Shades Staff | Posted on Mon Apr 25, 2022
Have you ever misread someone?
Have you ever made a judgement about someone only to discover later (if you are being honest) you were wrong! Years ago, I was planting a church and struck up a conversation with a new family that visited with us. As a church planter, people were the focus and having more of them was the means of survival! However, I was not 5 minutes into this conversation, and I began to think, “I don’t think I like this guy that much”. Of course, that was the conversation going on in my head while I was still verbally engaged with him. Fast forward a few weeks and they were still at the church and now looking to join a Bible study small group. My wife and I were about to begin one, but I made sure that they were “assigned” to a different group. Fast forward a year and they were some of our best friends. We had them over to the house many times, at their house often, and stayed connected even after we moved to another ministry. He and I met often for movie nights, sports, and conversations.
Posted in Missions | By Shades Staff | Posted on Mon Apr 18, 2022
When I three years old I suffered from convulsions. If you are not familiar with what that might be, it is exactly what it sounds like! It is a seizure-like moment in which I would shake and lose balance and mobility. I don’t remember them, but my mom certainly does! There was one episode I had while we were visiting with extended family. My “seizure” caused me to fall into a pool. My mom could not swim but jumped in after me anyway. Eventually we both made it out of the pool but I swallowed enough water that I quit breathing. In rushing me to the hospital, my uncle gave me mouth to mouth to resuscitate me
Posted in Missions | By Shades Staff | Posted on Mon Apr 11, 2022
Confession! Our TV stays on the HGTV channel more than any other channel! To maintain some sense of my dignity, I want to think sports programs are right up there but since I watch those on a variety of channels, HGTV would still win out as the most-watched channel.
Posted in From the Pastor | By Shades Mountain Baptist Church | Posted on Sun Apr 10, 2022
Why do Christians celebrate Easter? What is about the resurrection of Jesus that causes such hope, such celebration?
It takes faith to place your life in the fact of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It also takes faith to place your faith in something or someone else. In a special message, Pastor George talks about the reality of Christianity's central belief.
Click the button below for the YouTube link, and text it to someone you know needs to hear the hope of the Gospel this week!
Posted in Missions | By Shades Staff | Posted on Mon Apr 4, 2022
At the start of training camp in 1961, Vince Lombardi walked into the locker room of the Green Bay Packers and said to his team what would become one of the most iconic quotes in sports history… “Gentlemen, this is a football.”
Posted in From the Pastor | By Shades Mountain Baptist Church | Posted on Wed Mar 30, 2022
Pause. Breathe. Ask yourself: What has God been revealing to you these past few weeks? Are you striving to earn God's approval? Take rest in the fact that grace is the only way we can truly repent and receive God's forgiveness.
Posted in Missions | By Tommy DeRamus | Posted on Mon Mar 28, 2022
I’m a rule follower. I like to know the rules for what I am expected to do, and when I know the rules I do my best to obey them. And I really like it when everyone around me also follows the rules!
Good leaders understand that in order to get the results they want from their teams they need to clearly explain the rules the team members need to follow as they do their jobs. When the team knows what the expected outcome is and the rules they need to follow to get to that outcome, then everyone is one the same page, working together for the desired result.