Pastor Chad's Itinarary

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"Rejoice"

”Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20

For most Christians including pastors, there is a sense of joy when the Lord uses us. We rejoice to see sinners saved and saints sanctified through our discipleship efforts. We long to see broken relationships restored through our biblical counseling and backslidden saints reconciled by our prayers. It's not us doing it but God doing it through us (Gal.2:20). I don't know any true converted Christian who does not want to be used by God in some way.

However, Jesus reminds his disciples they should not rejoice in how God worked through them, rather they should ”rejoice their names were written in heaven.” This statement brings things into perspective. It reminds us that our primary concern should not be rejoicing in what we’ve done for God, but what God has done for us in Christ Jesus. We should rejoice in the fact that our names are written in the ”Lamb’s Book of Life” and that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

I believe if Christians would meditate on what God has done for us in Christ, there would be more joy in the believer’s life. It's when we focus on ourselves or what we are doing that there seems to be a loss of joy. Namely, because we are imperfect and fail at times. GOD is perfect and never fails. So, take time today to meditate and think about the gospel and what God has done has done for you in Christ Jesus. And know if you are His than YOUR name is written in heaven.

Have a blessed week! SDG.

By His Grace and For His Glory,
Pastor Chad Beck

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

"Safe with Jesus"

“And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.”- Matthew 8:24

Jesus had been ministering on the Sabbath. He had been preaching and teaching in the synagogue, casting out demons, healing Peter’s mother-in-Law and others. He had been confronted by two “would be disciples” who found out following Jesus would not be convenient for them. In order to find rest, and solace, Jesus gets into a boat to get away from the crowds and some disciples tag along with him.

However, these disciples did not fully understand what getting into the boat with Jesus would mean for them. It was while they were crossing the Sea of Galilee that these men encountered a violent storm. This storm was like no other. Matthew called it a “megas seismos” in the Greek meaning a “great storm..” The word seismos is where we get our English word “seismic” in measuring earthquakes. This was no ordinary storm these men were in. I refer to it as a hurricane mixed with a tornado and an earthquake all at once.

The storm was so severe that the boat was “swamped” with water. In other words, the boat was overcome and sinking due to the water it was taking on. All the while, Jesus was “sound asleep.” Remember, Jesus was fully human and fully God. So, Jesus in his humanity was tired and sleeping while these men were scurrying for their lives.

There’s a few things we can learn from this boat ride with Jesus:
  1. Following Jesus may turn out to be more than you bargain for. I imagine these disciples thought they were in the boat safe and secure with Jesus, while all the crowds were left looking on from the shore. These men probably never thought they would be in such a storm, especially with Jesus.
  2. We are helpless and hopeless without Jesus. These men were experienced seamen, yet they find themselves in a desperate situation. These men had no control over their situation. Regardless of how much we think we are in control of our situations, we will all find ourselves one day helpless and hopeless if we don’t have Christ.
  3. Some storms in our lives are worse than others. One man has said, “you are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or headed for a storm.” It doesn’t take long of being in the boat with Jesus to realize the storms come. Some are stronger. Some are more severe, nonetheless they are painful and sometimes unbearable. But, there is good news....
  4. Jesus makes the storms in life bearable. Jesus gives us the grace to persevere in the storms of life. Jesus was sound asleep. He was not afraid. He was not nervous. He was not fretting over the disciples situation. He was resting and trusting in the Father knowing that no harm will befall the disciple who is resting in Him.
So, I ask us all; what storm or storms in life are you? Remember, if you are in Christ, you need not worry, fret, or lose sleep over your situation (Matthew 6:25-34). Rather, we should rest and trust in Christ. For He is in control over the storm!

Have a blessed week. SDG!


Sunday, August 19, 2018

"The Time Is Now"

      You may or may not know it, but myself and Pleasant Hill Baptist church have been ministry partners of EIM (Expositors International Ministries) and BES (Bible Expositors Seminary) based in Cagayan De Oro, Philippines for the last several years. The ministry exists to give pastors a Bible-based, Christ-saturated, and God-Glorifying theological education. I have had the privilege of going and teaching some of the pastors, as well as preaching in their churches on 3 different occasions. For some time now, I have tried to suppress the burden of being more involved in the ministry, as it continues to grow. I am now acting upon this desire by making this known to my church, my elders, and now to each of you.

     Recently, I preached in a Bible conference where one of the lay elders of the church preached a simple message from Matthew 5:19-24. This brother never attended a Bible college or seminary. He is a logger by trade. It was then that God’s Word convicted me, as I was faced with the reality of living for myself, my comforts, and my desires rather than "letting good and kindreds go." With that said, there is an open door of opportunity for me to be more active in the teaching and training of the pastors there. And now, I sense the Lord's will for me is to walk through that door.

      Hence, I will continue to make disciples here in Orlinda, TN by shepherding the flock at PHBC. At the same time, I will help serve EIM in a part-time capacity. I will do this by helping administrate and facilitate for EIM here in the U.S. I will also be investing in the lives of the pastors by making at least one or two trips a year to teach, while organizing trips for U.S. pastors and laymen who desire to help train pastors. My next scheduled trip is January 2019 for 12-14 days.

     In conclusion, I ask for two things: First, will you pray for me? Pray God will first and foremost be glorified in this endeavor and I will be obedient to Him. Second, would you prayerfully consider becoming a financial ministry partner? I am trusting the Lord to provide $2,000 a month in order to step away from my part-time employment and focus on the work for EIM. If you have any godly counsel, wisdom, questions or would like for me to share with your church concerning this ministry, please feel free to message me or e-mail me at csbeck52275@gmail.com.

You may also submit your one-time or monthly donation to:Pleasant Hill Baptist Church3049 Pleasant Hill Church RoadOrlnda, TN 37141


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

"A Graduation Letter from Dad"


“A Graduation Letter from Dad”

Dear Chance,

            I am at a loss for words today. I know that is hard to believe, but it is the truth. As I have sat back and reflected on the past 18 years of your life, I can’t believe how fast they have come and gone. I remember growing up how fast I wanted to be an adult and being told, “don’t wish your days away.” Well, the last 18 years of my life has flown by me and they will begin to get faster for you, as well.

Brothers


            I have learned so much as your father. I have learned that I am not perfect. I have learned that there are things I deal with in my own life that I often fail to give to God, which causes me a great deal of frustration. I have learned that in many ways I see myself in you, except you are a much better kid than I was. God has used you to teach me so much about myself these last 18 years. I have learned I am still in need of constantly battling against my sinful flesh and stand in need of God’s free grace.

First and last season of football


            I know the past 12 years of school have come and gone quickly. You have learned a lot in life when it comes to an academic education. However, you are entering a new phase of life where if you do not constant learner you will be left behind. I promise I do not say that to scare you, but to encourage you. Never quit learning. The moment you quit learning, you quit growing, and the moment you quit growing, you begin dying. Life is difficult, yet very rewarding and the one who is willing to learn will be successful. Don’t’ merely “get through” life. Learn. Grow. Succeed.

            I guess that is what I want for all three of you boys. I want you to be successful in the Lord. I want you to dream, set goals, and go after it with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. God has gifted you in many ways, use them for His glory and your good. If you want to play college baseball do whatever it takes to get there. Don’t sit around and wonder what if I would have done this or that ten years from now. Do what you are passionate about, it doesn’t matter if you make $30,000 a year of $1,000,000 a year if you are not excited about your work you will live a miserable life.

Last Senior Football Game 2016

 
            Chance, the reality is this; Mom and Dad will always be your biggest supporters. However, you have to begin to make your own decisions and choices in life that you will have live with for the rest of your life and those choices begin now. They stem from where will you go to college? Where will you work? What degree will I pursue? Who will I date and marry one day? And it goes back to your giftedness and desires. Mom and dad can say you ought to go to school and be a coach and teacher. You have to make your own decision about how you will spend the rest of your life. Mom and dad can help guide you but you will have to ultimately make that decision.

Graduation May 2017

            There is so much more I could say. Yet, I will close with these few thoughts:

1.    Son, I love you. Since January 5, 1999, you have brought a constant source of pleasure and joy into my life. I know there have been times you have wondered if that is true or not. However, I have and will always love you and desire God’s best for you.
2.    Son, you make me proud. There is nothing I have done in my life that makes me prouder than you. You have been a blessing in being your dad. You have caused me so little heartache, except when you call meJ I always think something is wrong every since you wrecked your car.
3.    Son, you can do it. I believe if God places a desire in your heart you should seek after it. The psalmist says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). You can do anything when you delight yourself in the Lord. He is for you, not against you. What is it you want to do in life? What desire and passion has God given you? Go after it with all your might.
4.    Son, you must be disciplined. To succeed in life, you must be disciplined. You must be disciplined to wake up and go about your day with passion. You must be discipline to use your time wisely. You must be discipline to go to work. You must be disciplined to work harder than anyone else. You must be disciplined to do the things no one else is doing and especially when no one else is watching.  Remember this, “Only one life ‘twill soon be past; Only what is done for Christ will last.” C.T. Studd.
5.    Son, you must love God. Remember, nothing else matters in life if you do not know and love God. You were created to worship and enjoy God forever. He longs for you to know, love, and worship. He has revealed Himself to us by His Word and Spirit. You can be successful in life and die and spend eternity in hell. The end of life is not having a large bank account, a nice car, or house, but did you know and live your life for the glory of God. So, you must love God through His Son Jesus Christ or nothing in life will truly satisfy you and you will live a life without meaning.

In closing, I am very excited for you and your future. I look forward to helping you succeed in life, as much as I can. I want you to know that I am always here for you and love you, son very much. May the riches blessings of the Lord be upon you for now and throughout all eternity.


I love you more….
DAD

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Monday, April 24, 2017

"A Tribute To My Friend, Jeremy "Skeeter" Patterson: God's Glory In Midst of Tragedy"

Psalm 115:1 "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 



     On Monday, April 16th, I was informed that a friend of mine had gone missing from his home in Russellville, Alabama. His name was Jeremy "Skeeter" Patterson. For over 48 hours, authorities, family, and friends searched, made phone calls, and aired reports of his disappearance on TV as well as in the newspapers. On Wednesday morning, April 18th, I was in my office at the church when I received an instant message that they had found Skeeter. It would not be too unusual for Skeeter to go wandering off with some buddies for a day or two, so I didn't think much about him missing at first. When I asked if he was alright, the person informed me that he was not. I asked if he was hurt, in the hospital, or was he even alive. The response I received was that they found him, and he was dead. He had hung himself from a tree not very far from where he was living. Skeeter was only 39 years old.
     Seeing those words on my computer screen caused my heart to sink to my stomach. For you see, Skeeter wasn't just another buddy, he was a friend. Skeeter had experienced much in his life; he grew up most of his life without his mother, being raised by his father in rural Phil Campbell, Alabama. Skeeter lost his father to a massive heart attack only a couple of years after getting out of high school. After his father's death, Skeeter inherited the house in which he and his father lived, and it became a place for anyone who needed somewhere to stay. During this time, I lived with Skeeter for over a year or so, coming and going, as many others did also. Nonetheless, Skeeter's door was always open if you needed a place to stay and he had food to eat if you were hungry. Skeeter had such a kind and caring heart toward his friends. If you were Skeeter's friend, you were his friend without any catches at all!
     After hearing of Skeeter's death, I spoke to some friends of ours to see what I could do to help. A friend (who is now a pastor as well and had also lived with Skeeter at one time) asked me to help with the funeral service. I was thankful to be asked to speak at my friend's funeral, but I also pondered on what to say on that day. I never imagined in a million years that I would be speaking at Skeeter's funeral. As I traveled from our current home in Tennessee down to Alabama, my mind raced back to us hanging out together, playing horseshoes, grilling those big steaks from Marty's meat market, and going camping together on the Buffalo River. He was more like the older brother I never had. But, my mind also wondered, "Why?" Why did he take his life? He had so many people who cared for him and would have helped him if they only knew he needed help. I thought to myself (we had lost contact in the last few years), I would have helped him in any way I could. What about his daughters that he leaves behind-- what kind of life will they have without knowing their dad? They won't get to know him as I did; they won't get to enjoy his friendship, his smile, and the camping trips.
     The funeral was Friday, April 20th in Russellville, Alabama at Spry's Funeral Home. When I arrived, I was greeted by many friends--some I had grown up with, though I hadn't seen them in over 15 years. It was almost like a class reunion, yet in a sad way. The Lord gave me grace as I preached from 2 Corinthians 5:21, on "Christ Being Our Substitute." I assured those in attendance that it was only by God's grace that they were not there attending MY funeral. I shared how God had given those in attendance the grace and ability to come and hear the word of God on that day. The other pastor friend, Brian Scott, stood and declared from God's word on "Standing Upon the Rock"-- that Rock being Christ Jesus. I believe in my heart without a doubt that "Jesus and Him crucified" was preached that day!
Now, fast forward two weeks after the funeral... I was checking my Facebook page yesterday when I ran across a post from a friend of ours who attended Skeeter's funeral saying that the Lord had "saved" him. I messaged him to let him know I would be praying for him and his family and this was his reply:
 " I just want you to know that you and Brian really opened my eyes at skeeters funeral. Before that day I was 100% of the devil. I deleted you and anyone else that posted anything about god on Facebook. Hadn't been to a church service years. Didn't want to talk about god or hear anyone talk about god at all. I would avoid people I had been friends with all my life so I didn't have to hear it. I sat there that day and listened and said you hard headed fool that could be you up there in that little box. I said right then and there I didn't want my child to go through life wondering if her dad made it to heaven. My heart was so heavy I cried all the way to the house. I called Brian that afternoon and talked to him. He made me promise that I would come visit his church. I did The lord saved me and I have felt the weight of the world come from me. I love you and I thank you."

     Upon receiving this message, I did what any good Baptist preacher would do-- I shouted, "Hallelujah!" Only God can give a sinner a new heart! A man who once hated God has now received a new heart and a love for God. What an encouragement to know that God took a tragic situation and brought glory to Himself by saving a sinner by His grace. It was all because of the simplicity of preaching the gospel of God's grace. I rejoice with this new brother in the faith. I also encouraged him to keep his eyes upon the Lord and find a local church where the Bible is faithfully preached and taught. 

     As I reflect on the last few weeks of my ministry, I see God bringing glory to Himself through every and all situations in the life of His creation, just as He has ordained it. I am humbled and honored that the Lord chooses me in order to use me for His honor and glory! This reminds me of the verse I posted; this is not about us, but "to God be the glory!"

     For all my friends and family from P.C. or wherever you are reading this from, although I rarely speak to you in person, know that I  am here for you, whether you just need to talk or need me to listen. I am only a phone call away. May God's grace be upon you and if you do not know God through His Son Jesus Christ, I urge you to seek Him! 


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Sola Deo Gloria!

Monday, April 17, 2017

"18 Reasons Why I Love My Wife"

Proverbs 18:22 "He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD."


 April 17, 1999, Gatlinburg, TN

      April 17th is a special date in my life.  On April 17th, 1999, I married Samantha Smith from Littleville, Alabama. As all married couples who stick it out, there have been many ups and downs, but God has seen us through them all. Some thought we started out a little backward and in some ways we did. However,  I'd say the Lord was very gracious towards us for no more than we had known at that time. The past 18 years she has had to deal with my job losses, moving homes, leaving family, coping with a son's medical issues, and a husband who went from being a truck driver to a preacher. She often reminds me (jokingly), "I didn't marry a preacher."

    There are a lot of things I could write about the last 18 years together, but I thought I'd write exactly why I am more in love with this woman today than I was 18 years ago. And as I remind others when it comes to one's spiritual and physical well-being, it's not how you start that matters but how you finish.

Therefore, here are 18 reasons why I love my wife, Samantha:

1. She would rather be in God's will than out.
2. She loves me for who I am and doesn't expect me to be someone I am not.
3. She is an amazing mother to our children.
4. She is beautiful, even without makeup.
5. She makes me laugh with her indecisions.
May 20, 2015, Knoxville, TN
6. She puts up with me when I have new ideas or as she likes to say, "I see your little wheels turning."
7. She does not desire the spotlight, only wants to be faithful.
8. She is a hard worker.
9. She double checks our grocery, restaurant, and any other bill we receive to make sure we don't get ripped off.
10. She is a great listener.
11. She is an excellent cook.
12. She supports me in my wild adventures of triathlon and now ultramarathons.
13. She pushes me to keep going when I want to quit.
14. She holds my hand when we go out in public.
15. She lets me go to the grocery store with her, even though I act like I don't want to go sometimes.
16. She helps me to "let my hair down" and not take life so seriously.
17. She doesn't mind going on dates with me.
18. She is my best friend.



Easter 2017, Cross Plains, TN
    Eighteen years have come and gone. We have made a lot of mistakes. We have learned a lot of valuable lessons when it comes to life. I can honestly say, that I love this girl from Alabama more with each passing day. I look forward to the next 18 years with her. God has shown me much favor by giving her to me for a season while upon this earth. All I can say is, "To God Alone Be the Glory!"



Thursday, March 30, 2017

"Are You a Witness?"




Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth"

      After Jesus was resurrected, he appeared to his disciples. His appearance to His disciples was to commission them to carry out the work that God has entrusted to them to do. What was their specific task? Matthew tells us Christ's disciples were to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus was teaching his disciples in Matthew's gospel, as well as Luke's account in Acts, they were not to look to themselves but to point others to Jesus the Messiah.

      Jesus tells his disciples that they were to be outward focused, not inward. He tells them that they were going to be given the power of the Holy Spirit to be faithful witnesses for him. They were charged to be μάρτυs (martys), from which we get our English word "martyr."  This word, "witness" means "one who dies for his faith." This was the common price of being a witness for Christ. The disciples were to be witnesses of Christ as they told the truth of the gospel. The disciples of Christ had given and are still giving their lives as witnesses for Christ today through death. The Lord's disciples were called to go and give themselves for the sake of the gospel, and the call is the same today.

     As Christ's disciples today, we are to be witnesses of the gospel by giving ourselves in our homes, communities, nation, and world. And the glorious thing is that God, the Holy Spirit, has empowered us to fulfill this command. Jesus gave his disciples 3 locations of where they were to be gospel witnesses:

1. The disciples were to be witnesses in Jerusalem. 
     The disciples were to be witnesses of the gospel at home first. This can be described as their physical homes and community in which they lived. Many want to carry the gospel across the ocean, while never carrying the gospel across the street. However, as Christ's disciples our witness begins at home with our own family, then extends to our neighbors and those in our community. 
     PHBC has had the privilege to be an effective witness in our community. The question is will you be a witness in YOUR Jerusalem. Saturday, April 8th PHBC will hit our streets to knock on doors to pass out gospel bags. Saturday, May 13th, PHBC will have a booth set up at the Strawberry Festival passing out water, gospel bags, and engaging people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The question is; Will you be a witness in your Jerusalem? Will you GO?

2. The disciples were to be witnesses in Judea and Samaria.
     The disciples had the awesome privilege of being witnesses at home and, at the same time, they were also to be witnesses in Judea and Samaria. They were to preach the gospel of Christ at home and be actively extending it to the surrounding regions--even to Samaria. 
     You and I have the privilege of being active in spreading the gospel in our surrounding area. The Lord has granted us several opportunities to help church plants here in Tennessee and in the United States. PHBC will travel to Syracuse, NY again to help Christ Is King Baptist church complete door-to-door evangelism. We will hit the streets passing out gospel tracts and invitations to their weekly gathering. The question is: will you be a witness in YOUR Judea and Samaria? Will you GO? 

3. The disciples were to be witnesses to the ends of the earth.
     The disciples were to be gospel witnesses in Jerusalem (home), Judea and Samaria (nation), and to the ends of the earth (Rome). The disciples were to preach the gospel and to eventually end up in Rome where the gospel had never been preached.  
    PHBC had the privilege to take the gospel to the nations. We have been called to be witnesses to the ends of the earth. By God's grace, we have a gospel presence throughout the world through our IMB missionaries and Bro. Barry Carpenter. However, God has called the local church--His disciples--to be witnesses to the ends of the earth.
Plans to go to the Philippines and Mexico City are being made for 2018. Will YOU be a witness to the ends of the earth? Will you GO?

      God has called every believer to be a witness for Christ. This means every believer is a missionary. I understand God doesn't call everyone to physically GO. Yet, God either calls you to go into the well or to hold the rope. This means that you would either go or support those who are willing to go through prayer and financial support.
       As your pastor, I have purposed for PHBC to be evangelistic and mission-minded when it comes to taking the gospel to our Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. I want every member at PHBC to experience the blessing, privilege, and joy of taking the gospel to the lost world, whether that be here in Orlinda, Syracuse, or even the Philippines. 
      May we not focus upon ourselves at PHBC, but upon being gospel witnesses to those in our community, nation, and the world who have not heard the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.