Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving

I never thought I would copy Furman Bisher of The Atlanta Journal or Phil Jackson from The Gainesville Daily Times, sportswriters I have read regularly growing up, but here is my Thanksgiving column.
I am thankful salvation is of the LORD and not me or dependant on my actions.
I am thankful for the life of my great mother who passed away in February.
I am thankful for her love, example, and even the discipline.
I am thankful for a Dad who is still a great example at 80.
I am thankful Ruth Hunter's intercessory prayer for me to get a wife was heard back in 1982.
I met Kay the same week. We were married in 1984.
I am thankful my wife Kay displays grace daily.
I am thankful for my son Graham.
I am thankful that a silly game like football can bring joy, and frustration.
I am thankful for all the jobs I have had and will have by God's providence.
I am thankful I had coaches who pushed me hard and encouraged me.
I am thankful for all of my Sunday School teachers who stayed faithful to the Word.
I am thankful to the call on my life to "preach Christ and Him crucified".
I am thankful for my friends, brother and sisters.
I am thankful that I have a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
I am thankful this is not my best life now.
I am thankful that God will preserve me till the end through Jesus Christ our Lord.

In Christ Alone!

Fletcher

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Football Pick'em Week 12 Just win Baby Rivalry Week 2 Final

As your commissioner I decree in the spirit of NASCAR, MLB and every leauge that tries to keep everybody in the playoffs despite their record- if you win this week's special 3 week final you will be declared a co winner with BooBoo "The Unstoppable". You will receive the prize [Certificate declaring you the most esteemed of all men in football prognostication, and a gift certificate to the Collegiate Grill] at our Redeemer Baptist Christmas party at the Collegiate Grill Thursday Night December 17TH at 7:00 PM.
So it's rivalry week and State Championships. "Just Win Baby" and this means you Mark Richt.
Mohide, Lewis, Graham, Pork, Johnny, Kimba, Kailen, Siverado, Helen Perry, Junebug, Steve Parks, Hammond and any newcomers you can still win the "esteem of all men "as a football prognosticator.
Hunkerdown and win burgers and esteem.

Friday High School Playoffs
1. Cairo at Gainesville[Gainesville]
2. Flowery Branch @ Carver Columbus[The Branch knows how to road game]
Dec. 5TH College
3. Georgia at Tech[GT because UGA 7 checked out early not to see this]
4. Clemson at South Carolina [South Carolina]
5. Wake Forrest at Duke [Duke]
6. Ole Miss at Mississippi State[Ole Miss]
7. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma[Oklahoma Sooners]
8. Miami at South Florida[USF]
9. Florida State at Florida[Florida]
10. Utah at BYU[BYU]
11. Arkansas at LSU[LSU]
12. Tennessee at Kentucky[Kentucky]
13. UCLA at USC[USC]
14. Navy at Hawaii[Navy]
December 3
15. Oregon State at Oregon[O,regon]
December 5TH
16. West Virginia at Rutgers[Rutgers]
17. Cincinnati at Pitt[Cincinnati]
18. South Florida at UCONN[UCONN]
Dec 5Th Championships
19. Florida vs. Alabama SEC[Florida]
20. Georgia Tech vs. Clemson ACC[GT]
21. Texas vs. Nebraska Big 12[Texas]
December 12Th
22. Army vs. Navy[Navy]
Tie breakers
Guess the Georgia High School State Champs
A-[Wesleyan]
AA-[Buford]
AAA-[Gainesville]
AAAA-[Griffin]
AAAAA-[Camden County]
Total points in the tech Georgia Game [72]
Heisman winner-[My man crush i declare to all-TEBOW]

Just Win Baby!
Have Fun Turkey week.
In Christ Alone!

Fletcher

Sunday, November 15, 2009

10 questions answered about Redeemer Baptist Church Plant

Redeemer Baptist Church Plant
Fletcher Law Planter/Pastor
PO Box 776 Gainesville GA 770 561 2609
Redeemerbc@gmail FletcherLawandGrace@yahoo.com
Launch Date April 4TH Easter 2010

10 Questions Answered About Redeemer Baptist Church

1. Why another new church in Gainesville and Hall County?
And what is a church plant?
In the New Testament the Apostles and especially Paul planted new churches. Planting expands the kingdom, helps evangelism through conversion of previously unreached people, and gives more opportunity for other Christians to use their gifts in servant leadership in a new church.
Over 80% of 47,000 people in a five mile radius from the Gainesville Civic Center are not in church and most provoking of all is they do not worship Christ.
A church plant is simply starting a new church for the glory of God through the work of Jesus Christ his exalted only son.

2. What is your church's vision?
And what about your slogan
" REDEEMER BAPTIST CHURCH: WE"RE LOOKING FOR A FEW BAD MEN."?
We are after women and kids also.
Our church vision is to target men. Why? Men often are the hardest to reach. When men are converted to Christ they attend and lead their families and friends to church. Yes, we are looking for bad men because humbled men know they need The Savior.
YES we want and will have active women and kids. Men have to get moving.

3. What does W.E.E are the church mean?
W.E.E is the purpose for the church. Worship the living Lord in His biblical sanctioned way, Edification [Discipleship in building up the believer in biblical maturity] and then they are ready to participate in Evangelism of the lost as their only hope is in Jesus Christ crucified for their sins.
That is what we do. We accomplish this in missions and ministry. This is what separates us from the Rotary Club.

4. What will worship be like?
Bible centered and God honoring. No mimes, Rock or Rap concerts or puppets or I-phone drawings. We will base our worship on the God sanctioned worship as stated in the Bible. The preached word is the center of our worship. Music will be singable and congregation based with God honoring words. We will preach, pray, sing, say, and see (through the Lord's Supper and Baptism) the Bible in God honoring sanctioned worship.

5. What are your sermons inspired from?
THE BIBLE. We have way to little time and way too much Holy Scripture to preach or hear about feelings and being a bigger better you. We will leave that to Dr. Phil and Oprah. We will have expositional preaching which means we will always preach from a Biblical text.

6. What is your evangelism model?
And how do you define the gospel?
Our Evangelism model comes from Jesus. He presented the the law to the rich ruler to show him he needed a Savior [Luke 18:18-23]. Jesus presented the gospel to Zacchaeus as Zacchaeus was humbled from breaking the law and was ready to receive a Savior who is Christ Jesus [Luke 19:1-10]. Jesus to Nicodemus made it crystal clear that in salvation you must be "Born Again" and it is necessary [john 3:1-21-].
THE GOSPEL is simply Christ perfect life placed on us as our sins were placed on Jesus on the cross. We are saved by imputed righteousness in this glorious transaction. We are made right with God by the imputed character of Christ. He took our punishment for breaking God's law. Through Christ alone and His perfect life death and Resurrection we are saved.

7. What are your church plans through this LAUNCH Easter April 4Th 2010?
And what does launch mean?
We will launch or have weekly worship starting on Easter April 4TH 2010. In January 2010 We have weekly Bible Study starting January 5TH Tuesday night focusing on the book of John starting 7:00 PM at Jack Waldrip Reall Estate.
We have worship now the first Sunday of each month [ Jan 3RD, Feb. 7Th, March 7Th], We "Launch " weekly worship starting Easter April 4TH. Launch means we will be a weekly worshipping church starting on Easter April 4Th 2010. We meet for worship at Riverside Chapel Memorial Park/ Funeral Home North 989 Riverside drive located between Green's Grocery and Zaxby's.

8. How will you get the word out in the community about Redeemer Baptist Church?
We plan to have mail outs, radio adds, and Facebook communication. The best way to get the word out is for you to personally invite friends and attend with friends.

9. How can people contact you and the church?
Redeemer Baptist Church, PO Box 776, Gainesville, GA 30501, 770 561 2609
website FletcherLawandGrace.com, Redeemerbc@gmail.com, Fletcherlawandgrace@yahoo.com

10. Where do y'all meet?
Worship is held at Riverside Chapel Memorial Park/North across from Little Italy and next to Zaxby's on Riverside Drive.
bible Study meets on Sunday evenings at 6:30 at Jack Waldrip Real Estate at 200 West Academy Street next to the library in Gainesville.

Our name is Redeemer because "Christ Redeemed us from the curse of the law" [Galatians 3:13] We are Baptist by theology as we cherish the truth of scripture, salvation in Christ alone, baptism of believers, congregational leadership, local church autonomy and the security of believer's salvation in Christ Jesus.

In Christ Alone!

Fletcher Law





Football Pick'em week 11 rivalry week #1

What a week. What have we learned. Dexter McCluster [Run DMC] changed Lane Kiffen's face from Big Orange to Big Lemon. Region 7-AAA might be the best region in Georgia AAA football. Beat a rival and things look better don't they Coach Richt? [And it's even more awesome when you squish an insect CMR next week in your last game].
As Coach Allen Reinhardt used to say tho be the best "You got to beat the goodun's, bad'uns and all them in between."
Pickers keep chasing BooBoo. Thanksgiving will be a bonus week next week and still be able to win a prize to wrap up our regular season. We play by NASCAR rules and I am Bill France which, means I make up the rules as I go. So hang in their. You might be "the most esteemed of all men and football pickers" winner at the Redeemer Baptist Christmas Party [and Football Pick'em Awards Banquet] on Thursday December 17Th at the Collegiate Grill at 7:00 PM.
Let's get it on.
Prep Playoff
1. Dunwoody at Gainesville[Big Red]
2. St. Pious at North Hall [North Hall]
3. Grady at Flowery Branch [Flowery Branch]
4. Jefferson at Buford [Buford]
College
5.Duke at Miami [Miami]
6. Ohio State at Michigan [Ohio State]
7. North Carolina at Boston College [Boston College]
8. Mississippi State at Arkansas [Arkansas]
9. Northern Illinois at Ohio [Ohio]
10. UCONN at Notre Dame [Notre Dame]
11. LSU at Ole Miss [Ole Miss and stop the Billy Cannon replays, Rebs beat them in the Sugar Bowl the same year]
12. Baylor at Texas A&M[Baylor]
13. UAB at East Carolina [East Carolina]
14. Purdue at Indiana [Indiana]
15. Wisconsin at Northwestern [Northwestern]
16. Air Force at BYU [Air Force]
17. SMU at Marshall [SMU]
18. Cal at Stanford [Stanford]
19. Kansas State at Nebraska[Kansas State]
20. Kentucky at Georgia [Georgia]
Birds
21. Falcons at Giants [Giants]
Tiebreaker
#1 How many Tennessee football players will be arrested this week? [0, vandy not a felony worthy game]
[The count starts at 12:01 AM Monday]
You win the tiebreaker if you guess correctly the hoodie color. [Black is the color of choice]
#2 [yes or no] Gainesville will score over 40 points against Dunwoody Friday? [No]
#3 How many yards will Wayshaun Ealey gain against Kentucky Saturday? [112 yards]

Pick Hard, Fair and Square.
Have some fun this week.

In Christ Alone!

Fletcher

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Try Jesus" Is A Horrible Evangelism Tactic

People , including me, are very sensitive towards things that get close to them.
We are scared because we get hurt. Confrontation needs to happen and is not always a bad thing.
I think the Army wishes they had confronted the psychiatrist that murdered our Fort Hood soldiers last week. Their are many reasons we all hold back in doing what needs to be done. We do not know the consequences until it is too late.
As I look back I hate to see evidence where I was half hearted in Christian living or witness.
Our actions that lead to spectacular good or bad consequences or indifference can only be done once. Sinners, which is all of us, need the gospel presented to them as what it is. The gospel is what the sinner has to have for forgiveness and peace with God.
We have to check our motives. I have prayed for and pondered boldness in sharing the gospel. We can wait until our influence is gone. Sometimes we can wait on the right time and depend on something called relational evangelism. This is a horrible strategy. What am I afraid of-that I believe what I preach?
People need the gospel. There is not another way. We can not get people to "try Jesus."
We can not keep the moral law. Conversion, death to sin and self and being alive in Christ is not an option. It's humanities one and only glorious hope that God designed for us to be restored to Him. Ch
We must confront people with the gospel. It will be successful by God's decree. How it succeeds depends on Him. We are sinners and Christ through His life, death burial and resurrection saves us and substituted His perfect life for our horrible and despicable sin. Offer Christ as not a life style to try -offer Christ as God's chosen way to have peace with Him!
You try a new gym, snow skiing, tennis, palates[whatever that is], new habits.
With Christ Jesus you die to your old self and sins, you bow and come and submit to King Jesus.

In Christ Alone!

Fletcher

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Playoff time, Bring Your A game Football Pick'em week 11

Sports cliches are popping. To put it in NASCAR terms Silverado says BooBoo its the money lap and I'm in your mirror on the 3rd turn. It's crunch time, it's go time ah let's just get it on.
Questions to ponder"Are black uniforms gone for the Auburn game? Does Flowery Branch have anything left? Does Gainesville have it for five weeks more?
This weeks schedule will bust you up like a Devon "Dewey" Lyles form tackle on Anthony King circa the1974 Gainesville over Hab Central region championship.
Let's get it on.
Prep Playoffs
1. Riverside at Callaway-[ Callaway, but Cadets get 2nd GHSA playoff spot in 2 years back from GISA]
2. Pepperell at Buford-[Buford]
3. Ringold at North Hall-[North Hall]
4. Flowery Branch at Ridgeland-[The Branch is still a good team.]
5. Lakeview/Fort Oglethorpe at Gainesville-[Big Red keeps rolling.]
College
6. West Virginia at Cincinnati- [Cincinnati]
7. Houston at Central Florida -[Houston]
8. Tennessee at Ole Miss-[Reb's Mule game II for Archie]
9. Michigan State at Purdue-[Michigan State]
10. Michigan at Wisconsin-[Wisconsin]
11. Miami at North Carolina-[North Carolina]
12. GT at Duke-[GT]
13. Clemson at NC State-[Clemson]
14. Kentucky at Vandy-[Kentucky just ain't as sorry as Vandy]
15. Missouri at Kansas State-[K State, Snyder makes a stand for grumpy old men everywhere]
16. UAB at Memphis- [Memphis-Tigers have never done as well as with Tommy West. They have a West Georgia budget and facilities and want SEC results.]
17. UTEP at SMU-[SMU]
18. Arizona at Cal-[Arizona]
19. Tulane at Rice-Tulane [Like the Tulane Greenies to win but they are not as good as the old Candler Street Greenies.]
20. Washington at Oregon State[Washington]
21. Florida at South Carolina[Florida]
22. Auburn at Georgia[Auburn though hate it]
23. Utah at TCU[TCU]
24. Troy State at Arkansas[Troy gets a donation from Arthur Blank for the upset]
25. Notre Dame at Pitt[Pitt]
Pros
26. Falcons at Panthers[Falcons]
Tiebreaker
#1 Will Gainesville score over 40 points?Yes
#2 How many TD's will Tebow score this week?2
#3 How many yards will #24 Wayshaun Ealey gain for the Dawgs vs. Auburn?72

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

In The Arena With The Gospel

This Sunday we had our second worship service at Redeemer Baptist.
We worship the first Sunday of each month until Easter 20010.
Our subject in Scripture was Acts 17:16-34.
Teddy Roosevelt wrote a famous speech at the end of WWI and he talked about the man in the arena and how failure and sideline scoffers are of no value. The credit lies in the man in the arena who valiantly tries though errs and is discouraged.
In the life of the Apostle Paul he has just left Silas and Timothy in Berea. In Berea the God seeking Jews heard their gospel message and received it gladly for they compared the gospel message to their Old Testament scriptures. Great success. That's what I want in every endeavor.
I want success-tangible, touchable countable success.
I think every gospel preacher wants the Holy Ghost to fall on his service, and people come to repent of their sins and be born again.
I want people to respond like the Philippians jailer in Acts 16:30 and ask "What must I do to be saved?" after the sermon.
Paul was in Athens now. These Greeks valued their rich history of education and philosophy.
They would come to the Areopagus [an amphitheater shewn out of a marble hill] and debate. Civil cases were heard there. In Greek mythology the gods deliberated there.
Mars Hill.
Paul was in the arena.
These people were different from those of Berea.
The were educated yet arrogant. Some mocked Paul. They heard these new ideas and mocked them. They referred to Paul as a babbler or seed picker. They compared him to a lightweight bird who bounced around to from idea to idea like a little bird from seed to seed. They were great minds. They looked down on Paul though Paul was a great intellectual in reality.
What did Paul do? Complain? Insult? Quit? HE DEFENDED HIS FAITH.
Why?
Acts 17:16 says Paul was provoked.
Paul was provoked that God was not glorified in this arrogant place.
Paul was on the attack like a warrior in an army.
His anger and passion were not against the arrogant Athenians.
He was at war against those who took glory from the living God with false idols, and hell.
Paul had compassion for the lost people arrogant in their sins. Paul new them because he once was one of those people. Paul had the highest education available for a Jewish/Roman man of his culture. He persecuted Christians until Christ Jesus knocked him off his high horse and Paul repented of his sins and received the grace and peace with God made available only though the work of Christ on the cross where Christ paid for our sins and imputed His righteousness on those who believe the life saving gospel. Paul knew scripture before. Paul had now experienced the forgiveness and pardon for sins that only King Jesus can give.
Paul told the Athenians he knew they were very religious by their many idols. Paul said he notice an alter to "The unknown god". Paul then proceeded to tell them the gospel so they could
know these life saving God.
Their reaction-most sneered or dismissed this "babbler".
Scripture records that Dionsius and Damaris and others with them were saved.
A handful of people were saved-not thousands like at Pentecost.
Did it matter? Yes to those who received pardon, eternal life and peace with God.
Two thousand years later the idols are in museums. Those who received the gospel are in Heaven. The arrogant rebels of the gospel are in Hell. There are churches in Athens today.
You are in the Arena.
Are you willing to compete for the glory of God and the eternal destiny of those arrogant people like Paul was?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Football Pick'em Week 10

Dear Football Pick'em players
What have you learned this year.? Tebow still does not have Herschel's TD record though by some fluke they do not count the Goal Line Stalker's 5 bowl TD's. Don't wear black helmets if you do not hunkerdown. Boo Boo can be contained but not shut out. He has four victories followed by Bone's 2, Pork 1, George Law's one 1, and My 1 winning week.
David "Bone" Hulsey beat young Lewis Perry and John Pless in the tiebreaker.
Bone has 2 wins and trails Mike "Boo Boo" Smith.
Hunker down it is a big week in high school regular season.
1.Buford at GAC -Buford
2. Chestatee at Creekview-Creekview
3. Dawson County at Riverside-Riverside
4. East Jackson at Jefferson-Jefferson
5. Gainesville at Flowery Branch-Gainesville
6. Jackson County at Stephens County-Stephens County
7. Lakeview at Athens Christian-Athens Christian
8. Lumpkin County at North Hall-NH
9. Pickens at East Hall-East Hall
10. Prince Avenue at Commerce-Commerce
11. Union County at Banks County-Banks
12. White County at Gilmer-White County
13. West Forsyth at West Hall-West Forsyth
College
14. Boise State at Louisiana Tech- La Tech Upset special
15. Illinois at Minnesota- Minnesota
16. Purdue at Michigan-Michigan
17. Wake Forest at GT-GT
18. Florida State at Clemson-Florida State
19. South Carolina at Arkansas-Arkansas
20. Oklahoma at Nebraska-Oklahoma
21. Kansas at Kansas State- Kansas State
22. Texas A&M at Colorado-Colorado
23. Florida Atlantic at UAB-Florida Atlantic
24. Duke at North Carolina-Duke
25. UTEP ast Tulane-UTEP
26. Washington at UCLA-UCLA
27. Oregon at Stanford-Stanford
28. LSU at Bama-Bama
29. Oregon State at California-California
30. Houston at Tulsa-Houston
31. Colorado State at UNLV - Colorado State
32. Tennessee Tech at Georgia-Georgia
Pro
33. Washington at Falcons-Falcons
34. Baltimore at Cincinnati-Cincinnati
35. Arizona at Chicago-Arizona
Tiebreaker
#1 Will Georgia wear Black Helmets?No-because they will be crushed and the pieces will never be found.
#2 Will Georgia win by more than 30?Yes
#3 Passing yards by Matt Ryan -225

Have Fun this week.
In Christ Alone!

Fletcher