What About The Mule?

If I’d heard it once, I had heard it a thousand times. This time was when there was some contention between my brother and myself. We worked together in a family business. My Dad said it often, “Don’t worry about the mule, boys. Just load the wagon.”

We didn’t have a mule. We lived in town. But, my Dad, who had been raised on a farm,  six miles off the hard road, had kept many of the sayings he had heard in the country. This one, about the mule, was one of his favorites. It was his way of telling us to mind our own business. Like most sons, we didn’t love it, at the time.

I have found, as I have gotten older, and taken on more responsibility, that there was more truth to those sayings, than poetry. As a pastor, they mean a great deal to me, now. I am reminded any time folks have problems worrying about what others are doing, or not doing. Peter was guilty of that, in John 21, when Jesus informed him of his future use, after being restored. He asked, about John, “And what shall this man do?” Jesus’ response was similar to my Dad’s saying. He informed Peter that he was out of bounds with his question. I would like to draw just a few conclusions from “The mule.”

1. Every One of us has matters to oversee. See to your own matters.

2. If someone is not directly under our supervision, leave them alone. Romans 14:4 says “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.”

3. Worrying about those who we do not lead, and who are not responsible to us, is just borrowing trouble. We have enough to be concerned with, already.

4. Comparing to others within the organization, or church, competing with them, and complaining about them is harmful to the morale of the group. Those things help no individual, and are certainly harmful to the group.

My Dad is certainly a hero to me. I still don’t know how he led us, in that family business, and kept his sanity. He is now preparing for treatment after having a cancerous tumor removed from his neck. Please help us pray for him during this time. I know, soon enough, my brother and I will wish we could hear him say, one more time, “Don’t worry about the mule, son. Just load the wagon.

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Working Out The Whole You

Now that we are into February, some of our resolutions, which we made less than two months ago, have become difficult for us to envision fulfilling. I pray you are steadfast in your resolutions, and that God would grant you success in reaching your goals.

Recently, I preached a message, on a Wednesday night, that many people said was of great help to them. The message was about working out our whole being. The idea being that, when we work out, we are trying to improve ourselves, physically, and benefit our overall health. My text was 1 Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This verse tells us that we are, clearly, a three part being. A second passage, I used was Romans 12:1&2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” These verses tell us, among other things, that our bodies are to be presented to God, as a living sacrifice. Here, we are to follow the examples of Jesus Christ, and the Apostle Paul. The last verse used was 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, where the Bible reads, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Christians are commanded to glorify God in our bodies, and Spirits, both of which belong to God.

I will now give the outline to the message of “Working out The Whole You.”

I. Working Out Physically – Assuming you work out in a way to get your heart rate up, as
well as with resistance, the physical body can be helped in several ways.                               A. Breathing Oxygen – Our lungs are made for this, & it oxygenates the blood.
B. Building muscle – Helps burn fat, even at rest.
C. Burning fat, food, fuel – Eliminates calories & fat.
D. Burden your heart – Exercises the most important muscle.
E. Battling fatigue – Energy is increased, & endurance improves.
F. Beating stress – Vigorous exercise reduces stress.
G. Becoming fit – Increases what we can do with our body.
H. Buying time – Improved health can give quality & quantity of life.

II. Working Out In Our Soul, or, Interpersonal Relationships builds up the individual
& their relationships with other people.
A. Spend quality time together. More than just being in the same place.
B. Speak well of the other individual, to them , and to yourself, and others.
C. Seek to know them by asking meaningful questions about them, and those they love.
D. Seek God for them, and with them, in prayer.
E. Solicit their opinions and counsel, where they are strong.
F. Set up accountability with a friend you trust.
G. Seek their feedback regarding your interpersonal skills, and practices.
H. Seek the filling of the Spirit of God for all relationships.
I. Submit to things your spouse, friend, or other partner needs.
J. Share blessings with others.
K. Seek to be a blessing to someone who is a struggle for you, relationally.
L. Set a schedule to maintain & build relationships.
M. Serve God first, others next, & self, last. More blessed than you might think.
Scriptures to consider: Matthew 16:25 – “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:
and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

III. Working Out Spiritually – Push for Spritual Growth
A. Salvation – You must be saved before you can grow Spritually. Trust Christ, and call
upon Him for salvation. You must be born again.
B. Scripture – Read, memorize, meditate in heart & apply to yourself.
C. Seek the filling of the Spirit of God – Ephesians 5:18 Ask and believe God.
D. Stay in church – Be faithful to a local church home.
E. Submit to preaching & teaching – Listen on purpose.
F. Seek the Lord, in prayer – Have a daily time of prayer, for self, and others.
G. Study the Bible – II Timothy 2:15
H. Separation – Draw near to God, and leave anything that would hinder you.
J. Share your faith – Witness to others of Jesus Christ. Tell what happened to you.
K. Sacrifice – Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:1-2
L. Submission – Submit to God & those who are over you in authority in all areas of life.
M. Self Denial – Give up your will & plans to God.

There is more than one way to work out. I pray this outline has been a blessing. If so, please leave a comment. I will be posting a variety of things, so please check back, often. Remember, if I can be of help to you, please do not hesitate to contact me. Jesus loves you, & so do I.

Pastor Kevin Campbell

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New Year, New Opportunities

With the close of one year, and the beginning of a new year, it is a good time to evaluate yourself, and your growth. Almost four weeks ago, now, we flipped our calendars forward to 2011. While we are thankful for the things God did in 2010, we go forward into this new year with much excitement. God has new things in store for each of us this year.

This blog, for instance, will be a new venture for me. Written communication is certainly not one of my strengths. But, I know that God wants me to use every form of communication possible, as He leads me to lead our church, my family, and those He allows us to add, this year.

The future looks bright for Crossroads Baptist Church. I certainly believe 2011 will be the greatest year in the history of Crossroads. Very soon, we will add some new Bible classes on Sunday morning, in order to meet some of the specific needs of the people and families to whom we minister. Two specific areas would be College and career age singles, and  young families. By God’s grace, we also plan to add a Senior Adult Ministry, and, Lord willing, a Reformer’s Unanimous Friday night addictions class. There will soon be a Wednesday night kids’ club, also. It is our desire to help people of all ages meet the challenges that this life brings before us.

While there are new opportunities for blessing, there are, with them, new opportunities to be a blessing in Christian service. For Crossroads members, please return your, “Plugged In,” booklets by Sunday, January 31st. There will be a great need for the information you provide for planning and preparation for the year.

My prayer is that this blog would be a blessing to all who visit.  Thank you for reading, and feel free to post a comment. But, please know that I am here to serve. Please call upon me if I may be of any service to you. I would be more than happy to pray for any need you may have, if the Lord would have you to share it. Remember, you have a friend at Crossroads. May you truly know God’s blessing,

Pastor Kevin Campbell

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Hello world!

Hello world. I am Kevin Campbell, Senior Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church of Central Florida. We are located in Fern Park, between Maitland and Casselberry, just a few miles from the City of Orlando. I have been pastor at Crossroads, now, for over three years. My wife, Tamara, and I, both were born and raised in Orlando. God bringing us back to this are was like a dream come true for both of us. We and our three girls are more excited, than ever, about the future.

Thank you for coming to our blog page. Our prayer is that it will be a blessing to everyone who reads it. We will post devotions, sermons, teaching, and articles that should be of interest to everyone. We pray that we can be a help when it is needed. We will share things, and you may always comment, to share things with us. We will be thrilled to be of service to you. You have a friend at Crossroads. May you truly know God’s blessing,

Pastor Kevin & Tamara Campbell

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