"Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." -Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:34)
Aug 7 2012

Mosque Leader: “We Must Love Our Neighbors”

Update to post below: Murfreesboro Mosque has been granted an temporary occupancy permit. http://bit.ly/RxgnBr
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News Channel 5 (Nashville) has reported that the highly contested Islamic Center and Mosque in Murfreesboro couple open for worship as early as this Friday pending a final inspection. The newly constructed Center has been fighting lawsuits, protests, vandalism, arson, and other threats for nearly two years.

It has been reported recently that Grace Baptist Church in M’boro have recently flooded the road in alongside of the Islamic Center with white crosses saying, “the crosses are a statement of their Christian faith and their feelings towards the new mosque.” When questioned concerning the efforts of Grace Baptist Church, leaders of the Islamic Center said “they aren’t upset, and believe they must love their neighbors.”

NC5 says that “the 12,000-square-foot mosque will replace a smaller one that’s been used for 30 years.”

THOUGHTS? (I have but a few, but I’m interested in yours.)

Read Article Here!


May 10 2012

Randall House to Rejoice

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

To: David Womack, Director of Customer Service and Sales
and Randall House Publications Family

It is with great appreciation and love for the Randall House organization that I am writing to inform you of my resignation as Church Ministry Consultant effective Thursday, May 31, 2012.  I will be forever grateful for the opportunity Randall House has given me to learn, grow, and serve the Church and God’s Kingdom.

Since I came to Randall House in 2006, it has been a great place for me to minister during a time of healing and refocus. The outstanding leadership and staff at Randall House have helped shape me into the man that I am today. I am confident the leadership, ministry, and business skills I have developed during my years here will serve me well in the ministry God has given me.

It has been my privilege to work with Randall House as an employee, and now I look forward to partnering with you in the days to come as a Free Will Baptist pastor.

With Great Love and Appreciation,
Eric J. Puschmann
Church Ministry Consultant
Randall House Publications
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Randall House Publications
Memo

To: All Randall House Team Members
From: David Womack
Date: May 10, 2012
Re: Eric Puschmann

It is with mixed emotions I am announcing the resignation of Christian Ministry Consultant, Eric Puschmann (a.k.a. – Pastor Pusch). As of May 31 Eric will step away from RH to begin the next chapter in his life and ministry as the Pastor of Rejoice FWB Church, here in Nashville. We all knew we would lose Eric one day as he followed his heart and calling toward pastoral ministry, and while we are sad for his leaving RH, we rejoice with him for this new ministry opportunity.

Eric’s social nature and genuine heart have endeared him to the customers he has served on behalf of RH. There have been several times I have received calls, emails and comments applauding Eric’s personality, disposition, and interaction with our customers. Eric has been a valuable part of the customer service and sales department for several years and has contributed to RH’s success; he will be greatly missed.

Eric’s servant heart is amply demonstrated in this line from his resignation letter, “It has been my privilege to work with Randall House as an employee, and now I look forward to partnering with you in the days to come as a Free Will Baptist pastor.” I encourage you to support Eric and his family in prayer as they make this transition. Also, pray for God’s guidance to be evident as I seek to fill the vacancy Eric will leave.

Thank You,
David Womack
Customer Service and Sales Director
Randall House Publications


Apr 16 2012

The Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross

(The actual order of service is listed at the end)
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The Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross

The First Word: “Father, forgive them…”

“And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.” (Luke 23:33-34)

The Second Word: “…today you will be with me in Paradise.”

“One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43)

The Third Word: “…here is your Son.”

“…but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” (John 19:25-27)

The Fourth Word: “…why have You forsaken me?”

“And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:33-34)

The Fifth Word: “…I thirst.”

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth.” (John 19:28-29)

The Sixth Word: “…It is finished!”

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30)

The Seventh Word: “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit.”

“It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.” (Luke 23:44-46)

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Several has asked me about the Good Friday service we planned at Cofer’s Chapel. Here’s the order of service we used this year.

Order of Service
- Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 53 – Prayer
O Sacred Head Now Wounded (Special Music)
Welcome/A Word Concerning Communion/Intro to 7 Last Words
The  Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross (Scripture/Readings)

  • The First Word: Luke 23:33-34
  • You Made Us Your Own
  • The Second Word: Luke 23:39-43
  • I Will Glory in My Redeemer
  • The Third Word: John 19:25-27
  • The Fourth Word: Mark 15:33-34
  • Alas and Did My Savior Bleed (Special Music)
  • The Fifth Word: John 19:28
  • The Sixth Word: John 19:29-30
  • How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
  • The Seventh Word: Luke 23:44-46
  • The Power of the Cross

New Testament Reading: John 19 

  • Jesus, Thank You 

Communion Reading : I Corinthians 11:23-29

  • Receiving of the elements
  • SONG: Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn) (Special Music)

The Wonderful Cross
Revelation Song
Benediction 


Apr 12 2012

From Chandler’s “The Explicit Gospel”

I am currently read a book entitled “The Explicit Gospel” written by Matt Chandler (TX pastor). I read this passage below and it sadly struck a chord with me…

“We all at some point said the right words to people who simply are not hearing them. The phrase, “It’s like talking to a brick wall” is common for a reason. One of my frustrations living in the Bible Belt is that the gospel and its ancillary truths have been so divorced from actual living that a lot of beautiful theology has become cliche. There is sentimentalization of the faith that occurs when you sanitize the gospel of Christ crucified or sift it from the substance of the Christian religion. The result is a malleable Jesus, a tame Jesus. The result is, as Michael Spencer says, “a spirituality that has Jesus on the cover but not in the book.” When we dilute or ditch the gospel, we end up with an evangelicalism featuring special appearances by Jesus but the denial of His power (2 Tim. 3:5).” -Matt Chandler
The Explicit Gospel

Let’s live the abundant life given to us in and through the power of the gospel of Christ!

Blessings,
PastorPusch