Cedar Bluff Baptist Church

Your Pastor's Heart (Tue, 13 May 2014)
Yesterday while driving around town a thought came to mind. I thought maybe that would be a great Facebook post, but today thought it would be better suited as a blog post. I want to share my heart for a few minutes. I see you when you cry in the pew with that tissue in hand. I see you when you attempt a show of strength while your face betrays your heart. I see the blank stare while others are praising God with upraised hands. I hear your sobs as you cry out in prayer and I see your tears that have stained the altar while pouring your heart out to God. I see you sitting there with your head rested in your hands. I see you with your head hung low hoping no one sees the questions in your eyes. I can see you as you quietly slip out of church in hopes that no one will notice. I can see your empty seat in the pew you once sat in. I see your husband or wife sitting alone missing you being by their side. I hear your silence in the crowd. I see the empty stage where you used to stand. I hear the kids questioning where you are and when you're coming back. With all of that said, and with all of that seen and heard by me, it has occurred to me that God has seen, heard, and is well aware of your heart, circumstance, burden, and your relationship with Him. So, the verse that comes to mind is I Peter 5:7 "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." Bear with me here... If I, as your Pastor can see the hurt, pain, discouragement, fear, defeat, and loneliness, if I can care so much that I weep for you, if I love you so much that I hurt when you hurt and long for peace for you and your family, if my heart is broken for you...How much more is the heart of God broken for you. Though I may be the one you can physically see, and touch, God is more in touch with all of your trouble than I will ever be, He knows you more than you know yourself. God is the one, the only one that you can really lean on to help in a time of need. You see, the verse I mentioned says that he "careth" for you, what does that mean? It means that your care is a care to Him. Did you catch the meaning? Your cares are His cares, the thing that evokes fear in your life...He (God) cares about. The loneliness that you feel...God has been there, He was separated from His Son, and His Son, Jesus was separated from His Father. When we face illness, trouble, loneliness, unsettling circumstances, persecution, or pain God has suffered those things Himself, and He cares that you are going through these things, not only that, He cares for You. You are a care to Him, not just the things you endure but He cares for you. So even when I forget to call your name in church, shake your hand, make a call or send a message when you miss a service, God knows, and God Cares. You've heard my heart as an under-Shepard, I trust that you have heart the heart of The Shepard. With Love, James Burke Pastor
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Laughing with The Lord (Fri, 14 Jun 2013)
Have you ever listened to your own laugh? I noticed this morning while the office was quiet except for a Customer and a Salesman, the Salesman laughed out loud, it was genuine but different than other times I've heard him laugh. It made me think about my own laugh. I realized that I laugh a certain way with my wife, another way with some of my closest friends, and different still while at work. It made me wonder, How do we laugh with the Lord? Have you ever just sat back and laughed with the God of the Universe? Think about it, then do it...but be prepared, to really "belly Laugh" with the Lord you have to know him well...so get to know him today.
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(Tue, 19 Feb 2013)
As most of you know today is Valentine's Day, so...Happy Valentine's Day! purple heartIf you have someone you'd like to spell out L O V E for, go ahead, but be sure first. Matter of Fact make sure its okay with GOD first. While it's become commonplace and comedic to say "I Love You" to just anyone and everyone, true love not only "waits" but it is also a serious thing. One of the most powerful emotions that you will ever feel. Last night we started 1 Corinthians Chapter 13. "The great love Chapter", is more than just a bunch of sappy love talk, it speaks of absolute love, brotherly and the Love of God. How fitting it was in God's timing that we should begin this chapter ton the Eve of Valentine's Day. It's fitting because all too often we say we love, but we seldom show we love. Check out this video to here the song "The Proof of Your Love"  that I played last night. notice that the band sings about God's Love. You see, we can buy all the candy, roses, cards, and spend untold amounts of money to prove our love for that special someone, but the Proof of our Love is not in our gifts or talents, the Proof is in our words, our deeds, its in how we treat those around us. These verses from john Spell it out the best: John 13:34 KJV - A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye         also love one another. John 13:35 KJV - By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. Let me leave you with one final word, if you're one that doesn't "do" Valentine's Day, or you don't have that special someone in your life, please, show Love to someone today. p.s. Yes that is a purple valentines heart! Real Mean Love Purple!
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