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Remembering a Dear Brother

Several have asked for a copy of the eulogy I delivered at our dear brother, Jason Moslander’s funeral.  With hope that he may be remembered as a loving husband, father and friend who above all loved Christ.  Here it is:

 

Eulogy of Jason Moslander.

I just can’t believe he is gone, but I do believe that I will see him again. I am still stunned and deeply affected by this young man. What a gift that God bestowed on us when Jason walked in the doors of Rockport Baptist Church with his friends. Little did we know that we had some six short years to enjoy him.

Jason was born again shortly before he came to Rockport. I don’t know much about his past life.  I know he has a loving family that he loved.  His father and mother both love the Lord and are very loving people whom we have had a joyful chance to get to know more.  He married a wonderful young lady, Stephanie, whom we love dearly .  and they had two, no- three little children together.  I know he had business associates and many friends that he cared for deeply. Jason knew and loved Jesus Christ, our Lord more than anything and is right now, in His presence.  Only a few have that blessed privilege, for straight is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to eternal life, and few there be that find it.  And Jason is enjoying it right now.

He also had given his life that he might venture forth into the land of Muslims in order to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.  That is what all of his preparations were for.  He was a missionary to Egypt. A light going to a dark world.  He lit up our world also.

When he first came to Rockport with his dear friends and Stephanie, he brought the light and joy of Jesus with him.   In many ways I thought of him as being over the top. I’m kind of old school. But if I had known, as the Lord knew, that we only had him for six more years, I would have understood.  I would have understood that the biblical admonition to greet one another with a holy kiss really should be lived out literally.  In fact, if we could have another chance at him, we would all shower him with kisses.

For some reason, Jason wanted us to know that he really loved us.  I know that part of his motivation was that he delighted in aggravating me.  Its true.

When we went on a float trip, I wondered why he was so full of glee to be canoeing with me.  Little did I know what he had in store for me that day.  Or maybe it was just off the cuff typical Jason, which is more likely.  Continually acting like he accidentally stroked his paddle too far soaking me to the bone.  Actually at one point, simply tipping the canoe over on purpose.  Or commenting that it was only my end of the boat that was dragging in the gravel. I tell you the truth, I was truly sanctified that day and grew in patience.

On the other hand, I delighted in aggravating Jason by telling him that it was just silly to play board games.  It is not silly.  It is wonderful and loving to be with friends and family to play some board games.  But to have a library of them. That’s a little weird.

Jason was a big soccer fan.  I also delighted in telling Jason that soccer wasn’t a real sport.  And that it wasn’t football.  It was soccer and actually only a warm up for the real game of football.

Rockport was truly affected by this young man’s life.  We will be a different church without him.  There will be a void.  We needed his hellos, his goodbyes, which were often just as flamboyant.  His vigor, his forgiveness, his love and his kisses.   His death has affected us more.

When we reviewed Jasons life for missionary service the first time, we wanted to care for him well and instruct him and help him to be better prepared, so we gave a brief delay.  Jason was deeply affected, but understanding. He told me later that when a brother asked him why the delay, he answered him, oh, “bald guy won’t let me go”.  I thought that was hilarious, Perfect.  Yet, he was truly sincere and as a mature young missionary, did what it took to further prepare himself.  There was no stopping him.  And that’s what I like to hear.  He was going to Egypt, with or without our help.

On the last Sunday we saw him, his last words to me were that I had one week to finish my endorsement so that he could send letters of support for his mission.  I had looked over a few endorsements and was thinking about how to best write mine.

Jason was a very compassionate man, and truly cared for everyone around him.  He had time for everyone.  When I taught his Sunday School class yesterday, I taught a class of affected young people. It was truly difficult to get through it. They had been loved and they were shaken.  He hadn’t been there merely to fill time or get a resume.  He taught them the gospel. And the truth about life.  He truly wanted them to know, and be saved.

Here was a man who enjoyed life, raised a family and laid down his life for his family and for the sake of the gospel.  Many of us were unsure as to whether he would live through fulfilling his calling to Egypt, but that wasn’t much of a thought with Jason. Someone must go, and Jason said, here am I, send me.  And Stephanie joyfully embraced the call.

This life is like a vapor that appears for a little time and vanishes away.

Jason, I would have written and do now give you my full and unreserved endorsement my brother.  You are a great man, of whom the world was not worthy.

Jason Moslander.  Well done Sir.

GRACE CAMP MEETING SERMONS – PRAYER AND INTIMACY WITH GOD

The Lord met with us. Here are some great messages on prayer.

http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?sourceonly=true&currSection=sermonssource&keyword=rockportbaptist&subsetcat=series&subsetitem=Grace+Camp+Meeting+2011

4th ANNUAL GRACE CAMP MEETING – ARNOLD, MO.

4TH ANNUAL GRACE CAMP MEETING – ARNOLD, MO


Rockport Baptist Church is sponsoring their 4th annual
Grace Camp Meeting, April 7th – 10th.
We have been seeking the Lord diligently since the first of the year and are excited about what the Lord is going to do.

Here is a link to the church website where you can register. There is no charge for the conference, but we would like to know how many we will have to feed.

http://www.rockportbaptist.org/

Just click on the Grace Camp Meeting icon to register

Hear are some sermons from our speakers:

Curt Daniel

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1030101035340

Mack Tomlinson

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=10311001692

Bob Jennings

http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Bob^Jennings

contact me for more info
Bob Schembre
314-807-6359

Parenting – Consistency, Consistency, Consistency

(some practical biblical advice on training young children)

How does one train his child to be well-behaved? Certainly there are different temperaments that we have to deal with when raising children, but the bible gives us plenty of instruction as to how to normally raise a child. In this article, I want to offer some practical advice concerning training a child to obey.

Genesis 8:21 teaches us that the imagination of a child’s heart is evil. Proverbs 22:15 teaches us that foolishness is bound in his heart. Children are naturally inclined to disobey their parents. God has given parents the responsibility to save their children from destroying themselves in sin. The method that God has given us is discipline. (Prov 22:15)

It is important that parents realize that their responsibility to lovingly discipline their children begins when they are born and ends when they leave home. For the sake of this article, I am going to focus on the early years.

Our children are conceived in sin and have a natural disposition to lie, disobey and rebel. (Psa. 51:5) Babies are born in sin and immediately are inclined to begin ordering their lives around themselves. It is the responsibility of the parents to train their children that there is a certain time to eat and a certain time to sleep. Good parenting involves quickly establishing as consistent of a routine as possible for their new baby. From birth to departure from the home, children need guidelines. These must always be administered with grace, but they must be firmly held to in love. It is the responsibility of the godly parent to begin teaching their children early that the life of the family is centered on Christ.

It is time consuming and exhausting to properly raise children. One the most important lessons that children must be taught is that they must obey. The only way that children learn to obey is if the parent teaches the child discipline and if failure to obey is rewarded with correction. The biblical means of correction begins with spanking, or to use biblical terms beating them with a rod. Of course, this does not mean beating as you would beat a wild donkey. Spankings are to be given with discretion and in love. But they are to be given firmly and consistently. The amount of correction needed depends on the offense.

In the early months of child-rearing, all of the discipline involves routine, including feeding, changing, playing and putting to bed. The parents must be consistent if they are to expect the child to ultimately learn that there are guidelines and rules in the home. Within 6 months of the child being born (some will naturally disagree here), the child will need to begin to understand more punitive types of correction. This will involve mainly a touch and a firm tone in response to negative behavior. Most mothers who breast-feed are keenly aware of the need for this when the child around this age or even earlier get their first teeth. Beards are also a good way to begin training children. When the child is old enough to understand the touch and negative tone, they should be trained to obey. Some gentlemen think it is great to have their beards pulled upon, but when the child gets a little older it is not so funny. (Ok, I am joshing a little here.) The point is that we must take our parenting seriously. Parenting is so much more than discipline, but without discipline our jobs will eventually become almost impossible.

The next stage of correction comes as the child begins to get around a little. This will be between the ages of 6 months to a year. By one year they should be getting around very well and if you haven’t begun to discipline them, parenting will begin to get much more frustrating. Parenting is teamwork and the father should ensure that when he is home, he is actively involved in raising the children. He should help in maintaining a loving atmosphere and a firm hand in correction.

When the child begins to do something that is not permissible, like grab a table lamp or stick their fingers in a light socket, it behooves the parent to maintain a consistent method of correction. Remind them of their former training with a firm touch and a firm tone, saying “NO”! Yelling will never do in the home and should not be permitted. (I only wish I had always kept this rule.) The tongue is a world of iniquity and must be kept in submission to the spirit of God. If the child repeats the negative behavior a firm swat should quickly ensue. Be very careful of using your hand to do this. First of all the Bible does always mention using a rod. (Proverbs 23:13,14) I have investigated this word on a number of occasions and am persuaded that the closest we can get to the instrument in mind is a small wooden instrument. We used a small wooden spoon. A small dowel rod between ¼ and ½ inch and no longer than one foot long would be appropriate in my opinion at this age. A small branch off of a bush with the rough places smoothed off would seem to fit here biblically also.

Normally this will be enough of a deterrent at first even through diapers, but before long the child will catch on that there isn’t much pain associated with diaper protection and will not take it seriously and may in fact take it as a kind of a game. I think the best course here is to remove the diaper and give a swat. I know that most parents will think this is too much trouble. I understand that, but we are required to be good stewards with these children that the Lord has given us and inconsistency will not do. It may be appropriate to swat the back of side of the thigh, but I am afraid that normally we should see that there is a place that the Lord made to be swatted.

The next stage we can guide our children is in remaining still and quiet for a period of time. Around one year old, I would begin having my children start learning to sit still during devotions. I would always have my bible on my lap on one side and the child on the other. My goal was to be able to read a certain portion of scripture with them sitting still. They were not allowed to squirm, get down or cry out. For any of these actions, I would give them a firm “NO” and the second instance would always be followed with a “NO” and a swat on the side of the thigh. This is normally all it took in order to read the few verses I had selected. If it continued, they would receive the same verbal command followed by a swat. After a couple days of being consistent, they would only need rare reminders.

Recently one of the young Christian mothers of our church told me about how she has “blanket time” with her baby. This means that the child is put on a blanket for a certain period of time, just a couple of minutes and they were not allowed to get off of the blanket, throw things or cry out. Each time the child would disobey there would be a swat and the time was gradually lengthened. I heartily commend this mother for her consistency.

That is what it is all about parents. Consistency. If you are not consistent and firm in your discipline, it will not work and will not be a blessing to your child. Laziness is not excuse. Fathers should take the lead in this matter of discipline and help the mother when they are in the house. Fathers are to take the lead in spiritual matters and in matters of discipline. Normally when there are discipline issues in the home it is because of the passivity of the father. Mothers likewise are required to be consistent. The child needs to know clear guidelines as to what is acceptable behavior.

When going to church, we always left our children in the churches nursery until such a time as I thought it was fair to require them to sit still for the required amount of time. This was up to my discretion as I got to know the temperament of the child, but it was normally around the age of two. This was a new experience to them so I prayed for those around me to have patience as I trained them. When I was in the pulpit, I allowed my wife to make her own decision about what she thought she was able to handle. The added benefit to having me in the pulpit of the small churches I was normally Pastor of at those ages was that I could look at the child and sometimes I would even give a verbal command while I was preaching. (the tone was such that they knew they were in trouble after church.)

But there never was a time in church, in our home, during devotions, at the dinner table or otherwise that our children were not clear on acceptable behavior. We had those riotous moments at young ages when one child would throw something from his high-chair across the table, but if this action was repeated it quickly became an action that we did not tolerate. In fact, the only time I remember our children being unhappy at the dinner table was when I was sinfully responding to some issue and would bring it to the table. I can’t tell you how deeply I regret those sinful times.

It is important to teach children how to behave properly. We could go to someone’s home for a visit and the children would remain seated in their places while we talked and visited. Before the age of two, guests would have to be patient, especially if we were the quests, while we trained our children to be quiet and to sit still. There were times when a limit was obviously reached and we would have to retreat to a separate room where the child usually came back from quietly sobbing. When this was in restaurants it was always encouraging when coming back from the rest-room or car to get stares from those in the restaurant who did not believe in discipline and would frown, while others may knowingly nod their approval. But we are required to be consistent and the place where we are should matter little. Our children profited from correction and began enjoying gathering with others. In fact, at early ages, they learned that there would come appropriate times when they could actually engage in the conversation and be a part of the community. Engaging socially was something that was first learned in our home and around quests. The only way that this is accomplished is through consistent discipline.

Perhaps next time I will cover later ages or answer questions some people have.

4TH ANNUAL GRACE CAMP MEETING – ARNOLD, MO

4TH ANNUAL GRACE CAMP MEETING – ARNOLD, MO


Rockport Baptist Church is sponsoring their 4th annual
Grace Camp Meeting, April 7th – 10th.
We have been seeking the Lord diligently since the first of the year and are excited about what the Lord is going to do.

Here is a link to the church website where you can register. There is no charge for the conference, but we would like to know how many we will have to feed.

http://www.rockportbaptist.org/

Just click on the Grace Camp Meeting icon to register

Hear are some sermons from our speakers:

Curt Daniel

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1030101035340

Mack Tomlinson

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=10311001692

Bob Jennings

http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Bob^Jennings

contact me for more info
Bob Schembre
314-807-6359

ARE YOU ABLE TO BE REBUKED?

If you have not been rebuked lately, what is wrong with you? Do your friends
think that you are so thin-skinned and fragile that you could never take any
negativity? Or are they simply in the habit of living out compromised lives
regardless of the consequences? Or is it simply that you are too prideful and
everyone knows that any attempt at correcting you would result in such a
prideful rebuff and defense that they are not prone to offer much of anything in
the way of advice.

According to the scriptures, rebuke, reproof and correction ought to be a part
of the Christian community. It should be exercised only when needed and in love,
but it should be exercised. I think that the main problem is that in our day of
egalitarianism no one wants to be told that they are less than they should be.
We insist only on affirmation. This is the cry of the day. But in the
Christian community this is to live in an unbiblical way.

Pride is at the root of it all. If you cannot receive a rebuke without being
defensive, you are prideful. Many people are adept at giving out correction,
but poorly receive it. This is to show that one has no understanding and is not
wise. (Proverbs 9:8)

In order to receive rebuke, one must be walking in humility and dependence on
God. We cannot have high views of ourselves and walk in wisdom. (Proverbs 10:17)
We will not be ready to receive needed correction and instruction if we think
that we have no need of it.

We must believe that God is Sovereign in order to receive rebuke. If we are
continually seeing men opposing us, it is fairly certain that we are
self-centered. God may indeed use men to sanctify us, but it is in seeing the
hand of God in our lives rather than mere men opposing us that we are able to
rest in His Sovereign power and humbly receive whatever instruction comes our
way, so that we might carefully weigh its truthfulness. (Proverbs 1:25; Proverbs
12:1)

We must understand that we have a great need to learn and gain understanding.
One who chafes at personal instruction is prideful. He is rebellious and lacks
faith. He is living a life of self-sufficiency thinking that he has all that he
needs to live. This person is in danger. He is spiritually blind to his own
deficiencies and is not able to see his need, therefore when correction comes,
his first inclination is self-preservation. He is merely preserving his image,
defending his perception of himself and ensuring that the façade is never torn
down.

How do you receive a rebuke? How do you accept correction? How do YOU receive
reproof?

If you are not able to, then you must repent of your pride and humble yourself
before God that He may exalt you in due time.

4TH ANNUAL GRACE CAMP MEETING – ARNOLD, MO


Rockport Baptist Church is sponsoring their 4th annual
Grace Camp Meeting, April 7th – 10th.
We have been seeking the Lord diligently since the first of the year and are excited about what the Lord is going to do.

Here is a link to the church website where you can register. There is no charge for the conference, but we would like to know how many we will have to feed.

http://www.rockportbaptist.org/

Just click on the Grace Camp Meeting icon to register

Hear are some sermons from our speakers:

Curt Daniel

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1030101035340

Mack Tomlinson

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=10311001692

Bob Jennings

http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Bob^Jennings

contact me for more info
Bob Schembre
314-807-6359

Proper Attitudes for Worship Ecclesiastes 5:1,2

Prepare Your Soul to Receive a Word from God – Just as we should be sure when entering our homes to clean our shoes, so when we enter for worship should we come in repentance.

Our Conversation – I have recently been thinking about the difference between fellowship and socializing. The world can socialize, but only the church can fellowship. Our fellowship is to be around Christ. When believers gather, if their conversation is never about Christ, there should be much heart searching. How profitable is our conversation? How much more should we be concerned about our conversation when preparing to meet with God together for worship. Often church gatherings are abuzz with much that is trivial, but little that concerns the Lord. One would think that we are preparing for a church bazaar or circus rather than a time of worship. We are often merely socializing rather than fellowshipping. There is often much frivolity and little heart preparation for worship. Friendly and caring greetings and welcomes are appropriate. Even joyous laughter on occasion concerning the goodness of God, but I fear that far too often what is on our minds and lips involves the Lord very little.

Our hearts should have been prepared by prayer and should be set on spiritual things and not on the world and the things of it, that will choke the word and it will become unprofitable. Often when such subjects are brought up there is a sinful response of pride. “We will not listen to such admonitions but will rather enter “our church” just as we wish. “We only have a little time to fellowship” is often heard. And which would be fine if it were true fellowship around Christ.

We little discern what is about to take place, what spiritual warfare is already occurring when we enter the building we have set aside for the gathering of the body for worship. Even as we prepare to leave our homes the enemy begins to cause strife and create distractions. So few seem to have time for prayerful preparation for worship and allow themselves to be profited little. It is important what we “guard our steps” when we go to the place of worship. Our thoughts should be composed, quiet and attentive to all that is being said. How will we train our children to quiet themselves for worship if we ourselves are undisciplined of spirit?

This is to say nothing of those with wicked hearts who enter the building to gossip, slander and judge the saints. We could say much of this sort of ungodliness, but suffice it to say that this is what happens with foolish hearts when there is an unrestrained general gaiety defining the conduct of the saints and the subsequent little prayer and meditation on the things of God. The pastors often have to call for the quiet of the assembly, not because of anything spiritual and normally not because of anything other than trivial and unimportant communications that have little or nothing to do with preparation for worship. This is merely a sign of the lack of comprehension or care of spiritual things. Much that occurs in worship completely flies over the heads of the distracted saints and both the regenerate and the unregenerate leave the building unchanged and uncaring. They have fulfilled their weekly obligations and are content at having done so. The consequent sacrifices of praise are void of reality and ring merely of shallow souls wishing that they could have the benefits of such things as would be only the result of a work of God should they truly have a heart that desires it so much that they would cease the commotions of the worldly mind and lay themselves low before the Lord in repentance.

The preacher calls this the sacrifice of fools.

James 1:21; 1 Peter 2:1,2

THIS IS WAR!

Please take the time to listen to this important exhortation concerning prayer.

What A Sentimental Time Christmas Is :)

Well, over the “Christmas season” did anyone include the story of all of the children being slaughtered in Bethlehem? If not, why not? Why is this part of the Christmas story not as much a part of the Christmas story as everything else?

Can I suggest one reason we don’t include the slaughter of every baby in Bethlehem? It is because of the sentimentality associated with the season. Much like Easter, we want to emphasize the positive aspects of the gospel (if we include the gospel at all) and leave out the fact of, well, sin. He came to die for our sins.

People are more thrilled with presents under the tree and a white Christmas than that the sin that engulfs them has separated them from the very God who became man.

May I suggest that next year the color red remind us of the slaughter of all of the babies in Bethlehem 2000 years ago and of course, the blood of Jesus that cleanses from sin. Of course, the slaughter of babies doesn’t jell with the sentimentalism that is demanded once every 12 months. Neither does the demand of the Lord to forsake family for Him.

I am against sentimentalism for the sake of sentimentalism, but not against celebrating the incarnation. It’s something I do year round. In fact, almost daily I suppose.

But frankly, the sentimentality and all of the gushy emotions kind of nauseate me. Especially when I am tempted to get caught up in it myself. Can I suggest the need for a bit of self-examination? Perhaps this love of the sentimental is simply an attempt to make up for a lack of true feeling for God year round? Perhaps the tiny bit of passion one has for Christ needs seasons of sentimentality to bring out the truth that sentimentality is all that is involved in this relationship. Kind of like the dude who tattoos a girls name on his arm as if he could express his love and all that he is prepared to do for her by that mere act. This usually precedes the total abandonment of the forlorn lass by the irresponsible chump. If he really loved her he would live sacrificially for her. He would marry her.

I say that sentimentality coincides with Radical Egalitarianism because after all, there needs to be some way for us all to feel good together if we are to call ourselves Christians. If you really want to celebrate the incarnation, Jesus said to take up your cross daily and die. I know, it’s easier to pray a prayer, go to church and be especially caring around Christmas time. (gag)

an emotional and passionate person

(not giving props to the one who started the thinking for this post in order to protect myself)