Monday, January 24, 2005

The Death of Johnny Carson

Do we know and understand the purpose that God has given to us? Ashleigh Brilliant said, “My life has a superb cast but I can’t figure out the plot.” Is our life like that? Life is way too short not to know the reason we exist.

Yesterday, Johnny Carson passed away. He was born in Iowa and raised in Nebraska (just like me). Since then, the news channels have continuously given coverage to his passing. Commentators and friends and colleagues could not say enough how wonderful he was. For example, he was a gentleman, and he was the “king” of late-night and was very generous.

If you asked him what his purpose in life was, he might have said that he was put on earth to entertain people. Perhaps he would say it was to give others an opportunity to succeed on his stage. Many comedians and singers would say that Johnny opened the door for them to greater things.

Did Johnny Carson know that the ultimate purpose in life is to know and serve and glorify Jesus Christ? I don’t know? We certainly cannot rule out a death-bed salvation experience. It was reported that when Rock Hudson passed away, he turned to Jesus for salvation. Maybe, Johnny Carson is with the Lord now because he repented of sins and placed his faith in what Jesus did on the cross for him.

His death reminds us all who follow Jesus that we all have relatives and friends who need Jesus as their Savoir.

Have great day. Pastor Bryan

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Re: 40 Days of Purpose

Harvey Oaks Baptist Church is about to begin the 40 Days of Purpose. The kick-off is January 29th with a Soup Supper. It is crucial that we as the followers of Jesus know that life is not about our individual needs and concerns. Life is about God and glorifying him forever. Ultimate joy and satisfaction is found only in Jesus. If you have any questions about this, please e-mail at Have a great day. Bryan

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Sanctity of Life Sunday

The Sanctity of Life Sunday is coming up. I will be preaching on Psalm 139.13-16. That passage points out that we have been wonderfully created by God within our mother's womb. He was directly involved in our conception and development. And verse 15 declares that before we lived one single day, God planned all our days. Praise his holy name! Let us pray that abortion will someday become illegal in America. Have a great day. Pastor Bryan

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! God is so good to give another year to begin. May His people truly be salt and light in the world. It isn't up to the politicians to improve things in the world. It is up to the Body of Jesus. If any of as any questions about what this means, please e-mail at Pastor Bryan