Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Opossum Oddities, Darwin and a Backwards Comet

Talk about interesting; The world we call, "not our home", is a most fascinating and curious place. I just received my first edition of Creation Magazine, and it brings the wonders of creation into vivid light!

In September, the America Bless God Campaign hosted "Worldview Encounter 2". It was our Second Bi-Annual Worldview Conference. Jay & Amy Seegert from Wisconsin represented Creation Ministries International. Jay spoke on the complexities of the human ear and other fascinating topics related to the Creation/Evolution debate. Jay & Amy also showed the movie, "The Voyage that Shook the World" (www.thevoyage.tv) following the conference. Jay and Amy are a part of an exciting and informative ministry, so I was equally excited to get my first copy of Creation Magazine with an Opossum dangling about the front cover.

Creation Magazine is filled with a variety of article types: cultural issues, family/marriage matters, health related items, editorials, Biblical interpretation discussions, archaeological discoveries, not to mention the biological and the geological wonders of God's amazing Creation! There is even a Creation for Kids section.

In "The Opossum's Tale", Lael Weinbeger tells how the Opossum enters the pages of history eight years after Columbus set foot on American soil. The explorer Vincente Pinzon presented a Brazilian Southern Opossum to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain in 1500. The Spanish Monarch called the Opossum an "incredible mother". The article goes on to address how marsupials ended up where they did and the perplexities they create for evolutionists.

Here are highlights and links to a few of the other articles that I enjoyed:
I tremendously enjoyed my first issue of Creation Magazine. Bryana and I subscribed to extra copies of this bi-monthly publication, so we can give them away or place them in waiting areas to bless other folks. I recommend that you subscribe to Creation Magazine too!

You can order the magazine and see more great articles at www.creation.com

America Bless God

Sunday, November 22, 2009

John Adam's 1799 Proclamation

America's heritage as a Grateful Nation exceeds our modern recognition of such. John Adams, the second President of the United States, had these words of wisdom for our new born nation. I urge you, as a Christian patriot, spread this proclamation to your friends. I took the liberty of making the proclamation a bit easier to follow with a bulleted format.

Proclamation of March 6, 1799 A.D.

  • As no truth is more clearly taught in the Volume of Inspiration, nor any more fully demonstrated by the experience of all ages, than that a deep sense and a due acknowledgment of the governing providence of a Supreme Being and of the accountableness of men to Him as the searcher of hearts and righteous distributer of rewards and punishments are conducive equally to the happiness and rectitude of individuals and to the well-being of communities;
  • as it is also most reasonable in itself that men who are made capable of social acts and relations, who owe their improvements to the social state, and who derive their enjoyments from it, should, as a society, make their acknowledgments of dependence and obligation to Him who hath endowed them with these capacities and elevated them in the scale of existence by these distinctions; …
  • as it is likewise a plain dictate of duty and a strong sentiment of nature that in circumstances of great urgency and seasons of imminent danger earnest and particular supplications should be made to Him who is able to defend or to destroy; …
  • as, moreover, the most precious interests of the people of the United States are still held in jeopardy by the hostile designs and insidious acts of a foreign nation, …
  • as well as by the dissemination among them of those principles, subversive of the foundations of all religious, moral, and social obligations, that have produced incalculable mischief and misery in other countries; …
  • and as, in fine, the observance of special seasons for public religious solemnities is happily calculated to avert the evils which we ought to deprecate and to excite to the performance of the duties which we ought to discharge by calling and fixing the attention of the people at large to the momentous truths already recited, by affording opportunity to teach and inculcate them by animating devotion and giving to it the character of a national act:
  • For these reasons I have thought proper to recommend, and I do hereby recommend accordingly, that Thursday, the 25th day of April next, be observed throughout the United States of America as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that the citizens on that day abstain as far as may be from their secular occupations, devote the time to the sacred duties of religion in public and in private; …
  • that they call to mind our numerous offenses against the Most High God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore His pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgressions, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to His righteous requisitions in time to come;
  • that He would interpose to arrest the progress of that impiety and licentiousness in principle and practice so offensive to Himself and so ruinous to mankind;
  • that He would make us deeply sensible that "righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people;"
  • that He would turn us from our transgressions and turn His displeasure from us; that He would withhold us from unreasonable discontent, from disunion, faction, sedition, and insurrection; that He would preserve our country from the desolating sword;
  • that He would save our cities and towns from a repetition of those awful pestilential visitations under which they have lately suffered so severely,
  • and that the health of our inhabitants generally may be precious in His sight;
  • that He would favor us with fruitful seasons and so bless the labors of the husbandman as that there may be food in abundance for man and beast;
  • that He would prosper our commerce, manufactures, and fisheries, and give success to the people in all their lawful industry and enterprise;
  • that He would smile on our colleges, academies, schools, and seminaries of learning, and make them nurseries of sound science, morals, and religion;
  • that He would bless all magistrates, from the highest to the lowest, give them the true spirit of their station, make them a terror to evil doers and a praise to them that do well;
  • that He would preside over the councils of the nation at this critical period, enlighten them to a just discernment of the public interest, and save them from mistake, division, and discord;
  • that He would make succeed our preparations for defense and bless our armaments by land and by sea;
  • that He would put an end to the effusion of human blood and the accumulation of human misery among the contending nations of the earth by disposing them to justice, to equity, to benevolence, and to peace;
  • and that he would extend the blessings of knowledge, of true liberty, and of pure and undefiled religion throughout the world.
  • And I do also recommend that with these acts of humiliation, penitence, and prayer fervent thanksgiving to the Author of All Good be united for the countless favors which He is still continuing to the people of the United States, and which render their condition as a nation eminently happy when compared with the lot of others.

    JOHN ADAMS, Second President of the United States of America

May our attitude this Thanksgiving be as reverent as that of President Adams.

America Bless God

Monday, November 2, 2009

Flexible Discipleship Ministry

One size fits all doesn't always fit well with churches. Each congregation has it's own dynamics of character, maturity, staffing and ministry. Pastor Trey Kent of NorthWest Fellowship different church dynamics from those of Pastor Mark Westerfield at Central Baptist in Round Rock. Both are strongly committed to the Great Commission, and First Steps Discipleship Ministry is flexible enough to help both congregations with a solid approach to making disciples.

Pastor Trey hosted a First Steps Seminar to equip NWF lay people for one-on-one discipleship, while Bob Schweter, Administative Pastor, integrated First Steps into Central Baptist's existing discipleship ministry. First Steps provides key tools for establishing solid roots in new and renewed believers ... without disrupting existing schedules and ministry efforts.


"We find it imperative to get new Believers established and grounded quickly in their new faith. First Steps is a tool we are excited to integrate into this process so these new Believers can get a solid foundation." - Mark Westerfield, Sr. Pastor, Central Baptist Church, Round Rock, Texas

"First Steps training has enabled Northwest Fellowship to mobilize our people to disciple others to love Jesus in a practical, fruitful and reproducible way. Brent Bullock did an amazing job preparing me and our congregation to "make disciples"! Before this our discipleship was haphazard - now we have a plan. I thoroughly recommend Brent and First Steps!" - Pastor Trey Kent, Northwest Fellowship, Austin, Texas

Plan now to attend a special First Steps Seminar for Pastors and Ministry leaders on November 18th at Austin Baptist Association. We will provide you with foundational principles for successful discipleship. These foundational principles are already bearing fruit around the world, and help shut the back door of the church.


First Steps Seminar for Pastors
Wednesday, November 18th, 11 am - 2 pm
Austin Baptist Association
3811 Harmon Ave.
Austin, Texas 78751

Registration $25 (including seminar, workbook & lunch)
Phone: Brent Bullock, 512/914-2242

This seminar is a consensed version designed especially for pastors and ministry leaders. Registration is $25, which includes First Steps training, a workbook and lunch. You will be encouraged and strengthened in fulfilling the Great Commission.


America Bless God
He is Worthy of Honor & Praise
Brent Bullock, Minister


PS: For those unable to attend or outside the Austin area, we would be honored to speak with you about bringing First Steps to your area.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Christian Anti-Defamation Commission

Do you just sit there and take it when someone speaks ill of your child or spouse? I wonder if you sit idly by when someone disses your favorite football team, or speaks bad of the organization you are associated with. In fact, many of you won't tolerate that for a second. You vocally defend the people and organization you are committed to.

Christ and Christianity are routinely dissed in our society. Why do we not stand up for His name? Why are racial slurs viewed with disdain, and there is silence when Christ is profaned? Dr. Gary Cass and the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission are not silent on such matters, nor were the Apostles of the early church.

I urge you to logon to www.christianadc.org and find out how you can help silence the defamation of Christ in America.

America Bless God
Brent Bullock

Preserving the Free Market

Worldview Encounter 2 is now history and will long live in my memory. We furthered our relationships with national ministry partners and were so blessed to have fellowship with those that attended and those that traveled from across the country to be a part of the program.

The talk of the conference was Dan Smithwick's "Preserving the Free Market" presentation. Dan gave us an overview of new curriculum that covers the history of the monetary system from a world and a U.S. perspective. There are elements of this presentation that will shake the firmest pastor. Evil is ever present in this temporal world. This new course from Nehemiah Institute will equip you to stay strong through turbulent economic times and help turn the nation back to a righteous and just economic system.

I would be honored to bring "Preserving the Free Market" to your church, small group, or city. Contact me to learn more >>

America Bless God
Brent Bullock

Olde Tyme Discipleship

There is an old song that calls out, "Give me that Old Time Religion; it's good enough for me!" The only old time religion that's good enough for me goes all the way back to 33 A.D.

America is trapped in a new form of religion. Frankly, I think it is self-serving more than sacrificial. The religion of Jesus is an "other serving" religion. The religion of Jesus includes much tyme alone with the Father. The religion of Jesus is intimately familiar with the Sacred Scriptures. Jesus studied and taught from the Old Testament rather than discarding it. The religion of Jesus is evangelical, it is transformational, and it is powerful. Christianity in America has a form of godliness, but denies its power.

You can be a part of changing that. First Steps One-On-One Discipleship will equip you to disciple another believer. First Steps will give you the confidence and resources needed to help establish new or renewed believers in the fundamental disciplines that Jesus taught.
Our nation needs you desperately. Join us for an up-coming First Steps Seminar, or invite First Steps to your city!

  • God's Way Baptist Church
    Saturday, October 24th, 9 am - 3 pm
    1101 W. 2nd St., Taylor, Texas
  • Austin Baptist Association
    Wednesday, November 18th, 11 am - 2 pm
    3811 Harmon Ave, Austin, Texas
    ** Special seminar for Pastors & Ministry Leaders
www.disciplinganother.com - or - www.hismoralbanner.com/firststeps

Visit us at Hutto Olde Tyme Days

Hutto Olde Tyme Days is coming this Saturday, October 17th. The America Bless God Campaign will be on hand to help with the Olde Tyme part...

It's interesting to think about all of the changes in American values. Is the Olde Tyme view of family, sex, and marriage better or worse than today's view? Is the Olde Tyme view of the Bible and the Church no longer relevant? Is the Olde Tyme view of community even possible in a nation of big box stores? Can the Olde Tyme view of Statesmanship be reasserted in a culture of corruption?

I believe that all things are possible with God. I believe America can be saved from Secular Humanism, Pluralism, and Moral Relativism. I believe the church, the Bible, and Spirit of God are able to transform; even transform an entire nation.

Join us this Saturday, October 17th, as we distribute literature, talk to folks, and pray with those in need. America Bless God will have a booth at Olde Tyme Days, and New Hope Christian Church is holding an open house. Come to Hutto and check out Olde Tyme Days anytime from 8 am - 5 pm!

www.hutto.org www.newhopehutto.org

Monday, September 7, 2009

Changing the Face of Austin and Central Texas

It has been said, ‘The Old Testament is a richly furnished room, yet dimly lit; and the New Testament adds light illuminating its great treasure”. Paul points to the dim reflection of a mirror for those living in the New Testament era. Imagine the scene Paul paints; a large polished piece of metal reflecting a dark and poorly formed image of the person standing in front of it.

"Imagine today’s church standing in front of that same mirror."

James calls a man deceived, should he look intently into a mirror, and then forget what he looks like. What does today’s church look like? Are we deceived about our own image?

So often, a wife badly desires to change her husband, yet fails to recall or examine her own life. So too, church members get disgruntled with leaders or the church at large, and fail to reflect upon their own image. As American Christians, we are annoyed and perplexed by our nation's drift in to uncharted moral waters, while we fail to persistently and intently look to the perfect law of God for self examination.

Let that not be said of us. If you seek cultural change in Austin and Central Texas, let it start with us. If you seek to change the face of a nation, let us look carefully at our own image, first.

Please join me this coming weekend, as we consider …

“Changing the Face of Austin and Central Texas.”

2009 Central Texas Pastor Conference
Friday, September 11, 2009, 10 AM - 2 PM
Doors open at 9:30 am, Lunch included
Complimentary for pastors and ministers

Worldview Encounter 2
Saturday, September 12, 2009, 10 AM - 3 PM
$30 Registration
Doors open at 9:00 am, Lunch included

Fourth Annual America Bless God Banquet
Saturday, September 12, 2009, 6 - 8:30 PM
Doors open at 5:30 pm, Dinner included
Free Will offering to be received

Register On-line Today: Pre-registration on or before September 8, 2009 is appreciated
www.hismoralbanner.com/we2

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Worldview Encounter

You encounter it every day. You encounter it in your home, schools, workplaces, churches, courthouses, and shopping malls. You can't even escape worldview in your car driving to work! Everyday you have a Worldview Encounter.

The term worldview has become more commonly used, yet not more commonly understood. It is what it says; it is the way we look at the world. The world includes everything we know or engage in. It includes everything under the sun. Our worldview is the pair of sunglasses that shades our evaluation of the situtations we see around us.

Often, Christians have a worldview that is more Western or cultural than Biblical. We only desire or think to apply the Bible to a portion of our world. We especially like that part about heaven and grace, and especially dislike the part about sin, evil, personal responsibility, politics, and a host of other disdained topics. We are also selective in which parts of the Bible we decide to apply or not apply.

The America Bless God Campaign is excited to bring you Worldview Encounter 2. At Worldview Encounter 2 you will encounter a Biblical Worldview from expert teachers representing National and International Ministries. We aim to help you see and change the face of the Christian Worldview in Austin and Central Texas. We desire to help you more fully understand and apply the Bible to all aspects of life under the Son. In 2006 we brought Gary DeMar to Austin for Worldview Encounter 1. This year we have more great teachers converging on Austin to Change the Face of Austin and Central Texas. You'll not want to miss Dr. Gary Cass, Jay Seegert and more.

Read more about the speakers and register to attend Worldview Encounter 2 >>


America Bless God

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Our Cause is now on Facebook

Well it has been a long wait. I don't even remember how long it has been; several months I imagine. Now the wait is over, and we are excited!

On Monday, August 10th, 2009 I received e-mail confirmation that our Facebook Cause account had been approved! We spent a couple of days setting up the basics, and now we have an Official America Bless God cause page on Facebook. Within minutes of posting a link on my personal Facebook page we had four positive comments about the cause.

Please join us in the cause to promote Restore Biblical Morality in America. God has blessed America. He is totally worthy of our honor and praise. Let's rebuild morality in America! Join our cause on Facebook ...

http://apps.facebook.com/causes/334236

America Bless God

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Central Texas Pastor Conference on 9-11

Austin is not the biggest city in the state, nation or world, but its cultural influence is profound. It is the Capitol City of Texas, the Live Music Capitol of the World, and home to the University of Texas. What begins here changes the world...

In 2006 the America Bless God Campaign brought Gary DeMar and other great speakers to Central Texas to encourage, strengthen and challenge Pastors in the region. The 2009 Central Texas Pastor Conference is being held on September 11th. The conference is now held bi-annually to follow the Texas Legislative session.

This year Rev. Dr. Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (CADC) is our keynote speaker. Dr. Cass is Co-Founder of the CADC, an author, and former Executive Director of Reclaiming America for Christ, founded by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy.
As pastors and ministry leaders, let us come together in our efforts to change the face of Austin and Central Texas.

The full list of speakers is on our web-site >> www.hismoralbanner.com/we2

First Steps Discipleship Presentations

It is The Commission of the church ...
... go make disciples, baptizing them in the name ... and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. - Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

Are the members of your local church engaged in discipling others to love and follow Jesus? Join Pastor Ray Willis from Springfield, Ohio on August 10th or 11th to learn about First Steps One-On-One Discipleship. First Steps will equip you with tools and confidence to disciple another to love and follow Jesus.

Presentations are scheduled in the Austin, Texas area for Monday and Tuesday, August 10th and 11th. Meals are served at these presentations and there is no charge for Pastors or Ministry Leaders. Please call or email, if you are interested in attending. Click here to learn more on our web-site >>

For those outside the Austin area, we would be honored to speak with you about bringing First Steps Discipleship to your community.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Discipleship City Words

When attending a First Steps Discipleship Seminar you repeatedly hear the word "specificity". We must be specific in our prayers, in applying God's word, and in relating to new or renewed believers. First Steps attendees in the Texas Capitol City of Austin emerged with another "city" word … "authenticity".

An essential element of discipleship is "common temptations". This aspect establishes credibility and authenticity with the disciple. When we teach new believers about their new life in Christ, it is critical to establish the reality that trials, temptations and hardship are right around the corner. Satan does not like those who commit to love and follow Jesus. The reality is that he will hurl his same ole tired schemes in front of new believers. Those first few weeks can be very trying.

We can help new and renewed believers by specifically and authentically communicating that their new found life will not only be filled with love, joy, peace, patience and kindness; it will be accompanied by ups, downs, trials, tribulations and temptations. Authenticity is one key to establishing a firm foundation in Christ Jesus. A pretentious picture perfect portrayal of the new life is Christ is deceptive at best. Pretentiousness damages the testimony of the church, and sets up failure for new or renewed believers.

Austin is a city known for its skepticism of Christianity. Authenticity, realism, factual presentation of Christ and the Christian life are essential to winning the city. Northwest Fellowship (NWF) of Austin is not a pretentious congregation. Pastor Trey Kent is a man that has literally been delivered by the Word of God. His humility and Christ-centered life is reflected in the congregation he leads. Pastor Trey, the congregation, and even the facilities at NWF, reflect the authenticity found only in lives that have been truly transformed by Christ Jesus our Savior and Lord.

Forty-five folks, mainly from NWF, attended the First Steps Discipleship Seminar on Saturday, June 13th at NWF in Austin. Two local pastors interested in First Steps One-On-One Discipleship were among the crowd. Twenty concerned parents also attended the Disciple Your Child Seminar. Children also see through the fa├žade. They are perplexed by duplicity, and are more likely to relationally connect when we practice authenticity.

Specificity and Authenticity: Key Discipleship words for winning any city.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Limited Time Offer?

You’ve heard it a thousand times in those pesky commercials: "Offer only valid this weekend", "Limited time offer", "Offer only valid to the first 100 callers", etc… ad nauseam! Maybe, I just destroyed my own credibility. Maybe, some offers do have expiration dates. Maybe, some chances are not worth taking.

The chance not worth taking has to do with your child. If there is one offer you cannot miss out on, it is the chance to teach your child to know, love and follow Jesus. What on earth is more important? Is there any sale, any job, or any task that exceeds the God given responsibility of raising a Godly child?

The Jews call it bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah. These are the "his and her" versions of the age of accountability. It is that time frame in which children become accountable to God. It is a limited window of opportunity you have to teach and influence your child. Once they cross that threshold; once they become of age, the returns on your efforts begin to diminish. This is really a limited time opportunity, and you dare not fall asleep on the job.

"Hand Off" is the title for our Discipling Your Child Seminar this weekend. We’ll be holding the First Steps One-On-One Adult Discipleship Seminar, and “Hand-Off” the Discipling Your Child Seminar at NorthWest Fellowship in Austin this Weekend!

Don’t miss it! Check the schedule on-line and sign-up today! Limited time offer…

www.hismoralbanner.com/firststeps

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Discipling Another at NW Fellowship Austin

You know this, but are you doing it? Christ said, "Go make disciples." This includes the people in your neighborhood and your family. I'm not talking about people on the other side of the planet. They need this too, but I'm talking your house and your city. Are you teaching others, including your own children, to follow in the basic disciplines of the Christian faith?

Northwest Fellowship in Austin is hosting the First Steps Discipleship Seminar and the Discipling Your Child kick-off event on Saturday, June 13th. An optional Practical Discipleship Workshop follows on Sunday, June 14th.

If you're not discipling another, we can give you the tools and the confidence to obey the Great Commission. Now is the time. You are desperately needed to serve in advancing the Kingdom of Christ.

Learn more and register today >>
www.hismoralbanner.com/firststeps

If you're not in the Austin area, we'd be happy to schedule a seminar for your city. Contact us today!

America Bless God

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I Will Never be the Same

The title captures the words of one who attended the First Step Discipleship Seminar in Taylor on April 4th... Italic

"I will never be the same"

"I've been waiting for a format for discipling others and now I have one. PTL!"

The seminar "convicted me to get on the ball. I am complacent".

"I dreaded the role play, but it was GREAT!"

"The simulation gave me the comfort level to be able to disciple others"

The highlight for me was "actually believing that I could disciple a new believer".

These testimonies speak to the encouragement that comes from actually pursuing the Great Commission. We talk a lot about evangelism and discipleship in the church. First Steps gives you the resources, the equipping, and the plan to actually do it. The seminar deals with the common obstacles to actually carrying out the Great Commission here in the U.S.A.

TownWest Church hosted the seminar, and the First Steps approach is increasingly present in their congregation. John Byrd, a deacon at TownWest, knows first hand that First Steps makes discipleship easy.

The seminar was attended by eleven different churches. Pastors and Ministers were well represented with Education Pastor, Barry Whebee, traveling all the way from Plainview, Texas to attend the seminar. The seeds of discipleship are being sown all across Texas, and we look forward to seeing the harvest.

What are you waiting for? Northwest Fellowship in Austin, Texas is hosting a seminar on Saturday, June 13th. You may also find a seminar near you or invite First Steps to your area today!


First Steps: One on one discipleship that you carry out for Jesus!

Brent Bullock

Thursday, March 26, 2009

First Steps Deadline Approaching

The First Steps Discipleship Seminar is coming to TownWest Church of Taylor on Sat. April 4th. The Pre-Registration deadline for the Taylor seminar is Wednesday, April 1st. If you plan to attend, please register on-line or contact me.

First Steps Discipleship Seminars are also being held around the U.S. and the world. If the Taylor date and location does not work for you, please contact me, and let's bring the First Steps Discipleship Seminar to your area.

Get more information at: www.hismoralbanner.com/firststeps

America Bless God
Brent Bullock, Minister

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Jump Start for Jerusalem Pentecostal Church

Rev. Daniel Alderette has a good problem on his hands: eighteen new believers. Rev. Daniel is the Pastor of Jerusalem Pentecostal Church in Taylor, Texas. As Daniel was praying about how to best disciple the new believers, we announced the First Steps pastor luncheon in Taylor. Daniel and I met, and we agreed that we should not wait for the First Steps Seminar coming on April 4th.

Timeliness is one of the key elements in discipling another to love Jesus. The first 90 days of a decision for Christ are critical; Waiting 30 days for a seminar would eat up much valuable time. So, this past Thursday night, I delivered a two hour teaching on how to use the First Steps Discipleship workbook. Daniel and two of his key leaders attended the session, and Jerusalem Pentecostal Church is on their way to discipling these new believers.

More disciplers are needed, so please pray that God will bring more disciplers and quickly equip those that are willing, so the new believers will get firmly established in the love of Jesus. Send an email or call me to learn more about bringing First Steps Discipleship to your area.

America Bless God

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

First Steps moving in Taylor

Yesterday we held a First Steps Pastor luncheon in Taylor, Texas. Pastor Rick Ives was in from Springfield, Ohio, and made an outstanding case for one-on-one discipleship within the critical 90 days of a decision for Christ.

Ten churches were represented at the luncheon and all attendees gave a favorable response to the presentation, and plan to support the April 4th seminar to varying degrees. Some will be sending a few key leaders, while others plan to invite the congregation at-large. You can read more about the up-coming seminar at www.hismoralbanner.com/firststeps.

I also visited with Rev. Daniel Alderette yesterday afternoon. Daniel had already expressed interest in First Steps, but was unable to attend the luncheon. The church Daniel leads just added 13 new members, and he had been praying about how to best help these new folks. After we visited, he read the Swimming Lessons book, and today he confirmed an order for 20 workbooks and we're scheduling a mini-seminar to help get them jump started. The First Steps seminar is scheduled for April 4th, and Reverend Daniel recognizes the need to start discipling these new believers right away.

Please pray for the renewed commitment to discipleship in your church. We can bring these great resources to your church. Other First Steps Discipleship Seminars are coming to Texas soon!

America Bless God

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

First Steps in Taylor

The First Steps Discipleship seminar is coming to Taylor, Texas. The First Steps resources make it easy to disciple another in a structured one-on-one setting. Several church in and around Austin have begun to use the material since our seminar held last year.

A pastor luncheon and the seminar are scheduled as follows.
First Steps Discipleship - Pastor Luncheon
Monday, February 23rd, Noon - 1 pm
Taylor, Texas
Pastor Rick Ives presentation
Learn more about the Pastor Luncheon >>

First Steps Discipleship Seminar
Saturday, April 4th, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
TownWest Church
1616 Granger Dr.
Taylor, Texas
Learn more about the Seminar >>

I''ll be teaching the seminar. Please pray for these events, for discipleship in your church and family, and attend a First Steps Discipleship Seminar.

Brent Bullock, Minister
America Bless God

Stretching the Church

This past weekend marked a major milestone in the life of the America Bless God Campaign. It was over seven years ago that I first had a vision for the re-evangelization of the United States. This past weekend that vision became a reality.

Four churches in Rockdale, the Singles Ministry / Brazilian Mission Team from Great Baptist Church in Austin, and the America Bless God Campaign teamed up to bring evangelism and discipleship to Rockdale. On Friday night, folks attended the basketball team to support the home team. NFL Pro and International PowerTeam member, Keith Davis was on hand.

Saturday morning teams of two or three were sent out to knock on doors in Rockdale. The teams were telling folks about the PowerRally, praying/ministering to people, and sharing the Gospel of Christ. Many great testimonies were heard after the morning visits.

On Saturday evening, approximately 150 people gathered in the stands of the local Junior High gym to see Keith Davis and Joe Reed. They heard the gospel Celebration Choir from Great Hills and Randy Stripling. The gospel was preached in its simplicity and power. Cheers for Jesus were heard throughout the nights, and out of that small crowd, over 24 decisions for Christ were made. The power of the gospel is amazing. And the local churches are ready to disciple those that made decisions. Meadowbrook has been training with the First Steps material.

As I reflect on the weekend I see churches that were stretched into the realm were Jesus calls us to operate. While the Brazilian missions team from Austin is familiar and great at missions in Brazil, yet Rockdale is more like evangelizing in your own backyard. The local Rockdale pastors saw a genuine pursuit of the Great Commission. The local Rockdale church members engaged in something that is not common, and something that can be scary to do in your own home town.

I am so grateful for pastors Rick Hertless and Tim Moore. I am also grateful for Meadowbrook Baptist, Rockdale Christian, St. John's UMC and First Christian Church; all of Rockdale. It was inspiring to see some many eager to engage the community and simply amazing to see such a large percentage of the PowerRally crowd make a decision.

For me this is the beginning of the fulfillment of a prayer and a vision God placed in my heart seven years ago. The wonders of His working are mysterious and beautiful. People are very interested in pursuing simple efforts for the future. Let us be faithful in doing as He has commanded.

God Save the U.S.A.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Christ Bride Web-Site Launched

A captivating new web-site has been launched to help build the church in Rockdale.

www.christbride.net

This new site is simple, clean, and beautifully reflects the beauty of Christ. The site tells the gospel of Jesus, discusses common problems with the church, and is aimed at helping folks find a church home. It lists all the churches in Rockdale.

Only four of the thirty plus churches in Rockdale have web-sites. Please pray that this new tool will be a blessing to those seeking a church home, and to those that are called to Christ in Rockdale.

Check out http://www.christbride.net/, and post your comments about the new site on this blog.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

PowerRally in Rockdale - Saturday, Janary 31st

Meadowbrook Baptist Church, the Rockdale Ministerial Alliance and Great Hills Baptist Church have partnered to bring the PowerRally to Rockdale.

The PowerRally features former NFL Giant Keith Davis. Davis is also a member of the International Power Team. Also appearing are Joe Reed, former NFL San Fransisco 49er, Proclamation and the Clelebration Choir, Thiago and Stephanie Goncalves, Dallas University Soccer Coach, and professional actor, Randy Stripling.

The PowerRally will be held at the Rockdale Junior High Gym on Saturday, January 31st, 6 p.m.

Be there for a night that will impact your life forever.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Commit to Christ Bride Program Launches in Rockdale, Texas

PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2009
Contact: Brent Bullock, (512) 914-2242


Commit to Christ Bride Program Launches in Rockdale, Texas

The America Bless God Campaign of Texas is pleased to announce the Commit to Christ Bride program in Rockdale, Texas. Radio and newspaper ads were launched today to help turn attention to the importance of the church. The program includes mission events over the ninety (90) day period from January 22nd through April 21st, 2009, and is aimed at strengthening church attendance in Rockdale.

Local pastors estimated the attendance rate at 12% of Rockdale’s population in the year 2005. The America Bless God Campaign will be measuring church attendance with a unique survey approach, at the beginning of the program and after completion. Successes will be leveraged as the program is executed in other communities.

The program has established mission projects between Rockdale churches and the larger metropolitan area churches. The first of these mission projects is the PowerRally to be held on January 31st at 6 p.m. This effort is a partnership between Great Hill Baptist Church of Austin, Texas and Meadowbrook Baptist of Rockdale. Pastors Tim Moore and Rick Hertless have partnered together with the America Bless God campaign. Rockdale churches of various Christian denominations are involved in the effort. Rockdale area folks attending the PowerRally will see and hear the powerful testimony of former NFL pro-football player, Keith Davis and other influential professionals.

What a privilege it is to be part of the Rockdale Power Rally. It’s a night to bring families and friends, men and women, boys and girls together for an encouraging word; to see for your self un-imaginable feats of strength. It a night to celebrate God’s goodness in song and praise; and to learn the truth of how to grow and build in the sense of God’s purpose and design for your life. The Power Rally will be a night you will long remember and will be forever grateful you were there. - Tim Moore, Missions Minister, Great Hills Baptist Church, Austin, Texas

We are going to spread the gospel of Christ through the PowerRally and other events, and we believe God will do great things by His Spirit to bring help and hope to our community. We look forward to seeing how God will use the efforts, as we prepare ourselves to disciple those who will come to know Christ. - Pastor Rick Hertless, Meadowbrook Baptist Church, Rockdale, Texas

The church plays a central role in shaping our culture and the future of this great society. The America Bless God Campaign is pleased to partner with Christian churches in order to boost the commitment of Americans’ to God. A web-site (http://www.christbride.net/) has been setup specifically to help connect folks in Rockdale to Christ’ Bride, the church.

About Us

The America Bless God Campaign of Texas is a non-profit Christian Education corporation operating in Austin, Texas. The campaign seeks to promote the morality of Christ, raise the standard of Christian conduct, and to promote America’s Christian Heritage. Contact Brent Bullock, (512) 914-2242, or logon to http://www.hismoralbanner.com/ for additional information about the Commit To Christ Bride program.

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