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Archive for the ‘Pastor’ Category

Holy Saturday

Posted by Rick on March 22, 2008

Dead.  Executed.  Alone in the grave.  In a tomb.  With the door sealed by the government.  Soldiers outside guarding it to make sure no “shenanigans” go on.  Lifeless. Cold.  Dead.

His followers wait and worry.  Worry that all they had worked for was for naught.  Worry that He wasn’t really the Messiah.  Worry that they’ll be “next”.

The Earth had felt the feet of Jesus for 33 years.  It rejoiced to know that its Creator was walking on it.  In Person!  It had readied its rocks to shout praises, just in case its human inhabitants had failed their job.  But now, it served only to house the dead body of the One who created it.

All felt lost.  There was nothing to rejoice about.  Disappointment and depression abounded…

But Sunday was coming!

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Maundy Thursday

Posted by Rick on March 20, 2008

Today is Maundy Thursday. The name comes from a butchering of the Latin mandatum, the first word in the Latin translation of John 13:34, “A new commandment (Mandatum novum) I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” This commandment was given by the Lord on the Thursday before his crucifixion. So Maundy Thursday is the “Thursday of the Commandment.”

Let us strive to “love one another”.

Bro Rick

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Notes about Eric Liddell

Posted by Rick on March 14, 2008

Most of us only think about Eric Liddell as ‘the man who wouldn’t run on Sunday’, for whom about the movie “Chariots of Fire” was made.  After his running career, he served as a missionary to Shandong Province, China.  He was captured during WWII by the Japanese and died in a prison camp in Weifeng, China, in 1945, just five months before the camp’s liberation.  In a prisoner exchange bargain, his freedom was arranged by Winston Churchill, but he gave it up and let a pregnant woman leave instead.  He was known as the “Flying Scotsman” and by his Chinese name,  Li Airui, 李愛銳.

I had the opportunity to visit Weifeng in 2004.  I saw the camp and hospital where he died.  There is a wonderful monument erected in his memory, but someone has defaced it by scratching out the cross at the top and the Bible emblem at the bottom.  During the Cultural Revolution, the cornerstone of the hospital was defaced by the Red Guard.  They committed a similar act on the monument to Lottie Moon in Penglai.

One of the most moving monuments was the wall of names.  It listed everyone interred by the Japanese.  Liddell’s name is, of course, listed as well.

Monument to Eric Liddell in Weifeng, China Monument to Eric Liddel in Weifeng Prison Camp

Wall of Names at Weifeng Prisoner’s Monument, Weifeng, China Wall of Names at Weifeng Prison Camp Memorial (I circled Liddell’s name in red)

Hospital in Weifeng Prison Camp where Eric Liddell died Hospital where Eric Liddell died in Weifeng Prison Camp in 1945.

Click on a picture to enlarge.

Bro Rick

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Great Resource!

Posted by Rick on February 26, 2008

Today, I found this incredible jewel on the internet.  It is called the Cyber Hymnal.  It lists every hymn I’ve ever heard of and hundreds that I’ve never heard of.  It has a little history of the hymn, a picture of the writer and composer, a link to a playing of the hymn (one verse and stanza) and a link to the score.

I was completely amazed at the volume of information found on this site; it was literally overwhelming.  Take a look and see for yourself. I am adding it to our Links page, too.

Bro Rick

NOTE:  The above links are current as per the comment from CyberHymnal below.

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Great Resource

Posted by Rick on February 13, 2008

I want to share a great internet resource with you.  It is called E-Sword and it is a free Bible software program that can download to your computer. Go to and click on “Downloads”.  You will need to save it to your computer, but you will be able to use it without connecting to the internet once you have installed it.

It has 25 versions in English and others in just about any other language you can think of.  It also has free commentaries, Bible dictionaries, pictures, maps, and devotionals.  There are also several different popular versions that you can pay to download, such as The Message, The New American Standard, The New International Version, and The Holman Christian Standard Version, among others.


I hope you use it and benefit from it.  Tell others about it; it’s free!

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Sunday’s Coming!

Posted by Rick on January 25, 2008

Join us for a very special service Sunday morning, as we baptize Emily Bartell, who made a profession of faith last Sunday morning.  Her grandfather, Ted, will have the privilege of conducting the ceremony.

We’ll finish up our four part series of “God is Closer Than You Think” with “When You Blow It Big-Time”, based on Psalm 51.  Sunday evening, we’ll look at the second installment of “One Chapter Wonders” with the Book of Philemon.  After the evening service, we’ll enjoy a fellowship together so be sure to bring some snacks or finger foods.

Next week, I’ll be out of the office on Monday and Tuesday as I attend the State Evangelism Conference at FBC, Moore.  I should return around noon on Wednesday.

Bro Rick

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Robert Morrison

Posted by Rick on January 8, 2008

I had the privilege of seeing Robert Morrison’s gravesite in Macau, China.. in 2006.  Morrison is the first one to translate the Bible into Chinese.

Morrison's grave 

Morrison's grave is in the back corner.

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Evening Service Cancelled

Posted by Rick on December 9, 2007

Due to the impending ice storm, this evening’s services have been cancelled.

Please stay at home and don’t venture out, unless it is an emergency.

See you Wednesday!

Bro Rick

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A Visit to “Lottie Moon Country”

Posted by Rick on November 21, 2007

Rick Boyne at the Lottie Moon Monument in Penglai, China.

In May 2006, I had the privilege to visit Penglai, Shandong, China and see where Lottie Moon lived and ministered. In the photo above, I am standing next to a monument erected in 1919 (I think) to the memory of Lottie Moon by the members of her church in Penglai. After the cultural revolution, the monument was found in the yard of the church and was re-erected to her memory. The Red Guard had scratched out some of the characters, but it is still readable (all in Chinese characters, of course).

The church Lottie Moon attended in Penglai, China.

The picture above is of the church Lottie Moon attended in Penglai, China. (You can see the monument in front of the left window.) The church is still in use but is no longer large enough for the congregation. They have recently built a new facility just to the right of the building, but still use this church’s baptistry because the new church doesn’t have a water source for the baptistry. The pastor reported that in 2005, they baptized over 400 people.

Remains of Lottie Moon’s School for Girls in Penglai, China.

The picture above shows the remains of the Girls School that Lottie Moon where taught. The building was torn down because of it’s condition, but the outline on the remaining wall can still be seen. In the pile of debris stacked against the wall are roof tiles from the original school. I was fortunate enough to be able to get one for my personal collection. I was told that those tiles were purchased with funds from one of the original offerings collected for China by Southern Baptists. Those offerings later became known as the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

I hope this gives you a little bit of insight into the world of Lottie Moon. Please give generously to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering!

Bro Rick

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Thank you!

Posted by Rick on October 30, 2007

Dear Church Family,

Thank you so much for your expression of appreciation Sunday evening after church!  It was a complete surprise!  I so much appreciate all the effort that went into decorating the fellowship hall, getting the beautiful cake, and the presents as well.  I certainly feel appreciated!

I am so much enjoying being your pastor and am simply giddy as a school child to see what God has in store for our church.

May God bless you as we grow together!

Bro Rick

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