Category Archives: PASTORS

BEING FED BY OTHERS

Hello everyone.  It has been so long since I have been able to just sit down for a couple of hours… maybe three… and just write what God has laid on my heart. I have had a lot laid on my heart lately but not things to share with the world – at least not yet. Just stuff that has happened to me in my personal life that has been … well, let’s just say not your normal, run of the mill stuff.

The title of this post is BEING FED BY OTHERS because I truly have been. Whether it is through my church and Sunday School – Life Groups is what they call it now… I have trouble not saying Sunday School though. I have called it that for many, many years… anyway, I digress. So, whether it has been through church, or friends or family. It has been a wonderful time of learning… and let me add work has provided some of that feeding as well. 0e1274645_merciful

Work is awesome but consuming and my manager is more awesome and so gracious and forgiving. She is one special lady. Now, don’t get me wrong. You walk on the wrong side and disrupt the good flow of things, she will let you know it. She has it in her to say things that cut to the core. However, that is … that it “cuts to the core” because it’s true and you know it. On the other hand, she is the most gracious and merciful manager I have ever encountered and, well, that is pretty awesome to me. So there are some things at work that have happened that have been less than perfect and then there have been things that have been perfect. I know… sounds contradictory. It is but it’s all good! I am learning and trying to be the biggest sponge you have ever seen. My limits are being stretched every day and I like that.. sometimes… I Love that! Then there are days that I just want to scream! But I keep going because I don’t like to quit. I like to learn and I like doing what I do. You see I am an Applications Instructor. That means that I learn EVERY DAY! Yep, I have to “know it” but I also learn it.. meaning “stuff” … over and over again. From my students, from myself and others. It’s a pretty cool thing. However, that is not what I wanted to write about, necessarily.mercy-grace

I wanted to say how much I have experienced grace, mercy and kindness. Today it was from a wonderful bunch of students in my class that kinda had some technical issues. Now usually when there are tech issues, the scores that the students give are usually low. Today, not so. They totally surprised me! I think this is the first time that I have experienced, since being at my current job, that the scores were up there even with MAJOR tech issues. I think it was a combination of things… but I don’t want to analyze it too deep right now. That will come later with my manager… which will be a good thing. However, I do want to acknowledge that the students in this class (10 of them) were a very interactive and happy class. They enjoyed learning and were most forgiving of the circumstances that we encountered today! Yep, it was a refreshing outcome… and one that I am so appreciative of. Gracious and merciful students. Nice!

The other thing I want to recognize is actually from a pastor in San Antonio. I received a message from my website the other day. It was from this pastor in San Antonio and he was asking about one of the pictures I used some time back on a post. He was just asking if he could use the picture for theirencounter “new” church’s logo. The picture is just one I got off of the internet when I Googled a topic. The post was ENCOUNTERING GOD ALMIGHTY. The picture is quite good and he believes it would be a perfect logo for the new church that he is wanting to start on October 24, 2015. Of course I told him I had just Googled it also, same as him, and he could certainly use it and I attached it to the email.

One of the things I wanted to do with this post is include one of his posts. You see he writes a blog also. He has held this blog for 12 years, he says, and it is quite good. Please give him the graciousness to read his blog post on THE BLESSING OF MERCY.

I mainly wanted to introduce you to him and ask you to read his post on The Blessing of Mercy. It is truly a blessing to encounter Mercy from any source. The best is the Mercy that our Savior gave us. Please read on and comment, if you want, on any encounters with mercy and grace you have had lately or ever. Here is his post:

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God morning, beloved.  It is written.  "It is more blessed to give than to receive."  (Acts 20:35)  Jesus lived and died by that truth.  He "gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age."  (Galatians 1:4).  "In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope."  (1 Peter 1:3).

Mercy is love expressed.  When Christians practice mercy, they place the needs of others above their own, in much the same way that Jesus placed our need for forgiveness and salvation first, allowing Himself to be insulted, abused, and finally crucified in order to procure that salvation for us.  God so loved that He gave.  Calvary is the proof of God's mercy.

To be merciful is to act out of love and compassion for others, to try to see with their eyes, think with their minds, and feel with their hearts.  God's Son did just that when he took on human flesh and blood to experience life's struggles just as we do, though without sin.  He offered His life in our place as the substitutionary sacrifice for our sins.

As we display mercy in Christ's name, we become more like our Lord.  By His grace we will obtain the ultimate mercy:  entrance into God's heavenly sanctuary, to abide with Him forever. Amen.

Worship with me.  Lord Have Mercy.

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Remember to be in prayer for Encountering GOD church…We launch this church plant on Saturday October 24th 2015.  You are invited to our home for a night of worship and hear what God and Jesus have to say about His church.  Email me for more details or send me a Facebook message.  oxox

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing
Pastor Eric Hughes
Lead Pastor Encountering GOD Church &
Behavioral Health Specialist

A Behavioral Health Specialist is a person that covers the needs of individuals, couples and families dealing with challenges in their everyday lives. I work with people of all ages to find productive solutions for their problems.

Isaiah 61:1 – The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

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Thank you for reading my blog and his too.  May God richly bless and keep each of you in His tender care.  God loves you so much, after all, He calls you His beloved!

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WORSHIP PASTORS

Yesterday I posted about Pastors that have been influential in my life. There are other pastors that have been influential and such a blessing to me also.  These wonderful ones are the Worship Pastors.  They each, like the other pastors, have left their mark on my heart and soul in a very powerful way.  I guess music has always been a powerful thing in my life.  I tell people I have sung since before I was born, because mom always sang in a choir when she was pregnant with me.

There are at least 100 verses in the Bible about Worship.  Click this link to see the websiteHebrews 13:15 is just one of them –15 “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”   Another one is…

Psalm 95:1-6 – Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

To begin… the firstDEAR WORSHIP PASTOR Worship Pastor I can really remember in my life has to be my father again…. Yes, he was a pastor and a “Music Director”. They used to call them Music Directors back in the day.  He was always the “Music Director” or interim Pastor in every church I was in growing up.  This too was such a blessing.  He taught me the appreciation of music.  My entire family is musical in some way and I am so thankful that music was an important thing to teach us!  I can remember dad leading the good old hymns like The Old Rugged Cross or In The Garden or It Is Well and so many others.  PJ AND JOHNNYThat is all we knew back then.  It wasn’t until I started going to other churches as an adult that the Contemporary Worship came into its own.  This picture is of my father and brother.  Two very influential men – Worship Leaders – in my life, for sure!  I love the old hymns though.  Click this is a link to go to a website that is all old hymns.  It was quite a find!  Mom and dad and I sat around the kitchen table singing old hymns the night I found it. We sat there for a little while and it was a cherished memory making time for sure.  The old hymns are my foundation of my love for music. It is in my blood … in my dna for sure.

My father also writes music and plays an instrument called an Omni Chord. It is his accompaniment when he goes to the assisted living home on Sunday afternoon. He holds a small church service for the folks there and he plaLET MY LIFE BECOME WORSHIPys, sings and preaches. I just love that about him. He loves sharing his music and his God.

The first Contemporary Worship Pastor I recall is a man that was one of the most powerful Worship Pastors I have ever known.  He was the most transparent, kind, gentle man that I knew at the time.  His voice was amazing and when you were around him you could just see Jesus in his eyes.  He loved the Lord and shared whenever he could.  This man was John Griffin at Calvary Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas.  monkimage.phpHis Wednesday night choir practice was a worship experience more than practicing.  He has been known to stop practice and pray – right in the middle of choir practice!  An Amazing man!  Anyone that knew John Griffin loved him.  He and his sweet wife were precious people and they were well schooled in voice and music.  We were so blessed to have them at Calvary Baptist.  After I left and moved up to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, he left Calvary Baptist stumblr_m7za1hCtaC1qlo0ozo1_1280ome years later.  He has, in the last few years, gone back to Calvary Baptist and I am certain they were thrilled to have him back.  To be in the choir with John as our Worship Pastor was such a blessing.   He always pointed us to Jesus Christ.  John made sure that Jesus was the One we worshiped!

Next would have to be the Worship Pastor that I knew for just a short time at First Baptist Euless.  Kim Noblitt was there with Pastor Thomas.  I was in th4656591_300x300e choir briefly with Kim.  Kim Noblitt and his wife sang with the group Truth and that is where they had met.  He was another wonderfully kind, gentle man that had an awesome voice and knew how to worship God and lead his people in worship!  When he and his wife sang a duet it was always a joy!  I have included some of his music from time to time in some of my posts.

After that period of time there was a dry spot in my life.  I was away from the church for about 10 years when I was married.  I was never so happy to be back to somewhere in all my life!  Back with my family and church!   That is when I found out about the next Worship Pastor in my life.  tumblr_n5gonjPOyw1tpcfcjo1_500My brother, Johnny Ray Adams, Jr. is a Worship Pastor at his church Poetry Baptist Church in Poetry, Texas.  This is a little farm community South East or Rockwall, Texas which is East of Dallas.  Yep, he is in a beautiful country church and leads those folks right into the presence of The Lord on Sundays.  He also sings with The Singing Men of North Central Texas.  Those guys know how to sing don’t they?  WOW, have I been blessed by that group!  (I share the Singing Men of North Central Texas music sometimes at the bottom of my posts)  My brother is one of the kindest, gentlest men that I know.  He loves the Lord with his whole being as well.  He had a good teacher, my dad.  He, too, has been so influential in my journey with my Lord through his music and his knowledge of the scriptures.

The last Worship Pastor, but again, by far not the least… is my current Worship Pastor – Garth Adams (no relation).  He loves the Lord and has opened the door for me to be honored to be on our Praise Team.  This has been so much of a blessing to me.  WorshipWorship Pastor Garth Adams  is a very driven and task oriented man with the kindest spirit and heart.  He realizes how he is sometimes driven to “get the job done” and has to stop himself to remember to listen to The Spirit.  He has apologized to us as a Praise Team that he realizes this about himself and shared that he wants to get to know all of us better on an individual basis.  He wants to be more of a Pastor to us as the Worship Team.  I admire his honesty and forthrightness.  A man that recognizes his weakness and is asking us to help him.  Wow…. I like that!  I have really just begun to get to know him and his sweet wife but I am looking forward to many years (if God sees it this way) ahead to learn more about him and his wife and the church!

Thank you for reading my blog posts. I do love to tell you all about how God has been such a huge part of my life – even when I wasn’t aware of Him in my life.  I just believed I needed to include the Worship Pastors in all of the appreciation and ask you to remember to pray for those in your life as well.  They are the ones that are tasked with bringing the people into the presence of The Almighty God!  Preparing the way before the message in church.  Preparing the hearts of people to receive any message that God has to give them.  They have an awesome responsibility as well, along with the Sr. Pastors in your church!  Please remember them in your prayers as well as your Sr. Pastors.  our_worship1

The Song – Your Presence Is Heaven – Praise and Worship Leader Darlene Zschech

The Video – Your Presence Is Heaven To Me – Israel Houghton

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WONDERFUL PASTORS

This post is about the awesome folks that God has placed in our life… my life … that are called Pastors.  This particular post is about a handful of pastors that have touched my life in the most positive way.  I would like to recognize Pastors in this post and Worship Pastors in tomorrow’s post.  I have had some wonderful ones of both in my life.  Please read and enjoy the wonderful pastors that have crossed my path.

Sitting here pondepastor_appreciation_bannerring all the pastors that I can remember in my lifetime and it is quite a task.  Every one of them is a little different and some a lot different than the others.  I have been blessed greatly by each and every one that has crossed my path in this journey I call my life.  There are a few that stand out in my mind and heart though.  The first one I really remember is Pastor Ernest Andrews.  He was a reserved, kind and gentle man.  After preaching God’s Word to many and leading many souls to the Lord in church he became the Chaplain for Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.  He was a wonderful, kind man and a dear friend of my mom and dad.  He is dancing the streets with Jesus now… well, I don’t really think Pastor Andrews ever would dance, but who knows… when he is with Jesus he just might.  OUR PASTORSThe next one I remember is Pastor Bruce Anthony from Wichita, Kansas.  Another kind, gentle man that preached God’s word with fervor.  I don’t really know what happened to Pastor Anthony but I know he is also with Jesus and loving every second of it!

Fast forward many years… to 1996.  I moved back up to this area from South East Texas in 1995.  I was traveling a lot in my career and lived in Arlington, Texas.  I found myself home one weekend and thought I would try out a new church in Euless, just up the road from Arlington.  First Baptist Church of Euless, Texas.  I walked in and sat down, up close like I always like to do.  It felt so good to be in the House of The Lord.  People were milling around and visiting and hugging and laughing.  When the service started and the pastor came up front to speak I couldn’t believe it!  It was Pastor Claude Thomas!  ImageServer.aspHe was the pastor at the church that I left in Beaumont.  He left shortly after I became a member but I knew him because his son and daughter-in-law were still at the church when I went there – Calvary Baptist on Dowlen Road in Beaumont, Texas. I loved that church too.  Anyway, I loved Pastor Thomas.  He loved the Lord and I loved to hear him preach!  He was a passionate preacher and would stop the service and call for prayer across the room if so led by the Spirit.  I experienced this once and it was an awesome, powerful experience!  Then the next pastor that stepped into the role of Pastor at First Baptist Euless after Pastor Thomas – and is still there now – is Pastor John Meador.  monkimage.phpNow John Meador is quite different than any other pastor I have ever known.  He is a tall, good looking man that towers over much of his congregation.  He loves the Lord and it shows in him and in all he does.  When I heard that he was deaf I was skeptical until I heard him preach!  Oh My!  He is an awesome preacher and a gentle pastor. You never really notice that he is deaf.  His testimony is on IAmSecond.com.  You should listen to it!

Then, one day last July, (July 2013)  I was driving to church (First Euless) and was having a conversation with God.  He revealed to me that He was moving me from my church of 18 years.  I argued with Him (yes, you can argue with God.  He is big enough to take it) and asked WHY??!!  He simply said “I have other plans for you”.  I sat there in my car quiet with tears streaming down my face and accepted this information from God.  You see, I had come to trust Him even when I couldn’t understand why.  I trusted that He had my best interest at heart and so after that I began to look for another church.  I visited two or three and one Sunday walked into a church that I had driven past many, many times.  Shady Oaks Baptist Church.  From the moment I walked in I felt comfortable, warm and welcomed.  I then sat through the 1st service (Traditional) and really liked it.  Then I went back the next Sunday and went to a ladies class for Sunday School and then experienced the 2nd service!  It was the Contemporary service.  The worship time was incredible and the pastor’s message was very timely and spoke to my heart!  God spoke to me that Sunday in a powerful way.  PASTOR BRAD MARTINThe pastor, though… that’s what this post is supposed to be about… Pastor Brad was incredible!  He was like a stick of dynamite and he was on fire for the Lord!  He showed emotion, love, kindness and passion!  He knew God and you could tell by his passionate message.  I was home!   I do love Pastor Brad!  He is an awesome Pastor and Preacher!

This dissertation would not be complete if I didn’t mention two more pastors in my life.  Firstly, my brother, Mark Adams.  He is another pastor that I love dearly.  He has pastored many churches inMARK South East Texas and has led many souls to the Lord.  He is loving, kind and very, very passionate about what he does.  He is bi-vocational though.  Pastoring is not how he makes his living.  He is a teacher in a prison down in South East Texas also.  He has always been interested in Science and all sorts of things like that and he is also an awesome teacher!  Then lastly… but by far not the least… there is a man that has been an example for me in my life.  He was not always perfect and he will be the first to tell you so.  131014PastorsLike all the other pastors, he is human and has failures and shortcomings – just like we all do!  However, he pointed me to God when I was very young and has continued to do so even in the bad times.  He knows God deeply and loves His Word.  He is my father, Johnny Ray Adams, Sr. (Papa John as we all caPJll him).  He loves God so much and never hesitates to tell anyone… ANYONE… about “his Hero,” as he calls Him – Jesus Christ, his Savior.  I am so thankful for all the pastors I have had in my life that have taught me about God and His Word and His Son Jesus… but none has been more influential than my father.  He helps me find things in scripture if I ask.  He writes music and sings about The Lord!  He loves the Lord with his entire being!  I know this!  I see it every day.  I am so tremendously blessed to have him and my mother live with me these years.  The last 5 years have been quite the journey!  And I am one grateful lady for every moment of every day that I have them with me.

This post is a bit long but I had so much to say about the pastors that have crossed my path because they have each left their mark on my heart!  We must continue to pray for our pastors, too!  They have a huge job to do and the ones I have shared with you have done this job quite well!   .

The Bible talks about Pastors too… Jeremiah 3:15 15 “And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” 

AndRomans 15:30-32 30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31 that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you.

God knows me better than anyone!  He knew exactly what I needed.  He created me and placed me in just the right place and time in history to experience just what He wanted me to.  He has done the same for you!  I would love to hear about your pastors.  I am pretty sure you have been blessed by at least one pastor in your life.  It can be long or short… just something how they have touched your life.

Please pray for our pastors here in America and the pastors that are missionaries in foreign lands. I have a relative that is a pastor in Peru/Chile. DOUG AND AYMEHis family has been there for years and will be there until they go home to see Jesus. Their names are Doug and Ayme Rose BARBIE AND DOUG ROSEand their daughter Barbara (better known to us as Barbie).  Please keep them in your prayers also. They have quite a responsibility and they take that role very seriously!

The Song – From the Fullness of His Love – Twila Paris and Chris Willis (based on scripture John 1:16)

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