Watson Baptist Church
Watson, IL


Wednesday April 28, 2021

Tidings or Tumult?

Thou hast no tidings ready?... I saw a great tumult. II Samuel 18:22, 29.

Ahimaaz wanted to run when he had nothing to report. Consequently, he could only say, "I saw a great tumult." The messenger who runs too soon in the ministry has only a tempest in his head and in his heart.

Smitten as we are today with the delusion that we are doing most business when we are busiest, we need to learn John Wesley's maxim, "I do not have time to be in a hurry." God is saying to some of us, "Stand thou still awhile that I may shew thee the Word of God." We are not to wear out or to rust out, but to live out, and God has as much to say about being still as about being busy. In this age of aspirin and angina a preacher may have to offend somebody in order to eliminate enough nonessentials to make time to get his tidings ready.

Otherwise, he will have seen only a tumult, and this poor world needs no more tumults.

Pastor Van
Tuesday April 27, 2021


And they, continuing daily.... And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:46,47.

The new testament does not abound in instruction as to what we now call "personal work" and "soul-winning." The epistles indoctrinate and exhort as to Christian growth, and it seems to be assumed that a normal Christian will by life and lip win others.

Nowadays we drive and plan and put on courses galore trying to get Christians to do what should be their natural practice, not only with regard to reaching the lost, but with regard to church attendance, tithing, missions, and all other phases of service. All of this should be the spontaneous expression of our love for Christ and others.

The Early Church continued daily in fellowship and faithfulness, and the Lord added daily in fruitfulness. What we labor and sweat to produce is a natural consequence in the Scriptures. It is high time we majored on the conditions that produce the results we seek. A church in faith and fellowship will be faithful and fruitful. Which brings it, of course, to the door of each of us. If we follow Him daily He will make us fishers of men daily.

astor Van
Monday April 26, 2021

"Strengthen Thy Stakes"

Lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes. Isaiah 54:2.

If we are going to lengthen our cords we had better strengthen our stakes. The church today is intent on expanding borders and taking in more territory. That is good if along with it we strengthen what we have. Otherwise, we gain width at the expense of depth and become shallow.

The Christian and the church need an intensive as well as an extensive ministry. Vast ingatherings of believers bring peril if we do not teach, indoctrinate, build up in the faith. To use A. J. Gordon's illustration, the average church is often like a congested lung with only a few cells doing the breathing. There is usually a faithful nucleus surrounded by a mass of nominal Christians.

While we extend the borders of our tent, we had better check the center pole. We must fix the point of our compass properly before we describe our circles. We are in tremendous need of a ministry to strengthen our stakes that we may go further as we go deeper.

Pastor Van
Sunday April 25, 2021

Back to Antioch

The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. Acts 11:26.

In this modern Babel we would do well to get back to Antioch again. Well might some "Jesus man" call us back to Christ Himself and the glorious privilege of being "just Christians."

The traveler has been lost in the baggage. We are so cluttered with all the things that go with the Christian life that we can hardly identify the Christian. We become so identified with a fragment of the truth or a segment of the church that it is hard for people to think of us as representatives of Christ Himself.

Through the ages men have risen who sought to recapture the simplicity of New Testament Christianity. But the simple soon becomes complex, and they end with another denomination, the very thing they started out to get away from. There is a man, a movement, a machine, and a monument!

No, the solution does not lie in that direction. A man may continue in the same set-up, but he can transcend it and even restore to it the luster it once had by being a real New Testament Christian first of all.

Pastor Van
Saturday April 24, 2021


He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Matthew 12:30.

Our Lord here joins position with practice. We are first with Him—not just for Him—and out of that grows duty: we gather with Him. "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men"—there again He joins relationship with results, fellowship with fruitfulness: "Abide in me... much fruit."

Our business is to become better Christians ourselves, help others to be better Christians, and win still others to become Christians. It grows naturally out of being a believer and disciple that one should also be a witness. Andrew did not have to take a study course in soul-winning to send him after his brother Peter, nor did Philip have to be urged during an annual "revival" before he did "personal work" with Nathanael.

When anything good comes our way we usually tell it. Strange that the greatest good tidings of all should find us holding our peace. Maybe we have just become canvassers looking for "members" instead of gatherers looking for souls.

Pastor Van
Friday April 23, 2021

The Perfecting of the Saints

For the perfecting of the saints. Ephesians 4:12.

It is also the business of every believer to help other Christians to become better Christians. If a brother be overtaken in a fault we are to pray for him, not persecute him. Jesus was out to restore backsliding Peter, to fire him up—not fire him out. Peter was marked "Special"; "Go tell his disciples and Peter."

The New Testament abounds in instructions to love one another, exhort one another, comfort one another, forgive one another, prefer one another, provoke one another to love and good works. We provoke one another, but not to love and good works!

The gifts of our Lord to the church, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, are not for display but "for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God." To know Him ourselves and to help others to know Him better!

And as we help in the perfecting of others we are perfected ourselves. Working on ourselves all the time produces a warped saint. Our best improvement comes roundabout, indirectly, as we help one another along.

Pastor Van
Thursday April 22, 2021

Better Christians

Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. II Peter 3:18.

The first business of a Christian is to become a better Christian, to know Christ better, to decrease that He may increase. "That I may know him" was Paul's supreme ambition.

It is possible to major on the negative side of this matter on separation alone or to stress solely the positive aspect in the victorious life, or Spirit-filled life, so that we develop a fad. The Christian life is Christ Himself. There is the positive, "Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ" and the negative, —"Make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof," and it is all simply more of Christ and less of self.

Here is a weak spot today. For all our religious wheels within wheels, we have no time for the cultivation of our souls, no time to know Christ better. How does He become more real? "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him" (Jn. 14:21). He makes Himself real to the obedient disciple. And the obedient disciple is daily a better Christian than he was the day before.

Pastor Van
Wednesday April 21, 2021

Three-Way Christians

And believers were the more added to the Lord. Acts 5:14.

If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. John 8:31.

Ye shall be witnesses unto me. Acts 1:8.

What is a New Testament Christian? He is a heart-believer in a crucified and risen Saviour and Lord. But our churches are filled with believers who do not continue in His Word and so are poor disciples. Salvation is free—not cheap—and we have only to trust Christ to be believers. But discipleship calls for all we are and have.

We have unwittingly created an artificial distinction between trusting Christ as Saviour and obeying Him as Lord. The New Testament recognizes no such false compartments of experience. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ," said Paul to the jailer. No man can be a Christian by knowingly and wilfully taking Christ on the installment plan, as Saviour now, as Lord later.

And we are all His witnesses, witnesses unto Him (Acts 1:8) and witnesses to the truth about Him (Lk. 24:48). We are witnesses of His death and resurrection in our own experience and witnesses to Him in testimony. By life and lip we declare Him; we know Him and make Him known.

Pastor Van
Tuesday April 20, 2021

The All-Inclusive Loyalty

Married to another... to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. Romans 7:4.

If the issue is Christ, then surely for us the issue is just to be Christians. A Christian is a Christian, and his supreme loyalty is to Christ. Better than that, his loyalty to Christ is all-inclusive; it comprehends all lesser devotions.

That does not exclude the lesser loyaties. A man is a better citizen of his country if he is faithful to his own family. A man is a better member of the whole household of faith if he is loyal to his own local church and religious group.

But when the lesser loyalty transcends the greater, then there is trouble. There is a place for political parties, but any man who puts party above the country and plays cheap politics in an hour of peril is a traitor. A man should be first an American before he is a Democrat or Republican. There is a place for local and group loyalty in the church, but a man who cannot, and will not, be a Christian first is a traitor to Jesus Christ.

We are married to Christ. A wife takes her husband's name, and a true wife will make all other human loyalties subservient to that. A Christian bears the name of Christ, and his loyalty to Christ includes and glorifies all other relationships. Christ does not merely come first, He is Alpha and Omega, and includes the alphabet of all our interests and affections.

Pastor Van
Monday April 19, 2021

Christ Is "It"

We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord. II Corinthians 4:5.

By diverse paths and through varying experiences God's men through the ages have arrived at the simple conclusion that what matters is Christ Himself, in doctrine, in experience, in preaching. We assume that everybody knows this, but here is our weakness. We assent to it theoretically, but we take it for granted and what we take for granted we never take seriously. We assume it but we ought to assert it. What we take as a matter of course we should be shouting from the housetops.

My own personal experience, reached through several stages, has arrived at the conviction with which I should have started—that the issue is simply Christ Himself. Familiar? Yes, but do we need anything so much these days as to familiarize ourselves with the familiar?

It is so perilously easy to preach less than Christ Himself—our own experience, a pet doctrine; a partial, fragmentary Gospel; a phase of Christ, a facet of His character instead of Himself, in whom all is included. This is "It," "Christ Jesus the Lord"—Messiah, Mediator, Master.

Pastor Van
Sunday April 18, 2021

Bread in the Wilderness

From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness. Mark 8:4.

"Bread in the wilderness" sounds as incongruous as "streams in the desert." Remember the Old Testament complaint, "Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?" (Ps. 78:19). Indeed, no man could meet such an emergency, but our Lord did. With the five thousand, the miracle moved in three stages. There was a lack of bread. Jesus asked Philip, "Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat?" but He knew what He would do, as He always knew. Philip surmised that two hundred pennyworth of bread would not be enough. We are always "making an estimate," like Philip, but we leave out the supernatural.

There was a little bread. Five loaves and two fishes amount to little, either in quantity or quality, but "little is much if God is in it." So a little bread became a lot of bread. There was a surplus of twelve basketfuls. God never deals niggardly. If each disciple gathered a basket full he had more than he started with!

And all because "there is a lad here." His little in Jesus' hands became a lot. No man can furnish a table in the wilderness, but Jesus and a boy can do it.

Pastor Van
Saturday April 17, 2021

Carnalities and Spiritualities

Ye are yet carnal. I Corinthians 3:3.

Now concerning spiritual gifts... I Corinthians 12:1.

Dr. G. Campbell Morgan has pointed out that Paul in First Corinthians begins with the carnalities and then moves in the latter part of the book to the spiritualities. In doing so he runs counter to the modern policy of "accentuating the positive" and not dealing with sins in the church on the premise that if we emphasize love the problems in the church will vanish. If the modern approach is correct, then Paul should have begun with the thirteenth chapter of this epistle. Instead, he dealt with definite sins, following pet preachers, schisms, immorality, disorders at the Lord's table. Then he was ready to consider spiritual gifts, preach on love and the resurrection—and even take a collection!

In Christian experience, we cannot move on to deeper things until sin has been faced in our lives. Nor can we in the church. Joshua on his face was no substitute for cleansing the camp from Achan, and prayer meetings cannot compensate for not getting rid of golden wedges and all accursed things.

We must deal with our carnalities if we desire the spiritualities.

Pastor Van
Friday April 16, 2021

"We Have Fellowship"

We have fellowship... I John 1:7.

Precious indeed is the fellowship of those whose citizenship is in heaven. We have fellowship with the Saviour: "God is faithful by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ" (I Cor. 1:9). We have the fellowship of the Spirit (Phil. 2:1). There is the fellowship of His sufferings (Phil. 3:10). We enjoy the fellowship of the Saints (I John 1:7; Acts 2:42). There is the fellowship of service: "the fellowship of ministering to the saints" (II Cor. 8:4).

But there is also a fellowship of Satan: "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Eph. 5:11). "If we say we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth" (I John 1:6). "What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?" (II Cor. 6:14).

We cannot have a heavenly fellowship if we allow a hindering fellowship. "Little children, keep yourselves from idols" (I John 5:21).

Pastor Van
Thursday April 15, 2021

The Gift and the Giver

Bring no more vain oblations. Isaiah 1:13.

The churches of Macedonia... first gave their own selves to the Lord. II Corinthians 8:1, 5.

What God wants is not yours but you. Self, service, substance—that is the Divine order. Ananias and Sapphira not only did not give all they had, they never gave themselves.

Prebendary Webb-Peploe used to say, "Sometimes I buy gifts for my wife. I fear that my choices are often very poor but she accepts them with good grace because she knows that before I ever gave her gifts I gave her my heart."

Alas, there are heartbroken wives whose husbands bring flowers and finery but who have never really given their hearts' love. And how God is grieved when we bring Him vain oblations! A check on the collection plate means nothing to Him if we withhold ourselves. The little boy who dropped into the offering basket a slip of paper bearing the words, "I give myself," had the right idea.


The Macedonians started right. They gave themselves. When God gets you He will get yours.

You have to be more than a "check-book Christian." For "the gift without the giver is bare."

Pastor Van
Wednesday April 14, 2021

Prayer Is Not Enough

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14.

It will readily be seen here that God requires four things, not just one. And He will not settle for a fourth of what He requires. If we are going to use this verse let us use all of it. Sometimes we make it sound as though a prayer meeting alone were sufficient to produce a revival. God has said more here than "pray."

We are to humble ourselves—not pray for humility, but humble ourselves, "as a little child" (Mt. 18:4), "in the sight of the Lord" (Jas. 4:10), "under the mighty hand of God" (I Pt. 5:6). We are to seek God's face, His favor, the smile of His approval. "When thou saidst, Seek ye my face, my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek" (Ps. 27:8). Is that what your heart says?

And we are to turn from our wicked ways. That fourth note is rather subdued these days. "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy" (Prov. 28:13).

Praying is not enough if God requires more. And in this sadly misused text He certainly does!

Pastor Van
Tuesday April 13, 2021


But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey. Luke 2:44.

Joseph and Mary supposed Jesus was with them when He was not. How many religious groups and movements run on for years long after Jesus has dropped out from the procession!

How many churches still carry on their program, their Sunday-by-Sunday uprisings and downsittings and yet, like Samson, wist not that the Spirit of the Lord has departed!

And all because so many of us go on many a day's journey after we have left Jesus far behind, so far as the conscious sense of His presence and blessing is concerned. We sing the same songs, say the same prayers, give the same testimonies, but men see Him not in their lives because His presence is only a supposition.

It will not do to proceed on a supposition. We must make sure of Jesus or we travel in vain. Nothing is so futile as religious activity that only imagines the Lord's presence. We might well inquire, "Is the Lord among us or not?" It is wrong to doubt His presence when we may be sure of it, but it is foolish to imagine His presence when there is proper occasion to doubt it.

Pastor Van
Monday April 12, 2021

Three-Way Faithfulness

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7.

Paul was faithful to the faith: "I have kept the faith." Not only is faith itself a fight ("fight the good fight of faith"), but we are also to contend for the faith. So he was also faithful to the fight: "I have fought a good fight." And he was faithful to the finish: "I have finished my course."

Some are faithful to the faith, sound in belief, orthodox in doctrine, but are not faithful to the fight, do not contend for the faith. But Paul was "set for the defense of the Gospel," and because some have not been so minded, apostasy has taken over many a church and school. Still others are faithful to the faith and to the fight, but they give up the battle and do not endure unto the end; they are not faithful to the finish. We grow weary in well-doing all too soon. Paul did not soften up in old age and drift into that smiling tolerance which so many today think is a mark of broad-minded maturity.

We are in deep need of three-way faithfulness, to the faith, to the fight, to the finish.

Pastor Van
Saturday April 10, 2021

The Christ of Experience

Last of all he was seen of me also. I Corinthians 15:8.

In this marvelous and classic statement of the Gospel, Paul sets forth the Christ of history: "Christ died"; the Christ of doctrine: "Christ died for our sins"; the Christ of the Scriptures: "Christ died... was buried... and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures."

Then he moves further to declare the Christ of experience, the experience of others, to begin with. "He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve, of above five hundred brethren at once, of James, of all the apostles." And finally he reaches a climax in the Christ of his own experience: "and last of all he was seen of me also."

It is possible to know Christ as a fact of history, of doctrine, of the Scriptures, of the experience of others, but it avails nothing if we cannot add, "Last of all he was seen of me also."

It was said of Thomas Chalmers that he had "an original experience of Jesus Christ." Have you seen Him for yourself?

Pastor Van
Friday April 09, 2021

Blessed with an Invisible Presence

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6.

Here is still another negative-positive that provides help in our dilemma. If there are hosts against us, there are also hosts on our side. The King of Syria sent a host against Elisha, but "behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots round about Elisha." No wonder he assured his servant, "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them."

If we are beset by an unseen foe, we are also befriended by an Unseen Friend. Great is our adversary but greater is our Ally. "The battle is the Lord's." If there are evil angels there are also good angels. "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them."

I noticed recently a repair shop operated by a man named Angel. His sign read, "Angel Service." I laughed and said, "I've had angel service for years. 'Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?'"

Joshua, before the battle of Jericho, met the captain of the host of the Lord. The conquest of the hosts of evil depends on the Captain of the hosts of God. Before Jericho, meet Jesus!

Pastor Van
Thursday April 08, 2021

Beset by Invisible Powers

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12.

Another negative-positive verse like yesterday's and this time we read that we are not up against flesh and blood these days. The devil is the prince of the power of the air, and he is assisted by legions of wicked spirits and evil angels. Never mind these wiseacres who talk of "outmoded ideas from ancient demonology." And do not turn all this over to psychiatrists. Any Christian who gets down to business in spiritual warfare soon finds himself against dark and sinister powers. Our Lord contended with that world during the days of His flesh and delivered men and women from it.

Satan and his legions are out to disable the body, deceive the mind, and discourage the spirit. Some he devours as a roaring lion. Some he leads astray as an angel of light. Others he besets as the accuser. He attacks through morals, through the mind, through moods.

Truly our souls need to be on their guard, for "ten thousand foes arise, the hosts of sin are pressing hard to draw us from the skies."

Pastor Van
Wednesday April 07, 2021

Bought with an Infinite Price

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. I Peter 1:18, 19.

Salvation is free but not cheap. The gift of God cost God His Son and the Son His life. With His own precious blood He bought us in the market, bought us out of the market, bought us never to return to the market. We are not redeemed by anything we are or have or can do.

The New Testament theme is a glorious Three R's—Ruin, Redemption and Regeneration. There is a tendency today to make much of Christ as teacher and example, but when the Greeks came to see Him He spoke immediately of His death. Modern Greeks need the message of redemption by His blood.

It is also the incentive to consecration and service. Not the copying of an Example or following a Teacher, but because we are not our own, but are bought with a price—for that reason we are to glorify God in our body and spirit, which are God's.

Pastor Van
Tuesday April 06, 2021

Paul's Confession

But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers. Acts 24:14.

In his matchless defense before Felix Paul is not ashamed to belong to the sect of the Nazarenes. He declares his position. He asserts revelation behind him: "Believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets." He anticipates the resurrection ahead of him: "And have hope toward God... that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust." He takes responsibility upon him: "And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience Void of offense toward God and toward men."

It is possible to be very orthodox about revelation and the resurrection and yet to assume little responsibility for the way we live today. Paul lived today with that day always in mind. Faith in revelation past and hope in the resurrection to come should show up in godly exercise now.

Pastor Van Pastor Van
Monday April 05, 2021

The Lesson of the Cave: God's Presence

And after the fire a still small voice. I Kings 19:12.

It was the day after Carmel. The day after the big day can be a very bad day. From His baptism our Lord went to meet the devil. After the third heaven, Paul came to his thorn in the flesh.

But Elijah learned at the cave what he never learned on Carmel. We make so much these days of wind, fire, and earthquake, of the sensational and spectacular, of the dramatic demonstration on Carmel. We measure everything by "How big?" and "How loud?" God's voice in the cave was still and small. He does indeed speak in wind, fire, and quake, but those are occasional. Woe unto us if we are so deafened by the whirlwind that we cannot hear the whisper!

We are in great danger of going from one Carmel to another, living on excitement, mass meetings, and amazing demonstrations, that we need a session in the cave. Let us not deafen our ears to the quiet moving of God's Spirit in hundreds of humble hearts whose work of faith and labor of love will outlast anything on Carmel.

Pastor Van
Sunday April 04, 2021

The Lesson of Carmel: God's Power

The God that answereth by fire, let him be God. I Kings 18:24.

The great day on Carmel had all the elements of a mighty moving of God. There was the promise of showers of blessing (v. 1). There were the human efforts of Ahab and Obadiah to meet the need of the hour (2-16). There was God's man who was in a sense the troubler of Israel as the disturber of a false peace (17-20). There was the call to take a stand for God or Baal (21). There was the test of fire. Not "the God that answereth by finances or fame or feelings" but "by fire" (24). There was the repairing of broken altars (30). No wonder we read, "Then the fire of the Lord fell" (38), and "There is a sound of abundance of rain" (41).

Elijah prayed down both fire and water. We need both today. And we can have both. When the Fire of His Spirit falls from above, the floods of His blessing are sure to follow.

Pastor Van
Saturday April 03, 2021

The Lesson of Cherith: God's Provision

Get thee hence... and hide thyself by the brook Cherith... and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. I Kings 17:3, 4.

At Cherith Elijah learned the lesson of God's provision. But Cherith was the place of God's provision because it was the place of God's purpose. Elijah was in the place where God told him to be. The ravens had been commanded to feed him "there," not somewhere else, not just anywhere, but "there." Where God guides He provides. He is responsible for our upkeep if we follow His directions. He is not responsible for expenses not on His schedule. He does not foot the bill when we leave His itinerary.

Sometimes God's arrangements are most unusual. Commanding the birds to feed a prophet is strange procedure. And sometimes God sends us off to a brook when we think we ought to be out in the thick of things. The need is so great, the harvest so plenteous and the laborers so few that it looks like a waste of time to head for a brook. But God has His own pattern and plan, and He may want us by a mountain brook when we are all hot and bothered about getting into the heat of the battle. But it was at Cherith's brook that Elijah was made ready for Carmel's battle.

Pastor Van
Friday April 02, 2021

"Come and See"

And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. John 1:46.

Philip did not let Nathanael sidetrack him into a discussion of whether or not any good thing could come out of Nazareth. That was irrelevant and Philip was no authority on the matter. After all, the best way to settle that question, as well as all others, was, "Come and see for yourself." Jesus was just out of Nazareth, and Nathanael could soon find out the answer to his query.

The devil likes to sidetrack us from the real issue. The woman at Jacob's well raised secondary matters until the Lord brought her to face her sin and Himself as the Messiah.

Do not let people dodge the real issue by raising a lot of unimportant questions. Tell them to come to Christ and see for themselves. He is in Himself the answer to all our problems. Whatever you may not understand, whatever puzzles you, do not try to solve such things one by one. Come to Him and He will dispel your doubts and you will say with Nathanael, "Thou art the Son of God!"

Pastor Van
Thursday April 01, 2021

Garments of Grey

Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woolen and linen together. Deuteronomy 22:11.

Let thy garments be always white. Ecclesiastes 9:8.

Jowett says, "Worldly compromise takes the medium line between white and black and wears an ambiguous gray." An American statesman says, "The values of life which were clear to the Pilgrims and the Founding Fathers have become dim and fuzzy in outline."

We live today in a twilight zone, a hazy condition of low visibility. Black and white have become a smudge of indefinite grey.

God despises mixtures. Our Lord says He will spew the lukewarm out of His mouth—and lukewarm is another word for the same state of compromise.

"Abhor that which is evil." The fear of the Lord is to hate evil." "He that is not with me is against me." There is no mild tolerance here.

God abominates garments of gray. If we are to wear white hereafter, better practice it here!

Pastor Van


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Cherrie Foreman
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Van McQueen
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Rick Welch
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Our Pastor

Pastor Van Mcqueen

Pastor Van is a graduate of Georgetown Baptist College in Georgetown KY, with a BA in music. He has served churches in KY, IL, TX, and Maryland.

He was married to Dorothy for 48 years. She passed away in 2001. He has two married children. Cindy Slyvester and Doug McQueen. Two grandchildren and three great-grand-children.

Pastor Van has served in almost every area of church-related service. He spent ten years in the field of fund raising for churches. He has no hobbies except he likes old trucks and owns and has restored an old 1950 Dodge pickup. His first love is Jesus, second is his family and third is the Watson Baptist Church.

Our Church

The Watson Baptist Church began as a Mission extension of Jackson Township Baptist Church in 1895. The first church, "The New Zion Baptist Church" started with 17 members at the White School House, later the place of worship was changed to the old Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Cannon of Mason presented a church bell to the church in 1904.

A new church was built in 1969 and the name became "The Watson Baptist Church". The land was donated by Glen and Agnes Martin. The church continued to grow and an addition was added in 1984. There have been 29 pastors to date.

Contact Information


Watson Baptist Church
100 N Old Watson Rd
Watson, IL 62473

(217) 536-6226

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Gary Beck - 757/816/6589
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Pastor Van McQueen * All Church Members * Deacon & Associate Pastor Gary Beck
Government: Local/State/ National * Police Officers * Jail: Inmates/Guards
Deacon Aaron Cline * DOM Joe Lawson * President Donald Trump
All Military * Lost people * Your "ONE"
Church growth * Church attendance
Our Mission field of the Watson area.
Health Issues *** Hilda Webb * Frankie Webb * Bill Wright * Loretta Woods
Mike Welker's wife * Opal Rose * Charles Woods * Louise French * Robin Heltsley
Angie Monical * Chris Beck * Shirley Filer * Linda Wright * Todd Wright
Isaiah Wright * Ronni Morris * John Flach * Jeff Campton * Kay Koester
Don Groves * Sarah Morris * Kevin Moshenrose * Edward & Jude Beck * Bob Simmons
MILITARY *** Shane Evans - Kyle Webb - Jimmy Leist - Adam Nevergall - Jake Nelson
Curtis Webb - Chris French - Michael Niemerg - Justin Hovis - Keith Dial
Phil Blackwell - Lucas Kreke - Jackie Hughing - Chad Reed - Chris Jones - JAlex Artola
Ivan Artola - Tiffany Habing - Nic Lucy - Austin Ashworth - Jonathan Knox - Alyssa Artola
Cortney Mosier - Haley Koester