Watson Baptist Church
Watson, IL

Devotionals

Monday January 25, 2021

"But If Not..."

Our God is able to deliver us... But if not... Daniel 3:17, 18.

The Hebrew children did not doubt that God could save them from the furnace, but if He did not they would be faithful, anyway. It is well to be prepared for the "if nots." God is always able, but sometimes it is not His will to deliver us from the fiery furnace. But He will save us in the furnace. He does not always spare us trouble, but He does succour us in trouble.

If you are facing a furnace, make provision for the "if not." If you are not healed, if the dear one is taken, if that friend fails you, be faithful, anyway. "Though he slay me, yet will I trust him." If things do not turn out the way you had hoped and prayed they would, do not bow to Nebuchadnezzar's image of doubt or fear or discouragement. That is what the devil wants, as when he put Job in his furnace.

"God can do it, but if He doesn't, He is still my God. I will bow to no idol."... Blessed are the saints of the If Nots!

Pastor Van
Sunday January 24, 2021

"Nothing Wavering"

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. James 1:6.

The man who lacks wisdom is promised it, but he must ask in faith and not be like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed. Our Lord said we could move mountains if we commanded them to move and did not doubt in our hearts (Mk. 11:23). The positive side of that is in the next verse, which says, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye recveive them, and ye shall have them."

Abraham "staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith." There we have the negative and positive again (Rom. 4:20). Some are saved from sin but not from staggering.

"Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering." Positive and negative! Are you walking by faith or wobbling in doubt? "We lie to God in prayer when we do not rely on God after prayer." James is very clear: "Let not that man think he shall receive anything of the Lord."

Asking without believing marks a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Pastor Van Pastor Van
Saturday January 23, 2021

Second Adam

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. I Corinthians 15:22.

We are all children of the first Adam. He fell and to this day we suffer the consequences. Sin, disease, death, all the corruptions and frailties of the body, mind and spirit, we inherit from our father, the first man of the earth, earthy.

But God started a new race with His Son from heaven. To as many as receive Him to them gives He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name. Read Romans 5 for a glorious picture of the two Adams.

Here is the true superrace of sons of God whose citizenship is in heaven. We still carry the marks of Adam's fall, and our bifocals and bridges and baldness and all our frailties bear witness that we are his offspring. But from the day we believe, we begin a new life which shall discard this shell for a new body at the resurrection. Our New Adam is perfect, and all we need here and hereafter is found in Him. We can reign in life now by Christ Jesus.

Pastor Van
Friday January 22, 2021

Wine or Vinegar?

Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart. Jeremiah 15:16.

McLaren speaks of the "perverse ingenuity... of that state of mind in which some manage to distil for themselves a bitter vinegar of self-accusation out of grand words in the Bible that were meant to afford them but the wine of gladness and of consolation."

The Spirit does indeed use the Word to convict the guilty and uneasy conscience, but, on the other hand, the Accuser may so beset us that Scriptures meant to give us assurance may but make us iserable. The devil is the author of a false confidence but he also generates a false diffidence, so that we get vinegar out of what should be wine to our souls.

If you have definitely committed all you are and have to God, do not be afraid to enjoy the wine of the Word. Do not cultivate a perverted taste that distils vinegar instead

Pastor Van
Thursday January 21, 2021

What Kind of Faith?

According to your faith be it unto you. Matthew 9:29.

"Do I have the right kind of faith?" Dr. Biederwolf used to say, "If you have any faith at all, you may be sure it is the right kind." Do not waste time taking your faith apart and putting it back together. Do not expect saving faith to be some strange, different kind. You believe in Christ with faith like the faith you use when you trust someone or something else. It is the object that makes the difference.

If you have any uncertainty about the matter, come to a definite decision. Trust Christ now. It may help you to put down the time and place. You must have confidence in the decision and consider it settled. But do not confuse faith in your faith with faith in the Saviour. Faith has no value of its own, it has value only as it connects us with Him.

It is a trick of Satan to get us occupied with examining our faith instead of resting in the Faithful One. Go to Him just as you are as best you know. Him that cometh He will not cast out.

Pastor Van
Tuesday January 19, 2021

Included in the Ticket

p>He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32.

It is an old story of the ship passenger who lived on crackers and cheese all the way across the ocean only to learn that his meals were included in his ticket.

Our salvation includes more than pardon from sin, deliverance from hell and a ticket to heaven. It includes all that we shall need on our journey. Sin has been dealt with in the Son, but Jesus is not only our Saviour, He is our Sustenance and Supply. We are not to subsist on our own crackers and cheese. "All things are yours." Indeed, the supreme thing is that God spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all. That is the message of Calvary. But God has also freely given us all things in the gift of His Son. Our assurance, sanctification, peace, joy, wisdom, all that we need for body, mind and spirit to do God's will, a new body at the resurrection, eternal life in heaven, all this is "included in the ticket."

What a "ticket," bought at the purchase price of God's own Son! Throw away your crackers and cheese! You have a right to eat in the Main ining Room!

Pastor Van
Monday January 18, 2021

January 18.

God has No Grandchildren

To him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17.

Gibbon describes the degeneration of Christianity under the Greek scholars of the 10th century, who handled the literature and spoke the language of the spiritual but knew not the life: "They held in their lifeless hands the riches of their fathers without inheriting the spirit which had created and imparted that sacred patrimony. They read; they praised; they compiled; but their languid souls seemed alike incapable of thought and action."

The Pharisees of Jesus' day handled the things of God, read the Scriptures, faithfully kept the letter of the law, were painstakingly separated from sinners. But the publicans and harlots went into the Kingdom before them.

To have grown up in a Christian home and in a church, early fluent in the speech of the Kingdom, familiar with its subjects and observing its practices, yet never a citizen, produces a type of sinner often harder to awaken than the most ignorant heathen. Truth long heard and not acted upon means awful self-deception (James 1:22).

Second generations do not inherit salvation. God has no grandchildren.

Pastor Van
Saturday January 16, 2021

Revival—or Else

Thou hast left thy first love. Revelation 2:4.

In the course of history, Christianity periodically clutters up with its own projects and paraphernalia. Then God raises up a new fellowship of fresh Christians somewhere, all aglow in simple faith and obedience. Sometimes this happens in a local church, either when the old crowd has a revival or there is a blood transfusion of new converts.

In individual experience we tend to get away from our first love, not always into false doctrine or worldly living, but, like the saints at Ephesus, while still orthodox and busy at church work.

Happy is the man who can go deeply into profound doctrine or multiplied activities and yet not lose the warmth of simple faith and love. How to maintain the glow of our early love for Christ amidst all the complexities of today and not lose the best amongst the good is a major matter. How to delve deeply into the mysteries of God and still be just a simple Christian; how to work hard in involved labors of the church and yet be just a humble believer is a supreme concern.

If you have left your first love, the way back is Remember, Repent, Repeat. Our Lord offers a grievous alternative... Removal. It is Revival—or else.

Pastor Van
Friday January 15, 2021

Fruit of the Land

How long are ye slack to possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers giveth you? Joshua 18:3.

We ought not stand on Jordan's stormy banks casting a wishful eye to Canaan's fair and happy land, where our possessions lie. "Dwelling in Beulah Land" is possible here and now. Living in Canaan may be a fact today.

It is also a fight, the fight of faith, as we follow our Joshua, the Captain of our salvation and "possess our possessions."

And there will be fruit. "This is the fruit of it," said the spies (Num. 13:27). "The fruit of the Spirit" it is today (Gal. 5:22, 23). Alas, so many are still in the wilderness, longing for garlic instead of grace, melons instead of manna!

The best advertisement of the land is the fruit of it. Where are your milk and honey? Men will believe the fact when from the fight you bring the fruit.

Pastor Van
Thursday January 14, 2021

"Come and Drink"

My soul thirsteth. Psalm 63:1.

If any man thirst... John 7:37.

"But how can my thirsting soul find God? He is too abstract, I can form no mental picture of Him. How can I drink of the Living Water?"

That is why Jesus came. In Him the Word became flesh. No man comes to the Father but by Him, and whosoever comes to Him will in no wise be cast out.

"If any man thirst, let Him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me, from within him shall flow rivers of living water." Thirsting, coming, drinking, believing, overflowing—the thirsting soul comes and receives and believes that it has received (Mk. 11:24). The overflowing is a natural—a supernatural—consequence—"shall flow."

A little tenement child in a hospital, presented with a large glass of cool, rich milk, asked hesitantly, "How deep may I drink?" Drink deeply of the Living Water!

"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters."

Pastor Van
Tuesday January 12, 2021

"The Good Old Days"

Where is the Lord God of Elijah? II Kings 2:14.

Elisha did not ask for the return of Elijah or sigh for the good old days of Elijah. Some of us are like Saul trying to call up departed Samuels. "What would Moody do today? Oh, for the times we used to have!"

A subscriber wrote to a magazine editor, "Your magazine is not as good as it used to be." The editor replied, "It never has been." The times have never been as good as they used to be! The Early Church, fresh from Pentecost, had barely started, when "there arose a murmuring." Look at Corinth! Don't forget Ananias and Sapphira, the Galatians and Colossians, Euodia and Syntyche, the plight of Ephesus, Sardis, Laodicea. It has always been so, yet God has carried on.

Looking back to the good old days is not the way out. Looking up to the God of All the Days is.

Elijah goes, but "thou, O Lord, remainest."

Pastor Van
Monday January 11, 2021

Sand Ob Seed

Faith as a grain of mustard seed. Matthew 17:20.

If you would develop a living faith, not like a grain of sand but like a grain of seed, do not read too many books on faith. One dear brother will tell you that you must agonize and strive to enter, while another would have you "take it by faith." Both are right: you must mean business and be in dead earnest, but beyond that you must, like Hudson Taylor, quit working at your faith and rest in the Faithful One.

Books on faith are colored by the author's temperament, theology, experience, style of expression. You can become more concerned about the quantity and quality of your faith than about its object. You never will get your experience to suit you. You will never pray just as you want to, or feel or preach or live just as you want to. Perfection if. found only in Him.

Real faith stops studying itself and is occupied with Him. Quit digging in the ashes of your poor heart for satisfaction. Consider Him—not your faith—"lest ye be weary and faint in your minds."

Pastor Van
Sunday January 10, 2021

His Place for You

But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. I Corinthians 12:11.

When a famous preacher arises, swaying the crowds, one by-product is that some of his contemporaries begin to imagine that they must be out of God's will or not filled with the Spirit because they are not achieving similar results. But God is sovereign. He chooses men for special tasks, and if one hits the headlines, that is no reflection on the host of unknowns. The Spirit divideth severally as He will. A country preacher ministering to two hundred people may be as Spirit-filled to his capacity as was Moody.

Moody had around him many lesser lights who helped him in his work, who filled their orbits as well as he filled his. And what would the "big" preacher do without the help of the "small fry"?

Seek neither more nor less than God's will for you. Do not compare yourself with men above or below you in station, lest you be depressed or exalted.

Simply find His place for you and happily serve Him there. Anywhere He puts you is a "large place"!

Pastor Van Pastor Van
Saturday January 09, 2021

That All May Know

The Lord knoweth them that are his. II Timothy 2:19.

We know that we are of God. I John 5:19.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35.

God knows his own. It is well that He does, for sometimes it would be difficult for us to determine who are His! Heaven will surprise us both ways.

We can know that we are His. The little book of First John is full of "know-so" evidence, to say nothing of plenty more elsewhere.

And others know by the badge of love. Not tongues nor faith nor prophecy nor knowledge nor martyrdom nor philanthropy, but love is the Christian's mark of distinction. How we cultivate all the others and fail here!

All may know that we are His. God knows, we know others may know. It is a "Know-so" faith.

Pastor Van
Friday January 08, 2021

Report or Reality?

But him they saw not. Luke 24:24.

The Emmaus disciples had the testimony of the women, the angels and other disciples, but, like these other disciples, they had not seen the risen Lord Himself to know Him. Something had happened. Jesus was not in the grave. But they had not seen Him.

There is a lot of talk about the ressurection that gets no farther than that. Something happened. The grave is empty. But there is lacking the vibrant witness, "We have seen the Lord!"

Much is said about the return of Christ that lacks the warmth of His person. We discuss the program of events, what is going to happen, "but him we see not."

That goes for all the great truths about Him. We tell what others have said. We discuss the matter. But Him we see not. Our eyes are holden. A few minutes later these Emmaus disciples were not like the same persons. They had a glowing testimony, and as they related it He appeared again! His resurrection was no longer a Report but a Reality!

Pastor Van
Thursday January 07, 2021

Come for Yourself

Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out. John 6:37.

Various "rules" and "steps" have been proposed for seekers after salvation, the filling of the Spirit, guidance and other experiences of the Christian life. Sometimes they confuse more than they clarify. No two experiences are alike. We tend to make a norm of our own and force it upon others. Coming to Jesus is a personal matter, not a dry business procedure. Nobody ever fell in love by reading books on how to fall in love. We meet someone, associate with someone, and either fall in love or not fall in love. There are, indeed, certain conditions that must be met in a personal knowledge of Christ, but it is more like falling in love than a cold business deal. There is a sense of need, a drawing near, a fellowship that ripens with the years. The expressions and manifestations vary with different types and temperaments. Do not try to imitate a made-to-order experience handed down from someone else. He invites you to come as you are and know Him for yourself.

Pastor Van
Wednesday January 06, 2021

Christ or Antichrist

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

After all is said and done, the real issue today, as always, is Christ or antichrist. We try to move the focal point elsewhere, but here is where the battle rages. And if Christ is the issue, then for us the supreme matter is (1) to became a Christian; (2) to become a better Christian daily; (3) to help other Christians to be better Christians, and (4) to help those who are not Christians to become Christians. We gather with Him, or we scatter abroad.

This is our real "program," faith in Christ, fellowship with Christ, faithfulness to Christ, fruitfulness for Christ. It simplifies life to one thing, just to be a Christian, a believer in Christ, a follower of Christ, a witness of Christ.

Anything less is not enough. Anything more is too much. "With me"—there is our position; "gathering"—there is our practice. "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." Following and fishing!

Are you Christian or Antichristian?

Pastor Van
Tuesday January 05, 2021

Do What You Can

She hath done what she could. Mark 14:8.

He had found a little box in the attic. With his crayons he had tried to make it more presentable. Inside he had placed a cut-out Santa Claus and a larger Santa of his own drawing. He had scrawled "Season's Greetings" for a touch of dignity. Then he had wrapped it in a manner all his own, with plenty of seals all over and a big yellow ribbon tied all around.

It wouldn't bring much on sale, but no one could buy it from me, because it was the expression of a little boy's love and, oh, so welcome!

He had done what he could. Which sets me thinking of the woman who anointed Jesus. "She hath done what she could." Do not let not being able to do it better keep you from doing what you can. Bring to the Saviour such as you have, the best you have, all you have. He will receive it. It may seem a poor little thing to others, but if it is the love gift of your heart, it will be precious in His sight.

Do what you can.

Pastor Van
Monday January 04, 2021

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 7:21.

We are constantly seeing living examples of "them twain," the two sons in our Saviour's parable (Mt. 21:28- 32). One said, "I will not," but later went. The other said, "I go, Sir," but never went. We have seen some stubborn cases surprise everybody and become obedient servants. Alas, we have seen some walk down church aisles and make a fine show of consecration who never show up in the vineyard. They hear the Word and anon with joy receive it but have no root in themselves and are soon offended.

I am not too elated over your youngster with a chestful of medals and a head full of memory verses. He may volunteer for foreign missions, give a ringing testimony—and never show up in the vineyard. Nor am I too depressed over your headstrong chap who stands adamant while others yield. Young Saul did that for a while.

I am not discrediting the medals, the memory verses and the testimony on the one hand, nor minimizing stubbornness on the other. But the final test of "them twain" in our Saviour's story, as well as in the text for the day, is not saying "Lord, Lord," but doing the Father's will.

Pastor Van
Sunday January 4, 2021

How to Keep Fresh

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

Make Jesus Christ your theme! I have seen preachers espouse causes and champion movements, and when the cause died and the movement collapsed, the preacher vanished too. But the man who glories in Christ never grows stale. Jesus Christ is perennial and he who makes his boast in Him stays forever fresh. He shall bring forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

How long it takes us to learn that the issue is simply Jesus! We read books and feel that the magic word is sure to appear on the next page, but it doesn't. We read biography, but we cannot live on secondhand experience. We try to work up visions and ecstasies of our own, but even if we succeed the glory fades. At last we arrive where we should have started, to learn that

 

Once it was the blessing;

Now it is the Lord.

It is all Jesus. Why not start at center and work out instead of starting on the circumference and working in? "By him all things consist." Stand at the Hub and all the spokes are yours!

Pastor Steve
Saturday January 02, 2021

Paul's Calendar

I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. II Timothy 1:12.

Someone has said that Paul's calendar had only two days, "today" and "that day." The man who is ready for that day is ready for any day. But we need to wear our spiritual bifocals and see both days. Some of the saints are near-sighted. Some are far-sighted. Paul may have had trouble with his physical eyes, but he had no spiritual astigmatism. He had good bifocals; he saw the near and the far.

Do not busy yourself today with "wood, hay, stubble," and fail to build with "gold, silver, precious stones" against that day. For "the day shall declare it," and some lives will go up in smoke!

On the other hand, do not so contemplate eternity that you waste today. Some people think they are Mystics when they are only Mistakes!

"Today if ye will hear his voice" (Heb. 4.7).

Pastor Van
Friday January 01, 2021

This Is the Day!

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24.

The psalmist does not mean some special day or holiday nor must we limit this to Sunday or some rare occasion. Any day and every day is the day which the Lord hath made. Therefore any day and every day is the day in which to rejoice and be glad. All days are not alike. Some days are more troublesome than others. But the most troublesome may be the most triumphant.

New Year's Day has a bad reputation because it is the birthday of so many resolutions that die in infancy! It is not the day that is so important but the God who made it. Any day is somebody's birthday, and every day really begins a new year. The God who made them all is the Great I Am and lives in a timeless Now. Any day you can begin a new life in Him. "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (II Cor. 6:2).

And every day you can know Him better, for He is "the same today" (Heb. 13:8).

Pastor Van
Thursday December 31, 2020

Journey's End

That I might finish my course with joy. Acts 20:24.

Paul was granted his heart's desire. "I have finished my course," he wrote later, and it was with joy. Not with money or earthly possessions, because he wrote from a dark dungeon, needing his cloak and parchments. Not with a host of friends, for all men forsook him. Not with fame, for he died a martyr. But he finished with joy, anticipating a crown.

Just as the last day of the year anticipates a new year, so Journey's End for the Christian is but the end of a Prelude. "To depart and be with Christ is far better." There are no "turns for the worse." "To die is gain," so even death is a paying proposition.

It was for the joy that was set before him that our Lord endured the cross, despising the shame. And looking unto Him we run with patience and finish with joy.

Some who have known starting grace and sustaining grace have grown careless about finishing grace. What fools we can be on the last mile! Be sure to make your last testimony the Joy of Journey's End!

Pastor Van
Wednesday December 30, 2020

Onlooker or Forthteller?

Ye shall be witnesses. Acts 1:8.

"What began as a company of lay witnesses has become a professional pulpitism financed by lay spectators." While some are especially called to be preachers, all are appointed to be witnesses. Alas, we are too often witnesses in the sense of onlookers! Every believer in the Early Church was a missionary. They were all advertising the Gospel.

Something was happening every minute. Some were expelled, like Ananias and Sapphira. Some were repelled—"And of the rest durst no man join himself to them." But the real believers were compelled—"We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard."

The Gospel spreads when the church ceases to be a sanctified club sedately listening to the minister as though he were paid to do all the witnessing for all of them and when it begins to be a company of lay evangelists testifying to small and great the wonderful works of God.

Which kind of witness are you, an onlooker or a forth-teller?

Pastor Van
Tuesday December 29, 2020

Back to the Spring

The simplicity that is in Christ. II Corinthians 11:3.

Said A. J. Gordon: "Would that our teachers of theology were content to know less that they might know more, that they were less endued with the spirit of modern thought and more deeply baptized by that Spirit that has been sent to us that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God."

We sadly need to be converted and become as little children. We know too much. We have read and heard everything. The happiest person is a young Christian before he has met too many Bible scholars! We need more than anything else some plain and simple Christians who will let God be true and every man a liar.

We have read of a spring whose medicinal waters became famous, so that eventually a city grew around it. But there came a time when in the rush of progress the spring was lost and finally could not be located.

We have built around the Spring until we have lost it. Blessed are they who rediscover the simplicity that is in Christ!

Pastor Van
Monday December 28, 2020

Not Copies but Children

The pattern shewed to thee in the mount. Hebrews 8:5.

There is always such a wide gulf between the ideal and the actual. The best we are and do looks so little like the Perfect Example, like a little child's scrawl below the model line. But we can be blameless, though not faultless (Phil. 2:15).

Sometimes we expect too much. We break ourselves with demands on ourselves that God never made. He knows our frame and remembers that we are dust. He remembers what we so often forget, and, as another has said, forgets what we remember our sins!

But we can also expect too little and be content to plod when we ought to fly. We are to be perfect as He is, perfect with a perfection which He both demands and supplies.

It is not imitation, however, but identification "Christ liveth in me." Christians are not mimics trying to copy Christ in their feeble strength. They are children of God in whom Christ lives again.

Pastor Van
Sunday December 27, 2020

Do You Mean Business?

The night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul. Acts 23:11.

Some think Paul should not have gone up to Jerusalem on this visit. Some think he should not have taken a vow as he was advised to do. Still others think that his behavior on trial compares poorly with that of our Lord.

Be all that as it may, the Lord knew Paul's heart and so stood by him to cheer him up and to assure him that he would witness also in Rome.

God does not measure us by isolated incidents. Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. A good man may blunder and fall far below the standard, but God looks at the real motive, the general purpose of the heart. Some may do exceedingly well at times whose true heart is undependable. Others may fail at times, but their inmost self is right with God.

God knew that Paul meant business, and that is what counts with Him. He does business with those who mean business.

Pastor Van
Saturday December 26, 2020

Are You Listening

Speak; for thy servant heareth. I Samuel 3:10.

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 11:15.

He that hath an ear, let him hear. Revelation 2:7.

It is an oft-recurring word from our Lord, found throughout the Gospels—"He that hath ears to hear..." Some have ears—period! Samuel was listening—and God spoke. God has much to say today, but we have "ears to hear, and hear not" (Ezek. 12:2). Some stop their ears (Acts 7:57). Some turn their ears from the truth (II Tim. 4:4). Some have itching ears (II Tim. 4:3).

Are you tuned in on God? It is said that John Burroughs, the naturalist, could walk along a noisy street and overhear a cricket in the hedge. His ear was tuned to the little voices of nature. You can make your way through the hubbub and still keep in touch with heaven.

Samuel was listening. The boy who listens for God to speak will hear Him, for God is looking for such boys. God's men have been men of a double resolve: "I will hear what God the Lord will speak" (Ps. 85:8); and then, "What the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak" (I Kgs. 22:14).

Pastor Van
Friday December 25, 2020

God Sent His Son

Last of all he sent unto them his Son. Matthew 21:37.

In all the confusion and commercialization of Christmas these days we are more than likely to lose Christ. Let us never forget that God sent not merely a prophet, a philosopher, a leader, to meet the world's need. He gave His only begotten Son (Jn. 3:16). Like the man in the parable, He said, "I will send my beloved Son" (Lk. 20:13). He spared not His own Son (Rom. 8:32).

A little boy accustomed to seeing service stars in windows during the war exclaimed as he watched the evening star at sunset, "God must have a son in the war!" The story has been misapplied, but in the age-old struggle with sin God truly gave His Son.

Remember at Christmas that the Gospel is not that Jesus came or that He lived or that He taught. He could have done all that, but if He had returned to the Father some other way than by Calvary and the open tomb, we would still be in our sins.

Thank God He was born. But He was born to die and live again, that we might live forever.

Pastor Van
Thursday December 24, 2020

Stand Up and Be Counted!

And the people answered him not a word. I Kings 18:21.

There were seven thousand in Israel who had not bowed their knees to Baal. There were four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal. They could be counted, but Elijah's audience was noncommittal. They did not declare themselves. They were spectators, onlookers.

p>Too many Christians are in the grandstand when they should be on the team. Too many are snug at home reading communiques from the front instead of going to the battle.

Too many in our meetings are spectators. They are great onlookers. They get used to it at the movies and in the stadium, and they come to church to be entertained.

But we are all participants in eternal issues, whether we know it or not. "He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."We cannot play hands off and answer not a word.

"The Lord knoweth them that are his," but He wants us to stand up and be counted.

Pastor Van
Wednesday December 23, 2020

God As a Gardener

Supposing him to be the gardener. John 20:15.

Men have sometimes mistaken the voice of "gardeners" for the voice of God, but then, again, it is easy to mistake God for the gardener. Remember that day in our Lord's ministry when the Father spoke from heaven and some said, "It thundered"?

Our Lord does not always manifest Himself with His first word. Sometimes He speaks to ask the simplest question. "Woman, why weepest thou?" Anyone could have asked that. But He is interested in our griefs and sorrows.

And then He may want to lead us out by His simple inquiry. Think of how He asked Philip concerning the hungry multitude: "Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?"

God does not always break on us with the glory of Isaiah's vision or Paul's blinding light on the Damascus road. Sometimes He appears in a manner so plain that we suppose Him to be the gardener.

Do not ignore His lowliest approach. Tell Him your trouble, and the next word, as here, may bring the needed revelation.


Tuesday December 22, 2020

The Parley and the Person

Why reason ye among yourselves? Matthew 16:8.

I have heard recently of a group of Christians from different churches who began to meet periodically to discuss various problems which had arisen. But the more they met and the more they discussed, the bigger their problems grew. Finally, someone suggested, "Why don't we forget about our problems for a while and gather just to talk about Christ?" So they began to come together to consider Jesus, to sit at His feet and learn of Him through His Word. And, lo, their problems began to dissolve as they fell in love afresh with Him and with each other.

A good revival would dispose of most of our committee meetings on how to do what. He stands amidst our feverish get-togethers, whether small board meetings or vast conventions, and asks, "Why reason ye among yourselves because ye have no bread?" A genuine heart-warming in His Presence is the surest and quickest way to clear the agenda. The way out is not by a parley but by a Person.

Pastor Van
Monday December 21, 2020

Caged Christians

They that wait upon the Lord shall... mount up with wings as eagles. Isaiah 40:31.

In a small zoo I watched a caged hawk vainly fan its wings as it longingly sought to break out of its prison and soar in the limitless sky. It was not made nor meant for the narrow confines of those bars. Again and again I have seen souls caged by sin beating against the walls with which Satan has hedged them in. They were meant for higher things!

Alas, how many "snared saints" become "Christians in a coop"! Evil habits, circumstances, more things than stone walls and iron bars, make prisons and cages. We are made for "high living"—God's "high life," of which this poor world knows nothing.

If Satan has cooped you, fly your coop! God made you for an eagle, and eagles are not made for cages. They are meant for high altitudes and lofty peaks. There is plenty of room for "high flying" in the life that is hid with Christ in God.

Do not confuse "flying the coop" with a mere change of conditions. Circumstances, health may improve, but the soul be still in bondage. Paul's body was in bonds, but his spirit was free in the liberty of Christ. He was a "prisoner of Jesus Christ." When He makes us His captive He sets us free.

Pastor Van
Sunday December 20, 2020

"The Seeming Void"

Faith is... the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1.

Nothing before, nothing behind,

The steps of faith

Fall on the seeming void

And find the rock beneath.

How often have we seemed to "step out on nothing," to find underneath the Everlasting Arms. Well, God hangs the earth on nothing (Job 26:7), and surely He will sustain us on what seems a void.

"The Rock beneath" is Christ, "whom having not seen" we love, and in whom, though now we see Him not, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. We cannot see Him now, and yet by faith we do see Jesus (Heb. 2:9). What seems a void is oft the darkness that veils His lovely face, but faith rests on His unchanging grace.

How is it that "though now we see him not" we can still say, "But we see Jesus"? The answer is in two little words we left out above on purpose—"yet believing." Faith walks out on the seeming void in the assurance of the Rock beneath. We have God's Word for it. Stand on the Verse while you step on the Void!

Pastor Van
Saturday December 19, 2020

"It Is Finished"

It is finished. John 19:30.

Precious words that released young Hudson Taylor from years of doubt and striving! While reading a tract his eyes caught the words, "The finished work of Christ." He had known for years of the atoning work of Christ, but for the first time he saw that if it were a finished work there was nothing for him to do but accept it and praise God forever.

God has taken care of everything in Christ. My sins, my salvation, my life, my past and present and future, all my needs and the needs of the whole world, are all wrapped up in a finished work. If God has taken care of everything I do not need to try to take care of anything. I have only to believe, receive, rejoice, and then out of the fulness of my heart love and obey Him.

No matter what comes up, there is provision for it in Christ. And when we find that everything is in Jesus, He becomes to us everything!

"Finished"—not something with ragged edges and frazzled ends that I must piece out. God has taken care of everything forever in Christ. And we are complete in Him.

Pastor Van
Friday December 18, 2020

God Understands

But thou, O Lord, knowest me. Jeremiah 12:3.

God knows our downsitting and uprising, He understands our thought afar off. He compasses our path and our lying down, and is acquainted with all our ways" (Ps. 139:2, 3).

"Nobody understands me." Well, you are no exception. Does anybody really understand anybody else? We do not understand our own selves. How often have we done things and wondered afterward what made us do them!

Paul said (I Cor. 4:3-5) that neither he nor others were capable of judging his ministry. Only God is competent. "Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come." While we are to judge sin in our lives (I Cor. 11:31), we cannot size up ourselves or others properly. We may put our estimate too high or too low. God knows all the facts, and He will give the correct measure of praise or blame.

Do not unduly boast or belittle. You do not know the hidden motives, the complicated tangle of your own self or anyone else. But He knows. So wait patiently for that day, and let God make His appraisal.

Pastor Van
Thursday December 17, 2020

Have You Been "Magnetized"?

Ye shall receive power... ye shall be witnesses unto me. Acts 1:8.

One of the wonders of my boyhood days was the first little horseshoe magnet I ever saw. How I marveled at the way it could lift a nail and then, more marvelous still, enable that nail to lift another! It seemed to give power to other objects and yet lose none of its own.

A friend of mine had a knife that had this strange power to lift other objects. He explained: "It has been in touch with a magnet—it is magnetized."

I have seen men and women who years ago met Jesus Christ. He gave them of His power without losing any of His own. Now they touch others and there is something that nothing earthly can explain. As they live in touch with Him they touch others, and these others touch still others, and on it goes through the years and around the world, the chain magnetism of power committed and transmitted.

Think of the man who led Moody to Christ. How that empowered life touched its generation and how those who touched Moody touched others, and the process goes on still. Grenfell of the Labrador was touched, and that "nail" picked up many another. And Grenfell was only one of thousands.

"Ye shall receive power... ye shall be [my] witnesses." This world has its tricks of personal magnetism, but God's plan is Christ drawing us and, through us, others.

Pastor Van
Wednesday December 16, 2020

Saints of the Gourd Vine

Thou hast had pity on the gourd... and should not I spare Nineveh, that great city? Jonah 4:10, 11.

Jonah was worried about a gourd but not concerned about Nineveh. Too many of us are more occupied with the gourd vines of our own comfort than burdened over the need of a world. Then, too, Nineveh's repentance made Jonah appear mistaken in his prophecy of doom. It may be that some prophets today may almost seem disappointed if men repent when they expected ruin instead. A turning to God among sinners today would make some Jonahs peevish, for their programs did not anticipate an upset.

Beware of getting wrought up over a gourd, more interested in sitting in the shade than in rejoicing over the salvation of souls. And how a complacent fundamentalism needs to get out from under its arbors and trellises, losing its life to find it in evangelizing a lost world!

Pastor Van
Tuesday December 15, 2020

Just Faithful

It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. I Corinthians 4:2.

It is not given to all Christians to witness a spectacular work of God either in their own spiritual experience or in their ministry. That is no indication of Divine disapproval. The Spirit divideth severally as He will, and to some are given special manifestations in His sovereign purpose for special reasons.

We are prone to measure our experience in the light of some colorful testimony, and grow depressed because we saw no vision or heard no voice. Or, compared with the sensational demonstration in the ministry of another, our little work may look drab and uneventful. It is well to remember just here that Matthew Henry considered his pastoral work almost a failure, but his commentary stands on the shelves of thousands of preachers' studies today.

To be sure, we may be living short of what God has for us. But if we are in His will as best we know, it is required only that we be faithful. Promotion hereafter is for being faithful now, "faithful over a few things," "faithful in that which is least."

Pastor Van
Monday December 14, 2020

Serpents and Doves

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16.

Serpents and doves! What two creatures could be more unlike? Yet there are characteristics of each which a Christian should have. For the lack of either he may suffer greatly and cause others to suffer.

We must be wise, keen, alert, not ignorant of Satan's devices, trying the spirits, proving all things and holding fast that which is good. We are not to be stupid, gullible, carried about with every wind of doctrine. We need plenty of sanctified common sense, discernment, sagacity. We are to walk not as fools but as wise.

But we can become critical, coldly analytical, professional, proud of our wisdom, and fail to be blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke. Our serpent sagacity must be coupled with a dovelike gentleness, else we become hard-boiled when we are only half-baked.

To be wise and yet winsome, staying simple and plain and old-fashioned and wholesome, is an attainment wrought by the Spirit. It is the exact opposite of this sophisticated age. It is the mark of a well-developed Christian.

Pastor Van Pastor Van
Sunday December 13, 2020

Is Your Experience Authentic?

And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid. Acts 9:7; 22:9.

Paul's companions had an "experience," but they did not meet the Lord. It is possible to be present when great things happen without great things happening to you. It would have made a great story to tell afterwards about seeing a light, being afraid, hearing a voice, and standing speechless. That is about all that some witnesses are able to relate. One of Job's comforters, Eliphaz, had quite a hair-raising account to give, but he knew little of God.

It was Paul who got through to Christ: "Who art thou, Lord?... Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" The important thing is to hear the Word of God and keep it, as Jesus said to the woman who spoke out in the meeting.

It is not enough to jump up and tell about seeing a light and hearing a voice. Did you face up to the "Who" and "What"—who the Lord is and what He wants you to do? There will be variations as to the lights you see and the voices you hear, but the "Who" and "What" are standard, they make the authentic experience.

Pastor Van
Saturday December 12, 2020

Boundaries of Blessing

According to your faith be it unto you. Matthew 9:29.

You can believe God too little but not too much. That does not mean that He will honor faith for some unwise extravagant thing outside the circle of your need and His will. But there is room for plenty of miracles within His will. You won't feel cramped!

"Believe ye that I am able to do this?" There are three angles to this matter: "YE," "I," "THIS." Our faith, His power, our need. The boundaries of His blessing are "according to his will," "according to your faith," "all your need."

But do not think "all your need" means something like "bare necessities." He gives liberally and upbraids not, gives more than we can ask or think, all sufficiency in all things, abundance of grace. He is plenteous in mercy. All things are ours.

Within His wide horizons you can never ask too much. If without faith it is impossible to please Him, then great faith must please Him much.

Pastor Van
Friday December 11, 2020

Nazareth or Cana?

And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.Matthew 13:58.

Here we have the Person ("He"), the Place ("there"), and the People ("their"). Jesus, the Person, was in Nazareth, the Place. It could have been a place of blessing but for the People. "Where"—there is the place—"two or three are gathered in my name"—there are the People—"there am I in the midst of them"—there is the Person.

If revival does not come to your church, it will be because of the unbelief of the people. We can limit the Holy One of Israel. We can grieve and quench the Holy Spirit.

 

Jesus had a better reception in Cana. Whatsoever He said, they did it, and water became wine. The ruler of the feast did not understand, but the servants who drew the water knew. God's secrets are hid from the wise and prudent but revealed unto babes. Christ works His miracle when humble servants fill the waterpots with water. Faith and obedience change the mediocre to the miraculous.

Do you live in Nazareth or Cana?

Pastor Van
Thursday December 10, 2020

Not Lost in the Crowd

Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? Mark 5:31.

God never loses the individual in the crowd. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God"—there is the multitude—but God breaks it down into individuals—"there is none righteous, no, not one." The sinners cannot hide in the crowd.

But there is another side: "God so loved the world"—there is the multitude—"that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever"—there is the individual—"believeth on him should not perish but have everlasting life." Salvation is for every sinner in the crowd.

The disciples in our text saw the crowd; Jesus saw one lone woman. The multitude thronged Him; the woman touched Him. The crowds at church on Sunday morning throng Him, but few ever touch Him. God deals with people one at a time. "Him that cometh... If any man... Whosoever will" We are saved, Spirit-filled, called, directed, one at a time.

Be sure you press through the throng and touch Him. "For as many as touched [not thronged] him were made perfectly whole."

Pastor Van
Wednesday December 09, 2020

Press Through to Jesus!

Bring him hither to me. Matthew 17.17.

The disciples had failed to cast out demons from this poor boy, but Jesus never fails. How good to know that when men fail and churches fail, we can still get through to Jesus. Back of all the fads and isms, the failures of the saints and the impotency of some churches, He stands, the same yesterday and today and forever.

You will find what you need in Jesus. Not in that book which you hope will reveal some magic open sesame on the next page. Not in some group or denomination that seems to have just what you've been looking for. Not in some self-induced experience you've been trying to work up. Not in a pet preacher or favorite cause or doctrine. All these will disappoint you. Our Lord said of the hungry multitude, "They need not depart." You never need to leave Jesus for anything. He is Alpha and Omega and all the letters between so you need not go outside His alphabet to complete the wording of your life.

All that is true in any book or movement or group or doctrine or experience is already in Christ. Get through to the Source. "By him all things consist."

Day by Day: A Book of Bible Devotions.

Pastor Van
Tuesday December 08, 2020

On Planning Your Peniel

And Jacob was left alone and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. Genesis 32:24.

It is not in some favored vacation spot, where the setting seems perfect, that we have our best season with the Lord. We do not find our Bethels where we recharge our spiritual batteries in some ideal retreat. It was in desperate loneliness at Jabbok that Jacob met the Lord and gained power with God and men. At the backside of the desert Moses came to the mountain of God. It was in the year that King Uzziah died that Isaiah saw the Lord. Do not forget that John wrote Revelation on Patmos, that Pilgrim's Progress came from Bedford jail, and precious hymns from Fanny Crosby's blindness.

Our choicest art and literature came out of poverty and suffering, and God does His best work with us oftimes when it seems that the time and place are most unpropitious. We do not come to know the deeper things by rocking on the porch of some lazy rest spot, sipping lemonade, reading a novel.

You cannot set the stage and arrange the scenery and then work up the experience you need—have it made to order. The Spirit does not work that way. "The wind bloweth where it listeth." It may be in the unlikeliest place and on the darkest day when you are "left alone" that God will come down to wrestle until daybreak.

Pastor Van
Sunday December 06, 2020

What's in a Surname?

And Simon he surnamed Peter. Mark 3:16.

Our Lord had two outstanding apostles, Peter and Paul. Peter He surnamed and Paul He renamed. To Peter He said, "Thou art Simon... thou shalt be called Cephas." A lot had to happen before the handful of sand become a rock. But Jesus saw not merely the man he was but the man he was to be. Not that our Lord went around "seeing the good in everybody," the latent possibilities, calling out "hidden powers." "He knew what was in man." He saw within Simon nothing that Simon could make of himself, but rather what God would make of him.

To educate the old Adam is to make him doubly dangerous. To polish him is to render him far more deceptive. To make him more religious is to leave him tenfold more the child of hell. When Jesus saw Simon, he saw Peter, not by reformation but by transformation.

"Thou art... thou shalt be." Move out of your name into your surname! Come to Him just as you are, and by His grace be what you may become! What's in a surname? Everything, when it means that! "And Simon he surnamed Peter."

Pastor Van
Saturday December 05, 2020

"Some Through the Fire"

And I will bring the third part through the fire. Zechariah 13:9.

Why some lives move along in story-book fashion to happy endings, while others are a long tale of woe—that is one of the puzzles we shall have to let eternity explain. We know only that, while some pilgrims seem to travel mostly in green pastures and beside still waters, others must know flood and fire.

"God leads His dear children along," but while they arrive eventually at the same destination, they do not fare the same en route. We are often perplexed but we need not be in despair, for even though the furnace be heated seven times hotter there will be with us one "like the Son of God."

If you seem to have been "chosen in the furnace of affliction," "think it not strange concerning the fiery trial that is to try you as though some strange thing happened unto you, but rejoice," because it brands you as a partaker of Christ's sufferings.

The Great Refiner is at work, and His "refined people" do not get that way along flowery fields but in fiery furnaces.

Pastor Van
Friday December 04, 2020

Son in the Gospel

Timothy, my own son in the faith. I Timothy 1:2.

Blessed is the preacher who has a preacher son. But if one has no son in the flesh he may, like Paul, have a son in the faith.

To win a boy to Jesus, like Andrew, to find "a lad here," with his loaves and fishes, and bring him to the Saviour—that is to have a son in the Gospel. Or to show some youth the Heavenly Vision and awaken him to the challenge of the Cross—that is to be a father in the faith.

We are married to Christ, that we should bring forth fruit unto God (Rom. 7:4). Paul speaks of Onesimus as "begotten in my bonds" and of the Corinthians as "begotten through the gospel." He writes to the Galatians, "My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you" (Gal. 4:19).

And think of the spiritual grandchildren! The man who led Moody to Christ started a family without number.

How many "children" can you report to the Heavenly Census Taker?

Pastor Van
Thursday December 03, 2020

"What More Can He Say?"

If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Luke 16:31.

God has spoken and that is sufficient. If we cannot depend on His Word, we would not be convinced by any work. Jesus rose from the dead, and still the unbelievers were not persuaded. "He hath said," and if God's Word is not enough, nothing else would ever be enough.

Thomas demanded visible evidence and thereby asked for a lesser blessing than he already had—the joy of believing without seeing. "Blessed are ye that have not seen and yet have believed." "In whom, though now ye see him not yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." Yet believing—that is it—believing, anyhow!

Faith is just taking God at His Word. He will abundantly prove what He has promised, but not until we stand on the promise alone. "Let God be true but every man a liar."

What more can He say

Than to you He hath said,

To you who for refuge

To Jesus have fled?

Pastor Van
Wednesday December 02, 2020

The Impossible Symphony

What concord hath Christ with Belial? II Corinthians 6:15.

What we read as "concord" is really the word from which we get "symphony." "Belial" is found only here in the New Testament, but throughout the Old Testament it stands for the spirit of evil. The spirit of Belial shows up in false religious movements (Dt. 13:13), in lawlessness (Judges 19:22), in wayward daughters and sons (I Sam. 1:16; 2:12). We have concord with Belial when we oppose God's chosen man (I Sam. 10:27; II Sam. 20:1), when we are sour and churlish (I Sam. 25:17, 25), when we are ungracious toward the weak (I Sam. 30:22), when we bear false witness (I Kgs. 21:10, 13).

There is no "symphony" of Christ with Belial. When we try to harmonize them we have not concord but discord. To be a friend of the world is to be the enemy of God (Jas. 4:4), and if we love the world, the love of the Father is not in us (I Jn. 2:15).

We are not to effect a truce between Christ and Belial. We are out to issue an ultimatum: "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve."

It is never Christ and. It is always Christ or. "He that is not with me is against me."

Pastor Van
Tuesday December 01, 2020

The Guest Who Would Go On

He made as though he would have gone further. Luke 24:28.

Our Lord did not force Himself upon the Emmaus disciples. He would have passed on, but He longed to manifest Himself to them and must have been delighted when they constrained Him to tarry.

Have we not sometimes, in the company of one beloved, moved as though we would be going but inwardly hoped we would be asked to remain?

Jesus is passing by. He is a gentleman. He will not abide with us uninvited. If we are to know Him better we must constrain Him. The deeper things of God pass on if we do not lay hold on them. Jesus always makes as though He would go further.

Yet He longs to abide as our Guest, that He may become our Host as He became the Host here and at Cana of Galilee. He sits down at our table, but soon we sit at His. He will sup with us, that we may sup with Him.

Pastor Van

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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.


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Address:

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

(217) 536-6226

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