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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Randy and Barbara Webb Family


I took this photo from Barbara's Facebook. I was glad to see the photo. Charity and I have known Randy since Pleasant Valley Ranch in Perrsyville, Ohio back in the late 70's.

Update on the Computer


I have my computer back and am setting up here in the home office.

I have to upload all the software that I have before the virus hit.

This is a challenge but okay.

Computer Virus Hits

This is my office at home.

Its Friday. My computer at the home office got a virus of the major kind on Wednesday. I should get it back today. I am not in the church pastor's study. I set up a new Lexmark printer, etc. yesterday.

I don't have all the information on this pastor's office computer as I do in the home office computer, therefore I can not upload the different information I would like too. But I am working on a external memory in which I will be able to get information from home to the office.

I love working out of the church pastor's office. But since so much of my work is on the computer its hard to do as much as I would like. But I am working of that problem.

Sunday I hope to be in Romans Sunday Morning. I hope I have not lost all my notes too.

Rivers of Joy Baptist Church Photos 2009

Rivers of Joy Baptist Church




Outline from Charles Sermon Sunday Morning

THE ACTIVE WILLFUL NEGLECT OF GOD’S TRUTH LEADS TO EMPTY SPECULATION

Romans 1:21

January 24, 2010 Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant

BECAUSE 1360 THAT, WHEN THEY KNEW 1097 GOD, THEY GLORIFIED 1392 HIM NOT AS GOD, NEITHER WERE THANKFUL2168; BUT BECAME VAIN 3154 IN THEIR IMAGINATIONS 1261, AND THEIR FOOLISH801 HEART2588 WAS DARKENED 4654

Romans 1:21 For even though they knew (AAPMPN) God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened (3SAPI).

“Two things never live up to their billing: the circus and sin.”

“It does not matter how small the sins are, provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into nothing. Murder is no better than lies if lying does the trick.”—C. S. Lewis

“The punishment of sin is sin.”—Augustine

The basis for God’s wrath against the Gentiles and the fact that they are without excuse is that they suppress the truth about God and have exchanged the glory of God for idols (1:18-23)

The basis for God’s wrath against the Gentiles is that although they knew God, and claimed to be wise, they neither glorified him nor gave thanks to him, but instead they became futile in their thinking, darkened in their foolish heart, and exchanged the glory of God for idolatry (1:21-23).

THEY KNEW

· God has given mankind the means to know personally the existence of God and to know His divine attributes. Men have knowledge of God’s being and character. Acts 17:27.

THEY DID NOT GLORIFY HIM AS GOD

· About the worst thing you can say about a man is a man who is not thankful to God.

· They give the glory to another, they did not praise Him, or magnify Him, they did not place Him into the position of power and immense honor that He truly deserved.

· They made a choice of their will. They made a deliberate choice not (absolute cancellation) to honor or glorify Him.

· Mankind is to respond to the Truth given. Truth demands a response. The response? To glorify Him as the Great Creator.

· It’s the main thing for a man: to glorify God: I Corin. 10:31; Romans 11:36; Psa. 73:15-28 1 Chronicles 16:24-29

Charles Whisnant Teaching Chapter by Chapter

The Gospel Is.....

My friends, I do not believe it is preaching Christ and him crucified, to give people a batch of philosophy every Sunday morning and evening, and neglect the truths of this Holy Book. I do not believe it is preaching Christ and him crucified, to leave out the main cardinal doctrines of the Word of God, and preach a religion which is all a mist and a haze, without any definite truths whatever.

I take it that man does not preach Christ and him crucified, who can get through a sermon without mentioning Christ's name once; nor does that man preach Christ and him crucified, who leaves out the Holy Spirit's work, who never says a word about the Holy Ghost, so that indeed the hearers might say, "We do not so much as know whether there be a Holy Ghost."

And I have my own private opinion, that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism. Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith without works; not unless we preach the sovereignty of God in his dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor, I think, can we preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the peculiar redemption which Christ made for his elect and chosen people; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation, after having believed.

Such a gospel I abhor. The gospel of the Bible is not such a gospel as that. We preach Christ and him crucified in a different fashion, and to all gainsayers we reply, "We have not so learned Christ."

Reasons How God Can Bless Your Church

Lois and Jimmy Grant and grandson, members of Rivers of Joy
Bill Bower, Assoc. Pastor of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford, Ohio



1A DEFINE MY PRESENT GOD-GIVEN ROLES (Spiritual giftedness)

2A DETERMINE SPECIFIC, THEOLOGICALLY INFORMED GOALS AND

3A TRANSFER THESE GOALS INTO MY SCHEDULE.

For God to be able to bless our work ethic…… the above three areas need to be addressed.


Wrong Reasons to Love the Church


• Don’t love the church because of what it does for you. Because sooner or later it won’t do enough.
• Don’t love the church because of a leader. Because human leaders are fallible and will let you down.
• Don’t love the church because of a program or a building or activities because all those things get old.
• Don’t love the church because of a certain group of friends because friendships change and people move.



Love the church because of who shed his blood to obtain the church. Love the church because of who the church belongs to. Love the church because of who the church worships. Love the church because you love Jesus Christ and his glory. Love the church because Jesus is worthy and faithful and true. Love the church because Jesus loves the church.

Roanoke Baptist Temple and now a Rescue Mission

Memorial Service in Roanoke, Virginia

Charles, Dolly, Joyce and Buddy

This week I had the joy of speaking in Roanoke Virginia, my home town as a child and youth, and until I finished High School in 1966. My Dad, Everette Whisnant, pastored in Roanoke from 1954 until he died in February 1966.

I was asked to speak at Frances Copper Pruett's funeral. She was 87 years old. You might asked why was I asked. I had not seen Frances in a number of years. But I had known her in my father's church when I was seven years old. She was my first girl friend. She was the same age as my mother too. Frances and her kids loved us and Dad and Mom. She was a great help to the church. And for the rest of her life was involved in her gospel music, playing the piano, taught Sunday School class at Garden City Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling and her family.

I loved her family too. She had five children. Bill and Kenny Copper who have pass way some years ago. Joyce and Dolly (Darlene) and Buddy (James).

I reconnected with Joyce, Dolly and Buddy after some fifty years. It seemed we picked up where we left off.

Dolly and her husband Bob were so kind to me. Dolly called me to ask if I would come and hold the service for her Mom. Dolly and I were in high school together at Jefferson High School. And they drove me all over parts of Roanoke. Thanks Dolly and Bob so much for your gift and love.

After the service we went to where Joyce and here husband Jimmy live and had a great time of fellowship and eating. And we had a great time with Buddy and his wife Anita. We had a great time with all the families and friends.

While we were sad about the home heaven bound Mrs. Cooper as I knew her, we were happy to know she gave her life to the Lord, and to see her family after so many years apart.

Its amazing after 55 years you still have in your heart a love for those who you knew. A seed was planted and it grew for all these years.

Roanoke Baptist Temple of 1963-1966 Is Now a Rescue Mission

The map of the location of Roanoke Baptist Temple as was shown by Google in 2010.
The mission provides sleeping and washing accommodations to homeless men and women, a free cafeteria, free medical clinic, thrift store, free year-long live-in addiction recovery program for men and for women, a family shelter, and a summer rural day-camp for children.


The Roanoke Rescue Mission is a Christian mission located in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. The mission is the largest homeless shelter in the state of Virginia. It is part of the City Mission movement.

See the photos here and see here the work at the Rescue Mission in Roanoke


While in Roanoke Virginia this week, I took these photos of the building that was in 1962-1966 the Roanoke Baptist Temple. I will say more next time.

Salvation is a continuous working out its holiness in us

SALVATION DOESN'T STOP AFTER WE FIRST RECEIVE GOD'S GRACE

What God has worked by the way of salvation in us, we are to work out by the way of sanctification. Romans 1:20

The call for maximum work. Maximum effort. Meaning "bring forth", "to give intense commitment" to the result of the salvation placed in us to do its designed purpose.
  • 1 Corinthians 9:27, Romans 12:1-2

Salvation is a continuous work in progress, i.e. called sanctification. We are continuous called to be obedience to the commands of Christ. They work for our holiness. They work of our spiritual health.

We are not to careless live our lives. There is to be a daily discipline of right thinking, right acting, taking in the right stuff that will produce in us the right kind of spiritural food for our daily living.

Are Your Serious About Your Spiritual Life

Let me ask this: ARE YOU SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE?

POINT ONE: The Christian is to work out, bring out, and commanded to keep on doing an action as one’s general habit or life-style. To produce on the outside of your life what is on the inside of our life. What is planted by grace on the inside is to be made visible in your conduct what God has worked in.

THEOLOGICAL: What God has worked by the way of salvation we are to work out by the way of sanctification.

The call for maximum work. Maximum effort. Bring forth, to give intense commitment to the result of the salvation placed in us to do its designed purpose.



C.T. Studd (1860 -1931)
• Christ's call is to save the lost, not the stiff-necked; He came not to call scoffers but sinners to repentance; not to build and furnish comfortable chapels, churches, and cathedrals at home in which to rock Christian professors to sleep by means of clever essays, stereotyped prayers, and artistic musical performances, but to capture men from the devil's clutches and the very jaws of Hell. This can be accomplished only by a red-hot, unconventional, unfettered devotion, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the Lord Jesus Christ.

• I felt something wrong with my relationship to the LORD, and so I am reading through the entire New Testament to check all the commands in case I have unwittingly violated any of them.”

Wednesday Night Bible Study

The Role of Members 2 of 2 from Charles E. Whisnant on Vimeo.




Should Christians desire to study together on Wednesday Night the Word of God?
Saundra and Bob
Danny, Dorthy Janet, Shyann, Charity Kindra
Bill, Linda, Lois, C, Dr. Who Jimmy
Frankie, Pauline, Richard, Mary and Assoc Pastor Bill

Should Christians desire to hear the teaching of the Word of God, and have fellowship with other believers in Wednesday Night?

Charles Whisnant and Charity's 40.6 Anniversary.


Charity calls: "Do you want a date night?" I said, "What for?" She said, "Its our 40 1/2 wedding anniversary!" Okay I said, let's have a date.


So we had dinner and went to a movie. Yep a movie, the first one since 1999 or 2000. We saw the Blind Side with Sandra B. And the movie was great.


And we had a great time. Charity said, we need to do this again. Maybe the 14th of next month it will be our 40.7 wedding anniverary.


She might have something.

Our Conception of Christian Living

Our conception of Christian living

(J. R. Miller, "Being Christians on Weekdays" 1888)

True religion is intensely practical. Only so far as it dominates one's life--is it real. We must get the commandments out of God's Word--and give them a place in the hard, dusty paths of our earthly toil and struggle. We must get them off the tables of stone--and have them written on the walls of our own hearts! We must bring the Golden Rule--into our daily, actual life.

We are too apt to imagine, that holiness consists in mere good feeling toward God. It does not! It consists in obedience in heart and life to the divine requirements. To be holy is, first, to be set apart for God and devoted to God's service, and it necessarily follows that we must live for God.

Our hands are God's--and can fitly be used only in doing His work; our feet are God's--and may be employed only in walking in His ways and running His errands; our lips are God's--and should speak words only that honor Him and bless others; our hearts are God's--and must not be profaned by thoughts and affections that are not pure.

True holiness is no vague sentiment--it is intensely practical. It is nothing less than the bringing of every thought and feeling and act--into obedience to Christ! We are quite in danger of leaving out the element of obedience, in our conception of Christian living. If we do this, our religion loses its strength and grandeur--and becomes weak, nerveless and forceless.

Our religion must touch every part of our life--and transform it all into the beauty of holiness.

Should We Have Services Sunday


Honest to goodness is this Thursday or Friday? So what happen to Thursday! It must have been all the blowing white snow that was fallen on my head.


SO DO WE WORSHIP AND HAVE FELLOWSHIP AT RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH ON SUNDAY?

I think of the mail carrier, rain, sleet or snow, hail, or high water, they always deliver the mail. So why should't Christians always find a way to come to church.
Its going to be a little bitter cold Sunday, there will be snow in the yard....
I understand reasons people don't come to church, I understand there are good reasons not to come to church. There are some bad reasons why people don't come to church.
Here is what I am saying, as I have said a number of times over the years, if you can get out 6 a.m. in the morning to go to work, then you should be able to get out at 9:30 a.m. and come an worship.

And if you are old and unable to drive, then you need to say home.

Remember folks who are not old and are able to drive will not come to worship the Lord and have fellowship with us.


If you can get into your car Sunday, then I would say, you might be able to come. Just saying.

Bob Temple Preaching January 2010




















This past Sunday January 03 2010 my father in law Bob Temple spoke for us at the Rivers of Joy Baptist Church. From Romans 5:1- 3 and Romans 5:4-5. Three words we have seen on a wall.
  1. Faith
  2. Hope
  3. Love

The idea we need to put into action those nouns.

  1. Believe
  2. Dream
  3. Image

Lexmark Collection Cars

Amazing, we are in the moment of time, I took this photo at 5:57 and posted it on Facebook at 5:57 and then posted the photo on my Blogger at 5:59 p.m.

Thanks to Brian Williams for sending me two Lexmark 1/64 collection cars. My collection is growing. Brian is April's husband, who is the daugher of my lovely sister Ellen, who is the daughter to my wonderful Mom Pauline Whisnant, and they all live in Texas.

Tiger Wood's Redempton

Brtit Hume did great on O'Rally Monday. He was totally one with his comment. I hope someone will put his comment on YouTube.

I have recently taught that God “calls us to obedience” and not to results. Brit the journalist had the opportunity to offer a safe professional journalistic response to the conversation about Tiger Woods. I commend him because he chose to stand in obedience to God and support of his faith. Adda boy Brit. Now we need to keep in mind that he (Brit) could very well be the new target for what he said on national TV. Let’s keep Brit in our prayers.

Bible Class 509



Mrs. Bernice Fail, (member of FBC in Altoona, Ks.) said as she was leaving the church, "Pastor Charles, its like being in college when you teach us the Word of God." Charity said, "When you preach, you have to think, its like taking class 509."

I do not try to teach on a college level, but try to explain the text in which I am teaching. I don't try to speak from the little knowledge I have in my head at the moment I am teaching. I spend a lot of time studying from those who have a greater understanding of the text than I do.

I have a sermon manuscript before me when I am preaching, and give out an outline of the sermon to the people so they can follow alone. If they wish to study more later in the week.

While most preacher it seems, preach on a fifth grade level on purpose, I have refused to do that. Because adults are not 5th graders. Besides as we have learned on the other hand we don't know as much as a fifth grader do we?

Here you have Christians who have been saved for 20 years still on a fifth grade Bible level. And I desire to see them grow in the knowledge of wisdom of the Lord.

I know we are told to take a deep subject and made it simple. I think my teaching is simple. I have seen Theological Journals in which I can't understand at all.

The content of the message is propounded to say the leased. God's word while simple, is deep in in thought. Obedience. Simple right? To live it is not.

The Start of a new year Two Thousand and Ten

Sometimes just for the enjoyment of music I guess, click here

We begin another year. Its a new beginning by the calendar date. We can build on the pasted and remember the future is here, as they say its the first day of the rest of your life. So start today and make this day a day to be proud of.

While I am here, here is a quote:

  • “The gospel as recorded in Scripture is as broad as creation. Since the church has been sent to make known this good news in all of life, in actions and in words, the church’s mission is, likewise, as broad as creation.”
    - Mike Goheen and Craig Bartholomew

The Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. Its more than just Matthew 1:1, but John 1:1 AND Acts 1:1 and Philippians 1:1 and Romans 1:1-5 too.

Remember its not about physical beauty that really counts, its the inward beauty you have with the Lord Jesus Christ. Really.