Book(s) of the Month: James
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Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:3; 6-9 (NKJV)
The congregation has voted overwhelmingly to call Minister Thomas N. Bessix as its new pastor. He will join the Westside pastoral staff in mid-May. Pastor Bessix is currently serving at New Gideon Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA.
Minister Bessix has served since July 2000 as pastor at New Gideon Baptist Church, Baton Rouge for 14 years. In addition to his role as Pastor, he is and has been a formative force in collaborative efforts with elected officials and other individuals regarding community issues in the development of programs for youth, young adults and seniors in the Iberville, East and West Baton Rouge Parishes.
He is married to the lovely Dr. Kimberly Davis Bessix, and they have one daughter; Madison. He enjoys watching the Discovery Channel, fishing and motorcycling; but nothing compares to his love of preaching and teaching the Word of God. He is anointed, filled with the Holy Spirit and is persuaded that he will let “nothing separate him from the love of God”.