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First Presbyterian Church
Wichita Falls, Texas 76308-2398
(940) 767-2547

About Isaac
  • Education: Baylor University [BA/1968] Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv/1972] McCormick Theological Seminary (DMin/1980) Additional Study: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary [1970-1971] Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary [1971]
  • Experience: Pastor/First Baptist Church, Holland, TX [1971-1972] Pastor/First Presbyterian Church, Levelland, TX [1975-1976] Pastor/First Presbyterian Church, Vernon, TX [1977-1989] Pastor/First Presbyterian Church, Wichita Falls, TX [1989-2020] Chaplain/Presbyterian Manor, Wichita Falls, TX [2020-present]
  • Family: Spouse: Jan Butterworth [nee: Bremer] Son: Jonathan (JIB) Butterworth Daughter: Catherine Williams
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Quote: "Don't ask me what I think, and I won't tell you."
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  • Clinging To The Lord In Hope

    Contributed on May 12, 2022
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    Life becomes 'bitter' and we lose hope with we turn away from the Lord, but the Lord restores hope by drawing us back to Him.

    CLINGING TO THE LORD IN HOPE Ruth 1:1-22 What is wrong?—Life becomes ‘bitter,’ and we lose hope when we turn away from the Lord. What is true?—The Lord restores hope by drawing us back to Him. What to do—We must cling to the Lord in hope. Why? Because… I Hope in the Lord Leads to Obedience ...read more

  • Introduction To The Book Of Ruth

    Contributed on May 12, 2022
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    Mounting losses threaten to leave us bitter, but God restores life to His people.

    Introduction to the Book of Ruth What is wrong?—Mounting Losses Threaten to Leave Us Bitter ‘She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.”’ [Ruth 2:20] What is true?—God Restores Life to His People. 14 ‘Then the women said to Naomi, ...read more

  • Reflecting The Light Of Love

    Contributed on Apr 30, 2022
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    The darkness in this world spreads, but the light of Christ shines. And it illumines us and radiates through us to the world.

    I want to draw your attention again to the beginning of this passage, where it say, “When he had gone out…” (John 13:31). Who is John talking about here? Who is it that has just “gone out”? It’s Judas, isn’t it? If you rewind a few verses in this thirteenth chapter of John, you see that Jesus is ...read more

  • Putting It All Together

    Contributed on Apr 5, 2022
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    It's nonsense to build our lives on a lie, but people do it. God calls us to build on a foundation of truth.

    There is nothing quite so destructive as a lie. No one wants to be lied to. It is nothing short of betrayal. And no one wants to be lied about. It is an ugly and contemptuous act. The Bible traces our worst problems back to a lie. The serpent, remember, asked the woman whether it was true what he ...read more

  • Relying On The Work Of The Spirit

    Contributed on Apr 5, 2022
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    When we bear witness to the saving power of Christ, we must rely on the Spirit to empower our efforts.

    Jesus had told them to wait—His first disciples, I mean. He had given them important work to do—the most important work of all, actually—but He had told them not to attempt it just yet. No. They were to wait. “Don’t give,” He said, “until you have received. Nothing can be done by you until ...read more

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  • Persecuted For Faithfulness

    Contributed on Aug 6, 2018
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    Many of our sisters and brothers are persecuted even in our own time. Voice of the Martyrs reports, for example, the experience of a young man named Philip, who lives in Laos. Philip walked two hours to another village to hear the gospel. Just three weeks after he returned home as a new believer, ...read more

  • The Vastness Of Space

    Contributed on Jan 2, 2015
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    I have read that the nearest star to our sun is called Proxima Centauri, and it’s about 4.22 light years away. As you know, a light year is not a measurement of time; it is a measurement of distance. Light is the fastest thing we know of, and a light year is how far it takes light to travel in a ...read more

  • Beholding The Night Sky

    Contributed on Jan 2, 2015
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    When our daughter was in Junior High School, she made friends with a group of girls from Olney, Texas, a community about forty minutes to the south of us. And they invited her to a function their school was having on a certain Friday night. So, I drove her over, and, when the time came, I went ...read more

  • The Emporer's Clothes

    Contributed on Dec 19, 2014
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    Do you remember the story of the emperor’s clothes? If I am recalling it right, someone persuaded the emperor to buy a suit of clothes that only people with the most exquisite taste in fashion could see. Of course, the emperor could not see the clothes, nor could anyone else – because the peddler ...read more

  • Abandoned At Seventeen

    Contributed on Dec 8, 2014
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    One of the characters in Kent Haruf’s novel Plainsong, is Victoria, a seventeen-year-old girl who is four months pregnant. When her boyfriend finds out about her condition, he breaks up with her. And when her mother finds out, she kicks her out of the house and says to her, “You got yourself into ...read more