New Beginning Church
by Diane Robinson
Pastor Bob preached Sunday morning from Matthew 26 and Rev. Doyle Patrick Sunday night from Romans 3:3-4. Verse 3 says "For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Who took the Bible or prayer out of our homes? It wasn’t Congress or the Senate or even the President. We as Christians have stopped believing in the word and have stepped aside and let Satan have his way. Our children are turning to drugs instead of turning to Jesus. I was talking to this young lady and asked her if I could pray with her and her reply was "me and the man are ok with each other" and she was on her way to jail.
She had no concept that what she had done was wrong. Our country was based on the words "In God We Trust", so where is our trust in God? Our flag is the red, white and blue, and if people don’t like what our country stands for then go somewhere that will make them happy. Don’t change our standards our Christian values. We need prayer in our schools, memorial services, meetings, homes, churches etc. Christians need to stand up and fight for our children, our country and for our God, prayer and the Bible. Jesus fought and died for us, are we not Christian enough to fight for what is right? I know some don’t believe in God and that’s ok, but they wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for Him, who created this world and started with Adam and Eve.
Besides those that don’t believe will one of these days find out the truth for themselves.
I want to wish Melissa Heathcote a happy belated birthday and also keep her in your prayers. She needs a special touch from the Lord along with Techler Clark, Marie Barnes, Nancy and Bobby McNew, Rose Schwarz and many others.
We have a wedding coming Oct. 9 following the morning service. Dan Smalley and Libby Cole will become husband and wife on that special day and their desire is to keep serving the Lord together as a married couple. Congratulations Dan and Libby.
Bethlehem Baptist Church
By Hazel Love
Our service last Sunday began with the singing of "Awesome God" and what an Awsome God He is.. We have been so blessed at Bethlehem that we cannot praise Him enough for what he has and is doing for us as a church. We are seeing so many new faces in the services, and many of them returning for other services and events. Rachel Powell, accompanied by Micah Powell, sang for the special music. Bro. Jameson’s sermon was from Romans 11:3-8, "Improving Your Service."
Sunday evening’s message was "What Jesus Expects From A Pastor" from John 21:15-22.
We began Choir practice Sunday afternoon to work on Christmas music. We need more to commit to sing with us, especially male voices. Come join with us, you may find that it is a lot of fun singing for our God.
Tuesday evening the Adult Sunday School Class met in the Family Life Center for their monthly time of fellowship. The menu was "Salads and Desserts." Entertainment was led by Ed and Linda Hammontree.
For services, events, and times at Bethlehem, you may go to the website www.bethlehembaptistchurch.info.
Holland Baptist Church
By Kathy Pearce
As was done in many congregations throughout the U.S., Brother Ron Theis led us in reflecting on the 9-11 disaster that changed our country, our lives forever. He lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance to to the U.S. flag. In his message he elaborated on "one nation" comparing it to one church. We’re a "melting pot" bringing diverse people together as a nation. The church is the same. We must work together to be one functioning body. Next "under God" means we have freedom of religion. The term "separation of church and state" does not exist. It is not in our constitution as some would have us believe. Christ is not tolerant of our false gods. We are "indivisible" when we work together. Unity is threatened when it becomes all about me and my rights. We must edify one another in love. As we are one in Christ we can show the world that God sent Christ to die for us. Christ is perfect "liberty." "Justice will one day be perfect when God sets all things right. Last, "for all," salvation is for all, Romans 5:6-10. Bro. Ron concluded by challenging us to thank someone in uniform this week, pray for our country and our leaders, submit to God’s authority in my life, and look around to reach out and help someone this week. There are needs all around us.
We mourn the loss of Bro. Press Merritt. Bro. Press and Jimmie formerly served the Lord at HBC preaching, teaching, and singing. Bro. Press blessed us with his piano playing too. Our prayers are with Jimmie and the family.
We’re excited about Wednesday night Kids Own Worship. Our attendance was up last week. We have some precious children attending. Our youth attendance is also is increasing again. We’re thankful for our new youth leaders, Tim and Glenda Brewer. Sam Holmes and Nancy Calvin are also appreciated for all they do with this special group of kids.
There’s a place at Holland Baptist Church for anyone who is committed to serving Christ. We want to share Christ’s love with all who enter the doors. May He bless you as you worship with others tomorrow.
Immanuel Baptist Church
By Tracy Everett
"Revive us again, Fill each heart with Thy love. May each soul be rekindled with fire from above. Hallelujah, Thine the glory. Hallelujah, Amen. Hallelujah, Thine the glory, Revive us again." I’m a little ashamed to admit that I still get surprised when God answers prayers. In one message Bro. Barker brought concerning Psalm 116, verses 1-2 tell us "I love the Lord, because He hath heard MY voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto ME…" Wow….I believe these verses, I don’t doubt that He can answer prayers, and I don’t doubt that He does incline his ear to us; I think sometimes, I just underestimate the blessings that God is willing and happy to give His children who ask. And bless He did this past week. I know you have been praying for a revival and once again, God was willing to pour out His blessings in overwhelming abundant ways. Immanuel was filled every night with people eager to hear the word of God from Bro. Larry Barker and listen, the Holy Spirit helped him bring the words and messages that we needed and were longing to hear. Souls were saved, lives were rededicated and revival came to Immanuel Baptist Church. So, do we ask what now? Can we sit back now, ease up on the prayers and just coast along? No. We must keep this revival going in our lives, in our churches and in our communities. Don’t wonder how….you have the greatest instruction manual of all times in the Bible. In Matthew 28: 19-20, Jesus tells us, "GO ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." We must go out, we must share this wonderful revival that God has brought to our lives, and we must share the beautiful gift of salvation that God is ready, willing and able to freely share with ANYONE who will receive it. But one more thing we must also do is to Come….Another passage Bro. Barker shared was Psalm 95. "O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD [is] a great God, and a great King above all gods." And verse 6 continues with, "O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker." How beautiful is that? Our God IS our rock of salvation, He IS our great God, He IS our maker and He is beyond worthy of our praise and our worship. Do you need a place to come? We’d love to have you join us at Immanuel. On Sundays, we have Sunday School classes for all ages beginning at 10 a.m., followed by worship service and children’s church at 11 a.m. Our youth meet at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons and college and career class is at 5 p.m. Our regular evening worship begins at 6 p.m. On Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., we have ladies and men bible study classes, and this is also the time when our Sunbeam, GMA and Galilean programs meet. If you would like information about any of these services or any other activities our church offers, please don’t hesitate to call Bro. King or Lisa at 501-679-2612. Have a blessed week.