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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 41 Number 4               April 2008

 

Pastor's Pen - Numbers - Activities - Mark's Minutes


The Pastor’s Pen!!!

Think of the disciples during the time after Jesus Died on the Cross.  The Resurrection had occurred, Jesus was Alive!  They spent the next 40 days with the Living Lord, now He had ascended back to Heaven.  Now what?  The disciples just stood there gazing at the sky, waiting for Jesus to return, like He Promised!

   What do we do now?  Resurrection Day is over, and Jesus is Alive!  And He’s coming back, any day.  The disciples believed that, Paul believed that, and we believe that the time is near.  But what do we do in the meantime?  Some Christians are standing there Gazing at the signs, watching and waiting, not working or worshipping, not giving back to Jesus.

   It’s Time for us to Stop Gazing & Start Obeying.  Jesus told the disciples to wait for the Promise of the Father.  They needed to wait until they knew what God wanted them to do, they needed direction.  Some of us need to find God’s Will, others just need to do God’s Will.  We can’t be Witnesses if we’re Watching & Waiting.

   It’s Time for us to Stop Gazing & Start Praying.  The disciples went back to Jerusalem & spent the next 10 days Praying.  They prayed in 1 accord, 1 purpose, asking God to do something.  They prayed for His Power, His Presence, His Spirit to move them.  Stop watching, start praying, praising & asking God to move us.

  It’s Time for us to Stop Gazing & Start Going.  They needed to Work, they were compelled to Witness, but first they had to be Willing to go.  They had to leave where they were, in the Upper Room, having a Prayer Meeting, a Worship Service.  We need to stop Watching others while they are Working.  We need to get excited about what God is doing and get going, wherever He is leading you.

   Vance Havner once said, “we have no business living ordinary lives in such extraordinary times.”  There is now a sense of urgency in our lives.  Mordecai told Esther, “for such a time as this.”  These are exciting times.  It’s Time to Stop Looking, Start Obeying, Keep Praying & Get Going!

Vernon

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March’s Numbers

Sunday School - 83 + 25 (Ns Hme)  Worship Service - 146 + 9 (Ch Ch)

Beginning Checkbook Balance $597.77.

Mar Receipts         $18,232.27      Disbursements $18,645.09

Ending Checkbook Balance $184.95

Building Fund $49,438.34    Scholarship Fund $11,247.83

YTD Receipts - $113,480.88  -  YTD Expenditures - $113,531.56

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April's Activities

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Friday & Saturday, April 18-19th

At Grove Ave. Baptist Church in Richmond, Va.

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WACKY WEEKEND

Saturday, April 19th

One-Day VBS

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WOMEN’S LUNCHEON

Sunday, April 20th

Following the Worship Service.

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GOSPEL SING

Friday, April 25th

A Love Offering will be taken up for our Scholarship Fund.

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CHRISTMAS IN APRIL

Saturday, April 26th

Local Missions Project on a home in Bedford County.

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Mark’s Minutes

By the 21st chapter of John, the risen Jesus has appeared to His disciples two times.  But here, seven of them are in a quandary.  (They still don’t get it-encouraging, huh?)  Frustrated and discouraged, they do the typical guy thing:  They go fishing.  It’s what they know best.  It’s what’s familiar.  Better yet-it’s seemingly a total waste of time.  Just a group of buddies hanging out all night, telling fish stories, reminiscing about when Jesus was around, talking about what they are going to do now.  But, it really isn’t all just goofing around.  A couple of the guys are still good fishermen.  They know this lake like the backs of their hands-where all the fish are, all the primo spots.  So they stay out all night, and what do they catch?  Nothing. Absolutely nothing.     What a bunch of losers!       Or were they?      While they are still in the boat, a voice breaks the morning silence:  “Hey there! Haven’t you any fish?”  They see a man they don’t recognize standing on the shore.  They answer back, “No.”  Without hesitation the man calls back, “Throw your nets on the right side of the boat and you will find some!”  Within seconds, their nets fill with a boat-load of fish.  John knows what’s going on.  The full net has Jesus written all over it.  “It’s the Lord!” he yells.  Peter, in very Peter-like fashion, jumps in and swims for the beach.  The others row like crazy to be with Jesus.  Why?  Because they all realize at that moment that boats don’t matter, nets don’t matter, and fish don’t matter.  You know what did matter?  Nothing.  That’s right, nothing.  The nothingness of the previous night had prepared them for the something (someone) they needed.  Now they were ready to receive what Jesus wanted to give them---more time with Him.  Jesus didn’t care about the big catch of fish—He cared about the guys.  He didn’t want to teach them more “stuff”—He simply wanted to spend more time with them.  He didn’t tell them to “Go”—He said, “Come, have breakfast with me.”

The world is constantly striving to drown out Jesus’ invitation to come have breakfast with Him.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we would all simply say to the world, “Sorry, I can’t play with you anymore—I never miss my breakfast with Jesus.”

Jesus understood then—and He understands now—how easy it is to substitute programs, results, and ministry for Him.  We need to step back and ask the question, “Where’s Jesus?”       Look.      He’s where He always is.  He’s on the shore—waiting.

Mark

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