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From the Pastor’s Desk!
Easter is past, our Resurrection Celebration is over. Now what? The Disciples asked the same question. They had all scattered after the Resurrection. Peter said, “I’m going Fishing.” 2 of the Disciples took off to Emmaus, back to their Homes & Families. The others hid in fear, afraid for their lives, their hopes dashed. But things had changed, Jesus was Alive, He had Risen from the Dead! Now What?
Peter went Back to his old lifestyle, Fishing, because he had Failed Jesus when it counted most. He had denied his Lord & even though Jesus had Forgiven him, Peter could not Forgive himself. So Jesus met them down at the seashore to eat breakfast with them & restore Peter to his place of leadership. Do you Love Me?
Cleopas & the other Disciple went Back to their home, Families, in Emmaus because their Hopes in a Messiah had been dashed. They had placed their Faith in Jesus as Lord & Savior, but why did He have to Die? And now they say He has Risen from the Dead. Can it be True? Am I Who I Say I Am?
The other Disciples went Back to the Upper Room, the same room they shared the Last Supper with Jesus. Jesus told them to, “Wait in Jerusalem for the Promise of the Father.” While they were waiting, they Prayed. That Prayer Meeting lasted for 10 days, all in 1 accord, all asking God to Do Something they had never seen before, so everybody would know that it was God! And He Did!!!
We need to Go Back! Go Back to our First Love, Go Back to the Basics - Praying, Praising, Preaching Jesus & Believing God.
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At the end of January I penned what I thought would become my February newsletter. The more I read it, the more I thought it might be more suited for spring since it talked about the planting of seeds. Please indulge me as I re-visit those thoughts.
So, there we stood for the second time in seven months at the graveside of our loved one. I think we all knew instinctively that at over 90 years of age and after 70 years of marriage that when we lost one of them, the other would follow very soon. Much to our regret and sadness that turned out to be true.
After Mom’s funeral all we wanted to do was be together as a family in the homeplace, the farm in Thaxton, that had been home to Mom & Dad for 43 years. So we gathered Friday night and all day Saturday. We ate, laughed, played games, watched football and shared memories. At different times each of my children walked completely through the house as if they were being sure they had every inch of it committed to their memory.
As I sat among the Holt grandchildren and great-grandchildren, I couldn’t help but think how much longer a part of Mom & Dad could continue to exist. I recently heard a minister talk about the power of a single seed. He reminded us that the seeds we pour out of those packets appear to be dead, then those seeds are planted and watered. The planted seeds germinate, unleashing their power, and from that single seed will come many more of its kind. That’s what those grand-children and great-grandchildren are - Mom & Dad’s seeds. Mom & Dad will continue to live on through them for many years to come.
I really do enjoy this time of year when the earth is renewing itself all around us. In my yard the primrose, daffodils and forsythia are all in bloom. The peonies and spring bulbs have burst through the soil and new life is visible in the budding out of the trees. After a winter of mourning our loved ones, I’m ready for the newness of life and the beautiful colors of spring.
If we can rejoice in the renewal of spring, how much greater should be our rejoicing in the new life we have in Jesus. As a teenager we sang a hymn entitled “New Life for You.” This hymn gives us cause for great celebration as we enjoy both this season of renewal and our Savior’s victory over death:
“The Son of God, our Savior, has power to cleanse from sin,
to make men pure and holy, renewed without, within.
New life in Jesus, new life in Him. To crown him Savior,
Lord and King brings new life for you.”
Hope your April will be awesome! Enjoy the renewal of the earth, the planting of new seeds - both in our gardens and seeds of the kingdom – and, as always…KEEP SINGING!
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Trinity Baptist Church will be starting a Bus Ministry on Sunday mornings throughout the city of Bedford.
We will pick up people and have them here at the Church for Breakfast, SS and Worship Service.
The Bus Route:
|Salem Court Apts||8:30 am|
|Raintree Apts||8:35 am|
|John Early Apts||8:40 am|
|Public Library Apts||8:45 am|
|Pinecrest Apts||8:50 am|
|Liberty Manor Apts||8:55 am|
|Trinity Baptist Church||9:00 am|
If you, or if you know of someone who would like to be picked up, please contact Bob Chittum, 875-9789, or the Church Office, 586-8010.
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Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
February 28 through March
(call the office at 586-8010 if you have questions about these events.)
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Please help our Pantry by donating!
We appreciate your kind & generous response to our need for more food!
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
Breakfast Foods: Cereal, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup, Jelly
Boxes of Mac & Cheese
Canned Chicken Noodle or Vegetable Soup Kids Food: Canned Ravioli, Canned Spaghetti O's or Spaghetti
Canned Chicken, Canned Pork & Beans
Canned Fruit, Applesauce
Boxes of Instant Potatoes, Boxes of Stove Top Stuffing
Canned Yams/Sweet Potatoes
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