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The Pastor's Pen
2013! 2012 has Come and Gone! As we look back at 2012, it was supposed to be the year Jesus returned, according to Harold Camping & the Mayan Calendar. Keep watching, though, Jesus could come back at any time, but only God knows the day & hour.
We experienced the horror of the children killed in Connecticut by a deranged gunman. People ask why, "Why did God let this happen?" The best answer is, "I dont know". A simple answer is, because of Evil. Evil exists in the world, especially in todays society. As the Second Coming draws nearer, Jesus reminds us that wickedness will get worse and worse. Continue to Pray for the families of these victims.
In light of the faults & failures of 2012, how
should we live in these times that the Bible refers to as "the latter days"?
The Bible gives us specific instructions in Ephesians 5 as to how Christians
should live at any time, but especially as we start this New Year.
"See that you walk (live)
circumspectly" (diligently, carefully). The Signs of the Times says
these are dangerous times; war, wickedness, weird weather, sin & disease are
"Redeeming the time" (making the
best use of our time), "because the days are evil" ('nuff said).
There is a sense of urgency about sharing the gospel, in light of these evil
"Understanding what the will of the Lord
is." God is not willing that any should perish, but all come to repentance.
Seize the opportunity to share the gospel or meet the needs of those around us.
Look around, see what God is doing & join Him.
"Be filled with (led by, controlled by) the Holy Spirit." Food, Families & Finances all seek to control our lives, but we can allow God, & His Spirit, to lead us, in the good & through the bad.
Happy New Year in 2013!
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The quiet that we normally enjoy on our small,
dead-end street came to a screeching halt a few weeks ago. We awoke one morning
to the sound of heavy equipment and trees that had stood for many years hitting
the ground. Bill went fishing that day and I busied myself with decorating the
Christmas tree. Our beagle expressed his displeasure with the noise several
times during the day. Every time I checked on him, he was intently watching all
the activity. When I went out to get him later in the afternoon and took a good
look at what had been done that day, I got weak in the knees and could hardly
believe my eyes. The land behind us was so bare. A large portion of the woods we
enjoyed walking through in the fall and winter was gone. Over the next few days
I would find Bill standing on the deck gazing at the barren land and I know he
was broken hearted. Winter had barely begun and already we were wishing for the
freshness of spring and renewed life in the woods to block our view of the
Our broken heartedness over the view out our back door would
certainly be brought into perspective when, after an afternoon of shopping and
dinner at Bills favorite place to eat (K&W Cafeteria), we came home to find out
about the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. We could hardly believe what we
were seeing and hearing from the TV. How would these families ever recover from
such devastating, senseless loss of young, innocent lives, magnified even more
that it happened so near Christmas. Sitting in our family room with only the
light from the Christmas tress to break the darkness, I looked at the pictures
of our grandchildren and tried to imagine how I would feel if this had happened
at the school our 7-year-old Tyler attends and her life had been taken. I cant
begin to comprehend that kind of loss. I pray these families know the Lord and
will find comfort in the words of Psalm 147:3, He healeth the broken in heart
and bindeth up their wounds.
As I write this article, a new year is just a few days away.
Already our family is looking forward to celebrating a 90th birthday and a 70th
wedding anniversary in 2013 but for the most part the pages of my new planner
are blank. None of us have any idea what successes or failures, what happiness
or sadness awaits us in the coming year. Even though we dont know about our
tomorrows, we know that we can trust the One who holds our tomorrows (sounds
like a song to me!).
Happy 2013 to each of you hope January will bring new joys to each of us, lots of opportunities to share our Saviors love and lots of reasons to KEEP SINGING!
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December 's Numbers
Sunday School - 63
December Receipts $16,330.56 Disbursements $13,712.17
Building Fund $22,557.05 Scholarship Fund $10,864.56
YTD Receipts - $57,446.79 YTD Expenditures - $54,954.33
To date, we have collected $1,490 for the Lottie Moon Offering.
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There will be a Church Council Meeting on Monday, Jan 7th, at 7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. The Church Council is made up of All Church Leaders; Staff, Deacons, Committee Chairs, etc. We will be planning the Church Calendar for the next quarter. We are also presenting a new Program for consideration by the Church.
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The Praetorian Project is a vision Pillar Church in Dumfries, VA, an SBCV Church Plant. The name comes from Paul’s ministry to the Praetorian Guards--an elite military force--while he was imprisoned in Rome (Phil 1). Paul found in his circumstances a unique opportunity to spread the gospel and, as a church located at the “Crossroads of the Marine Corps,” we are attempting to do the same.
The Marine Corps was established in 1775. The goal is for each of the 100 churches to donate $1,775 to plant a church at the four main Marine Corps bases.
Trinity Baptist Church is partnering with 99 other SBCV Churches to establish a Network of Churches close to the four main Marine Corps Installations worldwide. These new churches will have the goal of spreading the Gospel where they are planted.
(We have collected $485 to date.)
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COLLIDE / Youth
The past four months I have been
discussing the four main tenants that youth struggle with affirming. I want to
spend some time this month on the final tenant: Jesus is the only way to heaven.
The post-modern and pluralistic society we are surrounded by in America adheres to a doctrine that truth is relative. If you feel something is the truth, then it is truth for you. This thinking has permeated society and is evident in the youth culture. This thinking, when applied to the afterlife, leads to a theology of heaven which teaches there are multiple ways into heaven. Based on Scripture this is far from truth.
John 14:6--I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through Me.
Romans 10:9--If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
John 3:16--For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
These verses are very clear that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Why then do our young people struggle with this teaching? There are multiple reasons, but I feel three reasons are key to their struggle. First, it is very difficult to go against what everyone around you is teaching (peer pressure). The second reason derives from the first, if everyone feels they are correct then it feels harsh to tell them that they are not going to heaven. Finally, the doctrine of salvation has been watered down as to not hurt the feelings of anyone and be open to all beliefs.
As a church we are called to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. The Gospel hinges on Jesus being the only way to heaven. We must proclaim this to the youth of our nation so that all may not perish, but have everlasting life.
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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!
JANUARY - Canned Green Beans, Sweet Peas, Corn, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables, Canned White Potatoes, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Dried Beans (any kind)
FEBRUARY - Canned Peaches, Fruit Cocktail, Pears, Applesauce, Chicken Noodle, Beef Vegetable & Tomato Soup
MARCH - Tuna, Beef Stock, Chicken, Salmon (All meats MUST be canned)
APRIL - Grape Jelly/Jam, Peanut Butter (smooth)
MAY - Comet/Ajax, Pine-Sol, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Paper Towels
JUNE - Baby Food (please check date), Baby Shampoo, Baby Soap, Baby Lotion, Baby Powder
JULY - Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Shampoo, Bar Soap, Solid Deodorant
AUGUST - Canned Spaghetti O’s, Dried Pasta (elbow, spaghetti & rice), Oatmeal (plain), Cereal (breakfast)
SEPTEMBER - Pickles, Catsup, Mustard, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup
OCTOBER - GETTING READY FOR THANKSGIVING! Turkeys, Stuffing Mix, Canned gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes
NOVEMBER - Stuffing Mix, Canned Gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Canned Vegetables & Canned Fruit
DECEMBER - To be Announced
Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month
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