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The Christmas Story (Luke 2:1-20)
Christmas is over, the Holidays are gone & itís back to work. 2013 is over, whether a good year, great year or bad year, itís still gone. 2014 is Here, whether we are ready for it or not. We wish people a Happy New Year, but I wish you a "Happy New You!"
A Happy New You Begins with a New Birth. Jesus said, "you must be born again." You cannot get into Heaven unless youíve been "born again". A New Birth is Not about resolutions or reformation, a New Birth is a New You, reborn, born from above, a new creation, Saved. You canít be a New You without a New Birth.
A Happy New You is about a New Walk. The most miserable person is a Christian who is out of Fellowship with God. The old Way of Living is living according to the Flesh, or the world. The New Walk is living according to the Holy Spirit, led by the Spirit & following the Spirit. You canít Walk the New Walk unless you are Walking in the Light of Godís Love.
A Happy New You is also about New Goals. Past Goals, whether met or unmet, are gone; you canít go back & work on them. Past Sins should be Forgiven & Forgotten; you canít change what has happened, let Go & let God take care of it. New Christ-Centered Goals should have the Highest Priority. Let Go of the Past in order to Reach for the Future, Following Jesus.
If you have Not experienced a New Birth, you are Lost. If there is No New Walk, you have Lost your Witness. If you have No New Goals, you are Living in the Past. As a Born-again Believer, experience the Joy of Living in the center of Godís Will.
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I donít believe I have ever experienced a Christmas season quite like the one that has just ended. I know this season of the year can be a very emotional time and even a time of great depression for some and I think I understand that a little better now. Our family was not prepared for the cancellation of our annual Christmas dinner at Granny and Granddaddy Holtís house. We have been having a family dinner together a few days before Christmas for at least 40 years. Neither were we prepared for the news that Granny Holt was admitted to the hospital the day after Christmas. The hospitalization of our 90-year-old matriarch with broken ribs from a previous fall, difficulty breathing because of pneumonia and blood counts far too low evoked fear in all of us. My children and grandchildren will hardly give voice to their thoughts about living life without this special lady. What I hope they will allow to flood their thoughts is how much wit, wisdom, love and faith she has poured into their lives and how blessed we have been to have her for 90 years and however much longer God will allow. Our lives have been tremendously enriched and strengthened by her love and faith. As of this writing she is back at home after receiving antibiotics and a blood transfusion. We pray for her strengthening and recovery so we can celebrate her 91st birthday together in a few months.
Though our holiday had a few unexpected turns, we did enjoy lots of good food, precious time with family and prayers of thankfulness for the birth of our Savior.
Our family is already anticipating some exciting events in 2014. If all goes according to plan, we will have a grandson graduating from junior college, a granddaughter who will be a senior at JMU and another granddaughter studying abroad for a semester. Though we know about these plans, there is a whole lot about 2014 we donít know at this point and a bunch of empty pages on which to write many new memories. Iím not going to waste time making a list of useless resolutions but I do have several goals in mind for the New Year that I pray Iíll be able to achieve with Godís help.
I shared a gift with special friends that had an inscription I would like to share with each of you. My wish for you in 2014 isÖ
Music in your Life
A Song in your Soul &
Harmony in your Heart
I look forward to serving with you in 2014. Have a joyous January and remember.......KEEP SINGING!
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Sunday School - 50 + 18 (Nursing Home)
December Receipts - $14,923.00 Disbursements -$14,731.07
Building Fund - $8,747.67 Scholarship Fund - $10,240.26
YTD Receipts - $52,410.21 YTD Expenditures - $52,441.41
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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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Recipe for a Happy New Year
Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past - have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.
Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing - donít do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.
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A Year of Time
Though even thinking on the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea - especially at the beginning of a new year.
As we look into 2014 we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchase it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life.
The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak - every man, woman and child has the same twenty-four hours every day.
Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on.
And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full yearís block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it.
Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend it on ourselves. Or, as good stewards, we can invest it in the kingdom of God.
The New Year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count?
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New Year's Prayer
"Heavenly Father, for this coming year
Just one request I bring.
I do not pray for happiness or any earthly thing.
I do not ask to understand the way you lead me;
But this I ask Ė
Teach me to do the thing that pleases You.
I want to know Your guiding voice,
To walk with You each day.
Make me swift to hear and ready to obey;
And thus the year I now begin
A happy year will be,
If I am seeking just to do
The thing that pleases You."
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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Praise the Lord!! We exceeded our Goal of $2,000 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for Foreign Missions.
We Collected $2,065
Thank You for Giving to the Lord!
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COLLIDE / student ministries
As you know we have just completed a several months look at the Gospel of John. For the next few months I want us to look at several of the Psalms and apply their content to our lives. The deep richness found in these Psalms should prove to be uplifting and enriching.
This New Yearís Day I have made several resolutions, as millions of Americans do each year. This year I have resolved to be more rooted and grounded in biblical knowledge and faith. Therefore, when I begin to read Psalm 1, I immediately want to skip to verse three that states: "He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper." That is what I want! I want to be a tree planted by the Living Water, drawing all my nutrients and life from the only one who can give true life. However, what I have done is skip straight over my responsibilities of planting myself by the rivers of water found in the first two verses.
Psalm 1:1-2 states: "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night."
While I often look to the blessing and promise of verse three, I find that I skip over my responsibilities found in verses one and two. In order to draw from the Living Water we must firmly place ourselves in the Law of the Lord. We are to meditate on Godís Word, delight in the words found within, and apply them in our lives so we will not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. In order to draw from the deep well of Living Water we must first root ourselves in His Word. To receive the blessing and prosperity requires action on our part
I pray this New Year that you plant yourself firmly in Godís Word and draw from the well of the Living Water that will never run dry.
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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 Oís, 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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