WOW!! If you missed the gathering last Saturday at Camp Butman you missed a very uplifting day. All the ladies had a great time. Jayma was an amazing speaker. We had an over abundance of door prizes for everyone. Many of the ladies have expressed their gratitude for the many wonderful gifts they took home. There are many people we need to thank for making this a very successful day. First, the 3 ladies who put everything together are: Angie Chaney for getting the ball moving & door prizes, Amber Bryan for organizing, making the programs, overseeing everything and Dee Goldsmith for getting our speaker and working with Camp Butman. Also we would like to thank all the ladies that spoke on the many topics of Christian women: Jan McCoy– Singing & Prayer; Charlotte Carey– Bible Study; Mozetta Youngers– Gardening; Krystal Woolard & Mary Schrampfer– Budgeting; Tracey Carey & Gayle Swinney– Crocheting; and Glenda Stephens– Organizing. Table centerpieces were made by Jeanette, Barbara Sue & Janet, Page helped with door prizes and Teresa help with organizing snacks. Thanks to all the ladies who donated door prizes.
This a wonderful time we have, to worship God and also today to thank Him for sending us Jesus so that He could die on the cross and be raised. That is the key that we are thinking about especially today that Jesus was raised. We teach our children Bible stories all year long, we teach our youth how to apply the Bible into situations of their lives and we teach the adults in class how much we are still learning. One thing still is for certain THE TOMB IS EMPTY.
THE EMPTY TOMB gives me the greatest joy I have ever experienced. There is power to gain, riches to gain and knowledge to possess, but what I strive to cherish more every day is to appreciate the wonderful gift we have from God – THE EMPTY TOMB. Without THE EMPTY TOMB we have a broken promise from God, but if you have studied the Bible you know that God always and I repeat always lives up to His end of the deal.
I only hope that each of us strives to be more like Jesus, it is not easy, but it is possible. There are a lot of things we get from this world but what I really hope that we get is knowing that Jesus loves us and He died to win our souls. You can do something; give yourself back to Him daily. Luke 9:23 “Then He said to them all: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Have a great week!
In a world full of people who are groping for answers and fulfillment, it is so satisfying to look at God’s Word for the true answers to life’s problems. People today search the whole world over to find that something to bring them lasting happiness, only to have it destroyed by rust and eaten by moths. After all the searching that man will do, the most obvious is too often overlooked, it is Jesus the Son of God! Peter did say in Acts 4:12 “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”
So many other names of individuals have been named in times past, but they have no claim to offer salvation. Simon Peter put it this way in John 6:68-69 “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” Of all the searching that men do, it’s a shame when they miss the most obvious? If we build our lives on Him, we will have great success, the success of salvation. Praise God!!
Now I leave you with the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 118:21-26 “I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we beseech you, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech you, give us success! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD.” Have a great week!
To the Ladies’ Wednesday Night Bible Class: Please check the Women’s Ministry wall in the classroom for thank you cards from: Ann Derington, Mary Stanley, Tressie Lucas, Ms. Lynda York (for the Nursing Home Residents), Wilma Jones, Marie Hobbs, Amie Tutt, & Helen Benson.
We want to thank each of you for your expression of sympathy during the loss of our son. We appreciate the beautiful flowers, visits, prayers, phone calls, and food. We love you all, Waymon & Johnnie and family
Dear Church Family, We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of the love and support during our recent illnesses. Thanks for the prayers, calls, cards, visits, food and offers of help. We are also grateful to those who offered to move us and to George Smith and Mark Rogers for moving the heavy furniture. We are truly blessed to love and be loved by such dear people. Pat & Larry Gill
There is a beautiful legend about a king who decided to set aside a special day to honor his greatest subject. When the big day arrived, there was a large gathering in the palace courtyard. Four finalists were brought forward, and from these four, the king would select the winner.
The first person presented was a wealthy philanthropist. The king was told that this man was highly deserving of the honor because of his humanitarian efforts. He had given much of his wealth to the poor.
The second person was a celebrated physician. The king was told that this doctor was highly deserving of the honor because he had rendered faithful and dedicated service to the sick for many years.
The third person was a distinguished judge. The king was told that the judge was worthy because he was noted for his wisdom, his fairness, and his brilliant decisions.
The fourth person presented was an elderly woman. Everyone was quite surprised to see her there, because her manner was quite humble, as was her dress. She hardly looked the part of someone who would be honored as the greatest subject in the kingdom. What chance could she possibly have, when compared to the other three, who had accomplished so much? Even so, there was something about her the look of love in her face, the understanding in her eyes, her quiet confidence.
The king was intrigued, to say the least, and somewhat puzzled by her presence. He asked who she was. The answer came: “You see the philanthropist, the doctor, and the judge? Well, she was their teacher!”
It was James who wrote, “Brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers.” (James 3:1, GOD’S WORD). He points out that teachers will be judged more severely. He could just as easily have said that teachers have a greater responsibility, a greater challenge, a greater opportunity to affect the lives of people in a negative way. It is impossible to teach without using words, and with greater use of words comes a greater danger that the words will do harm.
But thanks be to God that there are those who face that challenge and assume that responsibility and make a diligent effort to use their words as an opportunity to affect the lives of people in a positive way. Those of you who are teachers — who can begin to measure the tremendous effect that you are having in the lives of the children (and adults) in your classrooms? You may not see the results of your efforts for years. In fact, you may never get to see the results. But you do make a difference.
Those of you who are schoolteachers are teaching not only the basics of education, but you are teaching values and character. Those of you who are Bible class teachers are filling the minds and hearts of our children with stories of faith that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Those of you who are preachers are strengthening the family of God and bringing salvation to the lost.
So, my hat is off to all of you who are teachers because you make a difference!
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach.” (Romans 12:6-7)
Have a great day! – TFTD
There’s a beautiful story about a little boy who couldn’t wait for his new baby sister to come home from the hospital. He couldn’t wait to be near her, to talk to her. But his parents didn’t want him to be left alone with her. After all he was only four years old, so they wanted to supervise his visits. He kept begging to be alone with her, so one night his parents finally relented. The boy tiptoed into her room, stood next to his sister’s crib and said: “Tell me about God – I’m starting to forget.”
There are times when we as adults get so caught up in the “rat race” and all of our responsibilities. Perhaps we need to go to the children around us and say, “Tell me about God — I’m starting to forget.”
There are weeks when we’ve been dealing with irate customers and heavy traffic. We need to fellowship with the saints and worship God together because “I’m starting to forget.”
There are weeks when we’ve had to focus on crying babies, the paying of bills and doctors’ appointments. We need the reminder of the Lord’s Supper to see God’s love and grace because “I’m starting to forget.”
There are days when we’re so caught up in deadlines at work and getting the kids to soccer practice, days when we need to slow down a bit and spend time with God in prayer because “I’m starting to forget.”
Deuteronomy 4:9 “Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life.”
Are you starting to forget? Ask someone to tell you about God once more. – TFTD
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4 TNIV).
“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind” (Proverbs 21:5 MSG).
Although our intellects know better, something about human beings continues to make us suckers to the idea of a quick fix. So entrepreneurial hucksters regularly come along with goofy ideas that garner millions. Then they move on and leave no forwarding address.
Western obsession with weight and appearance seems to make us particularly susceptible to claims about products that promise fitness without effort, weight loss without sweat. One company made big money selling its anti-cellulite sneakers. Another touts electrical muscle stimulation and weight-loss water. People love to think they’ve found an easy way to their goals.
Doctors and fitness experts tell us that healthy eating combined with regular exercise is the best way to slim down. One requires self-discipline, and the other is work. Who wants to pay the price of either, when there is a no-strain, no-pain alternative? Who doesn’t want to think there is an easier way?
In other contexts, it is the person who deceives himself into thinking he can continue to drink after a couple of DUIs and a job loss. It is the one who tells herself that an “innocent flirtation” at the office means nothing. It is parents who refuse to take seriously their child’s brush with the law. It is a family trying to get all it wants with credit cards instead of saving. It is the person who won’t own up to responsibility and apologize for betraying a confidence and hurting a friend.
Want to know why counseling doesn’t work for many troubled marriages?
It turns up areas of the relationship that need work over time. But immature and selfish people want a quick fix.
Perseverance over time in pursuit of a noble and worthwhile goal.
Want to know why so many companies fail? It will take too much hard work over too long a period of time to correct problems, replace incompetent people, and penetrate new markets. Lacking a quick fix, there is bankruptcy.
Want to know why once-thriving churches die? Somebody gets hooked on the notion that spirituality is a new program or gimmick rather than fruit-bearing by the gentle presence of the Holy Spirit. So members go church-hopping again.
One of the virtues that gets too little attention these days is persistence. Not stubbornness. Not “pig-headedness” and inflexibility.
But perseverance over time in pursuit of a noble and worthwhile goal.
It is interesting to me that the Bible places perseverance midway between suffering and character (Romans 5:3-4). There’s just no shortcut from one to the other. – Rubel Shelly
Before And After Falling In Love……
B – You take my breath away
A – I feel like I’m suffocating
B – She says she loves the way I take control of the situation
A – She called me a controlling, manipulative egomaniac
B – Saturday Night Fever
A – Monday Night Football
B – He makes me feel like a million dollars
A – If I had a dime for every stupid thing he’s done…
B – The Sound of Music
A – The Sound of Silence
B – $60/dozen
A – $1.50/stem
B – We agree on everything!
A – Doesn’t she have a mind of her own?
B – Ideal
A – Idle
B – I love a woman with curves
A- I never said you were fat
B – He’s completely lost without me
A – Why won’t he ever ask for directions?
B – Time stood still
A – This relationship is going nowhere
B – You look so seductive in black
A – Your clothes are so depressing
B – I can hardly believe we found each other
A – I can’t believe I ended up with someone like you
Those of you who have been married a while can relate to the above. Even if your relationship has improved through the years, there was something about those early years — the excitement and thrill of first falling in love — that causes you to look back with a sigh. One of the secrets of a successful marriage is found in striving to recapture the excitement of those early years in the midst of our commitment to longevity.
That’s also one of the secrets of living the Christian life. If you’ve been a Christian for a number of years, chances are you can look back at the time when you first “fell in love” with Christ. There was an excitement that accompanied the newness of your Christian life. But, the newness wore off and, after a while, Christian living may have become somewhat mundane. We need to strive to recapture the excitement of those early years in the midst of our commitment to longevity.
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works….” (Rev. 2:4-5a)
It is important that we remember and recapture that excitement of being a child of God — the feeling of being cleansed of sin, the desire to share our excitement with everyone else we know, the intention to do everything we can to serve the One we love with all our hearts.
May you never lose that first love. But, if you have lost it, may you seek to recapture it. – TFTD
The story is told of a country lad who was hired for a salesman’s job at a city department store. It was one of those massive stores that has every department imaginable. In fact it was the biggest store in the world – you could get anything there.
The boss said, “You can start tomorrow, Friday morning, and I’ll come and see you when we close up.”
When the boss looked up the young man the next day at closing time, he saw him shaking hands with a beaming customer. After they parted, he walked over and asked, “Well, that looked good! How many sales did you make today?”
“That was the only one,” said the young salesman.
“Only one!?!” blurted the boss. “Most of my staff make 20 or 30 sales a day. You’ll have to do better than that! Well, how much was the sale worth?”
“$227,340 and change,” said the young man.
The boss paused for a moment, blinking a few times. “H… H… How did you manage that?!?”
“Well, when he came in this morning and I sold him a small fish hook. Then, I sold him a medium hook, and then a really large hook. Then I sold him a small fishing line, a medium one, and then a big one. I then sold him a spear gun, a wetsuit, scuba gear, nets, chum, and coolers. I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the coast. We decided he would probably need a new boat, so I took him down to the boat department and sold him that twenty-foot schooner with the twin engines. Then, he said that his Volkswagen probably wouldn’t be able to pull it, so I took him to the car department and sold him the new Deluxe Cruiser, with a winch, storage rack, rust proofing, and a built-in refrigerator. Oh, and floor mats.”
The boss took two steps back and asked in astonishment, “You sold all that to a guy who came in for a fish hook?!”
“No,” answered the salesman. “He came in to buy a blanket.”
“Yeah, an extra blanket for the couch. He just had a fight with his wife. I said to him, ‘Well, your weekend’s ruined, so you may as well go fishing…'”
One thing leads to another. And that’s the way it should work in our spiritual lives. An old Chinese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” So it is with Christianity. We look ahead to where we want to be, and we take a step. Then another. And another. As we grow and mature in Christ, we continue to add virtue upon virtue.
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.” (2 Peter 1:5-7).
Wherever you are in your spiritual life, I pray that you’ll take a step up today, adding something that will make you a little more in the image of Jesus Christ. As you add one thing to another, you will be much closer to that goal by the end of 2009. – TFTD
At the beginning of a New Year, a high school principal decided to post his teachers’ New Year’s resolutions on the bulletin board. As the teachers gathered around the bulletin board, a great commotion started. One of the teachers was complaining. “Why weren’t my resolutions posted?” She was throwing such a temper tantrum that the principal hurried to his office to see if he had overlooked her resolutions. Sure enough, he had mislaid them on his desk.
As he read her resolutions he was astounded. This teacher’s first resolution was not to let little things upset her in the New Year.
It has been said that “nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Perhaps we should add one more thing to that list of certainties — the breaking of New Year’s resolutions! Looking back on 2008, you may be one of the fortunate ones who accomplished exactly what you hoped to accomplish during the year. But, if you’re like most of us, you didn’t read all the way through the Bible like you intended to, you quit some other kind of bad habit but only for a while then picked up the habit again. After experiencing this failure year after year, a person tends to say to himself, “What’s the use? Why even bother to try to make these changes?”
As an old Chinese proverb puts it, though, “Failure is not falling down. Failure is not getting back up.” Or as the Japanese put it, “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” If there are areas of your life that you’ve tried to improve and failed, let this be the month that you try again. And if you fail this month, get up and try again next month. Learn from your mistakes and become stronger. God does not turn His back on the Christian who fails (if you question that, you need only look at the story of Peter’s denial of Christ). However, He cannot help the Christian who refuses to try any longer.
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hearts, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded….Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:7-8, 10)
If you have made a resolution to develop a habit that will bring you closer to God or a resolution to get rid of a habit that is pulling you away from God, may God bless you with the strength to accomplish your goal. And, if you should stumble on your journey, may He pick you up and dust you off so that you can continue on the long journey of becoming like Christ. -TFTD