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Regardless of the predictions for 2012, the Bible says Jesus is coming back soon; we are living in the last days. For the next 7-8 weeks, I plan on preaching a series of sermons on the 7 Churches in Revelation, comparing them to Trinity. What is Jesus saying to us?
The 1st Church is Ephesus, Orthodox, but growing without Love. Ephesus is Commended for their works & labor, but is Condemned because they had Left their First Love, taken their eyes off Jesus. Jesus said, “Remember, Repent & Return.” The 2nd Church is Smyrna, Persecuted & Pressured. Smyrna is Commended for their Works & the Tribulation they were facing. There is NO Condemnation for those Persecuted for Righteousness. The 3rd Church is Pergamos, Compromising & Corrupt. Pergamos is Commended for their Faithfulness, but Condemned because they have Compromised their Beliefs & Practices.
The 4th Church is Thyatira, Permissive. Thyatira is Commended for their Faith & Patience, which is greater than at first, but Condemned because they allowed False Teachings. The 5th Church is Sardis, Dead. Sardis had a Reputation that it was Alive, but was Dying. Sardis is Commended because there was a Remnant left that Loved the Lord, but Condemned because they were going through the Motions. The 6th Church is Philadelphia, Faithful & Alive. Philadelphia is Commended for taking advantage of Opportunities for evangelism & ministry. There is NO Condemnation to those who are Faithful.
The 7th Church is Laodicea, the Lukewarm Church. There is NO Commendation for the Lukewarm Church, “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” They are Condemned because they are Lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, so they will be spewed out, thinking they don’t need anything.All 7 Churches are Commanded to Repent! What About Us?
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I don’t ever remember going to the beach in the month of December during my growing up in Pensacola, Florida. That changed a few weeks ago when Mark called & invited us to Oak Island, NC, so that he & his dad could fish together. We arrived on Sunday evening & were disappointed when Monday’s weather was cloudy, windy & on the cold side. Tuesday morning broke bright & sunny with very little wind, the temperature eventually rising to almost 70 degrees. I could hardly wait to see that beautiful ocean. Off we went with our beagle, Smokey, who had never been on the beach. We didn’t expect to step onto the beach & not see another person except way off in the distance. The water was so calm, the quiet of the beach broken only by the sound of the seagulls & the waves breaking gently on the shore. Smokey entertained himself by chasing the sandpipers, sniffing seashells & being curious about a jellyfish that had washed ashore. We strolled along the water’s edge but Smokey was a bit intimidated by the sound of the breaking waves. What fun we had enjoying the Master’s handiwork all around us.
As 2011 ends, how easy it would be to leave the door ajar just a little & continue to live in the past. Life would be easy if everyday was as pleasant & beautiful as that December day on the beach or if we could continue to bask in the glow of past victories or successes. However, a New Year has dawned; the pages of the calendar are clean & fresh waiting for us to begin again. I recently read a quote that is so appropriate for the start of a New Year – “Don’t let your rearview mirror be bigger than your windshield.” It’s both frightening & exciting not to know what 2012 will bring our way but if we keep looking at what’s behind us in the rearview mirror, we’ll miss the view & all the opportunities waiting in front of us. Let’s trust the Lord to keep the windshield clear for us & guide us as we travel with Him into the unknown of the New Year. I’m going to trust Him to orchestrate the anthem of my life as He sees fit for me & pray that He’ll give me another year to sing and play His praises.
Happy New Year! – Have a joyous January, and ...Keep Singing!
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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Sunday School - 57 + 19 (Nursing Home)
November Receipts - $14,441.20 / Disbursements - $14,461.41
Building Fund - $15,682.59 / Scholarship Fund - $15,724.37
YTD Receipts - $59,835.37 / YTD Expenditures - $59,946.33
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At this time we have No Babies in our Nursery! Brenda Hardy is still willing to work in the Nursery, but she needs new babies, all hers have moved up to the Pre-K Class. Donna Slusser is teaching the Pre-K’s, using literature from Group, sharing the Bible stories we all grew up with. Elsie Gillespie is still going strong in the Pre-Teen Children’s Class, using literature from Lifeway. The Youth are studying the 6 Basic Books of the Bible, taught by different teachers, using outlines developed by the pastor.
The Young Adults, led by Mike Bailey, are studying the Book of Joshua, “Victory comes through Faith in Jesus.” Bob Chittum’s New Beginnings Class is doing a Bible study workbook called Out-Live Your Life, written by Max Lucado “Joining God’s Plan to Change the World.” The Senior Women’s Friendship Class, led by Wanda DeLong, is using Life Words from Lifeway, Bible Studies for Life, “Going Right in a Culture Gone Wrong.” James Rose leads the Senior Adult Men through a study of the Book of Romans, “The Good News of the Gospel.” There is a Place for You in Sunday School!
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Praise the Lord!
As most of you know, our Pastor has been experiencing Chest Pains since Thanksgiving.
A Nuclear Stress Test showed No Problems,
an Ultrasound showed his Gall Bladder was OK,
& a Heart Catherization showed No Blockages!
God Answers Prayer!
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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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