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From the Pastor’s Desk!
Happy New Year! 2015 is over; no need to Look Back, but we can Look Ahead to what God is going to do this year! This could be the year He Comes Back to take His Children Home! In the meantime, what do we do? Moses had died, he had led children of Israel out of Egypt, through the desert; now the Israelites were camped out at the Jordan River. Who would lead them into the Promised Land? They asked, “Where Do We Go from Here?”
1st - God said, “Follow the new Leader, Joshua.” God told Joshua, “Be Strong, Be Courageous & Believe God’s Promises.” Paul says, “be Strong in the Lord & the Power of His might.” Just as God was with Moses & Joshua, so He will be with us; He will never leave nor forsake us. Who will Lead us to the Promised Land?
2nd - God said, “Cross the Jordan.” God told them to Prepare Provisions, Sanctify themselves & Everyone had to work together. Ministry requires Preparation, Prayer & Hard Work. Sanctification means to be set aside for the Master’s use. There’s still a lot of work to be done. They had to cross the River in order to get to the Promised Land.
3rd - God said, “Go. Go Forward.” God gave them, & us, His Presence; His Power & His Promises. He Promised He will never leave nor forsake us, He will be with us always. God Promised His Power, the Power to overcome problems, perform miracles & defeat the Enemy. God also Promised us we shall overcome, we shall inherit the Promised Land. We can’t stay where we are & Go with God.
Where Do We Go From Here? Let’s Go with God, because the Promised Land is “Out There.”
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Our family found out Christmas day just how quickly life can change. We shared a scrumptious brunch and great time with Mom who looked great and was enjoying having a bit more strength and energy. Just a few hours later that day Mom had a stroke and is now hospitalized with no movement on her right side and not able to communicate. By Sunday afternoon I was feeling so blue, concerned about Mom and knowing my daughter, Jenny, was missing Morgen so much and so anxious to speak to her (Morgen is away in Navy boot camp). I whispered a prayer and asked the Lord to send some encouraging word to lift my spirits. It wasn’t long before an excited Jenny called to say she had just talked to Morgen. As I talked with Jenny, Bill directed my attention to the birdfeeder where my favorite woodpecker was enjoying the suet. A call from Morgen and my favorite woodpecker (had not seen him in months) – what a beautiful answer to my plea.
With a new year fast approaching, I’ve still got the words of a Christmas song running through my head. I heard this song for the first time this Christmas season. The song was a “tear jerker” for me because it talked about the absence of a loved one during this season. The lyric that has stayed with me says “I realize what is still alive is the legacy you made.”
As we look at the blank pages of a new year, there’s no better time to think about the legacy we will leave both as individuals and as a church. As I think about Trinity and what it was when I came almost 32 years ago and what it is today, I see two very different pictures. We had well over 100 in Sunday School and even more in worship, lots of children and teenagers, lots of activities, two good-sized choirs – a very vital, active church. Is that what we see today? It makes me very sad to think that I’ve failed the people who passed to me this legacy.
New Year’s resolutions are not a part of what I do each January but I hope you will covenant with me to pray for the future of our church, to pray about the legacy we want to leave and to pray about what we write on the blank pages of 2016.
Happy New Year everyone and let’s 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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Steve Lacey is a Southern Gospel singer from North Alabama. He has sung with Gold City and the Kingdom Heirs. Steve has received numerous awards throughout his career including being inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame as a member of Gold City.
Sunday, January 31st, 11:00 AM
A Love Offering will be taken
(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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