Pastor's Pen - Numbers - Women's Ministry - Youth - Worship & Music
The Pastor’s Pen!!!
Happy Easter! A common Greeting here in America. In Europe, people greet each other, “He is Risen” and “He is Risen Indeed!” That’s what Easter’s all about, the Resurrection of Jesus!
During this time, we focus on Jesus dying on the Cross to save us from our sins. It’s hard to image what the Son of God went through. He left His Throne in Heaven to become a man. He lived a sinless life so He could be the perfect Sacrifice for our sins. They beat Him almost to death, then crucified Jesus on that Old Rugged Cross, because of my and your sins. Then they buried Him.
Three days later, Mary and the other women came to the grave to anoint Jesus’ body for proper burial. But they were worried about who would roll away the Stone in front of the Tomb. The Stone reminds us of death, “it is appointed unto man once to die” and “the wages of sin is death. The Stone also reminds us of Satan’s, and the world’s efforts to get rid of Jesus. Not believing in the Virgin Birth, not accepting His miracles, not believing in His Atoning death and resurrection, the world has tried to get rid of Jesus. But the Stone also reminds us of anything that separates us from the Savior, anything that separates us from a relationship with God, whether Church, good works, or waiting until before I die to believe in Jesus.
The angel told the women, “He is not here, for He is Risen!” Because He is risen from the dead that means we too shall live. As Christians, we shall live forever with Him in Heaven, because He came, died and rose again. At Easter, don’t leave Jesus on the Cross where He died, come to the Grave, He’s not here, for He has Risen!
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Sunday School - 79 + 29 (Nursing Home) Worship Service - 131 + 10 (Ch Ch)
Beginning Checkbook Balance $1,357.49.
Feb Receipts $13,490.35 Disbursements $14,250.07
Ending Checkbook Balance $597.77
Building Fund $49,373.81 Scholarship Fund $11,231.71.
YTD Receipts - $95,248.61 - YTD Expenditures - $94,886.47
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ATTENTION - ALL WOMEN
Join us for a Salad Luncheon Sunday, March 16th after Worship. Bring your Favorite Salad! (Any Kind, the Preacher won’t be there!)
Come, Let’s Enjoy Some Good Food & Fellowship!
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Fresh Grounded Faith Women’s Conference
Friday & Saturday, April 18 & 19,
Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.
Jennifer Rothschild, featured speaker
Cost is $52 for Conference & Lodging
We MUST have the money by March 9th to receive discounted rate.
Why You Don’t Want to Miss This!
Deepen your relationship with God. Biblical principles to help live out your faith.
Take some special time just for YOU. Worship Jesus with fellow women!
Discover who God is and who you are! Invite your friends...it’s a girl get-away!
Fill your cup to the brim, walk by faith. There will be lots of fun door prizes!
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“Taking Care of Sheep” - Exodus 3
Just imagine yourself as a great prince or princess. You have grown up with the finer things of life, whether that be the best food in the world, the best education in the world, or even dealing with the higher ups of the greatest society in the world. Imagine having servants who answer to your every call, and people who bow down before you and in some respects worship the very mention of your name. You are the best of the best. You have the best clothes, the best possessions and the best things right at your fingertips.
Now imagine yourself as a lowly shepherd. You live in the desert with the hot sun beating down on your back. You do not have the best foods in the world, you have no more education, and you deal mostly with ignorant sheep. You have no one to answer to, yet you have to do everything to take care of a few sheep. No one bows down to you, no one looks up to you, no one seems to care about you. You are the lowest of the lowest. You most likely have clothes with holes in it, you don’t have any possessions and you have nothing at your fingertips.
Aren’t those two descriptions the total opposite of each other? Yet, this is a description of two-thirds of the life of Moses, the leader of Israel. First, he was an Egyptian prince who had everything that he could have ever wanted; and then after killing an Egyptian and running away, he found himself spending the next 40 years tending sheep. In Exodus 3:1 it says, “Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.” I wonder what went through Moses mind during those 40 years of tending sheep. Was he happy? Was he satisfied in what he was doing? Did he spend a lot of time thinking about the past? I think in some ways Moses wondered why God had put him in the position that he did; however, knowing the rest of the story, we know that God was using this to prepare Moses for greater works.
By putting Moses through the greatness of Egypt, God showed him how to lead by giving him a good education. Then by putting Moses in the desert, dealing with sheep, God was teaching him to learn the simple lessons of leadership before sending him back to Egypt to help His people. Sometimes when life gets hard we wonder why God does things the way He does, we even ask God why He has put us through so many hard times? Yet, we need to remember that before we can lead a great nation, or fulfill the dreams that God has called us to, we need to learn to tend sheep. We need to first prepare for great things by being faithful in the little things. Simply put, the question is –“Are you being faithful and taking care of sheep?”
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Worship & Music Notes
We’ve all heard the expression, “caught between a rock and a hard place.” It’s usually associated with being stuck in the middle of impossible circumstances. But what if that rock is the world and that hard place is my heart? What happens when the harsh cold realities of life have beaten me down and I respond by allowing my heart to get harder and harder in an effort to cope?
Isaiah 43:1-4 in The Message says, “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end - because I am God, your personal God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you…”
God does not promise to protect us from rough waters or hard places, yet somehow we seem to expect an easy road. We whine and complain and ask God ridiculous questions like, “Why me?” Self-pity becomes depression, depression feeds anger, and soon rather than hurt any more, we numb ourselves to the pain. We fail to ask God to expose the lies we choose to believe. We avoid asking Him to show us what we need to learn. We bury ourselves in busyness. The heart stops feeling and becomes hard.
God wants to use these times to remind us that we belong to Him. When life is easy we mistakenly think we can make it on our own. We are particularly susceptible to pride - the false notion that we can or have accomplished anything on our own. But God refuses to leave us with this foolish notion.The Lord allows situations and circumstances to arise that make us look up, beyond the rising water, above the rocks. No matter whether the hurt is self-imposed or undeserved, we must go through it. We must trust and look for Him, for He’s promised to be there. It is the tender heart that reaches up and cries, Abba! It is a loving God who reaches down and lifts us up.
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