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"COME!" What a Wonderful Word in the Bible. I have just finished preaching a series of sermons on "Come." Jesus said, "Come unto Me, you who labor & are heavy laden & I will give you rest." (Matt 11:38) "Come to Jesus" means to receive Him as Lord & Savior. It is not an invitation to be religious, or do good works, but to place your Faith & Trust in Him to save you. Come to Jesus also means for us to be received by Him. A Sinner who needs to be Saved is received by a Savior who wants to Save him/her, & can Save him/her. When we "Come to Jesus" we receive Eternal Life from Him, "whosoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life."
The first Invitation in the Bible is when God invites Noah & his family to "Come into the Ark." (Gen 7:1) God invites us to Survive the Flood, to Escape the coming Judgment. Noahs Ark provided Sanctuary, Safety & Security for Noah & his family. God invites us to take a Step of Faith, Step into the Ark, to Follow Jesus. God invites Noah, his Family & All of us to, "Come into the Ark."
Hosea invites us to "Come & Return to the Lord." (Hosea 6:1) "Come & Return" if You have known His Closeness. The Church at Ephesus had Left their First Love. "Come & Return" if You have Felt His Chastening. "Remember, Repent & Return." "Come & Return" if You Need to Come Back to Him. Return to the Lord Today, while you still have Time to Respond.
The last Invitation in the Bible is where "The Spirit & the Bride say Come!" (Rev 22:17) Gods Greatest Burden is for everyone to be Saved, to accept His free Gift of Grace. The Churchs Greatest Business is that we must be "about our Fathers Business." Mans Greatest Blessing is that anyone may "Come," regardless of Age, Race or Status. Lifes Greatest Blessing is that the Price has already been Paid by Christ, when He Died on the Cross. "Come!"
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In preparation for a recent Sunday morning worship service I had an idea to record the piano offertory music rather than play it live. The words and beautiful visuals were on the screen and timed to the music. That morning I quietly slipped from the piano to the pew so that I could experience the offertory along with each of you. At this point the plan became an experiment gone bad. From several different places in the sanctuary I began to hear people talking. What I heard was not whisperings; they were disruptive conversations. At this point I ceased to worship and had difficulty even being drawn into the sermon. My mind kept wondering if this occurred every Sunday and I just dont hear it from the piano. Does it happen when our choir or guest musicians are singing? Does Vernon witness this behavior while he preaches?
I would implore each of us to consider why we walk through our sanctuary doors and what is expected of each of us while there. Leviticus 19:30 reminds us were to respect and glorify God at all times but especially in His house. Psalm 29:2 tells us to "Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name" and to "worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." When disruptive behavior is going on at such times, is God being given the glory He is due?
During the worship hour when were rattling candy wrappers, texting or surfing the internet on our smart phones, walking in and out of the sanctuary or talking at inopportune times, are we hindering the work of the Holy Spirit? How sad it would have been if someone with whom the Holy Spirit was dealing had been sitting behind one of the conversations I heard and the distraction interrupted that moment.
Dont we want to be a spirit-filled congregation who are honoring and reverencing God? Covenant with me to make our worship experience on Sunday mornings a rich, fertile mission field for the working of the Holy Spirit.
As I turn the calendar to March, I see a 5th Sunday sing coming. The group "New Direction" will sing for that service. Make plans to attend and invite someone to come with you.
Wishing you a marvelous March! The calendar indicates that Spring arrives March 20th.thats a really good reason to KEEP SINGING!
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Sunday School - 52 + 12 (Nursing Home)
February Receipts - $11,562.00 Disbursements -$11,600.84
Building Fund - $9,082.51 Scholarship Fund - $10,356.98
YTD Receipts - $85,743.99 YTD Expenditures - $85,868.11
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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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Women's Sunday - March 23, 2014
Sedalia Baptist Church Women's Conference
Saturday, March 8th, 9:00AM to 3:30PM
"The Yes, No and Maybe of a Balanced Life"
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5th Sunday Sing - March 30th
"New Direction" will be singing during the
11:00 am Worship Service
A Love Offering will be taken.
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Don't Forget our Coffee House
Friday night, March 28th, 7:00-9:00 PM
It is Always a LOT of Fun!!
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March Mission Emphasis
Your giving through the Cooperative Program supports ministries like these!
March 2: Brent & Amanda Turner - Botswana, Africa
Remember in your Prayers, Brent & Amanda who are serving in Botswana, a country in southern Africa. The Turners especially need us to pray for God to keep them safe. Since arriving in Botswana, this is what has happened to either Brent or Amanda or both: bitten by a lion, chased by a hippo, charged by an elephant, bitten by poisonous spiders, and hit by a truck while standing at a funeral. Have they given up? Not at all! They are committed to sharing the gospel with the Tswana people and seeing them come to faith in Christ.
March 9: Kevin McGinn - Bedrock Community Church, Bedford, VA
Today we pray for Kevin & Carrie McGinn who moved to Lynchburg, following a calling to further his education at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. While there, he repeatedly heard the word multiplication. Coming with an understanding of pastoral ministry based on experiences in Central Massachusetts, Kevins calling & direction changed. Kevin and his family found Bedrock Community Church in Bedford. This churchs focus on building & planting churches provided an excellent training ground for Kevin as he pursues the passion to plant churches.
March 16: Tanner & Marsha Turley - Medford, Massachusetts
Tanner and Marsha started a church in Medford, a city northwest of Boston. This part of the US has become a spiritual desert, where there are too few churches. So we pray for the Turleys as they live in Medford with their two children. They started Redemption Hill Church, which meets in a rented room not far from Medfords City Hall. They also set up home groups across the city. The Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 were close; one woman from Medford was killed. This tragedy left many seeking answers about life.
March 23: Gena Wilson - Scotland
Gena, a single woman serving in Scotland, is based in Glasgow, Scotlands second largest city with more than half a million people. As in much of Europe, the Scottish people are not very interested in religion. More than a third of members of the Church of Scotland say Jesus was not real, just a legend or made-up story. As Gena walks through her neighborhood, she talks with Max at a barbershop, the woman at the corner café, two students skipping school, and a heroin junkie. Every time possible, she tells each one about Jesus.
March 30: John Stapleton - Church of the Crossroads, Glade Spring, VA
Church of the Crossroads, a church plant located at the crossing of Interstate 81, Rt. 11 and Rt. 91, has had great success by leading dozens to Christ and baptizing many throughout its existence. As the church grew, John Stapleton, the lead pastor, began praying for land, which would allow the church to expand. Through the miraculous working of the Lord, land was provided via an anonymous donor. Stapleton reminded the people, "We were not able, but God is and always will be able."
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COLLIDE / student ministries
This month let us look at Psalm 13 a Psalm of David that flows from the grief and anxiety of his heart. David starts the Psalm with the following cry:
"How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?" Psalm 13:1
It often seems when we are in distress, overtaken with anxiety, pain, or fear we feel the same way about the Lord. Lord, why have you forgotten me while I am here suffering from cancer? Why Lord have you forgotten me while I am here suffering from the loss of my job? Lord, if you are there for me why can I not see your face and feel your presence? These are thoughts that many of us have had possibly even recently. David provides two ways to deal with this feeling.
First, in verse 5, he says: "But I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation." Based on the previous salvation the Lord provided David, he concludes that the Lord is merciful. The Lord has his best interest in mind and instead of continuing to complain he will rejoice in his salvation. He will trust in the Lord for what He provides.
Secondly, David writes in verse 6: "I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me." Even in the midst of pain, suffering, and heartache the Lord has still dealt bountifully and merciful with us. He sent His only Son to die for us, while we were still sinners. He has saved us from an eternity of destruction. Even if/when the enemy surrounds, the outlook looks the most grim, the cancer grips our body, we can still rejoice knowing the Lord has dealt bountifully with us. The Lord is merciful, loving, kind, and faithful. In that we can put our trust.
Instead of wallowing (a good Alabama word) in our anxiety, grief, and suffering let us focus on the good the Lord has done for us. Not only salvation, but life, relationships, His creation, and all the many blessings around us. Let the words of David reign in your life "I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation."
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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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