Monthly Newsletter of      NMBC Baptist Church

 

 

 NMBC NEWS HEARLD

    DECEMBER 2017

 From the Desk of Pastor Frank 

God’s Multifaceted Ways

To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. Daniel 1:17

What we know about guidance and the divinehuman encounter from the Bible and the lives of those who have gone before us shows that God’s communications come to us in many forms. We should expect nothing else, for this variety is appropriate to the complexity of human personality and cultural
history. And God in redemption is willing to reach out to humanity in whatever ways are suitable to its fallen and weakened condition. We should look carefully at these many forms to see which ones are most suited to the kind of relationship God intends to have with his people.

REFLECT: While God most often speaks to our thoughts especially as we read Scripture, it’s important to be open to any form of communication he may use. What forms are you most open to? Least open to? (Consider such things as literature and stories, nature, visions, dreams, words of others, circumstances.)

 
 
 

Pastor Frank (Gal. 2:20)

 

Senior Ministry From Rev. Dr. Stan Reedy


                                        WADY’S NEWS

Well, we’re on the countdown to Christmas and the final countdown to a new year–2018. Where has this year gone? It’s been over a year since Linda & I started leading the WADYS. We appreciate all who gave of their time to come & take part in the WADYS. If there’s anything we can do to make it better, please let us know. If you have suggestions for outings, get us the info and we’ll see what we can do. If you have suggestions for a guest speaker, again, get us the info & we’ll see what we can do.

Our next WADYS meeting is Dec. 13 @ 4:30 p.m. This is our Christmas party. Everyone bring finger foods of some kind and bring a gag gift. We’re just meeting once this month due to the holidays. As we start the New Year we’ll get back to our twice a month schedule. Our next meetings are on Jan. 10th & 24th.

Starting the last Sunday in December (31st) thru the last Sunday in February (25th), I’ll be filling in at Graham BC while their pastor is snow birding it down in Florida. We won’t be at NMBC for morning services but we will be here for the Adult Bible Study on Sunday nights & WADYS meetings on Wednesday.

This past Sunday night (11/26) we started a new Bible Study: The Truth about the Christmas Story. We’ll be looking at why we celebrate Jesus’ birth on December 25th. We’ll be looking at the Virgin Birth. We’ll be looking at the 2 genealogies of Jesus found in Matthew & Luke and we’ll be looking at some other questions about Christmas. Come & join us. We won’t meet on December 3rd because Linda & I will be getting back from Alabama that Sunday. The last 2 Sundays in December we won’t have our Adult Bible study because of Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve.

Our prayer is that the holidays will be a time of fun & fellowship with family & friends but also a time to celebrate the birth of the Savior as we remember the greatest Christmas gift ever given: “For unto us a Child is born, to us a Son is given.” Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas to all & may God bless us, everyone.

Bro. Stan & Linda

 
 

 Rev Dr Stanley Reedy

 

 

Mark Your Calendar

 

 
Dec 2nd – State Hospital Party
 Dec 4TH – ABM Meeting
 Dec 5th – C.A.M. Christmas Party
 Dec 10th – Bryan & Yvonne Hutson
 Dec 12th – Church Awareness Meeting
 Dec 13th – WADYS Meeting
 Dec 16th – Pure Country & Gospel Music
 Dec 20th – Pizza Hut Fundraiser
 Dec 24th – Christmas EveService
 

Squeakers The Church Mouse 

 
The Absence of Thanks
ARLENE PELLICANE

“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him — and he was a Samaritan.” Luke 17:15-16 (NIV)

It was a typical scene at a kids’ birthday party. Boys and girls lined up for food and brought their plates to the table to eat. There was nothing really wrong with that. One child looked up from his full plate and said, “Thank you” to the adult serving the meal. Thank you. I challenge you to think of two more beautiful words. That was one well-mannered, grateful and considerate child. It’s easy to breeze through life without stopping to say thank you. Whether you’re facing a clerk at the store, a bus driver, restaurant employee or family member, we can move on quickly instead of pausing to give thanks. Apparently people moved along quickly in ancient times, too. The story behind our key verse is only recorded in Luke’s Gospel. Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, and as He entered a certain village, ten men who had leprosy standing far away called upon Him for mercy. He told them to go and show themselves to the priests. The priest was the one who could issue a life-giving paper, a certificate of
release indicating they were disease-free, and therefore allowed to return to their homes and public life once again. Jesus didn’t heal the men on the spot. They were healed on the way. As they followed and obeyed Jesus’ orders, they were healed of their leprosy. Imagine their disbelief and joy as they saw their skin repair itself and look like new again. That was impossible apart from God’s power! One of these 10 returned and thanked Jesus: “when he saw he was healed, [he] came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him — and he was a Samaritan” (Luke 17:1516). Jesus completely, supernaturally, wonderfully changed 10 lives … but only one person came back to say thank you. Ten people had the same experience, but one responded differently than the rest. “Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?’” (Luke 17:17-18, NIV). Do you hear the surprise and disappointment in these questions? The nine Jewish men kept their blessings to enjoy but didn’t return to acknowledge the giver. The most unlikely to return — the Samaritan who knew the least about God — was the one to receive not only a physical healing, but a spiritual one. Jesus said to him in verse 19, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” The power of God cleansed him outwardly in his body as he went in obedience, then cleansed him inwardly from sin when he returned to give thanks.

 
 
 
 
 
                     

 ABW NEWS

 
 
Merry Christmas everyone! It sure seems funny saying that when it was so warm out today, but signs of Christmas are all around. People are getting their Christmas lights out and doing their shopping. I’ve even done some shopping, but I haven’t got my tree up yet. The choir has been working real hard on our cantata, and next Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. Let’s just remember to keep JESUS first during all our Christmas season! We would like to thank everyone who donated items for the guys at the Madison State Hospital. The party will be on Saturday, December 2, at 1:30 p.m. We really appreciate all the help. We had a good night of fellowship and prayer in November at the World Day of Prayer, and, of course, everyone enjoyed the pies and cakes afterwards. Thanks to all who helped. This will be the last Bible book of the month for the year, but I will give you January’s since we will not be meeting in December — December’s is John and January’s is Proverbs. That should keep you busy for while. We have been given our White Cross quota for Christmas which is for Edna Martin Christian Center. We will be sending them a Walmart card to buy the items they need. We will not be having a regular meeting in December but will start back on Tuesday, January 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Ethel’s Place. Hope to see you there!

God Bless and Merry Christmas!

 
MARY
 
 

 

                       REMEMBER THE HOUSE OF HOPE
                             
 SUNDAY CHALLENGE!!
                           Bring one nonperishable item
                                 per person for the
                                     House of Hope
                                 Basket in the foyer           

 

                   Jefferson County

               House of Hope Pantry

           They are in the lower level
         of the Clearing-House Project                                      Facility at
           100 East Second Street
              in downtown Madison
          hohinfo@cinergymetro.net

DEACONS DIALOGUE

Greetings everyone!! God bless you. Well, here we are approaching another wonderful Christmas season. We would like to remind you that the Deacons are here for you. Whether you need prayer or other needs this season be sure to call on us. Sometimes it is hard to be alone during this time. Or unexpected bills come. We can help, and it will be private. The Deacons are usually at Sunday School, by 9:30 am and are available for prayer or comfort at this time. Let us help you in your time of need. Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. May you have Joy, Comfort and Peace.

The Deacons of North Madison Baptist Church
 
 
 
 
 
                      Verse of the Month
                                                   

                  ISAIAH 9:6

For unto us a Child is born, Unto to us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called Wonderful,

Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

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