Monthly Newsletter of NMBC Baptist Church

 

 

NMBC NEWS HEARLD

FEBRUARY 2018

From the Desk of Pastor Frank

The Month of February brings with it more cold weather with the possibility of a little more snow, something I really do not look forward to. But, February also brings with it Valentines Day, cards, flowers and candy will fill the mail boxes, dining room tables and counter tops. Our hearts overflow with love for a few days then we slip back into the same ol ways of life and journey on. I often wonder if Jesus has the same experience with us. We express our love and adoration for him one day and then we slip back into the same ol ways of life.

My prayer this year is that each of us show how much we love and adore our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ everyday in 2018. We can do this by our
Obedience, Commitment, Serving Him daily, Worshipping Him everyday but especially on Sunday morning when we pour out our hearts in True Worship, Living our Lives for Him, Witnessing to others and Sharing the Gospel.

I would like to challenge each of you in 2018 to “Win One For Jesus”. I have said this many times, if everyone of us would win one person for Jesus, our attendance would double, wouldn’t that be a blessing? But, let’s not stop there with one, let’s go ahead and try for two, three, four…Motives For Hearing God

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:2425

Many people seek to hear God solely as a device for securing their own safety, comfort and righteousness. An extreme preoccupation with knowing God’s will may indicate, contrary to what is often thought, that I am over concerned with myself, not that I have a Christlike interest in the well-being of others or in the glory of God. In The Secret of Guidance, Frederick B. Meyer writes, “So long as there is some thought of personal advantage, some idea of acquiring the praise and commendation of men, it will be simply impossible to find out God’s purpose concerning us.” Nothing will go right in our effort to hear God if this false motivation is its foundation. God simply will not cooperate. We must discover a different
type of motivation for knowing God’s will and listening to his voice.

MEDITATE: Read John 12:24-25 slowly. Close your eyes and ponder: How does hearing God require that we die to self? That we abandon self-advancing motives? What are good motives for wanting to hear God?

May God Bless you and your family always!!! .

 

Pastor Frank (Gal. 2:20)

 
 

Senior Ministry From Rev. Dr. Stan Reedy


WADY’S NEWS

Believe it or not, we’ve come to the end of the 1st month of 2018. We spent several days during the month in the deep freeze. During this time we did like most of you probably did: we went into hibernation mode. We didn’t get out unless absolutely necessary. On top of that, many folks are hoping that February will be not just warmer but also healthier. A lot of you (and us too) have been dealing with health issues from flu to pneumonia to bronchitis & what I call the creeping crud-snorting, sneezing & coughing. We also had a time of joy/sorrow this month as God called one of our senior ladies to come home. We rejoice that Dorothy Leach is in “the Father’s House” but we share the grief of Jim & Linda Tilley & the family as their loved one left them to enter the Lord’s presence.

As we close out January & start February our prayer for one another needs to be that God will anoint all of us with a touch of His healing hand so we can do what we need to do to serve Him & share Jesus with those around us.

All of this has made it difficult for us to continue our Sunday night Bible study & have our WADYS meetings. We’ve rescheduled & cancelled our WADYS’ meeting 3 times this month due to either weather or sickness or both. I guess the good Lord figured we all needed a break. Hopefully, the Lord willing, we’ll be able to get back to our Sunday night Bible study on Feb. 4 & our WADYS’ meeting on Feb. 14th which is Valentine’s Day.

May the blessings of the Lord be upon you & may you share those blessings with the folks around you.

Bro. Stan & Linda

 

 

Calendar

 

 
 Feb 5th – ABM Meeting
 Feb 14th – WADYS Meeting
 Feb 20th – ABW Meeting
 Feb 21st – Pizza Hut Fundraiser
 Feb 28th – WADYS Meeting
 

Squeakers The Church Mouse

 
Greeting fellow Christians. Here we are going into the second month of 2018!! The preschool is busy with lots of fun things going on, and lots of crumbs for this old Church Mouse!! Spring is not far off stay well and warm!! God bless you all!!

Did People Witness to the Fact That Jesus Was God?

Acts 5:29–32

Though some critics have called Jesus merely a prophet or a good man, many people were witnesses of his divine identity. In Acts 5:31 Peter declared that Jesus is “Prince and Savior” and that he is seated at God’s right hand and able to forgive the sins of the very people who had crucified him. Peter clearly believed that Jesus is God. In Matthew 16:15– 16, Jesus asked Peter about this very issue: “Who do you say I am?” and Peter replied,
“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And the disciple Thomas, coming face to face with the resurrected Jesus, confessed, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).

Even Gentiles proclaimed Jesus’ divinity. When Jesus died, the sky grew dark and the earth shook. Seeing all this happen, the Roman centurion and soldiers who carried out the crucifixion exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:54).

In Mark 2:1–12 (see also Matthew 9:1–8; Luke 5:17–26), Jesus not only forgave a paralyzed man’s sins but also proved his authority to forgive by curing the man of his paralysis. Jesus ministered to this man publicly, in front of many witnesses and in full view of the hostile Pharisees. Although the Pharisees rejected Jesus’ claim despite the evidence, those whose spiritual eyes were opened believed there was no room for doubt: Jesus was (and is) the Son of God.

DEACONS DIALOGUE
As we enter the “month of love” it makes me reflect on the love that He has for each and every one of us. In 1 John 4:7-11 we are reminded that God so loved us that he sent his only begotten Son so that we may live through him. Later we are told that God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

It is early in the year brothers and sisters, take the time to let go of any resentment you may harbor for another person.

As always the deacons are here to serve, so please call on any of us if needed.

God Bless! Josh

 
Verse of the Month
 

1 Corinthians 16:14

Do everything in love

 

 

 
 
 
 

ABW NEWS

 
What do you think of when February comes around? I usually think of Valentine’s Day, since it is our anniversary. Most people think of it because of getting candy, flowers, etc. Also we think of love around this time too. In Mark, chapter 12, Jesus was asked which was the most important commandment. He answered, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” I hope as we go through February, and all through the year, that we will keep these words in our hearts and maybe in some small way we can make someone’s day a little better as we go along life’s pathway. We started back with our regular meetings on Tuesday, January 23, a week late because of the bad weather, but we had a good group with eight ladies present. The Bible book of the month for February will be Esther. We also discussed what we will be doing for our White Cross quota this spring. We will do 10 health and 10 school kits. The ladies will be bringing the items next month, and we will put them together then. We will also be getting ready to roll bandages in March, but they have to be torn and sewn together before then. If anyone has some old, cotton or muslin sheets they would like to get rid of, please bring them to church and give them to me or Norma. We will probably get together one day to work on them if anyone would like to help. Please let one of us know. We would love to have the help. We received thank-you notes from the guys on Harmony Lane for the Christmas party and presents. They had a good time and so did we. It is such a blessing to be able to do these parties for the guys. Coming up in March will be the America for Christ offering. We set a goal of $200.00. I will have more on this next month We have also set the day for our State Project Dinner. This will be on Sunday, April 29, right after the morning service. I will have more information on this in March. After our business meeting, Ethel treated us to some wonderful candy and cakes she had received from her son for her birthday. It was delicious! Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Ethel’s Place. Hope to see you there!

God Bless!

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

 

 

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