Monthly Newsletter of NMBC Baptist Church

 

NMBC NEWS HEARLD

AUGUST  2019

FROM THE DESK OF PASTOR FRANK


1 “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the LORD, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; 2 who go down to Egypt without consulting me; who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection, to Egypt’s shade for refuge. Isaiah 30:1-2 (NIV) Why do we constantly struggle to remain faithful to God? Why do our sinful desires and selfish actions claw at our emotional and physical well-being? Why is it that when we resolve in the morning to act in a certain way or to deny ourselves something that we know to be wrong, we too often end up at the end of the evening looking back on our day with regret? For you and I, we only face one lifetime of wrestling with this problem! Imagine struggling with this issue for dozens of lifetimes, as the nation Israel did! It made no difference how hard the Israelites tried, they could never seem to remain faithful to God. Their struggle with this issue lasted for centuries, through good times and bad, through every turn and season of life. Because of their humanity in the midst of God’s holiness, they created a problem they couldn’t overcome on their own, any more than they could stop the sun from rising in the east.Yet despite their unfaithfulness, God always remained true. So it is with our own unfaithfulness toward God, God still remains faithful and true to you and I. He refuses to give up on you and I! God’s unconditional love and forgiveness might be the toughest concept in all of Scripture for you and I to comprehend. We can’t grasp it any more than we can earn it. Yet God’s love for us to comprehend. We can’t grasp it any more than we can earn it. Yet God’s love for us and forgiveness of our sins stand as unalterable realities of His nature. The apostle Paul recognized this when he wrote, “11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. 2 Tim 2:11-13 (NIV) The Rev.

PASTOR FRANK



 

Calendar

 Aug 5th – ABM Meeting Graham  Aug 5th – Preschool Parent Orientation  Aug 7th – Leaders Meeting  Aug 7th – WADYS Devotion Meeting  Aug 12th – First Day of Preschool  Aug 13th – Game Day  Aug 14th – Life Reserves Meeting  Aug 19th – ABW visit to Madison State Hospital  Aug 21st – WADYS Movie Meeting  Aug 21st – River Trace Ministry  Aug 21st – Pizza Hut Fundraiser  Aug 27th – Game Day  Aug 28th – Life Reserves Meeting
 
 

Squeakers The Church Mouse

 
Well it has been a fun summer. The kids are about to come back to the pre-school. You know we as Christians get angry and emotional. But we must not let it fester into sin. There is a Bluessgrass song that says “He’s My All In All”. We should rely on Jesus everyday in everyway. Here is a little devotional to help. God bless you all. Living As If You Were Dead “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11 What are the things that arouse the strongest emotions in you? Perhaps it is a rude motorist who cuts you off in traffic. Perhaps it is the anger you feel when you are wrongfully accused. Perhaps it is frustration that results from not having enough money to meet perceived needs. When do emotions turn into sin? Anger itself is not sin. Jesus had righteous anger when they sold doves in the temple. Whenever our peace is upset over events and circumstances in life, we have moved past emotions into sin. Sin says that circumstances of life now dictate anxiety, worry, fear, or anger. Consider the attributes of a dead man. He does not get angry when slandered. He does not worry about the future. He does not fear what can be done to him. Why? Because he is dead. Nothing can harm a dead man. Christ said we are to live as if we are dead – dead to the temptation of responding to stimuli in our life that are designed to stir up the sinful nature that resides in each of us. We do not have to respond to that nature; we can consider it dead. Christ said He is enough. When He is our all in all, nothing can move us. If we are moved, then Christ is not our all in all. This does not mean we cannot have strong emotion about our circumstance, it means we do not sin. Christ had strong emotions in the Garden of Gethsemane, yet He sinned not.

 
DEACONS DIALOGUE
I am going to take this opportunity to ask you for your prayers and support for the local mission that is the Jefferson House of Hope. It is going through a time of transition. It has been caused by a disagreement with Gleaners, a Feeding America agency. The plan of the pantry is to help families with a food donation and a helping hand toward dealing with other life problems. We were being required to extend our food outreaches which would have meant being open thirteen times rather than nine times a month. That would have required even more volunteer hours and additional budget dollars for food. Gleaners also wanted us to streamline our process. That would have interfered with our person to person contact.We declined to accept their terms. That resulted in them prohibiting us from picking up foodstuffs from local national chain stores. The pantry has been forced to look elsewhere for food sources. That has come at an additional cost and a drain on the budget. If you believe in the admonition that we are to feed the hungry and help our neighbor, please contact someone at the House of Hope.
Deacon Don Perkins 
 
 
 
 
 
Verse of the Month
1 THESSALONIANS 5:12-16 12And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. 14Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. 16Rejoice always,
 

ABW NEWS

 
Wow! What a crazy, hot summer we are having so far. It has been hot, hot, hot! But we had a great picnic (indoors of course) with some great chicken and fixins! Thanks again to Paul Greer for cooking the chicken on such a hot day. Thanks also to those who provided the wonderful entertainment. It was a fun day. It is hard to believe that August is almost here and school will be soon starting. Seems like the kids just got out of school. But I guess we have to go with the flow! Our Bible Book for July was Philippians. Hope you were able to get that read. The book for August will be II Chronicles. In case you didn’t finish I Chronicles in June, you can do that and just keep reading both books till you finish. We are making plans for another inductee into the Hall of Fame in September. More details on this later. I have talked to the person at the Madison State Hospital who sets up the parties for Harmony Lane, and we set the
date for Monday, August 19. We will be having a meal of chicken strips, potato salad, baked beans, chips, cookies, and ice cream. If anyone would like to go with us, you are welcome. The guys love to have people come. We will have some entertainment for them too. Let us know if you would like to go. We will meet at the church at 4:00 p.m. to go over. We will start having regular meetings again in September. We will meet at Ethel’s Place on Tuesday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. If you are looking for a good place to serve the Lord and have a good time with wonderful, fun-loving, Godloving and caring women, then this is the place you need to be. 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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