Monthly Newsletter of NMBC Baptist Church

 

NMBC NEWS HEARLD

NOVEMBER  2019

FROM THE DESK OF PASTOR FRANK

56 And wherever he went–into villages, towns or countryside–they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed. Mark 6:56 (NIV)
What is a typical day for you? Running around town doing errands? Cleaning the house or yard? Visiting the nursing homes or hospitals? It seems we live very busy lives today. There are times the day doesn’t have enough hours to complete everything you must do that day.
In Chapter Six, we find a particularly busy day for Jesus and His Apostles. Particularly significant is the feeding of the five thousand.
Believe it or not Jesus experienced stressful and chaotic days like we have many times before. He knows firsthand what the pace of our life is like.
Look closely at this chapter, First, Jesus grieves the death of a dear friend and relative. Then His life is threatened. Next He celebrates the triumphant return of His followers. Then He is nearly suffocated by a brouhaha of humanity. We see a day of Bereavement, Jeopardy, Jubilation and Bedlam.
The next time your day goes from calm to chaos, think about a typical day for Jesus.There are days we look up toward heaven and tell Jesus, “It’s easy for you up there, you don’t understand how difficult it is for me down here. ”However, in reality you can never say that about Jesus. Of the many messages Jesus taught us that day about stress, the first one is this, “God knows how you feel.”
Follow Jesus’ example in handling stress. If today starts to get hectic, take five minutes to be alone with God. If your work gets interrupted, ask God for patience to deal with the interruption and for endurance to finish the task.
The Rev.



 

Calendar

 Nov 2nd – Leaders Meeting
 Nov 3rd – Time Changes
 Nov 4th – ABM Meeting & World Day of Prayer
 Nov 5th – Game Day
 Nov 6th – WADYS Devotion Meeting
 Nov 10th – Veteran’s Recognition
 Nov 13th – Life Preservers Meeting
 Nov 19th – ABW Meeting
 Nov 19th – Game Day
 Nov 20th – WADYS Movie Meeting
 Nov 20th – River Trace Ministry
 Nov 20th – Pizza Hut Fundraiser
 Nov 27th – Life Preservers Meeting
 Nov 28th – Thanksgiving Day Dinner
 
 

Squeakers The Church Mouse

 
November is upon us. Thanksgiving is coming up. A
time we are thankful for so many things!
Here is something to help you stay on track with
your daily walk with our Lord.
On Track
1 Chronicles 23:24–32
Recommended Reading: Psalm 95:1–11; Matthew
6:5–15; Colossians 4:2–4
What if every driver decided to ignore the center
yellow lines? Smash-ups would rival apocalyptic
visions. Those colored splotches in the roadway
keep us on track. They keep us safe.
In our spiritual journey, praise and thanksgiving are
like a yellow line, keeping our hearts on track. But it
doesn’t take much to veer off course, does it? Think
about the Levites. They were set apart to offer
thanks and praise to God every morning and every
night, day in and day out, in a never-ending cycle
(see 1 Chronicles 23:30). It was their job. Forced
“thank yous.” Praise, praise, praise.Imagine the temptations
inherent in this routine.
Did easy-to-repeat prayers take the place of
petitions motivated by full hearts and genuine
gratitude? Did their minds wander as the words
bubbled out? “Hear me, O God. Here we go again.”
We’ve all heard of the doctor who’s in terrible physical
condition or the plumber whose house has leaky pipes.
When you do something for a living, as these people do,
it’s sometimes hard to stay motivated to keep your own
life in order. This is what it may have been like for the
Levites as well.
Praise and thanks are key ingredients in a healthy
relationship with God. We need them as much as we
need fresh air. Praise isn’t just an outward gesture; it
reveals what’s inside us—the attitude we have toward
God. When we offer meaningful thanks, we
acknowledge that God’s goodness deserves our
recognition and awe. Every gift comes from his hand.
Nothing we’ve done grants us the sun’s bright rising or
peaceful slumber at night—it all comes from God’s good
hand.
How do we make our delight in God genuine and true
every day? Unlike the Levites, God doesn’t demand that
we follow certain daily requirements. Maybe that makes
the routine more difficult. We are responsible for taking
the time to bow before him and offer our praise and
thanks.
When we skip this routine, we become like those drivers
who disregard the center line—a potential accident
waiting to happen. But when we take the time to
regularly focus on and praise the God who loves us, he
helps us to stay on track.
 
DEACONS DIALOGUE
Greetings!! God bless you all!! How can this be November already!
I’d like to talk to you about Faith. We worry to much it is hard not to. But the Bible tells us to have Faith time and time again. Here is a devotional that touches on that!!
God Shall Supply All Your Needs
My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
In Philippians 4:6, Paul says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” And then in Philippians 4:19 (just 13 verses later), he gives the liberating promise of future grace, just as Jesus did: “My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
If we live by faith in this promise of future grace, it will be very hard for anxiety to survive. God’s “riches in glory” are inexhaustible. He really means for us not to worry about our future.
We should follow the pattern of Jesus and Paul. We should battle the unbelief of anxiety with the promises of future grace.
When I am anxious about some risky new venture or meeting, I battle unbelief with one of my most often-used promises, Isaiah 41:10. The day I left for three years in Germany my father called me long distance and gave me this promise on the telephone. For three years I must have quoted it to myself five hundred times to get me through periods of tremendous stress. “Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you, with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, RSV).
When the motor of my mind is in neutral, the hum of the gears is the sound of Isaiah 41:10.
Deacon Tim Ehlers
 
 
 
 
 
Verse of the Month
Psalm 106:1
Praise the Lord!
Oh, give thanks to the
Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy
endures forever.
 

ABW NEWS

 
Hello Everyone!
We held our meeting at Ethel’s place on Oct. 22 and 7 ladies were present. Mary continues to be absent due to illness, and Cindy provided an update on her progress. We miss her smiling face and sense of humor, lifting her up in prayer as well as her family. We continue to look forward to her return!
Fall weather has finally arrived and has been pleasant. The farmers have been working to collect their harvest and praying they can meet their debt and needs for family. Halloween is around the corner and the preschool is having a Heroween celebration for the children. That sounds like a fun and safe way to celebrate. Now is the time for pumpkins, squash and candy……..you can’t forget the candy and the apples. Do you remember bobbing for apples when you were a child? I do and I have to say it got pretty messy! Oooh! The good ole days!
Oct. 14 was the Madison Association Fall Conference at Wirt Baptist Church and 6 ladies represented our NMBC ABW. We had a good time and enjoyed the pitch in dinner, business meeting and program. Debby and Kyle Witmer were the speakers sharing information about their ministry and mission in Thailand. Their 2 youngest children were with them and did share some of their experiences living there as well. The two oldest children are attending college at Campbellsville.
Oct. 12 we did celebrate Dottie Kring’s life and service placing her in the Hall of Fame. We had a good time and enjoyed Dottie and her family. Dottie has contributed much to our community and church.
Ecclesiastes was the Bible book for October. Psalms 73 – 150 is the reading for November. Happy reading!
Nov. 4, 2019, at 7:00 pm, North Madison Baptist Church will host the World Day of Prayer. The ABM will meet upstairs and the women downstairs. First Baptist Church will be in charge of the program and we will be providing pies.Our next meeting will be Nov. 19 at 6:30 pm at Ethel’s place. Please join us in serving the lord!
In Christian Love,
Nancy Stewart
 

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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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