"A Difficult Miracle"  (Text: Mark 9:14-29)

Our failure to find things, accomplish certain tasks, or achieve certain goals can sometimes be attributed to simply going about it the wrong way.


This is not only true of physical things, it's also true of spiritual things. In Jesus' twenty-fifth miracle, Jesus' disciples were unable to provide the healing that was needed for a man's son who was demon possessed.


Unfortunately, their inability to help the man and his son opened the door for the Scribes to criticize and argue with them about Jesus and the Christian faith.


In the end, the disciples discovered that some miracles need more than just prayer. They need concentrated, fervent prayers accompanied with fasting.


Come and join us this Sunday morning (10-13-16) in either our 8:15 or 11:00 A.M. service. We are located at 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, KY 42436.


Our story is found in Mark 9:14-29. The message title is "A Difficult Miracle."

Trunk or Treat at Concord

Our 7th annual Trunk or Treat will be held on Halloween night, October 31st. This will provide an alternative to the traditional Trick or Treating. Activities will include trunk or treat, soups, chili, and smores in the church basement and wiener roast behind the church.  It all starts at 5:30 p.m. The trunk or treat will end at 7:00 p.m. and the meal after everyone has finished. The cars will be positioned around the outer edge of the north parking lot with trunks facing inward.


We need several adults to help provide and hand out the treats to the children. If you can help with this ministry, please indicate so on the orange card in your worship folder/bulletin, or call us at 249-3623. We’ve had several adults to wear costumes in previous years so feel free to join in (no devilish or demonic ones).


Concord's First Ever Blood Drive (November 22nd - 2 pm. to 6:15 p.m.)

We are our brothers and sister's keeper. We are commanded to love our neighbors. We can play a big role in saving souls by sharing Christ and saving lives by sharing our blood. Sadly, stitistics show most won't do either.


But this doesn't have to be true of us Concordians. We are different from the world, if Christ lives in us. Help us to help others in our first ever sponsored blood drive. We will begin signing people up for our upcoming blood drive which is scheduled for November 22nd from 2:00 p.m. until 6:15 p.m.  Anyone ages 17 and up can give blood. People on high blood pressure mediciene can give and most people on blood thinners can give (there are a couple of blood thinners that are not allowed).


Signup sheets and more information can be found in the foyer. Be sure to pick your time slot soon and help save a life. (P.S. Recruit your non-church friends so as to introduce them to our facilities and our people).

Revised Church Constitution & By-Laws vote (10-16-16)

Don't forget that tomorrow, Sunday the 16th, we will be voting on our revised Church Constitution and By-Laws at the end of each of our morning worship services. If you are a church member, please make an effort to be there.


A few weeks ago we went over the revised version during the Sunday School hour and took any questions about it. We still have copies in the foyer if you want to pick one up when you first get to church.


I hope we can pass this revised version. It will help protect us from possible lawsuits in the future concerning sexual orientation issues and help to insure that our facilities are only used for the purposes that are in line with our beliefs and practices.


In addition to the above reasons, it will help our church to function in a way that is even more in line with Biblical teachings, while preserving our General Baptist distinctiveness.

"The Vision Miracle" (Text: Mark 8:22-26)

Seeing correctly involves more than just the eyes. With our eyes we see images, but with our brains we interpret those images. The wrong interpretation produces a distorted or blurred vision. Umpires often interpret balls and strikes differently from what the batter sees.
Our vision is not only dependent on good eyesight, it's also dependent on the Holy Spirit. Some things just can't be envisioned without the help of the Holy Spirit.
In the twenty-fourth miracle performed by Jesus He enables a man to see, at first vaguely, and then clearly. This two-stage miracle is unlike any other miracle preformed by Jesus. Why? His two-stage miracle had a purpose behind.
Our message this Sunday (10-16-16) is titled, "Seeing Clearly" and our text is found in Mark 8:22-26. Come join us in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service.

Our GPS address is 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, KY 42436.

"The Sufficient Savior" (Text: Matthew 15:29-39)

In the twenty-third miracle by Jesus, the feeding of the 4,000, we have a type of sequel to His nineteenth miracle, the feeding of the 5,000.


The feeding of the 5,000 communicated to the Jewish people that Jesus was in fact God, the same God that fed them when they were wandering through the wilderness for forty years.


The feeding of the 4,000 was meant to reveal that He is the bread of life. He is sufficient for their needs, both physical and spiritual. He is sufficient for the needs of the Jews and the Gentiles. He is the all-sufficient Savior for whosoever will believe in Him.


Our story takes place in an unlikely place, among an unlikely audience, but employs a very important and significant number, the number seven.


Our message this Sunday (10-09-16) is titled, "The Sufficient Savior" and our text is found in Matthew 15:29-39. Come join us in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service. Concord General Baptist Church is located at 3085 Manitou Rd, Manitou, Ky.

"The Hearing Miracle" (Text: Mark 7:31-37)

In Jesus' 22nd miracle He heals a deaf man, who also had problems with his speech.


Being aware of the importance Jesus placed on hearing the Word of God, helps us to see that this miracle is not just about hearing in general, but about hearing the Word of God. We are isolated from God until we hear from God.


Our message for Sunday is titled, "The Hearing Miracle" and our text is found in Mark 7:31-37.


Come join us for either our 8:15 or 11:00 service this Sunday morning.

"The Power of Words" by Eddie Fleming

King Solomon once said, Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21ESV).
In the tongue and in the pen, we have the power to create or destroy. The real power, however, actually lies in the words created by them. We are made in the image of God, which means we have the ability to think, love, and--with our words--create. 
With hands, we can construct tools, machines, vehicles, and buildings out of the materials of this world, but with our words we can create something out of nothing. We can create good or evil. We can deceive or enlighten, form good or bad images of others, and give life or produce death and destruction. Our social environments are shaped by our words, whether it be hostile or hospitable. Wars are started by words and peace is established by words. With words Jesus raised the dead and with words King Herrod ordered the death of John the Baptist. With our words good marriages can be destroyed, dead marriages can be resurrected, and love can be restored. 
It is no wonder that Jesus said in Matthew 12:36-37ESV, I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. 
What you say or write matters, so think long, think hard, and be sure of your words, for in your words reside the power of life and death. Those who speak or write out of ignorance, put others in peril. In Thomas Gray's poem, “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College” (1742) he writes, Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise. But in most cases, ignorance is not bliss, for what you don't know can hurt you, and when you share your ignorance, it can hurt others. 
I was once a fan of Dear Abby years ago, but I now rarely read her column. I stopped reading her column for health reasons, it often caused my blood pressure to rise to an unsafe level. Her misinformation, or ignorance about so much, and the fact that she is read by so many, has no doubt directed many down dark and deadly alleys filled with ignorance and littered with misinformation, resulting in a cesspool of relationship carnage and moral wreckage. 
Despite my feelings, I recently gave in to temptation, and read her column. Maybe it was the word love. It could have been the word marriage. I'm not really sure what it was, but her article caught my attention, and consequently, I found myself reading it. 
While not all her advice is bad, sadly, much of it is, especially that which is birthed from the common, easy, self-indulgent, appeasement kind of philosophies that fill our social consciousness these days. The Bible warns us about the desires of the flesh. They are evil. Thus,  when counselors placate us, giving us permission to travel down our desired path, which is nothing more than a self-paved road of least resistance, it is often destructive to us and to many others along the way. 
In my position as pastor I often counsel couples having relationship problems. I don't do it for money. I do it because I love people. I do it because I love God. I do it because I know the pain and injury that a divorce or a miserable marriage can produce in couples and their children. Consequently, I choose my words of counsel carefully. People matter. Relationships matter. Our words matter. 
The Dear Abby article I read, gave some less-than-thoughtful advice to a man looking for support for his decision to divorce his wife. Her advice broke my heart and raised my blood pressure. The reader asked Dear Abby, Is it possible that people can just fall out of love with each other? The reader tells her that he's in a loveless marriage that has lasted twenty-one years and produced three children. He acknowledges that he and his wife no longer communicate and have little desire to be with one another. He shares that the reason for their present state was that they had pretty much neglected each other emotionally and physically. He further adds that they have not sought a marriage counselor because I just don't love my wife anymore, and I'm not saying this to be mean. It's just how I feel.
Her advice was a simple, neatly packaged thirty-seven word snippet that tells the reader to do what he already desires to do -- If you and your wife agree that there is nothing left for either of you, and marriage counseling won't fix the dysfunction in your relationship, then the logical next step would be an amicable separation or divorce. 
Her answer was most likely shaped by her lack of space, her lack of knowledge, and possibly by her acceptance of society's cure-all for troubled marriages--divorce. This much is certain, she has no business aiding in the demise of a marriage and the breakup of a family based on so little information from only one of the parties involved.  
She needs to restrict her advice to lesser, non-life changing, and future rearranging topics. Short columns are not suitable for addressing deep emotional needs, hurts, or confusion. Advice about whether to send written or email wedding invitations is one thing, but advice about how and when to dump your spouse, dissolve your marriage, and breakup your family is in a whole other category, one that should be left to marriage counselors or relationship therapists.
A truth that was missing in her advice is that marriages are not doomed by a lack of love, but rather by incorrect thinking about love. Most often it's our thinking that needs changing, not our marriage status. Just because the reader and his wife think there's nothing left for either of them in their marriage or that marriage counseling would not help, doesn't make it true. Emotions blind us to the truth. They often lie to us. This is why an outsider, someone unbiased, someone disconnected from the relationship--a marriage counselor--is needed to assist couples in obtaining a right and proper perspective about their marriages.
While we all have certain needs, both in and outside of our marriage, what we must guard against is applying incorrect thinking in our effort to meet our needs. It's very easy to slip into a totally or largely self-focused mindset, in which our life is completely wrapped up in the way we feel, and what we want at that particular moment. For instance, if our love life is unfulfilling, we begin searching for the solution. The social climate, which permeates Hollywood, the media, and the workplace, provides the obvious solution--the path most traveled--divorce. Divorce is portrayed as the cure-all for an unhappy marriage or unfulfilled life of a married person. At the same time, the social climate discounts or considers non-relevant such factors as the joys and special memories of the past, the children involved, financial consequences, relationships with in-laws, friends and extended family members. A counselor, not a columnist, can help clear our thinking and enable us to see the big picture. 
We live in a society. We are relational creatures. We are our brother's and sister's keeper. Unfortunately, this incorrect or wrong thinking about love and marriage often occurs when we lose perspective and see life as being all about us (sadly much of society sees wrong thinking as  right thinking).  
The lack of love in this marriage and in most other troubled marriages is not the main problem; the main problem is misconceptions about love. Love is a feeling that is created by actions. Contrary to modern folklore, there's no such thing as falling in or out of love. Plants don't just grow or die for no reason and neither does our love for someone. The reader recognized what caused the death of their love, but has chosen not to do anything about it, other than seek to dissolve the marriage. (Then again, he may not know what else to do, other than get a divorce).The problem, as he said himself, is that they had neglected their marriage. His biggest problem is his failure to apply critical thinking to his marriage, specifically the love issue. 
When I neglect my plant, its leaves wilt and its blooms droop.


But if I begin watering it and fertilizing it, the almost dead, ugly

plant suddenly springs back to life. Of course, I have to choose (love must be a choice first, and a feeling second) to love the plant enough to care for it and nurse it back to health.

If I neglect it long enough, the plant will die. But even should this happen, all is not lost. I still have two choices. I can either remove the pot (which represents our spouse) from my presence, or reseed the pot and grow a new plant (which represents our love). If in a marriage, the love has died, it can be reseeded, watered, given the warm of unconditional affection, and over time, new love spouts and rises from the ashes of the old love. The big difference between choosing a divorce or choosing to resurrect new love in a marriage is the lack of collateral damage. By resurrecting love, we and our children are spared the pain and injury of a divorce, finances are not adversely affected, society benefits, and God is glorified. 
Love is a always a choice and in more than one way. First, we see someone we're attracted to, so  we choose to approach them with words and actions we hope will convince them to go out with us. During our dates we choose to say things and perform actions we hope will appeal to them and please them. As a result, love flourishes and with this love comes a desire to do more pleasing and desirable things for them.
Second, during some part of the marriage what is known as love-fade happens. In the course of running the rat race and raising little rascals we often forget to water and nurture our love for one another. Our love fades or dies because we have stopped doing many of the things that promotes love growth, and then, as the fade increases, we choose to stop all acts of love, and may even choose to spray words and actions that kill what feelings still exist. 
Third, and most important of all, when the love has faded, or even died, we still have a choice. We can choose to revive or resurrect the love. In this case, our acts of love must come from a conscious, determined choice. We must choose to do what is needed, not because we are motivated by feelings, but because we want those feelings back, and the key to getting them back is actions -- loving actions, conscious actions. These acts are like love seeds placed in the life of our spouse, and watered and nurture by loving words and kind actions. 
In essence, we must go back to the beginning. We must re-date our spouse. Dating all over again can be a scary thing after being married for many years, but when you're doing it with the person who was once the love of your life, and can be again, it's not scary at all. 
A better answer for the man in the loveless marriage would be to give him words of hope. He and his wife need hope. When hope dies, we give up. When couples are given hope and help, they often make the right choices. They choose to change their words and their actions in order to resurrect their love.  
Resurrecting love is difficult, but not impossible. To resurrect the love of the past, one need only to have hope that it can occur, and a willingness to choose the path that produced it the first time around. And once it comes back, be sure to choose not to neglect it. (For most posts from Eddie's blog go to


Helping Us Help Others

Our church packs 250 shoeboxes filled with various items for children for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child each year. Shipping alone costs us $1,750. HOW CAN YOU HELP?


We have joined the Kroger Community Rewards Program where they will donate a portion of all sales with Kroger Plus cards linked to our church. What's so great is that you can help without any cost to you. Just simply log on, link your card, and each time you swipe your card, you are helping us help others. The instructions are as follows:


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