"The Necessity of Change"  (Text: 1 Corinthians 15:50-57)

The Dead Sea is located in Israel. At 1,407 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on the surface of the planet.
If, however, things don't change the Dead Sea itself will die in about 50 years, for by then, it will be nothing but a dry sea bed. Its waters has been receding by over three feet each year for the past 50 years. It's water source, the Jordan River, is but a fraction of what it used to be. It is estimated that over 90% of Jordan's water is now diverted for drinking, irrigation, and industrial use.
Change must occur if the Dead Sea is to survive. God has so created our world that change must occur in all aspects of life. The only thing that the Bible says will not change is God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Our text today stresses the need for change if we are to enjoy the pleasures of Heaven. But exactly what kind of changes are necessary. This is what we want to look at in our message.
Our message for this Sunday (02/26/17) is on "The Necessity of Change." Our text is 1 Corinthians 15:50-57. Come join us at Concord General Baptist Church located at 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, KY.

"The Inescapble Presence of God" (Text: Psalm 139:7-12)

We've all heard of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. It's a list of people who have committed crimes and are now running from the law.
But you don't have to be on the FBI's most wanted list to be running from something. We run from problems, people, and even God.
The Bible reveals how people often run from God, but they soon discover that they can never truly escape from the presence of God. No matter where we go, God is there. No matter how well we try to hide our actions, God sees them.
Our message this Sunday (02/19/17) at Concord General Baptist Church is on "The Inescapable Presence of God." Our text is found in Psalm 139:7-12.

Join us for either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service. Our church is located at 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, KY 42436.

"The Protection of God's Presence" (Text: Psalm 31:1-5, 13-20)

In the book of Job, Satan attacks Job. He tries to get him to turn against God and curse Him, which Job refused to do.
This is Satan's character. He's our enemy. He seeks to turn us against God and one another. And He seems to be doing a good job at it in America these days. But is this due to Satan growing more powerful, or is it due to the lack of God's protection, a lack of His presence in our country, our churches, and our homes?
What we need is God's protection and that protection comes from having God's presence with us.
Our message for this Sunday (02/12/17) will be "The Protection of His Presence." Our text is found in Psalm 31:1-5, 13-20. Come join us in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service at Concord General Baptist Church at 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, KY 42436.

"The Promises of His Presence"  (Text: James 4:4-10)

Whenever I'm checking out a product that involves a considerable purchase price, I always examine the warranty. A good warranty provides me with some peace of mind.


My favorite warranties are the lifetime ones, especially the ones, that not only guarantees free replacement of the product, but also includes free labor.


Unfortunately, I've discovered that no matter how great the warranty is, it's useless, if the company is nowhere to be found. Warranties and retirement commitments from companies mean nothing if the business goes bankrupt or closes its doors.


God's promises are a lot like manufacturer warranties, they require His presence to fulfill them. This is why His foundational (this is what I call it) promise is vital; His promise to be with us.


Join us this Sunday (02/05/17) in either our 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. service at Concord General Baptist Church. We are located at 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, KY 42436.


The message title is "The Promises of His Presence." The text will be from James 4:4-10.


Many years ago, when I was a teenager, a tornado passed less than a hundred yards behind our house. On the other side of where the tornado had passed, and about a hundred yards up the hill, lived my mom's two elderly sisters in their old home place.
The tornado totally destroyed the house down the road from us, so naturally we were concerned about my aunts. With flash lights in hand, we walked down the road that lead to my aunts' home. At the bottom of the hill where the tornado had passed was a wooded area. When we approached that spot, we saw that the road was littered with fallen trees. I counted 13 trees, some with very large trunks that were crossing the road. It took us quite a while to maneuver our way through all the trunks, branches, vines, and leaves, but we were determined to get to our aunts.
Thankfully, they were unhurt.
Over the last few weeks we've seen the importance of and the battle we must fight to experience His presence. Last week we saw the power that resides in His presence, but now we want to look at the obstacles that must be overcome to experience, enjoy, and reside in His presence.
A major factor, of course, is our love for God. If the love is there, the desire to overcome any obstacles between us and Him will be there.
Our message this Sunday (01-29-2017), is titled, "Overcoming Obstacles to His Presence." The text is found in Genesis 3:1-13.
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 42436.

The Power of His Presence  (Text: Psalm 68:1-8)

Here at Concord General Baptist Church we are currently in a sermon series called in "In His Presence." Last week we looked at the need to fight for it. The need to do whatever it takes to establish and maintain a quiet time with God every morning is vital.


This Sunday (01/22/17) in our 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. services we will be looking at the power of His presence. In both the New and Old Testaments we are shown the power of God's presence. We can be more than conquerors in Christ, if we live in the power of God's presence.


Join us this Sunday at Concord. The church is located at 3085 Manitou Rd, Manitou, KY 42436.       


Our message is titled, "The Power of His Presence." Our text can be found in Psalm 68:1-8.

"The Daily Struggle"  (Text: Genesis 32:22-32)

Throughout the Bible we are given snapshots of men and women struggling with God. Sometimes it a struggle against God, like that of Jonah who ran from the presence of God.       

But in most cases, it's more of a struggle to let God have His way in our lives. Life itself is a struggle, and any attempt to make major changes in it becomes a struggle.


Join us this Sunday morning (01/15/17) in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service at Concord General Baptist Chruch located at 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, KY 42436.

The message will be "The Daily Struggle" and our text will be Genesis 32:22-32.

His Presence Required  (Text: Exodus 33:12-17)

True to His promises, God enabled Moses to face and finally overcome Pharaoh and his army. Now after experiencing God's mighty power and presence in Egypt, Moses is called by God to lead the Israelites through the wilderness on their way to the promised land.
Moses is willing to go, but he insists on God's presence going with him. In fact, he refuses to go without it.

Do we understand the necessity of God's presence in our lives?

We invite you to join us at Concord General Baptist Church this Sunday (01-08-16) at 3085 Manitou Rd, Manitou, KY for either our 8:15 or 11:00 A.M. service. Our message is titled, His Presence Required, and our text is found in Exodus 33:12-17.

"Giving Thanks in the Storm"

"[G]ive thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (I Thessalonians 5:18 ESV).


At approximately 2:30 A.M. on May 9th, 1996, I discovered that what seems impossible to us is possible with God. On that particular morning, in a hospital room in Nashville, TN, I gave thanks while experiencing a heart wrenching, dream-crushing reality.


When tragedy strikes, we must choose our response. As a pastor, I've been there when loved ones die unexpectedly. I've been there when spouses die of cancer and heart attacks. I've been there when a teenager dies of leukemia. I've been there and I have took notice. Some handle it well, and others not so well.


On this day, however, it was my turn, but this one was different. I've never been there when a healthy looking baby is born, only to be told three hours later that "there is a problem. She's hemorrhaging on the brain; there's nothing more we can do, and it doesn't look good."


Those words were ringing in our ears as the physician over the neonatal intensive care left the room where my wife had given birth to our first child. With the door closing behind the physician, our silence was broken by my father-in-law, a minister, saying let's pray.


When 8:30 P.M. arrived, some 5 hours after our daughter's birth, we were standing at the entrance to the Neonatal Intensive Care Ward (NIC). When I requested admittance over the intercom, we were told to wait for the doctor. Both physicians, the one who delivered our daughter and the NIC physician came out. Unfortunately, they gave us no hope. They said, "If by some miracle she survives, she would most likely live out her life in a vegetative state." They then led us in prayer and suspended all the NIC rules for us.


Shortly after my wife's parents took her back to her room for some rest, around 2:15 A.M., I was informed that a room had been set aside for me to use (We were from out of state.). At first, I declined its use, but after being told I had to put my daughter down to receive another blood transfusion, I accepted the invitation. My motivation, however, was not sleep--I needed some alone time with God.


When I entered the room, I knelt beside the bed. I acknowledged that God already knew what I wanted--I wanted a miracle for my baby girl. I reminded Him--as if He needed it--of how He had healed a woman in the Bible who had been losing blood for 12 years (See Mark 5:25-29). I told Him that if He healed my daughter, I’d give Him praise for it at every opportunity. But I also told Him, regardless of what He did, I would still love Him, trust Him, serve Him, and give thanks for every hour I had with my daughter. Yes, I gave thanks. For many years, the desire of my heart was to have a child. Now, at the age of forty, I had a daughter--if not but for a few hours.


Now, some twenty years later, I am not only thankful for that day and those hours, but also for every day afterwards. We took our baby daughter, Elizabeth Ann Fleming, home with us two and a half weeks later. She is now twenty-years old and a healthy college student, who last year won both the Math, Communication, and Trio student of the year awards at the community college where she attends.


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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?


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