"Visible Evidence" (1 Peter 2:1-25)
Every 4th of July we celebrate the birth of our nation and in so doing we also celebrate the freedoms that we have long enjoyed and that our soldiers have fought and died for. On the horizon,
however, threatening storm clouds are gathering and taking aim on our freedoms and our way of life. As we lose some of our freedoms and begin experiencing hardships and even persecution because of
our faith in and commitment to Christ, how shall we respond, how shall we live?
Join us this Sunday (07-05-15) in our 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. service as we continue our series called "Fact or Fantasy." This Sunday we look at the subject "Visible Evidence." The way we respond to
persecution provides visible evidence to the Savior who lives within us. Our text is found in 1 Peter 2:1-25.
What's Your Life Events?
Yesterday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., we picked up my son, Evan, at his school at Grace Baptist and then headed to Henderson for my daughter's guitar lesson. We then hurried back to Evans' school
for their basketball homecoming night, but when we neared the school we saw a mass of police and emergency vehicles. We later learned from the pastor of Grace church that he was the first on the
scene and the young man in the car didn't make it. The principal of the school said that it happened just a few minutes after we left with Evan.
If we'd been a few minutes later the young man may have been forced to slow down because of our vehicle or he could have slammed into the back of it (we were told he was traveling at a high rate of speed). Life is so fragile, so short, and so unpredictable. We don't know how much time we have, so we'd better not waste it.
When I learned the name of the young man, I went to his Facebook page. I'm not his friend and don't know him, but I couldn't help but note that under the heading "Life Events" all that was listed was "born." A good question to ask, is when we die, what life events will be listed, not on Facebook, but on God's book, and the memory books of everyone who knows us. I leave you with three questions to think about: What good will we do and what impact will we make while we are here, and what kind of legacy will we leave behind when we are gone?
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:
Log on to krogercommunityrewards.com
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Enter 29474 and click search
Click on Concord General Baptist
The Shoebox Ministry is going NUTS!!! That's right, the boxes are all packed and ready to go except for the shipping cost. Samaratin's Purse asks for a $7 donation per box to help with the cost of shipping as well as the literature that is prepared in the language for the area each box is going to. This literature explains salvation and leads into the classes that are offered to each child so that they may come to know the Lord. We are still a little short of the $1750 that we need for our 250 boxes.
We are selling Pecan Halves, Pecan Pieces, and English Walnut Halves & Pieces to help with the shipping cost. The nuts come in 12 oz. bags and sell for $8.00 per bag. They are New Crop nuts, so they haven't laid around in a warehouse for months getting stale! We will be taking orders through November 10th and place the order on the 11th. The order should arrive in time for Thanksgiving baking!
If you would like to order some, you may call the church office (270-249-3623) to place an order.
We are currently selling cookbooks to benefit one of the many ministries of Samaritan's Purse called Operation Christmas Child. Each year we fill shoeboxes that are sent all over the country as well as over seas as an evangelizing tool to go where we cannot physically go. The proceeds from the sell of these cookbooks will help defray the cost of shipping these boxes. Check out the cookbook tab for more information.