Christmas Concert (12-07-14)
Join us for our 2nd annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 7th at 6 p.m. featuring the Childress Family.
As always our church will be decorated to create an unforgetable Christmas atmosphere. Join us on this special night for some great and inspiring music as the Childress family helps us to get in spirit of Christmas.
Be sure to invite others to join you for this special night.
As I pulled up the begonias and periwinkles that are blackened, ugly, and dead following last night's freeze, it dawned on me how experiences and plants are so similar. If we don't remove the old, we won't have room for the new.
Winter freezes and Spring thaws come every year, and whether like it, or refuse to accept it, life goes on. We either move with it or miss out on it. God has given us blessings to be a blessing, not to have a sit-in and refuse to move on. Every day is the day the Lord hath made, but will we rejoice and be glad in it. We won't if we are stuck in the past. We won't if we are hanging on to a past joy that blessed us or a past pain the almost destroyed us.
Let us rejoice as we remember the joys of the past, but let us look forward to the joys of the future. Let us learn from the mistakes of the past, but let us live with our focus on the Lord of the past, present, and future. His grace is fresh every day. His blessings are new every day. All we have to do is look for them, but to do so we need to choose to let go of the past.
What Really Matters!
As adults, we worry about the terrorists among us, our children when they start driving, our health when it starts declining, the bills that keep coming, and the moral decline of our country. In school we worried about failing a test, a subject, or a grade.
But the thing that few, if any, have ever lost sleep over is what if we succeed? Yes, the most tragic thing in life is that many people do succeed, but they succeed in what doesn't really matter in the whole scheme of things, while missing out on the meat of what life is all about. Success and life are very short and in the end meaningless. Eternity, however, is longer than we can grasp, and it is the eternal things, not the temporal ones, that give meaning and purpose to our lives.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
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
Sign in or create an account
Click on enroll now
Enter 29474 and click search
Click on Concord General Baptist
Are too clean physically and spiritually for you own good?
The debate is on concerning the benefits verses the drawbacks of the ever increasing use of antibacterial soaps. According the Wise.GEEK.com, "Antibacterial soap became popular in the 1990s, and many saw it as a way to avoid getting sick. With greater usage, scientists and medical practitioners began to question the benefits of using antibacterial soap, especially since it is now often added not only to hand soap, but to detergents, and other products."
One of the concerns is that if we kill most of the bacteria before it has a chance to infiltrate our bodies, our bodily defenses will never have the opportunity to build up antibodies against them.
Spiritual health and physical health both require unlikely partners to stay in top form. They both need enemies. They need to be challenged, tested, and even attacked. This makes sense when we think about it. Belief systems that have never been challenged are just like immune systems that have never been confronted by germs and viruses, they both lack the tools needed to do battle with future, more serious enemies and attacks. If our immune system is exposed to small doses or weaken germs or viruses, it forms antibodies and chemicals that can defeat the stronger more deadly fully fledged enemies of our health. Our belief system must also be exposed to certain challenges and opposing views of our faith and beliefs, if we are to become equipped to defend against more serious and vicious attacks from non-believers and hostile atheists.
God instructs us in the need to be equipped with a defense of what we believe. 1 Peter 3:15-16 states, "but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; 16 yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame."
Our problem is that we are naturally lazy. Our sinful flesh doesn't want to dig into God's Word. It is satisfied just believing because someone told us we ought to believe.
Without spiritual antibodies to ward off infectious false doctrine and atheistic teachings later on in life, our faith system will fail to logically defend itself with the truths of the Scriptures. Thus by isolating ourselves and our children from those who attack our faith and our beliefs can actually hinder our spiritual growth and weaken our spiritual foundation.
When we, and our churches fail to examine the attacks and anti-Bible views of non-believers and atheists and fail to biblically address them, we set ourselves up for a slow descent into obscurity in society and the possibility of a spiritual train wreck of our own faith or that of our churches and our children and grandchildren.
I remember how my faith was shaken when contradictions in the King James Bible was pointed out to me. It was only after I discovered the truth about how the Bible has come to us, that the inspiration of the Scriptures has to do with the original manuscripts, and that the development of the Bible was such that the Bible we have is completely reliable was my faith strengthened again.
We can no longer sit in the pews
and just listen attentively to the message. We are in a war for the souls of our children and grandchildren. We must be soldiers of Christ, or we will become sitting ducks and useless disciples. We
must actively seek the knowledge we need and the biblical understanding we must have to be able to give a reason for the hope that is in us. If we continue to stick our heads in the sand in the area
of theology, we will continue to see our children and grandchildren leave the faith after going to secular colleges where professors will attack their belief in God, and quickly point out "apparent"
contradictions in the Bible and in their faith system.
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 give thanks to God who has added the following New Members to our church family.
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.