"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.
"After His Birth" (Text: Luke 2:22-35, 39)
After Jesus' birth, life changed drastically for Mary and Joseph. Things could never be the same after Christ came into their lives.
This is also true of anyone who accepts Christ as Lord and Savior. We cannot remain the same. Changes must occur if Christ truly has entered our lives.
Join us this Sunday morning (01-01-17) for either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service as we look at how Jesus' birth affected Mary and how similarly it affects us when He is born into our lives.
The message title is "After His Birth" and the text is found in Luke 2:22-35, 39.
Concord General Baptist Church is located at 1575 Manitou Rd, Manitou, KY 42436.
(Tuesday night (January 3rd @ 7 p.m.)
The Registration for the Spring CTI classes will be Tuesday night (January 3rd) at 7:00 p.m. at Concord General Baptist Church, 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, KY 42436.The cost, if taking all four classes, will be $225. I've included a copy of the three campuses and their classes for the Spring.
God Bless, and have a Happy New Year.
Eddie Fleming, Registrar
The Gifts of Christmas (Text: Matthew 2:1-12)
"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.
(For more writings from Bro. Eddie go to his blog at (www.makingmostoflife.com).
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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