CONCORD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Christmas Concert by The Childress  (Sun. Dec. 4th @ 6 P.M.)

You're invited to our 3rdd annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 4th at 6 p.m.  featuring the Childress Family.

 

As always our church will be decorated to create an unforgetable Christmas atmosphere. So come on out for this special time with the Childress Family.

What better way to get in the Christmas spirit?

 

Be sure to invite others to join you for this special night.

"Preparing for Christ's Coming" (Text: Luke 1:76-80)

Drought conditions and hurricane like winds made for a perfect fire storm in our beloved Smokey Mountains this past Monday night. Gust as high as 87 MPH whipped the fires into a ragging racing wall of flame that quickly raced down one mountain and up another enveloping trees, buildings, wildlife, and people. Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed and at least 13 people are confirmed dead with several more still missing.
 
One person who escaped the blazing inferno described it in these words: "There was fire everywhere. It was like we were in hell," said Linda Monholland, who was working at Park View Inn in Gatlinburg when she and five other people fled on foot. "Walking through hell, that's what it was. I can't believe it. I never want to see something like that again in my life, ever."

"Hell opened up," her co-worker Sissy Stinnett said.

Do we understand that the purpose of Christ's birth was to enable us to escape the coming fires of Judgment? God used John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus' birth and Jesus came to prepare the way for us to escape the coming Day of Destruction.

This Sunday's message title is "Preparing for Christ's Coming" and our text is found in Luke 1:76-80. Join us this Sunday (12-04-16) for either our 8:15 or 11:00 A.M. service at Concord General Baptist Church located at 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, KY.

"The Double Miracle"  (Text: Luke 14:1-6)

Each time Jesus violated the Sabbath, He infuriated the Pharisees. Each time He healed someone on the Sabbath, they groaned in their spirit. With each Sabbath violation, the Pharisees became more certain that Jesus had to be done away with.
 
So, if they hated Him so much, why invite Him into their homes? If they loathed Jesus so much, why share a meal with Him?
 
And what about Jesus? Why did He play into their hands? Why go where you're not wanted? Why do that which will be used against you? Why stir up your enemies against you?
 
This Sunday (11-27-16) we will be answering these questions as we look at the 29th miracle performed by Jesus at the home of a Pharisee. Our message is titled, "The Double Miracle" and our text is found in Luke 14:1-6.
 
You're invited to join us in either our 8:15 or 11:00 A.M. service. Concord is located at 1575 Manitou Rd., Manitou, KY 42436.

"A Thanksgiving Miracle"  (Text: Luke 17:11-19)

How thankful are you? How often do you give thanks?
 
The power of thanksgiving can be life changing. It can save a marriage, a job, a life. The key to being thankful, however, lies in taking time out to "think" about the good--the blessings--you have.

Our text for Sunday's (11/20/16) message at Concord General Baptist Church will be Luke 17:11-19 and the title of the message is "A Thanksgiving Miracle."

We are located at 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, KY. Come join us for either our 8:15 or 11:00 A.M. service.
Making Most of Life: Red Sea Rule #1

"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?

 

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

Click enroll

 

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