CONCORD ANNOUNCEMENTS

We have a special treat for this Sunday at Concord General Baptist Church. Margie Bowman will be doing our music in both services, for our song leader and her assistants are unavailable.

Margie is always a blessing. Come join us for either service, 8:15 or 11:00 a,m. tomorrow morning. Church is located at 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, Ky 42436.

"The Desperate Miracle" (Text: Mark 5:21-34)

In Mark chapter five we have the account of a woman who had a bleeding disorder. It wasn't life threatening, but it was life draining. It barred her from corporate worship and normal relationships. She was considered ceremonially unclean. She was no doubt constantly tired and weak. She spent all her money on physicians, but the disease only worsen. After twelve years of this, she was desperate, and desperate people do desperate things. Our story is found in Mark 5:21-34. The message title is "The Desperate Miracle."
 
Join us at Concord General Baptist Church this Sunday morning (08-21-16) in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service. We are located at 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, Ky 42436.

CTI (Christian Training Institute) Fall Semester Information Can Be Found Below

Tuition and Fees

Fees: Registration $25.00 per student

Tuition: $35.00 for each class taken

Audit Only:  $20.00 for each class taken

Each student must purchase a text book for themselves. Cost will vary.

CTI asks that text books be purchased at registration however tuition can be paid with payments throughout the semester.

Please contact Eddie Fleming at 270-875-1839 with any questions.

Below is the schedule for classes for all sites.

"Defeating Your Demons" (Text: Luke 8:26-39)

Evil, unlike Satan and his demons, can be found everywhere. (Even Satan and demons cannot be two places at once.) Considering all the forms evil can take, it affects us on a much grander scale than demons could ever do. The evil that is around us, and within us, seeks to control us, whether by way of demons, drugs, alcohol, a bitter and unforgiving spirit, a bad attitude, painful and tragic experiences, etc.
 
The good news is that Jesus has the power to guide us, aid us, and deliver us from the grip of evil. There is, however, a role and a responsibility we must embrace in our never ending battle with evil.
 
Join us Sunday morning (08-14-16) in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service at Concord General Baptist Church at 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, Ky 42436. Our message will be on "Defeating Your Demons" and our text will be from Luke 8:26-39.

"When Storms Come"  (Text: Mark 4:35-41)

Storms are unavoidable in life. Storms on land, at sea, and in our homes will occur. Atmospheric storms can produce high winds, torrential downpours, dangerous lightening, and large hail. They can arise suddenly and kill quickly.

 

Storms within the home can be just as deadly and arise just as quickly with little or no warning. A pink slip from our employer, a car wreck, a mass on an x-ray, an unwanted pregnancy, and the words "I want a divorce", are just some things that can create a storm of unimaginable proportions.

 

When they come, they often leave behind broken promises, damaged relationships, shattered dreams, emotional scarring, and a future that's uncertain. It's not a matter of if, but when will they come. So now is the time to prepare for them. If you wait until they hit, it's too late.

 

We invite you to join us this Sunday (08-07-16) in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service as we look at how to prepare for "When Storms Come." Our text will be from Mark 4:35-42."

Fish Fry and Back-to-School Bash

A big thanks to Johnny Pendley for supplying and cooking our fish for our fish fry. We had a great meal and a great time. The kids (and some adults) also loved the blowup water slide and bouncing castle. We also want to thank everyone who brought food, helped to prepare it, and helped with cleanup afterwards.

The Healing We Need (Text: Luke 7:1-10)

I'm certain Jesus' heart breaks at what He is seeing in America today. How He must weep over the devaluing of life that has taken place in our nation. All lives matter to God, from the unborn to the aged, from the poor to the rich, and every color of skin that you can imagine.
 
All sin, whether it be racism, infanticide (the killing of babies), drug addiction, violence, or immorality stem from a disconnection from God. When God is at the center of our lives, and He is the foundation of a nation, and His moral laws are the guiding principles we live by, the problem of sin can and will be defeated by the power of God's love.
 
My message for this Sunday (07-17-16) at Concord is on the "Healing We Need" and the text is from Luke 7:1-10. In this passage we have a story of a non-Jew valuing his Jewish servant, who realizes the seriousness of the situation, requests help from Jesus, shows respect to Jesus, and reveals great faith in Jesus. If more people would follow this man's example, we would have less problems in our nation.
 
Come join us for either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service.
 

It's Not All About You!

"It's not all about you!" Those words caught my attention. They were simple, yet profound. Anti-modern, yet very true. Rejected by many, but needed by all. Like salmon swimming upstream, they go against the currents of today's individualistic philosophies. But they are essential to relationships -- all types of relationships. They are a must for child rearing, spouse caring, and political progress. Without them we will never get the most out of life. Without them our families will become dysfunctional. The government will become deadlocked. Our nation will become a never ending battleground for every self-centered group, flooding the courts with lawsuits, social media with propaganda, and the streets with protesters, all demanding their rights or promoting their causes, with one over-arching goal: the accommodation of any and all unrestrained, uninhibited, self-focused desires, wants, or wishes.
Some simple Google searches, a few hours of media streaming, or a page or two of statistics will bring several truths to light. It's already happening. Although not all, many families are dysfunctional, fractured, and falling apart. Our government is deadlocked to such a degree that voters don't care who they elect as president, as long as he or she will shake up the status quo. Special interest groups are constantly in the news and ever before us demanding their unreal rights, special privileges, and unreasonable accommodations.
Call me an alarmist. Brush me off as an extremist. Label me an old-fashioned, Biblical literalist, who's living in the dark ages, but please don't ignore my words or the current national and global events taking place, and especially, the storm clouds that are gathering on the horizon. Our nation is headed down a dead end. Our families are self-destructing. And time is running out. 
If we fail to embrace and employ these words and this principle, that it's not all about us, the storm will descend, the devastation will occur, and we will become like salmon that fail to swim against the current. No upstream journey equals no salmon spawning. No spawning equals no salmon. If we silence these words and dispose of this principle, our next generation will cease to exist, not as a people, but as a functioning society -- as a democratic nation.
We need to rediscover these words. We need to reinsert them into our vocabulary. We need to embrace them mentally and display them physically. For the sake of our children, they need to hear, we need to say, and all of us need to believe this vital principle: "It's not all about you." And it's not. It's not all about you, and it's not all about me, or anyone of us.
Bee communities, ant colonies, and wolf packs -- all understand the benefit of community and the dangers of individualism, but we highly evolved homo sapiens are giving evidence of devolution. The values we once treasured and the principles we once taught are now considered outdated and unacceptable.
We need to right the ship and return to the basic building blocks of a well ordered society. Why? Because it's not all about you or us. This also invoves the church. We need to teach our children about God and tell them about Jesus' love and sacrificial death, but that's not enough. If we fail to warn them about the sinfulness of self-idolization, and effectively communicate to them the truth of otherness, they will never become effective, positive, culture-change agents that our world needs and all followers of Christ are meant to be. We are called to be salt and light to a dark and sometimes bitter world.  "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.  You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden" (Matthew 5:13-14 ESV).
Our younger generation will never fulfill God's desire for them if they don't embrace this truth. "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others" (Philippians 2:3-4 ESV).
Churches divide, families split, and nations fall because they don't believe, teach, and practice this truth: "It's not all about you." My generation understood this. We had family chores, a family car, a party phone line, and one TV shared by all. We didn't get trophies for sports participation, or passing grades for just trying. My siblings and I didn't demand our way by throwing an "I want that" temper tantrums or hold our breaths (my cousin, however, used the breath-holding maneuver very effectively), to get our way. If we did, we discovered the pain of uncontrolled emotions and unchecked desires.
Ted Cunningham
"It's not all about you." These society-nurturing, future-preserving words, all-important words, were spoken at the General Baptist Summit in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this week by Ted Cunningham from Branson, Missouri. He's a pastor who's written several books on marriage and child rearing. Ted emphasized the importance of husbands and wives having alone time, despite the demands of raising children who want all of our attention. He stressed the importance of dads and moms showing their children that life is not all about them. They need to see that mom has a special place in dad's eyes and dad has a special place in mom's eyes.
Children who learn this principle won't grow up to be adult adolescents, wanting much, but contributing little. Unfortunately, we already have a nation full of immature adults in the form of demanding employees, constantly complaining customers, and many unappreciative, but very incendiary citizens. We may be too late, but if we don't at least try, we doom ourselves. We must try to lead our families and friends to a state of other awareness. Be aware of the needs of others. Be concerned about the needs of others. Be willing to help strangers along the way. And most of all be willing to say that which the world fears and the church must say: "It's not all about you."

 

In actuality, the truth of the matter is -- it's not at all about you or me. Mature Christians believe, and rightly so, that in the big picture, life is not in the least bit about you or me. It's all about Jesus. We make the most of life and get the most out of life when we come to understand that Jesus is what life is all about.
(Note: This and others articles can be found on Pastor Eddie's 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:

 

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