Holy Tests (Genesis 22:1-19)
We may not recognize them, acknowledge them, or believe in them, but the Bible is clear about them, holy tests are a part of our faith journey.
Join us at Concord General Baptist Church this Sunday morning (07/23/17) in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service as we look at the reasons behind these holy tests. Our text will be Genesis 22:1-19.
CHURCH, BE WARNED
CONCORD GENERAL BAPTIST CHURCH (VBS)
A fun time for kids up through the sixth grade can be had at Concord General Baptist Church's VBS this week (07/10/17 through 07/14-17). VBS CAMP BE THE LIGHT will be each night from 6:00 -8:30 through Friday night.
For van transportation, call 270-249-3623 by 2:00 p.m. If no one's available to take the call, please leave a message with the address, the number of children, and a call back number.
Love One Another (John 15:12-17)
One of the key characteristics that are designed to make us stand out as a church--the body of Christ--is love. We are instructed and commanded by Christ and the apostles to love one another.
Loving one another like Christ loves us is only possible because Christ lives in us.
However, loving one another with a Christ-like love is not natural, nor easy. If it was either, we would not be commanded to do it, and constantly reminded in the New Testament of its importance.
We invite you to worship with us this Sunday (07/09/17) morning in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service at Concord General Baptist Church. We are located on Hwy. 630 between Manitou (3-miles from it) and Dixon. Our address is 3085 Manitou Rd.
The message will be Love One Another (John 15:12-17).
The Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-31)
Blood Drive @ Concord (July 6th-2-7 p.m.)
Six Reasons for the Local Church (Matthew 16:13-20)
Is the local church important? Can a Christian live outside and apart from the church, yet be in good relations with God? Are there good reasons to be a part of and actively involved in a local church?
Join us this Sunday (06-25-17) at Concord General Baptist Church for either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service as we look at 6 biblical reasons to be a part of and actively involved in a local church.
Concord is located on Hwy. 630, 3 miles from Manitou. The GPS address is 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, KY.
The Fatherhood of God (Luke 11:1-13)
"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:
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