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  1. Maybe you have the daunting task of putting together your church bulletin, or just maybe you have read the church bulletin on a Sunday Morning and got a little chuckle on how a sentence was worded or the wrong placement of a comma. Here is a list of some of my favorite things that have somehow made its way into our church bulletin. Reminds us that we all need proofreaders at times. Enjoy. For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery down stairs. The eighth graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the church basement on Friday at 7 pm. The congregation is invited to attend the tragedy. This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar. Thursday night: Potluck Supper - Prayer and medication will follow. Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles, and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children. Weight Watchers meeting has been moved to 6pm. Please use the double doors when entering. Evening massage - 7 p.m. Next Sunday we have a soloist for the morning service. The pastor will then preach on "It's a Terrible Experience." Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community. Don't let worry kill you off - let the church help. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What is hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice. The choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir. You have a funny blooper from your church bulletin? Please comment it below.
    8 points
  2. It seems that in the last 30 or so years our churches have taken on a whole new look and atmosphere. As these changes were being made to attract more people to church, more and more people are having a hard time finding a church to call home? Recently, I attended the Baptist Church that I grew up in. While growing up, this church was a very conservative church. Never would they have entertained the thought of having anything other than a piano or organ on the stage. Upon this visit, I noticed that everything has changed the last 30 years. No longer did the church look like a place of worship, but rather an entertainment center. Ironically, the crowds were smaller now than 30 years ago. So what happened to my church? As I reflect back, I now see some signs that was there that started the shift of entertainment rather than worship. What has divided the church? It seems that is almost always starts with music. Not many churches minds some guitars to help accomplay the music, but not too long ago ear plugs were being handed out as one enters the into some church sanctuaries. Some churches now open with a secular song, dim the lights, add in fog machines, and have an atmosphere that represents a local rock concert. All of this is to enhance repetitive choruses that will be sung over and over by church members that seem hypnotized. In an effort to attract unchurched people, the “Seeker Sensitive” movement suggested that churches should cater to the comforts of the “seeker”. Bill Hybels admitted that he came up with the term but later confessed it didn't work. Hybels states: “We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become ‘self feeders.’ We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their bible between services, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own.” The founder of the “Seeker Sensitive” movement now states that he should have taught people to read their Bibles and take responsibility for their own spiritual walk. This church that I grew up in, used to teach me how to read the Bible on my own. Acts 2:42 “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” When this music shift took place, Some churches catered to the older crowd with an early a.m. traditional service for those with gray heads. That trend began "the great divide" between generations. Preachers started preaching only about love and tolerance. Everything and everyone must be accepted. Sin must be accepted. People loved having their ears tickled. The goal was to leave church with that "feel good" feeling and have their self-esteem built up. Sound doctrine was being set aside and ignored. Issues like marriage, abortion, and hell apparently divide so the preaching ceased on those things, although rock music in the church apparently was not a dividing issue. Having said all of that, the gates of hell are trying like crazy to penetrate the church,change its message, change its purpose, and to distort the gospel. Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” If anyone else has seen that music has changed your church, please let us know and comment below. What happened to your church?
    5 points
  3. The technological revolution we’ve seen in our Baptist churches over the past 20 or so years is astounding. What’s even more remarkable is the speed at which technology in the church continues to improve and change the way some worship. A few years back having one projector screen was a revolutionary way to change worship. Now many worship services include multiple screens, concert-style stage lighting, websites, apps, live streaming, Computerized Child Check-In, Video Announcements, video-based curriculum, podcasts, and more. Of course, many churches do not use some (or any) of these technologies in their worship service. And, honestly, neither your church nor mine really need any of them to function as a church. There are countless churches all over the world with little to no technology that are fulfilling the great commission in ways that would put to shame some of the most technologically-driven Baptist churches. The shift that has taken place with technology is that it has been placed ahead of everything else. Technology should enhance worship, not replace it. Gone seems the days when Bibles are carried into church, the Bible is being replaced by phones and computers. However, technology can be useful and serve a function in our churches. Here are a few ways that technology can be used in our Baptist churches without compromising to the world. Of course, the use of technology and which ones we use, is dependent on the area that we are located in. Church Website: Long are the days when people look at the Yellow Pages for church. Before anyone steps into a church, there is a high probability that they looked you up online. Projectors & TV's: Video announcements, Bible Verses, Hymnal lyrics are a few ways where projectors/tv's can be used. Live Streaming: It's often been said that if you live stream people will stay home instead of coming to church. I've found the opposite to happen. Folks in the community seems to watch a service online before attending. With wachy churches out there it is a way of folks to screen the church. Social Media: The use of facebook and/or Instagram is a great way to get your community engaged. Proper use of Hashtags can help get folks in your community to learn about your church that never would have drove by or looked you up online. Getting your church on Google maps is another way where your church will show up on their phones as they use their gps to head to a location. The important thing is that the use of technology does not take priority over worship. The Word of God is the main focus. It seems that technology may be hindering spiritual growth in our Baptist churches. Whenever there is change there always is opposition. I've often wondered how much opposition was there when the piano was first brought into the church, or electricity. Probably the only modern thing that did not receive opposition was indoor plumbing. Please comment below what ways your church uses technology without compromise worship.
    5 points
  4. Unfortunately my church does not have the luxury of being able to put up a sign with interchangeable messages, but I love it when I drive by a church and I see a clever saying on the sign. The following is a few of my favorites that I have come across. 1) This one here is good one for this time of year. "Come in and Let us prepare you for your finals" 2) Ouch. A direct message for the thieves from Clays Mill Rd. 3) This one hit the heart. 4) This one is straight to the point 5) This one is clever. Well done If your church has a funny sign or if you have seen one, feel free to post it in the comments below.
    4 points
  5. "LEAWOOD, Kan. (BP) — Pastor’s wife Marilane Carter has been missing since Aug. 1 when she departed her Overland Park, Kan., home, reportedly to seek psychiatric care in Birmingham, Ala. The Overland Park Police Department said in a press release that Carter left her home around 8:15 p.m. Aug. 1 and was last heard from Aug. 2 when she was near Memphis, Tenn., about 450 miles into her trip. Leawood Baptist Church Lead Pastor Adam Carter, Marilane’s husband, has joined a search party covering a 3-mile radius around the place her cell phone was last used. Associate pastor Jason Franklin told Baptist Press the church is struggling with feelings of having failed the 36-year-old mother of three children, although he said her reported mental health struggles were not common knowledge among the congregation of about 100 worshipers. “Whenever things like this happen, there’s always this, ‘Could I have done something, did I miss some sign?'” Franklin said. “And obviously her mental struggles were not something that was widely known among the entire congregation. It was kept very close to the chest.” Franklin, a bivocational minister, is asking Southern Baptists in the Memphis area to join in the search if able, ..... (follow link for more information) https://www.baptistpress.com/resource-library/news/kansas-pastors-wife-goes-missing-on-drive-to-alabama/?fbclid=IwAR35sLxydEVw-c4tzNpMkNGBR3Z3t2lur-oCzB2qjoHCjuD6baNbt6zP450
    3 points
  6. The Most Spiritual Churches in America I have always been a part of the most spiritual Independent Baptist churches in America. God has been so good to me. Some may think that this is a very proud statement. You may ask why do you think that the churches that you have attended are so spiritual. Let me explain. We all consider that being spiritual is submitting to the leading of the Holy Spirit. We all know that the Holy Spirit enables us to do his work in the church. He also imparts to us the ability to perform special tasks in the church that no one else can do as well as we can. What a blessing to have a part in the Lord’s ministry. Now, I think that the reason that I have attended the most spiritual churches in America is because even the most carnal, worldly, hateful, people in these churches have been given special gifts of a spirit and they exercise them regularly. Only in the best churches in America can you find carnal people exercising their gifts in the church. You may ask what gifts these people exercise. By and large, they all have the gift of tongues. Their tongue goes a mile a minute. They are very well-exercised in that gift. Most of them also have the gift of wisdom because they always know more than everyone else. If you ever have a problem in the church, they are so wise that they can solve all of the church’s problems in a matter of minutes. The gifts of wisdom and tongues are usually exercised simultaneously. Most of them have the gift of interpretation. They know how to interpret the passages that that the preacher preaches “falsely”. You know, like women wearing pants, carnal music, worldliness, and so on. It is sure a blessing to have these Bible scholars in our church. A few of them have the gift of governments. They really know how a church should be run. They are experts on each and every program that the church has. They are financial geniuses and know where and how all of the money of the church should be spent. The final gift that these people have is the wonderful gift of teaching. They are ready to teach the preacher how and what to preach. They are experts in the substance and delivery of each sermon. They can teach a preacher correct grammar in a matter of minutes right after the sermon. What a blessing to have these people in our church. The next time you get down and depressed about the state of affairs in your church just remember. You still have it pretty good. The majority of your worldly, backslidden, hateful, carnal, once-a-week Christians exercise their gifts daily. What a blessing to be part of the best Independent Baptist churches in America. 6-14-03 Pastor Danny Vanhoose http://www.graceindependentbaptist.org/
    3 points
  7. I would like to recommend IFB churches to prayerfully consider taking on Brother Jordan & Alicia for support. Jordan has been a part of Online Baptist for a few years now and just last week I was able to meet him in person for the first time. When Brother Jordan contact me about coming to our church to present his ministry, I talk him we are a small church and that we are not in a position to take on new missionaries at this point. That usually discouraged missionaries, but Jordan said, they will come. Brother Jordan and his wife Alicia did a wonderful job singing for us, and our hearts were blessed after watching his video presentation and hearing him preach. This young man has a big passion for the Nubi people and you can tell he and his wife can't wait to get there to start their ministry. All I ask is two things for the pastors that read this. Pray for the Kurecki family!!! Pray about financially supporting them Our church has a missions conference in March and we will be praying about adding them to our missionary family at that point. Thank you and God bless.
    3 points
  8. The first night of a week-long old fashioned tent meeting by Anchor Baptist Church in Astoria Oregon was a success as around 30 people attended. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reaction of a tent meeting by the community raised plenty of concerns over the safety and well-being of those attending. Pastor Byers of Anchor Baptist Church assured the community and the city that all safety guidelines from the CDC will be followed. Anchor Baptist seemed to go above and beyond those extra measures. When a guest arrives, they are directed to a separate tent for temperature checks, and to log their name and address for contact tracing in case someone in attendance tests positive for Covid-19. All guests are required to wear masks and each family is seated 6 feet apart from each other. The sides of the tents were also up so that there can be a constant breeze flowing through. Due to the concern of the community, as evident from the comments on the City of Astoria’s Facebook page, Mayor Bruce Jones stopped in and found no reason for concern as all the public health guidelines from the CDC were being followed properly. Many in the community wishing Pastor Byers church would delay or cancel the event as the pandemic is reaching new heights across the country. The event started Sunday and runs through July 19. It seems as we reach new heights with positive Covid-19 results, that churches are starting to feel the pressure from the communities for having their doors open. As long as churches take precautions and do what they are supposed to do without compromise to Scripture, I say keep on keeping on.
    2 points
  9. This topic has been in the news as of late and it seems that churсhеѕ have become a bееn a ѕоft target for сrіmіnаlѕ. Church used to be a safe place, but that all seems to be changing. There is money аnd rеtrасtаblе gооdѕ, there are people whо аrе dіѕtrасtеd, thеrе are cars left unаttеndеd, the properties not рrоtесtеd. The biggest things that we used to have to worry about was theft and vandalism. Now, it seems that armed security is become a necessity in our churches as more and more church shootings are taking place. Sometimes the churches are randomly chosen, while other times it may be a disgruntled member or a someone who just got angry at the pastor or church. Since churches are open to the public in worship the crіmіnаlѕ can dо their "casing" of сhurсhеѕ just as thеу do that of houses, tо ѕее іf thеrе аrе obvious оbѕtасlеѕ оn thе wау. The оnlу difference in a church іѕ that thеу juѕt gо іn аnd look around. Thеу could nеvеr dо thаt аt hоmе. Prоtесtіng thе church from аll fоrm оf security threats keeps the church safe tо worship. Some of the following is from some things I’ve seen in churches, while others are some things that we have implemented in our church. Our churches needs to be protected from violence, child abuse, sexual predators, thieves, vandalism, and more. Have a Security Plan: This plan should include all issues of security, from active shooters to child abuse. Contact your local law enforcement as they are usually willing to work with churches and to make recommendations. Don’t be in denial that this will not happen in your church. Look at security as a ministry not an expense. It is our responsibility as leaders in the church to provide a safe environment for those that choose to worship. Report illegal activity to the Police: Churches seem to find it easier to call the police for burglary or vandalism, but some fail to report abuse when it comes to a staff member and underage child. ALL reports of abuse needs to be reported to authorities. Before a church hires a staff members they need to do background checks, and that will only show if reported. Organize a church security ministry team: Thеn рrоtесt thе. Theft аnd burglаrу аrе thе crime оf сноісе for сhurсhеѕ. Churches uѕuаllу have ѕоund systems, sound еԛuірmеnt, соmрutеrѕ, еtс.. Thеѕе іtеmѕ аrе еаѕу to fеnсе іn аnd easy tо ѕtеаl. Mаrk thеm for easy іdеntіfісаtіоn and keep thеm іn a lосkеd storage room when not in uѕе. Just one visit to your church will show the thieves what your inventory is. Gеt a ѕесurіtу ѕurvеу: Your lосаl police саn do that, аnd іnѕurаnсе соmраnу сlаіmѕ managers will bе hарру to help. It is аlѕо their interest thаt your facility іѕ ѕаfе аnd ѕесurе. Remind Church mеmbеrѕ nоt to lеаvе vаluаblеѕ in ѕіght whenever thеіr cars аrе parked, аnd thеу should аѕ wеll lock thеіr cars. Hаvіng ѕоmеоnе реrіоdісаllу mоnіtоr the lot іѕ аlѕо a gооd dеtеrrеnt. It may also help if you have some abuse happen in your church, as it may be caught on camera. Armed members: Many churches can’t afford to hire an outside security team, but also many churches are blessed to have members serving on their security teams who are active duty law enforcement or those who are legally permitted to carry a concealed firearm. Make sure you follow all local laws and use wisdom when assembling your armed security team. You MUST train: Although you may be blessed to have members in you church who can legally carry a concealed weapon, or those with law enforcement and military experience, you should never assume that they will all perform at the same level during an emergency. Chances are, they won’t. This is why conducting firearms drills is so critical and should become a required component of your annual training. Please let me know in the comments below what do you do in your church to help in church security.
    2 points
  10. If you are a member of a sound, Bible believing church, this inquiry is addressed to you. We know without asking that modernistic pastors or cult leaders are “evil men and seducers.” (11 Tim. 3:13). We’re asking this question because in every good church there are a number of critics who feel their pastor, no matter how faithful, is a lemon and should leave soon. Why is it? Well, first of all “Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called: but God bath chosen the foolish . .. the weak . . . the base … and the despised, hath God chosen . . . ” (I Cor. 1:26-28). This passage discusses preachers and it is clear there are few supermen in God’s ministry. The critics feel their pastor is “below average.” So was Moses, who was “very meek” (no personality), Numbers 12:3; and the Apostle Paul who was “less than the least of all the saints” (no prestige), Eph. 3:8. The God of grace usually chooses humble men “that no flesh should glory in his presence” but rather “glory in the Lord”. (I Cor. 1:29-31). The root of criticism is usually PRIDE which is hindering blessing and causing trouble for “only by pride cometh contention.” (Proverbs 13:10). If your pastor exalts Christ as God and Saviour and preaches Bible-centered messages then he is definitely the kind of a pastor God wants in your church and he deserves your hearty support and cooperation. “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their works sake, And be at peace among yourselves.” (I Thes. 5:12-13). Remember that a pastor is not the church’s hired man, paid to please the members — rather an “overseer” appointed by the Holy Spirit (Acts 20:28) and Christ’s “gift” to each local church, “for the perfecting of the saints to do the work of the ministry.” (Eph. 4:11,12). Concerning faithful pastors, God commands: “Obey them that have rule over you, and submit yourselves; for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” (Heb. 13:17). Don’t demand too many visible results for your pastor’s calling is to faithfully sow and water the seed of God’s Word and the Lord “gives the increase” (I Cor. 3:5-10) which may or may not be visible to your eyes. May we express appreciation to the many consecrated church members who prayerfully support and encourage their pastor in these difficult days. When the critics also develop a Scriptural attitude toward the pastor we predict that the church will enjoy many new blessings and greater progress; the pastor’s efforts will bear more fruit and everyone’s soul will be filled. What kind of a pastor do you have? You probably have the very one God wants you to have the very best man for your particular church to fulfill God’s purpose there at this time! By L.E.A. _______________________ Tract # D-513 Order From: TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH 1911 34th St., E. L. Bynum, Pastor P.O. Box 3100, Lubbock, Texas 79452
    1 point
  11. The Democratic Governor of Michigan, Whittmer, says that VP Kamala Harris is treated badly because of her ethnicity and skin color. I find this very hard to believe. During her run for the White House in 2019-2020, VP Harris was oft confronted about her actions as the California States Attorney General, keeping innocent people in jail and for her lifestyle as a woman of low morals. Today, as VP, she is treated the way she is for her inability to take seriously the border crisis between the United States and Mexico, her complaining about not having enough space in the home she is in, and many other things. She shows a true lack of leadership ability, and continues to laugh like "The Joker" of the Batman series of movies. She has proven herself unable to handle the simplest tasks for the administration. Even the people who work under her has stated with many expletives that she is messing the Office of Vice President up, creating a hostile work environment. Lord help us all if this administration gets a second term. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gretchen-whitmer-says-kamala-harris-is-unfairly-treated-because-of-race-and-gender/ar-AALUMDG?ocid=chromentpnews
    1 point
  12. BrotherTony

    Just a Thought

    Just A Thought Volume 1 Issue 1 June 8, 2021 Anthony J Lanius ©Copyright All Rights Reserved It has been many months since the new administration took over in Washington, DC., and I find that many still are laying their hopes on a man named Donald James Trump. In a way, this bothers many of us, because it seems that the former POTUS has developed a “cult” following. Many others (I’m speaking mainly to my Christian brothers and sisters) are still hoping to put him back in office in 2024, dividing the Republican Party. They aren’t on the “cult” bandwagon yet, but, they are close! Yes, the former POTUS did keep many of his promises where previous administrations had made the same promises and failed. Yes, the former POTUS did help the economy. But, I find that those who are placing their hopes in Mr. Trump are also claiming to put their faith in God. There is nothing wrong with appreciating a person for what they have done for our country. I voted for Mr. Trump in both 2016 and 2020, though I am NOT a Republican. My wife and I are neither Socialist Democrats nor Republicans. The Republicans left us many years ago. We did not leave them. We became moderate Independents. We also are Christians. Yes, we DID appreciate all that the Trump administration accomplished during their tenure. The Trump administration was good for America. I know that many blame the Trump administration for the divisiveness found in this country today. That simply IS NOT TRUE. The divisiveness grew in the previous administration, that of Barack Hussein Obama and Joseph Biden. Their unwillingness to work with the Republican party and to advance the leftist ideology in this country over the will of the people was far more divisive than the impolite Tweets of Donald Trump. I am not a fan of the current administration and it’s return to the political ideals and practices of the Obama Administration. It is terrible to think that our political process could have been tampered with to put the Biden/Harris administration into office. I’m not saying that there was or wasn’t tampering. That’s not my job. I’m first and foremost a Christian, not a political advocate. The Bible tells us that GOD is the one who puts people in power…regardless of how we vote, God will put whom he wants into positions of power. We are commanded to pray for those who are over us, and I do, daily. I pray that God will work in their hearts and minds, and that if they’re not going to follow the Biblical examples given them, that he will thwart their plans to push an evil agenda on the people. I’m told that as a Christian, I am an Ambassador for Christ. An “ambassador” follows the commands of the person who he/she represents. We, as Christians represent Christ. We’re told to “preach the Word,” and to “go and make disciples.” We are to be building the kingdom of God. We cannot effectively do that and follow a man to the point of distraction. So, for the thought? I believe that we should be praying for this administration in spite of how many believe they gained power, or how most of us believe that their agenda is far less than Godly. Why don’t we join together as brothers and sisters, take our eyes off of who is running the country, realize that our battle isn’t against flesh and blood, but against SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS in HIGH PLACES! Why don’t we put on that “whole armor of God” and deliver the Word to a lost and dying world, and trying to bring those who have lost hope back into the fold? Satan is the “Master Deceiver!” If he can get our attention away from the mission that Christ set before us, then HE HAS ALREADY WON! The Bible tells us plainly to be “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith! How many of us can and will follow what the Lord Jesus Christ has told us to do instead of putting our eyes on a man…ANY man, whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump? Is anyone willing to stand with us? That’s my thought for today. Just a thought! AJL
    1 point
  13. Just Everyday Things Volume V Issue XXII May 26, 2021 Bell Buckle, Tennessee It’s a beautiful morning here in rural Bell Buckle, Tennessee. The sun is rising and shining brightly across the large lots here in our small subdivision. Just watching the bright orange color rising over the treetops and listening to the birds chirping make m heart want to sing of the goodness of our Lord towards us! We awoke this morning to the sound of the alarm clock shortly before 2 AM. Our good friend, Mr. Coffee® was just finishing up his morning routine, and the smell of Folgers® was wafting through the whole house! I’m so thankful that the Lord has let our dear friend serve us as long as he has. He’s been a good and faithful servant. The Lord constantly used this inanimate object to remind me of just how important it is to do the job the Lord has put us here to do, and to do it well. I pray every morning during my quiet time that I will be strong enough to let go and let HIM take control of the day, and that nothing will get in the way of serving Him faithfully. As many of you know, I have had some challenges with my ears. These challenges have included me being out with vertigo, tinnitus, and unsteadiness. You also may know that I have recently been taking decadron (generic version) injections to try and calm these challenges down. I have experienced fewer vertigo attacks since the injections started, and they have been less severe. I have also had some temporary relief in the area of tinnitus. Many people don’t realize just how hard it is on a body to have a vertigo attack, or to feel unsteady for long periods of time. But, for those of you willing to do a little experiment, I would suggest that you take two 10 lb bags of potato’s, putting one bag in each hand, holding them out straight away from your body. Then turn as fast as you can in circles until you feel as if you’re going to fall. Come to a quick and complete stop and let go of the potato’s. Feel how dizzy you feel? Do you feel like you could walk a straight line? Have you fallen down yet? Those of us who suffer from Meniere’s Disease or Bilateral Meniere’s Disease go through this several times a month or year. It is not an incurable disease, but it is very disabling disease. Yet, I have found that the Lord God has used it for His own glory. It breaks the ice with many who suffer vertigo attacks, tinnitus, unsteadiness or other maladies, and gives me a chance to spread the Word of God, that great news of Salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord! I used to hate having this disease, and I cannot say that it’s fun in any way, shape or form. But, I truly believe it is a GIFT from God, not so much a “thorn in the flesh,” as Paul calls it. It makes me rely more and more on the strength that only Jesus Christ can give. His strength is made perfect in my weakness. What a humbling experience. I have been praying for many things to happen in my own life and ministry to people. The Lord is opening and closing doors. It’s just an everyday thing. God will guide us through the doors he opens if we will listen carefully and follow HIS direction instead of what we THINK his direction is. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish who’s voice is who’s. But, God will always reveal himself if we seek his face. I’m so thankful that over these past ten months, I have been able to start learning some new things and refreshing some others that I had learned already while I was in college. During the beginning months of my recovery from prescription drug addiction last March, a friend of mine introduced me to the Cowpunchers Cowboy Church of Shelbyville, Tennessee. Vivian and I already attend a small SBC church (North Fork Baptist Church of Shelbyville) and we love the church and people there. But, there needed to be some extra help from people who had experienced some of the same things I had. This man and his wife came and sat in the driveway of our home until I agreed to go with him to a Tuesday evening men’s Bible study. I did so with much hesitancy, but found that it was quite a necessary step for me in recovery. I built a small network of friends there who have helped encourage me and keep me away from the pain medications. The Lord has been so good to me through this group. I became involved in a learned process through a program called the “Ministry Diploma Certificate Program” with the Cowboy Church through the American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches. Most people believe that these churches are just a fad, but I have found that they are Scripturally sound, preach the Bible, though many of them don’t use the King James Translation exclusively, and they have helped ground me even further in my will to study, preach, witness and “stay the course” for the Lord. It has been a time of refreshing for me. I have been in recovery and free from the prescription medications now for over 14 months. I praise the Lord for this! It’s a victory for the Lord, and a victory for my wife and I. I pray that all of you are having a great week! I know many of you have experienced loss, heartache and pain this week. But, I also know that God has a reason for all things. I pray that He will comfort, lead and guide you through the challenges you face every day. It’s so important to rely on Him. He alone is our strength and our stay. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. May you all have a blessed day in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Blessings. © Copyright 05/56/21 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Brother Anthony J Lanius
    1 point
  14. Dr. Rebekah "Beka" Horton died Saturday, June 27. Here is the link to her obituary. While not known as a Baptist, there are few Americans who have influenced the Baptist movement as much as Dr. Beka Horton. She was part of the duo that helped to put Christian schools on the map in America with the A Beka Book Christian School curriculum, and later, Home school curriculum. She, with her husband, started Pensacola Christian School, eventually becoming Pensacola Chrisitian Academy, Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola Theological Seminary, Rejoice radio, and several other ministries, besides the largest Christian textbook ministry in America (A Beka Book). Her funeral will be held on the campus of Pensacola Christian College Wednesday, July 1, at 10:30 Central Time. If you are interested in viewing the livestream, you can visit this link for more information.
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  15. Hi Everyone, New poetry book release by an Australian IB pastor's daughter (me). I trust it might be a blessing to some. It is available on Amazon (link below), Balboa Press etc. etc. https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Ache-Lydia-J-Western-ebook/dp/B0859B93ZP/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=heart's+ache+lydia+j+western&qid=1590141794&sr=8-1 God bless, Lydia Western
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  16. The third pastor, and first Baptist, has been arrested for holding church services beyond capacity in Alberta (capacity is currently 15). Although this is a Reformed Baptist church (and our church is definitely not Reformed), it has hit close to home as Pastor Tim is the older brother of our assistant pastor. https://www.rebelnews.com/calgary_police_arrest_fairview_baptist_church_pastor_tim_stephens?fbclid=IwAR34m1IZP13ZZpcQ11Jz8UjiysndMnVwz1Wk0fSb0-zSAoGkeL79EwiXUTA
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