Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: This preacher’s heart was warmed to see a full house yesterday. And it was a joy to be part of the baptisms of Lizzy Westra, Annika Shaeffer, and Hannah Struska. Pray for these young ladies – that they would be encouraged by their step of faith in following Jesus.
This Wednesday night’s activities are normal – whatever that means. We will have adult Bible study in Isaiah and Awana Clubs as usual. If you normally cannot participate on Wednesday evenings and the Thanksgiving holiday finds you free, please come study and serve with God’s family at Trinity Baptist.
Take some time to rest, reflect, and give thanks this week. Activities seems to multiply to occupy available space. Somewhere along the path, please stop long enough to consider Your Goodness. His name is Jesus.
Sunday is the last Sunday of the month and therefore … church dinner day! Bring a dish to share and plan to spend some time with this people of God. After lunch, for our devotional thought, I intend to wrap up my walk through Exodus.
Pray for one another. Many are traveling. Some are hurting. Some are spiritually sick. Others will benefit if you take the time to intercede for them before the throne of the Almighty.
Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: I have been strongly encouraged by both the preaching of God’s Word and the evening attendance at our Bible Conference with Dr. McLachlan. We have especially had many young families out to hear God’s Word preached.
Last evening Doug was in Philippians 2:5-8. From Paul’s text he said Jesus emptied Himself to become a man, spent Himself and became a slave, and then humbled Himself to be the Lamb. His point was that if we are going to glorify God in our hostile world, we must imitate Jesus in emptying, spending, and humbling ourselves. The application of this truth in each of our lives is incredibly practical, personal, and painful. I look forward to tonight’s sermon from Romans 11:33-36 “The Celebration and Adoration of God: the Highest Calling of the Body of Christ in a Hostile World.” We will again begin at 6:30p and be finished by 7:30p.
Pray for this body of Christ. Many are hurting. Some are confused. Some are traveling. Several families have already been touched by seasonal bugs. Pray for grace and strength for each of us to glorify God in our particular trials.
Dear Trinity Baptist Church: “On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” – that’s what Grandma Leeds used to say. Today we celebrate Veteran’s Day instead of the armistice of WWI. Trinity Baptist School had a program yesterday where we dedicated a Freedom Shrine and honored two of our student’s grandparents who were Veterans. I would encourage you to visit our school’s new display.
This week we have the privilege of hearing a master theologian and a great wordsmith. Dr. Doug McLachlan will be preaching 5 times over the next 3 days. He has titled the conference “Glorifying God in Our Hostile World.” In Sunday School at 8:45a he will talk about “The Conspiracy: The Universal Antipathy for Christ in the Cosmos” from Psalm 2. DuringSunday A.M. and P.M. he will bring “Glorifying God in Our Hostile World: A Canticle of Joy in a Crucible of Suffering” 1 Peter 1:1-5. Then on Monday Evening – “Glorifying God in Our Hostile World: Christ – The Prototypical Model of Persevering Christian Service” Philippians 2:1-11. This Bible Conference will close on Tuesday evening with “The Celebration and Adoration of God: The Highest Calling of the Body of Christ in a Hostile World” Romans 11:33-36.
I am preparing myself to be mentally and spiritually challenged. Do yourself a favor and give these times to the edification of your mind and the sanctification of your soul.
Pray for Kim Struska. Dale told me she has had a rough week. Embracing Truth,
Toss a stone in a pond and watch the ripples. Depending upon the size of the stone and size of the pond your action may get the whole pond moving. The same is true in our lives. The choices we make affect others. When we make good choices we affect others for good. When we make poor choices we impact others for evil. The larger our sin the more people we affect and the more tragically we affect those closest to us.
We see this truth in Scripture. David’s seduction of Bathsheba resulted in the murder of Uriah, the rape of Tamar, the assassination of Amnon, and the damage continued. Abraham’s trip into Egypt resulted in the humbling disgrace of Sarah by Pharaoh, the introduction of Hagar into Abraham’s home, and the introduction to Lot of the corrupting evils of Egyptian society. The damning affects of Abraham’s faithless choosing continue to today.
What choices are you making today? Are they choices that draw you nearer to God? Are they humble and kind choices or are your choices arrogant and mean? Evil choices may gravely damage many people close to you. Wonderful faith-filled choices will magnificently impact those you love the most. Toss a stone in the pond of your life and watch the ripples.