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.
Embracing Truth, Dan Leeds
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.
Embracing Truth, Pastor
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,
Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: An updated church directory was put in the boxes in the back of the church before Sunday. We attempt to maintain a directory of those who are currently attending our church. And we attempt to have a box in the back of the auditorium for every family listed in that directory.
The boxes have many purposes. Daily Bread devotional books and other good literature are distributed by the church office using the boxes. Worship schedules and nursery schedules are put into the boxes. Sometimes individual members use the boxes to give cards or other encouraging notes to each other. Some will use the directory and boxes to distribute Christmas cards.
There are some things the boxes in the back should NEVER be used for! No one should ever use the boxes as a means to advertise their business. Our first priority in being a people of God is not to make money off each other. It’s not wrong – in fact it is good – to have business relations with people in the church. But we ought not use church resources to promote our private business. Second, no one should ever give someone an anonymous letter in these boxes. Anonymous rebukes are never the wise or spiritual way of handling frustration. And third, the boxes should not be used to campaign for a political goal whether concerning our church business or for the larger community.
As far as I know, it has been a long time since anyone has abused the boxes. My agenda in this letter is not to correct, but rather to encourage the use of the boxes for purposes of spiritual instruction and relationship building.
Check your box!
Embracing Truth, Pastor
Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: Five men and 3 boys gathered for prayer this morning. I believe Our Father was more pleased than I could ever be to hear the burdens of His sons. We had a sweet and encouraging time.
Tonight ends daylight savings for another year. It’s time to “fall back” and gain an hour. Some will consider it another hour to work or have fun. Others will say it is another hour for sleep. I find I fall somewhere in between. What I do know is … it’s a great opportunity to begin new habits. Perhaps you don’t normally participate in Sunday School. Well, tomorrow you have another hour to get into this habit. Or perhaps you desire to read your Bible, but cannot seem to find the time. Tomorrow morning you have another hour. Either way, use this opportunity to begin a habit for good and God in your life. Don’t waste your gifts!
Van Fitch is teaching from 2 Corinthians 6-7 during the adult Bible study tomorrow at 8:45a. In the 10a morning service I am preaching from Titus 2:11-12 “The Grace of God.” It is a Lord’s Supper morning. Then, tomorrow evening Pastor Elijah Windle will be ministering and presenting his burden for Rio Grande Bible Institute. It’s a varied and full day of ministry.
Pray for one another. Love one another.
Embracing Truth, Pastor