Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The youth are having a Celebration Fellowship tonight at 6:10 since this will be the last Wednesday night with Bro. Craig and Mrs. Melinda.
We are certainly saddened at the news of their leaving but also extremely excited for them to be following the Lord to Pastor full-time at Pisgah Baptist Church. Their last Sunday will be April 2.
This Saturday morning is our Men's Sunrise Breakfast at the new location of Kelly's Kitchen at 6:00 a.m. Ben Coots is our speaker.
We kickoff our Easter Weekend services this Sunday. Evangelist Jay Lowder from Wichita Falls, TX will be back with us preaching. The biggest and most pressing news is for our men.
We are having a Wild Game Supper and Hunting and Fishing Expo on Saturday, April 15. Tickets are free to the public, but we are asking 100 men in our church to buy at least two tickets at $10 each - one for you and one for a non-churched man or young man. The only purpose for the tickets is to help pay for the meal that night and to use the ticket to invite a man or young man who needs to hear the Gospel.
The Expo will be in the gym with a Duck/Turkey Call Competition at 5:00. If you wish to bring a trophy, please contact Neil Phillips at 256-996-8334.
If you have wild game you wish to bring, contact Bubba Johnson at 256-717-5282. You are asked to cook the wild game yourself and bring it ready to eat.
The meal and program starts at 6 in the Fellowship Hall. The Jessie Daniel Band will be playing.
Free door prizes ($250 Gift card to Cabela's) will be given away at 7:15. You do have to be present to win.
Friday night is a big Student Night with Jay and then Jay will be preaching on Easter Sunday morning.
Due to Spring Break next week, there will be no Wednesday night services here at the church. So many will be away so enjoy your time.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
In my various roles, I’ve been privileged to travel the world, talk to global brothers and sisters in Christ, and learn from them. I may be the professor, but they always teach me. Here are some things we North American Christians can learn from them:
- The Bible is precious. We who have multiple copies of the scriptures miss this point. It would do all of us good to spend time with a believer who stays up all night to hear and read the Word of God because he doesn’t have his own copy.
- Holiness matters. I’ve been with some believers around the world who lean toward legalism, but seldom have I been with any who are as lax about sin as North Americans tend to be. Global believers often struggle with our brand of non-life changing Christianity.
- Worship is more than head-centered. Every culture is different, but I love worshiping with believers who give themselves fully to worship. From the African who jumps when he worships to the Ukrainian who sings with all his might, believers around the world challenge my often- too stoic approach to worship.
- Prayer makes a difference. I once stood for two hours praying non-stop with believers in a war-torn part of the world, and they were just getting started. When Christ is genuinely your hope and peace, you understand better the necessity and the value of prayer.
- Persecution is real. For many believers, persecution is not just somebody else’s story on a sheet of paper. It’s their story. No article or website can speak the volumes that a believer who’s been faithful under persecution can.
- Church membership means something. I’ve talked with local church leaders around the globe who shepherd large networks, and they can tell you much of the spiritual state of each believer. They take seriously the need for accountability and growth among believers.
- North American Christianity is not the center of the Christian world. We tend to think we are, simply because our world revolves around us. Many believing groups around the world, though, have longer histories, more followers, and much more to teach us.
- Heaven will be really sweet. I already knew that, but thinking about the peoples of the world gathering around the throne is that much more powerful after meeting many of those folks.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Roxanne and I are looking forward to be back at Rainsville First this Sunday after some time of rest. Thank you for the time away.
We have been praying through the Prayer Guide for our Week of Prayer for the North American Mission Board. We will have a time of prayer Sunday morning for our North American missions.
This is also a time of giving to missions, as well.
Let me remind you we are focusing on our unified missions' giving through our On Mission 1:8 giving. Twenty percent of everything you give through this offering year-round goes to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
If you are not giving on a regular basis (monthly, weekly) then use this time to give a one-time mission offering. However, be aware you may give year-round and its just as effective.
This Saturday our Upward Basketball and Cheerleading season ends and Sunday night we have our Awards program. I am so grateful for every coach, concession stand server, greeter, devotional leader, referee, clock keeper, photographer and clean up crew. And especially thankful to Whitney Wigley for her leadership and our Upward Ministry Team (Gary Blevins, Donald Coots, Drew Hogsed, Greg Wigley, and Whitney Wigley). What a great ministry and what a great church.
So let me remind you....it is never the program that makes something great. It is ALWAYS the people. And YOU at Rainsville First Family are the best. Blessings to you.
Melvin Adams, a former Harlem Globetrotter, will be our speaker. Learn more here.
This Sunday morning I will be preaching from Luke 5 on "The 'Call' to Follow Christ." Can't wait.