Saturday, October 13, 2018

Keep Your Receipt

I am looking so forward to our second message as we settle into the promise of the resurrection.  We issued the challenge last week to live each day with our eyes to the East expecting the return of Jesus. Another way to put that challenge is to live each day with resurrection hope.  How can we live each day in light of eternal life as a reality for those who have trusted Christ and follow Him?  Come tomorrow to learn about the receipt we have in Christ's resurrection from the dead.  We also will witness believers' baptism in the second service.  Come join us!
Coach/Pastor John

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

No Temptation

Come join us Wednesday night for Mid-week Bible Study and Prayer Meeting.   We start at six pm (but arrive early...if you would like supper that begins at 5:00 pm)  in the Fellowship Center.  This week we will present I Corinthians 10:13 as a passage every believer needs in their memory arsenal as we hide God's Word in our hearts for good reason, "...that I may not sin against God."  See you tomorrow night!
Coach/Pastor John
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."  I Corinthians 10:13 NIV

Monday, October 8, 2018

Look East

Yesterday we either accepted or rejected the challenge to live today (and each day) with resurrection hope.  It is 10:00 am and already the day has perhaps offered opportunities to feel defeated or maybe we have experienced the brokenness, decay and death of the world.  It is a daily reality as we live in this body.  I simply remind you and encourage you that resurrection is not a past or future event.  It is how we live each day as followers of the risen Jesus Christ who promised, "I go to prepare a place for you..."  Live above today and throughout the week!  I am praying for you as you pray for me.  What a joy!  Philippians 3:10-14
Coach/Pastor John
Matthew 24:27

Monday, October 1, 2018

Janie Chapman

Sunday September 30, we were challenged by Tim Rice in our support of the Janie Chapman State Missions Offering.  We heard some really encouraging gospel stories that are occurring around South Carolina as we give to support State Missions in SC.  If you have not considered it yet, pray about a gift beyond your tithe for the Kingdom work among SC Baptists.  See more stories that will bless your walk at https://janiechapmanoffering.org/video
Coach/Pastor John

Prayer

As the days go by the call to prayer grows stronger...be it in the news or in our own church family...needs abound.  Our world needs prayer.  Several weeks ago our Wednesday night Bible Study challenged us to memorize Matthew 7:7--"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you."  We learned that night that we ask according to our confidence in God's will.  In short, we ask knowing we will receive when we ask according to God's will.  We seek that which we are not sure concerning God's will.  When we are unsure how to pray or for what to ask in a circumstance, then we seek His face.  We plead with God for direction concerning our alignment to His will.  We knock (persevering) when the answer has not come but we are sure that our asking is aligned with God's perfect will.  This Wednesday night, we return to a study of prayer as we memorize together "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know."  Jeremiah 33:3
Come join us at 6:00 pm Wednesday at First Baptist Camden!
Coach/Pastor John

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Florence

I surely missed seeing you Sunday and look forward to fellowship with you this evening.  I will preach this Sunday MEASURED LOSS from Philippians 3:1-11.  It is a very timely message in light of the loss we see others experiencing just up the road from us.  We should remember times when (HUGO) other storms left us dependent on others for help.  Might I prompt you to attend Disaster Relief Training Oct. 13 at Rock Hill First Baptist Church? You can then be ready to go help our neighbors in NC.  Go to www.scbaptist.org for more information or give an offering to Disaster Relief by clicking on the Florence tab on the front page.  This offering will go directly to help storm victims from Hurricane Florence.  I am very proud of Southern Baptists when we have the opportunity to respond so quickly.
Coach/Pastor John

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Providence

Romans 8:28--Our Wednesday night Bible Study memorized this verse two weeks ago. It is a coffee cup verse.  Most know it.  Since that night, this verse just keeps coming to me by several avenues.  This morning, in the context of other dawn lessons, God brought me to this verse again challenging me to be a leader who is obedient, a leader who is forgiving and a leader who is generous.  I am committed to that.  In Ecclesiastes 3:11, "He has made everything beautiful in its time" spoke to me that not all things are beautiful in the present but each will, according to God's purpose, find its beauty in due time.  Paul writes to us that we can KNOW this as lovers of God. Now let's get busy living this out before one another and unto one another.
"For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God and are the called according to His purpose."  Romans 8:28
Coach/Pastor John