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February 3, 2017, 8:45 AM

Who is My Neighbor?

You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:18

Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and Prophets. Matthew 7:12

My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth. I John 3:18

 

February the month of hearts, valentines, candy, cards, bears and love is here. Our theme for worship and our messages this month will be about love.

 

We exist because God loved us enough to create us and the world we live in! We live because God created us to have a relationship with Him and love Him as He loves us and love others in the same way.

Sometimes it is hard for people to understand how SUPREMELY God really loves them. God is not people and God’s love is greater than any other love you know.

Sometimes the “Golden Rule” and the “New Commandment” to love others are just words because Christians talk a good talk but do not walk a good walk.

It is easy to say the words “I love You”, but it is not as easy to SHOW IT IN OUR ACTIONS, in fact too many times our actions say just the opposite. I am not talking about people who are not saved because truthfully, they do not know God so they do not know God’s love. If we claim to be a Child of God, then we should know the love of God and our actions SHOULD MATCH OUR WORDS!

This Sunday we will see love thru the story of the Good Samaritan. The story is found in Luke 10:25-37. Read the story and answer this question, what nationality was the person who was injured and left for dead on the road?

If this were today some of the “excuses” the Priest and Levite gave for not stopping may have sounded something like this:

               This road is too dangerous to stop on for anyone

               This could be a setup and a trap just to get me to stop

               I am running late and do not have time to stop

               I have my “temple clothes” on and can’t get them dirty

               I will pray for him

Join me this week as we talk about love and the reason Jesus told this story. This week’s message is titled “WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?”

 

February is going to be a busy month! If you haven’t gone to our web page, www.potosibaptistchurch.org yet check it out! All this month’s activities are there. Look for the newsletter and print it out, remember to mark all the special activities happening this month.

*This is a tease and hopefully a way to get even more to look at our newsletter on the web. There is something special mentioned in the newsletter that is going to happen on one of our Sunday’s in February but you will ONLY find it in the newsletter on the web. Look for it and join in.

 

THANK YOU, NANCY HALL FOR VOLUNTEERING AND KEEPING THE NURSERY THIS PAST SUNDAY! We are in need of a nursery volunteer for this coming Sunday.

Wednesday Night Children

Beginning this coming Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30 pm Kyle and Rhonda Swinny will be teaching our children! Bible stories, Missions, projects… fun, bring your children.

 

PRAYER NEEDS: Michelle Collier and family (death of her mother, her funeral was this past Monday), Linda Mayfield’s family (her funeral was Thursday), Mark and Marsha Bonham (his mother died and funeral is Friday, February 3, 2017), Kenny Faircloth recovering from Gallbladder surgery, John Frye recovering from blood clot, Mike Collier’s mom had knee replacement surgery this week, Shea Leech

 

Three funerals in one week, that is hard on people. Keep our church family in your prayers, the Collier, Mayfield and Bonham families in your prayers and your church ministry team as we have been involved in each of these services.

It has been a very busy week, it has been a draining week, physically and emotionally but I am planning on being in our worship this Sunday! I am looking forward to seeing everyone and singing and sharing God’s word together. I am excited thinking that you are going to be a part of worship and look forward to meeting the new people who will come.

 

See you Sunday!

 

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith




January 20, 2017, 10:15 AM

New Jerusalem

WE NEED A NURSERY WORKER FOR THIS COMING SUNDAY, PLEASE.

If you would volunteer to keep our nursery for the worship hour this Sunday, January 22nd please let me know, thank you.

 

MEN’S CHILI COOK-OFF

I hope you are making plans to attend our men’s chili cook-off! It will be Sunday evening January 29th at 6pm.

 

LOTTIE MOON CHRISTMAS OFFERING

Don’t forget we are going to have an ingathering offering on Sunday morning January 29th. This is our offering to support foreign mission ministry around the world. So far, we have received $896.

 

BABY DEDICATION

If you are interested in having a baby or child dedicated, please let me know. We do not have a Baby dedication service scheduled but would like to plan one. I have one family interested and am just trying to see if there may be others.

 

PRAYER NEEDS: Jim Davis (heart-bypass surgery this week is in Hendrick), Peggy Templeton (Michelle Collier’s mom in hospice), John Frye (returned home from cancer surgery, may have blood clot in arm), April Polk’s son Chris had appendectomy Bro. Jim McCurly (Hendrick hospital), Linda Mayfield (taken to Hendrick unresponsive).

 

I have spent most of my time this week with our hospital patients and their families. One of the pluses to being at the hospital so much this week was that I got to also spend some time with a couple that I knew over 20 years ago, (who happened to be in the same waiting area for a surgery of their family member). They are not in church and know they need to be and they promised to be in church @PBC this Sunday. Pray that they come and as we shared a couple of weeks ago, in the message on worship let us all be here so we can encourage one another.

One of the minuses to spending more time in the hospitals than office is “sermon study time” is shorter than normal or shorter than I would like. We will continue our series of messages from Revelation and this week’s text will be 21:9-27. Pray for me as I continue to prepare this message and join me in worship as we discuss the “New Jerusalem”.

 

Thanks for your prayers, see you in worship!

 

Bro. Keith




January 13, 2017, 10:18 AM

All Things New

Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. I Peter 5:2-4

Wow January is nearly half over! Do you think this year will continue to go by as fast as it seems to be doing?

I believe God is going to bless 2017 and I believe 2017 may be the most blessed year yet for Potosi Baptist Church!

Two things that I believe will set our course for the year and be blessed by God and blessings to each of us as individuals are “Our Prayers” and “Our Worship”. I believe prayer and worship are not only important but vital to our spiritual health both individually and as a congregation.

We have started the year with messages about each and I pray a challenge to grow in each. If you have missed out on any of these messages let me catch you up so we can all be on the same page as we seek to serve our LORD and grow spiritually in 2017 and I am praying grow together in our unity, fellowship and individual walks with our Savior and Master.

Our first message, “Our Prayer for 2017” was from Matthew 6:9-13 and we talked about the importance of praying to our heavenly Father, for our daily needs and for our relationships with others and for God’s guidance and protection in our lives. We talked about the importance of praying daily and not just when we have an emergency or want to impress others who may be watching. We should put and keep “Praying” at the top of our daily list of “Must do today” things.

Our next message “Assembly Required” was from Hebrews 10:24-25 and we talked about the importance of Worship to us as individuals and to us as a congregation. We talked about it not being required for salvation but being a requirement of our heavenly Father’s for us individually for our spiritual health. Worship is like our spiritual food and when we have a “poor diet” spiritually we are not in good spiritual health.

I pray that in 2017 we individually and as a church family grow in our prayers and worship!

Let me take a moment and repeat another statement and challenge that as your pastor I made this past Sunday. As your Shepherd, I believe I should do my best to be an example. I take being present very seriously and I take spending time in prayer very seriously as well. If you are a part of our leadership (church staff, deacons and Sunday School teachers) I want (expect) you to raise the bar of commitment to the areas of prayer and worship as well.

I can’t lead unless I am willing to do myself what I teach and we (myself and deacons and staff and teachers) cannot lead either unless we and that is you as well are willing to be an example also. I understand that not everyone is going to get that lifetime medal for never missing a Sunday but we as leaders should be there more than those we are trying to teach and lead. It is God’s requirement that we all worship as brothers and sisters in the LORD. It is Potosi Baptist Churches requirement that we (all of us) who are leaders be in worship.

 

NOW I SAW A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH, FOR THE FIRST HEAVEN AND THE FIRST EARTH HAD PASSED AWAY. Revelation 21:1

We did not finish our series of messages on the book of Revelation. We stopped in early December and I shared that we would pick the series back up sometime in January 2017. It is time to finish the book of Revelation so we will continue this series starting again this coming Sunday. Teresa takes notes every week so I asked her to double check where I had left off and the last message was “The King is Coming” from chapter 19. We will highlight chapter 20 which is all about the 1,000-year RULE and REIGN of CHRIST here on earth then we will jump into chapter 21 which is about THE BEGINNING OF ALL THINGS NEW.

Jesus has been the King for 1,000 years! All you would think is well, Jesus is in charge and Satan is locked away along will all his demons. At the end of the millennial period Satan is going to be released one last time. Sadly, this is going to reveal the people who didn’t have Satan’s influence before but will be willing to turn away from the LORD and they will be defeated along with Satan and finally the end comes and Satan and all the lost who have rejected Jesus will be sentenced, judged and sent to an everlasting hell to be tormented and separated from God forever.

As the end of Satan, Sin and death happens the BEGINNING OF ALL THINGS NEW starts for all the Saints of God who are and or who have ever been.

The very first verse of 21 says John saw “A new heaven and a new earth”. Chapter 20 verse 11 tells us that the first earth and heaven had fled away because there was “no place” for them. There are also various passages in the OT that speak of the “New heavens and earth”.

God is good enough to have created this Earth and the heavens and He can if He desires create another. He created the first Universe from nothing and He doesn’t need anything to do it again.

A word study I came across from this text explained that there were two meanings for the word new in the Bible. One is “new in kind” and the other is “new in quality”. The new in kind was the earth when it was originally made because there had never been an earth or sky. The new in quality is the one used in Revelation 21:1 and means that our new earth will not be a remodeled old earth but a newly created earth that is like the old but new in quality.

I don’t know if God is going to create the Grand Canyon or some of the other Natural Beauties of the “old earth”, but He doesn’t need any of the man-made stuff all around the world still around so off it all goes and in comes EVEERYTHING NEW!

 

Please join me in praying for this week’s message and worship and come join in the worship of our heavenly Father and Creator!

 

Prayer Needs: Michelle Collier’s mom is in ICU at Hendrick, John Frye had surgery and is the hospital in Tulsa Ok., Royce Hightower is in Rehab, Linda Mayfield, Bro. Jim McCurly is in Silver Springs recovering from a stoke

 

Remember we will have a “Re-gifting” party for anyone who would like to come and enjoy the fellowship this Saturday in the fellowship hall at 6pm. Bring snack foods, please.

 

We are continuing to receive the foreign mission offering thru the month of January. On the last Sunday, January 29 we will take up an ingathering offering.  I suggest we call this the Bro. Callahan offering for foreign missions in his memory and honor. Bro. Callahan a former pastor here loved foreign missions. We have lots of other ties to foreign missions thru current people we know serving on the field and we have ties to former missionaries who are retired who served for years all around the world. Join me in praying for the special offering and God’s blessings upon the offering and the work our foreign missionaries do.

 

Men’s CHILI COOK-OFF…. January 29th at 6pm

 

Would you help in the nursery for a Sunday? We have a person for this coming Sunday but would like to have another volunteer for the next couple of weeks. We may have a new paid nursery worker soon but to make sure we have it covered please consider helping us as a volunteer, thanks.

This Sunday we will also recognize and say “THANK YOU” to Jennifer King for her many years of service to our children and their families as our nursery worker. Get her a card and a gift if you would like and bring them with you to church this Sunday and we will show her our appreciation and thanks.

 

Thanks for your prayers! I look forward to seeing you in worship!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith




January 12, 2017, 10:04 AM

Assembly Required

A college professor walked into class one day and placed his hat on his desk then went back to the office to get another book. He ran into another professor along the way and was late getting back, past the 10-minute mark which allows students to go and class to be dismissed for the day. The next class came and the professor instructed the students that if his hat was in the room he was in the room and not to leave again as they did the week before. The students got the message and the next class came and when the professor entered the room there were 25 hats on the desks in the room.

 

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

 

I started to make this week’s message a surprise so that when you realize what the message is about you wouldn’t skip it on purpose. Then I thought about announcing that the message this week will be randomly preached so that everyone will hear at some point or another. All that aside I do believe that this is a very important message and I do wish everyone would hear it.

Last week we talked about the importance of Prayer in our lives and our journey thru the upcoming year and days of 2017. I believe with all my heart that pray is the first and most important part of our spiritual lives. If it is not the “most” important part it is in the top two with the two in my opinion being faith and prayer.

Next up to our faith and prayer is WORSHIP! A question that gets asked a bunch is “Do I have to attend Worship?” I really don’t think that is the right or correct question we should be asking.

The simple answer to the question is NO, you do not have to attend church. But you should also know that “you do not have to go to heaven” and “you do not have to have a relationship with Jesus”.

We all have a choice and truth is choices have consequences. Satan wants you to believe that worship is not essential or important but that is just a lie of the world.

Worship is beneficial and important to Christians. In my research this week I came across a sermon title written by H.B. Charles Jr. I do not know this pastor or where he pastors but I like the title and I wish to use it for this week’s message myself. The title he used and title of this week’s message will be “ASSEMBLY REQUIRED”. Please join me this week as we discuss our worship.

 

CALLING ALL COMMITTEE’S

This coming Sunday evening I am asking all committees to please meet at 5pm. We or I would like to get our new year off to a good start and discuss some plans for each committee concerning our coming year and spend a moment either electing or re-electing chairpersons for each committee.

 

•             Please check the mailbox for Christmas cards. The mailbox will return to storage in the next few days.

 

 

Mark your dates:

1-8 @ 6pm…. Business meeting and meal

1-14 (Saturday at 6pm) re-gifting party

1-29 (Sunday at 6pm) Men’s Chili Cook-off

Prayer needs & Praises: Shea Leech gaining strength and doing very well, Royce Hightower doing much better and going to rehab, Jim McCurley (had a stoke is in Silver Springs for rehab), Fred Killough, John Frye (will be going to Oklahoma 1-11-17 for cancer surgery)

 

Thank you for your prayers!

 

See you in worship this Sunday!

 

Your pastor and friend

 

Bro. Keith




December 30, 2016, 10:30 AM

Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

We are back from our vacation and time with the kids in California. We had a great time and enjoyed the visit and spending the Christmas time with them. It was a blessing to visit their new church and many of the new church family they are serving and they are being loved and the church has a great ministry, a great staff and lots of potential to keep growing and being a blessing in their community.

Thank you, Bro. Larry,  for preaching for me on Christmas day.

Thank you to all for loving Teresa and I and for all the cards, kind words and thoughts and gifts during this Christmas season.

Prayer and Praise: Praise God for being an awesome God, Praise God for hearing and answering prayer! PTL for providing Shea a new kidney! Thank You, LORD for providing thru the process a great team of doctors, a great donor, a loving family and a church family. Thank You today for a great healing and continued strength and health to come.

We continue to lift in our prayers: Royce Hightower (Hendrick Hospital) and his family, Eva Hargis had a heart Cath this week and received one stint, Debra Lofton fell and broke her wrist had to have surgery to repair

Please keep in your prayers this weekend the family of Frank Healer, his mother Mary Healer died Thursday morning and her funeral service will be in Sweetwater this coming Sunday at 2pm at the Lamar Street Baptist Church. If you would like to see how special a lady Mrs. Healer was go to McCoy’s funeral home web page and look at her obituary. The family did a great job in honoring a true Christian servant.

 

Our church newsletter is online beginning this month. To find it go to our webpage at www.potosibaptistchurch.org and click on the newsletter tab.

 

Matthew 6:9-13

In this manner, therefore, pray;

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

 

Sunday’s message: OUR PRAYER FOR 2017

 

Please join me in praying for 2017 and our first worship service and message of 2017. See you Sunday in worship!

 

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith


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