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September 1, 2017, 10:57 AM

Ooops

OOPS, I confess awhile back I noticed our Christian flag was looking a little worn and I was going to take it down to replace it. I went out to the poll and untied it and tried to pull the rope down but it seemed to be hung up and would not move. I tugged a few times but I really didn’t have time so I just tied it back to wait for another time. Will the other day that “another time” came and I went out expecting to have to use a little more muscle in the pulling to get the rope unhung? Well this is when the oops came in because I untied the rope and pulled and it started coming down very easily and I thought to myself “I wander why it was hard last time and easy this time”, and then as I was looking up I saw my big mistake. I forgot to make sure that both ends of the rope were tied together and by the time I realized what was happening it was too late, so all the rope is down. I apologize and soon you can come watch the preacher climb a flag pole to put the rope back thru the pully. And as Paul Harvey used to say “Now you know the rest of the story.”

 

Thank You for the gracious love offering to the Andersons. Thank you, Mike and Karen, for leading our worship last Sunday morning. I was blessed by the message in music and “His Word”, thanks again and our prayer is for God’s leading in your lives as you seek His direction.

Thank You for supporting our Super Summer Sunday Services! It is hard to believe they have already come and gone for another year. Thank you for attending, we had a considerable number from our church each week! Looking back, we had great attendance, great fellowship meals and we took up offerings and sent to “Hospice”, “a Church in Pennsylvania”, our State missions and to the Baptist Men’s Relief fund to help with the victims of Harvey. Thanks for your support of the offerings!

 

OUR SHOEBOXES ARE HERE!

We have 200 boxes ready to be filled for the Operation Christmas Child ministry. Here are some ways you can help fill boxes. Our goal is to fill all the boxes or even more to bless 200 or more children around the world at Christmas with the love of Jesus.

               Pick up a box or several and fill them as an individual or family project.

               Make a contribution, for $20 to $25 a box can be filled and the postage price of $9 each can be paid.

               In list the help of others, encourage your friends, other family members, neighbors or co-workers to fill a box.

               Bring extra things you have purchased from filling your boxes and we can use them to fill extra boxes here at the church.

 

Prayer needs: Kyle Swinny and family (death of his mother), Frank Healer (heart), Gail Curtis (Hendrick hospital), Tom & Glenda Satterwhite (Bro Tom is having problems with Blood pressure and he said Glenda is weak and in need of our prayers), victims of the hurricane (Harvey),

Pray for Teresa and me as we travel to New Mexico. By the time you get this we should be will on our way to Santa Fe where I will be teaching a conference on forgiveness. Hunter will be leading our worship and preaching this coming Sunday. Lift Hunter in prayers and be in church to support him and one another in worship.

 

I pray you have a blessed weekend, see you next week.

 

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith




August 30, 2017, 10:11 AM

Music to Our Ears: The Andersons

Praise the LORD!

               The garage sale raised approximately $1500 and was able to also bless the Salvation Army with a donation of items and Good Will with a donation of items. We were also able to send some blankets to an Animal rescue and shelter and send some books to the “friends of the library”. Thank you to everyone for all your contributions! Thank you to all the workers!

               Super Summer Services: Thank you for making this year’s services and fellowships one of the best!

               With summer, you never know what the attendance is going to be like and it is usually all over the place from being high one week to being low the next. Amid being all over the place and up and down last Sunday we had one of the best attendances we have had in Sunday School and I thought it would be a PTL to share, we had 70 in Bible Study last Sunday, thank you!

 

Since this time last week heaven gained three of our church members. Please continue to keep the families of Doris Morton, Bettie Mashburn and Bob Wakefield in your prayers.

 

We had the first funeral service this past Saturday and then we had one funeral each on Monday and Tuesday of this week. For four mornings in a row we had a service either Sunday worship or the funeral service/worship of three Christians getting to go home to heaven.

 

Music to my ears: this week I suggest looking up on you tube GOLD CITY singing I’M RICH!

 

Well I’m rich in faith and hope and Love I got more than my share

I’ll be moving to my mansion just over in Glory where I’m a rightful heir

Yes I’m rich in faith and hope and Love I got more than my share

I’ll be moving to my mansion just over in Glory where I’m a rightful heir

 

My Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills I believe I own at least one

I stand in amazement to see His face knowing that I’m His son

Well I’m rich in faith and hope and Love I got more than my share

I’ll be moving to my mansion just over in Glory where I’m a rightful heir

 

I’ve a guardian angel watching me he’ll go everywhere

But when I need my Father in Heaven up above I pray just a simple prayer

He has redeemed and forgiven me for all of my sins He took me in

He’s building me a mansion beyond compare halleluiah I’m a millionaire

 

 

This week our “Music to our Ears” will be Mike and Karen Anderson!

Last week a lady replied back to our weekly email saying that the “Music to my ears” song and message had ministered to her. During one of the revivals a man came up to me and shared how the music had ministered to him. There are lots of messages in our hymns and gospel songs and lots of comfort we receive from their messages.

I pray you will join me as we worship this week and have an opportunity to listen to lots of messages in song!

SHOEBOXES ARE HERE!

We have 200 shoeboxes ready to be filled! Get your boxes soon and help us bless 200 children around the world!

BIBLES

We are in need of several NIV or NLT Youth Bibles for the youth group to use. If you would like to help purchase a Bible for our youth Bible Studies please let Hunter know.

 

Prayer needs: The Andersons as they lead us in worship this Sunday, continue praying for the families of Doris Morton, Bettie Mashburn, Bob Wakefield, healing for Gayle Curtis (taking chemo), Leann Davis (spent time in hospital this week, home now), Pray for all who may be in the path of “HARVEY”

Thank you for your prayers, see you in worship.

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith




August 21, 2017, 9:33 AM

Music to My Ears

New Series “MUSIC TO MY EARS”

I am just in the planning stages still and I am not sure how this series is going to take off or not, but I have hope and several old hymns that I believe make great messages so we will see what happens.

Our text for this week and our first message is I Kings 20:23-30 and our title will be “God of the Mountain”.

In the beginning of the chapter Ben-hadad king of Syria was bullying King Ahab of Israel and was going to come take all his silver, gold women and children. At first King Ahab was just going to let him have it all without a fight.

He changed his mind and that is when the Syrians said, “That is ok we will fight them in the plains because their God is ONLY a God of the Mountains”. God did not like that and sent word thru the prophets that He was going to give Israel victory so that Syria and the rest of the world would know that He is a God of the Mountain and Valleys!

You may not have heard it in a while but go to YouTube Lynda Randle/God on the Mountain and listen to the words. Below are the lyrics.

 

Life is easy, when you're up on the mountain

And you've got peace of mind, like you've never known.

But things change, when you're down in the valley

Don't lose faith, for you're never alone.

 

For the God on the mountain, is the God in the valley.

When things go wrong, He'll make them right.

And the God of the good times

is still God in the bad times.

The God of the day is still God in the night.

 

We talk of faith way up on the mountain.

Talk comes so easy when life's at its best.

Now down in the valleys, of trials and temptations

That's where your faith, is really put to the test.

 

For the God on the mountain is the God in the valley.

When things go wrong, He'll make them right.

And the God of the good times

is still God in the bad times.

The God of the day, is still God in the night.

The God of the day, is still God in the night.

 

The ole devil is like the Syrian leaders, Satan wants to make you think that God will not be there for you in the valleys and that He is only a God of the mountains. The music to our ears is that Satan is wrong and the God of the Mountain is the God of the Valleys also! I hope you will listen to the song and hope we can get it to play for this Sunday’s service.

Prayer needs: Wakefield Family, Bob Wakefield’s memorial service will be Saturday (8-19) at 10 am in our church, Morton family, Doris Morton’s funeral service will be Monday at 11 am in our church with burial in the Potosi Cemetery, Betty Mashburn (not doing well)

Praise the Lord for the Rain!

Remember this week we will go to Eula for our Super Summer Sunday Service at 6pm

Several have asked for the “Spiritual Gifts” test that I mentioned in a message a few weeks ago this is the one I talked about: mintools.com/spiritual-gifts-test.htm

 

Thanks for your prayers, see you in worship!

 

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith

 




August 4, 2017, 9:30 AM

Mission of Evangelism

1.  Nearly 85% of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ as Savior do so before reaching the age of ___.   (7, 23, 13)

2.____% of Americans are saved after the age of 50.   (8, 21, 37)

3.What percentage of people in church have never led anyone to Christ?   (55, 95, 15)

4.The majority of church members are not saved    True/False

 

In research done by LifeWay 80% of churchgoers who attend one or more times a month believe they have the personal responsibility to share their faith. Three fourths of church goers say they feel comfortable in their ability to effectively communicate the gospel.

What is interesting to me is that in another survey of Evangelism Statistics it is reported that 95% of all Christians have never won any one to Christ and another 80% say they do not witness consistently.

It is hard for me to imagine that so many people in church believe they should be witnessing yet they are not doing it. Wouldn’t that fall under the same sin as “those things we know we should be doing, yet are not doing”.

 

John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also, and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

Do you believe in Jesus? If we say we believe in Jesus then shouldn’t we be doing what He was doing? Wasn’t He witnessing and sharing the gospel and leading people to a relationship with God?

 

Matthew 18:11 “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.”

 

Think about these questions: What do you expect from Potosi Baptist Church? What do you think God expects from Potosi Baptist Church?

Since Jesus came to do the work of His Father and save the lost and if we say we believe in Him shouldn’t we also be doing what Jesus was doing?

Join me this Sunday as we continue our series on “Keys to a Successful Church, Mission of Evangelism”.

 

 

 

SUPER SUMMER SUNDAY SERVICES

We begin our Annual August Activities this coming Sunday! We will host the first of our weekly combined Sunday evening services with our sister churches (Elmdale, Hamby and Eula Baptist churches). We will begin at 5pm with a hamburger/hotdog meal and our worship time will be at 6pm and we will be sharing about the Hendrick Hospice ministry.

Bring your family and friends, wear your PBC shirts, bring deserts for the meal and help us to be great hosts and bless our sister churches with a great evening of food, fellowship and worship.

Sunday August 13, Elmdale Baptist

Sunday August 20, Eula Baptist

Sunday August 27, Hamby Baptist

BAPTISM’s

Last Sunday we had the privilege of baptizing Cody Gaige Belyeu the grandson of Darren and Tammie Belyeu and this coming Sunday we will again have the privilege of baptizing another, Klayton Newman! Praise the LORD for the additions to “His Kingdom”!

P.S. We still have a couple of others who have made professions of faith and who we are in the planning of their baptism’s.

 

GARAGE SALE

Hosted by our “kitchen ministry team” on Saturday, August 12th from 8am to 2pm. Item may be brought to church beginning Monday, August 7th.

 

PRAYER NEEDS: Patty Richards & family (death of her father) Scott Henderson (having hip replacement Monday, August 7th), our worship service this Sunday, our combined services with our sister churches, the scheduling of other baptism services, PRAISE for salvations, PRAISE for rain

 

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS: 1. (7), 2. (8), 3. (95) and 4. (True)

 

 

There’s a story told about a Barber who got saved. One day not long after he was saved a stranger walked into his barber shop and asked for a haircut and a shave. The barber cut the man’s hair and had lathered up his face for his shave and something inside of him said that you need to tell this man about Jesus. The Barber had his razor in his hand and he walked around to the front of the chair and looked at the man with his razor held high and said, “are you prepared to meet your God today”. The man jumped up from the chair and ran out of the barber shop screaming still lathered up.

 

May we all be followers of Christ sharing “His message” with love!

 

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith




July 21, 2017, 10:17 AM

Gifts

During the French Revolution, there were three Christians who were sentenced to die by the guillotine.  One Christian had the gift of faith, the other had the gift of prophecy, the other had the gift of helps.

 

The Christian with the gift of faith was to be executed first.  He was asked if he wanted to wear a hood over his head.  He declined and said he was not afraid to die.  "I have faith that God will deliver me!" he shouted bravely.  His head was positioned under the guillotine, with his neck on the chopping block.  He looked up at the sharp blade, said a short prayer and waited confidently.  The rope was pulled, but nothing happened.

His executioners were amazed and, believing that this must have been an act of God, they freed the man.

 

The Christian with the gift of prophecy was next.  His head was positioned under the guillotine blade and he too was asked if he wanted the hood.

 

"No," he said, "I am not afraid to die.  However, I predict that God will deliver me from this guillotine!" At that, the rope was pulled and again, nothing happened.  Once, again the puzzled executioners assumed this must be a miracle of God, and they freed the man.

 

The third Christian, with the gift of helps, was next.  He was brought to the guillotine and likewise asked if he wanted to wear a hood.

 

"No," he said, "I'm just as brave as those other two guys." The executioners then positioned him face up under the guillotine and were about to pull the rope when the man stopped them.  "Hey wait a minute," he said.  "I think I just found the problem with your guillotine."

 

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. I Peter 4:10

 

Do you know what your “spiritual gift” is?

Are you using your “spiritual gift”?

 

Romans 12

exhortation

giving

leadership

mercy

prophecy

service

teaching

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 12

administration

apostle

discernment

faith

healings

helps

knowledge

miracles

prophecy

teaching

tongues

tongues interpretation

wisdom

 

Ephesians 4

apostle

evangelism

pastor

prophecy

teaching

 

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. (Romans 12:4-6a)

 

If you have time you can go to Spiritual Gifts Test-LifeWay Christian Resources and you can down load a test to take to help you discover your spiritual gift or you can go to mintools.com/spiritual-gifts-test and take an easy 35 question test and get your gift results in seconds. I did it in just a couple of minutes and not rely surprising to me I scored the highest in three gifts with the same score in each (Teaching, Service and Exhortation)

I pray you will join me this week in worship as we continue our series on “Keys to a successful Church”. This week our message will be “Keys to a successful church, GIFTS” AND OUR TEXT WILL BE I Peter 4:10-11.

 

PRAYER NEEDS: Gale Curtis (home recovering from surgery), Joe Polk (home doing much better), Bettie Mashburn (is back at the Nursing home), Ashley Jameson (Hospice hospital, a young mother with two very young children), Larry Thornton, Joan & Larry’s niece (Krissy Clark), Lavonne Jaramillo

 

Remember Sunday Evening’s fellowship & pounding!

To welcome our new youth minister, we are going to have a fellowship this Sunday evening (7-23-17) at 6pm. Bring your gift cards/pounding items and desserts or chips and dips for the fellowship and come join in the welcoming of Hunter Brown to PBC.

The day is almost here! Next week the new projectors and screens will be put in the sanctuary. This has been part of our fund raising and process to improve our sound and visual equipment for the past several years. The new screens and projectors will balance our worship with better visual access from all the sanctuary. In step one we put in some new equipment and mic’s and now in step two projectors, screens and computer. We need to raise some more finances to complete step three which will be recording! When we get to step three we will be able to put our services and sermons on the web page for those who could not attend to watch! We can also place screens in the hallway for those who step out to be able to see what is happening in the sanctuary. We are not there yet but it is exciting to know that we are getting closer!

Thanks for your prayers and I look forward to worshiping with you this weekend! I pray you will join in our Sunday Worship Service!

 

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith


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