This Week (January 25)

There will be morning prayer Monday through Thursday, 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM.

Weekly Cleaners: David MacCallum Family

Monday, January 25: Sunday School Fun Night at the Gym @ 7 PM
Wednesday, January 27: Midweek Service @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 30: Music Practice @ 7:00 PM

Sunday, January 31
Super Sunday: 2 PM

This Week (January 18)


There will be morning prayer Monday through Thursday, 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM.

Weekly Cleaners: Marcia MacCallum Family

Monday, January 18: 3D Night at the Gym @ 7 PM
Tuesday, January 19: Saint John Service @ 7:30 PM
Wednesday, January 20: Mid-Week Bible Study @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 23: Choir Practice @ 7 PM

Sunday, January 24
Sunday School @ 10 AM
Morning Worship @ 10:30 AM
Choir Practice @ 4:30 PM
Evening Worship @ 6 PM

This Week (January 11)

There will be morning prayer Monday through Thursday, 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM.

Weekly Cleaners: Levi Lewis Family

Monday, January 11: Ladies’ Night at the Gym @ 7 PM
Wednesday, January 13: Bible Study @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 16: Choir Practice @ 6:30 PM

Sunday, January 10
Sunday School @ 10 AM
Morning Worship @ 10:30 AM
Choir Practice @ 4:30 PM
Evening Worship @ 6 PM

Special Services will be held in Alberton this week. See the announcement in the church entrance for more details.

The Truth About Success

One Day at a Time...

Too many people are content with their lack of success in life’s ventures. They soften the blows rained on them by failure by excusing themselves and their condition because “I just didn’t get the breaks” that other people did. “I wasn’t born in the right family” or “with a silver spoon in my mouth”.

Unfortunately, a lot of people do this spiritually too! They are what they are ‘because this is how I was raised’ or ‘it’s just not me’! How different their lives could be made through a few simple acts of consistent devotion!

John Maxwell, in his book entitled “Success”, tells us that there are few simple concepts that we each can put to work to help us succeed in every area of life:

1. You are what you do daily.

2. You first form your habits; then your habits form you.

3. It is just as easy to form habits of success as it is to form habits of failure.

Every day is a new day and what I become tomorrow depends on what I do today! Let’s become successful at living for God… starting today!

The Fable of the Young Fawn and the Old Mountain

The old Indian told the story of the mountain and the fawn …… where the fawn, just gaining mastery of his shaky legs, and feeling good about his progress gained a new self-confidence and felt he was now ready to face all the world and its mysteries.

The fawn studied the trees and remarked that he too could stand upright just like they could – to which the trees replied, “Yes, but can you give shade to the weary?” The fawn laughed, “I don’t have time to stand in one place all day like you – I have important things to do.”

The fawn looked at the gushing stream and said, “I am faster than you!” To which the stream replied, “Yes, you are swift, but can you give drink to the weary?” And the fawn replied, “I cannot spend my time just waiting for others to show up!”

The fawn peered at the old high mountain in the far distance and said, “I can leap high over you!” And the mountain said, “From where you are to where I am makes it seem so I am sure – but come closer – come to where I am.” And the fawn sped away toward the old mountain …. he ran and ran …. and ran some more ….. the mountain growing ever higher and he becoming more and more exhausted from his running.

The closer he ran toward the mountain the higher it grew and the more exhausted he became ….. until his lungs felt like fire and the heat became unbearable…… but then he chanced to stumble under a high tree that shed its shade right beside a stream with cool water….he enjoyed BOTH very much!

Once he had rested he peered again at the old mountain which now filled the sky and it realized he could never leap that high …… and the old mountain said, “When we begin our journeys we many times don’t realize that many miles makes many lessons …. now you know the power of a tree and the power of a stream – that they exist for others as well as for themselves. And you have also learned that great distance from someone creates a great illusion – but when you come to where they are – you discover not only their true character – but you also discover even a greater thing — the real you.”

–by Pastor James Groce – Molino, FL – ’09–

Mudslide!

The following is a missionary article delivered to my inbox yesterday, written by Bro. Lambeth. I hope you enjoy…

Mudslide in Rio
Mudslide in Rio

The headlines blared the news: almost fifty souls perished in mudslides in the “eternal” city of Rio de Janeiro. Could those deaths have been avoided? Yes! Most, if not all of those deaths could have been avoided had they followed the guidelines of average good sense.

Like so many of this wayward generation, they sought for the cheap, easy, “smart” choice on their fast-track highway to quick-fix success! Not unlike the lotto fever that bites so many millions dreamers, believe me, there is really no quick fix to life’s destination to perdition!

Rio de Janeiro, the famous nightlife city of fun and folly is built midst a series of slippery hills… the very characteristic that gives the city its fame of beauty. The jet-set fly in and out on weekends…everyone arrives looking for sun and fun. Then, over time, the rough crowd and the thrill seeker also began moving in. With dire consequences!

Unlike the jet set, those that cover a sinful life with plenty of money to smooth the ripples of conscience… the other crowd moved in without money… and wanted access to the same sun (free!) and fun (sometimes paid with drugs).

So, the other crowd built cute houses on fragile stilts across the hills of Rio. The view was breathtaking from atop those hills. And, since it hardly EVER rains in Rio… the houses looked stable and secure for a lifetime of sand, sun and samba (the Brazilian musical rhythm).

Just as in the Bible, however, the rains DID COME! The rain poured on foolish men that thought some things just did not matter all that much. After all, why worry about the foundation if it NEVER storms on my life of prosperity and positive preaching (“god heals everything, always”)?

Why worry about laying a foundation of doctrinal stability? When tomorrow’s sun arises, we will, once again, be basking on the warm beaches of charismatic praise… never needing to bow a knee nor shed a tear of repentance and consecration. Why invest in “anti-mudslide” equipment when the ONLY Bible verse quoted is “… he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Ph. 1:6)!?! The hill-builders do not realize that BETWEEN today and the referred final performance of promise THERE WILL BE A STORM! Don’t forget, the Bible has more than one promise. Holy Writ ALSO promises storms! Those storms are the structural testers of your foundations!

The glee felt from cute prophecies does not SOLIDIFY the foundation! Seeing devils sent packing into pigs will NOT stabilize your own lifeline! According to the parable in Mathew, it is NOT ENOUGH just to prophesy or cast out devils. The STORM PROTECTOR is a fruitful life developed from solid rock preaching!

Believe me, the “let’s just praise the Lord” crowd has built their houses of worship on the slippery hills of sound and sight, carnal praise singers and soft preachers.

Meanwhile, solid rock preaching concerning sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8) is the ONLY thing that can establish our soul house on THE ROCK! Don’t cut corners while building your foundation! Lay it solid!

According to the news reporter the survivors said the sound of sliding mud was disconcerting and eerily haunting. Much too late to do anything about the foundation… the house was already sliding downhill.

I hear the rumbling of a mudslide is in the air… RUN TO THE ROCK!

~ Missionary John Bradley Lambeth

This Week (January 3)

There will be morning prayer Monday through Thursday, 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM.

Junior Monthly Scripture: Matthew 10:5-14
Senior Monthly Scripture: Matthew 10:5-20

Weekly Cleaners: Gary Lockhart Family

Tuesday, January 5: Service in Saint John @ 7:30 PM
Wednesday, January 6: Bible Study @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 9: Ladies’ Meeting @ 7:00 PM

Sunday, January 10
Sunday School @ 10:00
Morning Worship @ 10:30
Choir Practice @ 4:30
Evening Worship @ 6:00
Cafe Following Evening Service

The Bible

THE BIBLE contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers.

Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.

Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy.

It contains light to direct you, food to support you and comfort to cheer you.

It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword and the Christian’s charter.

Here paradise is restored, heaven opened and the gates of hell disclosed.

Christ is its grand object, our good is its design and the glory of God its end.

It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.

Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.

It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure.

It is given you in life, will be opened in the judgment, and will be remembered forever.

It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.

Pray it in, read it through, live it out, and pass it on.

— Author Unknown —