PASTOR'S VOICE
April 26, 2015


 

 

"Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time."

  

 

Ecc. 3:11 NLT









CHANGE AGENTS:
 CALLED FOR A PURPOSE

 

The snow is gone and Spring has sprung. Each day when I enter the church and see all the Lord has done I must acknowledge there is a freshness in the air that has filled each of us with enthusiasm. Yes, it is true the days are longer and there is a sense of 'let's get the job done.' As we prepare to face the many challenges that will come as we strive to get the job done, I want to remind you of Helen Steiner Rice's words from "The Rainbow:" "The rainbow is God's promise of hope for you and me, And though the clouds hang heavy and the sun we cannot see, We know above the dark clouds that fill the stormy sky, Hope's rainbow will come shining through when the clouds have drifted by."


This past week's Youth Revival confirmed the importance of the body of Christ changing, moving and transforming.
We have been reminded again and again, that as a body of believers, we must not be stagnant. For those who were not there allow me to share some thoughts and reflections. It suffices to say that it is imperative that you hold on to the word of God. "Live. Move. Be." said Elder LaTrelle Chase, "You Already Got It In You" Rev. Bodrick affirmed and "You Must Challenge The Culture" said Pastor Thomas.

It is not enough to say there is a problem -- you and I must be willing to step up and be a part of the solution. During this time of transformation, living, moving and being we are able to reflect on the blessings of the past years. Remembering these blessing will only serve as tools the Lord will use to motivate us to move into our destinies with great expectations. Yes, as Rev. Bodrick put it, "You Already Got It In You!" Since we believe and know that God is the same today, yesterday and forever, we can count on Him!




I am also reminded of the words from a song that says, "When I look back over my life and thinks things over, I can truly say I've been blessed and I got a TESTIMONY."  The thing about this testimony though, is it should propel you to move in the power of the Holy Ghost. It should place you in the presence of His holy power and cause you to challenge yourself to step up and allow the Lord to use you. Allow God to birth a new determination in  you. We must remember "All things (not some things, but all things) work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" Romans 8:28.

With this assurance from God's Holy Word, we know we have the victory. 
Yes, we are change agents .  Yes, we have and will continue to challenge our culture .
I believe God has placed a unique purpose in our lives. He has used us as vessels to touch many lives in our homes, schools, communities and in our church. He has used us to bring many into a closer relationship with Him. We can praise God for those who faithfully share their faith with others. Remember our miss ion statement: "...to go...make disciples and communicate God's Word through "
EVANGELISM ". Remember: "And he gave some apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ" Ephesians 4:11-13. 
Who will you reach? Who will you teach?  Who will you evangelize? 
You have a PURPOSE! HOW WILL YOU USE IT?

 

Yours In The Master's Service,


Pastor Larry Green


YOU'RE INVITED!


You are invited to the GBBA Semi Annual Meeting. This gathering of GBBA churches will take place on Monday evening, May 11th. A light dinner will be served at 6:00 pm and the meeting will start at 7:00 pm.


Please come and enjoy the fellowship and learn what has been happening amongst GBBA churches. Have your messengers attend to vote on important GBBA business. Child care will be provided if requested. If you plan to attend please click here to register.

 

 



#TEAMTIMOTHY is 3-0!

Congratulations to the members of our new basketball team! With God's help, their hard work and Coach Dashawn, they are on a winning streak. I'm so proud of their wins both on and off the court and I'm thankful for all your support; the last game they played had over 30 TBC supporters. Let's keep them in our prayers and #TeamTimothy, keep up the excellent work!
Check out photos from their last win here.





MOTHER'S DAY MOMENTOS

With Mother's Day around the corner, I'd like to highlight some remarks you may have for or about your mother in the Pastor's Voice that will go forth that day. Please send 3-4 sentences with remarks of love to commemorate your mother and/or mother figure in your life by May 8th. We praise God for moms!




A LINE IN THE SAND

We'd all agree we want our lives to count for something, right? We all have this God-given desire for something more, even if we don't know what that "something" actually is yet. So where do we start?


 

"The formula for starting something new begins with leaving the old."


 

In reading this we recognize a need to draw a line in the sand and leave the past behind us. Here's what I've learned, though -- it's one thing to tell myself I'm going to change; it's quite another to actually call out that change by name and hold myself accountable to it. So instead of just drawing a line, I suggest we take it a step further and DEFINE the line as well.

What exactly are we leaving behind?


 

Maybe it's bitterness over a past situation or always wanting things our own way. Maybe it's a habit of complaining, or maybe it's simply our need to always be right.Whatever it may be, we need to identify it for what it is, and we need to call it out. Then we draw our line right there and say "NO MORE!"


 

Just as on December 31st we count down the seconds to a fresh start in the new year, this line is symbolic of a new beginning as well - a division point between the old and the new, between who we were and who God is shaping us to be.

Right now, ask yourself these two questions:

1. Where in my life is God calling me to draw a line?


 

2. What work is He wanting to do through me that can only take place on the other side of that line?

 

Quite likely, any answer you could come up with to that second question wouldn't even come CLOSE to God's own. Ephesians 3:20 says in The Message version, "God can do anything, you know - far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us." Let's remember that as we draw our lines in the sand today and continually ask the Holy Spirit to help us in maintaining it.






QUESTIONS JESUS ASKED


April 26 | Matthew 21:42
Have you never read in the Scriptures?

May 3 | Matthew 16:13-15
Who do people say the Son of Man is?

May 10 | Matthew 23:33
How will you escape being condemned to hell?

May 17 | Mark 8:21-23
Do you still not understand?

May 24 | Mark 7:18
Are you so dull?

May 31 | Mark 10:51
What do you want me to do for you?





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