THE PASTOR'S VOICE

DECEMBER 14, 2014



Dear Family,

My life is so busy. Yours too, right?


 Busy seems to be the cadence of our world, and I often hear proclamations from others (and from myself) on just how very busy we are; how there is always something more to do. For me, unfortunately, this busyness routine I've embraced over the years has generally transformed me into a person with the inability to rest easily or slow down, even when I should.


 My iPhone calendar tells me what's next: a meeting, a church service, a house or hospital visit, a family get together, errands, doctor's appointments and so on. What's next? I often wonder. Not just on my to-do list but what would The Lord have me to do next? Go next? Expect next?


 Psalm 46:10 is an oft-quoted verse for Christians: "Be still and know that I am God." I think it can sometimes be the type of verse we rattle off so much that we disregard its depth of request. "Be still." Two short syllables ... 7 whole letters ... and yet it's a huge request. How often I fail Him in this command! But in this command, He's asking me to be still enough to listen to Him and trust that whatever He is asking me to do, or for whatever reason He is stirring my heart, it's because He's God, and He has a plan. And as the second part of that verse continues, He also assures me that whatever the next step is, it will exalt Him and bring Him glory - which is what my very soul desires, the renown of His Kingship, the glory of His name spread on this broken earth.


 

God asks us to be still because He knows how busy we are, and that busyness can sometimes make us hard-of-hearing. It's hard to listen to our hearts when we're running at RoadRunner speed; and it's even harder to hear God's heart when we're not pausing to listen for it.


 

This both convicts me and encourages me to be still and not fight the quiet moments. I want to hear God's voice. And while I do hear Him, feel Him, see evidence of Him daily (even in my busy life), I think He requests and orchestrates times of pause, so I can hear Him when He wants to have a serious chat and need us to listen.


 

So my prayer - and hopefully yours - is this:

Lord, help me to slow down enough to hear You and sojourn with You. And when You speak to me, help me to not be afraid and resist the temptation to jump on the hamster wheel of my to-do list. When I start down that path, would You catapult me? Help me to appreciate the slow moments and use that time to fearlessly and carefully listen for Your voice.


 

Keep Your Eyes On The SON,

Pastor Larry Green
Senior Choir Annual Day




Celebrate the Senior Choir's Annual Day TODAY at 4 p.m. and enjoy a Holy Ghost filled concert.
HOTW Toy Drive




Join HOTW for their 2nd Annual Toy Giveaway on Saturday, December 20th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Donations of fleece blankets  are appreciated. There will also be giveaways and snacks for all who come.
Christmas Cantata




Sunday School will host its Annual Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 21st after morning service. A fellowship dinner will also take place. Contact Sis. Ortolaza and Sis. Council for more information.

Advisory Board Meeting




Monday, December 29th at 7 p.m. will be our Advisory Board Meeting. All elected officials and leaders are expected to attend.

Monday Night
Bible Study Update



December 22 is the last Monday night Bible class for 2014. After the 22nd classes will be held online! Anyone interested should call (805) 399-1000 and enter the code: 232434 each Monday at 6 p.m. Lessons will be emailed; for those without email you may pick up a lesson after morning worship.

Watch Night Service


Bring in the New Year right -- praising and worshipping The Lord at our Watch Night Service on Wednesday, December 31st at 10 p.m. Bring a friend!
TBC Youth On The Rise:
A Review of 2014
By
Bro. James Dumas Jr.


The youth at TBC have been soaring to new heights in the church. They have had successful Bake Sales, wonderful fundraisers, and have been participating in such things like YEC (Youth Encountering Christ), Youth Revival, Youth Conferences, Black History Month Programs, Youth Nights, and now Grotonwood. The Youth Choir is also progressing and getting new members as well. The Step Team has been regrouping and coming up with new steps so come next year they will shock Timothy.

 

The youth at the church are a group of kids who have built strong friendships over the years and never lose touch with one another. One of the youth, Danielle, says: "When I'm around the youth, my mood tends to change from sad to happy because the youth are so funny." YEC has been a great way of building these friendships because the youth go away for a weekend, usually at the end of January. While there they learn how to reconnect with God, learn how to take initiative and learn how to communicate with people from other churches. Timothy Youth are really good at that!  Some of the youth still have friendships with people at YEC even though they do not see them until it is time for YEC.

 

Grotonwood is another retreat the youth go on. It is a week long trip that last all of February school vacation. It consists of a lot of different Boston based Baptist churches with tons of youth. The days usually consists of morning worship, morning workshops, lunch, afternoon workshops, a little free time, dinner, night worship, then back off to the cabins. I know it might sound boring the way I put it but trust me, it is a lot of fun. Grotonwood has opened my eyes and it has taught me not to be afraid to go after your dreams and aspirations. You should never hide your Christianity, it doesn't matter what people say about you or what society thinks of you. If you lose a couple friends because you are of a Christ follow, then it's ok! They weren't friends anyways. A true friend will accept your Christianity and not have a problem with it. Grotonwood has taught me and hopefully some other people that lesson.

 

The Youth are still going strong and we are looking forward to the next YEC and the next Grotonwood. 2014 has been a great year of growth for us in God. Youth, keep growing strong friendships and also keep God with you no matter where you may go in the future.

Please help our youth attend their beloved annual Christian Retreats in 2015: YEC (Youth Encountering Christ) and Grotonwood. You can help sponsor them here or by contacting Sis. Carter. Many thanks in advance.
 
Who
Have You Witnessed To Lately?






As we prepare our hearts and homes to celebrate Christmas, the birth and coming of our King, I want to leave with you this thought:

"I've always said that I don't respect people who don't proselytize (witness). I don't respect that at all. If you believe that there's a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it's not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward-and atheists who think people shouldn't proselytize and who say just leave me alone and keep your religion to yourself-how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?

I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn't believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that."

- Penn Jillette, an athiest

It's great to be excited about Christmas, but how much more excited might it make the Lord if we shared the ultimate gift of Christ with someone who may not know Him this season? Think about it. Try it.

Upcoming Questions

Jesus Asked


 

December 14 | Isaiah 41:10, Luke 2:8-10, (Matt. 8:26)
"Why are ye fearful? O ye of little faith"

December 21 | (Matt 16:13), Matt. 1:21, Matt. 1:23
"Who do people say the Son of Man is?"

December 28 | Luke 2:15-21, (John 21:16)
"Do you love me?" 
 

Learn more about what this Monday Night Bible Study class has to offer here!

Worship With Us!

Sunday School | 9 a.m.
Worship Service | 11 a.m.
Weds. & Friday Prayer | Noon

We Enjoy Bible Study (W.E.B.S.)

Monday | 6-7 p.m. | Rev. Green
Tuesday | 6-7 p.m. | Min. Darby
Weds.| 7-8 p.m. | Deac. Grace
Friday | 6-8 p.m. | Deac. Dukes

Contact Us

Timothy Baptist Church
P.O. Box 190730
35 Highland St.
Roxbury, MA 02119
617 445 3820
tbc@timothybaptistchurchma.com


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