THE PASTOR'S VOICE

DECEMBER 28, 2014


Dear Family,

 

My prayer is that you had a very Merry Christmas and are looking forward to a very peaceful and prosperous New Year. The New Year always causes me to reflect on the many blessings God has given me. Many of us have suffered with various sicknesses, experienced financial difficulties and a variety of trials and tribulations. Yet at the end of the day we raise our hands and say yes to the sovereign will of God.


The New Year also provides me an opportunity to experience a fresh start and to anticipate renewed blessings from the SON. In the spirit of newness I would encourage each of you to remember and be a part of a long-standing tradition of Timothy -- that is the celebration of  FIRST FRUITS.

In addition, as we enter a New Year and with all the great eating we've been doing this season, I want to remind you all that we are in a health care crisis. Very early in the history of humanity we have adopted a variety of reasons for our need to pursue holistic health. Obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and a myriad of mental health issues, to name a few, have all contributed to a shortened life span - especially for people of color.

 

I am concerned about the holistic health of our members. God's Word clearly teaches the importance of taking care of our spiritual bodies, but tending to the health of our mind and physical bodies also brings honor to God. Scripture reminds us we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:13-14) and cautions us of our responsibility to: "let them [our bodies] be a living and holy sacrifice - the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him" (Romans 12:1 NLT).


  
So how can we apply God's commands to our daily routines?

I'm glad you asked!


  
This Pastor's Voice will provide tips on how we, as a collective unit and body in Christ, can start working towards healthier living. It will also share pertinent information on how to bless God and be blessed by giving The Lord our best with our FIRST FRUITS. What better way to start the New Year! 



Keep Your Eyes On The SON,

Pastor Larry Green

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



January 26 will be the first day my class is 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!
FIRST FRUITS

During the month of January we have the privilege and opportunity to experience the benefits of First Fruits. The phrase First Fruits is an old agricultural term that has spiritual blessings attached. It refers to giving your best. In terms of agriculture, the first harvest is generally the best being that there hasn't been time for spoilage in the fields. The first fruit is also generally the best looking and sweetest tasting. Thus, indicating giving God our very best.

Scripture teaches us that God required the Israelites to offer the first fruits of their harvest to Him. Exodus 34:26: "The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring to the house of the LORD your God." This theme is repeated throughout Scriptures. Whenever God's people made sacrifices to God, they were expected to give of the very best. 

God became angry at the Israelites when they offered Him leftovers. "And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, Is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, Is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?" Says the LORD of hosts" Malachi 1:8. Such showed disrespect for God.

Deuteronomy 18:4 teaches that first fruits did not only apply to the vegetables but rather it also included new wine, oil, sheep and etc. For us our first fruits would be our financial compensations. In the past some at Timothy have just made a sacrificial contribution, others have given a week's salary while others have given double tithes. Whatever way you want to honor God during the month of January with your First Fruits please indicate this on your envelopes or visit our website's giving portal.

Timothy, remember your first of anything produced belongs to God because He granted you the ability to gain the produce. Hence, the first born among flocks or the first-born child was seen as belonging to God.

You might think that it would be hard to give God the first after all the work one goes through to gain a harvest, but God promised to amply reward one's generosity. "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it" Malachi 3:10.

Paula White states:
Because He wants to see you succeed, He has put a system into place based on the principle of "First Fruits." The Bible references first fruits, first things or devoted things no less than 32 times.

"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your increase" (Proverbs 3:9).

"When you come into the land which I gave you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest" (Leviticus 23:9-10)

God claims the first fruits of anything! It rightfully belongs to Him in His divine order.

When we apply the Principle of First Fruits - First Things First - in our lives, we begin to see that all firsts should be given to the Lord: the first part of the day, the first day of the week (Sabbath), the first month of the year, and the first of our harvest - be it the wages for the first hour, the first day, the first week, or the month.

Let's celebrate the Lord with our FIRST FRUITS!



Your Body Is A Temple

Stop those harmful habits that poison your mind, body, and soul!

By Jessica Council

 

Temple Talk

 

"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

 

Like a temple, our bodies are a place of worship. It is a place that the Holy Spirit resides in everyday, not just on Sundays, and God is to be worshipped and honored in it. Just as we are expected to respect and keep clean the house of God, we should do the same with our bodies. We should take care of our bodies so that they can fulfill their purpose - to honor and glorify God. This is done not only by the things that we do and say (what our body puts out), but also by the things that we take in. According to the above Scripture, our body is not our own and we should be conscious of this in all that we do.

 

Think about it like this: if you go to a house of worship and it's a mess - there's garbage everywhere, the seats are in disarray, there's graffiti on the walls - will you still be able to concentrate on giving God the praise? It's the same with our bodies.

How can we fully commit to God, grow spiritually and become who He wants us to be if we're dealing with distractions from the garbage that we've put into our temples?

 

 

Tidying Up Our Temples

 

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31

 

One way we can keep our temples clean is by being careful of what we put in them. We've all been warned plenty of times of the dangers and negative effects of alcohol and other drugs, both in the Church and outside of it. But have we ever considered food to be just as toxic? Today it's extremely easy to make bad choices regarding the foods that we put into our bodies, and it seems that many people, including myself, have become slaves to our bellies, giving in to the temptations to constantly snack and overindulge. Meals that are the easiest to get are temporarily satisfying to our hunger and taste buds but leave us feeling empty and sluggish afterwards.

 

During the carefree, warm summer months that will be here in no time, we'll be tempted with so many familiar goodies. Before reaching for that second helping or sneaking an extra piece of dessert, we should try to remind ourselves that our bodies are temples. Let's start now with creating good habits so it won't be as hard to say no. We can practice moderation or opt for substitutes; as long as we're conscious of how the things we eat affect our physical and spiritual bodies, we can still enjoy our favorite nostalgic foods...or healthier versions of them.


Warm Wishes

Dear Rev. Larry and TBC,

Warm festive greetings to you! We pray God's abundant blessings, favor, peace, joy, good health and advancement for you, your family and TBC at Christmas and throughout 2015. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

- 2 Corinthians 9:15


 
Enjoy the holidays.

Love,

 

Godwin and Esther Imade and Family 


Please make our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ both nationally and internationally an object of your prayer. 

"Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." Ephesians 6:18 NLT

 

Nifty New Year Ideas





Upcoming Questions

Jesus Asked


 

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

January 4 | (John 18:11), Matt 20:22 
"Shall I not drink the cup the Father gave me?"

January 11 | Luke 23:31
"For if these things are done when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?

January 18 | Luke 18:7
"Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?

January 25 | Matt. 12:29
"How can anyone enter a strong man's house and take hold of his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man?
 

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

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Sunday School | 9:30 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 | 6-7 p.m. | Deac. Green

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