THE PASTOR'S VOICE


January 11, 2015

Are You Committed To FELLOWSHIP?


No one can respond to questions for you. Each of us must look deep within our hearts and examine our own souls to respond. In this PV as in others I have expressed a concerned about our physical health, but we cannot neglect our spiritual health in the process. With this as a focus, I want to encourage each of you to go to our webpage www.timothybaptistchurcha.com and read about Lectio DivinaAfter you have familiarized yourself with this ancient prayer practice please apply it to the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation of Hebrews 10:24-25: 

"And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near."

Ezekiel 33:6 (New International Version) says:

"But if the watchman sees the
sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone's life, that person's life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman  
accountable for their blood."

 My understanding of this verse is that it's the shepherds responsibility to look out and warn the sheep of impending danger. As I survey the congregation there seems to be a great falling away. Just look around any service and it seems as if the commitment to service and fellowship has changed.
Are you a committed worshiper? Is your attendance on your job better than your attendance and financial commitment to the church?
If God were providing you a paycheck at the end of the 
week for your time spent in committed service, would you be satisfied with your wage? 

I submit fellowship between committed Christians and corporate fellowship is different. Paul's letter speaks loudly on this matter. He states when we see the End-Time approaching, we should increase our incidence of "gathering together" with one another. Just the other day I was talking with someone who was lamenting about all of the trouble they were having, how things seem to be going downhill. While this reality must be acknowledged, being a Christian does not insulate us from trouble. One must also realize that bad things happen to good people. We must also remember it is far better to go
through our trouble with Christ and the committed prayer warriors than to go through by ourselves. Many of you at Timothy have heard me say "When troubles come run to the church, not from the church." When the evil days approach, what are you going to do?

Hopefully you will agree with me that Paul's statement hits the nail on the head. Please do not read this as merely a statement or request but rather as a divine command. The closer we get to the End-Time the more we should draw closer to the Master. I submit there is no better way of doing that than to assemble together. Long gone is the day when we
only come to church when we are on duty. Let me close by quoting Ernest L. Martin: "Indeed, as the prophesied period gets nearer, we are all in need of the type of fellowship (or "gathering together") that will provoke all Christians throughout the earth to practice an attitude of love to each other and perform good works to all with whom they meet."

What does committed fellowship look like?
Check out the next Pastor's Voice to find out!
A NEW YEAR'S PRAYER

Dear Jesus, You are awesome in glory and majestic in power. You are the King over all the earth and You are my King. A New Year has begun for me. Thank You for Your promise that You're preparing a place for me. With that promise tucked in my heart, I can stand secure in You as Lord of my life. Thank You for sealing me with Your Spirit and engraving my name on the palm of Your hand.

 

Thank You that You have made and are making me beautiful in Your sight. Help me to confidently walk in that beauty. Prepare my heart for my reunion with You at the foot of Your eternal throne.

 

Awake my soul morning by morning to meet with You. Fix my heart on Your steadfast Word. Show me my sin. Humble my heart to repent of it. Sift me if You need to, Lord. Destroy in me anything that steals my affection from You. Give me an obedient, surrendered heart. Read More

MINISTRY OF THE MONTH
Every month we will showcase a Ministry of the Month on our website. For the month of January we are happy to highlight our Hands Over Troubled Waters (HOTW) Ministry! 

See photos from their Annual Toy Giveaway last month and learn about the work they're doing for The Lord, Click Here
3030 CHALLENGE: ARE YOU UP FOR IT?
This year I'm charging you to dig deeper into the Word. We've been examining the Questions Jesus Asked in Sunday sermons as well as my Monday Night Bible Study class. But now I want to challenge your at home, personal study time.

Are you studying the Bible or just reading it? God doesn't want us to just skim His Word, He wants us to meditate on it...to allow it to change us from the inside out. That's why I'm issuing this challenge: to study God's Word for 30 minutes a day for 30 days.

I'm confident this will help you develop a habit of studying the Bible and discover the impact it can make on your life. Give God 30 days and see what happens. If you're up for the challenge: Click Here
PRAYER POWER 
Start the New Year off right by trying a new prayer method! Lectio Divina is the ancient practice of praying and meditating on the Scriptures to receive fresh revelations from The Lord.

After reading a few verses, reflecting, responding and resting, you can pick up the basic rhythm of this divine reading. Read More
THANK YOU NOTES
You've been given the task of sending a few Thank You Notes. Sounds easy enough but there's one small problem - the people sending them forgot to put their signatures! Using the list below, sign the appropriate name for each paraphrased note based on Biblical facts.

Bring your answers to church next Sunday, January 18th and receive a special prize!

Name Bank: Joseph, Moses, David, Jews of Caesarea, Paul, Jeremiah, Elisha, Onesimus, King Saul, Abraham

1. Jonathan, I heard you call "Is not the arrow beyond thee?" to the lad and I knew my life was in jeopardy. Thank you for helping me to escape the wrath of your father. Thank you for your friendship. (1 Samuel 20:37)

2. Ebedmelech, I realize you and your men saved my life by lifting me out of that horrible dungeon. Thank God the rags you turned into ropes held the weight of my body. To each of you, my sincere thanks! (Jeremiah 38:7-13)

3. David, my son, because my life was precious in your eyes and you refrained from killing me, I will no more do thee harm. I have played the part of a fool. (1 Samuel 26:7-21)

4. Cornelius, you are more than a gentleman and a soldier (Centurion). You are our friend. For all your many alms, our grateful thanks. (Acts 10:2-22)

5. For the little chamber you set up for me in your home in Shunem, my friends, I have thanked God many times. Now I write a formal thank you note. (2 Kings 4:8-10)

6. Eliezer, my faithful servant, because the God of heaven directed you, your mission to Mesopotamia was successful. Ah, yes! You brought home the perfect wife for Isaac. (Genesis 15:2, 24:1-67)

7. My arms and hands were so heavy, Hur. How grateful I was for your support as well as the support of my brother. (Exodus 17:11-12)

8. My sincere appreciation to you, Julius, for the courteous treatment you gave me when you escorted me to Rome. I will never forget how you spared my life when we suffered that shipwreck! (Acts 27:1, 43-45)

9. Thank you, father, for my coat of many colors! (Genesis 37:3)

10. Paul, I just want to say thanks for writing to Philemon (my master) on my behalf. Thank you, especially, for leading me to Jesus, The Master! (Philemon 1:10, 16) 
GET FIT!
By: Bro. Darryl Green
"Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well (3 John 1:2)."
Last Pastor's Voice my father expressed his concern for the health of our members at TBC. I share in that sentiment. In addition, I have surveyed that the way we perceive ourselves plays a lot into our self confidence. Our bodies, the way they look and the way we feel about them can vary. Therefore, self confidence can be a fickle thing. Some confidence is well earned and sometimes it's just false bravado used to cover up the insecurities that lie underneath.

The question that plagues me is how can any of us lack confidence? The Bible clearly tells us that we are "made/created" beautiful (Psalm 139:14) but it also is very clear in letting us know that it is our responsibility to maintain that beauty (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). I'm not talking about losing weight or gaining weight - I'm saying we are obligated and should be happy to maintain our bodies, the wonderful gift and temple that God has blessed us to have. My motto is 50 40 10 and to me that means 50% genetics, 40% nutrition and 10% workoutThe genetics we have no control over but that's a beautiful thing because God made us in His perfect image. But when it comes to nutrition and workout we have total control and total responsibility. My advice?
  •  Educate yourself on the difference between "carbohydrates" and "protein"
  • Familiarize yourself on "good carbohydrates" vs. "bad carbohydrates"
  • Don't allow yourself to get caught up in food fad myths and unhealthy diets and detoxes

Look forward to more fitness tips next Pastor's Voice

START SAVING
By: Bro. Dashawn Bristol
We can't start the New Year doing the same things and expecting different results, like Pastor always says. Before taking on a Savings Challenge, whether large or small, I recommend prayer.

It's difficult to look out a year in advance and pick an amount to save, however it should be done. Next take that amount and tackle it in stages -- divide it by four so that you can reach a small goal every three months! Start now! January - March is probably one of the best seasons to get ahead and save..coming out of the family season, it's colder, the summer is far away and this is your opportunity to save less. So push yourself to save and get ahead between January - March.

Practice Points:
  • Look for ways to hit your goal. Although you might not hit the dollar amount in your bank account, keep the faith.
  • Paying off debt = savings; add that to your tally.
  • If you have a retirement plan increase your contribution to help yourself save.
  • Consider what's in your house that you don't need: clothes, products, etc. Give away or sell them.
  • Do not use debit!
  • Write down your expenses that aren't necessarily bills and try to cut that down by 1/3. i.e. if you spend $100 a week on food, gas and misc. cut down to $75 and take $75 out cash from the bank
  • Don't use your ATM card!

Remember, with God ALL things are possible!
(Matthew 19:26)
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Upcoming Questions
Jesus Asked


 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?" 


 

The online Monday Night Bible Study class based on the Questions Jesus Asked will begin January 26Anyone interested should call (805) 399-1000 and enter the code: 232434 each Monday at 6 p.m. Lessons will be emailed; email shanicermaxwell@gmail.com to be placed on the class email list.
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