Prayer Emphasis Week | August 3rd – 9th
2020 has brought great challenges and crises. In desperate times like these, God’s people are to cry out to Him for forgiveness, guidance, and hope. Join with other GA Baptist Churches as we pray for our nation.
Prayer Walk for Schools
Turner County Schools
Thursday, August 6th at 6 p.m.
All prayer walking will be done outside while practicing social distancing. There are two schools this year to choose from.
Turner County Elementary School, 705 Hudson Avenue, Ashburn
PreK through 5th grade
Turner County Middle High School, 316 Lamar Street, Ashburn
6th through 12 grade.
If you don’t feel comfortable joining the prayer walk, please set aside a time at home to remember our students, administrators, teachers, and support personnel in prayer.
Giving as of July 29, 2020
Budget for 2020 . . . . . . . . $326,787.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . $175,962.36
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $152,123.85
Needed for weekly budget . . . . . . $6,284.37
Tithes Received this week . . . . . . . $4,180.66
SUnday School Live Stream
Carl Hobbs, the teacher for Christians Under Construction, is teaching live on Facebook each Sunday at 9:30 AM. Everyone is welcome to join.
To Join: Search for Carl Hobbs on Facebook. You will then see a link to join on his page.
Call Jonathan if you have any issues.
From our Pastor
One of the most comforting and exciting truths in God’s Word is that He has a plan and purpose for our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’For I know the plans that I have for you, ‘declares the Lord,’ plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’”
God tells us that He has good plans for us even in the most difficult circumstances of our lives. Romans 8:20 tells us “…That God causes all things to work together for good…” God has a good plan for our lives.
How do we experience God’s good plan? What should we do so that God’s plan comes to fruition? In Joshua 23, Joshua challenges Israel to pursue God’s plan for possessing the Promised Land even though he will soon pass away. The same instructions that Joshua gave Israel are the same instructions that we must follow to experience God’s plans in our life.
First, we must remember God’s faithfulness up to this point. In verse 3, Joshua reminds Israel that it was God who defeated the enemies that they have already faced. In verse 14, Joshua reminds Israel that God kept every promise that He made.
Child of God, remember God’s faithfulness. Whether you look at the Scriptures, church history or your own life, God has always been faithful. He has batted “1000”. How can we not trust Him?
Next, we must remember God’s promises going forward. The faithful God has committed Himself to us in all that we will face. In verse 5, Joshua reminds Israel that God has promised to drive out their remaining enemies and give them all the land. They could act on the certainty of God’s promises.
It is the same for us. God’s promises are seen and certain. We can walk in confidence based upon them.
Third, we are to walk in obedience unto His Word. In verse 6, Joshua tells Israel to keep all the law that God had given them. Joshua was actually passing along the message that God had given him at the beginning of the conquest of the land (Joshua 1:8). Obedience was the key for victory.
Nothing has changed. God requires us to walk in obedience. He does not ask for talent, gifts, or abilities. He supplies those. He does require obedience and only in obedience do we have His blessing.
Last, we must understand the consequences of not pursuing His plan. We don’t just “miss out”. We actually experience His discipline and even judgement. In verse 15, Joshua makes it clear that if Israel did not follow the Lord, He would destroy them. The consequences are severe for not following the Lord.
God has good plans for us and will complete those plans. Let’s walk in obedience and follow Him.