The deadline has passed, and we have not collected
The Turner Baptist Association will be hosting a VBS at Rock Creek Baptist Church in Marianna, Fl. The association is putting together 96 backpacks to give away to the children who participate. First Baptist has volunteered to provide bath cloths, markers, and pencil sharpeners. Please leave the items outside the church office. We need to collect all of these items by May 30. If you have any questions, please see Vicki Brown or Jonathan.
CHILDREN’S TEACHER NEEDED
Positions we are still in need of:
Nursery workers for Sunday School
Assistant for (k-3)
On-Call Assistant for (Youth)
Men’s BIBLE Study
Men’s Bible study will begin Wednesday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM. The group will be meeting in the Scriptures Searchers room in the Fellowship Hall. All men are welcome as they begin a study on 1st Timothy.
CORPORATE PRAYER TIME
Prayer is one of the most important disciplines we should practice as a church body. Each week, we will pray for the church, community, country, and many other needs. We will have prayer time in the church sanctuary on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.
E-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office at (567-9320) with any prayer request.
Don’t forget to check out Brother David’s Mid-Week Devotion on the book of Psalms. They are uploaded each Wednesday on the sermon page.
From Our Pastor
Do you struggle to trust God in the affairs of everyday life? It’s not that you doubt God’s existence or power. But you find it difficult to rely upon His intervention?
The writer of Psalm 130 knew that he could trust the Lord even in a major problem. Verses 1-2 read, “out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.” Yet, even in the depths he had a secure confidence in God. Verse 8 says, “And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.”
Did you see the confidence in God? The psalmist said “He will” in reference to God’s intervention. Even in the depths, the psalmist knew he could trust God.
What enabled the psalmist to have such confidence? First, he knew God’s forgiveness. Few things rob us of our ability to trust God more than thinking that we are not accepted by Him. Yes, sin separates us from God. But we must realize that through salvation and then confession as believers that all of our sin is cleansed. In Christ, we are justified and reconciled unto God. The psalmist wrote in verses 3-4, “If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.” Resting in God’s gracious forgiveness puts us on solid ground to trust Him.
The psalmist also knew God’s Word. Verse 5 says, “I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope.” The psalmist’s confidence in God was based on God’s own Word. He knew what God said about Himself, His love for His people, His plans for them and His promises to them. Real faith is not mere optimism or positive thinking. Real faith is simply taking God at His Word.
Last, the psalmist knew God’s character. Verses 6-7 read, “My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption.”
As we spend time in God’s Word, we need to focus especially on God’s revelation of Himself. We cannot trust someone that we really do not know. When we allow God to reveal His power, greatness, and goodness it enables us to trust Him. Our God is wonderful and awesome. He is worthy of our trust.
We all face times of adversity and difficulty. But, we have a God who is worthy of our trust. We can have complete confidence in Him.