Make plans to join us as we get together for a late breakfast and to socialize. We will be meeting in the First Baptist Family Ministry building. This event is for all Families, Young Adults, College, and Youth. Everyone Is welcome; if you are looking for a church family, we would love to have you.
DIGITAL COPY OF 2022 CHURCH DIRECTORY
If you would like a digital copy of the 2022 Church Directory, email Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention all choir members and singers!!! We are getting together to prepare special music for Palm Sunday, April 10, during the morning worship service. If you are interested, please let Jonathan know.
Giving as of February 23, 2022
Budget for 2022 . . . . . . . . $322,471.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . . $49,610.96
Received to Date . . . . . . . . . $31,968.26
Needed for weekly budget . . . $6,201.37
Tithes Received this week . . . $4,860.00
From Our Pastor
What do we need to live in these days? Everywhere we look we see chaos, confusion, fraud, corruption, and hostility. What can help us navigate such times?
The answer is simple, profound and awe inspiring – all at the same time! A deepening understanding of God is the one thing we need the most in this hour. Such a simple answer! Such an awe-inspiring answer!
Why is a deepening understanding of God so important? Consider King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in Daniel 4. God had raised up Nebuchadnezzar and had given him great power, majesty, and splendor. Unfortunately, Nebuchadnezzar became proud and gave himself credit in spite of being warned not to do this (verses 1-30). God then struck Nebuchadnezzar so that he would live like an animal until he recognized Gid’s greatness over him (verses 31-34a, 36-37).
What did Nebuchadnezzar learn about God? He learned that God is sovereign. He praised God by saying, “For His dominion is an everlasting dominion…” (verse 34b).
What a confusion from Nebuchadnezzar! He was the king over the first world empire. He had undisputed power over all the known world. But he had come to realize that God was the real Sovereign. God rules and reigns over all.
How we need to see God in His sovereignty. He rules and reigns. He determines what will happen. People, groups, organizations, parties, and governments aren’t in control – God is. We need to see our times through the lens of God’s sovereignty.
Next, Nebuchadnezzar needed to see that God is eternal. Nebuchadnezzar’s experience taught him how weak, frail, and mortal he was. God has none of those problems. “…And His kingdom endures from generation to generation” (verse 34).
We need to remember that God is eternal as we face these times. God is just as wise, strong, and capable today as He was in the days of David. He will be just as wise, strong, and capable for eternity. God is, and will always be, God.
Nebuchadnezzar also learned that God is omnipotent. God can do whatever He desires and no one can stop Him. Nebuchadnezzar continues, “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, ‘What have you done?’”
How we need to see God’s omnipotence! We see so much deliberate, chosen rebellion against God and His ways. We see an open state of war against God in our nation. It will not win. It has not lessened God and it never will lessen Him. God will deal with it in His time according to His plan.
Last, Nebuchadnezzar saw God’s grace. His words clearly show he knew he was not deserving of God’s wonderful goodness. His heart was filled with praise for God’s work on his behalf.
It should be the same for us. Think of the ways God has poured out His grace upon you. If God is for us in such measure who can be against us? (Romans 8:31-39). We can live with confidence because of God’s grace.
Seeing God more clearly changes everything. When we see Him, we gain guidance, strength, and confidence. May our understanding of God deepen every day.
Sunday, February 27
Deacon of the Week: Carl Hobbs
Front Door: Carl Hobbs
Organ Greeter: Allen Whitehead
Piano Greeter: W. Greg Brown
Sound: Daniel West
Video: Julie West
Pat Rainey & Daisy Lee Speight
Sunday, March 6
Deacon of the Week: Daniel West
Front Door: Daniel West
Organ Greeter: Dan Raines
Piano Greeter: Allen Whitehead
Sound: Chris McCard
Video: Saskia Van Son
Dianne Huff & Elizabeth See