This week we celebrate 50 years of the Land of the Sky Jubilee.  It is hard to           believe 50 years has passed so quickly.

The Jubilee has been a spiritual refreshing for Christians and encouragement for churches all over the southern United States.

This week we have celebrated with songs, scripture, family, friends and food.  It was a wonderful week making memories!

Almost 53 years ago Maze Jackson hosted the Jubilee in   Atlanta, Georgia. That church was unable to continue being the host, so Pastor Ralph Sexton, Sr. offered to host the Jubilee at Trinity Baptist in Asheville.  That was 50 years ago!

During this wonderful week God has used our church to bless others again. “Thank you”, volunteers, for your hours of hard work. 

From the parking lots to the family choir, from the teen meals at night to the hot meals for lunch, from the prayer teams to the media department, God has used you all to bless others.  Thank you for praying and thank you for giving!

What a joy to work together and to be able to worship                 together.  May God keep us faithful for the future!

You are loved, 

Pastor Ralph / John 3:30

The response to the Celebrate Recovery Ministry has been unbelievable. We have been open to the public for four months and have been able to minister to hundreds of people with the message of hope found in Jesus. We are not just impacting Asheville, but have had people form Washington State, Virginia, New York, and many other states come through the CR Ministry.

I am reminded every week when I see new faces searching for hope, that this ministry and the mission of our church is PEOPLE! No matter their background, race, social status, or label, every person has a purpose from God. Pastor has reminded us recently that every person has name, and has a story.

We were all soberly reminded of this truth just a month ago when one of our volunteers for CR, Terri Sizemore suddenly passed into eternity at the age of 38. She was many things to many people, but none more important than a mom to her two boys. Her Facebook post from November 13, 2018, spoke of this reality. A mom’s prayer, that her boys would one day see the importance in each person.

Terri Sizemore post reads…”I’ve realized my children don’t need me to answer all their questions ors love all their problems, that just need to know that we believe in God, who will never leave them or forsake them. Even when they mess up or are angry or hurt. Our God meets us right in the middle of our own messes, and if my boys see this in a real way when they are young, then maybe they will grow up sure of this knowledge, this truth–that God can love them through any challenge or pain or disappointment. We want our kid’s faith, compassion, kindness, and love to be real because the world has real problems that need us to be the literal hands and feet of Jesus, ready to go. Willing to help. and serve. and love. I pray that my kids learn to not turn away from the pain of the world but to lean in , to look at what needs to be done and believe it’s within their power to help. These kind acts do so much more than just teach my boys to not be so materialistic, or to think of others above themselves. Hopefully, they learn that with God’s help they are empowered to do something about what it happening around them.” ~ Terri Sizemore ~ November 13, 2018

This is the Gospel in the simplest terms, “Jesus died for you”, may we continue to spread the good news! Pastor Nathan Hawkins

In the early 1600s, religious chaos was the order of the day in England. King Henry VIII had established the Church of England by breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church.

A group of nonconformists was known as the Puritans and they eventually broke away from the Church of England. Other groups were totally dissatisfied and they left the organized religion. They were called Independents or Separatists, and they established their own church groups for worship.

Under the reign of Elizabeth they experienced great persecution and suffering. There was little relief under King James. In 1608 one group fled England for Holland where religious liberty was given to all people. These people were later known as Pilgrims. Elder William Brewster led this group of industrious, upright and Godly families. They drew the respect and admiration of their Dutch host.

There was relief from the persecution. However, after twelve years of discussion and prayer they felt a move was in order. They believed the will of God was to start a colony on the shore of the New World.

In 1620 the Pilgrims and the Plymouth Company charter reorganized as the Council of Plymouth. King James allowed them to have religious liberty and to sail from Plymouth, England.

Over 100 brave souls crowded onto the Mayflower in September and landed in the new world on November 9, 1620. They signed the Mayflower Compact of 1620 based on their love for Jesus, and they pledged to fear God as a new nation. This was the Mayflower Compact of 1620.

Our Heritage is from people of faith!  These people displayed great courage and they were so brave it is hard to imagine.

These Christians were the founders of a new land with religious freedom for all.  We remember them today, as well as the faithful men and women of 1776.  Happy Birthday America!  We love you!

A blessed people we are today!

You are loved, 

Pastor Ralph

Love times two is part of our celebration today at Trinity.

We celebrate the love that Muzette had for the Lord and this church.  We also celebrate the love she had for her husband and her children.  Muzette had a favorite saying, “Love multiplies, never divides!”

The second love we celebrate is for the word of God and the people of Israel.  The first part of our faith is to show that we care as we say that because that Jesus loved us, we love you!

Genesis chapter twelve declares the promise of God, “And I will bless them that bless thee…”

We want to show our love for God’s chosen people and our trust in the written word of God.

The gift of this “Mobile Intensive Care Unit” is a visible token of our love for the people of Israel.  It opens the door for the conversations and questions that will follow:

“Why do you love us?”

“Why do you care if we survive?”

“Why would it matter to you, a Christian, if you believe that we (Jews) are Christ killers?”

This is love multiplied! Christ loved us with unconditional love when we were unlovable.

Today, we bring that love full circle. We love the Lord and we love Israel. God made a promise and God kept a promise.

The people of Israel are back in the Holy Land and we honor the life of Muzette by giving them an ambulance to help meet their most critical needs.

Muzette represented a life well-lived in her faith and family.

We can declare with her love, “God is, and all is well!”

Thank you again for all your love, prayers and support making this day possible.

You are loved,

Pastor Ralph

John 3:30

We often refer to the group of brave individuals who birthed America as our Founding Fathers.

The foundation our nation was built upon was the faith and vision of men that wanted to be free. 

Each year we have special days on our social and personal calendars that we want to remember.  One of those days is even called Memorial Day.  July 4th, D-Day, Christmas Day, Easter, birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are all special days of remembrance. 

These days are foundational to our social and cultural calendars.  Celebrating and remembering the purpose of these days defines who we are. 

Today, as a people and as a church, we honor and celebrate Father’s Day.

Our Bible teaches us that God uses this human relationship with Jesus and God the Father.

God is our heavenly Father.  Jesus even taught us to pray, “Our Father, which art in Heaven.” We learn of our Father’s kingdom in Matthew 26 and our Father’s business in Luke chapter 2.

Luke 12:32 speaks of our Father’s “good pleasures” and another reference we all remember, “In my Father’s house are many mansions…”

Father God speaks to His children (the saved, the redeemed, the church) through the life and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.  God the Father teaches and instructs us through His Holy Word, our Bible.

Notice God’s instruction in Psalm 78:3, “Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.”

God said to us, the parents and the grandparents of today, focusing on our dads, to say, ”We will not deny the Lord God, our Heavenly Father, in the way we live and conduct our lives!”

Verse 4 states that we will not hide the truth of God and His Word from our families, “…shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength, and His wonderful works that He hath done.”

Fathers, families, and friends, let’s rededicate our lives and energy to serving the Lord!

You are loved, 

Pastor Ralph

John 3:30