Merry Christmas

Can you believe it?  There are only 22 days left until Christmas!  Time really goes by fast when you are busy with family, career and serving the Lord.

For the next few days we can really be Salt and Light to our city.  In a very kind way we can shop, eat out, or greet our friends with a joyous Merry Christmas!

It is a gentle reminder that it is not the Holiday Parade, Winter Solstice, or Holiday Season.  The fact is, Jesus was born in Bethlehem and we celebrate His birth, regardless of the date.  To acknowledge the fact that Jesus is the reason for the season, we say Merry Christmas!

Just a few days ago our church group was in Bethlehem.  We studied together in Shepherds Field. We connected our study of John the Baptist in Luke chapter one to the birth of Christ in Luke chapter two.  We went under the church of The Nativity and viewed the inn keeper’s stables.  We witnessed the influence of Jesus on all religions.  Jesus is, no doubt, the Son of God, the Messiah, and our Lord and Saviour.  Thank you for praying while the TBC team was overseas.

What a great conclusion to Trinity’s month of missions.  Pastor Dwight’s reports were such a blessing.

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

God’s Plan

As students of the Word of God, we believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each life. There are no accidents or oops with God.

We do understand that disobedience, stubbornness and even sin can interrupt God’s will and blessing in our lives and marriages.

As a church, we believe that the primary purpose of marriage is to model God’s love for His church.

Don’t forget this quote by Dr. Adrian Rogers that we heard last Sunday:

“As goes the west, so goes the world.

As goes America, so goes the west.

As goes the church, so goes America.

As goes the family, so goes the church.

As goes the marriage, so goes the family.

As goes the heart, so goes the marriage.”

Life Action Ministries gave us the six steps for revival that we learned Sunday in Six Steps to Renew our Marriages.  There is a connection between my heart, my marriage and the spiritual health of any church.

Bryon Paulus wrote, “Thriving marriages are necessary not only for the survival of the church, but for the revival of the church.”

This past Wednesday we looked at the scriptures to help us break sinful patterns of marital conflict.  We are not perfect, but we are and can be forgiven.  Don’t give up!  Keep working on your life, your marriage, and your family.  God will honor our efforts and prayers.

Don’t forget to pray for the missions team in Israel.  (Genesis 12:3) About eight years ago our tours turned into opportunities to do more missions in the Holy Land.  Please pray for us as we spend Thanksgiving in Galilee!

Missions Month continues in November.  Let’s pray for the Lord to increase our faith and giving.

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

Help From the Lord

What a comfort! No matter our problem or circumstance, we have a God that cares for us.

We have a God that hears us when we pray. Our God loves us and is merciful and gracious.

Psalm 102 is a Psalm given to David as a prayer for the overwhelmed and afflicted. Verses 1,2:  Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto Thee. Hide not Thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline Thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

I love that part of the verse where David prays so honestly, “Lord, when I pray, answer me fast!”

The Word of God contains the promise that He will help us when we pray.

Psalm103:13 speaks of the Lord as a loving parent:  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.

We have talked of five of these promises in our study of the Word of God:

  1. THE PROMISE OF HELP
  2. THE PLEDGE OF RESTORATION
  3. THE POWER OF GRACE
  4. THE PURPOSE OF LOVE
  5. THE PRINCIPLE OF MERCY

Our God loves us, He cares for us, and He answers when we pray!

Read again II Corinthians, 12:7-10, and remember the line, My grace is sufficient for thee… God is so good to us!

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

MISSIONS AT TRINITY

Last Sunday we were introduced to some of the over 150 ministries that Trinity Baptist shares in partnership.

From a missionary overseas or an effort to reach children on the west side of the city to our own Pastor Mark Logan who is in Canada today on his way to the Middle East, Trinity shares our blessings as we support those carrying the Gospel around the world.

We start our collection today for the children’s gift bags for the Holy Land, for the family in Bethany that has two children with cancer, the elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor in Jerusalem and the children of Jericho.

Trinity Church is working with our friends in the Holy Land to reach the next generation.

During the month of November we will not only celebrate Thanksgiving, we will celebrate Sharing!

We share our blessings.  We share our incomes.  We share the Gospel around the world. We share our time as we work together to volunteer here at church on a project or on a missions trip.

We have a lot to be thankful for as a church. A part of that blessing is to be able to help others.  May God keep us sharing and being thankful!

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

Faith, Family and Friends

Our faith in the Lord Jesus and His Holy Word is the glue that binds us together.  It is wonderful to see our church growing in the Word and enjoying fellowship and the fellowship     of service.

During some recent evenings at Hearts with Hands we have had over 100 volunteers from Trinity packing boxes and preparing supplies to be taken to disaster zones.  It is a great testimony for our church as serving together knits our hearts together.

Our Wednesday night Fall Festival was a total explosion of fun!  From the inflatables to homemade soup, from face painting to Chic-Fil-A, we had a great time together!  Our children were all decked out as different characters and candy was distributed from 100 lb. barrels.

The crowd was wall to wall and we met many of our neighbors and families from our neighborhood and from several cities around Asheville.

Thank you for your hard work in making the night a great success.  It was great to see families having so much fun together!

Don’t forget that we are reaching out on another mission project.  Today we extend our efforts to the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and the children of Jericho.

Thank you for all you do!

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette