RESCUE AVL

Rescue Asheville! Through the vision and burden of our young people, God has refocused our church to make an impact in our city with the message of Jesus.  This vision and burden has spread to other youth and churches in our community.

 

God is raising up a generation that desires the anointing of God upon their lives more than anything else!  Let’s join the rescue vision for our family, friends and community.

 

As a church we must be Ready for the rescue,

Established in the word of God,

Separated from the world,

Committed to our calling,

Understand the need,

and know Jesus is Enough for every situation.

 

Thank you to all the Pastors and Youth Pastors from our community who has joined us in this Vision.  May we see lives radically changed in the beautiful, wonderful, and powerful name of Jesus! Thank you for joining us for the community youth service, Sunday Night in the Sanctuary of Trinity Baptist Church.

Pastor Nathan Hawkins

Be Still and Know

Psalm 46:10 speaks of being still and knowing God.  “Be still, and know that I am God:  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.”

During the past few services we have been blessed with a wonderful awareness of God.  Many have expressed, “I was afraid to move!”  Some stated that, “There was a sense that God is here, don’t move! Just be still before Him!”

In times of spiritual refreshing, God demonstrates His mighty power by just making sure we know, HE IS HERE!

There is an important lesson in the first part of the verse …“Be still, and know…”

There is a great spiritual strength in just being quiet in the silence of my environment.  Remove the clutter.  Remove the noise.  Make the extra effort to remove TV, radio, cell phone, IPad, and my play list. For ME to be still!

To listen for the still small voice.  Is God speaking to me, to my heart?

The silence gives opportunity for

  1. Listening
  2. Observing
  3. Thinking
  4. Feeling
  5. Awareness

While God is visiting us anew, let’s break out of the routine and listen!

Our prayer is to be like Him.  Our prayer is for help, “We beseech thee”, as we are praying together for revival!

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

Survival Praying

For the past week we have been studying the prayer of Isaiah.

In the New Testament, the disciples asked Jesus if He would teach them to pray.  Jesus replied with what we call the Lord’s Prayer.

In the Old Testament, Isaiah teaches about prayer around 700 years before Christ will be born in Bethlehem.  Israel is “survival praying” while living in the Southern Kingdom.  Israel’s prayer for restoration is found in Isaiah chapter 63 verses 15-19.

Moving into chapter 64, Isaiah leads the powerful prayer for the people of Israel!   “Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,…”

The latter part of the second verse explains the passion and reason for the prayer, “…to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!”

Isaiah’s example for “survival praying” is found in Isaiah chapter 64 verse 9, ”O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech Thee, we are all Thy people.”  That prayer that uses BESEECH has more passion than just asking or  requesting.

These prayers contain three main elements of this petition to God!

1.      Intensity of Desire

2.     Humble Heart

3.     Tenacity of Purpose

We should ask the Lord to keep teaching us to pray.

We should pray with heart-felt passion, humble before God with the knowledge of His plan and purpose! James reminds us that a fervent prayer availeth much!

You are loved,

Pastor & Suzette

Happy and Blessed

Sometimes it is difficult to be happy.  Happiness is linked to happenings and what is happening may not be good.  We do not enjoy the difficult days, or the times of hardship.

However, the joy of the Lord is my strength!  Our Lord is greater than the circumstance.  God is our shelter and refuge on those difficult days. One definition of Joy is calm delight.  That is the peace the Lord brings, calm in the midst of the storm.

Always remember to get joy we must give it.  To keep joy we must share it.  If we work and pray to be able to bring happiness to others, we cannot avoid happiness coming into our lives.

You cannot out-give God and you cannot out- love God.  He has blessed us and made us happy in Him

Happiness comes from giving, not from getting.  God blesses the heart and spirit that is like Him.

The truth is, our happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not the material wealth of this world.

Serve the Lord in this New Year with all your heart and enjoy each day!

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

Happy New Year

We hope and pray you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

The past few Sundays were amazing with our children’s programs including the choir and the play; these were all a great blessing.

How we have enjoyed our Jubilee Choir, the Teen Drama, and then gathering with all our children during the reading of Luke 2.  Don’t forget the giant Christmas stockings, the beautiful candlelight service, treat bags, and a snow storm two weeks in a row!

Most importantly, we honored the Lord and lifted up the Word of God while we fellowshipped together with Christmas carols, good friends and great food.

Just when we thought we couldn’t have any more fun, we were Santa-Surprised!  Mrs. Claus appeared after church and read The Night Before Christmas and then Santa walked in with bells ringing.

This December has been one of the best ever at Trinity.

Thank you for all the hard work, vision to bless and dedication to keep Christ in Christmas.

Thank you for giving.  Our Birthday offering for Jesus is over $45,000 and still growing.  Your end-of-the-year giving is so important to the church budget.  Thank you for caring and for sharing!

Muzette and I want to thank you for each greeting card, cake, gift card, goodies and all your special gifts.  You have made us feel loved and we thank you.

Your love and prayers are a blessing in our lives.

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

Happy New Year!