MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year!  But it can be a time of mixed emotions; for some it is a time of joy, food, friends and happy Christmas memories, but for others it can bring a sense of loss, knowing things will never be the same as they have been.

The truth is anything that is alive is changing!  The things that change represent life, growing or shrinking.  The basic cells in our body begin by change.  The first cell divides. One to two, four to eight, 80 to 160 and continues to change.  It demonstrates life and growth.

Christmas is in many ways a benchmark of life.  A time to pause, a time to reflect and a time to reset our priorities!

Christmas time can cause the culture to remember the most important fact, Jesus was born!

God had a son named Jesus.  God gave His son to a lost and dark world.  Jesus gave His life that we could have hope, help and light into this darkness!

Christmas time can help us to slow down and appreciate what the Lord has given to us.  He has provided not only salvation and life eternal, but also the joy and blessing of family and friends!  Take time for the Christmas that really matters!  Serve the Lord, share your blessings, and spend time with the people you love!

Muzette and I want to thank you for every Christmas card, gift, and all the homemade goodies.  You are a treasure in our lives.

We love you,

Pastor and Muzette

Winter Surprise

What a wonderful surprise last weekend.  The beautiful dusting of snow to get us in the mood for Christmas turned into 8 to 10 inches of snow in Highland and Cashiers.  That was a winter snow shocker.

Another great surprise occurred Sunday morning at 10:45 AM.   Our church was almost three-fourths filled with worshipers! The choir stepped up and sang with joy and anointing.  We were blessed to have many visitors from churches that had called off their services.  That was a bonus surprise.

However, the best is yet to come!  After the service a young lady expressed that Sunday was her first time in church.  She also told us that she didn’t have a Bible and know about Jesus or salvation.

We were so glad that we were able to have church and that we can explain about Jesus and give a new Bible to a new seeker, who was surprised to hear about Jesus!

God has blessed us with a kind and loving church.  What a joy to worship together and watch the spirit of the Lord work in our lives and families.

Thank you for giving today!  Our Birthday Offering for Jesus starts today and goes until the last Sunday of 2017.  Your gift today will help us reach our goal of telling more people about Jesus!

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

Great Joy

Last week we studied the Symbols of Christmas and the Family of Faith in Luke chapter one.

The messages around Luke, chapters 1 & 2, are of the Messiah, hope, and great joy!

Jesus came into this dark world to bring light and to replace hopelessness and sorrow with great joy.

Remember the passage of Luke 1: 77-79  To give the knowledge of salvation unto His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Because of Jesus, there is joy in the midst of a sad world.  We are in this world, but we,  Bible Believers are not of the world!

Luke 1:44 states that baby John the Baptist leaped for joy in his mother’s womb when the yet-to-be born Jesus and His mother entered the room.

Luke 1:46-47 Mary said that her spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Luke 2:9-11 The angel of the Lord said to the shepherds, “I bring you good tidings of great joy…”

Real joy is in Jesus.  Joy in knowing that our sins are forgiven.  Joy in knowing we are His children and that we are going to heaven!

Jesus is the reason for the joy and Jesus is the reason for the season!

Please don’t forget to pray about a special gift for the Birthday offering for Jesus.  This year’s effort is very special, over and beyond our regular benevolent and Christmas efforts. We will be making great safety improvements to our welcome centers and outside patio areas as well as adding new fixtures, security cameras, a nursery door system, just to name a few.

Let’s approve moving forward into 2018 with a generous gift next Sunday.  No one person may be able to do all that needs to be done, but each of us can do all we can to help!

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

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