Praise the Lord for a wonderful spirit of revival and renewal!  This past couple of weeks have blessed our lives and encouraged our hearts to be faithful.  

Rejoice with me in these wonderful examples:  The men of our church meeting together to go up on the mountain to pray, our ladies meeting to pray with the men and women of the Bible Institute, the powerful victories in Celebrate Recovery, God saving two young ladies (ages 16 & 18) last Wednesday evening, 12 powerful hours of prayer together, new members, and last Sunday night the baptism of 5 people taking new walks of public faith.

WOW! God is so good to us! We have been blessed and we are careful to give Him all the glory.

When you read this note, we will be in Israel traveling through Cana and Mt. Carmel. 

Sunday Morning noon at Trinity will be Sunday evening at 6:00 PM in the Holy Land.  Please pray for our group of Bible Students.   We have 3 buses this year and are very thankful for this great opportunity.

Please pray for Evangelist Greg Lentz this morning as we celebrate November as Missions Month.  We start today with Brother Greg Lentz and Hearts with Hands.  I know you will be blessed with the report today and the preaching of Brother Greg.

Thank you for being faithful.  Life is too short not to give our Lord all of our heart and strength!  

You are loved, 

Pastor Ralph/ John 3:30

Thank you so much for supporting the night of prayer for our church!

What a wonderful opportunity for us to be together as a church family for 12 hours, praying for each other.

Every ½ hour there was a new area of ministry to pray over.  Our prayer service began at 7:00 PM and then at 8:00 PM our first focused prayer was Praying for our Future.

We continued praying together every 30 minutes for:

1. Sick & Shut In                                                                                              

2. Young at Heart Ministry                                                                   

3. Our Pastors and Leadership                                                                       

4. Our Missions Outreach                                                                                

5. Our Ladies Ministry                                                                          

6. Our Children’s Ministry                                                                                

7. Our Youth Ministry                                                                           

8. Our Singles Ministry                                                                         

9. Our Couples & Families Ministry                                                     

10. Our Music Ministry

…all these plus many more, every 30 minutes for 12 hours!

We are agreeing in prayer.  The Bible teaches about 2 or 3 agreeing together, in faith believing.

James wrote in the New Testament that, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  This shows us the power of prayer as we pray together for the problems we can’t solve.  God Can!

We are praying for our marriages, our children, our church and our country.

The ultimate prayer,  “Wilt thou not revive us again:” and the prayer of II Chronicles 7:14,  “If my people…pray and seek MY FACE…”  We are seeking the face of God.

It all begins with YOU!  No one can say your prayers for you.  This is individual       personal commitment.

“I will pray, by the help of the Lord,”  “I will become a person who will pray.”

You are loved. Please pray for me!

Pastor Ralph

This year’s theme for our Student Ministry Fall Retreat is Encounter.  It is truly amazing what happens when you disconnect a teenager from the world for a few days and connect them to an environment where they can have a fresh encounter with the Holy Spirit.  I am not talking about emotionalism or manufactured life change, but a true convicting and life-altering encounter with the Holy Spirit of God. I understand that my programs, events, games and attempts to be relevant for this generation will never produce real life change.  But I believe in my heart of hearts that when a teenager gets a taste of what the Holy Spirit can do for them, they will never be satisfied with complacent Christianity. 

Thank you, church, for your investment in the next generation. I am honored and privileged to be part of a church that has a passion for the Gospel today and a vision for the Gospel tomorrow.  May we all encounter, afresh and anew, the Holy Spirit in our lives, and pray that we never take it for granted.

Praying together,

Pastor Nathan Hawkins

Once a year we take a special day to celebrate our church family, the love we have for the Lord and the love we have for each other.

A wonderful couple out of our church had to move to another city last week.  Every year, due to the military, work, or caring for families, more of Trinity Baptist moves across the country. 

Homecoming Sunday on our calendar allows us to plan for a special day of gathering for fellowship, singing, time in the Word of God, good friends and a great catered meal of ribs and chicken!  Homecoming 2019 is really special.  We are praying and planning this month to continue our Vision 2020 for our children and grandchildren.

With God’s help, your prayers and with all of us working together, we can make a difference in the next generation, as we build our future on the foundation of our past!

Part of the burden and desire to be debt free is to insure a spiritual heritage for our families in an uncertain world.  This is not the time to stop believing God, to be less faithful to church or to quit reading our Bibles or praying together. 

As Trinity takes on the task of becoming Asheville’s Family Church, we can impact lives, strengthen marriages and produce homes that love Jesus.  Our church becoming debt free can provide funds for our family ministries to grow as we work together for a Biblical World View in the lives of Trinity families. 

Thank you for the great start on this journey.  Thank you for the words of encouragement and your prayers!  You have blessed me as Pastor and all your church staff with your great response. 

Don’t forget Friday, October 25, 7:00 PM.  We will make another effort as a people of faith to defend the souls of our children and the families of our community.  We will experience the power of prayer as we pray together from 7:00 PM until 7:00 AM Saturday morning.  12 hours of targeted prayers, fellowship and growing our spiritual community!

Mark your calendars and watch for more details on the way.

Welcome Home! Our spiritual home away from home!

You are loved,

Pastor Ralph

The past few services at Trinity have provided a time of great comfort and encouragement.  The power of the Word of God has combined with the presence of the Lord to bless us and to comfort our hearts.

The study in Psalm 134 has given strength to those who may be in a dark place, whether it is a circumstance or an ongoing battle with depression, anxiety or panic attacks. 

It is much easier to serve God in the light of the day.  You can be blessed with work and great fellowship with other believers. But what do you do in the night, whether emotional night or spiritual night?  What do you do when it is dark and lonely?  Our natural response is to run to try to escape the darkness!

God said: “…bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which BY NIGHT stand in the house of the Lord.”   Psalm 134:1

Just like Job, we are all in a place of service to the most high God; the God who loves us and gave His Son for us. 

God has placed us where we are, just to serve Him there. So, right there in the dark, praise Him!  Stand for Him!  Stay strong and just be faithful to God!

Over 600 people served in the Temple during the day. According to Rabbinical sources there were only 22 Levites, two priests and one temple guard at night.  Think about it, over 600 in the day and only 25 at night.

Not all serve in the dark, but a few are asked to serve the Lord during a time of darkness.

God said, “Lift up your hands…”  Praise Him and He promises to comfort and encourage you!

You are loved, 

 Pastor Ralph