Heaven is Our Home

After having served for decades in Africa, a missionary couple, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Morrison, were returning to New York to retire. After years of service they had no pension and their health was failing.  They were worried and discouraged.

The Morrisons were on the same ship as President Theodore Roosevelt, who was returning from one of his African hunting expeditions.

No one paid any attention to the missionary couple. They watched the fanfare that accompanied the President and his entourage.

When the ship docked in New York, a band was waiting to greet the President. The Mayor and the dignitaries were there. The papers were full of the news about the President’s arrival.

No one was there for the missionary couple. They walked off the ship to find a cheap flat on the East Side.  The next day would be filled with looking to see what they could do to make a living.

That night, the man said to his wife, “I can’t take this anymore; God is not treating us fairly.” His wife replied, “Why don’t you go in the next room and tell that to the Lord?”  A short time later he returned but his face was different. His wife said, “What happened?”  He replied, “The Lord settled it!”

Henry said, “I told the Lord that I was bitter; the President received a tremendous homecoming, when no one even met us at the dock!  When I finished complaining,     it seemed as though the Lord put his hand on my shoulder and simply said, “But you are not home yet!”

Hey Church, we are not home yet! This earth is not our home.

Take comfort from Hebrews 11:13 and I Peter 2:11 and remember that our citizenship is in heaven!

Be of good cheer!  We are not home yet!

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

Jubilee Blessings

Jubilee 2017, a time of wonderful testimonies, singing and preaching to reach your heart!

Pastor Randy Barton started our Jubilee with the comfort and challenge of A Friend of God. Pastor Keith Watkins continued with a plea for the lost with the condition of the sinner, the cry of the sinner and the conversion of the sinner.  Evangelist Rayton Puckett, at age 87, reminded us of our heritage and the power of Jesus to save.

It seemed our Jubilee was centered around comfort to the church and a challenge to do more for Jesus!

We welcome home Evangelist C.T. Townsend and Becky to celebrate another year of Jubilee. God has been so good to us year after year with wonderful singing and great Bible preaching!

Thank you to all our church volunteers.  The kitchen crew, the nursery workers, parking team, greeters, ushers, safety team, video & sound, and the Jubilee Choir, you all are amazing!  Thank you for all you do.  May God bless you and return unto you tenfold for your labor of love.

Thank you for being faithful.

You are loved!

Pastor and Muzette

 

Faithful in Today’s Culture

Dr. James Alexander Stewart wrote in his autobiography, I Must Tell, about the wisdom and influence of his mother.

James Stewart’s father was very sick and the whole family had to work to help keep the family together.  When he was six years old, James told his mother that he would help by working for the farmer next door.  Over the few next years he had many jobs, including delivering milk, newspapers and morning rolls.

Dr. Stewart said the biggest thing in his life was soccer.  By 8 and 10 years of age, his skill was so good that he played with boys much older than himself.  His headmaster at school said, “James is a genius at sports.”

James’ father passed away when he was fourteen years old and every spare  moment of his life was given to perfecting his soccer skills.  Sports leaders were already speaking of James turning pro by the age of 16.  He was gifted!

His mother had prayed before James was born that God would use her son for the salvation of souls. Her son was gifted and talented.  The world desired his talents and offered him fame, pleasure and money.

James Stewart’s mother claimed Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  His mother made sure her son went to church.  Dr. Stewart said, “My mother made sure that I sat under the best gospel message.”  She believed the Bible and honored God’s Word.   Though James had the ability to be a star soccer player, he instead went on to become a world-famous missionary, evangelist and author.

Mom and dad, Be faithful to church!  The souls of our children and grandchildren are the target of the devil.

We must be faithful!

You are loved,                                                                                                                                 Pastor and Muzette

Happy 4th

Happy 4th of July!  This is the day we celebrate the   freedom we enjoy as Americans, with family, food and fireworks!

Faith and family have great influences on our freedom. Spiritual freedom and political freedom are all moved in a positive or negative way by the spiritual health of our homes and churches.

As individuals we touch and influence our family and loved ones through our faith.  When we walk close to the Lord, our faith is strengthened, but when we allow ourselves to grow cold and careless we become spiritually weak.  Our families, our friends, our church, and our community are all influenced by our walk or lack of walk with God.

As we approach July 4th, let’s pause to give thanks for the bold faith and courage of our Founding Fathers.  Now it is the responsibility of our generation to have faith for our future as we reflect upon our own personal faith and commitment.

As we look forward to this wonderful summer holiday, let’s not forget the Lord and America’s great spiritual need!

Please be in prayer for exciting opportunities to reach out to our community. Watch for more information about our Back to School Extravaganza and be much in prayer for our Jubilee.

Enjoy a safe and fun holiday.

Pastor Ralph and Muzette

Trinity Baptist Church, Hope, Heritage and a place to call Home.

Trinity Baptist has always been a place of love and acceptance.  We strive to be a church that makes everyone feel welcome and a part of the family of faith.

One of our sayings has been,

Trinity Baptist Church, Hope, Heritage and a place to call Home.

Home is a great place in a world that seems to have lost its way.  The power of the home is the glue of a marriage.  The home is the safe place for our children and teens.

Think about the influence of a mom and dad that love God, love each other and love to attend church together.

Do you realize that there are over 74 million young people under the age of 18 in America?  That is about 25% of our population.

Please join with me in prayer that we can reach more children and families than ever before.

Our nursery department starts with the infants and loves them until they grow to toddlers.  Let’s be sure that we continue to nurture these children as they grow through all age groups of our Children’s Ministry.  These are all God’s Children.

We want to see growth in our Sunday School department and to expand the outreach of Vacation Bible School.  All of our Sunday Night activities are reaching out to the 18 year old and younger age groups.

Just this past week, Linda Green left us to go to heaven.  One of her wishes was to support growth in our Children’s Ministries.  The Green family has honored her with a wonderful memorial.

Let’s work and pray together to leave a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren.

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette