Growth is a sign of health.  When children are born, the first weeks and months are very important for their health and development.  The baby has to grow and develop everything from tiny lungs to an expanding brain as they also grown in life experiences.  If any of this were to stop, it would be unhealthy.

The baby would be examined by the family doctor for added weight and other signs of growth.   If none were found, there would be great concern about this baby’s development. The baby’s medical chart would read, “A failure to thrive.”  Treatment plans would be developed to care for and help this child grow and live.

The same is true spiritually!  We must pray and ask the Lord to teach us to help us grow and mature.  You don’t want to be at the same spiritual weight you were on the day you trusted Jesus for salvation.  We must desire to grow into men and women of faith. We must spend time with God!  We have to read God’s Word, pray, attend church and seek fellowship with friends of faith.

You must feed your spiritual man.  The things of this world will not feed your soul!  A fire cannot burn without wood.  The spiritual food is fuel for your fire (your spiritual passion.)  Our desire to serve the Lord, our passion to see people come to Christ and our burden to pray for family, friends, church and nation all grow out of that revival spirit in our hearts.

Spending time alone with God is the first stop on the path to spiritual growth.
Thank you for being faithful!

Power of Pentecost
Think about the day of Pentecost and the events of that day. Think of the mighty rushing wind and the cloven tongues of fire with each person hearing the message in their own language. This was the birth of the church, the body of Christ, with lives changed forever.
Dr. James Stewart wrote, “…the miracle of Pentecost, was the sudden transformation of the disciples from weak, fearful, timorous men to powerful, confident witnesses to Christ and His resurrection.”
Think about it, “…those commonplace fishermen and tax-gathers were turned into prophets, teachers, and flaming heralds!”
Notice the crowd, the people in the city. They cried out in wonder, asking what had happened. A holy hush fell on the people as the spirit of God began to speak through Peter. Acts 2:12 states, “…they were all amazed and were in doubt saying one to another, what meaneth this?”
Some accused them of being drunk. Their lives had a dramatic change that no one could explain it. It was power! Power from another world! It was not the power of religion, or ritual, or reason; it was the supernatural power of God!
Our prayer today is, Oh Lord, do it again! Please visit us for fresh tears and vision. Please give us a burden for this generation with fresh oil and revival for power in our personal lives and the life of our church!

Wednesday night we played a video, “The Start of Sacrifice,” as a tribute to our veterans. This video makes sacrifice personal. The story line follows a young man as he tells his family that he wants to enlist in the Marines. We follow the sacrifice that the family makes and the sacrifice and courage of this young man as he completes boot camp. We experience the joy of graduation and the sacrifice of deployment.

This story becomes more personal for all of us when we think of our very own young Marine, Weston Landreth, who, this week, graduated TBS Officer School at Quantico Marine Base with honors!

Sacrifice means making that commitment to what you believe to be important, like your sacrifice to work hard and graduate from college or your sacrifice to work extra hard to receive a promotion at work. Many have sacrificed personal time to train for a sporting event.

Today, we must invade our comfortable lives to grow spiritually. It may seem like a sacrifice to set aside time to pray or read the Bible, but we are training for spiritual warfare! Jesus invites us to pick-up our cross (sacrifice) and follow Him. Let’s be salt and light!

Veterans Day from Ralph Sexton Ministries on Vimeo.

We welcome you to a special day of remembrance and honor!
The church family of Trinity Baptist and our area 911 agencies have partnered together to honor the men and women that serve our communities.
We honor the dedicated people of law enforcement, from those on the street to the chamber of our judges and we include the Highway Patrol, our SBI and FBI teams that serve Western North Carolina.
We offer our appreciation to the men and women of emergency medical care including the EMT and paramedics, the MAMA flight team, the nurses and doctors of the emergency room along with the fire, rescue and search teams of our communities. We also thank the dispatchers that keep us connected and safe.
We salute your service and honor your dedication to your calling to protect and serve.
This day also serves as a day of remembrance of September 11th, 2001.
We will not forget

What a joy to welcome you to the Land of the Sky Jubilee! We remember the greeting from Brother Billy Kelly for many years, “IT’S JUBILEE TIME!”

Many of the adults in our church have grown up with wonderful Jubilee memories and stories to tell. We remember working in the kitchen, helping to park cars, mopping the gym or even cleaning bathrooms, not to mention wonderful services, great preaching, singing to bless your heart and food and fellow-ship to “ice the cake!” Life is so short, we cannot miss these times of being together and making memories that will last a lifetime!

After enjoying breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. we will move to the morning services beginning at 9:30 a.m. We will then have lunch together around noon time. We will gather together for our evening services Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. Plan to stay after the evening services for some food and fellowship! Remember that there will be no Friday morning service but we will gather for rally services on Friday evening and Sunday morning.

Please make plans to attend every service. Our families and our church need the spiritual strength of the Jubilee! Our nation is at a spiritual crossroads, “repent or perish—revival or removal!”

We need the Lord! Please pray for His mighty hand to touch our lives!