Help From the Lord

What a comfort! No matter our problem or circumstance, we have a God that cares for us.

We have a God that hears us when we pray. Our God loves us and is merciful and gracious.

Psalm 102 is a Psalm given to David as a prayer for the overwhelmed and afflicted. Verses 1,2:  Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto Thee. Hide not Thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline Thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

I love that part of the verse where David prays so honestly, “Lord, when I pray, answer me fast!”

The Word of God contains the promise that He will help us when we pray.

Psalm103:13 speaks of the Lord as a loving parent:  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.

We have talked of five of these promises in our study of the Word of God:

  1. THE PROMISE OF HELP
  2. THE PLEDGE OF RESTORATION
  3. THE POWER OF GRACE
  4. THE PURPOSE OF LOVE
  5. THE PRINCIPLE OF MERCY

Our God loves us, He cares for us, and He answers when we pray!

Read again II Corinthians, 12:7-10, and remember the line, My grace is sufficient for thee… God is so good to us!

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

MISSIONS AT TRINITY

Last Sunday we were introduced to some of the over 150 ministries that Trinity Baptist shares in partnership.

From a missionary overseas or an effort to reach children on the west side of the city to our own Pastor Mark Logan who is in Canada today on his way to the Middle East, Trinity shares our blessings as we support those carrying the Gospel around the world.

We start our collection today for the children’s gift bags for the Holy Land, for the family in Bethany that has two children with cancer, the elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor in Jerusalem and the children of Jericho.

Trinity Church is working with our friends in the Holy Land to reach the next generation.

During the month of November we will not only celebrate Thanksgiving, we will celebrate Sharing!

We share our blessings.  We share our incomes.  We share the Gospel around the world. We share our time as we work together to volunteer here at church on a project or on a missions trip.

We have a lot to be thankful for as a church. A part of that blessing is to be able to help others.  May God keep us sharing and being thankful!

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

Faith, Family and Friends

Our faith in the Lord Jesus and His Holy Word is the glue that binds us together.  It is wonderful to see our church growing in the Word and enjoying fellowship and the fellowship     of service.

During some recent evenings at Hearts with Hands we have had over 100 volunteers from Trinity packing boxes and preparing supplies to be taken to disaster zones.  It is a great testimony for our church as serving together knits our hearts together.

Our Wednesday night Fall Festival was a total explosion of fun!  From the inflatables to homemade soup, from face painting to Chic-Fil-A, we had a great time together!  Our children were all decked out as different characters and candy was distributed from 100 lb. barrels.

The crowd was wall to wall and we met many of our neighbors and families from our neighborhood and from several cities around Asheville.

Thank you for your hard work in making the night a great success.  It was great to see families having so much fun together!

Don’t forget that we are reaching out on another mission project.  Today we extend our efforts to the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and the children of Jericho.

Thank you for all you do!

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

Commit Our Ways

We thank the Lord for our guest speaker, Dr. David Gibbs.  The Lord used him to challenge our hearts on commitment.

Psalm 37:5, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; Trust also in Him; ”

In our study on “Convenience or Commitment,” we established the sharp difference in definitions.  One requires little effort but the other requires dedication.

In Dr. Gibbs’ message, he expressed his burden and concern for the lack of commitment in the church of today.

Our Bible Study was about repairing and renewing our commitment to the Lord and our church.

The road to revival was expressed in four keys to this spiritual victory.  The outline is as follows

  1. CLEAN UP!
  2. PRAY UP!
  3. STAND UP!
  4. SPEAK UP!

The first one is Clean Up!  The spirit of revival must be with God’s people.  We must lead the way.  The church must be clean.  I Peter 3:12 speaks of the Lord watching us!  We must pray, “Search me, oh Lord”.  The Word reminds us of the call to clean up in II Chronicles 2:14.

Next, we must Pray Up!  “Ask and you shall receive,” is found 6 times in the New Testament.  The Bible reminds us, “We have not because we ask not.”  Pray and then pray some more!  Prayer changes things!

Third, we have to Stand Up!  I Corinthians 16:13, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith…”  Are you salt and light where you go to school or work?

Last, we must Speak Up!  A watchman must speak up.  We must have a voice for good in our community.

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

Convenience or Commitment

A few days ago we studied together about Commitment.  We defined the words so we could begin our research.

Convenience is defined as being able to proceed with something with little effort. It is an easy, effortless way of life.

Commitment is defined as the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause.  It is a pledge or undertaking, (a pledge of allegiance,) or an obligation.

It is difficult to even discuss commitment in a society of comfort and selfies.

Jesus reminded the disciples that to follow Him would require commitment:

Luke 14:33, “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”

Mark 10:28, Then Peter began to say unto Him, “Lo, we have left all, and have followed Thee.”

Luke 5:28, And he left all, rose up, and followed Him.

We are all serving the Lord out of His blessings to us!  God has given us salvation, life eternal, our church, and our families and friends.  Added to all that is the material bounty of living in America.

Let’s pray for the Lord to renew our passion to serve Him and for each to make a fresh commitment that I will serve the Lord with all my heart.

Muzette and I and all the pastors and their wives want me to thank you for Pastor Appreciation Sunday.  All of the texts, comments, and cards were greatly appreciated.

Together we are committed to serve the Lord and the wonderful families of our church!

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette