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Weekly Update for Sunday, February 5, 2023

There will be a deacons’ meeting Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 pm.

Anyone wanting 2022 giving records can sign up on the east bulletin board.

February items for Operation Christmas Child are hats, gloves and scarves.

There is a sign-up sheet for small group Bible study, The Message of Ecclesiastes by Derek Kidner at the Welcome Center. The first session is scheduled for Friday, February 10 at 6:00 pm in the former JOY classroom. The first session’s lesson, “A Reconnaissance” is also on the Welcome Center along with a copy of the book for inspection.

Hearing God

About ten years or so ago I had a real word from the Lord. At least, I’m pretty sure I did. In fact, I’m 99.9% positive I did. I’m not charismatic or Pentecostal, and I don’t hear voices. But one night God spoke to me clearly and powerfully through His Word, the Bible. By the way, that’s how God usually speaks to us today. It isn’t that He can’t or occasionally doesn’t communicate to us in other ways. He can do what He wants. After all, He’s God! But if you think God is speaking to you through your circumstances, or a feeling or an impression, or maybe even a dream you’ve had, you’d better evaluate it carefully in light of the Bible. And if it contradicts anything the Bible says, then it isn’t God speaking to you. If the Bible says not to do something, and something is telling you to do it anyway, don’t listen. It ain’t Him.

Anyway, this was back during the hard time when my mother-in-law was dying of A.L.S. (“Lou Gehrig’s disease”). In order to help take care of her mother, my wife would drive up to her parent’s home in rural Franklin and spend Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday there, cooking and cleaning and helping her mother and father. It was the right thing to do. Rae Anne was obeying God and honoring her father and her mother, just as God told us in the Ten Commandments.

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Weekly Update for Sunday, January 29, 2023

Anyone wanting 2022 giving records can sign up on the east bulletin board.

This Sunday after the morning service we will have a Get-Acquainted Lunch in the Fellowship Hall for all our visitors and members.

The Fifth Sunday Special Offerings for Operation Christmas Child can be given today after the morning service at the Welcome Center.

February items for Operation Christmas Child are hats, gloves and scarves.

There is a sign-up sheet for small group Bible study, The Message of Ecclesiastes by Derek Kidner at the Welcome Center. The first session is scheduled for Friday, February 10 at 6:00 pm in the former JOY classroom. The first session’s lesson, “A Reconnaissance” is also on the Welcome Center along with a copy of the book for inspection.

Weekly Update for Sunday, January 22, 2023

Anyone wanting 2022 giving records can sign up on the east bulletin board.

Next Sunday, January 29th, after the morning service we will have a Get-Acquainted Lunch in the Fellowship Hall for all our visitors and members. Please see Martha Wagner or Maxine Henry for more information.

The Fifth Sunday Special Offerings for Operation Christmas Child can be given on January 29th after the morning service at the Welcome Center.

January items for Operation Christmas Child are stuffed animals and games.

This Sunday is National Sanctity of Life Sunday. We have a short video from our local Pregnancy Choices Center.

Copies of the November Official Board Report to the Membership of First Baptist of Linton are available at the Welcome Center.

Also at the Welcome Center: a sign-up sheet for a Small Group Bible Study of The Message of Ecclesiastes (The Bible Speaks Today Series), by Derek Kidner and a copy of the study book for inspection.

Weekly Update for Sunday, January 15, 2023

Anyone wanting 2022 giving records can sign up on the east bulletin board.

Copies of the November Official Board Report to the Membership of First Baptist of Linton are available at the Welcome Center.

Also at the Welcome Center: a sign-up sheet for a Small Group Bible Study of The Message of Ecclesiastes (The Bible Speaks Today Series), by Derek Kidner.

The church office will be closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Next Sunday, January 22nd, after the morning service we will have a Get-Acquainted Lunch in the Fellowship Hall for all our visitors and members. Please see Martha Wagner or Maxine Henry for more information.

January 22nd is also National Sanctity of Life Sunday.

The Fifth Sunday Special Offerings for Operation Christmas Child can be given on January 29th after the morning service at the Welcome Center.

January items for Operation Christmas Child are stuffed animals and games.

Note to parents of small children: the baptistery is full this Sunday.

The Roll Up Yonder vs. The Roll Down Here

(This month we have a guest columnist: my youngest brother, Curt Tyra. Curt is an engineer for Allison Transmission, has served as an elder in Gray Road Baptist Church in Indianapolis, and is one of the finest men I’ve ever known in my life. When I grow up, I want to be like him. Curt wrote this article for Gray Road’s newsletter, and I thought it was worth sharing with you. And yes, I got his permission. I told him I might even give him credit. So here’s the article. I hope you find it as thought-provoking as I did. – Pastor David)

The old hymn that my grandparents sang said, “When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore, And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.”  The roll call imagined in this song would be from a perfect listing of the true followers of Christ.

Contrast this roll with the membership roll of any local church, and you will find yourself confronted with some harsh realities.  While the membership of a given church may be made up of many true believers, the reality of our experience and the testimony of Scripture is that unbelievers can slip into our fellowship unnoticed.

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