July - August 2018

Articles and Inspiration 

  

Summer Revival Sundays at Calvary 

We are happy to have Rev. Dane Jordan, from Wingate University,  preaching throughout the summer at Calvary Baptist in what we feel is a renewal of our hearts for worship. Please see the July - August calendar page for the sermon series for this month. We look forward to having you with us in worship this week.     

  

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From the Pastor’s Desk . . .     July - August  2018                                                        

 Dear friends,

 There is a contagious spirit moving through our church family that originated in our young people and I hope all of us catch it: a spirit that should always dwell with believers; a spirit that was spurred on by leader Teresa Jones and other teachers involved in TeamKID.   A spirit that began about two weeks before Belle and Carol made their professions of faith: an awesome group of young people dedicated to loving and serving our Christ; Wyatt and Chris taking our offering; Belle and Carol making a profession of faith following up with baptism that was witnessed by other youth;  and Jessica serving Christ in our church.  Jessica is a teenager who used her talents to organize a student revival at Great Falls High School and when she misses church, she is not on vacation but is participating in a local or statewide Christian event or activity.

 Paul told Timothy, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love. In spirit, in purity” (1 Tim 4:12).

 I encourage you to encourage our youth and catch their contagious spirit and I encourage you to catch our Sunday services led by Rev. Dane Jordan.    

Pray for us as we pray for you.  Help us help you. Call, write, listen, attend—it is the risen Christ whom we serve.

Keep the Son in your eyes.

Bro Jim

  

The first 3 Sundays in July, Dane is preaching from Matthew 5 on the subject “What Happened to Church in America.”   The last 2 Sundays in July he will be preaching from Ezekiel 37 on “Can These Bone BeMade Alive Again?”  After the service on July 15, we will have a covered dish dinner. More details to come.

 

 

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A Prayer for the 4th    

Lord Jesus, thou who art the way, the truth and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free. Teach us that liberty is not only to be loved but also to be lived. Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books. It costs too much to be hoarded. Help us see that our liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please to do what is right. 

—Peter Marshall, before the U.S. Senate 

  

  

Evangelism Tip

We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, not by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it. 

—Madeleine L’Engle 

 
 

Light a Single Candle 

On Good Friday 2017, Jeannie Gaffigan, a writer and producer, wife of comedian Jim Gaffigan and a mother of five, learned she had an apple-sized tumor on her brain stem. As a Christian, she knew she needed God’s help to face the ordeal — and knew she still had “a lot of work” to do for him. On Easter Monday, the benign mass was removed during a nine-hour operation. 

 
A year earlier, the Gaffigans won a Christopher Award for positive contributions to media. The award’s inscription — “Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness” — now has new meaning for Jeannie.  “There’s an urgency to do things that may be smaller, like lighting one candle, [rather] than these ambitious, huge goals of doing major shows in order to change the world,” she says. “We all want to light a thousand candles, but there’s that one candle that’s right in front of you that God is presenting for you. Open up your eyes and look at it and light it.”

 

 

 
Inspirational Quotes  
 

 
"The paradox of faith is that when we conform our lives to Christ, then we gain our true freedom. And its fruit is profound and lasting happiness."

—Vincent Nichols

 
 “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” 

—Eleanor Roosevelt 

 
“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” 
—Frank A. Clark 
 
“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.” 
—Michael Jordan

 

  

Articles from Communication Resources NewsletterNewsletter July 2018 and August 2018 editions.
 

© Calvary Baptist Church, Lancaster SC   2018

Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me." 

Matthew 16:24

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