September 2018

Articles and Inspiration 

 
 

What do you think about when you hear the term “3D”?

     Does your mind immediately think of movies and getting that special pair of glasses? We are able to see not only height and length on a flat screen but depth also. The glasses allow us to see like we see every day. 
     3D is about depth perception and in Paul’s prayer for the Philippians in Philippians 1: 9-10, he prays for their love to be plentiful, to result in knowledge, and to view the inner parts of something with understanding so they could see clearly or discern what is best. 
     As you experience Missions in 3D, may you discern or recognize how God is leading you to pray with a new depth of perception. The missions work presented includes “discernment, diversity, and discipleship” and requests for your prayers to abound in love as you gain knowledge and insight.

As you view the information for this year’s Season of Prayer for State Missions and the Janie Chapman State Missions Offering, it is the hope of our state’s mission leaders that you will gain knowledge and insight into missions happening here in South Carolina – through Starting,Sending, Sharing and Strengthening.  Is your love overflowing for those leading these missions’ efforts to spread the message of Jesus Christ? Do you have a new depth perception of the discernment of God’s will, diversity of outreach, and efforts of discipleship that are taking place in South Carolina? Continue to pray for these and other missions work in South Carolina, and give so the work can expand.

Be thankful daily and be “filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:11 NIV)

 

The Week of Prayer for State Missions is September 9-16.  Prayer guides are available outside the church office.  Our church offering goal is $500.00. 

 

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From Trials to Triumphs

British evangelist Smith Wigglesworth (1859-1947) was impoverished and illiterate during childhood. He also stammered, which embarrassed him greatly. When he married a Salvation Army preacher, she taught him how to read using the Bible.

Wigglesworth recognized that all the adversities he’d faced were key to his ministry’s effectiveness. “Great faith is the product of great fights,” he said. “Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests.  Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.”

 

 

A Legacy of Faith

National Grandparents Day became an official observance in 1978, thanks largely to the lobbying efforts of Marian McQuade, a West Virginian who had 15 children and 43 grandchildren during 60 years of marriage.

The purpose of National Grandparents Day, celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day, is threefold: to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children and to help children become aware of strength, information and guidance older people can offer.

Grandparents — and, in this mobile society, surrogate grandparents— also serve as examples of how to endure challenges with God’s help. Elders describe how God remains present, faithful and steadfast throughout the years. As Psalm 145:4 (NIV) says, “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.”

 

  

  

Keeping Score

Baseball purists often delight in keeping detailed score cards. So do many Christians — often unknowingly.  Do yougive yourself “credit” for your years in the faith? for the number of services or studies you attend? for the good deeds you perform? for the Bible verses and creeds you know by heart?

In Philippians 3:4-6, Paul recites his impressive score card, yet despite those credentials, he couldn’t earn God’s favor.  Neither can we.  Ourtallies are all “loss” (v. 7) when compared to the righteousness that comes through faith in Christ (v. 9).

Attending church, serving and memorizing Scripture are good things. But we do them not to
get right with God but because we are right with God — through Jesus.

 

  

Inspirational Quotes   

 
 
“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.” —L. Frank Baum
 

“Intelligence is knowing the right answer. Wisdom is knowing when to say it.”
—Tim Fargo

“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.”
—Abigail Van Buren

“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.”
—Unknown

 

Articles from Communication Resources NewsletterNewsletter  September 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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