September 2017

Articles and Inspiration 

Week of Prayer Emphasis for SC Missions 

Theme:  Pray, Proclaim, Permeate

Scripture: Colossians. 4:2-4

In Colossians 4:2-4, Paul is concluding his letter to the church at Colossae. Written from Rome where he is imprisoned, he encourages steadfast prayer, sharing the gospel, and proclaiming Jesus Christ. Just as the Colossians received direction from Paul's words, so are his words a challenge for South Carolina Baptists today as we pray for our state, proclaim the gospel to the lost and permeate our state with opportunities to know God's love.

The stories shared in this year’s Season of Prayer for State Missions Leaders Guide will help us know how we are sending and sharing, as well as starting and strengthening, churches in our state. With funds from this offering we are reaching immigrants to our state who speak Swahili. We are also partnering with our schools to assist students and teachers. Replanting and merging two churches, revitalizing a church, as well as helping more than one church be effective in the same facility have also been a focus this year. Many needs and many opportunities: how can we help?

As you view the information for this year’s Season of Prayer for State Missions and the Janie Chapman State Missions Offering, you will see a common thread: all of the churches are reaching out to make disciples in the world around them. The Apostle Paul would remind us as he did the Colossians that we cannot simply focus inward and sit comfortably in our sanctuary pews. The world - which includes Spartanburg, Simpsonville, Walterboro, (Lancaster), every community, town, city, large and small needs the gospel. Can we do less than Pray? Give? Proclaim? Permeate? South Carolina is waiting.

The information above is from the SC Woman's Missionary Union web-site.    



Be Yourself for God

Rabbi Joseph Liebermann describes a dream where he dies and goes to stand before God’s judgment seat. As he waits, the rabbi fears that the Lord will ask him, “Why weren’t you a Moses … or a David ... or a Solomon?”  Instead, God surprises him by simply asking,“Why weren’t you Rabbi Liebermann?” 

When our lives are over, God won’t ask us why we weren’t a Mother Teresa or another saintly soul. He simply wants us to be who he created us to be. 
 are his workmanship,” St. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:10. In Greek, 
workmanship means “a piece of art.” You are God’s masterpiece. Life isn’t a game of comparison. It’s a journey of discovery of how God has uniquely created you to perform specific tasks in this life. 

Your life is God’s canvas. Don’t hinder the painting process! 

—Mike Paulison


Teacher Appreciation

What is a teacher, if not a mirror in which we perceive the divine image hidden in the soul? What is a teacher, if not a sower of seed and a cultivator of young gardens? What is a teacher, if not a shaper of souls and a guide who gently shows the right path for the journey? What is a teacher, if not the most hopeful of dreamers, who plants and nurtures and sees the bright destiny and harvest of the work even when the student cannot? What is a teacher, if not a shepherd watching over the flock and leading it to abundant pastures?   Dreamers and sharers of dreams, sowers of seed and guides who chart the way, mirrors of goodness and shepherds of grace — it is for these teachers and this ministry that we give abundant thanks to God.  

—Author unknown  



Inspirational Quotes 

“If you lack knowledge, go to school. If you lack wisdom, get on your knees! Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is the proper use of knowledge.”

—Vance Havner

“Don’t worry about failures. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” - Jack Canfield 

“I teach Sunday school. What’s your superpower?” 

“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.” 
—Georg Hegel


“When you have a sense of calling — whether it’s to be a musician, soloist, artist, in one of the technical fields or a plumber — there is something deep and enriching when you realize it isn’t just a casual choice; it’s a divine calling. [That’s] not limited to vocational Christian service, by any means.” 

—Charles R. Swindoll 




© Calvary Baptist Church, Lancaster SC   2017

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