So it has been a very long time since the last update.
This is partly because I have been very busy in many respects. However, this is more so because I have been looking at some upgrade options for the site for about as long.
Among other matters, I plan to implement some improvements to the main site software and use a new and better skin.
On the outside, the site will look better. On the inside, it will have some additional features for filtering spam [we get a lot of spam] and run more smoothly.
I also plan to re-introduce forums to the site.
The main point to remember is that all of these changes in my spare spare time. It will likely take a little while. But if you stop by the site and it looks really ugly or something isn’t working correctly, then I am likely working on it in the background.
Morning Worship Service for May 27th, 2012
Morning Worship Service for May 20th, 2012
We’ve had an issue recently with our download server. Specifically, it hasn’t been accepting our files. I have now found a good workaround.
However, this does mean that we now have four Sundays worth of files to post. Rather then post them all individually, I am placing them all in this post.
April 22nd, 2012 – Morning :: Download a Zipped MP3 Here
April 29th, 2012 – 5th Sunday :: Download a Zipped MP3 Here
May 6th, 2012 – Morning :: Download a Zipped MP3 Here
May 13th, 2012 – Mother’s Day :: Download a Zipped MP3 Here
(Read Luke 8:4-8)
Anyone who has had experience growing vegetables, flowers, trees and the like know that proper preparation of the ground is necessary. Simply digging a hole and dropping a seed in and covering it up with dirt does not mean that growth will take place and produce vegetables, flowers, or fruits.
The yard around my house is clay and rocks. It takes a lot of work to get the soil in proper condition to grow anything. The ground must be tilled, rocks removed, sand and mulch must be blended, the right amount of fertilizer added. Proper amounts of water and weeding is a daily requirement.
For those who have never tried to have a garden of flowers or vegetables this sounds like a lot fo work but, believe me, the result is worth the effort.
Many people who attend Bible study or church on Sunday will come without one thought of preparation: “go to church and hope I learn something.” Some people get “burned” because nothing happens to change their lives or draw them closer to God.
Let me suggest some ways of preparation to get the most from Bible study or worship that include more than “just attending.”
1. Look at the Bible summary in Saturday’s newspaper and read the scriptures ahead of time and the Sunday School lesson.
2. Pray for yourself and family that you will understand the words of the pastor or teacher.
3. Come, EXPECTING to be blessed.
4. Participate in the fellowship and music. Look at the words in the hymns you sing. Are they words that speak to you?
5. Commit yourself to sharing what you learn with someone.
6. Attend regularly, not just when you feel like it.
7. Get to know the people you meet at church. Make new friends.
Preparation for worship will produce spiritual growth, just as preparation of the soil produces flowers and produce.
April is almost gone and May is just around the corner. May means lots of things to us. Mother’s Day is a special day on the calendar as we honor our mothers and remember those who have been such a great influence on us. My mother has been with the Lord for ten years, but we still miss her and thank God for her influence on our lives.
On Mother’s Day, we will have a Mother’s Day and Graduation Luncheon at noon. We are asking the men to bring a grilled meat dish to the meal-brisket, ham, chicken, sausage, etc. We will furninsh beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, bread, dessert, coffee and tea. Let Martha know what you plan to bring.
Hannah is graduating this month as well as several others who are members of our church or have connections with out church. Pray for them and for all of our graduates as they seek God’s direction for their lives. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths”. Those verses are so fitting for all of us.
We have been meeting at 6:00 on Tuesday nights to go visiting. We are following up on our visitors, the Easter Celebration visitors, and contacting our inactive members. We had 8 who went out this past Tuesday night. Come help us as we seek to reclaim our inactive members. If you have been inactive, we encourage you to come back home and enjoy sweet fellowship with God’s people at Belmont. God loves you and we do too. Read Luke 15: 11-32, the story of the Prodigal Son, and be reminded of how much the father loves each and every one of us.
We will observe the ordinance of baptism this Sunday. It is always a special time to see someone follow the Lord in believer’s baptism. I encourage you to be there Sunday morning as we talk about “Jesus and John the Baptist Down by the Jordan River.” Remember when you were baptized and how wonderful you felt. Read Matthew 3:1-17 and reflect on it before Sunday. If you have never been baptized, it is a good time to consider it while you still have time.
Morning Worship Service for April 15th, 2012
Morning Worship Service for Easter – April 8th, 2012
Morning Worship Service for April 1st, 2012
Morning Worship Service for March 25th, 2012