Message for June 25: Are You Listening? – Lessons from the Life of Samuel

Blessings to you, family and friends of Bartimaeus Baptist Temple.  Here’s your update for this week.

We had a short service last Sunday because Priscilla was with Kim after her fall and Pastor David wanted to get back to them.  Keep praying for her recovery.  Pastor David taught us about the goodness of our Father God through the story of Hagar and Ishmael.

This Sunday, I want to continue a series of lessons I’ve been working on over the past couple of years that show us how the stories of many of our Old Testament heroes point to Jesus.  I am going to talk about Samuel.  I struggled a little with how to present his story in light of the overall theme.  Though he did preside over a defeat of the Philistines after the nation repented in the pattern of the judges who came before, that is not how most would remember him.  If you grew up in Sunday school, you probably learned how he came to the temple as a young boy and heard the call of the Lord, first thinking it was Eli the priest.  As long as you stop before the actual message, where the children’s story typically does, it’s a cute story.  It is found in 1 Samuel 3:1-10.  I think it illustrates Samuel’s defining virtue.  He learned to hear the voice of God and to speak what God told him.

Are we listening for the voice of God?  Are we willing to obey?  Are we willing to share the message He gives us, even if it isn’t pleasant?  Join us as we examine the life of Samuel.

Message by Pastor David Whitmore for June 17: What Does A Good Father Look Like?

This week I talk about a man God called to be a father of a great nation but what kind of father was he to his children. This is the story of Abraham but it is probably not the story you are thinking about. Our scripture verse this week is Genesis 21: 8-21. This is the Story of Sarah being so jealous over Ismael the son of Abraham from Hagar that she tells Abraham to send them away. Abraham the father did not want to do this but Abraham the husband felt like he had no choice. It was a difficult situation but God assured him he would take care of Ismael and Hagar and to do what his wife had said. This story is really not about how good a father Abraham is but how good our heavenly father is

(Excerpted from the pastor’s introduction)

Praise and Prayer Requests from Sunday Service of June 18

Happy Father’s day!  Rejoice with us and pray with us.  Our praises and prayers are all mixed up today.
Kimi slipped in the grocery store last night and broke her leg in 3 places and apparently also her ankle.  She was in surgery this afternoon.
Benny’s surgery went well.  He’s having a little trouble but will be ok.  Pray for Cindy’s family as they lost someone close to them.  Ruth enjoyed time with family last week.  Brenda is thankful to have avoided a serious accident.  
Cindy asks prayer for her family.  Anita asks prayer for her family as they are traveling.  Keep praying for Didi’s situation.  She asks prayer for a friend Walter and his family.  Pray for Kelly and for Galen.  Kelly is in a new place.  Keep praying for Edith.  Her doctor does not know what else to do.  Cindy has been having truble with her eye.  Debra’s implant is scheduled for Wednesday.
Be blessed to be a blessing this week.
Larry

Sunday June 18, 2016 " What does a good father look like?"

What a good group we had in service last week.  We had two visitors David & Chris and John was able to be back with us on Sunday as well. I really enjoyed the service last week. Linda taught Sunday School on sometimes our suffering is part of our sanctification.  I tried to bring a message on why we baptize and how we should look at our baptismal.  I hope you got something from both of these lessons.

This week we are going to be celebrating Father’s day.  As a father myself I know how important a role we play in our children’s lives.  I did not say I was that good at it but I know the importance.  I think most good fathers, no let’s say all good fathers feel overwhelmed with responsibility of being the kind of father God’s calls us to be.  We have to be patient but involved, forgiving but also hold our kids responsible for their actions. We have to lead by example but also willing to let them be who they are.  It is not an easy job but it is one of the most important jobs we have.  This week I want to talk about a man God called to be a father of great nation but what kind of father was he to his children.  This is the story of Abraham but it is probably not the story you are thinking about.  Our scripture verse this week is Genesis 21: 8-21. This is the Story of Sarah being so jealous over Ismael the son of Abraham from Hagar that she tells Abraham to send them away.  Abraham the father did not want to do this but Abraham the husband felt like he had no choice.  It was a difficult situation but God assured him he would take care of Ismael and Hagar and to do what his wife had said.  This story is really not about how good a father Abraham is but how good our heavenly father is.  I hope you will be with us on Sunday as we celebrate our earthly father’s and honor our heavenly father.

Please remember to pray for those mentioned in our prayer request last week.  I am glad to report Cathy’s husband Bennie came through the surgery on Monday and is doing very well.  He is back home resting now.  Anita is feeling better and she hopes to be back in service on Sunday.  Your prayers are working!  Have a blessed week and help somebody along the way.  Hope to see you on Sunday and invite someone to join you as we fellowship together on Sunday.

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

 

Message by Pastor David Whitmore for June 11: Why Do We Need to Be Baptized?

I want to answer some questions on how we as Baptist look at baptism.  The scripture verses this week are found in Matthew 13:13-17. This is the story of when Jesus came to John the Baptist and had him baptize him.

(Excerpted from the pastor’s introduction)

Praise and Prayer Requests from Sunday Service of June 11

Rejoice wiht us and pray with us.
Edith’s sister-and-law who was in a coma is better and back at home. Keep praying for her recovery.   It is so good to have John back with us today!  Cindy rejoices that a family project is almost finished.  Linda rejoices that her MRI results were good.  She is hopeful that a new medication will help.
Pray for Edith’s brother and sister-in-law as they are now getting the bills from her medical needs.  Pray for David’s wife Eva who is ill.  David is a new visitor.  Anita is having trouble with her legs and could not come today.  Pray for Lisa’s family.  Pram asks prayer for Brenda O who is having migraines.  She asks prayer for her friend Michelle who still needs a home.  Keep praying for Didi’s situation.  Keep praying for Kim.  Keep praying for Debra.  She is going to get the surgery she needs.
Be an answer to prayer this week!
Larry

Sunday June 11, 2017 "Why do we need to be baptized?

Last Sunday was really a good day to be in God’s house.  Priscilla encouraged us not to be hypocritical and not to be afraid to share your problems with others.  I talked about having a healthy faith by trusting God, treating other people with love and respect and see yourself like God sees you.  We inducted Pastor Larry as our member of the month for June.  It was nice to have the Terrell family back and nice to see Richard & Barbara visiting with us last week.  Special thanks to Tim for fixing the fender on our Bus.

This week Linda will be bringing the Sunday School lesson and I want to answer some questions on how we as Baptist look at baptism.  The scripture verses this week are found in Matthew 13:13-17. This is the story of when Jesus came to John the Baptist and had him baptize Him. I love this story as it shows Jesus is all about being obedient to his Father and how his Father is so proud of him.  As we approach father’s day I believe most son’s want to feel like their fathers are proud of them but the hard part is being obedient.  Jesus was all about being obedient to his Father and doing his will.  Being baptize does not save us,  it is just our way of following the example of Christ.  I want to show that baptism is not the end of our journey but the beginning.  Jesus still had to struggle, face temptations and was misunderstood and by some he was hated. His baptism was just the beginning of his ministry and it was an act of obedience.  Our baptism symbolizes that we are beginning our new life in Christ. I want to show you what that entails as we look at this wonderful story of Christ’s baptism. Please make plans to be with us on Sunday as we fellowship together and invite someone to join you.

I hope you are praying for the prayer request mentioned on Sunday and remember your promise to pray for someone every day this week.  We appreciate all you do for us and we love having the chance to fellowship with you every week.  We miss you when you are out.  Hope to see you on Sunday, do good things because you just can’t help it.  It is who you are!!!

We love you so much,
Pastor David & Pris