Message for September 17: The Gospel According to Job

blessings to you.  Here’s your weekly update.

We had a delightful homecoming celebration last Sunday.  We had a good crowd and as always good food.  Our homecoming speakers this year came from the home team, and they did a great job.  Sticking with the theme, Priscilla taught us from the story of the prodigal son and Pastor David showed us how we need to remember the good that God has done for us and let that strengthen our faith.  Keep ruth in your prayers.  I do not have an update on her but we sure missed her.  A couple of us had prepared blessings especially for her.

Last week, I was reading from the book of Job.  Those who have read it know that it is not one of the easier things in the Bible to read.  You might remember that it gives the account of a man named Job who was righteous and also very prosperous.  God gave Satan permission to take away everything, including Job’s health.  Most of the book is a long conversation between Job and the friends who came supposedly to comfort him.  As you read, you find that they were not much comfort.  In the end, Job is restored to even more than he had before, but the book raises hard questions.  Some are obvious.  Others only become apparent when the text is studied.  This is one of those times when a key verse is difficult to choose, but I’ll begin with the passage that prompted one of my questions.  It’s from Job 42:7-10.  In verse 7, God rebukes Job’s three friends because they have not spoken of Him what is right as Job has.  However, when you read their words, it is difficult to find fault with the things they actually said about God.  You can read very similar statements in the psalms and the proverbs.  So what is the problem?  I endeavored to find out.  In the process, I found something amazing.  I think I understand what their problem was, but more importantly, I found Jesus!

I hope you’ll come and join us.  Don’t let the subject scare you off.  I think you’ll be surprised.

Larry

Message by Pastor David Whitmore for September 10: What Do You Remember?

We are celebrating 59 years as a ministry to people with disabilities. As I thought about all the Homecomings I have been to at Bartimaeus I can remember so many good times. That is how it should be. There have been many things that happened at this church that could discourage me but the memories I have are those times that God just lifted me up. I speak to you this week about how we need to manage our memories. I talk about the scripture verses in Exodus 14:5-25. This is the story of the children of Israel fleeing Egypt and coming to the Red Sea. The Egyptian army was behind them and the Red Sea was before them and they began to believe it would have been better to stay in Egypt them to die here. They forgot all the things that God had done for them to lead then out of Egypt and lost the faith that God could save them. When we forget God’s power we forget his love for us as well. We are people who are who we are in part because of what we choose to remember. If you only remember the bad things in your past you will not succeed in the future, on the other hand if you will forget the bad things you have gone through and reflect on the good you will live a much happier, joyous and productive life. Don’t let the ghost from your past choke out your future.

Extracted from the pastor’s message introduction)

Sunday School by Priscilla Whitmore for September 10

On this Homecoming Sunday, Priscilla teaches of the loving Father who welcomes His wayward children back home from the story of the prodigal son.

Praise and Prayer Requests from Sunday Service of September 10

Rejoice with us and pray with us.
Ryan thanks the Lord for a new house.  Sara is thankful that she and her husband were abel to get certified as credit counselors.  Pam rejoices that she is getting closer to new shoes.  Cindy rejoices in good things for her family.  Brenda likes her new bus route.
Ruth is back in the hospital after having more chest pains.  Christopher, a new visitor asks us to pray for our veterans.  We need to pray for him as well.  Richard and Barbara are still looking for a new home.  Edith is having trouble sleeping.  Pray for all of those affected by the storms.  Pray for Nick’s family, Sarah’s husband, as they have lost someone and the funeral is today.  Pam asks prayer for her friend Michelle who needs a job and place to live.  Pray also for those experiencing fires in the west and the earthquake in Central America.  Keep praying for Clarke.  He is back with us today.  Keep praying for Didi to find better living arrangements and for her eyes.  Anita prays to get stronger and walk more.  Anna asks prayer for daughter who needs to make a decision regarding employment.
Be blessed to be a blessing this week!
Larry

Sunday September 10, 2017 "What do you Remember?"

Last week was a great week at BBT. There was not a large crowd but we had a good time sharing and worshiping the Lord.  Priscilla brought  a Sunday school lesson on how we should be encouraging one another.  I brought a message about how Jesus does not want us to look for the easy way but the right way.  He says if we want to be his disciples we must deny ourselves pick up our cross and follow him. I enjoyed the time we had together.

This week is a very special week as it is our homecoming.  It is the only Sunday in the year we meet in the morning.  We will start at 10:00 am and have lunch afterwards in the fellowship hall.  We are celebrating 59 years as a ministry created to minister to people with disabilities.  Usually Jay Gibson is our guest speaker but he is unable to make it this year so I guess you are stuck with me.  As I thought about all the Homecomings I have been to at Bartimaeus I can remember so many good times.  That is how it should be.  There have been many things that happened at this church that could discourage me but the memories I have are those times that God just lifted me up.  I want to speak to you this week about how we need to manage our memories.  I am going to be talking about the scripture verses in Exodus 14:5-25. This is the story of the children of Israel fleeing Egypt and coming to the Red Sea.  The Egyptian army was behind them and the Red Sea was before them and they began to believe it would have been better to stay in Egypt them to die here.  They forgot all the things that God had done for them to lead then out of Egypt and lost the faith that God could save them. When we forget God’s power we forget his love for us as well.  We are people who are who we are in part because of what we choose to remember.  If you only remember the bad things in your past you will not succeed in the future, on the other hand if you will forget the bad things you have gone through and reflect on the good you will live a much happier, joyous and productive life.  Don’t let the ghost from your past choke out your future.  I hope you will enjoy us Sunday as we see how God can not only secure our future but help us close the doors to some things in the past.  Remember we will be starting at 10:00 so come early and visit with each other before the service starts.  Let’s celebrate by worshiping together.

Please remember to be praying for those mentioned in our prayer request last week and let’s pray that this Sunday will be a great day at BBT.  Do something good for somebody this week by inviting them to come join us in our homecoming celebration.  We will see you on Sunday!!

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris

 

Message by Pastor David Whitmore for September 3: The Easy Way is Not Always the Best Way

God never promised us things would be easy, in fact he did promise there would be tough times. It is how we handle the hard times that shows us our faith. Many people want to take the easy way and not pay the cost to do it the right way. They don’t realize that the easy way will end up costing you more. I speak to you in this podcast about what Jesus says to us about taking the easy way out. The scripture verses this week are in Matthew 16-:21-27.

(Revised from the pastor’s introduction)

Sunday School by Priscilla Whitmore for September 3

Priscilla uses the story of David and Goliath to encourage us to trust in God to overcome any circumstance.  She began the lesson with this clip taken at a shelter after Hurricane Harvey.

Praise and Prayer Requests from Sunday Service of September 3

Rejoice with us and pray with us.
Kim has to visit another orthopedist this week because something may have been missed.  Keep praying for Kelly.  Clarke is in the hospital with pneumonia.  Lisa and Jane are out sick.  Barbara and Richard are still looking for a house.  Keep Benny’s family in your prayers after the passing of his mother.
Ruth praises God that she is feeling better and stronger.  Cathy is thankful for help from the family caring for Ruth.  We rejoice that Edith is back but keep praying for her health.  Pray for the people in south Texas.  Keep praying for Didi’s eyes.  Keep praying for Shelly. 
Thank the Lord for all that He has done and be a blessing this week.
Larry