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Listen to this sermon here Three weeks ago we began to study one of the most familiar passages of Scripture in all the Bible… the Lord’s Prayer.  Now familiarity can be good, but there can also be a down side… it’s possible to think, “I already know this.”  Knowing is one thing, but putting into practice [...]
This week begins our Missions Conference 2009. We welcome Rev. Rudy and Lorraine Johnson this week. They are our missionaries to Peru.
Listen to this sermon here Last Sunday evening at the ABF at Brandon and Christina’s home we had a question and answer session about the morning sermon… hopefully you will recall I preached on The Lord’s Prayer last week, and I spent a good deal of time on the subject of forgiveness.  One of the questions [...]
One of my favorite "hidden" lessons in the Pesach (Passover) celebration "Seder" meal is the mystery of the “afikomen.” This specially prepared meal-- during which the participants are reminded of Israel's supernatural deliverance from Egyptian slavery by the mighty hand of God-- also includes 3 particular pieces of matzah, (unleavened bread). These three are placed in a "matzah tash" -- a special pouch containing three compartments...The post Believe the Promises of God as a Child! appeared first on Worthy Christian Devotional - Daily Devotions.
Sunday services at Heartland were very good. The attendance in the morning was such that the main room was nearly full. Sunday night was very well attended, with a special treat with Bro. Watson adding his guitar to our congregational music. During the last two days, several of our folks have been attending the preaching conference in Canton, IL with the Gray Brothers. I had jury duty up until last night and worked tonight, so I could not go. I am looking forward to getting the cd's for sure. Tomorrow night is Bible study. Sure hope to see you then.
Today's category: AnimalsA Fish Tale A big-time negotiator was out fishing one day when he caught a strange looking fish. He reeled the fish in, unhooked it, and threw it on the ground next to him. The fish started writhing in agony and, to the negotiator's surprise, said, "Please throw me back into the lake and I'll grant you three wishes." "Any three wishes, huh?" the negotiator mused as visions of expensive fast cars and beautiful women paraded through his head. "Fish," he finally exclaimed, "Give me five wishes and I'll throw you back." "Sorry," the fish answered while struggling for breath, "only three wishes." The negotiator's pride was at stake and after giving the matter some thought he announced, "What do you take me for? A sucker? I'll settle for four wishes." "Only three," the fish murmured weakly. Fuming, the man debated the pros and cons of accepting the three wishes or continuing to bargain for that one extra wish. Finally, the negotiator decided it wasn't worth looking a gift fish in the mouth and said "All right fish, you win, three wishes." Unfortunately, by then the fish was dead.View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend
Preschool Children’s Church Teachers: Marlene Barlongo, Rochelle Ebeo, Marie Collado Junior Children’s Church Teachers: Alice Le Bron, Rhay Imbuido, Rose Buentipo, Susana Dejesa Pre-primary Sunday School Teacher: Jacklyn Gumataotao Primary Sunday School Teachers: Mark and Frances Ishmael Sunday School Juniors teachers: Jess and Portia Castro Sunday School Junior High teachers: Leo and Myrna Dejesa High School teachers: Frank and Carol Guerrero Tagalog [...]
“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil . . . . It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:6One morning when I was pulling out of our driveway on my way to work, I noticed that someone had thrown a beer can on our lawn. I picked it up, tossed it into our garbage can and drove away without giving it much thought.A little further down the road,…
Evangelist Nick Vujicic often speaks to massive crowds of people. Recently, he and his team reported that 400,000 people gave their lives to Christ at an event in Ukraine.
Jessica has arrived to work at FBCS as Bro. Jeff prepares to leave for the Philippines.  
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… working at the annex. Praise the Lord for all the men who take the time out of their busy schedule from work and family (thanks to their wives too) to work around the church. There is a lot to do around the church…some major projects and ongoing maintenance of the building. If you’d like to [...]
We had another great Sunday service here at Vision Baptist! Trent Cornwell and Robert Canfield filled in for Bro. Gardner while he was out of town. Sunday morning Sean Chappell brought us the offering devotion from Matthew 6. Then, Trent Cornwell preached from Mark 10. On Sunday evening Lemar White, one of the WEC members, gave an update on the country of Uganda. Justus Mize was our 5 minute preacher and he preached from 2 Corinthians 5. Courtney Mize performed special music. Then, Robert preached on worship out of 2 Chronicles 2. We also had a special prayer over Justus and Courtney Mize as they will be leaving this week to start their 6 month internship in Nepal.
Today’s Reading: Acts 8:4-25 There are some places that scare me. It may not be a specific location, but there are some places that I would rather not be. These places usually have one big correlation between them: darkness. Not that I’m scared of the dark (please keep this between us), but there is something about darkness that [...]
surgical instruments 2A conservative activist is outraged that the ACLU is suing a hospital chain because one of its Catholic hospitals refused to perform an operation on a woman seeking to change her gender.
Missionary Objective The Missionary Objective is to 1) see people saved, discipled, and grow to maturity in the church 2) pour your life into discipleship and training leaders and eventually 3) see this reproduced by men going out to start more churches. This month was an exciting for each step in that process. So here […]
What does the film industry do to keep you coming back for more? Each and every year, people line up all over the world so they can hand over billions of their hard-earned dollars, to sit in a dark room together … and dream. Hollywood, Bollywood and dozens of other movie industries exercise an undeniable [...]
Answer: No. definitely not. He answers our prayers THAT WE MAY have victory over sin. It is by the grace of God in Jesus Christ that we overcome sin. We come to Jesus empty handed. We have nothing to offer but our sin. Any good in us us purely the mercy and grace of God. Christ is the Savior so He does not come to tell us how to save ourselves by overcoming sin first and then asking for help later.. We need grace not only to come to Him but also the daily grace to overcome sin. No one overcomes sin in the power of the flesh. So when we first come to Jesus we appeal to him to rescue us from the guilt AND power of sin We do not pray "Lord deliver me from the guilt, but not the power of sin .. I got that part on my own..." no, no, no ... so even as Christians we come to him daily in prayer for the wisdom, strength and power to live for him, for, left to ourselves, we have NO HOPE to overcome sin (or do any good in the world) whatsoever. It is mercy alone that saves us and mercy alone that preserves us. So I would say, rather, that God answers our prayer when we confess our sin and acknowledge our utter impotence to obey him apart from grace. That is where God meets us. And that way, when we do good, or overcome sin, God get's all the glory. If he only answered prayer based on our victory over sin it would be transactional ... based on works of the flesh rather than grace alone. But we owe everything we have to Him so our lives ought to be one of ceaseless dependence (1 Cor 1:29-31, Phil 3:3).
And it came to pass, when the time was come, that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because [...]
Several faculty members were honored during Bible Conference for their 20 years of faithful service at Ambassador. Click here to view video tributes to the various members.
Recently I was asked to blog about ways our family economizes.  We are presently a family of eight, and have been as large as ten plus extended guests.  I am sure many of you have some excellent ideas as well and I hope you will log in and post those ideas.  Let’s be a help [...]
BoatWhen was the last time that you did something really dopey? A few weeks ago I heard an audio clip of a 911 call made by a woman in Florida who was beginning to panic because her car battery was dead and she had locked herself inside the car. With a tinge of hysteria she begged for help because the power windows were disabled by the dead battery, it was getting very hot in the car, and she wasn't feeling well. However, she handled it with great aplomb when the operator told her to pull up on the knob for the door lock and then open the door. As the clip comes to an end, one can actually hear the dear lady becoming aware of her dullness. She plainly apologizes and bids the operator a good day. However simple minded she was, something must be said of her humility. In the very same week, a few thousand miles away, President Obama accomplished a first among American presidents. He performed perhaps the greatest breach of etiquette of any American president, living or dead. In England, upon meeting a member of the royal family, rather than the customary handshake, he bowed, bending deeply at the waist. One might initially think, being in the United Kingdom, that he bowed to her majesty the Queen. Sorry, try again. Our president didn't choose to bow to the jolly Queen. Barack Hussein Obama showed deep appreciation and humble devotion to the murderous enslaver, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Instead of reciprocating the bow, denoting equality and mutual respect, the King waited for the act of adoration to be complete and then shook Obama's hand. If you ask me, it was a pretty dopey thing to do for a man holding the highest office of the world's only superpower and leader of the free world. I would say very dopey, if I were to put it bluntly. Our president - however humble he tried to be, something must be said of his dimness. Although, unlike the security challenged lady in Florida who recognized her hilarious error, those surrounding our president refuse even to acknowledge the obvious. Therefore, the obstinacy continues to abound with a presidential aide denying that the bow was even a bow at all. According to Ben Smith of Politico, an Obama aide defended, "It wasn't a bow. He grasped his hands with two hands, and he's taller than King Abdullah." The ridiculous denial of an obvious act of fealty sounds like something out of the "my dad can beat up your dad" school of playground insults. Hint to the White House - admit it, move on, and don't make the same mistake again. Americans should not bow to anyone other than Jesus Christ. They should worship none other than God Almighty. We are a free nation, and our ancestors fought long and hard to ensure our liberty. Hence, the sight alone of seeing the Commander-in-Chief self-deprecate before arguably one of the five worst dictators in the world makes my blood boil. But for everyone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to deny it, compounds the problem ten-fold. Learn this Mr. and Mrs. White House Aide, the American people are not idiots, but they are forgiving. We are not helpless, but we are trusting. Don't treat us like kids. Try treating us like adults, and maybe the same respect will be returned, with a firm handshake, instead of groveling genuflection. Yours for Portugal, Bro. Michael Andrzejewski Bro. Michael Andrzejewski currently serves with his wife and five children as a missionary to Portugal and is sent out of Milledgeville Baptist Church in Milledgeville, TN. For more information about their ministry please visit MBC Portugal Missions.
Bro. Rick Kelley baptized Brandon Schacher at Matapang Beach at our back to back service last month. FBC went down to Sis. Frances’ family beach property by the Holiday Resort in Tumon to enjoy fellowship, food, and a devotion by Pastor Jay Aarseth.  

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