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Bible Baptist Church will help teach you the Word of God. We would love for you to join us for our weekly services.
Ko'olau Baptist Church provides weekly services, activities, outreach, and a private Christian School ministry for grades K-12. Sunday School classes for every age group.
This resource provides Sunday school lessons for adults, teens and children, a weekly e-mail newsletter, articles, daily devotional blog, NT commentaries, and biblical puzzles.
A weekly mailing of brief sermon outlines from Pastor Jack Peters
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Msg #2239 Study Prophecy for the Last Days What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Msg #2238 Think On These Things What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Msg #2237 What Therefores AreThere For What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Msg #2236 Pressing Toward the Mark II What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Msg #2235 Pressing Toward the Mark What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
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New research shows a marked shift in attitudes about refugees and immigration reform compared to 2015, and experts have a few ideas why. Carla Flores was nervous to stand in front of a suburban evangelical congregation and share her experience as the child of undocumented immigrants.Born in Mexico and raised since she was a toddler in Kansas City, Kansas, the 26-year-old children’s ministry leader is one of over 3 million “Dreamers” in the US, meaning her status is legal but uncertain. During her recent presentation at this church on the other side of town from her own, some churchgoers drilled her for details about her life, while others responded warmly and volunteered for ministry in her immigrant community.Flores’s experience reflects a bigger shift in US evangelical views on immigration.Some polls in the past have shown white evangelicals in particular were opposed to pathways to citizenship and accepting refugees. But the latest survey from Lifeway Research—coming as an unprecedented wave of Afghan refugees settle in the US and Dreamers remain in limbo—indicates that evangelicals’ support for immigrants and immigration reform has grown significantly.Evangelicals are more open to welcoming refugees and offering paths to citizenship for undocumented immigrants than they were in 2015, the last time Lifeway polled on the issue. Now 77 percent of self-identified evangelicals are “strongly” or “somewhat” in favor of a path to citizenship, up from 61 percent who said “yes” seven years before. Among those who attend worship at least weekly, 82 percent were in favor.Evangelicals by a wide majority and across all ethnicities said they would support bipartisan immigration reform, defined as increasing border security and establishing a process for undocumented immigrants to apply for ...Continue reading...
New research shows a marked shift in attitudes about refugees and immigration reform compared to 2015, and experts have a few ideas why. Carla Flores was nervous to stand in front of a suburban evangelical congregation and share her experience as the child of undocumented immigrants.Born in Mexico and raised since she was a toddler in Kansas City, Kansas, the 26-year-old children’s ministry leader is one of over 3 million “Dreamers” in the US, meaning her status is legal but uncertain. During her recent presentation at this church on the other side of town from her own, some churchgoers drilled her for details about her life, while others responded warmly and volunteered for ministry in her immigrant community.Flores’s experience reflects a bigger shift in US evangelical views on immigration.Some polls in the past have shown white evangelicals in particular were opposed to pathways to citizenship and accepting refugees. But the latest survey from Lifeway Research—coming as an unprecedented wave of Afghan refugees settle in the US and Dreamers remain in limbo—indicates that evangelicals’ support for immigrants and immigration reform has grown significantly.Evangelicals are more open to welcoming refugees and offering paths to citizenship for undocumented immigrants than they were in 2015, the last time Lifeway polled on the issue. Now 77 percent of self-identified evangelicals are “strongly” or “somewhat” in favor of a path to citizenship, up from 61 percent who said “yes” seven years before. Among those who attend worship at least weekly, 82 percent were in favor.Evangelicals by a wide majority and across all ethnicities said they would support bipartisan immigration reform, defined as increasing border security and establishing a process for undocumented immigrants to apply for ...Continue reading...
Setting SMART Goals Do your new year's goals ever feel repetitious? Do you find yourself making the same goals year after year with little progress?It may be that the weakness isn't so much with your resolve as it is with your plan.Determine Daily Routines There is a significant reason many people fail to make progress on their goals: they don't have daily routines that support their efforts.Life is a gift from God, and it comes to us, not in years but in days. It is the days that count.Moses, contemplating the brevity of life, prayed, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).One author said, “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to success is found in daily routines.”I believe those daily routines should start each morning with the one main thing—spending time with God in Bible reading and prayer. Do you have daily routines that support this practice?Do you have daily routines that support the other goals you are working to accomplish?Taking some time to thoughtfully set daily routines for your morning and evening can be one of the best first steps toward reaching your annual goals.Set SMART GoalsNot all goals are created equal. Some goals are so vague or unattainable as to be defeating before you even begin.A common acronym for writing out good goals uses the word SMART:SpecificMeasurableAchievableRelevantTime-basedThese five words should all be present in any type of goal you set—personal, family, ministry, or anything else. Here are some brief thoughts on each of them:Specific—Goals shouldn't be vague, or you will never know when you have reached them. For instance, “Pray more” isn't nearly as helpful a goal as “Create a written prayer list, and pray for fifteen minutes daily.”Also, I encourage you to write out your goals. Some studies show that written goals increase the probability of success by as much as 42 percent. Don't just think generally about what you hope to do, but write down a specific habit you are forming or goal you are planning to accomplish.This step is also a good place to consider why you are pursuing this particular goal. The momentum you feel at the beginning of January isn't enough to carry you through the entire year. You need to keep your goal connected to your purpose.How does this goal fit your God-given life roles?In what ways will God be glorified by you fulfilling this goal? In what ways will you or your family be strengthened or encouraged?How will fulfilling this goal increase your effectiveness or fruitfulness for Christ?There is a reason you are considering the goal you are setting. What is that reason? Why do you want to reach it? If you can't answer these questions now, you'll struggle to push through the obstacles that arise during the year.We lose our way when we lose our why. And one of the best ways to find the way forward to reaching a goal is going back and remembering the why.Measurable—How will you know when you have reached your goal? How will you know if you are making progress?By setting measurable goals, you have something in writing that you can use to review and to record progress. It also gives you something to revise as needed throughout the year. This is true not only for individuals, but also for teams and churches. Some leaders, including pastors, love setting goals and strategic plans, but they don't make their goals measurable, so they don't have anything against which to determine progress. A personal or church strategic plan must have regular checkpoints to be reviewed and revised.Achievable—Your goals should be realistic, yet challenging. Consider your season in life. If you're newly married, a goal to pay off your mortgage this year, is probably not achievable. A goal to set a budget and stretch your faith by increasing your giving probably is.Annual goals should not be a list of dreams. They shouldn't be happy talk. They should spell out what you prayerfully believe would honor God for you to complete by His grace in the coming year.Relevant—Is this a goal that is motivating to you? Does it relate to your roles in life and your God-given desires?Low goals create no enthusiasm. If you set a goal for something you are already doing or that is irrelevant to your growth, it will undermine your motivation.Time-based—What time of day or week are you planning to work toward this goal? Or what is the time frame within which you want to complete it?A goal without a plan is just a wish. So before you consider the writing of a goal complete, ask yourself a one-word question: When? If your goal is to complete a course of study, when will you work on it?If your goal is to get out of debt, when will you pay toward the principal on each debt?If your goal is to get in shape, when will you exercise?If your goal is to share the gospel with more people, when will you do it?Setting goals can be a great time to also time block your daily and weekly schedule to make sure that you have made sufficient time to complete these goals. If the time isn't there, either something else needs to go, or it may not be the right season of life for you to work on that goal.By using the SMART framework for goals, you'll plan your goals in a way that sets you up for accomplishing them.
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Your weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from the MTP, volume 35, sermon number 2,100, "Faith essential to pleasing God."  Image result for charles spurgeon"To attempt a difficulty may be laudable, but to rush upon an impossibility is madness."The way of acceptance described in Scripture is, first, the man is accepted, and then what that man does is accepted. It is written: “And he shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.”First, God is pleased with the person, and then with the gift, or the work. The unaccepted person offers of necessity an unacceptable sacrifice. If a man be your enemy, you will not value a present which he sends you. If you know that he has no confidence in you, but counts you a liar, his praises are lost upon you; they are empty, deceptive things which cannot possibly please you.O my hearers, in your natural state you are so sinful that God cannot look upon you with complacency! Concerning our race it is written: “It repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” Concerning many God has said, “My soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.” Is this true of us?“Ye must be born again,” or ye cannot be pleasing to the Lord. Ye must believe in Jesus; for only to as many as receive him does he give power to become the sons of God. When we believe in the Lord Jesus, the Lord God accepts us for his Beloved's sake, and in him we are made kings and priests, and permitted to bring an offering which pleases God. As the man is, such is his work.The stream is of the nature of the spring from which it flows. He who is a rebel, outlawed and proclaimed, cannot gratify his prince by any fashion of service; he must first submit himself to the law. All the actions of rebels are acts done in rebellion. We must first be reconciled to God, or it is a mockery to bring an offering to his altar.Reconciliation can only be effected through the death of the Lord Jesus, and if we have no faith in that way of reconciliation we cannot please God. Faith in Christ makes a total change in our positiontowards God—we who were enemies are reconciled; and from this comes towards God a distinct change in the nature of all our actions: imperfect though they be, they spring from a loyal heart, and they are pleasing to God.
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