Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Ephesians 3:20
At times do you feel as if you can impress God with all you are trying to do for Him and for His church? One thing I can tell you for sure, you will never set a goal so big or attempt a task so significant that God does not have something far greater that He could do in or through your life. The Apostle Paul said that he worked harder than anyone else to impress God when he was Saul of Tarsus. However, he discovered that his greatest achievements were, but rubbish compared to God’s will for his life, Philippians 3:7-8. Our problem is that we become too easily enamored with our plans. If we are attempting to do noble things and believe that God will be pleased, we need to remember, until we hear from God, we cannot even imagine what He can accomplish through us! Having said that, I believe God is calling us to take discipleship seriously. Those that have joined the 3- existing groups are reading God’s Word daily, they are joining together to fellowship, pray, and study God’s Word each week. Also, they are joining together to minister within our church family. In other words, they are becoming disciples of Christ! We are not trying to do great things to impress God, but rather we are allowing God to work through us! Remember that God sees the big picture, that His power far exceeds our limited imaginations. We must set aside our agendas, however lofty they may be and follow God’s direction. When we follow Him, we will witness things happening that can only be explained by His powerful presence! Please join a Life Group! This will change you and it will change our church!
- In His Service Pastor David
Tithing Thought March 2022
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also, Matthew 6:21 If you have a red-letter Bible, you will notice these words are in red-meaning that Jesus said them. Therefore, where you spend your money does make a difference! When you tithe the first thing you will notice is the amount of money that you have for the Lord’s work. The second thing you will notice is the ease you have in meeting your own obligations. Why? Because tithing does make a difference in your outlook! If you are tithing, you know what I am talking about. You are seeing spiritual growth in your life. Thank you for supporting the Lord’s work through Damascus Baptist Church! If you are not tithing, I challenge you to do so. Your spiritual vision will improve leading to a deeper more meaningful walk with the Lord. Truly, where your treasure is, there your heart will be also!
- In His Service Pastor David
Remembering You In Our Prayers:
Bob Baggott, Joe Blanchard, Randall Blanchard, Russell Blanchard, Clayton Brandenburg, Vera Brandenburg, Larry Brazzle, Mary Cartledge, Tim Chinnery, Alex Davis, Rev. John Davis, Lynn Fuller Gaskin, Paige Gavalas, Richard Little, Christa Lollar, Miriam Lollis, Henry Mauldin, Sandra Mauldin & Family, Dannie Reynolds, Bobbie Sue Smith, and Don Tabor
Ritual or Relationship?
Neither did they say, “Where is the Lord, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness?” Jeremiah 2:6
Religious activity apart from fellowship with God is nothing but empty ritual. The people of Jeremiah’s day were satisfied with going through the motions of worship. The sad fact is they did not notice that God was absent. What about the church in America? Is it possible to pray, to attend a worship service, or to give an offering yet not experience the presence of God? The sad truth is yes! However, we must not settle for mere religion when the very nature of Christianity is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!
We are to have an intimate, growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Christianity is not a set of doctrines to believe, habits to practice, and sins to avoid. We must have a relationship with God based upon His love for us. The very Commands of God found in His Word are intended to enhance His relationship with His children.
Worship for us is to see God in His glory and to respond appropriately. If you find yourself just going through the motions, please go back and reread Isaiah chapter 6. When Isaiah saw the LORD, high and lifted up, and saw that he was sinful by comparison he cried out “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King,” Isaiah 6:5. God gave us prayer so we can have conversation with Him. If you are saying your prayers and never listen to what God has to say in His Word, then you are failing to listen to what is on God’s heart. God gave us His Commandments as a protection for those He loves. Sadly, some become so legalistic that they forget they are a way to protect us from harm so that we may have a personal relationship with our Father. Do not settle for a religious life! When you have a personal relationship with God-the difference will be obvious! Please take advantage of our Life Groups to enhance your discipleship walk this year.
- In His Service-Pastor David
"Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." Luke 6:38
Jesus said that we will receive as we give. Note that He also said it will be put into your bosom. Peterson’s para phrase of Luke 6:38 says, Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back-given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. Therefore, giving is a matter of the heart. Tithing flows from our understanding of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ!
Tithing is all about stewardship. Once you understand that God owns everything, and we are simply His stewards then tithing comes from your surrender to Him. Please examine your heart and remember that generosity begets generosity.
Remembering You In Our Prayers:
Bob Baggott, Family of Nell Baker, Amanda Bell, Randall Blanchard, Russell Blanchard, Clayton Brandenburg, Vera Brandenburg, Larry Brazzle, Mary Cartledge, Tim Chinnery, Alex Davis, Rev. John Davis, Lynn Fuller Gaskin, Paige Gavalas, Richard Little, Christa Lollar, Miriam Lollis, Henry Mauldin, Sandra Mauldin & Family, Dannie Reynolds, Bobbie Sue Smith, and Don Tabor
Making a Difference But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, Daniel 1:8
Would you join me and dare to believe that God, who called you to Himself and equipped you with His Spirit, could work mightily through you? Have you made the connection between the time and place in which you live and God’s call upon you? Nothing ever catches God by surprise-nothing! Therefore, He has placed us where we are for a purpose. The corner has been turned on 2021. Yes, COVID is still with us and in all likelihood, it always will be a part of our life. This has not caught God by surprise. Our church has called a new Next Gen Pastor to disciple our children and youth. We are strengthening our discipleship program with Life Groups. What is God calling you to do to join the Kingdom Work at DBC for 2022? I fear that although we have a good number of folks who have come back to worship that some are tempted to stay away because of the uncertainty that plagues our land. Temptations to not be engaged are not new. Think of how Daniel was tempted when taken from his home in Jerusalem to Babylon. Daniel did not let the temptation of this new life interfere with his relationship with God. Daniel knew that to make his life useful to God he must be obedient in all things. Regardless of what the most powerful king in the world commanded, Daniel refused to compromise what he knew God required of him. The Bible is full of examples of Christian men and women who believed that God would work through them to make a difference where they lived for the Kingdom of God. God placed Esther in the Persian king’s court at a crucial time to save His people, Esther 4:14. God placed Joseph in an Egyptian prison so that at the proper time he was raised up to save not only Egypt but also his family, Genesis 41:39-40. Which brings us back to the beginning of 2022. Have you allowed the fear of the pandemic to keep you from working for God’s Kingdom? We need young families, children, and youth to be discipled at DBC. However, to think that our new Next Gen Pastor can do everything is not biblical. Are you personally making a difference in the next generation, are you making a difference in your generation? Please do not allow the age we live in to influence your life negatively. Ask God to reveal His purpose for you in His Kingdom work and join His work this year. Together as we follow God we can make a difference in our community, our nation, and our world!
In His Service-Pastor David