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A Word from Mike…
On Monday, December 5, 2016 2:21 PM, Mike Manning wrote:
To Our Monday Night Classes:
Because of the holiday interruptions, we are going to place a hold on our classes until Jan. 16. This will give you more flexibility with busy Christmas schedules with ministries and families.
On Mon. Jan. 9, there is a StoneBridge (inner city) ministry event planned that maybe we would all like to participate in. We will get you more details soon.
Thanks, men and ladies. I will look forward to re-starting our times together in mid January..
I spoke, last Sunday, about a painful incident recorded in 1 Sam. 15, concerning King Saul’s second act of disobedience (the first is recorded in ch. 13)—both of which were said by Samuel to have cost Saul his kingdom. As painful as these incidents were, even more so is the fact that the spirit of Saul’s disobedience is still present among some of us who profess to follow Christ. In this passage, the sin, to us, might appear somewhat subtle; Saul indeed did some of what God commanded, but subtle in the sense that some modern Christians might tend to agree with Saul’s defense of his actions. He had been commanded by God, through Samuel, to destroy all the Amalekites and all that they possessed. Saul obeyed God to a point, but not fully. He killed and destroyed most of them, but spared King Agag as well as the best of the animals. Apparently, he and the people reasoned that this was close enough, and even could be a good thing in that the clean animals could be used to sacrifice to God. Is there not a spirit among some of the people of God today that ‘close enough is good enough?’ After all, God cares so much about us that He will be OK with our spin on obedience. He knows how we feel; he appreciates our improvisations to His expectations, particularly since many of His expectations are quite archaic. Surely He doesn’t expect us to be that different from those around us? He wouldn’t have us follow some of the things He commanded that would be incredibly inconvenient and difficult for us, so He must not expect us to comply fully to what He said so long ago. We’ve even found that if we pray hard enough about an issue in question, we can find peace about doing it another way. If we prayed and found peace…it must be of God, and therefore good! We’re still with Him—just on our terms. To paraphrase a line from a vintage commercial that most of you won’t remember: We’ve come a long way, baby to get where we’ve got to today! But, what way is that? We’ve joined the ranks of Saul in believing that God is on board with us in our partial obedience. He should be happy that we do as well as we do since we don’t completely ignore or disobey Him.
Is there any wonder why we often lack power in our lives and ministries, and why the watching world might see us as hypocrites? They often see reality better than we do. It’s time that we take God’s Word seriously, exegete it carefully, and apply it contextually and consistently. I’m not talking about legalism and rigidity where there are no personal freedoms, but let’s stop calling disobedience, freedoms! We don’t want to forget about grace as we speak the truth; we help people in their weaknesses and struggles, but we simply do not want to allow a spirit of compromise to go unchallenged. The cost was great for Saul, and it will be for us as well. The God of the covenants (Old and New) is not compatible with that which is inconsistent with His Word and His character. What better way to show our thanks to God for His blessings during this season than with full surrender and a serious view toward complete obedience?
Let’s keep encouraging one another with these things!
Director / A.M., Harmony Baptist Association
You will want to read these new procedures if you are a member of the ABSC DR team or plan to attend any of the training events to be certified.
An ordination council will be held for Joe Powell, Interim Pastor of Catalyst Church Plant, at South Side Baptist Church on Tuesday, December 13th from 5:30-7:30. The ordination service will be held at South Side BC on Sunday, December 18th at 2:00. All ordained ministers are invited to be a part of both the council and the ordination service.
Today we updated the copy of Bro. Bobby Lamb's weekly report for December 4, 2016. Bro Bobby generates this report weekly and sends to various people. We wanted to add the page so more people could see what's going on in the Harmony Baptist Association. Check it out on the Info Center page of this website today.
Several new events have been posted onthe Info Center of this web site. Please check them out to see if you are interested and how to attend.
Check out the new EXECUTIVE BOARD webpage under Teams and Committees
Please pray for the following pastorless churches:
Claud Road Baptist Church
Fellowship Bible Church
Linwood Baptist Church, Moscow
Northside (Interim: Matthew Watson)
River Road Baptist Church
Whispering Pines Cowboy Church
The next Executive Board Meeting will be held Tuesday, December 13, at Dollarway Baptist Church, 2816 Old Dollarway Road, in White Hall (870) 692-5669.
Harmony Association Office will be closed for Christmas Holiday on Wednesday, December 21st to January 2, 2017.
The Grief and Comfort Community, a bereavement support ministry, will begin the Fall session on Tuesday, September 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p..m. It meets at the Harmony Baptist Association Office, 2001 South Cherry St., and is facilitated by Brenda Doucey and Lisa Grigg. If yu would like to participate, please call Linda at (870) 534-1021.