Monday, 29 June 2009

Just Catching Up

I know, it has been ages since I've written. Sorry! Things are a little wild and it looks to stay that way for the better part of the next 4 months. We have a horrendous schedule.

First off, our church has merged with another church (of course IFB) and my husband has taken over the pastorate. Which means a lot more responsibility as we have more folks and a building that has to be taken care of.

The inside of the church has to be repainted (requirement for lease renewal) and we are going to be working on that in July. All the walls, doors, baseboards, etc. have to be wiped down before we can even start to paint. I believe we are going to start on that next Friday. The last week of the month my husband and two other men from the church are going to start the painting. Then we are having a scheduled work day the last Saturday of the month to try and finish it all off.

As many of you know we are doing school throughout the summer so we can be done by April of next year to take a short furlough (VERY short), so I'm doing all that as well. No rest for the weary, right?

August is busy also. We are going to youth camp for a week. This should be interesting. Would you like to know how long it has been since I've been to youth camp? Probably a good 15-17 years ago. As we live in one of the wetter countries, please pray that it WON'T rain!!! LOL LOL

September is even busier than August. The first weekend we are having a short revival meeting with one of our supporting pastors. I'm looking forward to it. They are not that common over here (although my husband tries to make sure we have one once a year even if it can't be for a whole week) and I think that is what makes them so refreshing. It isn't like in the States, you know. If you get discouraged over there you can just hop in the car and go to a meeting somewhere. I mean somebody, somewhere is having a meeting you can go to to get encouraged. NOT HERE. You remember that verse where it says, "and David encouraged himself in the LORD"? Well, it's either that or nothing many times; so for us to have a meeting is such a blessing.

The second week in September we are having a CRB class. This is something that is being required by the government in order to work with children. If you have not been cleared, as of October you CANNOT work with children. My husband and I went to a class in May and we have both received our clearance checks, PTL. But we do need others to take the class because if not, there will be NO Sunday School class if we are away.

Then the third weekend we are having our Harvest Service. This a British tradition and what they do is have a special message about the harvest (both spiritual and agricultural) and then they have a proper sit down dinner (of course). Sometimes churches will collect food and things to give to maybe a needy family or something like that. It is a wonderful time to thank the Lord for His bountiful blessings.

The last week of September we are all busy with the children finishing up the PACE they are working on and me trying to get the house ready to be in the States for 3 weeks. We have a church that wanted to fly us in for their missions meeting, so we will be gone for the first 3 weeks in October.

Are you tired yet? I am and all I did was write about it! HA! HA! HA! This is just a quick update. Hope to post again soon.

Please keep us in your prayers as we unite as one with the merging of these two congregations. We have known the former pastor and wife for 13 years and they have both been a great blessing and encouragement to us through the years. He has felt the call to Evangelism, etc. Bro. Pavitt is now the Director of Lifegate Baptist Missions. He is still serving in the church in whatever area he is needed, but he is also preaching in missions conferences and etc. Bro. Pavitt has a deep desire to see his own people reached for the glory of God. And who better than a national man. He has been busy preaching around England and also doing much tract distribution and street evangelism, including open air preaching. Pray for him, that the Lord would use him in a might way. We count it an honour and a privilege, as well as humbling to be serving at Lifegate.

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Monday, 8 June 2009

God's Simple Plan of Salvation

My Friend: I am asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?

God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.”

In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?

First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages [payment] of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.
“ . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “ . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus had to shed His blood and die. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” “ . (Lev. :11)
". . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon] (Hebrews 9:22).

“ . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.

My friend, “God . . . commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “ . . . ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . .’ " Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.
Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer.

In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Just pray: “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”

Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!

God’s simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.

You say, “Surely, it cannot be that simple.” Yes, that simple! It is scriptural. It is God’s plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.

If His plan is not perfectly clear, read this over and over, without leaving, until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the world.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Please! Let God save you this very moment.

God’s power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God’s promises. They never change. After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth:

Pray -- you talk to God.
Read your Bible -- God talks to you.
Witness -- you talk for God.

You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord . . . .” (2 Timothy 1:8)

“Whosoever therefore shall confess [testify of] Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32).

It is my prayer that if you don't know the Lord, you will come to know Him today.

Saved to the Uttermost,
Sis. Tammy