Baptism

Baptism is an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ.

Baptism is a symbol of the forgiveness and cleansing Christ has done in your life—a public A public declaration that you are now a follower of Christ.

It is a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ.

It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important foundation for the Christian life.

Today we were blessed to share in the baptism of father and son, Ken and Dillon Villeret.

Thank You Lord for your mercy and our blessing in this event!

 

 

some words borrowed from: https://hillsong.com/faith/baptism/
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Happy Mother’s Day

Pastor Doug preached a very special message on Mother’s Day. Faith that is determined and directed. A faith that brings one to a decision, and a faith that declares our savior to others. This is a mother’s faith. After the sermon, he called all mothers to the front of the church. Husbands and family stood behind them as he prayed a prayer of thanksgiving and blessing for each.

Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children. ~ Billy Graham

I don’t believe there are devils enough in hell to pull a boy out of the arms of a godly mother. ~ Billy Sunday
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.  Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.  Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:27-30)
I cannot tell you how much I owe to the solemn word of my good mother. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. ~ Abraham Lincoln


Your mother’s voice is the first voice you ever hear – even before you are born. Even as a newborn baby, you know your Mother and prefer her above anyone else. Cherish your mother and be sure she knows you appreciate everything she does for you. The days are short, love your mother before time is gone. If your mother has already gone on before you, take some time to recall memories of her. Share these memories with your family so that she will live on in your hearts. (www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com)

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,

but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Jeremiah was a young lad when God approached him. He felt he was too young to accept the work God had planned for him (Jeremiah 1:6). He became a mighty prophet. I get excited when I see the Lord working among the youth of our day. We have had several young men and women give there heart to God in the past year. Our youth group has had as many as 50+ on Wednesday evenings. God is working, and will continue to work if we passionately  honor Him, and fervently pray over our children and youth.

One night in the month of April Tyler Creswell approached his Dad and step-mom and asked what he had to do to be saved. He had been thinking about it for a while, and was ready to give his heart to Lord. Pastor Doug was called; he arrived and discussed Tyler’s decision; Tyler gave his heart totally to God right there in his living room. Praise God! The next week Tyler stood before the Church body and shared his salvation with us. Sunday, May 1st, we were also honored to witness Tyler’s baptism.

Let’s pray that young men and women like Tyler will be moved by the Holy Spirit and become mighty warriors for the Gospel.

“Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men,

him shall the Son of man also confess

before the angels of God:” Luke 12:8

Tyler Confess His Salvation before the church.

Tyler Confess His Salvation before the church.

Tyler Confesses His Salvation Before the Church

Tyler now understand the meaning of Baptism and his sharing it with us.

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Beth Scarbrough was driving home from the Wednesday night service when she pulled over to the side of the road and started crying. The Holy Spirit had been tugging at her heart and she knew it was time to repent and ask God’s forgiveness. She didn’t wait until the next time she went to church; no, she turned around in the middle of Highway 51 and drove back. She went right in and told Brother Doug what had happened and he introduced her to Jesus that very night. WoW! What a testimony of the faith. Beth was baptized on May 1st as well. Welcome to the family Beth.

Beth Scarbrough shares Her Confession of Faith in Baptism

Beth Scarbrough shares Her Confession of          Faith in Baptism

“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men,

him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 10:32

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Worship Him With A Thankful heart!

Unless You Be born Again. . .

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Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”   Matthew 28:19, 20

Blake Bitner gave his heart to the Lord and wanted to be baptized at the age of 6.

Blake Bitner gave his heart to the Lord and was excited to be baptized at the age of 6.

 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”  Galatians 3:27

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“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.  And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 2:38

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Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”      Romans 6: 3-6

Welcome Our Newest Members

 

In becoming a part of our church family we hope that God will touch your life in the same way He has touched so many of ours. Come and worship side-by-side. You are valued by the Lord; He has a purpose for you. He has placed within you special gifts and He longs for you to use them. As your family we would love to see you grow within your gifts for then we all can receive a blessing.

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Brandon & Jenny Benson
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Junior Williams

Junior Williams

Katie Oldham & Mackenzie

Katie Oldham & Mackenzie

Lynn Conerly (Right) Standing with Lynn is her daughter Corry and Pastor Doug

Lynn Conerly (Right)
Standing with Lynn is her daughter Corry and Pastor Doug

 

Welcome to our church family,
We’re glad that you could come.
We’re honored to share this day with you
As we worship God’s risen Son

We are glad to have you in our family!

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“The Mustard Seed seeks to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of adults with developmental disabilities by providing a loving and protected Christian community with meaningful activities that allow the participants to fulfill the potential that God has created within them.”

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This Christmas season we were blessed with what Pastor Doug called musical angels. The family from Mustard Seed inspired us with their “Bells of Faith” concert. We were truly blessed by their musical abilities.

Thank You Mustard Seed!

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THE GRIEVED HEART OF HANNAH

THE GRIEVED HEART OF HANNAH

September 6, 2015

Third sermon in the series: A SPIRITUAL EKG

Scripture Text: 1 Samuel 1:1-20

In Old Testament times there was a belief that if a woman could not have children she was not right with God. This was not written anywhere in the Word of God, but was more of an oral belief or tradition.

Elkanah had two wives. “The name of one was Hannah and the name of the other was Peninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children (vs.3).” Once each year Elkanah would go up to Shilo to offer sacrifice to the Lord of Host. Two of Peninnah’s sons were priest to the Lord there. “When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed he would offer up to Peninnah and all of her son’s and daughter’s; but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had closed her womb.” (vs.5)

So each year Peninnah would torment, and tease, and ridicule, and provoke Hannah to tears. Hannah wept and would not eat for she was without a child.

Hannah rose up and being greatly distressed she prayed and wept bitterly. She didn’t run and hide and have a pity party; no, she made a vow and said, “If Thou wilt indeed look upon the affliction of thy maidservant and remember me and not forget thy maidservant, but will give thy maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life…”(vs.11)

While she was praying she encountered Eli, one of Peninnah’s son’s, who was a priest in Shilo. He considered her a drunkard and asked Hannah, “ How long will you make yourself drunk? Put your wind away from you. But Hannah answered and said, “no my lord, I am a woman oppressed of spirit: I have not drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have poured out my heart before the Lord. Do not consider your maidservant as a worthless woman; for I have spoken until now out of great concern and provocation.” Eli responded as any good man of God would. “Go in peace and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.” Hannah replied. “ Let your maidservant find favor in your sight” so she left and went and ate and she was no longer sad. (vs.12-18)

When the day after sacrifice was made they got up early and returned to their home in Ramah. After returning home Elkanah “had relations with Hannah and the Lord remembered her. And it came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, ‘Because I have asked him of the Lord.’ ”(vs.19-20)

After Samuel was weaned Hannah took him up to Shilo. She took a three-year-old bull and one ephah of flour. The bull was slaughtered and Hannah brought Samuel before Eli and said, “Oh, my lord! As your soul lives my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. For this boy I prayed and the Lord has given me my petition, which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord, as long as he lives, he is dedicated to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there. (vs. 24-28)

How Hannah’s grief turned to glory.

  1. We see a perplexed or Puzzled Hannah (vs. 2-6). A heavy cloud darkened her home and spiritual life.
  2. There was a problem that troubled her; she could not conceive.
  3. There was a person who taunted her; Peninnah. (1 Peter 5:8)
  4. We see a praying Hannah (vs. 10-112).
  5. She prayed earnestly (vs. 10). (James 5:16)
  6. She prayed specifically. (vs. 11) (Philippians 4:6)
  7. She Prayed continually (vs. 12). (Luke 18:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:13)
  8. She Prayed expectantly (Matthew 13:58; Mark 6:6; James 1:6-7) When pour hearts are grieving it is so that we will grow closer to God.
  9. We see a Praising Hannah (vs. 15-20)
  10. The assurance she received (vs. 15-17)
  11. The answer she received (vs.20)

The Lord closed Hannah’s womb. Not because of sin, rather to allow for the timing of God to bring her a son who was blessed. Hannah did not quit praying until she received her petition. So it is with all God’s children. When we experience perplexing times in our lives, it is time to go to our knees and pray. Our prayers should be like Hannah’s, earnest, specific, continuous, and expectant.

Hannah’s grief turned to Glory in Samuel, a great man of God. Samuel means asked of the Lord.

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 If you would like to listen to this sermon please go to this link:

http://madisonmethodist.com/audio/sermons/message/the-grieved-heart-of-hannah