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November 18-24, 2016

Do Not Bear False Witness

Social media has changed the world. On Facebook, I am friends with 1,073 people as of today. That means that anything I post can potentially be viewed by ten times the number of people that I preach to on Sunday morning. That isn't even counting the number of people that will possibly see it if some of those friends share it with their friends. If someone were to write something particularly clever, they could easily have an audience of millions within a few hundred shares. That is mind-boggling.

That is why it is important to make certain that we do not bear false witness on our social media. According to several media outlets, fake news actually got shared more than real news during the election cycle. (8.7 million engagements vs. 7.3 million.) The most popular piece of fake news that was shared was "Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President". The impact of such false stories are still being studied, but there is little doubt that such stories impacted the way people voted. People believed stories because they see them on Facebook. 

Consider as well the horror of cyber-bullying. Young people have been ostracized, become depressed, and even killed themselves over slander on social media. I saw an example of this done by grown people on my own Facebook page recently. Such malicious, harmful speech is a clear violation of the Lord's commands. Not only the command not to bear false witness, but the command to love our neighbor as well. 

I think that social media is a wonderful tool. It helps me stay in touch with hundreds of friends. We share what is happening in our lives and we share a few laughs. I have even made close friends with people I met through shared interests on social media. But friends, we need to be aware that there are people who make a lot of money spreading outrageous lies on social media. The more outrageous, the more clicks it might get. The more clicks it gets, the more money they make in advertisements. Be very careful about what you share on your social media outlets. Be certain that you know it to be true, or you may accidentally be guilty of bear false witness yourself. If you find that you had been duped by one of these articles, take it down, and issue an apology. It's the least we can do.

Yours in Christ,

Bro. Brad

Announcements:
  • Please pray Suzanne Hood this week as she recovers from surgery. If you would like to help provide meals for her next week, you can sign up at https://mealtrain.com/ngdo56
    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Beth Ann Parnell.
  • Children's Ministry: Anyone currently serving or interested in serving as a teacher or on nursery rotation please take a job description form from the welcome table. We need 1 extra teacher on Wednesday nights and 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation. Please see Regina if you can be available for any of those.
  • Children's Choir Musical will be December 11th at 6 pm! Mark your calendars!
  • Student Ministry: Student Home Meeting will be at the Parnells' Wednesday, Nov. 16th. Meet there at 6 and bring your favorite game!
    Winter Breakaway is coming up! Remaining balances are due December 7th.
    The annual Youth Scavenger Hunt is Dec. 9th from 6 to 11 p.m. This will be a city-wide hunt, so we will need about 4 adult drivers. The team to complete the most tasks before time runs out wins and gets the pick of the best prizes. Door prizes will be awarded to the most creative task.
  • Ladies, mark your calendars for Monday, Dec. 5th. We will be having our Ladies Christmas fellowship. Time, place, and more info to come.
  • Women's Community Bible Study is at 2 locations this year! Lisa is teaching through the Gospel of Mark. The bible study is being hosted by Grace Fellowship on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM (childcare provided) and by NCBC on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM (no child care provided).
  • Please continue to fill up the baby bottles for Real Life Pregnancy Center and return them to the basket in the sanctuary.

Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:
December 5 - Ladies Christmas Fellowship
December 9 - Youth Scavenger Hunt
December 11 - Children's Christmas Musical
Dec. 28-Jan. 1 - Breakaway Student Conference

Praise/Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.

Volunteers for this week:

Sunday Morning Childcare:
Bed Babies through 2's - Denise Bledsoe, Holly Porch, Robert Sims
3 through 4 year olds - Sam Merilien and Alan Bledsoe

Last Week’s Statistics:

Budget Receipts this Week: $2,050.00
Budget Needs Weekly: $4,254.42
Budget Receipts YTD: $174,580.20
Budget Needs YTD: $195,703.46
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus ($21,123.26)
Building Fund this Week: $0
Building Fund YTD: $8,442.00
Attendance: 68
New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com
912 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 131- Albertville, AL 35950
256-849-2454
Pastor – Brad Williams    
Family Pastor -- David Porch
Sunday:
9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
Wednesday:
6:00pm - Children/Student Activities
6:00pm – Adult Bible Study
Our mission and passion at New Covenant Baptist Church is to glorify God by becoming a community that  fosters the love of God with all of the heart, soul, mind and strength, and by learning to love one another as Christ Jesus has loved us.The answer to every heart's need and the satisfaction of all our longing is found in Jesus Christ our Lord, who is Himself the very image of Almighty God. We exist to adore Him, and to spread the knowledge of His greatness to the ends of the earth.

 

November 11-17, 2016

Things That Have NOT Changed Since the Election

Lots of things haven't changed since Donald Trump was elected our 45th President, but I'm narrowing it down to a few significant, Christian issues. The list is not limited to these; we could surely add more. These are just some of my initial thoughts.

1. People's minds. Despite the most logical, graceful appeals by some and the most vitriolic, irrational tirades by others, most people have not significantly changed their minds about how and for whom they voted. If social media is any indicator, then my previous statement has been true for weeks if not months. I know of a certain systematic theologian who changed his mind for a short time, but then he just changed it back to his original stance. Worse still, I'm concerned that genuine repentance and reconciliation has not occurred on a large scale between brothers and sisters in Christ. And that leads me to #2...

2. There is a divide among evangelicals. This has been true for some time, but the recent election has only magnified the rift. When conservative evangelicals are reduced to either voting for a "lesser of two evils" on the one hand or a secular libertarian or Mormon third party candidate on the other, then you know that the "Religious Right" is defunct. Perhaps no one has articulated this more clearly than Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC. In a recent article he lamented:

"The sort of conservatism that many of us had hoped for—a multiethnic, constitutionally-anchored, forward-looking conservatism—has been replaced in the Republican Party by something else. On the one hand, there’s a European-style ethno-nationalist populism, opposed by an increasingly leftward progressive movement within the Democratic Party. In both of these movements, moral concerns—certainly personal character and family stability questions—are marginalized. We now have a politics of sexual revolution across the board. This means that conservative evangelicals are politically homeless—whether they know it or not."--https://www.russellmoore.com/2016/11/09/president-trump-now-church/

Several evangelical leaders I respect--or respected, in a few cases--staunchly argued for supporting Trump for President, despite his glaring immoral behaviors. One of these leaders who seemed to tacitly, but not openly support Trump because of promised SCOTUS appointments, had once rightly said that we "cannot divorce character from destiny." For one's character in many ways determines one's destiny and, to some degree, the destiny of those one influences.

I do hope and pray to see and hear more conciliatory talk between brethren and others now that the election is over.

3. We need to earnestly pray for President-elect Trump, his cabinet, and the Congress. President Trump may not be the anointed "Cyrus" that some have "prophesied" him to be, but he certainly could be a useful instrument and even a godly man in the hands of Jesus. If we pray for him and surround him with respect and godly counsel then he could be one of our best presidents. The Lord knows. May the Lord use this Republican majority to undue many evils, like abortion. Ultimately, though, we cannot trust in the political system. That leads me to the Final Thing that has not changed...

Last. Jesus is Lord! He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. The Church will outlast America because Jesus is King. Apart from the reign of Jesus the Messiah, there is no hope for this world.

In Christ alone,

David

Announcements:
  • Children's Ministry: Anyone currently serving or interested in serving as a teacher or on nursery rotation please take a job description form from the welcome table. We need 1 extra teacher on Wednesday nights and 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation. Please see Regina if you can be available for any of those.
  • Children's Choir Musical will be December 11th at 6 pm! Mark your calendars!
  • Student Ministry: Student Home Meeting will be at the Parnells' Wednesday, Nov. 16th. Meet there at 6 and bring your favorite game!
    Winter Breakaway is coming up! Remaining balances are due December 7th.
    The annual Youth Scavenger Hunt is Dec. 9th from 6 to 11 p.m. This will be a city-wide hunt, so we will need about 4 adult drivers. The team to complete the most tasks before time runs out wins and gets the pick of the best prizes. Door prizes will be awarded to the most creative task.
  • This Sunday, November 13th, Pastor Rejoice and his wife, Beatrice, will be joining us in worship. We will have a spaghetti plate fundraiser for Rejoice and Hope Ministries Int'l after service. Plates start at $5, but larger donations will be appreciated.
  • Ladies, mark your calendars for Monday, Dec. 5th. We will be having our Ladies Christmas fellowship. Time, place, and more info to come.
  • Women's Community Bible Study is at 2 locations this year! Lisa is teaching through the Gospel of Mark. The bible study is being hosted by Grace Fellowship on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM (childcare provided) and by NCBC on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM (no child care provided).
  • Please continue to fill up the baby bottles for Real Life Pregnancy Center and return them to the basket in the sanctuary.

Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:
November 13 - Pastor Rejoice and Beatrice will be here from Tanzania
November 16 - Student Home Meeting at the Parnells'
December 5 - Ladies Christmas Fellowship
December 9 - Youth Scavenger Hunt
December 11 - Children's Christmas Musical
Dec. 28-Jan. 1 - Breakaway Student Conference

Praise/Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.

Volunteers for this week:

Sunday Morning Childcare:
Bed Babies through 2's - Jennifer Rains, Lisa Spence, Chris Knight
3 through 4 year olds - Regina Gregg and Alan Bledsoe

Last Week’s Statistics:

Budget Receipts this Week: $8,586.00
Budget Needs Weekly: $4,254.42
Budget Receipts YTD: $172,530.20
Budget Needs YTD: $191,449.04
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus ($18,918.84)
Building Fund this Week: $242.00
Building Fund YTD: $8,442.00
Benevolence: $347.00
Attendance: 69
New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com
912 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 131- Albertville, AL 35950
256-849-2454
Pastor – Brad Williams    
Family Pastor -- David Porch
Sunday:
9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
Wednesday:
6:00pm - Children/Student Activities
6:00pm – Adult Bible Study


Our mission and passion at New Covenant Baptist Church is to glorify God by becoming a community that  fosters the love of God
with all of the heart, soul, mind and strength, and by learning to love one another as Christ Jesus has loved us.
The answer to every heart's need and the satisfaction of all our longing is found in Jesus Christ our Lord, who is Himself, the very image of Almighty God. We exist to adore Him, and to spread the knowledge of His greatness to the ends of the earth.

 

Contact the church office :  (256) 660 0330