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November 4-10, 2016

Once Every Four Years

I am pretty certain that everyone, including the candidates, is tired of this election and is just ready to get it over with. I know I am. Perhaps we say it every year, but this year really has been the awfullest election I have ever seen, and it is the first time that I fear there may be pockets of violence regardless of who wins next Tuesday. It's a mad house out there.

But I am thankful that we have these elections. If nothing else, I think they peel back the thin veneer that covers our hearts and they show us what is inside. We get a peek at what we really love, what we are like, and what our deepest desires are. What this election has shown me is that America is full of fear, easily whipped into emotional frenzy, and very bad at thinking through things logically and reasonably. I say this regardless of what side of the aisle someone may happen to be on in this election.

The constant bickering and hot tempers and talk show pundits can really wear you down. When you look at this issues facing our country, you can even despair. But remember and never forget, this is not our home. This is not our country. We are sojourners here. Exiles looking for a better country and a better home. A place not built with the hands of men, but a country whose cornerstone is Jesus Christ Himself.

Once every four years, I am reminded that here, we are using political duct tape to keep things on Earth from unraveling, and that can only work for so long. We must be active and prophetic in telling the world the difference between good and evil. It doesn't matter if we win elections; what matters is if we bear faithful witness to the truth. 

This is not our home. This is our mission field. Our message is from a foreign land and from a foreign king. That King is coming here, and He is going to overthrow these nations. He will sit as absolute ruler over heaven and earth, and anyone who does not repent and love Him will perish at His Word. 

So vote, if you want to, this Tuesday. Vote your conscience. Martin Luther once said, "To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God." This is true in the church, and it is true in the voting booth. Don't let anyone tell you any different. Vote your conscience on Tuesday. Or stay home and eat popcorn if you cannot in good conscience vote for any of the candidates. This isn't your home. This is our "Once Every Four Years Reminder" of that fact.

Yours in Christ,

Bro. Brad

 

Announcements:
  • Daylight Savings Time Ends Saturday night! (Technically Sunday at 2am) Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour or you'll be late for church!
  • 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: Winter Breakaway is coming up! Remaining balance is due December 7th.
    Update: the annual Youth Scavenger Hunt has been postponed to Dec. 9th from 6 to 11 p.m. since AHS made football playoffs and will be hosting on Nov. 4th. 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.
  • On Sunday, November 13th, Pastor Rejoice and his wife, Beatrice, are coming to visit us from Tanzania. 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.
  • Sign ups for Round 2 of community groups are on the welcome table in the hallway.
  • 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
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 - Cindy Ham, Leigh Ellen, Steve Hellums
3 through 4 year olds - Marsha Garrison and Jessica Gevers

Last Week’s Statistics:
Budget Receipts this Week:  $2196.00
Budget Needs Weekly:         $4,254.42
Budget Receipts YTD:          $163,944.20
Budget Needs YTD:             $187,194.61
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus       ($23,250.41)
Building Fund this Week:      $300.00
Building Fund YTD:              $8,200.00
Missions:                             $100.00
Attendance:                                 74

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.

 

October 28 - November 3, 2016

"Hell"

I can close my eyes and still remember those huge, limestone steps at the southern entrance to the ancient Temple complex in Jerusalem. It is a moment I hope I never forget. Don't get me wrong; visiting the "Holy Land" did not help me have a deeper understanding of the Bible, as some people claim. I think that is a total misunderstanding. Only emerging yourself in the Text of Scripture can do that. However, there was something of an overwhelming nostalgia when I walked on the very same steps that Jesus walked on. In the direction facing the Temple, it is a wonder to behold. In the opposite direction, behind the southern steps, in the distance, there are three valleys that intersect: the Central, the Kidron, and the Hinnom valleys. The Central Valley separates the Old City from the City of David, which is mostly populated by Palestinian Arabs. You can watch as they dump their garbage off their balconies directly into the Central Valley. Seeing this putrid sight reminded me of much more deplorable practices that once took place in the nearby Valley of Hinnom.

Garbage and dead bodies used to be burned outside of the Old City in the Hinnom Valley centuries ago. The reason for this was because King Josiah desecrated the Valley of Hinnom with bones and other ceremonially unclean things because it was being used as the site of the fire rites to the wretched god, Molech. Tragically, King Solomon began these dreadful practices by erecting an altar to Molech there. Since then, people and even kings would send their sons and daughters through the fire as sacrifices to Molech, something the LORD detested. Therefore, when Josiah reigned he made the place unclean for the sacrifices and it thence became a blazing garbage pit outside of the city.

With all that imagery in mind, Jesus taught us about "hell." Actually, He used the Greek term gehenna (which English versions translate as "hell"), none other than the Valley of Hinnom (ge = "valley"; henna = "Hinnom"). Jesus taught things like this:

"And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire--where 'Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.'"--Mark 9:47-48 (Jesus is quoting Isaiah 66:24)

The Valley of Hinnom is outside of the city. It is the "outer darkness" where "there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." In the end, when Jesus returns and establishes His New Jerusalem--that beautiful city that comes down from Heaven where believers in Christ will dwell in eternal light and bliss--there will yet remain a horrid place outside of the city. Jesus declares:

"Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.
Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood."--Revelation 22:14-15.

With Halloween comes all the modern cultural portrayals of hell in the horror flicks and such. To be sure, hell is a place of horror and sorrow (the word hinnom most probably means "lamentation"), but do not be deceived: Hell is both literally and figuratively a real destination. And no one wants to go there, though everyone deserves to. That spotless Lamb, Jesus, was tarnished by the putrefaction of hell so we would not have to suffer its agonies. Consider the final end of the lost and compel them to repent and believe the Gospel.

Blessed are those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life,

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: Winter Breakaway is coming up! All students who are going, please have your release forms and $50 deposits turned in by October 30th so we can compile a room list, make travel preparations, etc. The forms are on the table in the youth room if anybody needs them.
    Update: the annual Youth Scavenger Hunt has been postponed to Dec. 9th from 6 to 11 p.m. since AHS made football playoffs and will be hosting on Nov. 4th. 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.
  • On Sunday, November 13th, Pastor Rejoice and his wife, Beatrice, are coming to visit us from Tanzania. 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.
  • Sign ups for Round 2 of community groups are on the welcome table in the hallway.
  • 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:
October 30 - Breakaway release forms and deposits due
November 13 - Pastor Rejoice and Beatrice will be here from Tanzania
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 - Amy Williams, Randy Spence, Kevin Parnell
3 through 4 year olds - Amber Knight and Matt Colvin

Last Week’s Statistics:
Budget Receipts this Week:  $1,980.00
Budget Needs Weekly:         $4,254.42
Budget Receipts YTD:          $161,748.20
Budget Needs YTD:             $182,940.19
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus       ($21,191.99)
Building Fund this Week:      $50.00
Building Fund YTD:              $7,900.00
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.


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