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November 18, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 45

A Word from our Family Pastor:

The Danger of Living on Sand Mountain

21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my

Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast outdemons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?'

23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you;

depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.' (Matthew 7:21-23)

Despite what you have heard, it is not easy to follow Christ in Albertville, AL. Sure, there are tons of

churches here and thousands of people who claim to be Christians and even attend church, but it is not

easy to follow Christ here. No doubt it would be difficult to live as a Christian in Salt Lake City where

the vast majority of people are Mormons or Seattle or Maine where the vast majority of people are

secular. However, I think we face a danger just as great and just as grievous as the false gospel of

Mormonism or secularism—we here in the Bible-belt face the false gospel of religion or

“churchianity” as some call it.

We are surrounded by churches, para-church ministries, Christian radio, prayer at football games,

revivals services, ministry conferences, Bible studies, and on and on. Living in such a churchsaturated

culture, there is a great danger to attach ourselves to these things such that our hope is in our

connection to a church, a connection to a Bible study, or a connection to any other religious activity we

participate in
rather than our connection to the Lord Jesus Christ by grace alone through faith alone.

The opportunities to plug into religion in Marshall County are bountiful, but how many are genuinely

plugging into a single-minded passionate pursuit of the Lord Jesus Christ? I don’t know the answer to

that, but I fear that many more are plugging into religion. It is this fear that drove me back to the

Bible-belt. I grew up in Amarillo, TX which is very much a part of the Bible belt and I lived there

until I went to seminary after graduating college. I lived in Louisville, KY, a city that in my estimation

is
not part of the Bible-belt. Living there was interesting and challenging. The last two years that I

lived there, I lived downtown near the University of Louisville—I could share many stories of how I

tried to preach the gospel to very secular-driven people on the campus of U of L and how difficult it

was and yet how much joy it brought me, but it seems the Lord has brought me back into the Bible-belt

and yet the challenges seem equally great.

I fear that much like these people that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 7:21-23, that many in Marshall

County will say on the day of the Lord, “did we not go to church and did we not pray at our football

games and before meals and did we not attend revivals and prayer breakfasts and did we not join a

church and attend on occasion and did we not go to Bible studies and give to missions?” and the Lord

will say, “depart from me I never knew you.” Let me be clear, the above list of activities are all good

things and I wouldn’t condemn anyone for participating in them, but anyone, including myself who

puts their hope in their connection to these things is in big trouble.

The connection that we must put our hope in is our connection to Christ who suffered “once for sins,

the righteous for the unrighteous that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). And this connection to

Christ inevitably and powerfully changes us. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has

passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This is the community the Lord has

called our church to, not just a connection to religion but a relationship with Christ that transforms us

and invites us to a community that fosters real, biblical, Christ-like transformation.

New Covenant Baptist Church is the most wonderful church I have ever been a part of. I am

continually reminded of how blessed I am to work with the wonderful people here, but it is my prayer

for our church that we fight the temptation to put our hope in our good works, our church membership,

or our religious activities. It is my prayer that we would progressively grow into a community of

believers whose hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ where we are learning to be transparent about sin,

engaging in ministry in our workplaces, and fostering relationships that point people to Christ and not

religion. Will you pray with me?

Announcements:

Nursery – We need volunteers to keep nursery on Sunday night, January 3. See Regina if you

would like to volunteer.

Missions Money - We are tying to help people raise money to go to Nicaragua. If you want to help,

please place it on the Offering Basket and designate it to missions.

Christmas Cards – As a service project, the older girls will be making Christmas boxes for each

family in our church. They are asking that instead of mailing out Christmas cards this year, we

bring them to the church and the older girls will sort them. The money that is saved on stamps, they

are asking that you donate it to Missions. See Regina Gregg or Denise Bledsoe with questions.

Marriage Retreat – Go ahead and mark your calendars! We are planning a marriage retreat that will

be held at Shocco Springs on Feb. 26-27. Check-in will be that Friday at 4:00, and we will finish

up on Saturday at around 3-4pm. We will have dinner, breakfast, and lunch prepared for us there.

Our folks will be doing most of the teaching, but we hope to include some others from the

community. The cost is $155 if you register before the end of the year. Sign up online or at the

church.

Nancy Guthrie Conference – January 29-30 in Decatur. Cost $20 and includes snacks Friday night

and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Ladies True Woman Conference – March 25 – 27 in Chattanooga. Speaking will be Nancy LeighDeMoss, Mary Kassian, Dannah Gresh, and others. Worship leaders are Keith and Kristyn Getty.

The price is $129 plus hotel accommodations. Let Lisa Spence or Amy Williams know if you are

interested. Here’s a link: http://www.truewoman.com/?id=760

Track Ministry – If you would like to help with the Track Ministry, please see Ron Champion.

Youth Announcements:

Nacho Nacho Night: This Saturday, November 21 at our church building from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

We will be watching Nacho Libre on the projector and making/eating nachos. Adults are welcome

to join us as well. We will also play some rock band before if you would like to come a little early.

Wednesday, December 2, Student Bible Study will be held at the Champion's House.

Prayer Requests:

Pray for the Seckel’s grandson, Ethan, who has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Pray for Gloria Childress’ brother, James Pierce, who is in kidney failure and not doing well.

Pray for Penny Roney, Steve Hellums’ sister. She has a tumor on her pituitary gland.

Pray for Jeff and Suzanne Davis as Suzanne is pregnant and considered high risk and is having

some major health issues.

Pray for Denise Bledsoe’s mother, Shirley McLendon, who is in congestive heart failure. Please

pray for Denise as she is trying to help her mother as much as possible.

Pray for Ruth Thompson, Wanda Parker’s mother. Pray for her husband, Dalton, as he cares for

her.

Pray for those with cancer: Linda Duran.

M.U.D. Ministries:

Please begin praying for those who are going to Nicaragua in February. These include Jimmy Barnard,

Matt Colvin, Jennifer Dixon, Charlie Fields, Todd Gregg, Lisa Spence, and Amy Williams.

M.U.D. is raising money to buy land and build houses in Nicaragua to build houses for orphans. If you

would like to donate money, please contact Eric Hixon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Upcoming Schedule

Sunday, November 22 – Regular Sunday Night Services

Wednesday, November 25 – No Wednesday Night Events

Sunday, November 29 – No Sunday Night Service

Sunday, December 6 – Family Meeting

Sunday, December 13 – Children’s Christmas Musical

Sunday, December 20 – Regular Sunday Night Service

Wednesday, December 23 – No Wednesday Night Events

Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Service

Sunday, December 27 – No Sunday Night Service

Sunday, January 3 – Regular Sunday Night Service

Sunday, January 10 – 1 year Celebration Service

Volunteers for this week:

Sunday Morning:

1’s and 2’s – Jim Parker/Gloria Childress

3’s and 4’s – Todd Gregg/Allison Pratt

Sunday Night: Jennifer Dixon

Food - Patty Knight – Salty

Amy Williams - Sweet

Last Sunday Stats – November 8, 2009:

Attendance: Worship Service - 65

Offering: General – 2,933.00

Birthdays: Nov. 22-28:

Tuesday, November 24 – Justin Quarles

Saturday, November 28 – Taylor Gregg

New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com

104 W. Alabama Avenue, Suite A - Albertville, AL 35950

256-849-2454

Sunday:

9:30am – Sunday School

10:30am - Worship Service

6:00pm – Community Groups

Wednesday:

6:00pm - Children’s Activities

6:00pm – Student Activities

6:00pm – Adult Bible Study

Pastor – Brad Williams Family Pastor – Drew Dixon

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 12, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 44

A Word from our Pastor:

From the Top of Pisgah

“I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” These are the last words that we

have recorded that the Lord God ever spoke to His servant Moses. In his 120
th year, God called Moses

to make a lonely trek up Mt. Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, and from there, God showed Moses the land

that He promised to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And then, Moses, the friend of God, died. God

buried His friend there on that mountain-side, in an unmarked grave that no man has ever seen, and

Joshua took the people into the land that Moses saw but never set foot in.

There is a bitter-sweetness in that scene. I often wonder what must have gone through Moses’ mind as

he overlooked the promised land. He must have thought it a beautiful land, for the Lord said that it was

a land flowing with milk and honey. He must have longed for it; he must have day-dreamed about it as

he looked down from that lofty height. He must have felt the pangs of sorrow, knowing that after all he

had been through, from Pharoah’s Court to the wilderness travels to the attack of enemies both within

and without the people of Israel, and yet he would never enter in. He would never drink the milk. He

would never taste the honey. He just got a look at it. He just got to see it and know that his people

would go on in and take possession of it.

Such was the fate of many of God’s servants. Isaiah, languishing in a time of Israel’s disobedience,

saw the Lord high and lifted up. He saw that God would send His Emmanuel to save the people from

their sins. He saw that the Messiah would bear the iniquties of us all. He saw that through the Messiah

God would restore Israel, and that through Him, He would gather some from every tongue and tribe

and nation. Isaiah was murdered for preaching the Word of the Lord, tradition says that under the

persecution of the wicked King Manasseh, Isaiah was sawn in two. He got to see the days of the

Messiah, but he died before the Lord came.

Jeremiah saw the day of the Lord, a time when God would usher in a New Covenant. He saw a day

when God would take out hearts of stone and replace them with hearts of flesh. Jeremiah, according to

tradition, was stoned to death for what he saw. Ezekiel saw the days of the Messiah, as did Daniel,

Zechariah, and the rest of God’s prophets. They all died before the fulfillment. They only got a glimpse

of what would be, and then they died.

We have inherited the New Covenant. We live in the last days. We live in the times that the prophets

foresaw and longed for. We are like the children of Israel who went into the land under Joshua. We are

the beneficiaries of the promises of God in Christ. But we have a job to do just as they did. We have to

make the journey up to Pisgah and see the vision of the promise before us so that our children might

enter in.

Ultimately, our vision is an earth filled with worshippers of the One True God through the only Savior,

Jesus Christ. We share Isaiah’s vision of every tongue and tribe and nation worshipping the God of

Israel. But we havea journey to go on before we will get there. We need healthy churches that will

make healthy Christians. We need churches that have as their sole uniting purpose to see God glorified

through Christ Jesus in all the earth. We dream of churches and Christians who not only give lipservice

to the Scriptures, but also teach and study them. We dream of churches sending member to the

mission field, both here and abroad, to tell the people of the new day coming, of a risen savior with the

power to forgive all sins.

When I need refreshing, I go to the heights of Scripture. I go to Revelation and see the glory of the

kingdom to come and the glory of its King. I go to see what the prophets saw. Perhaps, we will be the

generation who sees the full consummation of that kingdom. Perhaps it will be our children. Either

way, the view from the mountain top is a must see. It keeps us on track and moving forward. May the

Lord give us such vision, and may He fill us with the faith that knows that one day, we will all live in

the new Promised Land.

Announcements:

Nursery – We need volunteers to keep nursery on Sunday night, December 20 and January 3. See

Regina if you would like to volunteer.

Missions Money - We are tying to help people raise money to go to Nicaragua. If you want to help,

please place it on the Offering Basket and designate it to missions.

Christmas Cards – As a service project, the older girls will be making Christmas boxes for each

family in our church. They are asking that instead of mailing out Christmas cards this year, we

bring them to the church and the older girls will sort them. The money that is saved on stamps, they

are asking that you donate it to Missions. See Regina Gregg or Denise Bledsoe with questions.

Marriage Retreat – Go ahead and mark your calendars! We are planning a marriage retreat that will

be held at Shocco Springs on Feb. 26-27. Check-in will be that Friday at 4:00, and we will finish

up on Saturday at around 3-4pm. We will have dinner, breakfast, and lunch prepared for us there.

Our folks will be doing most of the teaching, but we hope to include some others from the

community. Keep checking the announcements for further details!

Nancy Guthrie Conference – January 29-30 in Decatur. Cost $20 and includes snacks Friday night

and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Ladies True Woman Conference – March 25 – 27 in Chattanooga. Speaking will be Nancy LeighDeMoss, Mary Kassian, Dannah Gresh, and others. Worship leaders are Keith and Kristyn Getty.

The price is $129 plus hotel accommodations. Let Lisa Spence or Amy Williams know if you are

interested. Here’s a link: http://www.truewoman.com/?id=760

Track Ministry – If you would like to help with the Track Ministry, please see Ron Champion.

Youth Announcements:

November 21, the youth will be having "Nacho Nacho Night." We will be eating Nachos and

Watching Nacho Libre at the church from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.

Wednesday, December 2, Student Bible Study will be held at the Champion's House.

Prayer Requests:

Pray for the Seckel’s grandson, Ethan, who has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Pray for Gloria Childress’ brother, James Pierce, who is in kidney failure and not doing well.

Pray for Penny Roney, Steve Hellums’ sister. She has a tumor on her pituitary gland.

Pray for Jeff and Suzanne Davis as Suzanne is pregnant and considered high risk and is having

some major health issues.

Pray for Denise Bledsoe’s mother, Shirley McLendon, who is in congestive heart failure. Please

pray for Denise as she is trying to help her mother as much as possible.

Pray for Ruth Thompson, Wanda Parker’s mother. Pray for her husband, Dalton, as he cares for

her.

Pray for those with cancer: Linda Duran.

M.U.D. Ministries:

Please begin praying for those who are going to Nicaragua in February. These include Jimmy Barnard,

Matt Colvin, Jennifer Dixon, Charlie Fields, Todd Gregg, Lisa Spence, and Amy Williams.

M.U.D. is raising money to buy land and build houses in Nicaragua to build houses for orphans. If you

would like to donate money, please contact Eric Hixon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Upcoming Schedule

Sunday, November 15 and 22 – Regular Sunday Night Services

Wednesday, November 25 – No Wednesday Night Events

Sunday, November 29 – No Sunday Night Service

Sunday, December 6 – Family Meeting

Sunday, December 13 – Children’s Christmas Musical

Sunday, December 20 – Regular Sunday Night Service

Wednesday, December 23 – No Wednesday Night Events

Sunday, December 27 – No Sunday Night Service

Sunday, January 3 – Regular Sunday Night Service

Sunday, January 10 – 1 year Celebration Service

Volunteers for this week:

Sunday Morning:

1’s and 2’s – Denise Bledsoe/Amy Williams

3’s and 4’s – Matt Colvin/Haley Coy

Sunday Night: Leslie Godwin/Angelia Ray

Food - Denise Bledsoe – Salty

Kathy Coy - Sweet

Last Sunday Stats – November 8, 2009:

Attendance: Worship Service - 70

Offering: General – 16,620.00

Missions - 2,750.00

Birthdays: Nov. 15-21:

Wednesday, November 18 – Brady Quarles

Friday, November 20 – Patty Knight and Noah Sims

New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com

104 W. Alabama Avenue, Suite A - Albertville, AL 35950

256-849-2454

Sunday:

9:30am – Sunday School

10:30am - Worship Service

6:00pm – Community Groups

Wednesday:

6:00pm - Children’s Activities

6:00pm – Student Activities

6:00pm – Adult Bible Study

Pastor – Brad Williams Family Pastor – Drew Dixon

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) 849 2454