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August 5, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 30

A Word from our Pastor: Brad Williams

An Invitation to Dinner

I believe that most of us, if not all of us, can remember what it was like as a child to get called to

dinner. I know that I can. These last few days of summer break remind me of those days of backyard

baseball, bicycle riding, and generally trying to cram in whatever fun was to be had before the dreaded

return of school. But no matter how much fun I was having in the yard, with my friends, watching TV,

or playing video games, I had to drop it when I heard the call to supper…and I had to drop it

immediately.

In those days, believe it or not, there were no cell phones. When my mother wanted me in the house,

she stepped out the front door and yelled, “Braaaaaaaad….it’s supper time!” I was expected, regardless

of my current condition, to immediately make a dash for the house. No excuses. Apparently, nothing in

the world was more important than a hot supper. The other kids understood this unbreakable law as

well, no explanation necessary. When momma calls, you come running.

I was reminded of that inviolable law today as I read from Luke’s gospel in the 14
th chapter. There,

Jesus talks about a great feast that a certain man had prepared for others. He had sent the invitations in

advance to prepare people for that wonderful day, but when the time arrived, none of those who were

invited were willing to come. They all had one excuse or another, one said that he had just married a

new wife, another said that he had a new field to tend to, and still another claimed he had some new

oxen to see about. They did not come to supper when called.

Jesus told this parable in order to warn us about missing the blessing of the kingdom of heaven. God,

according to His riches in grace, has extended to us an invitation to join Him in His glorious kingdom.

Unfortunately, many will miss out on the heavenly banquet because of worldly concerns. Oh how

easily the world distracts us! Surely a new wife, a new field, a new tool, a new job, or things such as

these are worthy excuses to miss out on the kingdom or from doing our duty. But no, when God calls,

no excuse will do. Indeed, any excuse offered will only offend the host.

When I was a boy and my mother called, I ran home. I feared the displeasure of my mother, and I

knew that no excuse at all would satisfy her if I lolly gagged around. She did not care if I was in the

middle of pick-up game of baseball, she did not care if we were riding bikes, she did not care if we

were climbing trees or kicking ant hills. When she called, I was to come home, and if I didn’t, I would

suffer the consequences. How much more then should we come running when the Lord God calls us to

join Him in the kingdom?

Some will surely miss out on the pleasures of heaven because of worldly things, just as those in the

parable did. I wonder, though, if many of us aren’t missing out on the blessings of the kingdom right

now because of worldly entertainments? If only we would all live as if our first job and greatest

allegiance and biggest love were the will of God and the glory of His kingdom. If only we, as little

children, would heed the call of our heavenly Father to join Him in bringing His glory into this world

through gracious ministries. Are you listening for the call of God in your life? Has He asked you to

join Him in making preparations for a heavenly banquet? We have the unique privilege, as Christians,

to invite others to be guests at our Father’s table. Call them home. Join with the Father and call His

children home.

“Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and

lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And

the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that

my house may be filled” (Lk. 14:21-23).

Announcements:

Men’s Rafting trip – The men are taking a rafting trip on Saturday, August 22. A $15 deposit is due

THIS Sunday. See Matt Colvin if you want to go.

Ladies Fellowship – Our monthly Ladies fellowship is moved from Tuesday night, August 11 to

THURSDAY night, August 13. The theme is Mexican so bring Mexican food. The food, fun and

fellowship will start at 6pm at the Plaza.

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.

Registration is open. 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

Church Softball – Come cheer for the Men’s Softball team. Monday night, August 10 at 7pm and

8pm and Tuesday night, August 11 at 7pm.

Mission Giving – Brad and Drew are going to Nicaragua August 15-22. Please pray for them and

for their trip. Please prayerfully consider how much you can give to help them go. Any money over

their cost will go into a missions fund to help others in our church go on future mission trips.

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

Prayer Requests:

Drew Dixon’s grandfather passed away on Monday. Please pray for Drew and Jennifer as they are

traveling to Oklahoma on Wednesday. The funeral is on Thursday. Please pray for Drew’s family

during this time.

Pray for Charlie Nash Foley. He is the 5 month old son of a coworker of Ron Champion. He has a

heart defect that is being repaired this next week in Boston. The baby will have a 7 hour surgery in

which he is on a heart bypass machine. He will remain on the machine for several months for

recovery.

Pray for Regina Gregg’s family: her Dad, Leeroy Malone who is recovering from lap band surgery.

Pray for her nephew, Hunter Pointer, who is 14 dealing with many health issues. 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 pray for Eric Hixon. He will be traveling to and preaching at the following places this week:

Wednesday Evening -- FBC Medina, TN

Saturday Night -- Men's Conference, Chula, GA

Sunday Morning & Evening -- All-Family Revival, Macedonia Baptist, Chula, GA

Volunteers for this week:

1’s and 2’s – Robert and Ellen Sims

3’s and 4’s – Steve Hellums and Todd Gregg

Food – Rory Colvin – sweet

Leslie Godwin - salty

Sunday Stats – August 2, 2009:

Attendance: Worship Service - 77

Offering : B udget - $4,140.00

New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com

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

Sunday:

9:30am - Statement of Faith Class

10:30am - Worship Service

6:00pm – Community Groups

Wednesday:

6:00pm – Children’s Activities

6:00pm – Student Activities

6:15pm – 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.

July 29, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 29

A Word from our Family Pastor: Drew Dixon

23 And Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say

to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much

fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone

serves me, the Father will honor him. –John 12:23-25

This last Sunday reminded me of what the Lord told the prophet Jeremiah about His Word, “is not my

word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah

23:29). I was reminded of this verse because Brad preached a very convicting sermon. In all honesty,

it was not an easy sermon to hear. It brought to light my selfishness, my love for this world, and my

lack of zeal for Christ. I am thankful that our pastor preaches the Word. Brad’s sermon on John 12

Sunday brought conviction not so much because of the way that Brad preached it. Rather, the sermon

brought conviction because it was honest and laid forth clearly the Word of God so that I had to deal

with it and address my heart in light of it.

It’s easy for the Christian life to become routine. We go to Sunday school, church, community groups,

Wednesday night Bible study, we have a few quiet times and we have done our Christian duty for the

week. The problem with such a routine is that such a routine
can be approached apart from the work

of the Holy Spirit. Don’t get me wrong, I hope you all come to church and hope you all practice

having a quiet time, but my point is that those things can be approached without any real heart-work

taking place.

So what do we need to begin to grow beyond the routine and into real, life-altering relationship with

God? How do we get to the point where we can actually say with Jesus that we “hate our lives in this

world”?

I think it begins with the Word of God that shatters the rock into pieces (Jer. 23:29) and the power of

the Holy Spirit which makes dead hearts come alive (Eph. 2:1-4). Certainly we are incapable of

succeeding in the Christian life in our own power. Much of what we are learning in Sunday School

and Community groups would confirm this. But we do play a part don’t we? But how?

I think it begins with what Brad encouraged us to do this week—“put sin to death.” How can you

begin to grow more into the man or woman God would have you to be? How can you begin to grow in

love for Christ and hatred for the world? We can begin by putting sin to death (Rom. 8:13) and

making “no provision for the flesh” (Rom. 13:14).

To put it more precisely, spiritual growth in each of our lives is going to take some sacrifice—it is

going to take some radical initiative. Though we must seek to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit,

we must never neglect to feel the weight of the radical life the Bible calls us to. Jesus tells us crazy

things like if your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off

(Matt. 5:29-30)! In other words, the Bible calls us to a “do-whatever-it-takes” attitude about the sin in

our lives.

If you are honest with yourself before God, you know what sins are most destructive in your life right

now and you probably know what radical steps you could take to put them to death. If you do, Christ

offers you life and joy eternal! This life is but a vapor, it will be gone in an instant. Taking radical

action against the sin in your life might be costly, in fact it might cost you your life. But the

consequences for loving this life are far greater. Let’s pray that we would not make any provision for

the flesh but instead we would make war against it. The consequences in this life may be great, but

they will not be worth comparing with the reward and joy we will find in the life to come!

Sincerely,

Drew Dixon

Announcements:

Prayer for Students – The students are leaving today, Wednesday, at 5:00 P.M to go on our No

Confidence Retreat (Phil. 3:3) in Atlanta. They will be returning Friday evening, July 31. Pray for

them that they will have a safe trip and that the Lord do a mighty work.

Church Softball – The men of NCBC are 4-1! Congratulations! Pray for attitudes and for health. If

you want to come watch, the men are playing next Monday night, August 3 at 8pm and 9pm on the

Gray field and on Tuesday night, August 4 at 6pm and 7pm on the Blue field.

Mission Giving – Brad and Drew are going to Nicaragua August 15-22. Please pray for them and

for their trip. Please prayerfully consider how much you can give to help them go. Any money over

their cost will go into a missions fund to help others in our church go on future mission trips.

Prayer Requests:

Pray for Charlie Nash Foley. He is the 5 month old son of a coworker of Ron Champion. He has a

heart defect that is being repaired this next week in Boston. The baby will have a 7 hour surgery in

which he is on a heart bypass machine. He will remain on the machine for several months for

recovery.

Pray for Regina Gregg’s family: her Dad, Leeroy Malone who is recovering from lap band surgery.

Pray for her nephew, Hunter Pointer, who is 14 dealing with many health issues. 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.

Volunteers for this week:

1’s and 2’s – Lisa Spence and Chris Knight

3’s and 4’s – Matt Colvin and Haley Coy

Food – Ashley Quarles – sweet

Jennifer Dixon - salty

Sunday Stats – July 26, 2009:

Attendance: Worship Service - 59

Offering: Budget - $2,550.00

Missions - $750.00

New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com

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

Sunday:

9:30am - Statement of Faith Class

10:30am - Worship Service

6:00pm – Community Groups

Wednesday:

6:00pm – Children’s Activities

6:00pm – Student Activities

6:15pm – 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.

 

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