August 26, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 33
A Word from our Family Pastor:
Do You Hate Sin?
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the
seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm
Last week’s trip to Nicaragua was a great trip but it was also very difficult. It was a great trip because
we were able to do much to encourage pastors and lay people in several churches and because we
shared the gospel with many lost people and saw a number come to faith in Christ. It was difficult
because of the sin that we saw on display.
The poverty on display in Nicaragua is staggering. This poverty is the result of sin. Perhaps we don’t
often think of poverty in that way. The poverty of those who live in Nicaragua can be traced back to
many different sources, but all these sources have ties in sin. The government has made false promises
to many families and these lies lead to poverty. Fathers have abandoned their families and left them
with nothing. Perhaps some are unwilling to work and instead are hoping for a handout. At root of all
these things is selfishness which is sin. Whether it is their sin or the sin of others, all poverty is the
result of sin.
Perhaps more than anything else, going to Nicaragua stoked my hatred for sin. The vast majority of
those we ministered to last week will never fully escape the grips of the poverty they live in, but that
doesn’t mean they will all live wasted lives. Jesus confirms this when he says, “take care, and be on
your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions”
(Luke 12:15). And “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3).
People in Nicaragua live in a world harshly scarred by sin’s deep wounds. These wounds are visible to
the spiritually discerning who see Satan and the flesh at work in the broken families, the abandoned
children, and the deep poverty. Though perhaps we don’t see it as clearly as when we travel to a
country like Nicaragua, we too live in a country deeply scarred by sin. The way sin has scarred our
country may look different in some ways but its no less destructive to our souls. Over indulgence,
greed, and selfishness have left our country ravaged by broken families, drug addiction, and depression.
Have you ever wondered why so many in our country are suffering from depression? Could it be that
we are a people seeking satisfaction in all the wrong places? Those who have depression need help
and I am not saying that it is not a real problem, but will anyone ever find true hope and true joy apart
from Christ (1 Cor. 15:19; Psalm 16:11; 1 Peter 1:8-9)?
Do you hate sin? Do you hate what sin does to you? Do you hate what it does to your family? Do
you hate what it does to your children? Do you hate what it does to the children and families in
Nicaragua? Do you love Christ?
If you hate sin, you will want to fight it. You will want to fight it by repenting of our own personal sin,
seeking accountability, and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, you will want to fight
it by telling people about how deadly it is (Romans 6:23). If you love Christ and hate sin, you will
warn others (Jude 1:23) of the effects of sin—namely death and Hell.
The great need of those in Nicaragua is not more stuff. Certainly they have physical needs and we as
Christians are called to help fill them (James 1:27) but more than that, people in Nicaragua, just like
people in the USA, desperately need Christ more than anything else. Most of the people living in
Nicaragua will always be poor in this world, but those who trust Christ will be phenomenally rich in
Him. Everyone’s deepest need is to know Christ, otherwise they remain dead in sin. If you know
Christ you possess the greatest gift imaginable—why not share it freely to the eternal hope and joy of
Those who are truly rich or as the Psalmist says, those who are “blessed” are those who give no ear to
the world but “delight . . . in the law of the LORD.” I don’t know exactly where you are spiritually,
but let’s begin to pray that the LORD would make us to love Him so much that we hate sin enough to
do something about it.
Announcements:• Sunday Night Services – Community Groups are over for this cycle. This coming Sunday, August
30, we will have a regular Sunday night service. The next weekend, Labor Day will be our off
week and there will be no services that Sunday night. Our Family meeting is scheduled for
September 13. If you would like to volunteer your home for the next set of Community groups,
please let us know. Also, sign up for the next set of community groups on the back table in the
church.• Ladies Bible Study will resume in September. The study is Hoping for Something Better by Nancy
Guthrie. Lisa Spence will lead the morning group on Wednesdays at 8:45am. The night group time
and day is still to be determined. If you are interested in facilitating this study on a weeknight or if
you want to sign up, please see Lisa Spence or Amy Williams.• 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• Ladies Fellowship – Tuesday, September 8 at 6pm at the home of Rory Colvin. The theme is
Italian, so bring Italian food.
• Track Ministry – If you would like to help with the Track Ministry, please see Ron Champion.
Youth Announcements:• Tonight, Wednesday, August 26, we would like to invite all of our 7th graders to join us for
Student Night. We will have cake and ice cream to celebrate!• The youth will be going to the Don't Waste Your Life Concert in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, August
29. The concert features Lecrae, Tedashi, Trip Lee, Flame, and more. The concert starts at 7:00
P.M., but we will leave Albertville around 1:00 P.M. in order to eat dinner in Atlanta before the
concert. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door, let Drew know ASAP if you want to go so
he can order you a ticket in advance and save some $.• The youth will meet at the Coy's house for student Bible study on the first Wednesday of
September, which is Sep. 2. We will meet there at 5:45 to give parents time to drop off their
student then head to church.
• Pray for Gloria Childress’ brother, James Pierce, who is in kidney failure.
• Pray for Penny Roney, Steve Hellums’ sister. She has a tumor on her pituitary gland.• Pray for Kim Hellums’ mother, who suffered some burns while canning. She is in a great deal of
pain.• Pray for Charlie Nash Foley. He is the 5 month old son of a coworker of Ron Champion. Pray for
him as he is recovering from surgery.• 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
• Pray for those with cancer: Linda Duran.
Eric Hixon will be having an Outdoor Extravaganza in Southside, near Gadsden, at Lakeside Baptist
Church on Saturday and he will be preaching a Revival there Sunday through Wednesday. If anyone
would like to go one night, services begin at 7 PM Monday through Wednesday night.
Volunteers for this week:
1’s and 2’s – Lisa Spence and Chris Knight
3’s and 4’s – Ashley Quarles/Nathan SpenceFood - Janice Gray – sweet
Ellen Sims– salty
Birthdays – August 30 - September 5:
Friday, September 4 – Lisa Spence
Saturday, September 5 – Amy Williams
Last Sunday Stats – August 23, 2009:
Attendance: Worship Service - 66
Offering: Budget - $ 1,760.00
New Covenant Baptist Church – www.DiscoverNewCovenant.com
104 W. Alabama Avenue, Suite A - Albertville, AL 35950
9:30am - Statement of Faith Class
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
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.