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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

1:1-2)

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

others?

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.

Sincerely,

Drew

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.

Prayer Requests:

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

her.

Pray for those with cancer: Linda Duran.

M.U.D. Ministries:

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 Spence

Food - 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

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.

August 18, 2009 Volume 2 – Issue 32

A Devotion from Lisa Spence:

During this last community group session, we leaders in the children’s department enjoyed the unique

privilege of teaching, among other things, the sacrificial system outlined in Leviticus. Yes, Leviticus.

You know you’re in for interesting lesson when the curriculum instructs you to “Read portions of

Leviticus 11-16.” To five and six year olds, mind you. We (the teachers) joked among ourselves last

Sunday night that we need tee shirts: WE SURVIVED LEVITICUS. We think we deserve it.

This past Sunday night’s lesson, however, marked a departure from Leviticus and a return to the

struggles of the Israelites and their 40-year sojourn in the wilderness. We learned about the people

grumbling and whining despite the Lord’s gracious provision of manna. “If only we had meat to eat!”

they cried. Well, the Lord gave them meat to eat all right, quail and plenty of ‘em, but only after His

righteous anger “blazed hotly.” In fact, Numbers 11:1 tells us of the fire of the Lord’s wrath

consuming parts of the camp because of the people’s complaints.

The Israelites’ grumbling and complaining were sins before God. They were not only ungrateful for

the manna He provided every morning; they were resentful. By wishing for something else, something

other than what He had given, they were rebelling against His provision and accusing Him of neglect.

They wished for what they thought was better than what God had given. Ultimately, they esteemed

meat as greater than the Lord God Himself. His punishment was just and right.

I’m no better than the Israelites. I do my fair share of complaining and whining (teaching Leviticus

notwithstanding). I too cry out in frustration and resentment: “if only ______!” Most of my “if only’s”

are a wish, a longing, a discontent and dissatisfaction with what the Lord has granted for me this

season. Some of my “if only’s” are regrets couched in crippling shame and weighty condemnation over

past sins and failures.

Both “if only’s” are sin.

Looking for satisfaction in something other than Christ exalts that “something” over Christ—the very

definition of idolatry. And wallowing in the guilt of sins confessed and repented belittles the cross and

the redemption purchased with the precious blood of Christ.

What’s on the other side of your “if only”? What are you longing for? Where are you grumbling and

complaining and wishing for something else? Look to Christ and find in Him the only true satisfaction.

Cry out to Him, no longer in resentment, but in a humble desire for Him alone. What shame are you

harboring? What regrets weigh you down? Confess and repent of your sin and rejoice that through

Christ you are forgiven and clean! His mercies are new every morning; great is His faithfulness!

Instead of grumbling and complaining like those grouchy Israelites, may our petulant “if only’s” be

laid aside and may we instead boast: “only Christ!”

In Christ alone,

Lisa Spence

Announcements:

Men’s Rafting trip – The men are taking a rafting trip on Saturday, August 22. See Matt Colvin if

you want to go.

Sunday Night Services – Community Groups are over for this cycle. The next two weeks (August

23 and 30) we will have regular Sunday night services. The next week, 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.

Church Softball – Come cheer for the Men’s Softball team. They have a game tonight, Tuesday at

9pm and next Monday night, August 25th, they will play their last game at 6pm.

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

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

Youth Announcements:

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 $.

Drew would like to resume having Student night in the home of a family of our church on the first

Wednesday of every month. Please let him know if you would be interested in hosting a student

Bible study one Wednesday night. He would like to begin with the first Wednesday in September

which is the 2nd. Let him know which first Wednesday you would be available to host a Student

Bible study.

Wednesday, August 26, we would like to invite all of our 7th graders to join us for Student

Night. Drew will be in Nicaragua next week, so we will welcome the 7th graders to the Student

Ministry Wednesday, August 26. We will have cake and ice cream to celebrate!

Prayer Requests:

Pray for Caroline Godwin who is having tubes put in her ears and her adenoids removed today,

Tuesday. Also, please pray that her hearing loss (right ear) will be improved as a result of the

tubes. They are not sure if the hearing loss is due to excessive fluid in her ear or if it occurs

naturally.

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 the Gregg’s family: her Dad, Leeroy Malone who is recovering from lap band 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

her.

Pray for those with cancer: Linda Duran.

M.U.D. Ministries:

Please pray for Brad, Drew and Eric as they are in Nicaragua. Pray for the pastors that they are

ministering to. Pray that the gospel will be preached. Pray that as the visit towns and orphanages that

lies will be touch with Christ. They will return on Saturday, August 22.

Volunteers for this week, August 16:

1’s and 2’s – Randy Spence/Ashley Ham

3’s and 4’s – Amber Knight/Amy Williams

Food - Amy Williams – sweet

Cindy Ham– salty

Birthdays – August 23-29:

Tuesday, August 25 – Holden Gregg

Last Sunday Stats – August 16, 2009:

Attendance: Worship Service - 83

Offering: Budget - $ 3,200.00

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.

 

Contact the church office :  (256) 849 2454