Father God, we lift up the men of this church to be the husbands, fathers, grandfathers, uncles and brothers that You call us to be. We lift up the women of the church to be the wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters that You call us to be. We need You, Jesus. In Your Name, Amen.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
Wednesday, October 5 , 6:30pm – Bible study
Saturday, October 8, 10:00am – Men’s Prayer Breakfast
All the men of Shoal Creek Baptist Church are invited to join us at the church for the monthly men’s prayer breakfast. During this time we will share breakfast, pray together as a group, and have a time of Bible study.
Sunday, October 9, 9:45am – Adult Sunday School
Sunday, October 9, 6:00pm – No Sweat Evangelism
As a church, we are committed to seeing people come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. We are committed to fulfilling the Great Commission by making disciples and teaching them all that Christ has commanded (see Matthew 28:16-20). We encourage you to join us for a special night of evangelism training called No Sweat Evangelism. Bro. Steve Foster, an Evangelism Consultant with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, will be joining us to lead us through this special session.
You can now view upcoming events and important dates on our website at https://cometothecreek.com/events/. For a quick list of dates, you can access the Events List at https://cometothecreek.com/events/list/.
NOTE: If you have an announcement, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon on Monday. Thank you.
The Days of Elijah
For the past three weeks we’ve been looking at the life and the ministry of the Prophet Elijah. If you’ve missed one of the weeks, you can go back and catch up at https://www.facebook.com/cometothecreek/live.
I must confess, the story of Elijah resonates with me on many levels. In the life of this courageous prophet, I see seasons where God is so close that Elijah can’t help but feel Him. I also see moments of despair and dark depression. I see times where God moves in power and other times where God is seemingly absent, distant, or He acts in an unexpected way. I think it is important to note that I said that God was “seemingly absent.” Why the distinction? The Scripture promises us that in Christ that God will never leave us or forsake us and nothing in all creation can separate us from His love (see Deuteronomy 31:6, Romans 8:38-39, and Hebrews 13:5).
So… even when God seems distant, absent, or His ways are confusing to us, He is still keeping His promises and we can trust Him. I don’t know what you are facing today, but I do know my God is able to do abundantly more than all we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21). I don’t know the problems you are facing, but I do know you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13). I don’t know what types of uncertainty or changes you are facing, but I do know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). What’s the point? You can trust God. You can always trust God. You can keep trusting God.
Last week we looked at an incredible moment in the ministry of Elijah as God showed up in power on Mt. Carmel (read 1 Kings 18). On this mountain top experience, Elijah saw God respond to his prayer immediately, completely, and extravagantly. Just a few short verses later, everything seems to change for Elijah. After this mountain top experience where God’s power was on display for all to see and Elijah was vindicated as God’s prophet, we see Elijah enter into a deep, dark depression. The point is simple: the same God of the mountain top is the God of the valley. God can be trusted in the good times and He can be trusted in the hard times.
As your pastor and brother in Christ my heart for you is to be an overcomer. Don’t forget that He (the Holy Spirit) who dwells within you is greater than he (Satan) that dwells in the world (1 John 4:4). Don’t stop holding onto the truth that Jesus spoke as recorded in John 16:33 – I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Please make plans to join us this Sunday as we continue in week 4 of The Days of Elijah. As God permits, I will talk about a very real, very urgent, and very sensitive topic that is impacting the church of the 21st century: despair, depression, and suicide.
As we discussed at conference in September, we are beginning a new partnership with the Campus Ministry team at Reinhardt. This Adopt-a-student program is designed to connect college students to families within our church. This program will be a way for families in the church to connect, disciple, encourage, and support students during the school year. Currently we have 7 students that have signed up to participate in the Adopt-a-student program.
When you sign up to adopt a student, you will be provided with a student profile that includes the students name, contact details (phone and email), current year at Reinhardt, their major, activities they are engaged with on campus, their favorite snack, favorite fast food restaurant, ways the student says are helpful to engage with them, and their favorite hobby. You will then be encouraged to reach out to the student, introduce yourself, and find ways to get to know and support them.
If you are interested in sponsoring a family, please contact Pastor Daniel at email@example.com. More details and suggestions on how to engage with the students will be provided when you sign up to adopt the student.
We are incredibly excited about our partnership with Operation Christmas Child and the 300 shoeboxes we are packing as a church this year! On average it takes about 10 items to fill each box. These items aren’t a random collection of gifts but a carefully selected assortment of items like personal hygiene items, school supplies, toys, and other fun gifts.
For the month of October we are collecting:
30-Sewing kits (Dollar Tree – $1.25)
50- Fishing kits (hooks, line and bobbers in medicine bottles or something compact)
Toys (Barbie dolls, tennis balls, dominoes, play doh, deflated soccer balls with needle and pump). We CANNOT have any army men, camo, liquid items (like bubbles), no weapons (play knives, guns) or candy in the shoeboxes
You can drop off your items in the fellowship hall in our special OCC drop-off bin. Get in touch with Amber if you have any questions.
We believe in the power of prayer. How can we pray for you?
Please visit https://cometothecreek.com/contact/ to submit your prayer request. You can also submit your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In His Service,
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ...(2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV)