“Coming Alive In 2005!”
Greetings in the wonderful and precious Name of Jesus! It is so good to be back with all of you and to speak to you again. Thanks for all the prayers for me and my family as we took our trip to Oregon. I know that many of you were praying for me, first, because you told me that you would, and secondly, because I learned how to snowboard, and I took some pretty bad spills and didn’t break anything! Wow, isn’t the Lord good even when we don’t use any common sense? Now, I guess I better get to what I need to talk to you about.
I am so excited about the year 2005! I believe that this will be a breakthrough year for Immanuel Baptist Church. We have so many exciting things planned. We have MHS (Monday Home Security) on Monday nights. Sunday nights we have a new series “Living the Lord’s Prayer”. On Wednesday nights we have a great menu and a powerful Prayer Meeting. And on Sunday mornings we have a new sermon series “Coming Alive in 2005”, which began last Sunday.
The youth have started a new Bible Study entitled “Spiritual Warfares”. There are Sunday Night Youth Fellowships each Sunday following the evening service. Upcoming events are the Chilipepper Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN, in January; a Ski Trip to Winterplace, W. Virginia, in February; and a Citywide Youth Rally to be held at Immanuel during the month of February.
Also, we have a Sunday School which is second to none. It is full of friendly people who are excited to see you, and our teachers study and prepare, using the best Sunday School curriculum to teach a super Sunday School lesson. And on February 6, 2005, we are going to have our SUPER SONDAY CELEBRATION! I also want you to keep your eyes open because starting this month you will begin to see billboards around town promoting “Immanuel Baptist Church”. Also in the newspaper you will soon see a wonderful article on one of our super staff members that will help promote the magnificent ministries of Immanuel. I am so EXCITED!!!!
I am so excited about the days ahead. I believe the Lord gave me the message series “Coming Alive in 2005”, as I could just picture like Ezekiel that I would see this church come alive this year. God asked Ezekiel a question “CAN THESE BONES LIVE?” Now remember they are dead, dry, decaying bones. Ezekiel’s response: "O Lord GOD, You know." Yes, God does know if these bones will come alive. There will be no life for these dead and dry bones unless God decides to move. As revealed to Ezekiel, God wants to move. He wants to give life where there has been death.
God has chosen to use His people in His plan and purpose. It would seem that whenever God has a job to do, He chooses His people to do it. For every Pharaoh there is a Moses. For every Goliath there is a David. For every Ahab there is an Elijah. For Jehoiakim who wants to cut up the Word of God and burn it in a fire there is a Jeremiah. For every Herod there is a John the Baptist. For every Emperor there is an Apostle Paul.
God can make the world out of nothing. If He spoke the sun, moon, and stars into existence and set them in their place; if this God can part the Red Sea; if He can provide food and water for over two million people every day in the wilderness; if He can take five loaves and two fishes and multiply it to feed five thousand men and their families, then I think that this God can make the dead bones live. There is hope for the church. These Bones Shall Live! Coming Alive in 2005!
In the Wonderful Name of Jesus,
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Christian sympathy is extended to Mike and Harriet Evans upon the death of her father, Mike Rhodes; to Gina Altman and Jada Gandy upon the death of their grandfather, Mike Rhodes, to Lauren and Lindsey Thompson upon the death of their great-grandfather, Mike Rhodes; and to Betty Denham upon the death of her sister-in-law, Lillar Parker.
Thanks to all who made contributions for the Prisoners Packs. It was with your help we made our goal of sixty (60) packs. Thank you again for your support of this mission project.
06 - Mrs. Edna McNeill
07 - Mr. Henry Cash, Mrs. Virginia Harbin
09 - Mr. James Gregory
11 - Mrs. Catherine Deas
12 - Mr. Jamie Ivey, Miss Morgan VanHouten
13 - Mr. Jim Allen, Mr. Tom Pittman, Mrs. Susan Lynch
14 - Mrs. Louise O’Connor
15 - Mrs. Macie Childers, Mrs. Abby P. Wallace
17 - Mr. Richard Gregory
18 - Mrs. Betty Jo Johnson, Mr. Jim Childers, Mr. Bernie Thornton
21 - Mrs. Tara T. McKenzie
26 - Mr. Randy Thames
27 - Miss Allison, Mrs. Virginia Cox
28 - Mr. Randy Rogers
30 - Mrs. Denise Hughes