WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP?
Cape Neddick Baptist Church
For What Shall We Live?
On this Memorial Day, and every day, we need to ask ourselves: for what shall we live? How are we doing at fulfilling not just the ideals of our American forefathers but those universal values set in place by the One who made us in His image, who sent His only begotten Son to secure our salvation, the One who “created us in Him to do good works?”
Let us not allow this Memorial Day to pass by seeing it only as a day that marks the beginning of summer, a day off, a day to barbecue. May our use of the day include an honoring of those who, with their lives, have purchased our freedoms. Not only the soldiers who gave their lives on fields of battle, not only the frontline workers who have died in their service to others, but our Savior Jesus Christ who gave all on the cross that we might have freedom from sin, death and Satan.
Take some time in silence today at 3, offering prayer for those who are in harm’s way around the world, giving thanks for those who have sacrificed all that we might be free, and opening ourselves to a word from the Lord about what call He might be placing on our lives at this very moment. Click on the image above for the transcript of Pastor Donna's message for Memorial Day 2020, based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Romans 5:7-8.
He Knows No Fear; Fear Nothing for He is With You
[Click on the button above for the pastor's audio recording of "He Knows No Fear; Fear Nothing While He Is With You."]
It is very strange for our building here in Cape Neddick to stand empty, but the church is its people, and the people continue to be the church outside of the building’s walls. We are reminded in Acts, chapter 24 that:
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything. Rather, He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’
I thought, in this entry, I might do something a bit different. Rather than sharing a sermon, I’ve decided to bring together some of the devotional messages, from sundry sources, that have been ministering to me over these days of physical distancing. For more, turn to the audio which is accessed via the button at the head of this entry.
“Then go inside and shut the door”—2 Kings 4:4
They were to be alone with God, for they were not dealing with the laws of nature, nor human government, nor the church, nor the priesthood, nor even with the great prophet of God, but they must needs be isolated from all creatures, from all leaning circumstances, from all props of human reason, and swung off, as it were, into the vast blue inter-stellar space, hanging on God alone, in touch with the fountain of miracles. Here is a part in the program of God's dealings, a secret chamber of isolation in prayer and faith which every soul must enter that is very fruitful. There are times and places where God will form a mysterious wall around us, and cut away all props, and all the ordinary ways of doing things, and shut us up to something Divine, which is utterly new and unexpected, something that old circumstances do not fit into, where we do not know just what will happen, where God is cutting the cloth of our lives on a new pattern, where He makes us look to Himself.
--Adapted from Streams in the Desert
Do It Today
The question that must be asked is really this: do we consciously place all our plans and hopes under the lordship of Christ, recognizing that He is the One who will either prosper or bring those plans to grief? Or are we more like the people, cited in James 4:13, who think that they, rather than God, are in the driver’s seat?
How much and what kind of control do you think you have over your future? Do you think about your own mortality and what the Lord would have you accomplish in the time that’s been allotted to you? Do you do the good you know you could do? Do you look to each day and to your future with your focus primarily on what you can get or on what you can give, on what the Lord might want you to do or on what you want you to do? If you greet each new day as a treasure house to be invested wisely, the progression from Sunday to Saturday turns into an exciting and exhilarating experience. By the same token, if you do not use time wisely, it will end up using you. Click on the image above for the transcript and audio of Pastor Donna's message for May 24, based on James 4:13-17.
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You fear you won't make it through. We all do. We fear that the depression will never lift, the yelling will never stop, the pain will never leave. In the pits, surrounded by steep walls and aching reminders, we wonder: Will this gray sky ever brighten? This load ever lighten?
In this six-session small group Bible study, pastor and New York Times best-selling author, Max Lucado offers refreshing assurance. Max reminds participants God doesn't promise that getting through trials will be quick or painless. It wasn't for Joseph—tossed in a pit by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongfully imprisoned, forgotten and dismissed. But his Old Testament story is in the Bible for this reason: to teach us to trust God to trump evil. Max explores the story of Joseph and the truth of Genesis 50:20. What Satan intends for evil, God redeems for good. Click on the book to be linked to the study.
From talented composer and musician
Valerie Crescenz—comes a song—PERSEVERE--
to bless us in this time of unsettledness.
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For those of us who have served as apologists and evangelists for the Christian faith, Ravi Zacharias was a special champion. I think my friend, Clayton Ford, put it best in saying Ravi is this "even more so now as he has overcome the final enemy, death, to take his place of victory around the throne of his Master. Ravi, thanks so much for inspiring and encouraging...[us]. "Your words of wisdom and life greatly encouraged and emboldened [others] to stand up and make a difference for Christ....You leave behind an enormous hole to fill. Thank you for your amazing service and legacy. You have touched millions. God bless you, dear brother. Until we meet again."
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