Morning Message Added _April 04, 2020

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Message Added April 04, 2020

The message has been added for this morning to the Sermons Page, as well as uploaded as video to YouTube. Please be blessed today! Stay healthy and stay safe.


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Comfort and Change Sunday March 29, 2020

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Be Encouraged Wednesday

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Church Events March 22, 2020

All activities at the church have been cancelled through April 6th. We will revisit at that time. Sermons are being posted online. Please keep up with our church family through calls, letters, and other forms of communication.
CancelledMar 27 – Widow’s Bible Study – 2 pm @ In the Choir Room
CancelledMar 27 – Potato Peeling & Fellowship – 3 pm
CancelledMar 28 – Spring Stew – ready 11 am!! $6/Quart
CancelledApr 2 – BBA Spring Meeting – 5 pm – North Roxboro Baptist
CancelledApr 4 – Easter Egg Hunt – 1 pm
Apr 12 – Easter Sunday! Communion Sunday!
May 2 – Praying for Revival – 6 pm
May 3-6 – Revival!! Brad Wesley to speak.
May 16 – BBA Revitalization Breakfast – Dr. Chuck Lawless speaker – breakfast 7:30 am
May 23 – OLB Car Show – 9 am
July 12-16 – Vacation Bible School – we need teachers!
Sep 13 – 4th Annual Fellowship Sunday
Sep 14 & 15 – Ark Trip to Kentucky!!

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Opportunities of This Moment Message

March 22, 2020 Message from Old Lea Bethel Baptist Church
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Message Added March 22, 2020

The message for this morning has been added to the Sermons page. I plan to also place a video on YouTube later this morning. I hope you find this message encouraging.

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Blessings to Count

We have so many blessings to count.

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Prayers for the Church and the Pastor

Yesterday, I gathered with a group of pastors. All were working through the challenge of what to do in the face of this virus. Based on very limited and, quite frankly, disappointing information, recommendations and decisions must be made. These decisions must balance the spiritual health of the church with the physical health of the church. Love considers both.

Prayer, more prayer, and then more prayer goes into every decision. Knee time replaces me time. Listening carefully to the Holy Spirit and discerning the Will of God takes silence and concentration. Every pastor in that group is concentrating on the Will of God, while hearing the direction of the civil authorities.

Make no mistake, the Bible is clear. We are subject to government authority. Romans 13:1-2 makes this very clear. Unless being forced to worship another god or reject God’s teachings, we are to be in obedience.

Likewise, we must remember that the church is not the building or the gathering on Sunday morning. The church is the people. Church happens wherever two or more are gathered in God’s name. Church can happen as easy in a cornfield as it can in the sanctuary.

Yesterday, I had several people suggest that pastors must “love the days off” from the church. I was disappointed. The pastor is working to talk with the scared, minister to the sick, contact the lonely, answer the questions of the seeking, and leading in decisions for the church the likes of which I have never imagined. Never could I have predicted emergency orders, executive orders, food shortages, and questions around worship gatherings.

Pray for your pastor. Pray that he have no pride, but be humble before God and seek His face in every decision. Pray for the leadership of the church to seek God’s wisdom in every decision. Pray for each member of the church to lay aside opinion and seek God’s answer in His word. None of the answers are easy.

Be blessed. Be safe. Be prayerful. Be thoughtful. Be selfless. Be kind. Be alert to the needs of others. No, the pastor isn’t just taking a day off. He is wrestling with very hard decisions. Pray that the Lord of all will speak to the pastor He chose to lead.

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National Day of Prayer Today

Both the Southern Baptist Convention and the President have declared today as a National Day of Prayer. Please pray with the following in mind:

Ask God, in His mercy, to stop this pandemic and save lives—not only in our communities but around the world, particularly in places that are unequipped medically to deal with the virus.

Pray for President Donald Trump and all government leaders—international, federal, state, and local—to have the wisdom to direct us in the best courses of action for prevention and care.

Scripture says—teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. Pray that the Lord will give us wisdom in this moment of fear as the foundations of what we know are shaken, that others would realize how fragile life is and how real eternity is, and they would see their need to turn to God.

Ask God to protect our missionaries, their families around the globe, and all Christians in all countries, and to use this global crisis to advance His Good News to the whole world.

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