It has been a wonderful year at BCC! I didn’t say an “easy” year, but a wonderful year! God has been so good to us hasn’t He? He has been so faithful through each of the trials and struggles that we have faced as a church, as families, and as individuals during the past year. He has also blessed with abundant joy as we have shared in the birth of new babies, glorious weddings, and folks coming to know the joy of the Lord for the first time in their life. God is good…all the time!
When we gathered together for worship at the beginning of 2007 we had no idea what the year would hold. Some of us never dreamed that we would face such intense struggles as the loss of a loved one, a health challenge like we had never faced before, the heartache of divorce, loss of a job, or a wayward child or spouse. For some of us, the storm has quieted and for others the struggle continues. Through it all God has shown Himself faithful. He has been faithful and He will forever remain faithful. Isn’t that good news!
As we gathered at the end of 2007 and prepared for a brand new year we face the same scenario that we did last year at this time. We have no idea what lies ahead for us in the new year, but we know that God is sovereign over anything and everything that we will have to confront in the new year. My prayer for each of us in this new year is that we will drink deeply of the sovereignty of God and allow this truth to comfort us each new day.
Sunday was such a wonderful day for us at BCC. The Lord continues to lead many new people to share with us in worship. On Sunday we welcomed three new members to BCC. Dan Smalley has been attending the Men’s Promise Keeper’s Bible study on Tuesday mornings for some time now. On Sunday morning Dan came forward to express his desire to unite with BCC and serve the Lord through our ministry. Dan is pictured with one of our Elders, Karen Douglas, and one of our Deacons, Cody Bridwell.
Cathy Jo Wicks has been teaching a Sunday night Bible study at BCC for several years now. Cathy Jo has also been a leader with Spiritual Fellowship on Sunday mornings. Most recently we have prayed for Cathy Jo as she learned that doctors discovered she had cancer. What a joy it was to report to all of you on Sunday morning that Cathy Jo is cancer free! It was also a joy to welcome Cathy Jo into the fellowship of BCC as she came forward to join us in serving Lord on Sunday morning.
We have several teachers from Western Village Academy who attend BCC. These teachers have a wonderful ministry to the children they teach and the families they minister to. One of our teachers brought a friend to BCC last week and on Sunday morning, Ladine Jeremiah, came forward to join BCC with her family. What a blessing it is to welcome all of you to BCC.
As we prepare to begin a New Year I want us to sit down and consider a few things before we take our place at the starting line. I want us to look back over the ground we?ve covered in the past year and ask the Lord to show us where He wants to change our course for the upcoming year. I want us to consider ?who? God is calling us to be for the New Year. I want us to consider ?what? He is calling us to in the New Year. I want us to consider ?how? we can know God?s will and then follow in faithfulness. I raise these questions because I believe that the time is now. We can?t sit around and wait for things to get better, we can?t wait for society to change so that we will be more acceptable to those around us, we can?t put God off until we feel like serving Him?the time is now.
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1 Kings 18:17-40”
We are here tonight to celebrate the Gift of Christmas. The One who was born as a Child, given as a Son, and is called the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.” For the past four weeks we have been studying God’s message of hope to a people and that were distressed, suffering anxiety about their enemies who were plotting and planning their demise, and who would face even more difficult days in the future. The atmosphere was thick with tension and fear and yet the prophet of God stood up and spoke, “Thus saith the Lord.” Listen once again to his comforting words of reassurance that God has not, nor will He ever forget and abandon His people. Isaiah writes,
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For the third straight weekend we are having bad weather. Wow! What a December! The last two weeks we’ve dropped our 8:30 am worship service, but tomorrow morning, December 23 we will go back to having both morning worship services with Sunday morning Bible study squeezed in between at 9:45 am.
I also want to remind you that our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will take place Monday, December 24, at 6:00 pm. Invite all of your buddies as join us for a wonderful celebration of Jesus’ birth!
In His Steps,
It has been a great semester for our Middle School and High School Youth Groups! We’ve played together, prayed together, laughed together, studied God’s Word together, and watched God work in some amazing ways! We’ve talked about the judgement of God while sitting in Judge Roger Stuart’s courtroom. We’ve talked about purity and holiness while riding in the nastiest church van on the planet on the way to the car wash. Who could forget Soulja Boy and his “posse” trying to drown us out!! ha! We’ve watched future Nascar stars like Amanda Curtis and Anthony “A-Train” Warner lead us around the track at Pole Position. I could go on and on, but let me just say that it has been an AWESOME semester for all of us, but especially me. It has been many years since I had the opportunity to serve as Youth Pastor, more than 17 years to be exact. I had almost forgotten how much fun it was. Thanks for welcoming me, accepting me, and helping Mike Curtis, Kenny Long, Brandon Geister, and me during this past semester.
This past Saturday night we had our final activity of 2007 and it was so much fun. We were supposed to travel to different houses for our Progressive Dinner, but because of the ice we “progressed” to the church and stayed put. I want to give a standing “O” to all of the parents who cooked all of our scrumptious food!! You make Rachel Ray blush with envy!
I had so much fun watching you guys play the Christmas Trivia games! Congratulations to Terran Alford, Mason Agnello, Jordan Mitchell, Kaely Jackson, and Amber Warner for winning the competition! I hope you will enjoy your all expenses paid trip to Disney World! (Just kidding!)
The funniest moment of the night was watching you in our “Santa Relay!” I had no idea how many cotton balls could stick to a face with Vaseline smeared all over it. I didn’t get hardly any pictures of the competition because I was laughing so hard I couldn’t hold the camera still. It was hilarious!!
The highlight of the night for me was watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and reading the Christmas story from Matthew 1 together. I hope that you will never forget that “Immanuel” means, “God is with us!” No matter what you go through in life–He will be with you. He has promised to never leave you, He will never forsake you. That is the gift I wanted to give you this Christmas. I promise you that if you will take that message to heart it will be a gift that will outlast any other gift you get this Christmas.
I’m looking forward to the New Year. I want to encourage you to invite your friends to join us on Sunday evenings at 5 pm beginning in January. Merry Christmas!
In His Steps,
Christmas is quickly approaching and I wanted to encourage you to put our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Monday, December 24, at 6 pm on your calendar. Invite your friends and family members to join us as we get together to celebrate the gift of God’s Son.
It was worth the wait! Our choir was supposed to present their Christmas Concert last Sunday, but it was put on “ice,” literally, for a week. Boy was it worth the wait! I want to thank all of those who had anything to do with the Christmas Concert that took place during morning worship this morning. You were unbelievable, all of you! The Lord used you to touch our hearts and remind us that Jesus is the greatest gift of all.
Each of the soloist were amazing! The candlelight section of the concert was so powerful as Amaya Stevenson led us in singing “This Little Light of Mine.” The crazy characters and dancers who sang, “Christmas Through The Decades” caused an uproar that could be heard all over town. Jahruba and the kids painted a picture of “The Little Drummer Boy” like no one else. It was a morning that we will always remember! Thanks a million.
I also want to thank my wife, Connie, for the countless hours she has spent in listening to hundreds of Christmas songs to find the right ones for this year’s Christmas Concert. The Lord has given you a very special gift to be able to bring together such a diverse group of people to make a joyful noise that inspires all of us and honors the name of our King. Thanks Connie!
One more thing. I want to invite all of you to join us on Christmas Eve at 6:00 pm for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Christmas Eve is a wonderful opportunity to invite your family and friends to join us as we sing the songs of Christmas and read the story of the birth of our Savior.
As the days before Christmas draw to a close and the hustle and bustle of shopping, attending Christmas parties, and getting ready for the big day excelerates, I want to remind you that “HE is with us!” Immanuel is with us! He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He is always present through all of our troubles, trials, heartaches, and joyous celebrations of life. What a wonderful gift we have been given in knowing that we are not abandoned, but that HE is with us! Merry Christmas!
In His Steps,
More icy weather is expected today and Saturday morning, but we wanted to let you know that the Christmas Concert will take place this Sunday, December 15, at 10:30 am as planned. We will not have our 8:30 am worship service, but we will have our Sunday morning Bible classes at 9:45 am. I hope you will invite your friends to join us for the choir concert.
It was a cold Sunday morning when I left my house to head to the church this morning. With sleet and rain falling throughout the morning it sure was good to have a nice, warm building to worship in, wasn’t it! I’m so grateful for those of you who were able to make it to Bible study and worship. I hope you were encouraged by our study of Luke 1:39-56. How encouraging it is to know Mary’s story. Mary was the unknown, young, virgin girl who was chosen by God to carry the hope of the world. There are many of you who feel insignificant, unknown, by those around you, but you can take heart in knowing that you are not forgotten–you have been chosen by God and He will never forget you.
It was such a blessing on Sunday morning to share in the baptism of James Stevenson. James had prayed with his mom and dad several months ago to accept Christ as his Lord and Savior, but he wasn’t quite ready to go in front of the whole church and be baptized. On Friday of this past week James and his dad, Herman, were in my office when James said, “I want to be baptized on Sunday.” Herman and I kind of looked at each other like, “Where did that come from?” Herman asked James if he was sure and he said, “Yep!” I never cease to be amazed at how the Lord works in people’s lives. What a joy it is to watch Him work!
At the end of our worship service on Sunday we welcomed ClaShonna Thomas into the fellowship of believers at BCC. ClaShonna has been coming to church with her friend, Annie Cowan, for some time now. What a joy it is to see friends reaching out to friends. Thanks Annie for inviting your friend to share with us in worship. Thank you ClaShonna for sensing the Lord leading you to share your gifts with all of us at BCC! I can’t wait to see what the Lord has planned for you.
Next Sunday, we will share in our choir’s Christmas Concert at 10:30 am. We will have Sunday morning Bible study at 9:45 am, but we will not have our 8:30 am worship service. You need to arrive early if you want to get a seat for the choir concert as the sanctuary is always full when our choir presents their concert. Have a great week.
In His Steps,