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Pastor’s Corner for March 2017

Pastor’s corner for March 2017

    As we come to the end of our 45 day reading program, I hope everyone who took on the challenge gained some new spiritual insights. If we were to reread the gospels for a second time there would be more insight. Because the gospels are alive and truth prevails within them.  So I hope everyone was blessed by it.

This year our theme for Lent is as old as Lent itself. That is giving of ourselves. Some people have the idea if they give up coffee or chocolate for a few weeks they done a great service for God.  Lent is not that at all.

What is Lent?   Lent is the forty days (do not count the Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday.  It is a time to draw nearer to God, by prayer, fasting, and supplication.

Fasting in its truest sense is what Jesus did in Matthew 4:2″And when he (Jesus) had fasted for forty days and forty nights he was hungry.”  WOW!  That puts a new perspective on giving up coffee/chocolate for a day……doesn’t it?

 

Christianity Today gives the following historical description:  “(Fortieth) Until the 600s, Lent began on Quadragesima Sunday, but Gregory the Great (c.540-604) moved it to a Wednesday, now called Ash Wednesday, to secure the exact number of 40 days in Lent—not counting Sundays, which were feast days. Gregory, who is regarded as the father of the medieval papacy, is also credited with the ceremony that gives the day its name. As Christians came to the church for forgiveness, Gregory marked their foreheads with ashes reminding them of the biblical symbol of repentance (sackcloth and ashes) and mortality: “You are dust, and to dust you will return” (Gen 3:19).  WWW.christianitytoday.com /history

 

Lent was a time in history  marked by fasting and preparation for those seeking baptism.  As time passed Christians used this time to repent of sins. We should always repent of sins. Don’t wait until Lent to repent, do it when the sin happens.  The church needs to get back to the basics of Christianity and sound Biblical doctrine. We wonder why we are not impacting the world for Christ, it’s because we are not grounded in the practice of God’s word.

Jesus went to the cross and died for us. The power of Resurrection Sunday is something we should experience every day. The only way to do it is spend time with God in Bible reading and in prayer so we can be blessed by Him.  Lent is good place to start, however, we need to put into practice those spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting and sacrificial giving every day. As we draw nearer to the cross we must examine our motives for praying and fasting, looking for the pride and self-righteousness that separates us from God and our fellow Christians, and Repent! Amen.

 

Blessings in Christ

Pastor Terry

Pastor’s Corner Jan 2017

PastorNicholsPastor’s Corner 2017

Happy New Year 2017

   In the last few months I have been doing a systematic reading of the Bible.  Presently I am preaching a series on the gospel of Matthew.  Beginning with the birth narrative this past Christmas and working our way through the Lord’s prayer this week (Jan 29, 2017).  I have felt lead to encourage everyone to read through the gospels.  This can be done by reading two (2) chapters a day for forty -five (45) days. Start with Matthew 01 & 02  and just keep reading two a day. This reading plan can be found at www.biblestudy.com /bible -reading -plan/daily-gospel.html   if you prefer to do it on your computer.  There are several audio bibles available on line for ease of listening if you so chose.  Reading is best but listening works also, the important thing is that we do it.  “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” Matt.24:35 NJKV

God Bless and Good Bye.

Pastor Terry

Pastors corner April 2016

Hello

I had the opportunity to sit in on the women’s Bible study this week.

The subject was on prayer.  So I thought about a few things regarding prayer.

The first question I would like to ask is: What is prayer?

Answer: It is talking to God. It is a conversation with God and it is time spent in a relationship with Him.

God loves you and me. God also wants to meet our needs.  Please remember prayer is not a shopping list of our wants. We need to separate our wants and needs. I have been reading a book on prayer its title is: The 21 most Effective Prayers Collection by Dave Earley.

He writes the following on prayer.        “Prayer is the way we defeat the Devil.  (James 4:7)

                                                                      Prayer is the way you acquire wisdom  (1:5)

              Prayer is the way a backslider is restored. James (5:16-20)”

           The 21 most Effective Prayers Collection by Dave Earley.  Page 78

       < Highlighting a few points    I did not quote the entire list. >

 

I hope you get the idea. Prayer is taking our needs to God.  It is bringing our praises to Him. It is an act  of worship on our behalf. In the book I just shared with you, I am paraphrasing his points here. We need to learn the discipline of prayer which includes… Dave Earley goes on to say:  “Our time, a place to pray, and someone to pray with if possible.” Pg 80 paraphrased

It is my prayer and hope that we will honor God by praying to Him. God will be found by those who truly seek him.

Have blessed day

Pastor Terry

Pastor’s Corner – April 2015

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April 2015

First I would like to thank everyone for the birthday wishes.  Sue and I both had good birthdays.

It is hard to believe that we have almost come full circle in the church year.  The next event is Pentecost (birth of the church). Pentecost is May 24, 2015

The King James Bible Commentary offers us some good information on Penetecost.

    “Pentecost was the third great Israelite feast mentioned in Leviticus 23. It was a harvest festival fifty days after the Passover week. This particular Pentecost, however, was to have greater significance than those which had preceded it. Old Testament Pentecost occurred fifty days after Israel left Egypt and the Passover lamb was slain. New Testament Pentecost occurred fifty days after Christ rose from the dead, the Lord being our Passover Lamb. Old Testament Pentecost celebrated the birth of the nation Israel (Ex 19:5). New Testament Pentecost celebrated the birth of the church (2:41–47). Old Testament Pentecost witnessed the slaying of some three thousand souls (Ex 32:28). New Testament Pentecost witnessed the saving of some three thousand souls (:41). The former pointed typologically to the latter.”

It is important for the church to acknowledge the great events of the Bible and celebrate them. We invite you to come and worship with us, Sunday at 10AM and Wednesday at 7PM

Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you!

Pastor Terry

Pastor’s Corner April 2015

PastorNicholsPastor’s Corner  April 2015

Welcome to the United Baptist Church of Scriba

Just a few thoughts on “Easter” weekend

“The name “Easter” has its roots in ancient polytheistic religions (paganism). On this, all scholars agree. This name is never used in the original Scriptures, nor is it ever associated biblically with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For these reasons, we prefer to use the term “Resurrection Sunday” rather than “Easter” when referring to the annual Christian remembrance of Christ’s resurrection.”

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It’s funny how fast the church picks up on the worldly perspectives and terminology. Be careful church of this practice. The world has equated the Lord Jesus to the Easter bunny and Santa Claus. WRONG!!!

Jesus is the lord of heaven and earth, He is our Savior. Let’s give him the rightful place in our lives. The Bible tells us to “Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved.” This is what the resurrection of Jesus means. It is the entire basis for the Christian faith.

Have a blessed day.

Pastor Terry

Pastor’s Corner March 2015

PastorNicholsWelcome to the Pastor’s Corner for March ’15

Hello,

This month we celebrate Lent. During this time our focus is on our faith journey to the cross.

In our discussions about lent we have a few ideas that we’d like to share with you.

Do you have a plan of action this lent?

Some ideas might be…

Offer to do some yard work /(snow blow)

Provide child care

Ask the waitress, clerk or server if there is anything they would like you pray about for them.

Take three (3) minutes a day (to mirror the three days/hours on the cross) to call, text or send a card to someone. Save a bunch of three minute blocks and visit someone.

Join our prayer chain.

Share a meal with someone, deliver it to them.

Participate in an extra church cleaning. Christ died to cleanse our souls, we should invite him into an equally clean house.

Set out a Lenten suggestion box …. to add your own ideas

Have a meat­less meal and donate the money saved to Blessings in a Backpack.

Have a blessed day

Pastor Terry

 

Pastor’s Corner Jan 2015

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Pastor’s Corner 2015

Happy New Year (2015)

In 2014, the church was very active in ministry. I would like to invite you to one of the new ministries that grew out of the vision to reach our community. We began a Wednesday night service: POW (Praise on Wednesday). We begin at 7PM with prayer, then sing along with our praise band for a few minutes. We then move into a time of prayer requests and God Moments, (a time of sharing of how we saw God during the week), there may be some special readings (poems etc..) and /or special music. The next transition is into a time of proclamation of God’s Word (preaching /teaching). Then food and friendly talk.

We would love to have you come and join us for a time of praise, worship, and fellowship (snacks and drinks provided). Again we start at 7PM and run to about 8-8:30 PM. We will do our best to make you feel at home. Most importantly, if you have questions about your eternal future we can help you to know where you’ll spend eternity and how to get to heaven.

We hope to see you on Wednesday. If you can’t come at night please join us on Sunday at 9AM for Sunday school, and at 10AM for Worship.

Blessings to you

Pastor Terry

Fall Pastor’s Corner

Pastor’s Corner

Fall of 2014

Hello Friends

Well fall is here. Ready or not it is upon us. Where did the summer go? I am a warm weather fan myself.  Ready or not is what I want to address today. Are you ready for heaven? Are you ready to meet Jesus Christ face to face?  There will come a day when that question will become reality. We as the church work very diligently to help people get ready for that meeting day. People are so busy they don’t take time to enjoy life. People in our country don’t even take their vacation time.

Please don’t misunderstand; hard work is a good thing. It’s like everything else in life, there has to be a balance. Work, play, leisure all have to be part of our daily life. There also needs to be time for God and the study of His Word.  We hear people say all too often “I got nothing.”  Unfortunately, that describes a majority of Christian people. The Bible tells us to be ready and able to explain the hope that is in us . 1 Peter 3:15 “but set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”

My Christian friend, don’t  go around saying as the world says “I got nothing” Wrong answer. We do have something (The Word of God) and we have someone (The Lord Jesus Christ) living in us.

         We also have the Blessed Holy Spirit in us, who takes the deep things of God and reveals them unto us. 1 Cor 2:10 “Now God has revealed them to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God.”  We are God’s Holy people, children of the most- high God. You and I are royalty.  If you are his child then start living like it. Say to people my father is a king, and I want to tell you about him.

Introduce people to our father: Say to them, I want you to meet my father.  Here’s how it is done.

      Pray: Lord Jesus come into my heart, forgive me of my sins and make ME one of your children too. Amen.

If you pray that prayer and believe in your heart, Jesus will save you.  Now you can say with confidence “I am ready” Ready to meet Christ face to face.

 

       Just think, when they ask Jesus into their heart, you and I both gained a new spiritual brother or sister.   Amen!

Thank you for taking time to read this message.

Pastor Terry

Pastor’s Corner, August 2014

Pastors Corner

August 2014

     Hello

It is hard to believe that the summer is going so fast. I have so much I need to get done before the nice weather turns cold.  I was thinking about the same idea, only in a spiritual sense. There is so much evangelistic work to be done in the world today.  We live in a culture that moves fast and furiously, and success is measured by the accumulation of things rather than by our faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sometimes we get so wrapped up our everyday work that we forget or even miss opportunities to share the gospel with people. IF you are a Christian person and are reading this message, let me encourage you to take a minute and look up Mark 16:15

             My friends take a little time today to read the Bible and reflect

on God’s Word.  Then pray to God. Talk to him just as you would talk to a close friend. Remember He loves us and wants us to share that love with others.

Blessings

Pastor Terry

June Pastor’s Corner

PastorNicholsHello, from your pastor.

June is a time to celebrate father’s day (15th) and the coming of summer (21st)

I found this tribute on the web and wanted to share it with you.

 

Honor your father and mother.” This is the first of the Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, “you will live a long life, full of blessing.” And now a word to you fathers. Don’t make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord. Ephesians Chapter 6 verses 2 – 4

 

“Fathers are the biggest source of strength for a child. The innocent eyes of a child perceive father as the all-powerful, most knowledge, truly affectionate and the most important person in the family. For daughters, fathers are the first men they adore and fall in love with. While for sons their fathers are the strongest person they know and someone they aspire to emulate. Even for the grownups fathers are someone whom they look up to for the most experienced and honest advice that is always in the best of our interest. For this great figure in our life that we know as father – it becomes our utmost duty to pay our humblest tribute on the occasion of Father’s Day.”   http://www.fathersdaycelebration.com/tribute-to-father.html

 

Have a blessed month of June.

Pastor Terry