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Glenstone Baptist Church, November, 2019

THANKSGIVING

The month of November is upon us. For many of us, the highlight is that it is the time designated as Thanksgiving.

But this raises an important question. Just what are you most thankful for? For each Christian there should only be one answer. We should be most thankful for God’s gift of salvation. Sometimes we go without thinking of the value of this gift. Frequently, we fail to think that it is really a gift.

Let us begin by reminding you that we are all sinners whether we think so or not. The Bible says, “We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) We are well aware that some people reject the Bible and all it says. But man’s rejection of the Word does not remove it or its message. There is nothing which man can do to remove his sin except to have it removed God’s way, which He offers to everyone FOR FREE. That way is for us to confess our sins and receive His Son, Jesus, as redemption from our sins. There is nothing else for us to do or that we can do which will achieve that goal.

The Word of God plainly states that there is no salvation from sin except through the way which God has made available for every person who will receive it. Man cannot duplicate it nor provide it in some other way. “12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (This scripture is found in Acts 4:12.)

Certainly we need to remember that this nation was founded on the basis of religious freedom. In fact, the Pilgrims came here originally that they might have this freedom. This is the only nation in the world which has that kind of historical beginning.

I am aware that we, as American citizens, frequently realize that we have many freedoms for which to be thankful. Sometimes our minds recall loved ones who have lost their lives defending our country. Although we may no longer be able to express to them our gratitude, it is good for us to remember what they have done so freely.

Therefore, let us be careful to remember to be thankful, not only on this day, but on every day which God gives us.

A TRIP TO THE FARMER’S MARKET

(An article similar to that which follows has appeared in the Senior Moment before. Enjoy this which is slightly different. 16 Bible books are mentioned here. Answers will be included in the next month’s edition.)

It could have only been a fluke that led us to the market yesterday. We arrived just in time to see our favorite comic. Ahhh! What a treat. We learned that the comic had just signed several new contracts to perform in our area. We also enjoyed the banjo elements of a blue grass band. And we arrived just in time for a huge rainstorm.

Working quickly, my mom chose a lovely melon and some delicious low-sugar jam, estimated to have just 5 calories per serving. (If you want to know the truth, I seriously doubt that claim.) When we asked one vendor why her tomatoes were so large, she explained how she could format the watering system to run only, and always, when needed. What a great way to do the job. With the rain now coming down in sheets, her plants would need no watering today.

We noticed a mostly-empty stall where someone could probably make a lot of money. In fact, we started crunching some numbers,wondering if we might be able to sell our garden produce there in the future.

After a short while, we took a break under a roof. My elderly mom needed to rest her feet. Then I realized I was exhausted, too. (It’s not in the genes, is it?)

Meanwhile, my big brother tried to be a hero. Man, someone should tell him to be more careful when he runs into the street to fetch a little kid’s soccer ball. He should more accurately judge speeds of oncoming traffic, especially in the rain.

As we were leaving, we again discussed the empty market stall and talked about trying to sell our extra beans and corn there. After performing some careful calculations, my big brother said, “Nah. Umbrellas are the way to go. Lots of people sell vegetables, but no one is selling umbrellas!” Today that would have been a good item to sell.

NOVEMBER GO TEAM

Tuesday, November 19th our speaker will be Dagmar Snodgrass, who was in a concentration camp in Germany as a child. I thought hearing her story would be a good way for us to remember her family and some of our own loved ones who died during wars so we can live & enjoy the freedoms we have. It would be wonderful if some of you would bring photos of yourself or a spouse or family member in their military uniform so we can display those as we celebrate Veterans Day a week late. Our potluck meal will follow her talk.

__Karen Davis

 

YOU MIGHT BE A SOUTHERN BAPTIST if

  • You think God’s presence is always strongest in the back three pews.
  • You think John the Baptist founded the Southern Baptist Convention.
  • The first complete sentence you uttered was “We’ve never done it that way before.”
  • Your definition of “fellowship” has something to do with food.
  • You honestly believe the A
  • postle Paul spoke King James English.
  • You think Jesus actually used Welch’s grape juice and saltine crackers at the Last Supper.
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    THE UGLY SUIT

    When the store manager returned from lunch, he noticed that his clerk’s hand was bandaged, but before he could ask about the bandage, the clerk said he had some very good news for him.

    “Guess what, sir?” the clerk said. “I finally sold that terrible, ugly suit that we’ve had so long.”

    “Do you mean that repulsive, pink and blue, double-breasted thing?” the manager asked.

    “That’s the one!”

    “That’s great!” the manager cried. “I thought we’d never get rid of that monstrosity! That had to be the ugliest suit we’ve ever had! But tell me. Why is your hand bandaged?”

    “Oh,” the clerk replied, “after I sold the guy that suit, his guide dog bit me.”

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    “None can sing a new song who has not the new life. But many who have the new life seem to have lost the song. The first thing that goes when we begin to backslide is the joy of the Lord.”

__Evan H. Hopkins

GOD’S LEFT HAND

A 6-year old and his grandma went for a walk one autumn day. “Look at the gorgeous leaves,” Grandma exclaimed. “Just think, God painted each one of them just for us.”

“Yep,” said her grandson, “and He did it left-handed.”

Perplexed, Grandma asked, “Why do you think God used His left hand to create all this beauty?”

“Because,” said the boy matter-of-factly, “We learned in Sunday School that Jesus sits on God’s right hand.”

 

Jesus is coming! AGAIN! This is His promise, although He didn’t say when.