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SEPTEMBER, 2018

                                      From the Pastor’s Pen

                                    By Dr. George Bannister

 

 

Never Beyond Hope

 

Luke 23:39-43 One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”40 But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? 41 We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” 43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

 

The story of the thief on the cross in Luke 23:39-43 and the story of the young criminal who was led to Christ by sixteenth-century pastor William Perkins underscore the fact that there is no person beyond the power of Christ to save. This is why Christ-followers should never quit praying for and witnessing to the nonbelievers around us. Please read the scripture above and the story below and let it encourage you to continue to work for the fulfillment of the Mission of Christ among our lost neighbors.

 

In sixteenth century Cambridge, William Perkins, an alcoholic, was converted to Christ and eventually became a pastor. His compassion for criminals and vagabonds was boundless. Winning the respect of the jailers, Perkins took great latitude in ministering to prisoners.

 

One day he accompanied a young man to the gallows. As hangings were public events, a multitude assembled to see the execution, and it was the custom for the condemned to address the crowd. But the young man, having climbed the ladder, merely lowered his head, pale and terrified.

 

“Are you afraid of death?” asked William, looking up at him.

 

“No,” replied the man softly. “Of something worse.”

 

“Come down again then, and see what God’s grace will do.”

 

The young man climbed down the ladder, and Perkins took his time explaining to him the forgiveness God offers through Jesus Christ. The man burst into tears and prayed earnestly. Then he wept again, this time out of joy as Perkins shared verses of eternal assurance.

 

Soon the young prisoner again mounted the ladder, this time with enthusiasm , and he went to his death as though seeing heaven opened. The onlookers went home amazed, saying they had not been to a hanging but to a transfiguration. The Gospel of Christ is the power that can accomplish what nothing else can….the transformation of most extreme cases of rebellion against God. Let’s keep praying and proclaiming the Gospel, for even hardened criminals facing execution are never beyond hope. 

 

One day he accompanied a young man to the gallows. As hangings were public events, a multitude assembled to see the execution, and it was the custom for the condemned to address the crowd. But the young man, having climbed the ladder, merely lowered his head, pale and terrified. “Are you afraid of death?” asked William, looking up at him.

 

“No,” replied the man softly. “Of something worse.”

 

“Come down again then, and see what God’s grace will do.”

 

The young man climbed down the ladder, and Perkins took his time explaining to him the forgiveness God offers through Jesus Christ. The man burst into tears and prayed earnestly. Then he wept again, this time out of joy as Perkins shared verses of eternal assurance.

 

Soon the young prisoner again mounted the ladder, this time with enthusiasm , and he went to his death as though seeing heaven opened. The onlookers went home amazed, saying they had not been to a hanging but to a transfiguration.

 

The Gospel of Christ is the power that can accomplish what nothing else can….the transformation of most extreme cases of rebellion against God. Let’s keep praying and proclaiming the Gospel, for even hardened criminals facing execution are never beyond hope. 

 

 

 AUGUST, 2018

                                                                      From the Pastor’s Pen

                                                                   By Dr. George Bannister

 

(Philippians 1:3–5) “ Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ...” It is hard to believe, that it has been a little over a year since we arrived here in Woodville. Lisa, Daddy and I are very grateful for the way that you have taken us into your hearts and lives. The joy and sweetness of our fellowship continues to grow.

 

Paul's words to the Philippian believers (in the paragraph above) are very descriptive of the way that I feel as we serve Jesus together. Likewise, each of you are constantly in our prayers (prayers of thanks and prayers with requests).

 

While the last year has been extremely blessed, I believe the best days are still ahead of us. I believe that God has many amazing things in store for the Woodville Baptist Church family. I believe that our influence and impact for Jesus will continue to grow in the years ahead.

 

Please continue to pray for us as we serve the Lord Jesus with you here at WBC. Pray that God will grant us wisdom and the leadership of his Holy Spirit as we seek to lead our church family and becoming all that she can be for Christ. Please pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to be demonstrated in all that we do as a church. Please pray that he will use us as an instrument to bring about the transformation of lives, our community, and the world with the gospel.

 

 

 

JULY, 2018

 

 

  

                                                   From the Pastor’s Pen

                                                 By Dr. George Bannister

July 4th has always been one of my favorite holidays. As a child, it meant fireworks, bar-b-ques and fun. As an adult, I have grown to appreciate its significance to our nation and to us as Americans. July 4th means freedom to citizens of the United States of America.

 

The scriptures have much to say about a nation and its relationship with God. Two scriptures immediately come to mind ...

 

“What joy for the nation whose God is the LORD...” (PSALM 33:12). This speaks of the joy experienced by a nation that is submissive and obedient to God.

 

There is an additional stipulation for this joy... “Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34). In order to enjoy the continued blessings of God, a nation of people must walk in the ways of godliness (as defined by God’s Word). Following the pathway of sin (as defined by God’s Word) brings disgrace and pain for the people of the nation living in a sinful lifestyle with sinful attitudes.

 

As believers, July 4th should remind us of two things: (1) that our nation needs our prayers and witness. We need to pray for our political leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-5), in order that we might continue to have the freedom to live for Jesus and serve as his witnesses to the people of our nation and world. (2) Our ultimate allegiance and citizenship is beyond this world. “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior” (Philippians 3:20). We must always remember that we are a part of Christ’s kingdom. Our allegiance and work to expand that kingdom should always be our primary focus.

 

 

JUNE, 2018

 


        From the Pastor’s Pen

        By Dr. George Bannister

 

     One of the most beautiful truths contained in Scripture is the power of God's amazing grace. Our Lord can take a life that is marred and scarred by poor choices and open-rebellion, and transform it radically. If there is one message that is clear in the New Testament, it is that Jesus came into this world for the purpose of saving souls and transforming lives. The Bible is full of the stories of people whose lives were transformed by God's amazing grace through Jesus Christ.

     One of the most potent stories demonstrating God's amazing grace is found in John chapter 4. In this brief narrative, Jesus purposefully engaged a woman in a conversation whose life had been marred and scarred by years of poor choices. Because of those choices, she led a life of shame and isolation from the people in her town. If anyone had asked her about her relationship with God, she would likely have indicated that such a relationship was impossible. she would likely have felt that she was too deeply bound in sin and had made too many mistakes in judgment to even find forgiveness for all of her sins. Any thought of being used by God to bring others into a relationship with Jesus would have been a mere pipedream to her. But one day at the well in Sychar of Samaria, Jesus made a point to meet her there and offer her living water. From that point forward her life was changed, transformed. Not only did she find forgiveness for her sins, but, she found herself being mightily used of God to bring her entire city to Christ. That is amazing Grace.

     Sometimes Satan is able to convince us that we cannot be truly forgiven of our sins and that our mistakes are too many and too serious for God to ever be able to use us in sharing the good news of Christ. The good news is that God can redeem all of our failures and transform us into men and women of God. Not only our sins forgiven, but, we can become tools used to bring about the redemption of other people. The Lord already knows that we are not perfect. We do not have to be perfect, all we need is for God to do his work in our lives. When Satan tries to remind us of our sinful past, whether in our own minds or through the taunts of other human beings, we must remember that the guilt of our sins has already been removed by the finished work of Christ. Just as the message of the Samaritan woman of John 4 pointed to Jesus, so our message must be of the transforming power of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our job is simply to introduce people to Jesus and let the Holy Spirit do his work.

     I want to encourage you: do not let Satan convince you that you have committed too many sins are made too many mistakes to be able to receive God's forgiveness and transformation. If you have never trusted Christ as your Savior, open your heart to him today. Believe in his sacrifice and resurrection as the atonement for your sins and surrender your life to him. If you have already been saved, but, have allowed Satan to convince you that the guilt of your past makes you unusable in the service of Christ, reject his lies. Remember that the guilt of your sins has been erased by Calvary's sacrifice, yield to the power of his spirit, and tell others of God's amazing grace.

 

 

MAY.2018

                                                                                     From the Pastor’s Pen

                                                                                    By Dr. George Bannister

 

     One of the most beautiful truths contained in Scripture is the power of God's amazing grace. Our Lord can take a life that is marred and scarred by poor choices and open-rebellion, and transform it radically. If there is one message that is clear in the New Testament, it is that Jesus came into this world for the purpose of saving souls and transforming lives. The Bible is full of the stories of people whose lives were transformed by God's amazing grace through Jesus Christ.

     One of the most potent stories demonstrating God's amazing grace is found in John chapter 4. In this brief narrative, Jesus purposefully engaged a woman in a conversation whose life had been marred and scarred by years of poor choices. Because of those choices, she led a life of shame and isolation from the people in her town. If anyone had asked her about her relationship with God, she would likely have indicated that such a relationship was impossible. she would likely have felt that she was too deeply bound in sin and had made too many mistakes in judgment to even find forgiveness for all of her sins. Any thought of being used by God to bring others into a relationship with Jesus would have been a mere pipedream to her. But one day at the well in Sychar of Samaria, Jesus made a point to meet her there and offer her living water. From that point forward her life was changed, transformed. Not only did she find forgiveness for her sins, but, she found herself being mightily used of God to bring her entire city to Christ. That is amazing Grace.

     Sometimes Satan is able to convince us that we cannot be truly forgiven of our sins and that our mistakes are too many and too serious for God to ever be able to use us in sharing the good news of Christ. The good news is that God can redeem all of our failures and transform us into men and women of God. Not only our sins forgiven, but, we can become tools used to bring about the redemption of other people. The Lord already knows that we are not perfect. We do not have to be perfect, all we need is for God to do his work in our lives. When Satan tries to remind us of our sinful past, whether in our own minds or through the taunts of other human beings, we must remember that the guilt of our sins has already been removed by the finished work of Christ. Just as the message of the Samaritan woman of John 4 pointed to Jesus, so our message must be of the transforming power of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our job is simply to introduce people to Jesus and let the Holy Spirit do his work.

     I want to encourage you: do not let Satan convince you that you have committed too many sins are made too many mistakes to be able to receive God's forgiveness and transformation. If you have never trusted Christ as your Savior, open your heart to him today. Believe in his sacrifice and resurrection as the atonement for your sins and surrender your life to him. If you have already been saved, but, have allowed Satan to convince you that the guilt of your past makes you unusable in the service of Christ, reject his lies. Remember that the guilt of your sins has been erased by Calvary's sacrifice, yield to the power of his spirit, and tell others of God's amazing grace.

 

APRIL, 2018

 

  

                                                          From the Pastor’s Pen

                                                         By Dr. George Bannister

 

This is the season of the greatest event in all of human history. On Easter morning over two thousand years ago, the angelic messenger delivered the message that has altered all of human history. It is the source of hope for every person in God’s creation. “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man* must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.” (Luke 24:5-7).

 

Of all people on Earth, Christians have more to celebrate than anyone else. God did not create us and then leave us to make our own way to him. He knows that we have no knowledge or strength that will enable us to find our way to Him. Even if we could, our sin and rebellion against his holy standards would block our way. God sent Jesus to die on the cross; paying the price for all of our sin and rebellion against the Father. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was God’s confirmation of the sacrifice Jesus made upon the cross. It serves as the validation of the Gospel message. Christian, celebrate!

 

The beauty of our faith is that historical evidence supports the Gospel message! The death of Jesus on the cross, the burial of Jesus in a borrowed tomb, the fact that Jesus’ tomb was empty on the third day after his death, and that over 500 people saw Jesus alive after the tomb was found empty are all facts that even skeptical scholars concede. There were even two skeptics (James, 1⁄2 brother of Jesus and Saul of Tarsus) who became follower of Jesus after seeing the risen Jesus. Those who experienced these post-resurrection appearances of Christ were changed from fearful people who were hiding because they feared the Jewish authorities to bold, confident witnesses proclaiming a risen Christ as Savior and Lord.

 

Let’s rejoice and confidently share the angelic declaration with the world around us, “He is risen from the dead!” Allow the assurance of his resurrection give us confidence to proclaim the message of salvation to a lost world. Jesus said. “...you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). With resurrection power we can boldly proclaim “Jesus Saves!”

 

 

 

 

MARCH, 20128

 

                                                                                         From the Pastor’s Pen

                                                                                       By Dr. George Bannister

 

In Romans 10:13-14, the Apostle Paul writes, “For Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”

 

In these verses, a bold statement is made. It is a universal truth that is guaranteed by the absolute faithfulness of God. Anyone and everyone who calls out in faith to Christ for salvation WILL be saved. This is a reassuring and comforting promise. This is why it is so important that the message of salvation be shared.

 

Paul also asked three powerful questions that underscore the importance of active engagement with the Gospel. Active engagement means that you and I actively seek opportunities to share the good news with those who have not yet trusted in Christ as savior. The questions are (1) How can they call out for salvation unless they believe in Christ? (2) How can they believe in Christ, if they have not heard his message? And finally, (3) How can they hear his message unless someone tells them? These three questions all narrow down to one answer.... “They cannot!”

 

Simply having churches exist in communities like Woodville does not guarantee the opportunity for people to experience salvation. It is not enough for believers to lead exemplary lives morally. It is not enough to offer worship services in our buildings. Unless we choose to get outside of our small groups and churches and purposefully share the message of Jesus with the lost, they will not be able to hear and respond to his saving grace.

 

As the people of God who comprise the Woodville Baptist Church, we must personally and corporately seek to engage lost folks in our community with the Gospel. I would like to urge you to ask for God to open doors of opportunity for you this week to be Jesus’ witness to at least one lost person per week. As these folks begin to respond to the Gospel, the results will be amazing

 

 

FEBRUARY, 2018

 

From the Pastor’s Pen By Dr. George Bannister

 

“For the Son of Man* came to seek and save those who are lost.” (Luke 19:10)

“As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” (John 20:21)

 

As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, each and every one of us have been called to be continually on mission with Him. Jesus’ mission is our mission!

 

One aspect of our calling is something that we collectively make up the bride of Jesus Christ. As His bride, our love for Jesus should motivate us to be unified in purpose with our bridegroom. As individual believers, it does not matter what our vocation; our avocation is the mission of Christ.

 

An online list of the most popular jobs in Mississippi provides a starting point for possible mission fields for the child of God. Notice the list:

 

Cashier, nurse, secretary or administrative assistant, medical assistant, dental assistant, attorney, physician, heavy equipment operator, manager, postal worker, delivery driver, waiter or waitress, janitor, maid, or housekeeper, dental hygienist, office clerk, nursing assistant, food service worker, teacher, bookkeeper, accountant, auditing clerk, maintenance worker, retail sales, wholesale sales, cook, teacher assistant, customer service representative, security guard, corrections officer, jailer, construction worker, law-enforcement, home health aide, childcare worker, receptionist, welder, landscaper, electrician, carpenter, plumber, bus driver, production worker, automotive service technician, teller, personal care aide, homemaker, truck driver, packager, inspector, pipefitter, upholsterer, psychologist, psychiatric aide, seamstress, tailor, billing or posting clerk, pharmacist, pharmacy technician, industrial machinist, financial manager, mail carrier, hospitality industry worker, social worker, dish washer, firefighter, banker, loan officer, insurance salesman, highway maintenance worker, electrical power-line worker, parts salesperson, human resource specialist, HVAC specialist, printer, computer technician or repair, emergency medical worker, slaughter and meat packing worker, lab technician, sheet metal worker, radiological technician, human resources worker, logging industry worker, compliance officer, counselor, painter, civil engineer, industrial production worker, payroll clerk, respiratory therapist, physical therapist, paralegal, librarian, assembly worker, county or city worker, switchboard operator, telemarketer, public relations specialist, sports coach or scout, marketing specialist, claims adjuster or investigator, file clerk, hair dresser or barber, architect, real estate sales, cabinetmaker, recreation or amusement attendant.

 

1 Wherever you and I are... whatever vocation we are in... we are on mission for Christ. We are his missionaries! Our primary work is sharing the good news of salvation with people around us who do not know Jesus.

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1 “200 Most Popular Jobs in Mississippi - USAWage.Com,” accessed January 17, 2018, http://www.usawage.com/popular/jobs-state-mississippi.php. 

 

 

 JANUARY, 2018

 

From the Pastor’s Pen By Dr. George Bannister

 

The new year is a time for new beginnings. While the old year holds some great memories, and brought some great blessings, it is likely that there were also many mistakes made in 2017. 2018 holds promise for each and every one of us individually and for us collectively as the Woodville Baptist Church. In order to make the most of the new year before us, I suggest that we (individually and corporately) move ahead with four spiritual resolutions based in Philippians 3:7-21 in view.

 

I. RESOLVE TO FORSAKE PAST AND FOCUS ON JESUS (v.v. 7-9) “ 7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.* For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith."

 

Il- RESOLVE TO MAKE A RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST THE PRIMARY FOCUS (vv. 10 -14) " 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

 

III- RESOLVE TO GROW IN GODLY FELLOWSHIP (vv. 15-19). " 15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. 17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame--who set their mind on earthly things.”

 

IV- RESOLVE TO KEEP THE TRUE HOME IN VIEW (v.v. 20-21). 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

 

If we will commit to these practical resolutions for the coming year, I believe that we will have an even greater year than we did in 2016. The transformation in outlook that these resolutions will produce in our lives will draw us all closer to our Lord and one another, and will lead to WBC having a greater impact upon our community and the world.

 

Happy New year!

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2017

 

 

Watchman Prayer Alert Newsletter

 

From the Pastor’s Pen By Dr. George Bannister

 

Being Thankful at Thanksgiving: Developing an Attitude of Gratitude Philippians 4:4-9 “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. INTRODUCTION: Thanksgiving might not be celebrated in the United States today, were it not for a patient, persistent woman named Sarah Hale. It is well-known that the first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621 to give thanks for their winter in the New World. In 1789, President George Washington issued a Thanksgiving Day Proclamation to commemorate the first Pilgrim celebration. But Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States discontinued it, calling Thanksgiving, “a kingly practice.” After this, Thanksgiving was observed by some individual states, and on whatever date suited their fancy. Then in 1828, Mrs. Hale, the editor of the magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book and author of the poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” began campaigning for the restoration of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. She wrote letters and sought appointments with national leaders from the President down. Time after time she was politely rebuffed, sometimes being told it was “impossible” and “impractical,” and sometimes being dismissed with a this-is-none-of-your-business scolding. Finally, in 1863 President Lincoln listened seriously to her plea that North and South “lay aside enmities and strife on (Thanksgiving) Day.” He proclaimed the fourth Thursday of November to be the official “National Thanksgiving Day.” This day was finally ratified by the U. S. Congress in 1941¹ What do the scriptures teach about thankfulness? In Philippians 4:4-9, the Apostle Paul encourages some actions that will help us to develop an attitude of gratitude? I. MAKE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO BE JOYFUL. (Phil. 4:4) “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” II. CULTIVATE A CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS THAT IS A MINDSET. (Phil. 4:5) Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.  III. DEVELOP A COMPLETE RECOGNITION OF THE SOURCE OF ALL RESOURCES. (Phil. 4:6-7) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. IV. CHOOSE A CONSCIOUS FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE (Philippians 4:8-9). (Phil. 4:8-9) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me - everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. What does that mean to us today? 1. The believer is to make a conscious choice to have an attitude of gratitude. 2. The believer must choose to have a mindset of consideration for other people. 3. The believer must recognize the true source of his supply for all of life’s needs. 4. The believer must maintain a conscious focus on good, positive things. The result: Development of an attitude of gratitude. Now what will I do about it? What will I do… 1. Will I make a conscious choice to have an attitude of gratitude? 2. What will I do in a practical way to help me be others focused, rather than self-focused? What practical steps will I take to help me be considerate of other people? 3. What will I do to redirect my energies from worry to trust in God for meeting my needs? 4. What will I do to change the focus of my thinking to things that are good, praiseworthy, and pleasing to God? 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2017

        Watchman Prayer Alert Newsletter _______________________________________________________________   VOLUME XVII, ISSUE 1                                                 NOVEMBER 2017 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  From the Pastor’s Pen by Dr. George Bannister One of the greatest assets that any church can have is members that are serious about the practice of prayer. The best organization, the finest facilities, and the most beautiful music will not generate one ounce of spiritual power. The pow-er of God can only be released through the faithful and fervent prayers of God’s people.    Dwight L. Moody told of a remarkable incident in connection with one of his early visits to London. He was unknown in England, therefore, he did not ex-pect to preach, In spite of this fact, a church invited him to preach a short time after his arrival in London. He said it was a very cold and uninteresting service to him, but he announced that he would preach again that night.  Upon reaching the church that evening, he noticed that the atmosphere had changed. At the close of the meeting he was led to give an invitation for those who wanted to be saved to stand. A great crowd of people stood. He left the next day for Dublin, Ireland. Shortly after arriving there he received a telegram from the church to return, stating that the whole community was asking for a series of meetings. He went back and found that a great revival was beginning, and hundreds of people were being converted.  Not long after he learned the secret. An invalid lady, who could not attend the church, was praying for a mighty outpouring of the Spirit upon the church. She prayed for months. Once she saw in the papers accounts of some of the Moody meetings in America, and, although she had never heard of Mr. Moody before, she began to pray that God would send him to her church in London for a    revival. One Sunday morning her sister, upon her return from the service,     informed her of Moody's presence and his preaching, whereupon she spent the  whole afternoon in prayer that God would make that night a night of power. That explains the difference between morning and evening ser-vices!  The greatest need that Woodville Baptist Church has is praying mem-bers! As your pastor, I am asking for every member of this fellowship to resolve to pray to God for God’s power to come upon this church. Pray until revival and spiritual awakening takes place. Pray for the hearts of the lost in Woodville and in Wilkinson County to be awakened to their need of Christ. Pray for your pastor (me) and church leaders to experience a renewed vision for the church body. Pray for me to be able to preach and teach with the unbridled power of the Holy Spirit of God. Pray for our wor-ship services to be energized with the presence of God. Praying church members can make a huge difference for Christ...please be one of them. Woodville Baptist Church 

 

 

OCTOBER, 2017 

Watchman Prayer Alert Newsletter _______________________________________________________________ VOLUME XVI, ISSUE 12 OCTOBER 2017 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ From the Pastor’s Pen By Dr. George Bannister

 

The Power of Long Distance Prayer The power of prayer is undeniable. The location of that prayer is unimportant. As prayer warriors, we must persist in praying ... for even long -distance prayers are powerful. The story of the legendary missionary Hudson Taylor’s conversion to Christ illustrates this fact powerfully. Please read his testimony below as encouragement to carry out your watch in the Watchman Prayer Ministry. On a day I shall never forget, recalled Hudson Taylor, when I was about 15 years of age, because my mother was away from home, I had a holiday, and in the afternoon looked through my father’s library to find some book with which to while away the hours. I turned over a basket of pamphlets, and selected from among them a gospel tract which looked interesting. I sat down to read the little book in an utterly unconcerned state of mind. Little did I know at the time what was going on in the heart of my mother, eighty miles away. She rose from dinner with an intense yearning for the conversion of her boy, and she went to her room and turned the key in the door, resolved not to leave until her prayer was answered. Hour after hour did she plead for me, until at length she was constrained to praise God for that which His Spirit taught her had been accomplished. In the meantime I had taken up this little tract, and while reading was struck with the sentence, “The finished work of Christ.” The thought passed through my mind, “Why does the author use this expression?” Immediately the words “It is finished” came to mind. What was finished? I replied, “A full and perfect atonement for sin: Christ died for our sins.” A light flashed into my soul by the Spirit, that there was nothing to be done but to fall down on one’s knees, and, accepting this Savior and His salvation, to praise him forever. When Mother came home a fortnight later, I was the first to meet her at the door to tell her I had glad news. I can almost feel her arms around my neck, as she said, “I know, my boy; I have been rejoicing for a fortnight.” As Watchmen on the Wall, we should pray with assurance that our prayers are effective (James 5:13 -18)


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AUGUST, 2017

 

ELEVEN SPECIFIC EVANGELISTIC PRAYER REQUESTS

1.  God, make _________'s heart receptive to your word.  Luke8:11-15

2.  God, open__________'S  spiritual eyes.Break the blindness on his/her mind caused by the god of his age. 2Cor 4:4

3.  God, give _________ears to hear.  Help him/her see with his eyes, hear with his ears, understand with his heart and turn, and you will heal him.  Matthew 13:15

4.  God, give ________faith to believe.  Help him/her make a radical life change before God and equally radical twist in Jesus. Acts 20:22

5.  God, give _______the will to respond to you.  Bring him/her to the point he declares with his mouth, "Jesus is Lord" and believes in his heart that God raised him from the dead, and he will be saved. Romans 10:9

6.  God, set ______free from spiritual captivity.  Help me gently instruct him/her when he is in opposition to you.  2 Timothy:25-26

7.  God, send people into ______'s life to witness to him/her.  Send more believers into his/her life who will exemplify Christ and cause him to believe.

8.  God, help me to build a caring relationship with _____.  Help me become whatever Christ-like servant he/she can identify with so by all possible means he will be saved.  1Corrinthians 9:22

9.  God, bring me opportunities to witness to ______.  Open doors for proclaiming the mystery of Christ to him/her, even in our present difficult circumstances. Col. 4:3

10.  God, give me boldness to witness to _____.  Enable me to speak your word to him/her with great boldness.  Acts:29

11.  God, provide me the opportunity to invite _____to a relationship with you.  You want your house full, so give me opportunity to invite him/her to come home to you. Luke 14:23

 

Evangelism begins with prayer.

 

Dr. George Bannister

 

 

 

 JULY 2017

 

 

Saying goodbye has never come easy for me. When I came to Woodville I prayed that God would give me a heart for the people, not just in the church, but for the whole area. God did that very thing. Each Sunday as Libby and I drove to Woodville my prayer was for God to allow me to preach the uncompromising word of God and to be able to love the folks as He has loved all of us.

I have felt your prayers over the past year. Preaching has been my calling and I have never felt God’s presence stronger than over these last months. I have seen God at work as each of you have become engaged in what God is doing in the worship center each Sunday.

Remember great churches are grown not built.  My prayer is that over these next months and years each of you will major on four things that will empower your life and the life of Woodville Baptist Church:

1. Start each day with a quiet time of prayerwith the Lord God.
2. Spend some time in His word.
3. Be faithful in Sunday School and Church.
4. Pray that God would allow you to share the gospel with at least one person each month.

Do these things faithfully and your life will never be the same forever.

Don’t forget that we love each of you.

Ed McDaniel (John 1:6)

 

 

 JUNE 2017

 

What do we do now that we have a pastor? That is a great question. I am excited that the church has a new pastor. There are a number of things that a church must do during this transition to insure that God will be honored through his ministry here at Woodville Baptist Church. We will share a few things that God has placed on my heart that I believe will be a great start.

1. Start each day by praying that God will allow you to be a real prayer partner during the pastor’s time with you. Most of the time having a good pastor starts in our hearts. 
2. Pray that God will wrap the Pastor and his wife in His peace. Moving can be a real difficult time. (John 16:33)
3. Make a commitment to be more faithful to the Kingdoms work than you have been.(James 2:14)
4. Determine now to love your Pastor. Invite him into your home. Don’t wait for him to come by. Remember Jesus in John 11.
5. Remember the new pastor does not know where anyone lives. During his first few months offer to take him or go with him to visit.
6. Don’t forget, the pastors work is never done, so be sensitive to his need to rest.

My prayer is for God’s blessings on all in this great time in the life of the church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAY, 2017

 

Watchman's Prayer 

 

People often ask me if I could do life over would I make some changes.  I sure would! Being a better father would be an area I would take a different approach to. As a young preacher my goal was to be the best preacher, pastor I could be. I spent so much time trying to fulfill this goal that my children became the victim of my goal. Paul said in the book of Philippians: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition.” (Philippians 2:3)

If either husband or wife (or worst of all,  both ) is primarily driven by the desire to fulfill personal needs, they face another major obstacle to a successful marriage. In our day and age, it’s easy to get on the fast tract, running over the bodies of our spouse and children to get where we are going.

Writer Keith Miller tells a story about a father who always brought work home with him and therefore had no time to play ball with his son. When the child asked his mother what the problem was, the mother said, defensively, “Son your father has so much work to do that he just can’t get it done at work and has to get caught up on it at home. “ The child said, “Well why don’t they put him in a slower group?”

Many of us need to slow down and reassess what our real priorities should be. Selfish ambition and a happy marriage simply don’t mix. It is entirely proper for the wage earner(s) in the family to want to do their job and do it well. It is right to want to provide security for our family by the work we do. But it’s another thing altogether to want success  at the expense of those to whom we have a primary obligation especially family.

Over the last 30 years of my life I have used Psalm 84:11 as my spiritual compass. May God bless each of us to be the kind of person He wants us to be.

 

 

 

 

APRIL, 2017

 

                     Watchmans Prayer

 

He’s alive, He’s alive and I am forgiven. What a great message for this special time of the year.  For me Easter is every day of the year. When Jesus came alive in my life was the greatest one thing to ever happen to me. The vehicle that God used to bring this truth to me was the Church.

That little frame building that brought so much joy and hope to our little farm community no longer stands, but those of us that were influenced by its being there goes on. This is just one reason I believe so strongly in the local Church. Today the church is under fire from an upside down culture. Here are just a few reasons we need to love and support our Church.

The church is the only institution dealing with the ultimate issues: Death, Life, Heaven, Hell, Purpose, Lasting priorities and Meaning in life.

The church provides perspective that gives dignity to mankind. We live in a day in which man has become a means rather than an end.

The church provides a moral and ethical compass in the midst of relativism. The church still stands on the timeless bedrock of the Bible. During a time when our culture says there are no absolutes the church rings the bell for truth.

The church is the only place to find true community,Healing, Compassion and Love. I am so thankful to be blessed by this kind of church family growing up.

The church (like no other institution) has provided motivation for the most lasting, unselfish, essential, courageous ministries on earth: Schools, Hospitals, Orphanages and Missions. During this Easter time pause and give thanks for the church that God has given us.

 

 

 

 

 

MARCH, 2017

 

People often ask me what defines my relationship to others. The answer to the question of course is found in my relationship to the Lord. Some years ago I came across a poem that speaks my heart for others. I have chosen to share this masterpiece with each of you. I hope that God uses the words of this ole poem to bless your heart. 

 

A HOUSE BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD

BY SAM WALTER ROSS

There are hermit souls that live withdrawn In the place of their self­content; There are souls like stars, that dwell apart, In a fellowless firmament; There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths Where highways never ranBut let me live by the side of the road And be a friend to man. Let me live in a house by the side of the road, Where the race of men go by The men who are good and the men who are bad, As good and as bad as I. I would not sit in the scorner's seat, Or hurl the cynic's ban Let me live in a house by the side of the road And be a friend to man. I see from my house by the side of the road, By the side of the highway of life, The men who press with the ardor of hope, The men who are faint with the strife. But I turn not away from their smiles nor their tears, Both parts of an infinite plan Let me live in a house by the side of the road And be a friend to man. I know there are brook­gladdened meadows ahead And mountains of wearisome height; That the road passes on through the long afternoon And stretches away to the night. But still I rejoice when the travelers rejoice. And weep with the strangers that moan, Nor live in my house by the side of the road Like a man who dwells alone. Let me live in my house by the side of the road It's here the race of men go by. They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong, Wise, foolish­ so am I; Then why should I sit in the scorner's seat, Or hurl the cynic's ban? Let me live in my house by the side of the road And be a friend to man. 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY, 2017

 

 

As we think about the New Year that is before us, we must not go to sleep in the Church. The War before us is real. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10-20 that each of us must prepare for battle. We must be strong. (v10) The church should not be a cruise liner, but a battle ship. Thom Rainer, President and CEO of LifeWay Resource Center said “When the wishes of the people are stronger than their passion for the Gospel, the church is dying.”  We must dress for battle. (v11) (2Kings 6:8-23) Sometime I feel that many in the Church don’t really understand that the enemy is greater than we are. The great truth that we can cling to is the reality that the Lord Jesus is our strength. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. I am blessed to be involved in this battle with you. We must dress for battle and keep our eye on the victory we have at the cross.

 

 

JANUARY, 2017

Watchman

It is impossible to comprehend the cross. Human intellect alone cannot fathom the depths of what happened on Calvary. No amount of study or contemplation will unlock its truth to us. Our human capacities can only touch the outer periphery of its meaning. We can theorize about its theological import and be untouched by its power. Christians and nonbelievers alike can evaluate the symbolism of the cross and be moved by the idea of the vicarious suffering of a man because for his friends, but miss the cosmic implications of what happened on the cross.

My prayer this year will be that each of us will make a fresh new commitment to revisit our salvation experience. Rejoice in the fact that the Lord did for us what no one else could do. He loved us while we were lost sinners. We were flawed and held captive by the grip of sin. On the cross The Lord paid a price we could not pay. The Lord did what He did, not because we deserved it, but because He loved us. (John 3:16)

I trust that in this revisit to the cross each of us will find a fresh and powerful presence of God. I love each of you and wish that this New Year will find you feeling good about your walk with the Lord. (Psm. 84:11)

 

 Pastor Ed McDaniel

 

 

 DECEMBER, 2016

 

 

 

What a great time of the year! As we think about all the great things we have been blessed with, none rises to the level of our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. I trust that you will join me in spending more time in working on the relationship we have with our Savior.

There are a number of things we can do to improve this relationship:

1. Commit to spending at least one hour each time day in prayer and devotion to the Lord that gave us life. 
2. Decide that worship is the most important choice you can make on Sunday.
3. Encourage others to become involved in what the Lord God is up to.
4. Take serious how we carry ourselves and what our actions are in public.
5. Remember, some people say, “what you are doing is so loud I cannot hear what you are saying”.

I trust that during this special season of the year we will give pause to the greatest gift of all, the baby Jesus who died on a cruel cross so that we may know the gift of Life.

 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER, 2016

 

Watchman’s Prayer

Over the last two weeks our church has placed “Prayer” at the top of the list of things that we as believers should always be doing. We are thankful for all of you that made a commitment to be a part of the Watchman Prayer Ministry.  

Over the years many have asked me about how to improve their prayer life. I will share a few things that I have shared with others over the years. First we need to remember that Jesus challenged us to, “pray without ceasing.”(1Thess. 5:17)

1. Commit to make prayer a vital part of everyday.
2. Find a good quite place where you will not be disturbed
3. Make a list of things and people you want to pray for.
4. Have a bible with you in case the Lord brings some scripture to your mind. 
5. Put your body in a posture that does not cause you pain.
6. Remember it is not how long you pray, but to whom you pray.
7. Always start by praising God. Matt. 6:9-10.

 

 

 
 
OCTOBER, 2016
 
I found this poem a number of years ago. I keep it on my desk to remind me that unless I keep my eyes on the Lord Jesus I too will see others less than Jesus sees them. I trust that it will bless your life.
 
 

Six humans trapped by happenstance in bleak and bitter cold, Each one possessed a stick of wood, or so the story goes. Their dying fire in need of logs, The first man held his back, For on the faces around the fire He noticed one was black. The next man looking across the way Saw one not of his church And couldn’t bring himself to give The first his stick of birch. The third one sat in tattered clothes He gave his coat a hitch. Why should his log be put to use to warm the idle rich? The rich man just sat and thought of the wealth he had to store, And how to keep what he had earned From the lazy, shiftless poor. The black man’s face bespoke revenge As the fire passed from his sight, For all he saw in his stick of wood was a chance to spite the white. The last man of this forlorn group did naught except for gain. Giving only to those who gave was how he played the game. Their logs held tight in death’s still hand Was proof of human sin. They didn’t die from the cold without they died from the cold within. 

 
 Pastor Ed McDaniels
 
 
SEPTEMBER, 2016
 
 

 Journey Toward Spiritual Fulfillment

 (Romans 12:1-3, Eph. 4:16)

(Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gift)

Paul, in Romans 12:1-10 tells us, as we commit to walk with Christ, we also must commit to giving all we have to Him.

1        Our spiritual gifts are like our personal job description from God. As you discover your gifts and begin to use them, you are fulfilling God’s will for you.                                                              

2     Our Spiritual Gifts help us to Benefit the Whole Church. That’s Paul’s point in Ephesians 4. In 4:16 we see how our spiritual gifts help the church grow. “From him (that is, from Christ) the whole body (that’s the church), joined and held together by every supporting ligament (that’s you and me as we work together in the church), grows and builds itself up in love (that’s the end result) as each part does its work (that’s the key!).”

3.    Our spiritual gifts are designed to glorify God’  

Listen to the words of I Peter 4:10-11. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If any one serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

4.    Some things we can do to find and develop our Spiritual Gifts.

        Make a commitment to know what God has gifted you to do. Matt. 6:33 To seek first the Kingdom becomes a question of priorities.

        Make a public statement, that you want  to be where God wants you to be. Making it public gives rise to accountability. Romans 14: 12; Every one of us shall give account  of himself to God.

        Make yourself available to every area of the Churchs’ Ministry. Isaiah  6: 8 Here am I; send me.

AUGUST, 2016
 
         THANKS FOR THE BEST THAT GOD HAS TO GIVE
GALATIONS 5:22-23
 
 Over the years I have heard hundreds of testimonies from fine Christian people.  I could almost say it for most of them.  They would go something like this:  "I am thankful for my wife, my children, my health, etc."  There is nothing wrong with this except there are thousands of un-churched people that could say the same thing.  All of these things, we can do to some degree and in our own minds take some credit for.  In Galations 5:22-23, Paul tells about nine wonderful results for one who commits his life to a daily walk with the Lord.  Let's look at the process.  I like to think of these as instinctive ac ts of the committed life.
 
 There are three groupings of three instinctive acts of the committed life.  In the first group of three we will see that out of these the other six flow.
 
OUR RELATIONSHIP with the Father
 
Love:  In Romans 5:5, Paul tells us that the love of God is poured out into our hearts.  John tells us in    1 John 3:14, "We can know that we have passed from death unto life, if we love the brother."  Only God can produce this kind of love.
Joy:   The result of our daily walk with God produces that inner joy; that in spite of all the things that are going on around us, God is still in charge.  Romans 8:28
Peace:  Romans 5:1 tells us, "Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."  This God-like peace is built upon the other two; love and joy.  Out of these three we will see that the other siz will flow.  The following deal with how we deal with others.
Our Relationship with Others:
Longsuffering:  How long is your fuse? First Corinthians 13 has a lot to say about how love does this.  We must always remember that fire cannot burn without fuel.
Kindness:  When we talk about kindness, we are talking about inner-disposition.  Kindness is the part of us that we allow the Father to massage with love, joy and peace.
Goodness:  The habitual actions in which the disposition shows itself.  (Our entire conoduct is the product of this disposition, which is the result of the first group: love, joy and peace.)
 
Our Relationship with Others:
Faithfulness:  This word is not a theological reference.  It has to do with our trustfulness.  Can you be counted on to be who you claim to be?  Are you the real deal?
Meekness:  Meekness is a st rong word that carries with the meaning that one is under complete control of the Master.  A horse is considered meek when he or she responds only to the commands of the rider.
Temperance:  Mastering the desires of the flesh.  This flows out of love, joy and peace.
 
Ed McDaniel
Interim Pastor
 
 
JULY, 2016
 

 

18 THINGS TO PRAY FOR YOUR CHURCH”

Written by Jonathan Leeman and printed in Texan Online.Net, May, 2016

1. That we would have unity amid diversity—loving those with whom we have nothing in common but the gospel.

2. That a culture of discipling would form in which making disciples is viewed as an     ordinary part of the Christian life.

3. That faithful leaders would use Scripture to train members to do the work of ministry.

4. That a hunger for studying the gospel would form among members so that they can guide and guard one another in it.

5. That transparent, meaningful relationships would become normal and remaining       anonymous would become strange.

6. That the preaching of God’s Word would be biblically careful and Holy Spirit imbued.

7. That leaders would remain above reproach—kept from temptation, complacency, idols and worldliness.

8. That the church’s songs would teach members to biblically confess, lament and praise.

9. That the church’s prayers would be infused with biblical ambitions, honesty and        humility.

10. That adult members would work to disciple teenagers and not just leave it to             programming.

11. That the church’s primary teachers grow in dedication to God’s Word even when no one is watching.

12. That the church would grow in being distinct from the world in love and holiness, even as it engages outsiders.

 13. That members would share the gospel this week-and see more conversions!

14. That members would be prepared for persecution, remembering to love, not curse, their persecutors.

15. That hopes for political change would be outstretched by the hope of heaven.

16. That giving would be faithful, as well as joyful, consistent and sacrificial.

17. That more members would use their careers to take the gospel to places it’s   never been.

18. That members would be good and do good in their workplaces this week.

 

2 THINGS TO PRAY SPECIFICALLY FOR WOODVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH

19. Pray for God to send the right person to serve as pastor of WBC and for the Pastor Search Committee as they search for that person.

20. Pray for our vote on July 3 to accept Rev. Ed McDaniel as our interim pastor.

 

Our Vote on July 3, was cast and Rev. Ed McDaniel is now our interim pastor.  Thanks to all who were there and voted or just prayed from home. 


JUNE, 2016
                                                               TRANSITIONS
 
     When a church is looking for ao new shepherd, it is a transitional period in its history that is unsettling, exciting, but most of all, a genuine spiritual experience.  It is a time filled with great expectations, occasional frustrations, disappointments and huge responsibilities to find a person to lead the congregation.
     Those who serve on a Pastor Search Committee and Pulpit Supply Committee become the eyes, the ears , and the heart of congregation, and all of our gifts and spiritual sensors need to be available to and in tune with the heart of God.  It is work!  It is spiritual work!  It is work that will have long lasting effects, not only in the persons in our church, but also in our personal walk with the Lord.
     A change of leadership in the life of a church is a time to reaffirm the leadership of the Lord God.  This means that this transition time should be a time when each member decides that God's will must come first.  To determine the will of God, our church members must turn to earnest prayer.  Failure to do so will mean the church will miss the power and direction of God, and the period of seeking a pastor will be a frustrating one.
 
MAY. 2016
 James 1:2-4 tells us to count it all joy when we fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces patience, but  we need to let patience have its perfect work, that we might be perfect and complete lacking nothing.  We know that we will not get to that point of perfection here on earth, but that is supposed to be our objective.  He also tells us in His word that our faith is tested by trials, will tell if it is genuine and is more precious than gold that perishes.  I Peter 1:6-7.
We are all having trials and it has definitely been a trial without a senior Pastor.  It has been a season the Lord is allowing us to go  through; and a time for us to get close to the Lord and prepare our hearts to receive the pastor he sends; to be a blessing to him, give him our love and support; be the church walking in unity, that the Lord can bless with His presence.  In Collossians 3:12-14, He calls us the "elect of God", holy and be loved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long suffering, bearing with one another and forgiving one another and put on love which is the  bond of perfection.
 
Our Sunday night discipleship class is studying "Lord change my attitude."  We have learned from scripture that the Lord hates complaining.  His people ended up years in the wilderness and a lot of them dead because of their complaining.
 So let's encourage one another as we see the day of the Lord quickly approaching, to throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles us and run the race to win!
M. Mahan
 
APRIL, 2016
 

God has blessed us in so many ways; one being the way He decorates our World with the magic colors of spring. No shade of green is more beautiful than the unfolding leaves of a Beech Tree, the sudden appearing of the blooms on a Red Bud tree, or the vivid colors of Azaleas.  One way to show our appreciation to God for these gifts of beauty is by reviving & strengthening our relationship with Him. Be serious about preparing your heart for our April 3-6 Revival Services at 7:00 P.M. each evening.

 Begin by reading 1 John 1: 8, 9.

Consider the following suggestions & questions:

Thank God:

For His Son Jesus, for your cleansing, for His forgiveness, for the Holy Spirit, for victory over sin, for revival, for an opportunity to witness to others

Serious considerations:

Have I neglected my time alone with God?

Have I broken any promises or pledges made to God?

Have I broken God’s commandments?

Have I worried and been overly anxious about things over which I have no control?

Am I guilty of the sin of unbelief?  Do I really believe in the power of God to: cleanse any sinner? change any life? ,take care of any situation? guide me in my decisions?

Have we as a church, sinned against God?

Are we doing everything the Lord has commanded us to do?

Where do we fall short of His Word and His commands?

Specific prayers for revival:

Pray for lost folks to realize their lostness and to hunger and thirst for truth; Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict them of their need for a Savior and for the Lord to soften their hearts to the Gospel.

Pray for our revival team: Dr. Jim Futral; preacher; Derrick Burt, music worship leader; and Debbie Wesberrry, pianist.

Thank you for being found faithful! MH

         

 
MARCH, 2016
Thank you for prayers as we continue to search for a new pastor.  Linda Johnson
 
 

As Watchman Prayer members, we have committed ourselves to pray for our church, our community, our state, our country and for other during a special time each week. We are watchmen on the wall bathing others in our prayers. Never was there a greater need for more people to pray than now, especially in our church as we seek a new pastor and prepare for special revival services. But, let’s consider another aspect of prayer. Let’s consider what has been called “practicing the presence of God,” as we look at some of the thoughts and letters of Brother Lawrence.

Brother Lawrence was born in France around 1605. He spent most of his adult years serving as a cook in a    monastery. “He was assigned to kitchen duty: preparing food and washing dishes and mopping floors. Amidst the steaming pots and pans, he entered into conversation with God. His admitted distaste for kitchen drudgery day in and day out reveals a very human side of Brother Lawrence. But more important, it unlocks the secret of his grace. That he disliked it is beside the point. That he used it to serve God is his gift. He transformed drudgery into devotion.”

Here are his own words. “We can do little things for God. I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for the love of Him. When that is done, if there is nothing else to call me to prostrate myself in worship before Him, who has given me grace to work-afterwards, I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God. We search for stated ways and methods of learning how to love God, and to come to that love we disquiet our minds by I do not know how many devices. We give ourselves a world of trouble, and pursue a multitude of practices to achieve a sense of the presence of God. Yet it is so simple. How very much shorter and easier it is to do our common business purely for the love of God. To set His consecrating mark on all we lay hands to, and thereby foster the sense of His abiding presence by (constant) communion of our heart with His!”

As we hunger for more of God, we might do well to remember some of these quotes found in                          Brother Lawrence’s letters: “Count as lost each day you have not used in loving God”

“Our only business is to love and delight ourselves in God”

“our sanctification does not depend upon changing our works, but in doing for God’s sake what we normally do for our own.”

I hope as we practice the presence of God, we will pray “Lord, thank you for your presence in my life and in the world around me. I pray today that you will increase my spiritual sensitivity, helping me to recognize your     presence. Be gracious, Lord. Open my eyes to see your face.”

Deborah Vines

 

FEBRUARY, 2016
 
Thanks everyone for continuing in our Watchman Prayer Group.  Pastor Search has been accepting Resume' from interested parties.
 
JANUARY,  2016
 
Thank You for your continued efforts to the Watchman Prayer group.  Our pastor search committee is hard at work trying to find a new pastor for our church.
 
December, 2015
Welcome to Woodville Baptist Church and Thank you to all who have signed up to particpate  for 2015-2016.
 
 
NOVEMBER, 2015
 

Dear Watchman Prayer Warrior,

Welcome to Woodville Baptist Church’s Watchman Prayer Ministry of 2015-2016! If you are returning, I want to thank you for your faithfulness to this powerful ministry. If you are joining for the first time, I want to thank you for your faith that has led you to this action. This ministry is not just a local ministry. It is a universal Kingdom effort for the growth and strength of the Kingdom of God. Yes, many things on our list are secular or physical, but the fact that we are praying to God Almighty about these things shows how the spiritual realm affects us all.

In 2 Kings Elijah is threatened by a foreign king. The king sent his army to take care of Elijah. Elijah’s servant saw the army first and he was terrified. He ran to Elijah and reported. Elijah’s response in 2 Kings  6:16-17, “16 So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of jhorses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

Many things are going on in our world that, at the very least, causes us concern. Some, flat-out scare us to death. When we only look at the world through our spiritual eyes and neglect the use of our spiritual eyes, the Bible calls that spiritual blindness or having scales on our eyes. When fear grips us and paralyzes us, we need to call upon the Lord. He is the only One who can show us our spiritual reality. Romans 8:31 asks, “What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?” Indeed! Keep praying.

Your fellow prayer warrior,

Pastor Rob.


j 2 Kin. 2:11; Ps. 34:7; 68:17; Zech. 1:8; 6:1–7

 

OCTOBER, 2015

Dear Watchman Prayer Warriors,

Thank you yet again for your diligent prayers. It sometimes seems that our world is getting worse and worse. However, I believe our prayers are holding back the judgement of God from our Nation.  The world is making its choices and it is getting easier to see the sheep of God and the goats of the world. The darkness is getting darker and yet the light of God is getting brighter. The time is coming and now is that there will less and less room to sit on the fence between serving God and serving the flesh. Matthew 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (riches).” Actually, we cannot serve God and anything else.

There is only one God. He presents Himself to us in the three Persons of the Trinity, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, yet He is still only One. He commands His followers to have no other gods before Him. You might think that’s easy, since there is only one God, but we humans tend to worship everything but God. The faithful prayers of God’s people must include a petition for His people to worship the One True God in a manner consistent with His true Word.

As you pray through your prayer regimen this month, please lift up the entire Worship process of Woodville Baptist Church and every true church of God Almighty. The reason God wants us to worship Him and Him alone isn’t because He is needy. It is because He made us and knows that we become like what we worship. He wants us to become more like Him. He is infinitely wise, loving and good. He wants us to be conforming to His image through true worship. All of us humans are finite beings and as such we all have an infinite path to be more like Him. Let us pray for each other to be repentant and humble in our worship of The Only Perfect God.

Thank you again for your continued prayers for so many areas of concern and also for redoubling your efforts in this area of worship. Please invite and encourage others to join in this powerful ministry of Watchman Prayer.

Your fellow Prayer Warrior,

Pastor Rob

 

 

 
 
SEPTEMBER, 2015
 

Dear Watchman Prayer Warriors,

We are coming to the close of another powerful year of prayer. The results are astounding and those are just the results we can see!! This year has been a great blessing. We are seeing the baptismal waters stir. Salvations are the direct result of strong prayer.  To be clear, we aren’t saving anyone, but God is saving them through His church. It is much like when God sent Moses to lead the Israelites out of captivity. Sometimes, God would say that He was coming to set them free and other times He would say that He was sending Moses. How can they both be true? Because God would come through His servant Moses. It is the same today;  we bring God to people as His ambassadors.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:20-21, “ 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Our faithful and fervent prayer is our way of representing God’s love and concern for the lost and for the saints. We, as His people, love what He loves and care about what He cares about. The power of our prayers is that it is always in the presence of God. When we pray, we enter into the throne room of God Almighty and make our requests.

Not only are souls being saved, but we are gaining members in other ways. People are joining the church as members by transfer of letter from other churches of like faith. I never want to steal sheep from other churches, but I do welcome all who come to join us if that is what God is calling them to. The only reason to ever leave a church and join another is because God is pulling you in that direction. We rejoice that some are coming our way.

Please redouble your efforts in prayer. The Revival Committee is working and praying about an upcoming Winter/Spring revival for Woodville Baptist Church. Please pray for the hearts and minds of our church family to be united in seeking God’s will for our church in this revival so that our hearts are truly revived before, during, and after the event. Also be in prayer for the Lost to feel the pull of the Holy Spirit so that they come in droves to find salvation in Jesus Christ. Thank you again for all of your prayers and support.

Love and Blessings,

Pastor Rob

 
 
AUGUST 2015
 

Dear Watchman Prayer Partner,

I want to begin this letter by thanking each of you for your dedication to the ministry of God here in Woodville. Your prayers are making a difference. Being a Pastor is still strange to me even after 14 years. I have held a number of jobs over the years. Most of those jobs allowed me to work hard for eight to twelve hours and then go home. Being a Pastor has taught me that spiritual warfare is a constant pressure. I find myself constantly praying for my next message, for each of you, and for opportunities to minister in some way. My quiet time this week led me to Exodus 17, which encouraged me greatly and gave me a vision of all of you.

The Israelites were in the wilderness and Amalek came out to fight against the Israelites. Moses sent Joshua to lead the battle against them. Exodus 17:10-13 says, “Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.” What a great story.

This is how I feel much of the time. I feel like I am struggling to come up with a sermon or burdened by an issue that one of you is facing. The moment I get tired or discouraged, one of you begins your prayer hour and I am strengthened. I know sometimes, you don’t pray right at the hour that you signed up for, but God uses your faithfulness. When He puts the urge to pray on your heart, you might think you somehow disappointed God by praying an hour or a day later, but let me assure you, those prayers come right on time. I can feel them.

We are encouraged in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Many times we quote this verse when adversity comes, but the truth is that this verse describes a successful ministry as well. God’s work here in Woodville is constant and powerful, just like His work everywhere. When Christians are committed to prayer and ministry, God performs his mighty works on a regular basis. We are His instruments by which He works. I am honored to be on the spiritual battlefield with all of you. Thank you.

For God’s Glory,

Pastor Rob

 
 
 
 
JULY, 2015
 

Dear Watchman Prayer Warrior,

Attrition is an interesting word. I first heard it when I was in the Army. One of my drill sergeants spoke of it at the beginning of Basic Training. He said due to attrition, only some of us would make it through Basic Training. Since then, I’ve heard the word used when referring to College, Special Forces and even the ministry. The word attrition has an opposite, and that is resolve. Resolve is a dedication to the completion of a task. Your resolve to continue to participate in the Watchman Prayer Ministry speaks volumes about your spiritual condition.

I am honored to be your Pastor. This July marks the end of my seventh year as such and it has been a blessing. As we move forward, we must dig in our heels so that we continue to focus on the spiritual matters of our church family.  We are to strive to be Christ-like in our spiritual lives, but thanks to God we are not on our own.  Galatians 3:3-4 says, “ Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?” We are not alone in our spiritual walk.

I believe with all my heart that we must be faithful with the gifts that we have received. I believe that spiritual warfare is constant in all of our lives. We must pray for ourselves and for each other constantly. We must work on our shortcomings. We must be honest with ourselves and with God. Then we take all of our discoveries about ourselves and lay them at the altar. God will take our offerings of ourselves and bless those offerings more than we ever dreamed.

Our honest prayers are an offering to God. Psalm 141:2 says, “Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” I’ll be honest, I don’t usually think about my prayers as a sweet offering to God. I think of it more as a privilege, an honor, an opportunity, and a plea for help. But here, I see that I can actually be a blessing back to God by faithfully taking everything that I desire and everything that I am to Him in prayer. Wow… What a wonderful God we serve. Thank you for your resolve to offer up faithful prayers.

Your Brother in Christ,

Pastor Rob

 
 
June, 2015
 

Dear Watchman Prayer Warrior,

            “Bathing something in prayer” is an interesting saying. It conjures images of carefully washing every angle of something and possibly letting it soak for a while before rinsing it off and drying it. Bathing is the process of cleaning something. The next time you have a need or desire for something, bathe it in prayer. I suppose it is a matter of how much thought we want to invest in whatever we are praying for. James 5:16b says, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (NKJV). The words “effective” and “fervent” are used here in tandem.

            Effective simply means successfully achieving the desired result. Fervent, however means a passionate and dedicated effort. Are you praying for a friend or a loved one? God wants to give us the desires of our hearts, but He also wants us to want desperately the desires of His heart. The book Bible Reader’s Companion says, “Tradition gives James the nickname ‘the Just’ and tells us his influence extended to Jewish believers throughout the Empire. He was also reputedly called ‘camel knees,’ because his fervent dedication to prayer caused calluses to develop on his knees. This pastoral letter written by James gives us insight into the earliest days of the church.” [1] There are a plethora of nicknames to aspire to, but “camel knees” might get passed over, at least until the fully impact of what is being said is considered.

            How passionate are we about our prayers? What are we sacrificing in order show our passion for “bathing” something or someone in prayer? Pray with careful consideration of the subject of the prayer and the One to Whom you are speaking Pray about the matter at hand from every angle you can imagine and rejoice knowing that the One to Whom we are praying loves us and has all power available to Him to accomplish His perfect will. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers especially for VBS, Youth Camp and Backyard Bible Club this month. Please pray for our teachers, helpers, and especially the kids to be transformed by God during all of these events. God bless you.

Your fellow prayer warrior,

Pastor Rob.



[1] Lawrence O. Richards, The Bible Reader’s Companion, electronic ed. (Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991), 869.