December 6, 2015
Life: a series of “problem-solving” opportunities
The holidays can be a joyful experience, but often there are companion problems. Complications, changes and adjustments can be difficult issues for each of us. However, we are to know that our God is always in control. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Rom.8:28). The key for all things working together for good is #1 – to love God, and #2 – to be called according to His purpose. Even if we don’t completely understand at the advent of a problem, we must always doubt our doubts, believe our beliefs, and trust our God implicitly. Job said it best: Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him … (Job 13:15).
When a disappointment comes into our life, God is giving us a unique opportunity to solve that particular problem, and there by implementing spiritual growth unto maturity. Also, God has called each of us to serve others by helping them solve their problems. Problematic living will be our very existence until we are in glorified bodies. Consider these three biblical truths for “problem solvers.”
- God uses problems To DIRECT us. (Gen.50:20)
- God uses problems To TEST us. (James 1:2, 3)
- God uses problems To CORRECT us. (Ps. 119:71, 72)
Here follow several verses that has been an encouragement to me in the process of problem solving:
Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD (Jer.9:23,24).
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise (Heb.10:35, 36).
Be honest with yourself:
Are you a “problem-solver?”
Or, are you just “a problem?”
From the Sunday evening message. (8-2-2015)
Children’s Christmas Program
Psalty’s Christmas Calamity
ADULT CHRISTMAS BANQUET
Evangelist Kent York will be speaking at our Adult Christmas Banquet. Tickets are on sale today at the back table.
The spiritually moving “CHRISTMAS CANTATA” Sunday, December 20 at 10:30 AM, is a timely opportunity for you to invite family, friends, neighbors and business associates as your guests!
- Tonight – Children’s Christmas Program: Psalty’s Christmas Calamity
- 17 (Thursday-6 pm) Adult Christmas Banquet
- 20(Sunday-10:30 am) Christmas Cantata
- 23 (Wednesday-7 pm) Mid-Week Special Christmas Service
- (No Thursday Christmas Eve service)
- 26(Saturday-7 am) Men’s Prayer Breakfast
- 30 (Wednesday-7 pm) Mid-Week Special New Years’ Service
- (No Thursday New Years’ Eve service)
A Challenge to Read through the Bible in 2016
The testimony of the sixth President of the United States
“So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.” (John Quincy Adams) Bible reading schedules available next week.
Relaxed Visitation Schedule
Due to the flurry of seasonal activities of Christmas and New Year’s, we always forgo the organized Church visitation time on Saturday mornings. Therefore, there will beno regular visitation on December 12th / 19th / 26th and January 2. In years past, even if we find them at home, we’ve discovered that people are very much pre-occupied with year-end festivities. However, that should not prohibit each of us individually from making personal calls, texting and personal visits to witness for Christ and to invite the unsaved and unchurched to attend our services during this special time of the year.
RU ADDICTIONS PROGRAM
MEETS FRIDAY EVENINGS AT 7:00 PM
IN THE RU CLASSROOM.
OUR MISSION – RU is a biblically based, Christ-centered recovery program designed to rescue, recover, and restore those in addictive behaviors with the power of the victorious hidden life found only in Jesus Christ. Gal. 2:20; 6:1; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; 1 Cor. 15:57
NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH
2855 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ 85712
Church Office Phone: 327-5938
Dr. J. C. Joiner, Pastor
Rev. Carroll Frankland, Assoc. Pastor
Jamie Frankland, Children / Activities Coordinator
Jacque Joiner, Ladies Ministries
Ron Cox, Reformers Unanimous (Ph. 248-5216)
Sunday Services at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, & 6 PM
Wednesday Services at 7 PM
(AWANA & Youth Ministries at 6:30 PM)
Reformer Unanimous: Fridays at 7 PM
After each service, audio is available
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