Pastor’s Notes – Bulletin for March 15

Dr J. C. Joiner 2March 15, 2015


He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)

Our society most certainly worships and adores its heroes.  Little wonder then, that athletes delight in seeing their names become household words, that stage and screen personalities strive for as much publicity as possible, and that business tycoons have their names inscribed on products and buildings. Politicians are always seeking public attention. Even Christians get caught up in exalting prominent preachers and religious celebrities. But there is a problem with all of this – it elevates man and not God.

How unlike John the Baptist!  Multitudes attended his ministry in the wilderness of Judea, and his fame spread throughout the country surrounding the Jordan River.  Yet quoting Isaiah, he was most content to say, “I am only a voice.” (John 1:23)  Confronted by the crowd, John faithfully pointed to Christ, saying, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)  He wanted them to remember Jesus the Christ, not John the Baptist!

May we also exalt the name of our dear Lord, the One that God the Father has highly exalted.  His name is the name to remember.  The name of Jesus is a curse word is this secular, humanistic world of unsaved; but to born-again, Bible believers, His “name is above every name.” (Phil 2:9)


Applying Scripture to Each Circumstance

A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.”  When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket I’ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.”

Thoughts on Two Types of Marriages:

  • Marriage needs to be reinforced in this culture, not redefined by politicians.
  • New Testament Christians are described as the Bride of Christ.

Question: Are you married to the Bridegroom, or do you just “date” Him for an hour on the weekends?

Gospel Tracts

We have an assortment of Gospel tracts in the foyers. Please pick up some to distribute this week. We have a nice ‘Thank You’ tract to leave with your tip when you are eating in a restaurant.


  • March 21 at noon – Memorial service for Joshua Sawtelle
  • March 29 – Anniversary Sunday – 56 Years
  • March 29 at 6:00 PM – Fifth Sunday Fellowship (Potluck)
    • This potluck will be part of our 56th Anniversary celebration. We would like for all of our church family to be present for this. The church will be providing the refreshments and desserts.
  • Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 PM – The Lord’s Supper (No Wed. PM Service)
  • April 5 – Easter Sunday
  • April 10th and 11th – Ladies’ Retreat in Phoenix
  • April 16th, 17th, and 18th – Men’s Advance in Fort Thomas
  • May 2 – Ladies’ Luncheon – Fashioned in His Image
  • May 27 – AWANA GRAND PRIX – Last night of AWANA till the end of summer.
  • May 31 – Dr. Lou Baldwin: Crossroads Baptist Church (Virginia); Conference on Evangelizing Black America (COEBA)
  • June 1-2 – AIBF Church Planters Conference; Dr. Lou Baldwin
  • June 3 – Kids Peanut Butter Night
  • June 10 – VBS starts – Hot Dogs and Chips
  • June 15-19 – Senior Camp / July 6-10 – Junior Camp


Be here tonight at 6 PM to hear

the Word of God preached.

The children are practicing for a drama called Colby’s Missing Memory.


Meets Friday nights from 7 – 9:30 PM

Sundays at 9:30 AM


NTBC Theme for 2015

Keep Faith Pristine In Twenty Fifteen”

‘Keep Faith Pristine in Twenty Fifteen’ is based on 2 Timothy 4:7I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.  

To keep the faith” is to claim the promises in God’s Word and apply them to my particular problems. “To keep the faith” is confidence in God’s faithfulness to me in an uncertain world, on an uncharted course, through an unknown future.




                                PREACHING the BIBLE

                                                … the WHOLE BIBLE

                                                                … and NOTHING but the BIBLE!



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)

Ladies Bible Study: Thursdays at 10 AM

Reformer Unanimous: Fridays at 7 PM

Visitation: Saturdays at 9:30 AM

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