Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has come and gone but the attitude of thanksgiving is one as believer we should have all year long. As a believer no mater how bad things are you can be thankful that your soul is kept secure in Jesus’ hand (John 10:28) and God the Father’s hand (John 10:29). We can also hold fast to the promise given in I Corinthians 10:13 that we will never be tempted above that which we are able to handle.

Our God is a good and mighty God and we should never forget that. He is a loving Father that takes care of His children and provides our needs. This year let’s try and make the act of thanksgiving a daily thing instead of a once a year thing.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Why don't some ministries produce fruit?

I was recently asked how we are seeing so many souls coming to Christ every week in our jail ministries when others are seeing few, if any, conversions in a year.. The simple answer is we invite them to make a decision. Many well meaning brothers and sisters fail to take the simple step of sharing Jesus Christ as part of their Bible studies. They do a good job setting the table, but never invite anyone to eat.

A couple of months back I was asked to fill in at a smaller study for someone who could not be there. I was informed that this was a Christian group so there was no need in preaching on salvation. I gave the message God laid upon my heart and half of the men came forward for salvation. It wasn’t anything special that I said, it wasn’t anything of me. The Holy Spirit had been working on these men for some time they were eager and hungry to be saved, but no one shared Jesus with them. Lots of morals and Bible stories, but no Jesus.

As Christians we need to be bolder in our sharing of the Gospel. If we would simply take the step of inviting many more would come to know Christ.

There is another reason why many ministries or seemingly Godly men never have a conversion. The value of a ministry is easily determined by the fruit it produces. I know men who have worked in their “ministries” for years without one person being saved, without one life changed in any sense of a positive way. Matthew chapter 7 talks about these men. It calls them “false profits” that need to be “hewn down, and cast into the fire”. These men contribute more to their own pride and martyrdom than to the Kingdom of God. Beware of ministries that do not produce fruit. Just as a healthy orange tree will always produce oranges, a healthy, Godly Ministry will always produce Godly fruit.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Ron & Debi Williams were the services this Sunday

This week we were blessed to have Ron and Debi Williams, missionaries to the Maasai & Warusha people of Tanzania, in our services this week. Ron presented the ministry that God has given them to reach out to the “bush” of Tanzania with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Since arriving in Africa three years ago they have seen over 2000 people accept Jesus as their Savior. We count it all joy to be able to support them prayerfully and financially and consider it an honor to be their sending church.
Those of you who have not had the opportunity to meet Rod & Debi have missed out on a blessing. You would be hard pressed to find a more genuine couple who truly love the Lord and the people they have been sent to minister to. Ron and Debi will be back in February for our Missions Conference.
They are currently raising money to finish their church building. The walls are now up to the tops of the windows and the work is progressing nicely. They are currently about $3000 short in what they need to finish. If you would like to make a donation to this project you can mail it to Crossroads Baptist Church and mark it for Ron & Debi Williams.
We were also blessed this week by having another Christian decide to join the church. Welcome, David, to the Crossroads Family, we look forward to worshipping with you! It is awesome to see how the Holy Spirit is working in the Church!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

King’s Kids is going strong!

King’s Kids is going strong! With our highest ever attendance ever this week King’s Kids continues to be a positive influence on kids in the 1st thru 6th grades. The kids are learning about Jesus in a safe and fun atmosphere. The Treasure Chest has been restocked and is ready for the next batch of kids. Don’t miss out on the fun! King’s Kids meets every Friday evening at 7:00. For more information contact Pastor Jay at 407-891-8688.