From the Pastor

March 12 devotion from Oswald Chambers is entitled “Total Surrender.” He uses Mark 10:28 as his scripture, “Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!” The surrender to Christ is not for our personal gain but as Mark 10:29 says in part, “for me and the gospel.” The author would have us to understand that our surrender is for the sake of Christ and the 

Gospel not for our own purposes that might make us good people of more “righteous and holy.” Chambers says, “Genuine total surrender is a person sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself.” “True surrender will always go beyond natural devotion.” God desires from each of us our total complete surrender of life before Him. God is looking for that kind of gift to Him so He can do what God desires to do, meet our every need and touch us with His embrace of love. Have you completely surrendered your life to Him? Will you seek only Christ in your life and not what you can get from Him? Desire an intimate relationship with the God of the universe through knowing His Son Jesus with all your heart and God will do miraculous things in and through you. (Matthew 6:33)

From Your Pastor

In reading the devotionals found in Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for his Highest, I seek to make them very personal.  For today’s devotion Chambers writes about 2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the Word” and entitles the devotion, “Being an Example of His Message.”  God calls us all to witness to His message but some He has called to preach the message of the Word.  When one is called he is not only to study and prepare for the preaching of the Word but his life is to be lived out in such a way that people can see the Word of God living and breathing through them.  All of us have been called to be witnesses, Acts 1:8 and Chambers calls for us to be the incarnation of what we believe and preach so that we literally make the message live.  God desires that we become that living example of the message of God in the world in which we all live.   

From Your Pastor, November 2014

In days where we see very little in our world and nation to be thankful for it is just the time to go to God and give Him thanks for who He is, His sovereign hand in this world and His faithfulness to His children. We should also be thankful for all those things which He has provided for us as a church and our own family as well as personally. Our God has been good to us and has not failed to care for us in all situations.
Giving thanks is the theme of November. When our early settlers came onto the cold shores of New England they experienced hardships which we can’t imagine, yet when the winter was over and the harvest came, eventually, they gave thanks even though they had lost loved ones to death and life was still very hard for them.
You see our thanksgiving should not come only when we receive good things from the hand of God but in essence we are to thank God in every situation of life that comes our way no matter what we experience. (1 Thessalonians 5:18, “…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”) Being a faithful God, He is aware of all our needs and is working in all things, good or bad, for our good. (Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”)
So beloved, give thanks to our Father in heaven who loves you in every situation you are going through and who is working in those experiences to make you more like Jesus and is giving you opportunities to trust Him even in the tough times of life.
With a thankful heart to God for our wonderful church family and your
faithfulness to Him, our Lord and Savior,
Bill.

From Your Pastor, October 2014

As a pastor there are times you get very sentimental about what you do. What the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, 19-20 helps describe how I feel about you, the people who make up North Anderson Baptist Church. I realize I am not your father, many of you are older than I, but I feel like I have “fathered” you over the years. Not that you are children either, but I hope I have cared for you, like Paul speaks of in this passage by “encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His Kingdom and glory.” God has brightened my heart with hope and joy because of you. I can say of you that you are so special to me that I can humbly present you to the Lord Jesus when He comes as my glory and joy.
Like Paul, who was encouraged by those he ministered to in chapter 3:7-9 and in 12-13 that I can say God has encouraged me because of your faith, standing firm in the Lord as you live faithfully for the Lord. Part of a pastor’s life is praying for those God gives you that they may be strong in their faith and continue in the joy of the Lord. I enjoy so much seeing the love of God overflow in your lives and expressed to one another. What a picture of our Savior you are! My prayer is that you will continue to grow in the love of Jesus and walk blamelessly and holy in His presence until the Lord Jesus Christ comes in all His glory.
With a grateful heart,
Pastor Bill

From Your Pastor, October 2014

As a pastor there are times you get very sentimental about what you do. What the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, 19-20 helps describe how I feel about you, the people who make up North Anderson Baptist Church. I realize I am not your father, many of you are older than I, but I feel like I have “fathered” you over the years. Not that you are children either, but I hope I have cared for you, like Paul speaks of in this passage by “encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His Kingdom and glory.” God has brightened my heart with hope and joy because of you. I can say of you that you are so special to me that I can humbly present you to the Lord Jesus when He comes as my glory and joy.
Like Paul, who was encouraged by those he ministered to in chapter 3:7-9 and in 12-13 that I can say God has encouraged me because of your faith, standing firm in the Lord as you live faithfully for the Lord. Part of a pastor’s life is praying for those God gives you that they may be strong in their faith and continue in the joy of the Lord. I enjoy so much seeing the love of God overflow in your lives and expressed to one another. What a picture of our Savior you are! My prayer is that you will continue to grow in the love of Jesus and walk blamelessly and holy in His presence until the Lord Jesus Christ comes in all His glory.
With a grateful heart,
Pastor Bill

From Your Pastor, September 2014

A brand new church year starts this month. This is a time to renew your faith the Lord and to His church. What is God going to do with your life this year? How does He desire to use you for His Kingdom’s work? Whatever God says to you and me my prayer is that we will be willing and obedient servants who respond with a, “Yes, Lord!” May our response be just that in this new church year. I want to introduce you to your deacon leadership: Chairman, Matt Ball; Vice-Chairman, Matt George; and Secretary, BJ Sharp. Pray for them and each of the following deacons this year: Bruce Brown, Sean Lister, Ray Manley, Rick Riendeau, Matt White, Bo Evans, Josh Stamps, Jerry Wilson, and Don Johnson.
We have already gone back to having a regular Sunday night worship service at least through December. We pray that you will plan to be there and bring your family; there is a children’s ministry, a youth ministry and a college ministry going on along with the nursery for the little ones. Plan to worship with us on Sunday evenings from 6-7pm. At times we will have an all-church fellowship or a movie night but we are excited for what God will do for His church. Be a part!
Coming this fall there will be a strong emphasis on Youth and College ministries. God has given us a great line-up of Godly leadership in both these critical areas of our church. Our Youth and College Day will be on Sunday, November 16th worship time. Please pray for the youth and college ministries of the church.
We have been truly blessed by having our Deaf Ministry, lead by Rev. Billy Sistrunk and assisted by both Julia Bramlett and Becky Walker as interpreters. God has been doing great things in this special group of our congregation. We want to thank them all for the loving spirit they have shown to each of us in the hearing congregation. What a great fellowship God has given us.
Let’s praise God for all He has done in and through us for God’s glory and the expansion of His Kingdom.
Your Pastor

From Your Pastor

It is not often that I go out of town to do a funeral.
This month I have the privilege to do a memorial ser-
vice for both Col. Ray Smith and Roah at Arlington
Cemetery, Washington, DC. We talked of this with
Ray before he died. He always wanted to be buried
there, so he and Roah had been cremated when they
died and their four daughters have arranged this very
sacred ceremony for their parents. Col. Ray was a
lifer in the Army. He was a soldier of many years and
many experiences. He wrote of his career in the Army
in a book found in our library. He fought in WWII
going ashore at Normandy two weeks after D-Day and
fighting through the European theatre with General
George Patton’s outfit.
 
Ray was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and also
served in Vietnam leading many men and not losing
one, of which he was very proud. Col. Ray served in
the Army’s Command College and in the nuclear pro-
gram for the United States of America.
 
All this time Roah was a faithful Army wife raising
four girls alone, most of the time. She was the perfect
wife and perfect Army wife, Ray would say. When
you spent time with Roah she express her great pride
in Ray and his work for our country and how much
she enjoyed being a part of the Army all those years.
After Ray retired and they settled here in Anderson
they eventually became a part of our church family.
Ray and Roah were very active in Sunday School and
other activities of the church.
Slowly, Ray noticed and finally everyone else did too, that Roah was suffering
from dementia. Her disease finally took them away to live in Greenville where
there was care for Roah’s condition, even as it would progress sending her into
the nursing unit.
What a very sweet couple and one which I appreciated so much for their great
sacrifice they paid for our country’s freedom from the very beginning of their
marriage until their deaths. Roah was a gentle lady and Ray was a patriot to the
very end, who loved freedom, which he fought for and loved the country which
he almost died for many times, as he told his friends.
What a joy their daughters have given me. Pray for me as I go to lay them to
their final rest on this side of heaven, my brother and sister in Christ and my
friends, Col. Ray and Roah Smith.
Your Pastor

From Your Pastor

It is not often that I go out of town to do a funeral.
This month I have the privilege to do a memorial ser-
vice for both Col. Ray Smith and Roah at Arlington
Cemetery, Washington, DC. We talked of this with
Ray before he died. He always wanted to be buried
there, so he and Roah had been cremated when they
died and their four daughters have arranged this very
sacred ceremony for their parents. Col. Ray was a
lifer in the Army. He was a soldier of many years and
many experiences. He wrote of his career in the Army
in a book found in our library. He fought in WWII
going ashore at Normandy two weeks after D-Day and
fighting through the European theatre with General
George Patton’s outfit.
 
Ray was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and also
served in Vietnam leading many men and not losing
one, of which he was very proud. Col. Ray served in
the Army’s Command College and in the nuclear pro-
gram for the United States of America.
 
All this time Roah was a faithful Army wife raising
four girls alone, most of the time. She was the perfect
wife and perfect Army wife, Ray would say. When
you spent time with Roah she express her great pride
in Ray and his work for our country and how much
she enjoyed being a part of the Army all those years.
After Ray retired and they settled here in Anderson
they eventually became a part of our church family.
Ray and Roah were very active in Sunday School and
other activities of the church.
Slowly, Ray noticed and finally everyone else did too, that Roah was suffering
from dementia. Her disease finally took them away to live in Greenville where
there was care for Roah’s condition, even as it would progress sending her into
the nursing unit.
What a very sweet couple and one which I appreciated so much for their great
sacrifice they paid for our country’s freedom from the very beginning of their
marriage until their deaths. Roah was a gentle lady and Ray was a patriot to the
very end, who loved freedom, which he fought for and loved the country which
he almost died for many times, as he told his friends.
What a joy their daughters have given me. Pray for me as I go to lay them to
their final rest on this side of heaven, my brother and sister in Christ and my
friends, Col. Ray and Roah Smith.
Your Pastor

From Your Pastor

Most believers have heard of or read 2Chronicles 7:14
“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and
turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from
heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their
land.” Solomon was confronted here by God during the
time of the dedication of the Temple he built for the worship of the Lord God Almighty. I have used this verse to
call our church to revival and so have many other pastors. It is a great and challenging passage of scripture
for a church body and an individual Christian.
Our Christian churches in America are dealing with immoral issues that are breaking the church alliances up
that have stood for decades. Our churches are being persecuted by an unbelieving world for their stand of faith
in the Lord Jesus Christ. In other parts of the world
some churches have been burned and others have been
destroyed by other violent methods. Our local churches
seemed to have little power in their community and deceasing respect among the communities in which they
worship. What should be done?
Our church will participate in a nation-wide effort called
“Call 2 Fall” calling us to fall on our knees and pray for
the local congregations to be refreshed and come to repentance for sin and rebellion against God. We also are
calling on churches to pray for our nation, the needs we
have as believers, and the courage to stand for the Word
of God in an immoral society seeking to change everything that the church stands for. We are seeking God for
a nation that has turned its back on the God who helped
established it as a true nation under God. Won’t you be a part of this prayer effort? On Sunday, June 29
th
during our morning worship we
will pray on our knees calling for God to forgive us our sins and grant us a renewed
Spiritual Awakening.
And then starting on July 1 through July 7 we will bind together praying individually and then on Sunday July 6
th
we will pray together as a church for these three
things: 1) God the Father to restrain, protect and deliver His people from the evil
that has come into our world. 2) For God the Son to be exalted, magnified and gloried in His church, in our nation and in our lives. 3) For God the Holy Spirit to fall
on us in a fresh way, compelling the church to repent of sin and our nation to return
to faith in the living God, resulting in a great national spiritual awakening. On Monday, July 7 we are asking you to pray and fast for 7 hours thus calling this event
“7-7-7.” Would you participate with us here at NABC?
Your Pastor

From Your Pastor, June 2014

One of the things I enjoy during the summer is being with family. Let me put it this way, I love seeing my family that are far away and those I see frequently and summertime really affords us that opportunity. We have a special week together and it is a great blessing to me and Lynda. Also during the summer we get to see the friends we have made over the years through the Gideon ministry. God has provided such great friendships and Lynda and I are truly blessed becauseof them.
I do hope each of you will realize that true friends bring joy to your heart. At times there are those who claim to be friends and nothing but sadness and misery come from them. They are not friends. God grants us friends and at times these special friends are those who truly guide us by telling us the truth even though it might be tough on us for awhile. But that true friend will stand by you no matter what. If your friends only told you the good things about you and left out those things that we need to hear then we might fall into a trap that would be eternally damaging to our body, soul and spirit.
If I were going off the deep end and I needed help and direction, a real friend would help set me straight. With love and tenderness he/she would kindly guide me back to the right path. Be that special person for someone else and accept the help of another friend for your life when things go wrong.
God is our greatest friend. His Word is where we go for the true guidance for our lives. You will be encouraged and at times or you might be challenged to get your life right before the Lord. If you and I fail to heed the correction of the Lord from His Word, we may well put our own life in danger and we might miss the blessings of the Lord which He meant to lift us up on high. Read the Word of God and see His greatness shine!