From Your Pastor

Between August and September, we have anniversaries of serving North Anderson Baptist Church: Kiley, 2 years, Dennis, 9 years and Diana, 17 years. We are a fortunate church family to have these special folks with us as servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not many churches can claim that kind of servant leadership. I want to personally thank each of them for all they do for the Lord Jesus and for this church family. We would not be what we are today without them all. Thank you from a grateful pastor.
Since discipleship is one of the most important things in the Christian life let me remind you that there are great opportunities for each of us to grow in our Christian faith and become more like Christ. We start with our Bible Study on Sunday morning at 9:15 within the circle of friends and with teachers who love and cherish the opportunity to teach and lead others in Bible study. On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm we faithfully study the Scriptures during the Prayer Meeting time in the sanctuary and then the Young Adults are being led in studying relevant material to their lives by Jerry Wilson. And, starting in September and written about in Dennis’ article, our new Small Groups, at 6 pm, which draw us closer in our walk with the Lord. There is a place for each of us and many are taking the advantage of going to each one they possibly can to seek the Lord with all their hearts. Starting the first Sunday in October, the 7th and going to the end of the month, every Sunday there will be New Member and Guest Orientation classes. If you have not yet attended one of these classes, either as a guest or a member of the church, you are truly welcome to
come. It will be very informative and all are welcome. We meet during the Sunday School hour, 9:15 am in the classroom across from the Nursery.
You are loved by this pastor, Bill

From Your Pastor, August 2018

From Your Pastor…
August is the new beginning…? What does that mean? It used to be when I was a child and many of you too, we did not start school until after Labor Day. Today that is not so. Public schools, as well as private and home schools all start in the month of August. The vacation time for the family has been cut short and school starts again. Good or Bad? I don’t know, but I know that the family needs time together and sometimes this changes things. I talked to a teenager this week who said that she was already wanting to go back to school. That wasn’t me when I was her age!!!
So, what does August mean to you? Changes come again when the schedules start to be stricter and time with the children might be a little less. How about the church, what is the difference for us? There are programs starting back up and the youth ministry have new additions of those who are coming into middle school. There is still a RA camp that is to come for boys and their fathers or just boys, if that is the case. It is a great time together and the ones who have gone to Camp McCall have truly enjoyed the time with the staff and other campers.
I am going to finish up the preaching of the Sermon on the Mount in the middle of August and start a new series called “Freedom in Christ” from the Book of Galatians. Please pray for me as I preach through this important book in the Bible.
24 “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
(Numbers 6:24-26)
Pastor Bill

From Your Pastor, July 2018

From Your Pastor…
To Our church family,
Another year has passed since Lynda and I came here to be a part of this great church and to serve the Lord through serving each of you. 27 years seems to be a long time; really it is, I was 43 when I came and of course Lynda was just a young girl. Our time has been so sweet and we have sought to love and work with each of you while we walk together with the Lord. Thanks for these years together. Seeking to fulfill the mission of God here at NABC calls us to be involved in so many wonderful ministries. There is nothing like Sunday School when it comes to learning and fellowshipping with brothers and sisters in Christ. It is the best place to introduce friends and others to the church for there they will be introduced to Christ as Lord, find Godly teaching and friendship worth investing in. Many of the newer churches do not have these kinds of classes; I think they miss out on so much. Of course, the soul of the church is our worship services where the Lord God Almighty is worshiped and adored through prayer, music, giving of tithes and offerings, fellowship and hearing the spoken word from the Bible. This is such a loving and caring fellowship that those who have chosen to become involved know that it changes lives. We have recently seen someone from each of the following groups, children, youth or adults make significant decisions. Lives are being changed and families strengthened. Go to others around you and share what Jesus has done in your life, giving them the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, that changes lives. Then encourage them by saying, “Come with me to church and see what great things God is doing!” Share the love God has given to you with those around you.
Blessings to you all,
Bill
 

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