Text Box: Volume 13, Issue 3
Text Box: The Lighthouse
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Text Box: Parents of 4th and 5th graders I need to have a special meeting with you on Sunday March 11 after the service.  Please plan to meet in the children’s room after the service for a short meeting about CentriKid.  The following information will give you an idea of what we will be talking about.  If you are a grandparent and want your grandchild to attend this camp please come to the meeting or contact me in the office.
This year North Anderson Baptist Church has a unique opportunity for children, both girls and guys, in the 4th and the 5th grades.  We have the opportunity to participate in CentriKid here in Anderson.  CentriKid is a God centered summer camp, Monday through Friday. This year’s theme is “Game On … Living a Transformed Life!” will center on the Old Testament hero Daniel and how to live out our faith as a follower of Christ as God works through us. We will meet in the mornings and attend the camp and finish up each evening around 9pm.  Yes, there will be long days involved but great times also for each person involved.
It is important that you look over these dates and let me know if your child will be attending one or more of these opportunities.  I will need to make reservations as soon as possible, especially for the CentriKid opportunity. 

Dennis Walker
Minister to Children & Adults
Text Box: Children’s & Adults Ministry

DMA will meet Thursday, March 15 at 12 noon for lunch.  Bring a covered dish.

Text Box: Congratulations to Nancy Danyels on the celebration of her 
5th anniversary in March as our Music Minister.    
We will are taking a “love offering” for Nancy to be presented to her in March.

Bill Rigsby

From Your  Pastor

Dear Friends,

 

In Matthew 9:35-38 Jesus speaks of a great need.  Read to see what He is speaking about.

 

 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

 

Did you see Jesus’ emphasis on five things?  The first emphasis is to see the people, the crowds. They were weary, helpless, and lost, kind of like a sheep without a shepherd.  Sheep without a shepherd will roam without thinking of the danger they may be in or the needs they have for safety and survival.  These people were lost and away from God; they did not know Him and His love, His greatness, or His care. The second emphasis from Jesus is for His disciples to see their Master’s compassion for the people. The third emphasis from Jesus is for His disciples to see that there was a great harvest available; people were ripe to hear the Word of God.  The enemy had prepared his evil plans for them and they could not defend themselves. In their weakened condition of needing the guidance and hope that The Good Shepherd could provide, they would be responsive to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus.  This was just not a few people, but the multitudes of those all around them; the harvest was plentiful. The fourth thing that Jesus emphasized in this scripture was the need for the disciples to see that the workers

in the harvest are few! The fifth emphasis is that the followers of Christ were to see that their responsibility was to pray to the “Lord of the Harvest” to send out more workers into His field.

 

How do we relate today to this scripture? First, it is clear that Jesus wants us to see the crowds of people today who are lost, without shepherding, and that they are wandering in danger of the enemy of our souls. Jesus still wants us, His church, to look out and to see them as they are, helpless and in need. Won’t you just take time to look out from your comfort zone and the confines of your protective home and see the crowds of lost people Jesus sees?

 

Second, He desires for us, you and me, to see our need for the same compassion that He had then and still has today, for the lost and dying humanity that we find ourselves around daily. Won’t you share your compassion with the lost and dying crowds? 

 

Third, He wants us to see that there is still a large and “plentiful” harvest available. People are searching for spiritual answers to the problems of life.  They want to know who God is and if He can help them in their problems and troubles. People are truly ripe today and ready to hear a true Gospel of salvation and forgiveness, to trust in something bigger than they are. Won’t you recognize for yourself, that the fields are white unto harvest?

 

Fourth, Jesus’ emphasizes to us that there just aren’t enough workers out there to bring in a harvest. It is so important to see the workers are still few. God has blessed the church but so few are willing to go into the fields armed with the Word of God and story of His love and forgiveness. Won’t you consider being a worker in God’s field?

 

Fifth, we need to see that our responsibility is to pray to the Lord that He will send laborers into His field do that there may be a harvest of souls for the Lord. What will it take for you to pray with passion and personal sincerity, seeking the Lord of the harvest to send laborers out? Where is the harvest field? It may be that the field you are to consider going into is your own neighborhood. That might be your harvest area. Others might be led to go into the fields of the world. Won’t you pray to God to send laborers to go into the harvest and then listen for God’s still, small voice which might say to you, “I want you to go for us.”

 

Training for going into the harvest will be February 26th from 5-7 pm, and April 29, May 6, and May 20 each at 6pm, and then May 23 at 6:45pm.

 

Your Pastor