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August 1st, 2019

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” -Ephesians 4:1-6 First, you can tell a church where the Spirit of God is in control by its unity – by its unity. The Spirit is the spirit of unity, Ephesians 4. And where there is a loving unity, where there is a unity without crushing individuality, the Spirit of God is in control. He seeks unity. Secondly, you can tell an assembly where the Spirit of God is in control by its fellowship. Its fellowship will be both deep, that is honest and intimate and real, and wide that is inclusive of anybody who cares and who comes and who is a part. Thirdly, you can always tell an assembly where the Spirit of God controls by its worship. It will be one that worships God really, genuinely, honestly; and its worship will be shared by all. In other words, they
will come to honor God; they will come to honor Christ; they will speak in honor of the Holy Spirit. They will praise God; they will sing praise; they will live praise; they will talk praise. Fourthly, you can tell a church that is controlled by the Holy Spirit by its evangelism. The Holy Spirit has come to point us to Christ. The Holy Spirit is the one who declares Christ, and in a church where the Spirit of God controls, Christ will be being declared. And evangelism will be spontaneous. It will be top priority. It will be natural outflow in the lives of the people who make up that assembly. Fifthly, you can tell a church where the Spirit of God is in control by its love. It will be an assembly of people who care about each other, an assembly of people controlled by the attitude of selflessness, where real love works, where sacrifice is a given. Sixthly, you can tell a church where the Spirit of God controls by its obedience. It will be a church that will be walking in the path that the Word of God prescribes. It will be a church where spontaneous obedience is the pattern of life, where all that ever needs to be said is this is what the Bible says, and response is immediate
the next business meeting. Carol Brown and Sue Lynn Johnson requested to landscape and maintain a small area in the church lot. Special Events: The 150th Anniversary Team will be producing video interviews of church members. Chris Deshazo is printing the outside banners. Volunteers are needed to work on the Anniversary float for the Apple Festival parade. College Discipleship: Group will be starting a video series on Mark. Strategic Planning & Action: The team met on June 4. They will be researching church growth, leadership structure, possible constitutional changes, and development of a 5-year plan. Nominating Team: We still need 2 more people to serve on the Leadership Council. Deacon Care Team still needs 3 more members. Tech Report: The Bose speaker power stand is not working. Dave Brooks will find out if it can be repaired or will have to be replaced. Pastor’s Report: The next Baptism class is in the works. Family Pastor’s Report: See Youth and Children’s reports above. The next Leadership Council meeting will be July 16 at 6:00 p.m. Trimester Business Meeting June 23 after
worship service.
Seventh, and tied right with that one, in a church where the Spirit of God controls, there will be people who are submitted to the Lordship of Christ. There will be people submitted to the Lordship of Christ. He will rule and they will lovingly, joyously, willingly submit to that rule. Eighth, you can always tell a church filled with the Spirit because there will be ministry – ministry. There will be saints interchanging spiritual gifts. There will be not just a professional pulpit, not just hired practitioners, and pastors and teachers and ministers, but there will be the mass of the community of believers ministering their spiritual gifts. The above article is taken from a sermon by John McCarther, pastor of the Grace Church in Panorama City, California. It says so well how a church ought to be. My desire is that as a community of believers we can be filled with the Spirit of God to be a model to the community in which we live. My hope is we will strive to become this edifying church. I hope you are having a wonderful summer with your families.
God bless In Christ’s steps, Shaker


July 1st, 2019

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” -James 4:14
Several years ago a university student asked Billy Graham, “What has been the biggest surprise in his life?” Immediately he answered, “the briefness of life.” Almost before we know it, the years have passed and life is almost over. We do not often stop and think about life moving fast. We always assume and make plans to do things one after the other. We are busy, our calendars are full. We may not say it but live life like we are going to live forever. James challenges us with the above scripture. What have we done that will leave a legacy for Christ. A few days ago I dropped off Nic and Hannah at the airport. They were on their way to Florida for camp. Five hours later I received a call from Hannah. She said, “Daddy I miss you.” This is what went through my mind when she is at home. I tease her all the time but somewhere during those times she learned daddy loves her and when she doesn’t see me–she misses me. The thought was profound to me. With a little fun daily interaction there was an impression made that I loved her and cared for her. I carry that thought with me. Maybe my brief life will make a difference to someone. Yes life is short–but before us is eternity. What am I contributing to the love and life Jesus Christ gave me? Let us not live as if life will continue forever. It will not. Live instead with eternity in view. James 4:17, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” The Bible says that when we know what to do and not do it, it is sin. When we know that we need to share our faith and not tell others about Jesus we could fall into sin. (continues on page 9) YOUR LEGACY…GOD’S GLORY JULY 2019 BAPTIES NEWSLETTER FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MURPHYSBORO 401 NORTH FIFTEENTH STREET MURPHYSBORO, ILLINOIS 62966 WWW.FBCMURPHY.ORG SHAKER SAMUEL, PASTOR KAY REIMAN, EDITOR CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED FBC Kids Monday Fun Day 5 years old – 5th grade 12 – 4:00 pm Monday July 8, 15, & 22 (continues from Pastor on page 1) This is where our influence comes in, because we are influencing people around us knowingly or unknowingly, why not use it for God’s glory. God is constantly asking who is going to tell them, Isaiah 6:8 reads, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah stepped up. Are we willing? Psalm 126:6, “Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” will return with joy. C.S. Lewis pointed out “Joy is serious business in heaven!” Jesus said (luke 15:7) there is joy in heaven over every sinner who comes to repentance. God goes out of his way to find the most unlikely candidates to accomplish HIS devine purposes. There were several Bible characters who gave excuses. Think of Moses, who when called by God to speak for Him, he said “I can’t, I have a speech impediment.” (Exodus 4:10). Jeremiah felt he was too young (Jeremiah 1:6). Think also of those that God used who had challenges and failures in life. Noah got drunk, Abraham was old, Jacob was a liar, and David has an affair. Peter denied Christ, the disciples fell asleep while praying and Lazarus was dead. (This was taken from the book Tell Someone by Greg Laurie.) What is your excuse? You could say I’m not qualified, I’m not gifted or talented, or I do not know enough scripture. Guess what, those are the people God is looking for because when something amazing happens through you God gets the glory as He should. The Bible says it is in our weakness God is glorified. Remember we are “blessed to be a blessing.” Hannah calls me every night to tell me she misses me and loves me. Her earthly daddy is overjoyed. Now image how God would feel. Have a blessed summer. Don’t get sun burned…don’t forget the sun tan lotion. God Bless, Pastor Shaker