Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 29, 2012

  How many books are in the Bible?  66.  39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament; I’m sure most people are familiar with that.  However, what many may not be familiar with is why each book is arranged in its particular order.  It’s very easy to assume the books of the Bible are arranged in chorological order.  Well, for the most part, they’re not.  Let me share with you how the books in the Old Testament are arranged (I think you’ll find this very helpful):
     For the Old Testament, remember these numbers, 5-12-5-5-12.  Here’s why:
     5 Books of Law:  (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy).  These books were all written by Moses.  They contain the origin of the world and man, the history before and after the global flood in the days of Noah, God’s calling and promises made to Abraham and his descendents (the Jews), the Jewish nation’s deliverance from Egyptian slavery, and the years of wondering in the wilderness before they settled into the Promised Land that God gave them.  These books contain the law that was to govern the Israelite nation, their religion/ relationship with God and everyday living.
     12 Books of History: The next 12 books (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther) are books of history.  They record the historical events of God’s chosen nation before Christ. 
     5 Books of Poetry: (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon).  These books contain great information on dealing with suffering, devotional time, singing, wisdom for life, purpose in life and a loving marriage. 
     5 Books of the Major Prophets:  (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel).  What was a prophet?  A prophet was an inspired preacher/ spokesman for God.  He often delivered a message of warning, plea for God’s nation to repent and future punishment brought about by God if His chosen nation does not repent.  In addition, he would also predict events such as the coming of God’s King (Jesus) and the establishment of His Kingdom (the church).  
     12 Books of the Minor Prophets:  These books, (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi), close out the Old Testament.  The question generally asked is, “what’s the difference between the Major Prophets and the Minor Prophets?”  The best reason I’ve ever found is simply because the books of the Major Prophets are bigger.  That’s’ it.  It’s not that the Major Prophets are more valuable or important.  The books of the Major Prophets are generally greater quantity, but the books of the Minor Prophets are equal in their quality. 
If you can remember: 5-12-5-5-12, you can understand how and why the Old Testament books are arranged in the order that they are in.  I think you’ll find an understanding of this will help you in your study of the Scriptures. 
-Dale P.

The Text: Luke 15:8-10
1. The LOST  Coin:
A. An understanding of being lost: to be ________________ from your owner. 
B.  The coin _______________________ it was lost. 
The Lost COIN:
A.  Even though it was lost, it never lost it’s _______________. 
B.  Being lost, it was __________________________________
to its owner. 

Exodus 33-Leviticus 13

News and Notes:
-Potluck:  Today after morning services.
- 5th Sunday Evening Sing: Tonight.
- Wednesday Evening Bible Class:  Highlighting the Minor Prophets.  Come and be a part of this inspiring study.
- Ladies Bible Study:  Thursday’s at 10:00 here at the building.
- Keep in mind our annual India Missions contribution the 3rd Sunday in March. 
- A cradle roll class is now offered in the old toddler classroom for Bible class on Sunday and Wednesday. 
A children's class is offered during the sermon for children  ages 2-kindergarten.  A teacher will gather the children during the song before the sermon.

For The Record:
Morning Worship……00
Evening Worship.........15
Bible Class…….…..….11



Monday, January 23, 2012

January 22, 2012

Hidden Treasure
Do you remember the account of a man with a metal detector finding an amazing trove of Saxon gold and silver in England? That would be every treasure hunters dream.
  Have you ever gone treasure hunting in the Bible? It is full of precious gems of another sort. In Matt.13:45-46 there is a lesson about a merchant who found a valuable pearl. He sold all that he had in order to have it. In this parable the pearl represents salvation and the blessings of God in the church.
     One big difference between the treasure in England and the treasure of the Bible is that a value can be put on one, while the other is priceless. Are you seeking the former or the latter?
By Charlie Gamble, http://www.bulletingold.com/


 Morning Sermon:
Jesus and the Passover-  Exodus 12

1.  The Plague

2.  The Lamb

3. The Meal

Exodus 13-32

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January 15, 2012

Are you just a little better
Than you were a year ago?
Have you studied somewhat harder
God’s most holy will to know?
Do you ask the Lord more often
To bless you in His work,
Then do the tasks He has assigned
Your duty never shirk?
Have you been of more assistance
To the weary troubled soul?
If you have – then know you’re growing
And are nearer to your goal.
Have you smiled when life went wrongly
And have murmured not at all?
Have you blessed the ones who hate you
And not gloried in their fall?
Do you thank God for His blessings,
Love the soul of every man?
Have you buried all your think-sos
And taught daily God’s great plan?
Have you wept with those in sorrow
And rejoiced with those who sing?
If you have – then know you’re growing,
And shall one day see the King
- Author Unknown

Weekly Bible Reading: Genesis 43-Exodus 12

News and Notes: .  .
-- Ladies Bible Study:  Thursday’s at 10:00 here at the building.
-- A cradle roll class is now offered in the old toddler classroom for Bible class on Sunday and Wednesday. 
A children's class is offered during the sermon for children  ages 2-kindergarten.  A teacher will gather the children during the song before the sermon

For The Record:  
Morning Worship…...63
Evening Worship.........15
Bible Class…….…..….13

Morning Sermon:
Parable of the Lost Sheep - Luke 15:1-7
1. The Lost Sheep:

2. The Loving Shepherd:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Church Bulletin - January 8, 2012

How many New Year resolutions have you made or are planning to make this year?  Let me caution you to be realistic in the areas you want to improve your life and be careful not to set too many.  Let’s be honest with ourselves, goals that are difficult to obtain on top of making numerous resolutions that we can’t hardly keep track of will only set us up for failure.  (Keep in mind the New Year is not the only time to make improvements in our lives).
Since we are thinking about resolutions, let me strongly encourage you to do one that will only take about 15 minutes a day: READING THROUGH THE ENTIRE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR!  How many of us have ever wanted to do this?  How many of us have tried to do this and failed by the end of the month or sooner?  Let me mention a few suggestions and additional things we are going to do as a church here that I think may help you in achieving this goal: 1. There will be a weekly reading schedule in the bulletin (which averages out to be 3 chapters a day).  2. I have made an annual reading schedule available in the back to help you track your progress and see your progress.  In case you get behind a week or two, you can pick up where you need to be and eventually make up for those missed days.  3.  Each Sunday whether in the morning or evening, my sermon will be based upon a verse or text from the reading schedule from the week.  4.  It is very helpful if you could find an accountability partner!  A parent, spouse, friend, sibling, etc., both of you hold one another accountable and encourage one another.  5. Feel free to come to me with questions about what you’ve read. 
Out of all the resolutions we can make, this one rates at the top with value, necessity and importance.  I pray this New Year, you will resolve to grow in your relationship with Christ and in a knowledge of God’s Word!
-          Dale Parsley
Weekly Bible Reading (Jan. 8-14): Genesis 25-42

For The Record:


Morning Worship…...60

Evening Worship.........15


Bible Class…….….….13


News and Notes:
-Ladies Bible Study: Thursday's at 10:00, at the church buidling.
-Packing boxes for the community food bank: Saturday, January 21st.

Morning Sermon Outline:
Esau - The Ungodly Son (Genesis 25)

1.  The Meaning of Being Ungodly

2. Devalued the Valuable

3.  Focus of Life Was Only in the Moment

Searching for Truth - About Baptism

Searching for Truth - About the House of God

Searching for Truth - About the church

Searching for Truth - About Authority in Religion

Searching for Truth - About the Creator

Searching for Truth: Introduction