Blessings to our members, regular attenders and visitors. Thank you for taking a moment to keep up to date with what is going on at MBC.
Continue to pray for our country, our church, and God's will in each of our lives. Let us know if there is something we can pray with you about or a way we can be a blessing.
It takes all of us together to accomplish the Lord's work and will - let's seek to be a part of it.
Two important message for this Sunday:
11 AM Service - 11th Hour Christians
A look at whether we are serving for what we can get or for God's glory.
1 PM Service - "Conquering Giants"
How important it is for each of us to conquer the giants in our lives - and the result it has in our families and others in our lives.
NEW YOUTH PASTOR
We have been praying for over 3 years for a Youth Pastor. Praise the Lord, Jon Moore has taken the position! Pray for Jon & Hannah as they serve our church and our teens in a more expanded role and for God's leading and provision for all that is planned.
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Card Craft Activity
Wonderful time had by all - saving money and making very nice cards together. - June 10th.
Thank you to Jim, Paul, Josiah, Ralph, and Tim (not picture) for their help in knocking out some the remodeling at the Parsonage to prepare it to rent out again. - June 18th.
Nice time for some of the men to get away together for fellowship and the Word. Thanks to Chris for bringing some great steak. - June 17th.
RECENT NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Maineville Baptist Church announced an event
The Importance of Encouragement
Please take a moment to consider this topic. I pray it will be blessing. God Bless.
An interesting piece of history to examine are the contents of Abraham Lincoln’s pockets on the night he was assassinated on April 14, 1865. These possessions were inquired by Lincoln’s granddaughter when he passed. In 1937, she would donate these items to the Library of Congress, where they were locked away until 1976 to be exhibited.
The items the President had on him were not of much value. He had: two pairs of glasses, two pocket knives, a watch fob, and a handkerchief monogrammed with a red letter “A”. Among these items he had in his possession were also several newspaper clippings in his pocket.-Ministry 127
The intriguing part however were the newspaper clippings. What were they about? They were on a variety of topics. A more notable clipping however was an article that highly praised Lincoln’s leadership in his attempt at reelection in the fall of 1864.
Why were these clippings in Lincoln’s possession? One reporter wrote that perhaps Lincoln felt insecure about himself, and of what people thought about his leadership. Lincoln’s leadership was vilified during the civil war. Perhaps the newspaper clippings reassured him he was a good leader.
Even great leaders need encouragement. I am reminded of a scripture in 1 Thessalonians 5:11- “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” The word edify here means to build.
Whose life are you building through encouragement? Encouragement can be a simple act, gesture, or word that can provide hope for someone needing it in their darkest hour. Christian we have an opportunity to impact those in our church, family, and community through such a small means. Practice being an encourager, and see what God can do through you.
Jonathan Moore announced an event
Jonathan Moore announced an event
Focusing on Loving God in a Very Distracting World
Have you ever felt like your life is distracted or scattered? That your best laid plans for the day are often routed by some type of distraction, mishap, unplanned visit, problem, or even catastrophe. Life is busy with many responsibilities and then even more challenges come our way. Add to those, our greatest responsibility in life is our relationship with God and service to Him. How do we do it all? Are we able to keep in focus as we should? It can be daunting.
Paul shows us that it can be done. In Acts 16:16 - 17:10 we see how that even in his life, he was able to keep God first while dealing with a great number of problems and unforeseen challenges. In verse 16 we see a demon is cast out of a woman. Paul and Silas have a great day, right? But then, in verses 22 and 23, they are beaten and whipped and in verses 24-25 they are thrust deep into a prison and locked in the stocks. I guess it wasn’t as great a day as we thought.
But wait, God blesses and they are released from the prion miraculously and then they even win the jail keeper and his whole family to the Lord - great day. Then they travel to Thessalonica, preach for three weeks and a lot of people get saved. Things seem to be on track and God is working, right? But then in Acts 17:5 we see lewd fellows enter in, and the end of it results in Paul and Silas leaving in the middle of night, running for their lives.
You know, life is going to have ups and downs - life is going to back and forth - but our focus on God must remain no matter if it is a "mountain top" or even a "valley." If we expect to do a work for God, raise a family for Him and bring the Lord honor and glory – and meet the challenges that often come – God must be the focus and center of it all for us as well.
Learn to love Him above all. Love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength – and the way we show that love – the way this world can see this relationship I have with God – is by investing ourselves in the lives of others by showing them God’s love for them as well (Mark 12:29-31). That is how Paul and Silas did it and that is how they showed that wonderful love of God through their lives even though they were often confounded, distracted, and sidetracked with problems. He made the statement in Acts 20:24:
24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Paul and Silas were able to bring glory to God and not allow their busy and often side-tracked lives get them off focus that God's business was always their first business. God remained the first love of their lives.
May God help and use us to do the same!
- Pastor Mark Sage
DEBUT NIGHT for Youth Group
A Place to: Fellowship, Grow, Worship, and Serve!
Snacks and Drinks will be provided
Revival - with Byron Foxx
57 East Foster Maineville Road, Maineville, OH, 45039