9/15/13 Pastor’s Page: “You are in our thoughts and prayers…”

    You are in my thoughts and prayers this morning while Kristy and I are spending the week-end with a several of  our family members in the mountains.  I am thankful to have two capable men of God filling in for me while I’m away.  Rev. Matt Pennington will be preaching in the morning service.  Matt served on my staff as youth minister at First Baptist in Stanley for a couple of years.  He has been here before at Eastside a time or two and I know you will give him a hearty welcome this morning.  Matt and Jennifer are now the proud parents of two boys! 

     Rev. Mike Woods will be preaching in the evening service.  He, too, has preached in my absence several times.  Mike is the former pastor of Roger and Doris Crisp.  Mike is a seasoned minister who enjoys every opportunity to proclaim God’s infallible Word.  I know you will gladly welcome him as well back to Eastside.

    On Wednesday (September 18th), we will devote most of the service in praying and learning more about North Carolina Missions. 

     Next Sunday morning (22nd), our guests will be Doug and Joli Cullen.  Doug and Joli  lead Choose Life Ministries, Inc. which is a faith based ministry that seeks to build a culture of life in America.  Doug and Joli travel to churches sharing a biblical worldview of life.  Doug will be speaking in the morning service on the Sanctify of Human Life: Truth vs. Lies:  Promoting the truth of God’s Word to combat the lies of the enemy.  Doug and Joli will be speaking in several local churches during the month of September.  After the service, you will be given the opportunity to present them with a love gift to help support their ministry, message, and mission to see our nation turn from death to life.

    On Wednesday, September 18th, we will devote most of time in praying and learning more about North Carolina missions.  We will be reaching the North Carolina Missions Offering through the month of September.

   On Sunday evening (September 22), I will conclude the series on the Prayer Life of Jesus by examining Jesus’ Prayer of Forgiveness.

   AND THEN, don’t forget HOMECOMING on SEPTEMBER 29th. Each person is encouraged to invite family and friends to help pack their pew.  This means we need to bring plenty of those favorite covered dishes that morning.  The church will provide the meat, bread, and beverages.  Also, Liz wants each of you to bring an old photograph of yourself from early childhood and to give it to Linda Porter.  Be sure to put your name on the photograph so it can be returned to you after homecoming. 

    One more item, the North American Mission Board has asked all of our SBC churches to have a night of prayer on Wednesday, October 2, to pray that God will send more workers into the harvest field of North America.  There are thousands upon thousands who are ready to respond to the gospel. But the need is for workers—messengers who will take His Word to the harvest field. 

    On Sunday evening, October 6, I plan to begin a series of messages from the twelve (12) Minor Prophets.  This will be the first time have done a series on the Minor Prophets.  I believe we will learn some valuable truths together. 

    Now, may the Lord bless you today!  

                                                             Pastor Ron

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Ladies Trio “From the Heart” to Sing at Eastside Baptist 5/19/13

      The ladies’ trio “From the Heart” will present an hour of gospel favorites on Sunday evening, May 19th, at 6:00 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church, 308 York Road, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.   The ladies trio “From the Heart” originated some 30 years ago in Mulberry Baptist Church, Charlotte.  After an interlude of several years, the ladies trio came back together about a year ago and spend much of their time singing in nursing homes, senior adult groups, and churches who love to hear once again some of the old gospel favorites. 

     After the evening service, the church will host an afterglow fellowship in the church’s fellowship building.  Pastor Ron Caulder invites you for an evening of worship in song and fellowship.  Come and be our guest!

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Pastor’s Page for Easter 3/31/13

   Happy Easter!  Today is a glorious for the church, the body and bride of Christ! Because of our Savior’s victory over sin and death, we share in that victory.  We, too, have the assurance of life after death and a home in heaven where we will forever be with the Lord!  Every day for the Christian is Resurrection Day!  We have been risen from the bondage of eternal death to eternal life.  Today is the first day of the rest of our lives!  Nothing will ever again be able to separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus, our Lord!  Celebrate the joys of your Christian faith with  your family, friends, and tell the Good News that we serve a risen Savior who’s very much alive and Who is at work in our world today to save anyone who seeks Him as Redeemer and Lord!

I will not be here on Wednesday evening, but I am leaving a video message from Dennis Swanburg which I believe you will find to be both humorous and inspirational.  Dennis Swanberg has been given the title as America’s “Minister of Encouragement.”  His down-home charm and heaping helping of hospitality, has won the hearts of audiences across the country. This year Swanberg will appear at over 150 churches, conferences, businesses and concert events while his popular TBN and FamNet television shows continue to be aired weekly.  The video on Wednesday was filmed at the FirstBaptistChurch, Springdale, Arkansas in 2009 in the midst of America’s great economic crisis.  In this presentation, you will hear several of Swanberg’s twenty loveable impersonations, together with his side-splitting stories of growing up, families, and the funny side of church.

Swanberg is an ordained minister who uses humor to dynamically communicate the gospel.  Here’s a quote from Swanberg:  “I try to bring people laughter, but my advice to them is always that joy is a choice.  Happiness is dependent upon what happens in your life, but joy is a choice you make every single day.  It takes an act of your will…even if you don’t feel joyful at the moment.  And it takes dying to yourself and coming alive in the lives of others around you.  I want to motivate my audiences to have courage, to be strong, to look for the moments in life that make them realize they are an important part of this world…I want people to realize that this is a great life to enjoy.  And the one way you can enjoy life is by helping other people enjoy it too.”

Now, here are a few other things to think about today:

Today concludes our North American Missions emphasis and our Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.  Please make your final contributions today either through Sunday School or morning worship.

Next Sunday I will present two messages which I believe will be timely following Easter:  “Understanding the Meaning of the Resurrection” (am) and “When Could Christ Return?” (pm).  After this, I will resume the series “Foundations of our Faith” during the morning services.  On April 21st (am) we will have a baptism service for Mr. Rick Elgin.

The last Sunday in April (28th), I will be leading in a revival at Sandy Run Baptist in Mooresboro.  Their church has invited our choir and congregation to join them that Sunday evening.

Have a blessed day!  No evening service tonight.

 

 

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2/10/2013: Come See Part 1 of the Jesus Film Project

I want to invite you to come and see part 1 of the “JESUS” film at 6:00 p.m. this evening and then again for part 2, next Sunday evening.

Based on the Gospel of Luke, the “JESUS” film has now been translated into more than 1,160 languages, with more languages being added every month.  This allows God’s Word to speak to people in more than 200 countries in languages they know and understand.  By God’s grace, it is yielding a spiritual harvest of unprecedented results.  A number of mission experts have acclaimed the film as one of the greatest evangelistic tools of all time.  Since 1979 more than 200 million men, women and children worldwide have indicated decisions to follow Jesus after viewing the film!

Some of you may have had the opportunity of seeing the “JESUS” film in the past.  Several years ago, the “JESUS” film was distributed at no cost to most of the residents in North Carolina and South Carolina.  You may have received a free copy of the video or DVD at that time.  The DVD being used tonight was the one I received through that distribution.

May I encourage you to invite others to come and join us in this special presentation—especially someone who has not yet professed Christ as Savior, the unchurched, or those who need a renewal of their faith in the Lord.  Plus, I believe it will strengthen our faith as we take this remarkable journey into ancient Israel to view the life of Jesus in the setting of more than 200 locations in the Holy Land.

I look forward to seeing you and your guests tonight!

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Christmas Sunday!

Today is a special day in the life of the church…it’s what we traditionally refer to as “Christmas Sunday!”  I look forward to this Sunday each year as we proclaim the birth of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ who is the hope of the world!  Our Scripture text this morning comes from the Gospel of Matthew as we read the account of the Wise Men who traveled from their distant homes to pay tribute to the birth of the Messiah.  They came seeking the One who had been promised to bring hope to the world.  With this thought in mind, I have entitled my Christmas message “Let Us Embrace the Hope of Christmas.”

Dr. James Dobson writes about this hope in the following words:  “In the course of our lives, so much passes through our hands.  Money, checks, and bills.  Keys to cars, deeds to homes, letters from friends well remembered and friends half-forgotten.  But no matter whatever slips through our fingers, we must never lose our grip on hope.  We need hope.  As those who belong to Jesus Christ, we understand that hope is more than positive mental attitude or a vague, wistful longing for better times.  Hope is a Person, with a strong, warm grip and compassionate eyes.  Hope is Someone who loves us with incredible passion, and refuses to surrender us the dark designs of a passing world.  Hope was born on a silent night in a village called Bethlehem, died on a Roman cross, and burst forth from the tomb three days later.  Hope is alive forevermore, brighter than the sunrise, scattering earth’s darkest shadows.  Reach for hope, and you will find Him.  Keep Him for yourself, and give Him away.  Our very purpose in living rests in the blessed hope of Jesus.  It will always be more than enough.”

 

Merry Christmas!

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North Carolina Missions Offering

    North Carolina Baptists change lives every day through ministries supported by the North Carolina Missions Offering.  Consider Mrs. Annie Mitchell.  A tornado took her house and her family.  NC Baptist Men volunteers built her a new house.  While they could not replace her family, some of the volunteers got to know Mrs. Mitchell personally, becoming a kind of extended Christian family to her.  “He’s looking out for me,” she said of David Earley, volunteer coordinator.  Volunteers also built houses for several other families near Colerain.

   After Hurricane Irene rained down random destruction along North Carolina’s coastal area last August, NC Baptist Men set up kitchens at Nags Head, New Bern, and Williamston.  They provided more than 200,000 meals to residents left without electricity for weeks.

Hundreds of volunteers worked in Greenville and other areas to clear downed trees and debris from homes, saving families thousands of dollars.

North Carolina Baptist volunteers responded to 19 significant disasters during 2011, a record year for disasters, completing 3,437 projects.

More than 3,100 people in North Carolina received free medical or dental care through two mobile clinics that treated people in 158 locations across the state during 2011.  Your NCMO contribution keeps these clinics on the road.  By giving to the North Carolina Missions Offering more lives will be radically transformed!

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A Prayer for our Country

“Almighty God, you have given us this great land as our heritage.  We humbly pray that we may always remember your generosity and faithfully do your will.  Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education and an honorable way of life.  Defend our liberties and strengthen the resolve of the people who have come from throughout the world to make America their home.  Lead us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.  Help us to appreciate the opportunities that are ours as we struggle to bring harmony to an unsettled world.  May we balance our concern for justice with a willingness to display mercy, and may our concern for security be tempered with a willingness to take risks which will produce worthwhile change for the goal of all people.  O Lord, we pray for your guidance as we work together for the best interest of our communities, our nation, our world, and the ultimate goal of peace.  When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful and in troubled times may our deepest trust be in you.  Amen.

 

Chaplains’ Service Book of Prayers

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