An empty tomb and Savior who is alive. Of all places for a miracle of eternal proportions to take place, a tomb would seem the least likely. But it was a tomb where the humility of Christ ended and the exaltation of Christ began. It was the place where the hope of the disciples died and where it was reborn three days later. It was the place where death met the power of God and death lost. It appeared to be a lasting testimony of the victory of Satan but became the ground of his eternal defeat. The tomb was closed by loving hands, sealed by hateful hands, but opened by angelic hands. It was guarded to keep robbers out of the grave; it was emptied to allow sinners into heaven. When Jesus was in the tomb it separated Him from the living, after Jesus arose, the empty tomb separated Him from every would-be savior the world has ever known.
As you reflect today on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, let your mind pause by the empty tomb and thank God for all it represents to you. Thank Him for the assurance of salvation gained and eternity secured. Spend a few extra moments worshiping your Living Savior!
Just as most of us look forward to warm, sunny spring day after the chill of winter we also long for that feeling of refreshment on the inside. Is it spring in your soul or are you in the dark cold blast of winter? If you want to get growing then some simple advice from God’s Word can get you moving forward.
Lisa and the Kidstuf cast give you a video introduction to the May Dinner Theater. The menu includes chicken strips and sides and the production focuses on the value of confidence. The Word Section will feature Sam Shovel telling the story of Gideon and the club house crew have plenty of surprises. Wednesday May 2, 2018, see you there.
KidStuf is where elementary age kids take their parents to learn about character and faith. It’s a fast, noisy, zany, multi-media, kid-focused, parent-centered, virtue-driven 45 minute extravaganza that happens the first Wednesday of every month. We offer a yummy dinner at 6:00 for the whole family (ON US). KidStuf production begins at 7:00.
Pastor Jesse Waggoner continues the series 40 Days after the Cross by taking us to Matthew 28:16-20. In this post-resurrection appearance of Jesus we are given the mission for the church and for our lives.
This message reveals the reasons we are to carry the gospel with us wherever we go and how we can practically live out the Great Commission.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits ” (Psalm 103:1-2).
These two verses are the middle two verses of the English Bible (some lists erroneously cite portions of Psalm 118). Since there are an equal number of verses (31,102) there can be no single “middle verse.” It may be of interest that the chapter and verse divisions that we are all familiar with were not in the original manuscripts but their addition greatly aids our navigation through the Bible, and today leads us to this focus on these two verses that point us to our God and enable us to express our heart to Him.
I note a couple of observations about these “middle verses” first they are words of worship directed to God. They are not primarily about the human condition, man’s destiny or the quality of our lives. The center of the message of the Bible is and our lives should be centered on Him. Truly it is all about Him.
Lesson: Worship is that which brings us back to having our God truly at the center of our thoughts, intents and heart. Secondly not how these verses end. We are not to forget the benefits that God heaps upon us. All “benefits” start and end with Him, and He has a great benefit package.
Maybe this would be a good time to ask how you are doing in the worship department. If it has been awhile since you really met with God in worship make time to do so.
In case you want more here is a RechargeVideo about another verse from Psalm 103.
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church is glad to be a co-sponsor of the Lester E. Pipkin Expository Preaching Week at Appalachian Bible College. This week is intended to encourage ministerial students to value and practice the exposition of the Scriptures. This week is named in honor of Dr. Lester E. Pipkin, the first president of Appalachian Bible College who was well known for his skill and passion in preaching. Three students present the same passage in chapel services on campus and the outstanding participant is invited to speak in a service at Mt. Calvary.
This year our speaker will be Dillon Denk. Dillon is a third year student at ABC. He and his wife Sarah met while involved in Encounter Revival Ministry. He currently serves on the staff of Grace Bible Church in Asbury, WV. Dillon will be sharing from Psalm 1 during the evening service, Sunday April 29, 2018.
The Preaching Week is also co-sponsored by Dr. Robert and Gertrude Spradling. Pastor Spradling is a former pastor and board president at ABC.
WSAZ news visited with us during our Thanksgiving outreach event. For several years we have partnered with the Union Mission ministry to provide food during the Thanksgiving season as well as chapel services and a gospel invitation to all who receive help during this event. Thank you to all of our servants who “got busy” serving our Lord.