The IBC Ladies Discipleship Ministry meets every 2nd and 4th. Thursday at 11:00 AM and at 7:00 PM…
They will be making their way through the book, “Secrets of a Happy Heart.”
“Secrets of a Happy Heart” is the first book in an 8-part study based on Titus 2:4-8. Through practical, in-depth application of Scripture, Debi insightfully outlines God’s “secrets” for happiness. This study covers topics such as genuine happiness versus false happiness, a happy heart versus an empty heart, a clear conscience versus a guilty conscience, forgiveness versus bitterness, trust versus anger, and contentment versus selfishness and pride. After reading this book, you will find that a joyful life is possible and is available for all who obey God and His Word.
Because He Lives!
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Immanuel Baptist Church would like to extend an invitation for you to join us for the IBC choir Easter cantata, Because He Lives.
Because He Lives is a dynamic glorification of the cross, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Based upon one of the most-loved songs of all time, this inspirational service of song and scripture will be sure to remind you of the glorious meaning of Easter and why it is imperative to understand the impact of His death and resurrection for all mankind.
BECAUSE HE LIVES!
Master’s Men’s Ministry Classes
The men meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 8:00 pm. They will be making the way through the book “The Man in the Mirror.”
“The Man in the Mirror” has established itself as a cornerstone in men’s literature since its 1989 release. Winner of the prestigious Gold Medallion Award and appearing on the bestseller list eighteen times, it has helped thousands of men understand the person who stares back at them from the glass each morning and know what to do about his twenty-four most difficult problems. Written by a foremost Christian men’s leader, this powerful book invites men to take a probing look at their identities, relationships, finances, time, temperament, and most important, the means to bring about lasting change. If life’s demands are constantly pressuring you to run faster and jump higher, this book is for you.
Please join us March 19th-20th for a Spring Renewal with Kerby Campbell.
On February 17, 2010, Pastor Campbell went in for a routine knee surgery not knowing that when he came out his life would be forever changed.
After a failed spinal epidural, he would be diagnosed with a condition called arachnoiditis ~ which is a lifetime of severe pain, every day, with no cure.
In 2013, due to the stress and trauma of his condition, he suffered a heart attack.
Realizing that God makes no mistakes, Pastor Campbell, and his family, want to bring you HOPE & HELP so that you can give God praise, honour and glory, through your trials, whether they be physical, emotional, financial, relational or mental, and to realize they are treasures from God. Everyone has them. How will you handle yours?
The purpose of Treasured Trials Ministry is to help us view our trials as God sees them. Romans 8:28, says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
It is our job to find the good, or gold, out of the trial God trusted us with. Nothing ever happens to us without our Lord allowing it. The Lord’s desire is for us to “treasure” our trials more than we would gold, as the Bible says in I Peter 1:7 ~ “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” The sooner we accept this truth the quicker we will understand the purpose of all trials is to use them to honour and give praise to God for Who He is and how good He is to us.
We want to encourage those who are going through tough times in their lives or who have had their lives turned upside down, like we have, to never believe that the Lord is mad at you or that He is purposely hurting anyone by allowing these trials to afflict our lives.
I Peter 1:7 teaches us that our faith is being tried not us personally. The Bible says it is impossible to please God without faith. When our faith is tested, we can learn to trust Him, give up our will for His purpose, and allow our faith to increase so we can learn to treasure our trials.
Treasuring trials is really treasuring our great God! He is a great God and He makes no mistakes!
Valentine’s Day is the ultimate holiday to celebrate the loves in your life. What better time to teach your children about the unconditional and everlasting love of our Savior?
Children are always excited about holidays, so try to point the focus in a way that teaches them about Jesus’ grace and compassion. Each day we are gifted with the opportunity to teach our children more about Christ and His will for us. Let’s especially take advantage of this on Valentine’s Day.
Children often ask why God loves us? The best explanation is that God loves us so much because He created us. He molded us with love.
He loves us even more than we love our own children. He wants the best for us. His love is ever-forgiving and knows no bounds.
God’s love is so amazing that we truly cannot even comprehend the vastness of it in our lives. In our humanity, we often put conditions on love. If someone wrongs us, we may withhold love and have trouble letting it go. We do not have the complete forgiveness God offers. We live with a “forgive, but don’t forget” mentality. Because of our mindset, it takes time to truly understand that when God forgives and He no longer sees our wrongs or mistakes.
God loves us so much that He sacrificed Jesus so that we can be forgiven. Allow children to understand this love so for Valentine’s Day by participating in a few projects.
The first project is called Hanging Hearts. First, you decorate construction paper hearts with scripture verses. Then, have each of the children hang their artwork around your house. God’s Word is the best resource to learn about God’s love and grace, so find ways to associate the Bible with the holiday.
Bible Verses about God’s Love
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16* KJV)
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10* KJV)
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee. (Jeremiah 31:3* KJV)
But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7* KJV)
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16* KJV)
The next project is a self portrait. Have each of your children draw or paint how they see themselves. Then, they can write down the positive attributes they see in themselves. This will teach them that God loves them just the way they are. Let your children know that it’s not dependent on looks or talents. He created us all equally with love.
The final project is to make Valentine’s Day cards thanking Jesus for His love. Inside the cards they can write down all of the wonderful gifts He has given to them. This will teach them to be grateful.
Valentine’s Day should be a day the greatest love should be honored. While celebrating the loved ones God has placed in your life, do not forget about the ultimate love we are given each and every day by our Savior.
ESL Class FREE
(English as a Second Language)
The teacher is a professional ESL teacher.
Friday, Jan. 27th – Friday, April 28th
Fridays 10:00 – 12:00
Immanuel Baptist Church
1505 Lewisville-Clemmons Road
We will sing an easy song together, read stories
from a very easy to read children’s Bible,
and answer easy questions on a worksheet.
Age 15 and up only, please.
Whether you are completely new to Bible reading, or whether you’ve been at it for years, you probably need help in making God’s Word a part of each day. The truth is, we all do. The following are some practical guidelines you can use. They fall into two categories: Preparing and Reading.
The first thing you’ll need to read the Bible regularly is a sincere desire to do so. Maybe that seems too obvious, but it is important. If our habit of daily Bible reading is to be successful and profitable we must develop a hunger to know God better through his Word. And we need to ask God for this hunger in prayer – constantly.
Another very important part of preparing to read the Bible is to choose a system. It’s frustrating when you have ten or twenty minutes set aside for Bible reading to waste time randomly flipping through your Bible deciding what to read. Without a systematic plan, you’ll probably read and reread the books you know best and avoid the ones with which you are unfamiliar. There are many helpful Bible reading systems available from your church, online, or local Christian bookstore. Evaluate several and then choose a plan that systematically takes you through all parts of the Bible. And follow it.
Two simple, but helpful preparations are find a spot and set a time. When you read the Bible, choose a place where you can be alone and concentrate. Also, plan a specific time of the day for Bible reading. If you don’t it’s too easy to skip it. Whatever time you set to meet with God, however, the important thing is that you keep your appointment! Now let’s turn our attention to how we go about actually reading the Bible.
“If you aim at nothing, you’ll probably hit it,” is a phrase we sometimes hear. This applies to our Bible reading as well. If we are not aiming to meet God in his Word, we won’t. So, consciously come to your time of Bible reading expecting to hear God speak to your life situation. Come expecting to learn, expecting to change, and you won’t be disappointed.
Next, read your day’s passage thoughtfully and prayerfully. Start by considering the context of your passage. That is, familiarize yourself with what comes before and after what you read so you keep the verses in their proper perspective. Then read the passage slowly. You may even want to read it twice to make sure you get it all.
After reading, meditate on the text and its meaning for you. This will involve your intellect as you answer questions such as “What is the main point of this passage?” “What do I learn about God?” “What does Christ require of me today?” It will involve your imagination as you put yourself in a parable, illustration or biblical story and reflect on what it would be like to “be there.” (For example, try to imagine your thoughts and feelings if you were in the crowd watching Jesus’ crucifixion.) And it will involve your heart, as you honestly apply God’s Word to your life, when it hurts as well as when it inspires.
After you’ve grappled with the text, think of ways to take its message with you into the day. Keep a notebook of your discoveries, memorize a key verse, tape a 3 x 5 card with a helpful verse to a familiar spot in your home or office, or make up a melody and “sing a verse” throughout the day.
And don’t forget prayer. Since God is speaking to you through the Bible, naturally you will want to answer him in prayer. Pray before you read, asking the Holy Spirit to give you insight. If you come to a verse that touches a particular need of yours or spotlights a sin you’ve given in to, stop and pray about it. And when you finish reading, pray again that God would help you act on what he’s said to you. Bible reading combined with prayer will transform your daily Quiet Time from a religious habit into a two-way interaction with God.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We worship you and thank you for a new year. We thank you for the new mercies, greater grace, and fuller life that it will bring. May it be a year full of your favor in our lives. Keep your hand of blessing on us so that we can bless others. Open up doors that have been closed in the past. Lead us beside still water so that our souls are refreshed this year. Bring restoration to the parts of our lives that have been shattered and broken.
You alone are our strong foundation. You are the One we build our lives on. May we see growth and progress spiritually, financially, and emotionally in 2017. We know that you are good, and that you have good things for us. We give you the freedom to move and work in our lives this year as you see fit. Your plan for our lives is better than any plan we could ever come up with. We submit to you, your plans, and your goals for our lives.
Help us to have enough oil in our lamps to do the work you’ve called us to. Put the right people in our lives to stir up your gifts inside us, to move us in the direction you would have us go, and to maximize our potential. Help us to add value to our friends, family, and those who cross our path this year. Give us God ideas on how to build others up so they are rightfully restored to the people you created them to be.
Give us greater wisdom in all areas of our life so we make better choices this year. Give us discernment so we can know your voice, your path, and your direction in our lives. May this be a year of tremendous growth, productivity, and expansion for us and your Kingdom. Use us to spread your light, your life, and your compassion so that you will be lifted up and people will be drawn to you. Thank you for all you’re going to do, and we give you all the honor and glory as we dedicate this year to you.
In Jesus name we pray,
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
A story I heard in the news a few years ago caught my attention. It was about an 85-year-old man who used to eat breakfast in a Kroger supermarket every morning. He was bossy, very particular, and even remarked that the female employees could stand to lose weight. A few weeks after the old man died of cancer, several of the shocked clerks received checks for $10,000 from his estate. Why? Even when the old man had been cranky and insulting, the staff waiting on him had treated him pleasantly and tried to cheer him up with a little tender care! They even went beyond the call of duty by taking turns to visit him in the hospital! Clearly, none of them expected anything in return.
There’s a word for what the Kroger staff extended to him—kindness. What a refreshing story in a world where kindness has become a lost commodity. But if you are a follower of Jesus, then kindness has to be what you dish out on a regular basis. After all, Paul wrote, “Be kind to one to another, tenderhearted” (Ephesians 4:32). And, it needs to be noted, kindness makes the list as a fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22. Kindness is about thinking of others and extending our love and resources to meet their needs and concerns.
But, in case you’re thinking, Right, but what about me? Proverbs 11:17 offers a fascinating twist on kindness. It says, “A kind man benefits himself”—which means that there is something in kindness for you!
Treating people with kindness keeps our hearts and attitudes running in the right direction. If we’re not careful, we can easily fall prey to selfishness and indifference in our dealings with people. Planning to be kind gets you out of the what will they do for me world and gets your heart in tune with what can I do for them? Intentional acts of kindness train our hearts to be loving and helpful, which is really a big benefit!
Acts of kindness to friends, spouses, and our children bless us with the privilege of better friendships and more fulfilling relationships. And, most importantly, kindness will make you a lot like Jesus, who was kind to you all the way to His death! Believe me, becoming like Jesus is a huge return on the investment.
Before you get concerned that you don’t have time to be kind, remember that kindness doesn’t always have to be a major event. It doesn’t take a lot of time to hold the door open for the mom with her arms full, or to smile at a senior citizen as you pass by on the sidewalk. Even if you only see the donut guy for 60 seconds each morning, if it’s your intention to bless him with an encouraging word or two or even a tip in the jar, he’ll remember you as friendly and generous. Maybe he’ll sense that you are different from his other customers and may even want to know what it is that makes you different—a wide open door to let him know that Jesus taught you to be kind!
And if you object because no one is ever kind to you, keep in mind that it may just be that they have never been blessed by you being kind to them! When you are kind, people usually look for ways to return the favor. It’s the boomerang effect. As Jesus taught, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12).
Be kind, and watch the blessings flow!