Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mirror Image

Mirrors have been around for awhile. The earliest mirror was probably the neighborhood pond dating back to prehistoric days. Eventually water gave way to polished stones, which moved aside for polished metals, which finally gave way to glass and finally glass coated with metal.

Apparently, we have been trying to fix our hair for a long time.

Paul took a look at his life and did not like what he saw. The more he learned about God's law, the more he realized how far he had departed from God's law.

This week we will look at Romans 7:24-25, where Paul describes how in the midst of his self reflection, Paul also discovered the answer - Jesus changes who we are.

See you Sunday!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Don't Ruin the Ending

For several years, the movie Titanic was the highest grossing film of all time, making more money than any other film, until James Cameron decided to make a movie about tall skinny blue people. Actually, adjusted for inflation, the movie earning the most at the box office is Gone with the Wind, earning more than $3.4 billion in 2017 dollars. That kind of money can make a lot of drapery dresses.

The interesting thing about both Titanic and Gone With The Wind is that you can't ruin the ending because everyone already knows how they turn out. The boat sinks and the South loses.

Knowing the ending can be a great thing, as Paul points out in Romans 6:23. This week, we learn another game changing reality, that in Christ, we know how life turns out.

See you Sunday!

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Greater Than The Storm

We have faced an unusual number of natural disasters over the past few weeks. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, along with the horrific earthquake in Mexico remind us of the fragility and unpredictability of life. It is also a reminder of how desperately we need the One who is greater than the storm.

This week, we will continue in Mark 4, discovering that the God of the harvest is also the God who calms the wind and waves (Mark 4:35-41). Whatever storm you are facing, Jesus has the answer.

See you Sunday!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fast Forward

I love time-lapse photography. These videos compress large amounts of time into a few seconds so that you can see things like a flower blooming or a tree growing that ordinarily happen so slowly we don't see the progress.

God's will can sometimes seem like that. Though we may not perceive it, God is always working. This Sunday we look at Mark 4:25-32 where Jesus uses two parables that teach an important truth: God always fulfills his purpose.

See you Sunday!

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Did You Know

Did You Know Expo
Missions Celebration
Sunday, September 10

Don't miss this Sunday (Sept. 10) as we celebrate missions at NHBC. Both of our morning services will feature missions testimonies and a mission challenge from Jacob Franklin. Throughout the morning you will be able to view displays from mission opportunities such as Greene County Baptist Association, Lifebuilders Ministries, and Grand Oak Mission. The displays will also include information about World Vision, Extend Global, and Campers on Mission in addition to the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board and Missouri Baptist Convention.

Join us Sunday as we celebrate missions!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Living the Dream

One year, for sixty-two minutes, I lived the dream. I was in show business. Not on the stage - way to many lines to memorize. Not in front of the camera - too much make up.

I was a spotlight operator.

I sat up in the balcony and illuminated the main actor with my spot (as they say in the biz). Without me, the stage would be a dark formless void. Without me the actors would be running into each other and falling over all the props. Without me, the show could not go on.

Light is important in more than just stage production. Light is essential to life. This is nowhere more true than in the light shining out from the gospel message of Jesus. This week, we will read the words of Christ where he calls for believers to turn up the wattage (Mark 4:21-23).

See you Sunday!

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Good Soil

A few weeks ago, the Prime Timers invited a representative from Wickman's Garden Center to come and share some secrets and hints about gardening. She gave a very interesting presentation about different plants for different kinds of gardens. She had advice for plants that were bug resistant and fertilizer that would make to keep the plants strong and healthy.

Good advice. Every gardener wants their flowers bright and tomatoes ripe. Jesus gives away the secret to good gardening and much more - good soil. Join us Sunday as we look at the conclusion to Jesus' Parable of the Sower in Mark 4:8.

See you Sunday!

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