The Privilege of Speech

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Speech is an awesome privilege. With the tongue we can direct, destroy, and delight. The tongue can build up and break down. There is a wonderful power in words. The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” But how much of our daily conversation revolves around spiritual things?

The average person has twenty-seven conversations per day. A recent study revealed that both men and women utter an average of about sixteen thousand words each day. We can talk about sports, weather, clothes, shoes, movies, and TV shows. We’re even wiling to debate the nuances of politics, the intricacies of health issues, or the complexities of national economic matters. However, when it comes to bringing up the simple gospel, we shy away. We break out in hives, our palms sweat, our tongues are tied, and we find ourselves talking about everything but the gospel. The idea of injecting Jesus into our conversations causes great anxiety and fear for ordinary believers and pastors alike. (Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations, Jimmy Scroggins and Steve Wright, p. 21)

But what if there was another way? What if it was possible to take a simple everyday conversation and transition it into a Gospel conversation? What if it was possible to transition our normal talk into life-changing talk?

On October 28, at 11 AM, Pastors David Johnson and Douglas Turner will be co-teaching a message on how to leverage your language to help reach the lost. They will examine:

  1. The Privilege of Speaking to the Lord
  2. The Privilege of Speaking to the Lord about the Lost
  3. The Privilege of Speaking to the Lost about the Lord

There will be a time in the Word of God, practical illustrations, and a special guest presentation. It’s a time you don’t want to miss. Please join us for this teaching and for tools to help you tell the Good News about Jesus Christ.

Upward Evaluations

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Upward Basketball and Cheerleading provides a safe place for students of all abilities to Play with a Purpose! Upward is open to students from grades K-5 through 6th. All evaluations, practices, and games will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Every student must attend one basketball or cheerleading orientation to participate. Evaluations will take place at Emmanuel Baptist Church as follows:

9/7, between 6-8 PM: K5-1st Grade boys and girls.
9/8, between 6-8 PM: 2nd and 3rd Grade boys and girls.
9/9, between 10-Noon: 4th-6th Grade boys and girls.

The cost for each student is $40, and this includes the price of a game day uniform. There will be 1 practice and 1 game each week, and all students will be given a chance to play in every game. Coaches will focus on building skills, as well as developing character, on and off the court.

First practice – Monday, 9/25
First game – Satuday, 10/21
Awards Celebration – Monday, 12/18

Family Talk

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And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deut. 6:6-9)

Many people have a “Family Plan” for the cellphone service. But do you have a “Family Plan” for your spiritual development? Nothing could be more important!

Join Emmanuel Baptist Church for a special talk about the family, Sunday, August 27, at 11 AM. Pastors Douglas and David will be presenting recent findings about the families of EBC, and will point out the pillars upon which to build the home. You don’t want to miss this special service! Everyone is welcome. Please bring a friend!

Parenting Class

ParentingWhether you are a guardian, grand-, step-, foster-, adoptive-, or biological- parent, raising kids IS HARD! If we’re honest, most of us secretly want child-rearing to be quick, easy, and hassle-free. But as time goes on, most of us fall into the trap of going through parenthood with a sort of half-hearted attempt, assuming the kids would mature and straighten out eventually. Is there another way? Is there a better way?

Please join us for an 8 week Parenting Class called “Shepherding a Child’s Heart.” This facilitated small-group, won’t make you a perfect parent, but it will help you move your children’s hearts toward God.

Classes begin 8/30 at 6:30 PM. For more info and to register, please click the link below. There is no cost. Space is limited. Register today at the link below:

Register Here

Transformed

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Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification… (1 Thessalonians 4)

The Christian walk is a process. Slowly God takes us and shapes us until we are Transformed into the image of Christ. Join us for a sermon series, “Transformed,” beginning July 2, 11 AM at EBC. Exploring 1 Thessalonians 4, we will consider:

July 2 — Your Potential
July 9 — Your Progress
July 16 — Your Purity
July 23 — Your Passion
July 30 — Your Perfection

Our music is contemporary. Our atmosphere is friendly. Our messages are relevant. There is a place for you to belong!

Endurance Race VBS

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Everyone goes through hard times. What does God have to say about the troubles we face? How are we expected to respond? What if we feel like giving up?

Your child will discover the answer to these questions during Endurance Race VBS 2017. They will learn how to respond to the challenges they face in healthy ways that honor God.

When? July 28th 12PM-5PM (All family members are invited for a free dinner at 5PM!)

July 29th 12PM-5PM (All family members are invited for a free dinner at 5PM!)

July 30th 11AM-2PM (Kids will be recognized during the service. We will have free food and activities for the entire family after the service!)

Where? Emmanuel Baptist Church ~ 755 W. College Ave. Stanton, KY

Who? Age 5 by July28th – Entering 5th grade

What to bring? Each night your child will have the opportunity to run the endurance race course. The course can get a little messy so bring a towel and a change of clothes each night just incase they need it!

Where do I sign up? Just follow this link:

Register Here!

Also, please send a completed copy of the waiver form that you will find in the registration portal with your child.

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at david@ebcstanton.org

The Struggle

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“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” –Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

We are in a spiritual war, and what’s going on in the spiritual realm is far deeper, far more meaningful, far more impactful than even what’s going on in the physical world. You have an Enemy in this world that wants to wreck your marriage, wants to rob you of your purity, and wants to lead you to defame the name of the God who saved you. He wants to pull you down and destroy your soul. We’re in wartime, not peacetime! But the good news is God has given you the Equipment you need.  Peacetime is coming, but it’s not now. It’s not now. Until then, it is time for Engagement in The Struggle.

Join us Sunday mornings at 11 AM as we learn about “The Struggle.” Our lessons will all be taken from Ephesians 6. We will learn about:

  • “Our Enemy” — June 11
  • “Our Equipment” — June 18
  • “Our Engagement” — June 25

Everyone is welcome. Our dress is comfortable. Our music is contemporary. Our worship is God-centered. Our people are welcoming. There is a place for you!

The Day Death Died

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II Timothy 1:10

“Christ Jesus … has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” II Timothy 1:10b

They say that the only things in life that are certain are death and taxes! While we can’t do much about your taxes, we can offer hope in the face of death. Easter is a celebration of The Day Death Died.

Please join us Sunday, April 16, at 11 AM! We will look at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and see what it means for us today.

There will be contemporary music, a relevant message, and people just like you exploring the meaning of Easter. Please come, and bring the whole family!

Good Friday Service

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What could be good about the day that True Love died? Find out as the churches of the Powell County Ministerial Association join together to see how at “just the right time, Christ died for us.” The Good Friday Service will be held on April 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

The EBC Worship Team will lead in music, and Pastor Turner will give a relevant hope-filled message taken from the Word of God. Everyone is welcome! Please invite a friend to join you.

Compassion

Compassion.jpgCan one person make a difference? The answer is “yes.” William Wilberforce made a difference. John Newton made a difference. Abraham Lincoln made a difference. Gandhi made a difference. Martin Luther King, Jr. made a difference. Nelson Mandela made a difference. Esther made a difference. And so can you. The real question is not whether you can make a difference or not; the real question is, will you make a difference or not.

You can make a difference! What the world needs now is for people just like you and me who are willing and ready to think, say, and do what is right, regardless of the cost.

See something

It all begins by opening your eyes. Look around you. What is wrong with the world? What is broken? What is unjust? What is improper? Look. See. Cut through the haze of day to day surviving and see the world the way that it really is.

Put aside your preconceptions and prejudices and just look. It won’t take you long to see things are not the way they should be. Don’t turn a blind eye. Don’t look the other way. Don’t ignore. See it, even if it is difficult to see.

I want to tell you something that may be hard for you to hear, and harder for you to believe. But it is true. God is not frustrated with the candidates for the November elections. God is not frustrated over whether the states are Blue or Red. God is not frustrated over whether you are registered Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian. God is not frustrated over a 29% increase in Obamacare Insurance Premiums. God is not frustrated over fracking. God is not frustrated with Wall Street. God is not frustrated with the economy.

But God is grieved that just down the road there are neglected widows. Just down the street there are hungry children. Just over the River there is incest. Just up the Parkway there is a Boy’s Home filled with orphans. Just across town there is an abused woman. Just across the street there is a school filled with children who don’t know Jesus.

Listen to me. Listen well. We are overly concerned with Macro problems, while God is concerned with micro-possibilities. Let me simplify. We care about the big. God cares about the small. To my knowledge, God has never called His people to win a Presidential Election! God has never called His people to win the House or the Senate. God has never called His People to increase international trade agreements.

But God has called His people…

  • To care for the widow
  • To care for the orphan
  • To feed the hungry
  • To care for the alien, and the refugee
  • To clothe the naked
  • To give cold water to the thirsty
  • To bandage the wounds of the injured
  • To visit those in prison

You may not change the whole world, but when you change the destiny of one person you change their whole world! Stop worrying about Macro problems and see micro-possibilities!

Feel something

Having seen, feel. Having opened your eyes, open your heart. Opening your eyes brings consciousness. Opening your heart brings compassion. Feel something. If there is hurt around you, then feel the hurt. If there is brokenness, then feel broken. If there is injustice, feel aggrieved. Awareness of injustice without emotion breeds condescension. Awareness of injustice with emotion births compassion. Compassion brings action.

There is no such thing as compassion without action. Compassion moves you inwardly to act outwardly. But you will not do something great outwardly until you feel something great inwardly. Think about the world. What wretches your gut? What leaves you wide-eyed until the wee hours of the morning? What turns your stomach? What makes your heart race?

Find something. Then feel something.

Do something

When you have seen and when you have felt, do something. Doing nothing is an option, but it is not a very good option! Act. Even if you act alone. Listen, as your pastor I am not seeking to recruit more people to carry our more programs for our church. I am seeking more people who are willing to go into this broken world and BE the church!

Act. Even if you act alone. Be courageous—no matter the cost.

On April 18, 1521 at the Diet of Worms, Martin Luther took a stand against the ills he saw. He said, “Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” The Roman Church hated him for his staunch stand against their ways. They wanted to kill him, but they couldn’t, so they settled for excommunicating him. Nevertheless, there he stood. God helped him. All by himself raised a torch that lit the fires of churches like ours today. Would you have done that? Would you have had the guts to do something?When Mother Theresa, the compassionate nun of Calcutta, spoke before an audience on sophisticated Washington D.C., she addressed a deep concern of hers: the sanctity of life. As a pro-abortion President of the USA sat behind her, she boldly announced, “Send me your babies.” Would you have the guts to say what she said in the company in which she said it?

We cannot be known for what we stand against until we take an active stand for what we believe. Martin Luther saw something, felt something, and did something. Mother Teresa saw something, felt something, and did something. Mordecai saw something, felt something, did something. Esther saw something, felt something, did something.

Having a belief is not the same as taking a stand. Convictions without action are really just theories. Theories without action are just fantasies. Theories with action become realities. Realities can change destinies. Changed destinies change eternities.

Lives are never changed by privately held opinions. Lives are changed when people put their opinions into action. See something. Feel something. Do something. Regardless of the consequences.