What does the Bible say about when we should obey or not obey the government? Please take time to read Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1-3 and 1 Peter 2:13-21 as a starting point to build a biblical foundation about what government laws Christians are to obey or believe it would be a sin to obey. December 6 during the morning service I will address the issue. After the service from 11:45am to 12:15pm, I want to give you a chance to share your Bible-based beliefs about how we relate to government restrictions or ask any questions you might have about the subject.
[T]here was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God… —Luke 2:25-26 NLT
Simeon had been waiting. How long he had been waiting, we don’t know. But God had assured him he would live to see the One promised through the prophets who would bring deliverance and restoration to Israel. Simeon knew God well enough to know that He keeps His Word. Simeon had no doubt that what the Spirit had revealed would come to pass. So, during a dark period in Israel’s history, he waited patiently, expectantly, eagerly! And he was not disappointed.
Like me, you have undoubtedly found yourself waiting a lot this year. But what have we been waiting for? The pandemic to be over so we can get on with life? The political and social turmoil to pass so we can establish a new normal? Or have we been watching with anticipation how God is going to accomplish His Kingdom purposes through these unusual circumstances? Has it piqued your interest in the promise of Christ’s return?
While God has given me no assurances that I will live until Christ’s Second Advent, I choose to be like Simeon, waiting eagerly and expectantly, because I, too, know that God keeps His Word. What He has promised will come to pass. Will you wait with me?
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Our congratulations are extended to Rick & Raelene Ford at the birth of their son, Julyan Michael. He was born December 3rd, weighing 8 lbs. 15 oz. and 20.6 inches long.
Due to an increase of Covid-19 cases in the county, Awana will be postponed until after Christmas. We will re-evaluate during the Christmas break and let you know when we will be able to resume.
$965 was received from our Thanksgiving offering this year and was given to the clinic in Zambia to be used for malnutrition and medication needs.
Thinking Kids Press has an Advent Bible reading plan for you and your family to be reminded of the real reason for Christmas. Just follow the link below:
All are invited to join us for the Sunday school Christmas program, which will be presented this year during the morning service on Sunday, Dec. 20th. Our children will present the Christmas story through song and scripture.
Each Saturday evening at 5:30pm, there will be a worship service similar to the Sunday morning service, except masks are required as well as social distancing. There will also be no congregational singing.
More great news from Camp Shetek. A little over a week ago we sent out news that we had a matching gift challenge of $30,000 to pay off the “Chapel Project” debt of approximately $100,000 (which includes interest) by Christmas. The exciting news now is that another camp supporter has just stepped forward and offered to increase that matching challenge. Praise the Lord!!! So now, all gifts, up to $50,000, given by Christmas will be doubled! If you would like to participate in this “Count Down to VICTORY”, your tax deductible contribution can be given online at campshetek.com/donate or you can mail your gift to: Shetek Baptist Camp, PO Box 141, Slayton, MN, 56172
Thank you so much and God bless,
2020 Reading the Bible Prophets
December 7 - Nehemiah 4
December 8 - Nehemiah 5
December 9 - Nehemiah 6
December 10 - Nehemiah 7
December 11 - Nehemiah 8
December 12 - Nehemiah 9