From the Pasters Desk
Friends One of my highest honors is to be addressed as pastor. I count it a privilege to serve as the pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Fruitland FL. The term "pastor", in the Baptist Church is one of two offices the church, deacon being the other, and is considered synonymous with "elder" or "bishop.” I am pleased to serve with the other servants of the church at Beulah. The pastor gives the sermons the majority of the time and It is my great pleasure to preach and to teach. As the leader of the congregation the pastor also gives advice and counsel to people from the community or congregation. I am thankful for the opportunities afforded to me. I look forward to serving this great congratulation and community. Please do not hesitate to call me
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What is Labor Day?
The United States Department of Labor website describes Labor Day as “the first Monday in September, which is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
“The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.”
As we prepare our children for a new year of school, it’s important to take a minute to honor all the hard and amazing work that is going on around us. So before you get back to loving the well deserved day off, consider some beautiful Labor Day quotes!
“A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.”
– Elbert Hubbard
The Bible says:
A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him. (Proverbs 12:14)
The fruit of your mouth is a reflection of your true spirituality.
As your heart speaks so does your mouth thus revealing our positive or negative inner self. Certainly the fruit of our mouth should be saturated with good and positive things. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Why Worship Jesus?
If Jesus is God, yes, a Christian should worship Jesus Deuteronomy 6:13 says, "Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name." (KJV). Jesus quotes this during His temptation in the wilderness described in Luke 4:1–13 and Matthew 4:1–11. “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Jesus echoed the command of God that God should be worshipped and only God should be worshipped. So the question becomes "Is Jesus God?"
When Jesus asked the disciples who they said He was, Peter answered "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16). Jesus affirmed the truth of Peter's statement when He replied, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven."John 5:18 points out that Jesus "was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God." Jesus frequently was worshipped, as we see in the visit of the wise men (Matthew 2:11) and after His resurrection; And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: (Luke 24:52). He did not reject this worship, but He accepted it as His due. He made it clear that He felt that only God was due worship, and He accepted worship, He was claiming by His actions to be God. So by His own words and actions, Jesus affirmed that He is God. Therefore, we should worship Him.
This raises the question of whether a Christian should worship the Holy Spirit. Similar to the question of whether we should worship Jesus, the question boils down to whether the Holy Spirit is God. In the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19–20), Jesus commands His followers to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost:" The word "name" is singular, indicating that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one. In Acts 5:3, Ananias is accused by Peter of lying to the Holy Spirit, and later in the same passage, Ananias is told, "You have not lied to man but to God" (Acts 5:4). So this affirms that the Holy Spirit is God. First Corinthians 3:16 says that Christians are "God's temple," and 1 Corinthians 6:19 says that a Christian is "temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you " In the same letter, then, God and the Holy Spirit are equated. From these and other references, we must conclude that the Holy Spirit is God. Therefore, it is appropriate for Christian to worship the Holy Spirit.
So our one God is present in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is the doctrine of the Trinity. It is appropriate to worship all three, and we should be careful to ensure that our worship of one person of the Trinity does not overshadow our worship of any other person of the Trinity. And to fail to worship any member of the Trinity is sin.
Returning to the original question: yes, a Christian should worship Jesus.
The Pastor's Corner
As has often been said, we often toss around the word “saved” without thinking about just how radical it is. If you’re doing basically okay on your own, you may appreciate a helpful word of advice or a bit of encouragement, but you don’t need to be saved. You only need to be saved when you are helplessly, hopelessly lost. Instead of being saved, maybe we should use the word “rescued.” You don’t need to be rescued if you’re doing fine on your own. You only need to be rescued when you’re unable on your own to get out of a situation that will soon lead to your death. In spiritual terms, the Bible is clear that before you believe in Christ, you’re not just going to die; you were already dead in your trespasses and sins; And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; (Eph. 2:1). As such, you were what Paul calls a child of wrath; Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (Eph. 2:3).
In John’s terms; He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36), the wrath of God was abiding on you. You were under God’s righteous condemnation for your sins. Being spiritually dead, there was no way that you could rescue yourself or do anything to help out with your own rescue. You required God’s intervention.
That’s exactly what God did when He sent His unique Son into this world. Jesus came to seek and to save lost sinners; And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. (John 12:47). On the cross, He bore the wrath of God on behalf of all who believe in Him. Using the shepherd and sheep analogy, 1 Peter 2:24-25 puts it like this: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Have you taken refuge in Jesus as your Savior? He is the only source of salvation because no one else can bear God’s wrath on our behalf. No one else can pay for our sins. He has not only paid a price that you could not pay but has provided the means for you to live an abundant life;The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (John 10:10-11). Please join us Sunday AM as we focus on (John 10:9-11) The Door to Abundant Life.