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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Our Missionaries...

Bill & Anne are on our weekly prayer list as one of the Missionary teams we support here at First Baptist Church. They, like all Missionaries in dangerous regions, always need our prayers and support. Please remember them often...

Sending out a quick note … we only have 2 days to pack to return to Africa and begin a new term. It has been a busy but a wonderful month. The Call Retreat and World Mission Conference were in early July. Then we headed to Puerto Rico with many of our family members to enjoy time together and celebrate the marriage of our son, Joel, to a wonderful woman whose family lives in PR.  
(photo of Joel and Taisha, July 17, 2016)
Due to continuing crises in South Sudan, Bill returned straight from Puerto Rico to Nairobi, Kenya to meet with members of his team who had evacuated from South Sudan as fighting resumed in the capital city.   He was in Kenya for two days and returned for a shared weekend of deputation in southern Maine and coastal NH.
Now we are back in our home in Maine and packing to leave July 28.
Before flying back to begin a new term, we wanted to let you know how much your friendship, your support, your prayers mean to us.
We will not have access to mail as neither place where we’ll be working (South Sudan and Eastern Congo) have mail service. But we’ll be in touch when we can! 
Love, Bill & Anne Clemmer

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Historical Reality Or Hysterical Revisionism

Inbred Unbelief
Only those discordantly educated and decidedly brainwashed by leftist, quasi-Marxist revisionism, in hotbeds of academia’s ideological inbreeding, fail to acknowledge that the spiritual and moral foundations of our nation, as well as the development of modern Western society and its institutions, are rooted and grounded in theological and philosophical ideas which are clearly Christian.
Many other self-described “liberated minds,” which in honest moments are forced by the facts to concede our spiritual roots, seem convinced that these roots are dead and being properly replaced.  Either way these are the increasingly accepted mindsets of the leadership of most modern Western institutions. 
With regard to the founding of our nation, anyone reading an unbiased account of the 18th century must see that the Great Awakening, the Spiritual revival that swept the American colonies, provided the “…change in religious sentiments” without which the historic events that began in 1776 would very likely have ended as the events in France in 1789.
In the words of historian Paul Johnson:

“…There was a spiritual event in the first half of the 18th century in America, and it proved to be of vast significance, both in religion and politics. It was indeed one of the key events in American history.” “The Great Awakening was thus the proto-revolutionary event, the formative moment in American history, preceding the political drive for independence and making it possible.” “The Revolution could not have taken place without this religious background. The essential difference between the American Revolution and the French Revolution is that the American Revolution, in its origins, was a religious event, whereas the French Revolution was an anti-religious event.”

John Adams, looking back years later, wrote:

“The revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the mind and hearts of the people: and change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations.”

Some eyewitnesses record that three of every four colonists were touched by the Divine Presence and power during the Great Awakening; and that with no modern means of communication.  
During a 1788 July 4th celebration, Benjamin Rush, physician, patriot, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, said:

“I am as perfectly satisfied that the union of the states…is as much the work of divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament were the results of divine power.”

Indeed, every July 4th we celebrate one of the continuing positive effects of that 18th Century outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit.

From "Third Millennium Antivirus" by John Cerrato, Jr.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

from Tim Timmon's 10000 minutes

Is Prayer Hard To Do?

What Is Prayer?
I have people tell me all the time how intimidating prayer is for them. Public prayer or even just intimate conversations with God throw people off to the point that they don’t feel like a good follower or less than. “Everyone else delivers these beautifully elaborate prayers, but i can’t do that” they say.
Mary Oliver is one of my all time favorite poets and I think she nailed it! Thank you Mary for being awesome...I feel like I know you from your work.
Be encouraged:
“Praying” By Mary Oliver
It doesn’t have to be the blue iris,
it could be weeds in a vacant lot,
or a few small stones;
Just pay attention,
Patch a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate,
this isn’t a contest
but the doorway
into thanks,
and a silence in which another voice may speak.”

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

From the Pastor...

The Single Source
When Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” it included the fact that, even as “born-again” believers, we cannot change our own spiritual condition. (Ref. John 15:1-10) 
We are often advised that repentance and faith, and the ability to love, is a matter of “choice.” Indeed, for spiritual growth and development, there are decisions that we can and must make, but there are some that we cannot make.
We cannot decide to produce God’s love, joy and peace, His patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-discipline, in ourselves, let alone in anyone else.
We can only decide to go to the Source; or neglect the Source: Jesus Himself, through His Holy Spirit. He Himself, as the vine to the branches, is the true Source of spiritual fruit, by His life in us, as we abide united with Him, spirit to Spirit. (Ref. John 15:1-10)
While in ourselves we cannot produce fruit; we can decide and determine to stay connected. Nothing really new; we become like Him by spending time with Him.

“…Beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord (we) are changed into the same image from one degree of glory to the next; even as by the Spirit of the Lord (Jesus).” II Corinthians 3:18
(Parentheses added)

We can make a conscious decision to obey the Savior’s command.

“…Enter the closet and shut the door and pray to your Father, who is in secret; and your Father, who is in secret, will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6
We can decide to pick up the New Testament and read, and prayerfully meditate on the Word of God. We can determine to spend more time in prayer.

In order to break the power of the virulent falsity of the world-system; with its chilling, killing, effect on the eternal-sense and sensitivity of our spirits, we need a word “that proceeds from the mouth of God,” directly to our hearts.  Little wonder pastors and people seem to suffer the weaknesses of spiritual starvation when they not only attempt to “…live by bread alone,” but feed on the husks of the world’s swine pen. (Ref. Matthew 4:4)
As nourishing wholesome physical food is ingested and digested and becomes the very life of the human body, so God’s Word must be ingested and digested as life for the believer’s spirit.
Karl Barth wisely warned against allowing the Bible: 

“…to be replaced by books about the Bible.”

A good place to begin is for twenty-first century followers of Christ to develop a consequential vision. What does God’s word say will be the consequences if we do not wholly obey the commands of Christ: Jesus cautioned us about failing to “count the cost.” (Ref. Luke 14:26-28)
Do we dare honestly face the Bible’s clear warnings regarding the long-term inevitable results of pampering our flesh, compromising with the world-system, and dabbling in sin, with its resultant dullness of vision, and spiritual apathy?

Learning to see life and the world from God’s eternal perspective is vital as a motivation to obedience and continued commitment. This perspective only comes when we obey His command to “Let the word of Christ dwell in (us) richly.” (Ref. Colossians 3:16)

from "Third Millennium Antivirus" by John Cerrato, Jr.