The Beacon November 2019

News! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our website for e-mail alerts because this will be our last paper newsletter. To subscribe, scroll down on the home page and simply type in your e-mail address and click “Subscribe.” We are moving to a digital only format but will continue to publish monthly to keep you updated on our ministry; it just won’t come to your mailbox. We will also post it via Facebook (Bill Reynolds; Beacon Church RI). Harvest Party 2019! We had a great harvest party this year! The weather was amazing—mild temperatures with NO wind!! We had a fun hot dog supper with sides, hot & cold spiced cider, a campfire singalong and devotion, s’mores, pinatas, hayrides, and a fun spin on Capture the Flag one of our teens invented. After the Pinatas, the kids went in for the great “Wall-Street” Candy Exchange Market. It was a great evening for everyone. Thank you so much for praying for us! Words cannot express how much that means to us! Thank you again! News! Announcing the engagement of Hannah Reynolds to Marcus Jimmeye! Save the date: June 20, 2020 Mission North America Offering

The Mission North America Offering is Sunday, November 24, 2019. Please consider promoting this special offering that supplies much needed funds to train, equip, enable, encourage, and fortify Church Planters across the continent. We’re so grateful for Free Will Baptist North American Ministries, and we hope your church can be a part of this nationwide offering this fall! 

Thank you! Thank you for your faithful prayers and continued support! If you would like to make a donation to our account, please mark your gift “Bill Reynolds, RI” and mail to North American Ministries, PO Box 5002, Antioch, TN, 37011-5002, or you can donate online. Thank you! Thank you for your financial support of our ministry. We need support for our monthly salary and donations to help pay off the church loan. Words can’t express how grateful we are for your continued support of this work and for your faithful prayers and words of encouragement!

Harvest Party 2019

We had such a great night! The weather was perfect! Mild temperatures with NO wind! The campfire time was so enjoyable, s’mores were yummy, and the hot spiced cider hit the spot!! We had grilled hot dogs and sides, a campfire singalong and devotion, and hayrides. The kids smashed quite a few pinatas simultaneously because our party planners chose multiple locations for that to happen. The fellowship hall became Wall Street for a good half an hour! Then the kids played an adaptation of capture the flag that one of our teens invented, and they had a blast!
We are thankful to the Lord for His goodness to us and for the wonderful times we have together as a church!

Ladies’ Bible Study 10.14.19

We had a delicious light meal and dessert, and then got right into our Bible study. This was a particularly long chapter, so we ran out of time after verse 37. So here are notes from Matthew 12-A.
Matthew 12:1-8
When the disciples were hungry and picked some grain heads to eat from the field in which they were walking (this practice was allowed by the law), the Pharisees accused them of breaking the Sabbath. The religious leaders had spent years deciding what was “work” and what was not, and imposed so many restrictions on the people that the Sabbath was not really restful, but stressful. Jesus took this opportunity to upset that applecart.
As the most skillful Lawyer, He used the law to prove them wrong. Using David’s need for bread (I Sam 21:1-6), He declared human need takes priority over Sabbath rest. He then reminded them that the priests work on the Sabbath but are guiltless. He pointed out that they did not really know or understand the law, quoting Hosea 6:6. God desires to give us mercy, and He created the Sabbath for us! (Mark 2:27)
Matthew 12:9-14
Despite Jesus’ authoritative explanation of the Sabbath, the religious leaders still did not get it. As they entered the synagogue and saw a man with a crippled hand, they tried to set Him up. Of course, Jesus was well aware of their intentions. Again, He used the law to completely break down their attempt. Jesus used the allowance God gave to helping one’s animals in need on the Sabbath to reveal just how hard-hearted and twisted these religious leaders had become. Mark records that Jesus was angry and grieved because of their hard hearts. (Mark 3:4-5) Jesus accused them of caring more for their own animals than they did for people.
He then told the crippled man to stretch out his hand. The man, in faith, obeyed Jesus and tried. As he stretched it out, his hand was restored just like the other hand.
Although these religious leaders had twice gotten a lesson from Jesus about the true interpretation of the Sabbath law and about God’s heart of love and mercy, they rejected His message and began plotting to destroy Him.
Matthew 12:15-21
Jesus quietly left his enemies, but He was followed by “great multitudes.” Verse 15 tells us that He healed them all, but asked them to keep it quiet. Then Matthew quotes Isaiah 42:1-4, where Isaiah prophesies about the kind of ministry the Messiah will have, to demonstrate how Jesus fulfilled it. He avoided sensationalism (Crabtree, The Randall House Bible Commentary: Matthew, p. 201-202) and simply did His work, withdrawing from attention. The “bruised reed” and “smoking flax” (better “smoldering wick”) represent the weak, needy, and hopeless. He helped them rather than breaking or extinguishing them. Matthew made a point to bring up the fact that Jesus was there for all nations repeatedly in his gospel account. Here, he used Isaiah’s prophecy to highlight it.
Matthew 12:22-37
Jesus exorcised a demon from a man that was blind and mute, healing him in the process. The Pharisees, still completely opposed to Him, attempted to explain that this miracle was powered by Satan himself. Jesus once again masterfully uncovered not only their wickedness but also weak and illogical reasoning. He said Satan is much smarter than they gave him credit for—he would not work against himself. Then Jesus reminded them that some of their disciples were exorcising demons, as well, through God’s power. Only God is stronger than Satan. Therefore, their own disciples would be evidence against their foolish claims. In His analogy, Satan was the “strong man” that Jesus first had to bind so that He could “raid his house.”
Attributing the work of God to anyone else is blasphemous and dangerous. When God speaks to your heart, listen! Jesus ends by warning us about our words—they are revelatory of our heart’s content. He also made it clear that our words will be judged one day. Words are powerful. Let’s ask the Lord to fill us with His Holy Spirit like the Psalmist, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

The Beacon October 2019

Michaela and Eric were able to come up for a visit. It was wonderful to have them with us! We had a surprise visit from Hemant and Becky Patel! It is always a blessing to have missionaries come through! We had a great time of fellowship! Pictured below is a group of pastors from Missouri with whom I was able to fellowship and share about our ministry. It was such a blessing to get together with fellow pastors and encourage one another. Special thanks to Pastor Rick Dement and First FWBC in O’Fallon, MO and Pastor Rick Chapman and Grace Pointe FWBC in Hannibal, MO for having me to present our ministry. Thank you for your hospitality and generosity. We are so thankful! Our three Sunday School classes are also pictured here. Primary below right, Elementary upper right, and Teen/Adult, two down to the left. We are thankful for these small group Bible studies each week. Pictured on this page are volunteer kids helping with the lawn mowing, weed-whacking, weed-pulling and tidying up inside at the church. Also pictured are some candids from a Wednesday night fellowship dinner and youth hangout. Thank you for your continued prayers!

The Mission North America Offering is Sunday, November 24, 2019. Please consider promoting this special offering that supplies much needed funds to train, equip, enable, encourage, and fortify Church Planters across the continent. We’re so grateful for Free Will Baptist North American Ministries, and we hope your church can be a part of this nationwide offering this fall! 

Thank you for your faithful prayers and continued support! If you would like to make a donation to our account, please mark your gift “Bill Reynolds, RI” and mail to North American Ministries, PO Box 5002, Antioch, TN, 37011-5002, or you can donate online. Thank you! Thank you for your financial support of our ministry. We need support for our monthly salary and donations to help pay off the church loan. Words can’t express how grateful we are for your continued support of this work and for your faithful prayers and words of encouragement!