Mens prayer Breakfast

The men at our church had a great time serving some members who needed firewood cut after a great breakfast and fellowship time. We are using facebook for our pictures to decrease the load on our site from now on, but you don’t need to have a facebook account to see them 🙂

The Beacon January 2020

Our youth put on a nice Nativity this year. After the rehearsal, we had a pizza party/game night for the kids. Our ladies had a nice Bible study, and the men enjoyed a nice Bible study, as well. Lots of birthdays have fallen on church days :). Please pray for us as we plan events for the New Year. Happy New Year! 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!

Ladies’ Bible Study 12.9.19

We had some delicious quiche and dessert with our coffee and tea. Then we resumed our Bible Study from Matthew 12.
Matthew 12:38-41
Jesus had just clarified Sabbath Law, healed a man, and exorcised a demon. Jesus cautioned that words come from the heart and warned against blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Continuing their conversation with Jesus, the very adversarial Pharisees and scribes asked Him for a sign. According to Crabtree, this was common for the Jewish community at the time. (Matthew 16:1, John 6:30, 1 Corinthians 1:22)
Jesus echoed Hosea (Hosea 1:2, Hosea 2:2, Hosea 3:1) in calling them evil and spiritually adulterous. Then Jesus used the life of Jonah as the sign. (See the Book of Jonah) He told them He would be in the grave 3 days and three nights. He then echoed His previous statements that at the judgement, like the inhabitants of Tyre, Sidon, Sodom, and Gomorrah, the Ninevites would rise in judgement and testify against the Jews. They listened to Jonah’s message and repented. Jesus said “I’m greater than Jonah, but you’re not listening!”
Matthew 12:42
Again citing the coming judgement, He said the Queen of Sheba would also be summoned to testify for the prosecution. (1 Kings 10:1-10, 2 Chronicles 9:1-9) Solomon had great wisdom, but Jesus is the SOURCE of all wisdom.
Matthew 12:43-45
Using an exorcism as an example, Jesus mentioned that if one does not fill his life with God, then the demons will return in greater number. Crabtree notes He was speaking of that generation of Jews who saw Jesus do all these works. Jesus was binding Satan, cleansing the nation, but because they rejected Him and did not receive Him in Satan’s place, after Jesus left the nation would be in trouble.
Matthew 12:46-50
It was difficult for Jesus’ earthly family to understand His ministry. He had a focused purpose, and He let everyone know that His biological ties were “second to kingdom ties” (Crabtree). He included everyone, including His biological family, in His invitation to follow Him. Crabtree notes that His earthly siblings probably did not believe until after the resurrection, citing Matthew 13:55, 1 Corinthians 5:7, Acts 1:14, Acts 12:17, Galatians 1:19, and Galatians 2:9. Jesus made clear that whoever believed in Him belonged to His family.

Crabtree, Jeff. Randall House Bible Commentary: Matthew.