Remarks From The Pastor - August 12, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Good morning church and welcome to Temple Baptist.  Our Christian School started this past Tuesday and we are off to a great start!  

   Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

This morning we will conclude a five part series on The Parable of the Sower from Matthew 13.  A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.  Today we will learn of the four types of ground the seeds fall on.  The Word of God is the seed that we need to be sowing.  Some
of that seed will not fully develop and in today’s message you will discover why.  

You need to pray before the message this morning and ask God to give you ears to truly hear and a willingness to obey the Great Commission to reach people who are lost without Jesus Christ.  

I am thrilled you are here today and I pray, after you hear the message, you will begin to tell others about Jesus and His salvation.

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Remarks From The Pastor - August 5, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

   Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Good morning church family and friends of TBC!  Our church has been busy getting ready for the new school year.  I thank God for our School Administrator, Rhonda Gordon, her office staff, Ella Hydorn and Debbie Schafer, and all of our amazing teachers!

My wife, Becky, is compiling her own curriculum for the Wednesday Kid Zone program.  One of our newest members, Rexanna Johnston, is assisting her.  Starting today, Andy Pollard and his lovely wife, Diana, are teaching Sunday Bible study to the Jr. High young people!

I would also like to thank our other Sunday Bible Study teachers, Dawn Acklin, with the teens; Lou and Ember Smith, with our College & Career class; Mike Barnes, with our PrimeTimer class; Chuck Tanner, with our Fellowship class; Garry Colvin, with our Young Families class; Becky Porter, Shirley Panning, Abbey Salazar, Pat Carlile, Barbara Gibbs and Barbara Strickland in our Children’s department.

And a big thank you goes out to Coach Briggs for driving the school van to pick up people for Sunday Bible Study and church.

Today, in the church hour, we will continue in our series from Matthew 13.  We will look into who the “sower” is.

Did any of you hand out the two things given to you last week in your church bulletin?  If so come up and tell me about it.

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MISSIONS MOMENT - The Mwalw'as (Chris, Theresa, Sanzu, & Maweu) - Missionaries to Kenya

June—July 2018

“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16).

A couple of months have gone by since we last communicated.  We returned home from Florida to a full schedule – Chris went to teach at the Bible school in Mombasa; then we had a most wonderful graduation, our couples’ fellowships resumed and many exciting discussions have resulted.  Then a few weeks ago, we resumed our Bible club at the school in Mukuru slums.

Theresa continues with the teachers but the high school has moved to another location, so Chris is doing grades 7 and 8.  In the meantime, we look for a way to restart the program for the high schoolers.  

We are looking forward to the August school vacations, when we expect to run our first camps in the slums, after several years.  One of the major challenges we face is changes in the policy regarding nonteachers who run programs in schools.  We are praying and hoping that our ministry will not be restricted.

Sanzu Speak:  Sanzu had a football (soccer) accident and broke his nose in April.  He spent 3 days in hospital and is back to good health, for which we are thankful.  He only missed three days of class, so he was able to catch up after he was released from hospital.  We are thankful!

Weu’s Wows (No Woes,Thanks to Mike):  Maweu has had a hectic term.  The first half was taken up with the school musical – Joseph and the Technicolour Coat.  He was in charge of sound and put a lot of work into it.  Now he has to recover lost class time. Deadlines. Deadlines.

For Your Encouragement:  “For I know the thought that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).  We live in a world full of enemies and threats.  We should expect that our God is actively ensuring that all things turn out perfectly.

Pray With Us For: - A team of volunteers to work with us at the school in Mukuru, so that we can reach all the kids on a weekly basis.
- Funds for the weekly transport for the team of volunteers to Mukuru.  We need $20 weekly, for such a team.
- Maweu, that he will make up for lost time and that he will be wise in time management.
- Support, we are still low.

The Mwalw'as:

Remarks From The Pastor - July 22, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Welcome members and friends of TBC this morning!  

Becky and I had a very restful and spiritual renewal on our trip.  I want to say thank you to all of our staff for keeping the ministry running smoothly.  What a wonderful spirit of team work from our staff and our many volunteers!  

  Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

So much has been accomplished over the summer in the way of two teen camps, a week of VBS and in preparation for a new Temple Christian School and PrimeTimer season.  It has been a joy to see people this summer being baptized and joining the church.

Why not pray on how you too may be more involved in sharing your faith in Jesus Christ with others who need salvation and by volunteering in any one of the many ministries of the church.

God bless,

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MISSIONS MOMENT - Jessica & Corey Kershner

May /June 2018, A Year in Review

Our God is always good, and we have seen His hand working in our lives this first year on the mission field.  We are blessed to be surrounded by a great group of missionaries on the island of Taiwan and have been able to make connections with many of them.  We have been able to participate in nationwide meetings like camp, been able to help local outreaches like our summer English camp, and been able to personally testify of the gospel through many relationships like Yuyi and others.

After a year of language school, we have been able to increase our autonomy and explore many parts of the city of Taipei with our family. God has blessed us with ministry friends and even given us the ability and opportunity to minister in the local church each week in a variety of ministries.

We ask you to pray with us that this next year God gives us opportunity to increase our language ability, make new friends and contacts, and win souls to Jesus!

Summertime Fun

Summer is already underway and the heat is rising in Taiwan!  After much planning and preparation, local churches from around the island are preparing youth camp in South Taiwan held in partnership with the Wilds camp ministry from the USA.  We look forward to sharing this experience with you soon.  In our area of Xinzhuang, we are preparing our second annual Summer English Camp hosting 25 students and families for the week of VBS-styled summer fun. Please pray with us that we are able to reach new families and that several would come to faith in Jesus.

The Kershners’ Contact Information

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  • facebook:  Facebook/kershnersinasia
  • twitter:  @corey2tiawan

Remarks From The Pastor - July 15, 2018

Good Morning Church Members and Guests

Win Arn, a leading church consultant, conducted a survey:  He surveyed members of nearly a thousand churches asking the question, “Why does the church exist?

  Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Of the church members surveyed, 89 percent said, The church’s purpose is to take care of my family’s and my needs.  For many, the role of the pastor is simply to keep the sheep who are already in the “pen” happy and to not “lose” too many of them.  Only 11 percent said, The purpose of the church is to win the world for Jesus Christ.

May our church here at Temple Baptist be like that 11 percent – ready to share our testimony to those who are without hope and on their way to a literal hell for all eternity.  

Why not stop by the Welcome Center in the lobby and pick up a few Bridge tracts and cards on your way out.

Share Christ with someone this week.

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Remarks From The Pastor - July 8, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Welcome members and friends to Temple this morning!  I’m still not over last week’s service as we celebrated 51 years as a church!  And how we visually saw and heard how the Lord is leading our church into the future.

  Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Please take note of the announcements in the bulletin and take advantage of the Marriage and Money date night and the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University. Trustee Ron Thomas will be leading FPU and you will need to sign up at the Welcome Center for your material.  

Be sure and welcome our guest preachers speaking today.  This morning you will be blessed to hear Pastor Danny Strickland and tonight you will delight in hearing Pastor Ira Lightsey.  Both of these Pastors will be with us again next week as Becky and I are away for some Rest and Relaxation.

God bless,

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MISSIONS MOMENT - Jessica & Corey Kershner - Missionaries to Taiwan

April 2018, Springing Into Action

April started with an incredible blessing as we celebrated Easter with the church here in Xinzhuang.  After weeks of our canvas project preparations, God blessed us with over 60 people attending our Easter worship service, with over 30 of them being first-time guests! Following our services, we prepared a great time of food and fellowship, with the kids having fun collecting Easter eggs in the park behind our church location.

Following our Easter celebration, our missionary partners returned to the USA for a few months of furlough.  We have recently been preparing to take the roles of leadership here at Hope Baptist Church, and each week God continues to give us the extra grace we need to head up our weekly English outreach, prayer meeting, and Sunday services, as well as continue our daily routine
of language school. It has also been a blessing to see many of our brothers and sisters here at HBC take up some of the responsibilities each week as they serve in this church plant.

We are also beginning preparations for our second Summer English Camp this July.  Last year we had a tremendous success connecting with dozens of new families and their children.  We are already seeing a great interest in our event and ask that you pray with us that new families will come to Christ.

The World at Your Door

God brought Yuyi into our lives a week before Easter.  She is a Japanese worker who is also in Taiwan learning Mandarin at our language institute.  We have had the opportunity to build a friendship with her and invite her over to our home for some meals and conversations.

The last time we had Yuyi over, we were able to explain to her the message of the Bible and, more importantly, the Gospel.  Yuyi listened intently as the gospel was presented to her for the very first time.  Please join us in prayer for the salvation of our classmate Yuyi and for wisdom as we continue to minister to her.

Pray & Connect
◊ Follow-up with our 30+ Easter guests
◊ Salvation of our classmate Yuyi

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University

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Financial Peace University will be presented at TempleBC beginning Sunday, September 2 @ 6:00 PM.  

It is a nine week course that will show a better, effective, yet simple way to manage your personal finances.

For the first ten registrants, the cost of the course and materials is $99.00.  After that, the cost is $109.00.

It will show you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and become a giver through practical and biblical concepts.

If you are interested in participating, call Michelle in the church office (321.269.1133 extension 2) to get more information.  

You can also register online by completing this form.

Remarks From The Pastor - July 1, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Happy Birthday to the United States of America and Happy 51st Anniversary to Temple Baptist Church!

  Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

What a blessing to celebrate the birth of our Nation, where we have the liberty to birth churches “from sea to shining sea”.  There is another land called Heaven, where we shall spend all eternity!  And sad to say, there is another place named Hell, mentioned in the Bible, where lost souls will spend all eternity.  

We, as a church, believe it is our high calling in Christ Jesus to preach the good news of the Gospel – that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross.  Then His body was laid in a tomb and three days later, He arose alive!  God has provided a way of escape from Hell through His Son Jesus Christ.  Spreading the Gospel is the mission and purpose of the local New Testament church.

Today I want you to meet some of the ministries here at Temple that have been very busy this summer. It is my hope that you will leave church today with a better understanding of the scope of ministry your church has in our community.

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