Remarks From The Pastor - October 15, 2017

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

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If you’re a follower of Christ, then you have within you a potental for supernatural greatness.  God wants to raise up spiritual leaders from people who are in this very room…people He can use to make a tremendous diference in this world. Years ago in England, a man named Henry Varley spoke to a young visitor from Chicago.  Mr. Varley said, “The world has yet to see what God can do through one man whose heart is totally surrendered unto Him.”  The young man he spoke to was named D.L. Moody.  Moody heard those words and let them sink in.  As he thought about them, it was like they started burning inside of him.

A year later, he returned to England and sought out Mr. Varley.  Moody asked him, “Do you remember those words you spoke to me?” Varley couldn’t specifcally remember, so Moody reminded him, “You said the world has yet to see what God can do through one man whose heart is totally surrendered unto Him.”  Then Moody said, “I aim to be that man!

D.L. Moody became one of the greatest evangelists of the last several hundred years.

Today we’re startng a new series studying the life of Samson.  If you want to read ahead, you can fnd the story of Samson in Judges chapters 13 – 16.

Pastor Tom

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MISSONS MOMENTS - The Salmons - Missonaries to Thailand

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Pakistani Ministry Update

Situatons contnue to be quite desperate for our Pakistani brothers and sisters in Christ who have run to Thailand to escape persecuton in theirhomelandonly tofnd inThailand they must live in hiding and trepidaton of being caught by the Thai immigratons authorites.  They are denied the right to work a job; there is no legal way to update or extend their visas.  Many have been imprisoned, and we have had one member die in the Internatonal Detenton Center.  He lef behind a wife and three small children.  We contnue to do our best to minister to these families.  Many have fnished discipleship courses with many new believers, and we are providing homeschooling materials for parents to teach their children at home.  We received news from one of our families who returned to Pakistan that their 9-year old daughter was shot in the leg while returning homefromachurchmeetng.   Itgrievesourhearts,  andwearedetermined to contnue to do what we can to help these whom God has sent our way.  We are thankful for the many who have accepted Christ as personal savior.

Thai Mother’s Day August 12th In Honor of HM The Queen    

Here in Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated in honor of the birthday of HerMajesty the Queen.  The naton celebrates with her every year on August 12 with many special festvals held on that day and many special privileges.  All public transportaton is free for moms.  Many restaurants serve mothers for free.  It is a very special day where Thai children will ofen buy jasmine fowers for their mom and bow at their feet to give them honor.  We try to always do something special for mothers in the church and encourage everyone to bring their mom or a friend who is a mom.  We were impressed with a great group of moms in the Thai service and also in the evening Pakistani service.

Pastor Gary and Mrs. Sharon Jackson of Friendship Baptist, Cincinnati

It is a huge honor and blessing whenever a supportng pastor is willing to take tme out of his busy schedule to come and encourage a missionary on the feld.  In our 26 years on the feld, I can say it doesn’t happen ofen.  We were blessed by the Lord sending Pastor Gary Jackson and his sweet wife to come and minister side-by-side with us here in Bangkok. 

Pastor Gary shared from God’s word in both worship services on his first Sunday here. He held a training workshop with pastors from all over Thailand, some as far away as 12 hours, who travelled into Bangkok for a pastors / workers fellowship meeting hosted at our church. He answered lots of questions on funerals, weddings, the Lord’s Supper and church discipline from God’s Word.
Mrs. Sharon spoke at both our annual Thai Ladies’ Conference and the Pakistan Ladies, sharing from God’s Word about His dream for us.

 

Contact Information
www.salmonministriesinthailand.com
Sending church: Temple Baptist Church, Titusville, FL Pastor Tom Porter

MISSIONS MOMENTS - The Salmons - Missionaries to Thailand

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 Bangjak Baptist Church—Serving for 23 Years in a Land of Darkness,

We Share the Light

June 25th, Bangjak Baptist Church celebrated a victory of serving the Lord for 23 years now. We looked back only long enough to see all the many blessings of God, to thank Him for the many obstacles we have overcome and for all the souls we have seen saved and lives changed. Then we look ahead with anticipation of what God will do in the future if we continue walking with Him.

We are so thankful that some of our original members are still faithfully serving the Lord. We are thankful for families we have watched grow up and teens who have accepted Christ and married, serving the Lord with their children now. We are thankful for those who have been called out of our church to serve in full time ministry in other parts of Thailand.

God is so faithful to always provide for his work. We have seen the Lord work through English classes, teen outreaches, sports outreaches, high school and elementary events held in Buddhist Temple schools. We count it a privilege to be tools used for His honor.

This year it was difficult to find a venue that could hold all the ministries of Bangjak for a joint meeting. We were thankful to find a school that allowed us to use their facility for a minimal cost. It was perfect, and we filled it well.

National Handicap Games of Thailand

July 19-24, the National Sports Authorities of Thailand hold the nationwide sports games every two years to find athletes to send to compete internationally and to promote patriotism in the public Thai community. It has been a privilege to be invited to these games over the years and represent our church. This year was no different, as we sent in 34 athletes to compete in Badminton, Table Tennis, Field and Track, 11-Man Soccer and 5-Man Soccer. These games are highly publicized and televised. Our team placed, receiving medals in every sport we entered. It is a joy to see Christians witness and also represent the Lord in secular community.

We held our own worship service in the largest university in the Songkla Province. When you are respected for athletic ability, people seem to listen more.

Our 11-Man Soccer Team never lost a game, and the final game for “gold” was nationally televised. Missionary/Coach/Manager of the team, Ricky Salmon, got plenty of publicity. It is good to be known in community!!

(Continued next week.)

 

Contact Information

www.salmonministriesinthailand.com

Sending church: Temple Baptist Church, Titusville, FL

Pastor Tom Porter

Remarks From The Pastor - October 1, 2017

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

This past week was a great week flled with ministry opportunites and joy in the Lord! I thank God for all our faithful Sunday school teachers who study during the week and teach their students. The new ladies bible study is off to a good start! We have over 30 ladies partcipatng. It is not too late to sign up at the Welcome Center. PrimeTimers had 16 new guests on Tuesday! Our Wednesday night services are going gangbusters! The teens are running over 45 in atendance and the numbers for KidsZone is also up! All this before Thursday!

Pastor Tom Porter

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As we all know, there was not a church service on September 10 due to Hurricane Irma. Very litle damage was done to the church buildings. Also Praise the Lord! God blessed us with exceeding our tithe budget over $4,000.00! When God’s people obey God in their giving God blesses exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask! One of our members, Cheryl Kelter, went to heaven this past week.

Mrs. Gordon, our school’s new administrator, is off to a great start! The teachers are doing a fine job teaching their students and her office staff is on top of it all! The Girls volleyball team beat Liberty Patriots. TCS Cheerleaders are a blessing by keeping all us fans pumped up with school spirit! We had to hire an extra teacher - welcome aboard Mrs. Stoner.

Today we will conclude the series on Nehemiah building the walls of Jerusalem through the power of prayer. Then tonight, we will put the lessons we learned about prayer together for a special service called Celebrate Life. 1st Baptst of Mims, New Fellowship Baptst and Faith Baptst will be joining us here at Temple to pray that our naton will turn from sin and seek the Lord. I know each of you will want to be a part of this!

First Chronicles 7:14 says, ”If my people, (that’s us) which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heav-en, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 

PASTOR TOM

MISSIONS MOMENTS - Josh & Erin Taylor - Hope For Honduras

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We Have Arrived in Honduras!

How surreal! For the last two years, we have focused on raising support to get to the field and begin our new life in Honduras. Travel for us was a normal way of life. Now, as we begin our lives in our new home, we are adjusting to a new normal.

Over the last few weeks, we have set up our home, enrolled our kids in school, purchased our car, and started learning a new language. Little tasks we performed in the states are now much more difficult as we are trying to communicate in the Spanish language.

At times it can get frustrating to not be able to speak and understand conversations. The best way we can communicate how we feel is to compare our lives to a tea kettle that is at a point of boiling, but only the steam comes out. We desperately want to open our spout and pour into peoples’ lives, but the only thing we can get out is a little steam. We can see that lives are broken and falling apart, but our topics are limited to: “What is your name?” “What kind of foods do you like?” “How old are you?” And “How are you doing?”

Our prayer is that the Lord will continue to use this time to break our hearts for people and burden us to pray for much fruit. We realize in time, that we will be able to pour into the lives of the people down here. Please continue to pray for us, and let us know you are praying!

 

Praises

  • Our car was under budget!
  • Our home is set up!
  • The kids are in school!

 

Prayer Requests and needs

  • Adjustments to a new culture
  • The kids can make friends
  • We can shine as lights

 

Contact Information

www.taylors2honduras.com taylors2honduras@gmail.com

Find us on Facebook—Hope for Honduras

MISSIONS MOMENTS - Becka McMurphy - Missionary To Thailand

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Thank you so very much for your prayers and encouraging notes over the past few weeks. The last two months have been full of ups and downs, but the Lord has been faithful. He has provided safety while traveling, many opportunities to meet new people, and comfort during the loss of a family member. At the beginning of August, I was able to meet other missionary ladies who are working all over Thailand. This was a great time of encouragement and learning from others who have been here for up to 30+ years. I’m so thankful for the people God has placed in my life, here in Thailand and in the States, who provide great encouragement. Thank you so much for your continued support.

Successful Visa Run

I want to give you a quick update on my visa situation. Thank you so much for your prayers during my visa run to Malaysia in July. Everything went smoothly, and now I am currently on a student visa. I’m grateful for an uneventful trip and that I was able to meet up with a friend in Malaysia. This made it easier and safer getting around Malaysia as I had to go to the Royal Thai Embassy several days, and it was nice to have someone to be with during my stay. I will still have to make “Visa Runs” every 90 days, but should be able to stay under this current visa for the rest of my time as a TEAM missionary. I’m thankful my school provided me with the needed paperwork to get this visa.

Living the Dream: Bangjak Baptist Ladies Retreat

At the end of August, Bangjak Baptist held its annual Ladies Retreat. This year we had a Pakistani ladies retreat on Sunday, then Friday and Saturday had a Thai, English, Filipino retreat. I’m thankful for the opportunity to use some of my design background to help put a booklet together. It was great to get back into designing again. The ladies of the church had a wonderful time of fun, fellowship and laughter. And we so enjoyed having Mrs. Sharon Jackson from Ohio with us.

Language Update

It has taken two months, but I’ve nally learned the entire Thai alphabet! The Thai alphabet has 44 consonants, 15 vowels (that combine into at least 28 vowel forms), and 4 tone markings. 

Becka McMurphy—Prayer Requests

  • Safety traveling down to Phuket at the end of September
  • Stamina and retention as I continue learning Thai
  • For those to whom I’ve been able to witness these past few months, that they will continue to ask questions and see the need for a Savior
  • For Thailand this October. This is when His Royal Majesty King Rama IX’s funeral will be held
  • Different ministries connected with Bangjak Baptist Church and wisdom for its leadership

Email: becka.mcmurphy@bb missions.org
Web: http://mailchi.mp/b8051ab239e6/l9qocjoqt1-2416741? e=3c7ecdc321 

Remarks From The Pastor - September 17, 2017

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Seeing our members reaching out and helping each other has been a blessing to see. I want to relay this story I heard a long me ago.

Waylon the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage, and the next, he was sucked in, washed up and blown over.

The problem began when Waylon’s owner decided to clean the cage with a vacuum cleaner. She put the end of the hose into Waylon’s cage to clean the bottom, but then the phone rang. She turned to answer the phone, and barely said “hello” when she heard “ssssopp!” Waylon was sucked into the vacuum.

Pastor Tom Porter

Pastor Tom Porter

The bird owner gasped, put down the phone, turned to the vacuum, and quickly opened the bag. There was Waylon...still alive, but stunned. Since the bird was covered with dust and dirt, she raced him to the bathroom, turned on the water and held Waylon under the running water. Then, realizing that Waylon was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do...she reached for the hair blow dryer and blasted Waylon with hot air.  Poor Waylon never knew what hit him.

A few days after the trauma, the reporter who had initially written about the event called Waylon’s owner to see how the bird was recovering. “Well,” the owner replied, “Waylon doesn’t sing much anymore...he just sits and stares.” And it’s not hard to see why.  Sucked in, washed up, and blown over...that’s enough to steal the song from the stoutest heart. “Sucked in, washed up, and blown over.” That about sums up how many of us feel after Hurricane Irma. Isn’t that right?

God’s intention for the church is that we become a community where we bear one another’s burdens.  The “burdens” that we are to help others carry include any sort of difficulties that people face. If we faithfully carry each other’s burdens, then we will be fulfilling the law of Christ. What is the law of Christ?

We conclude from Scripture that the law of Christ is the law of love.  The law of Christ is to love one another as Jesus loves us. Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34).  Similarly, Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (Jn. 15:12).  Paul summarized it this way: The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Gal. 5:14).  Bearing the burdens of others is a genuine expression of love and ultimately fulfills everything God wants us to be and to do.

PASTOR TOM

Entrusted - Beth Moore Ladies' Bible Study Series

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A Six-Week Bible Study for all Ladies

2 Convenient Meeting Days

 

THURSDAY MORNING SESSIONS

9:15-10:45 AM

September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19 & November 2

Room 302 located in Building 2

 

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TUESDAY EVENING SESSIONS

7:00-8:45 PM

September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24 & November 7

Located in the Dining Hall

 

All Ladies are invited to be a part of a new Bible Study.  If you would like a workbook, the cost is $10.00.  Each weekly lesson will be taught on Thursday mornings & Tuesday evenings to help meet your scheduling needs.  

We will try to make childcare available.  If you need it, then sign-up is required. 

Sign-up for the Bible Study at the Welcome Center or by calling the church at 321.269.1133 ext. 2.

You can watch this introductory video

Remarks From The Pastor - September 10, 2017

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Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Every day as people have been driving by our church, they read the one word on our church sign; "PRAY".  As we watch the weather forecast, do you find yourself praying more than usual?  When people get into survival mode, there is a lot to pray about!  For sure, we pray about the safety of our lives and one another.

Let us all continue to draw close to Almighty God, asking Him to protect us.  May we also pray for lost souls to be saved by the Grace of God in Christ Jesus.  God had Amos pen "Prepare to meet thy God."  Amos 4:12.  Jesus said it best, "I am the way the truth and the life no man cometh unto the Father but by me."

PASTOR TOM

Remarks From The Pastor - September 3, 2017

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Welcome to Temple Baptist Church!  I cannot help but think about all the victims in the path of Hurricane Harvey.  As we enjoy this long Labor Day weekend, let us remember to pray for those people.  As we learned last week in the sermon, Nehemiah started out as a layperson concerned for his people and sought to rebuild the burned Dow walls of his city, Jerusalem. 

We are watching hundreds of laypeople on TV who have hitched up their boats and driven into Texas to rescue thousands of people whose homes and cities have been flooded.

As the pastor of this church and knowing your kind hearts, I am sure you will want to help our fellow Americans impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Our church is part of a nationwide fellowship of pastors called the Baptist Bible Fellowship from Springfield, Misssouri.  Pastor Ron Williams and a team from the BBF Florida chapter, in Sanford, will be taking supplies to Texas to the South Drive Baptist Church in Channelview, Texas.  This church has been housing and feeding "The Cajun Navy".  That is what the rescuers who are coming with their private boats to help are called.  This church is also helping to get much needed items to hurricane victims.  

If any of you want to donate supplies, you may put them in the back of my white Ford SUV which will be parked in front of the church tomorrow between 10AM and 12PM.  Some men from the church will then be driving the supplies to Palm Avenue Baptist Church in Sanford at 12 noon on Monday, September 4.

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