Remarks From The Pastor - November 25, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Well, the turkey and side dishes are all gone, and yet our thankfulness to one another and to God should be everlasting. The problem is we tend to complain a lot and forget about the blessings. As the song goes, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one.”

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Thanksgiving or complaining – these words express two contrasting attitudes found in God’s children in regard to His dealings with them. The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.

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Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts andminds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

MISSIONS MOMENT - Justin & Becca Trill - Thailand

Your Prayers Do Make a Difference

Do you ever feel like when you are praying that your prayers aren’t making a difference? Well, when you pray for your missionaries, they absolutely are! By our own fault, we don’t always give you instances where your prayers have been specifically answered.

Every month, we ask you to pray for health and safety on the road. This month, before leaving Florida, we had some car work done. We are so grateful for the faithful servants of God who made sure we were safe and ready to be traveling another 5,000 miles before returning and getting it checked again. Unfortunately, when we crossed the Indiana / Illinois border, we blew a brake line. Thankfully, the Lord was watching over us, and we were able to make it safely to a stop for the night and get it fixed first thing the next day. We thank you and covet your prayers as we continue on our deputation journey. Your prayers really do make a difference.

Deputation Trails

We have been busy this month being in conferences, new churches, and reporting to supporting churches. Also, we were endorsed by the Baptist Church Ministry Network in Canton, OH. We praise the Lord that He has brought new churches our way to begin support next year. We are thankful for these new supporters and anticipate great things ahead, and we are forever grateful for those who continue to support us with prayers and finances.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who have invested in our lives and ministry. We literally couldn’t do what we do without you. May we never take for granted your part in our ministry.

Prayer Requests

  1. Nov 4-9, in California. Pray for safety while flying and a smooth trip.

  2. As we approach the holidays, pray for our time with our families to be cherished.

  3. Pray for spiritual and physical health as we travel. Justin and Becca invite you to take a few minutes to watch their missions video at:

    https://vimeo.com/291929719

Remarks From The Pastor - November 11, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Welcome to Temple. I pray you find a Christian welcome here and that the worship service is meaningful.

On this eleventh hour of this eleventh day of this eleventh month, we are reminded of the men and women who fought valiantly for the freedoms we hold dear in this great country of ours.

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg – or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul’s ally forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can’t tell a vet just by looking.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

What is a vet? He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Afghanistan sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel. She is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang. He is the POW who went away one person and came back another--or didn’t come back at all.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say, "Thank you." That’s all most people need, and in most cases, it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

So today, we are grateful as a church and as a nation for those who have served in the military and those that are currently serving.

Bless you for protecting us.

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Remarks From The Pastor - November 4, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Members and guests of Temple Baptist Church, it is wonderful to have you with us today.

Our Pastor, Tom Porter, is away due to a death in the family, and our hearts and prayers go out to them.

Wednesday night’s “trunk or treat” was a big success, and it is always a privilege to provide a fun time for the children in our community. We stand as a lighthouse in north Brevard to bring in those who are in need of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and also, as a place of sustenance for Christians to fellowship and learn from God’s Word.

If you do not have a home church, we invite you to consider Temple Baptist as a place where you can worship and serve Christ.

Deacon Craig Varnadore

MISSIONS MOMENT - Mike & Diane Peper - Sierra Leone

October 2018

For almost our entire time in Sierra Leone, we have repeatedly asked churches to pray for more missionaries for this harvest field. I am happy to report to you that the Lord has answered that prayer!

Shaun and Christin Evans, along with their three children, have begun scheduling their deputation. They made a survey trip to Sierra Leone in September and fell in love with the people. They have decided to join Abdul and Vicki and Diane and myself in a team effort to capture the country and impact West Africa.

In order for them to expedite their deputation, I have shared with them our list of supporting churches in hopes you will help speed them on their way. No missionary could have more faithful and caring churches than we have supporting us.

Last month, we had 80 saved and 92 baptized in our churches. We completed a school building and have started on the Bible Institute building.

The Evans Family

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We are the Evans family: Shaun, Christin, Kaitlyn, Kameron and Wes. The Lord has called our family to serve Him in Sierra Leone, partnering with veteran missionaries Mike and Diane Peper. The Pepers have served faithfully in Sierra Leone for ten years. During this time, the Lord has used them to plant 16 churches (now pastored by nationals), four elementary schools, and a Bible Institute affiliated with Louisiana Baptist University. The ministry also has a very strong influence among the military, holding an annual military conference. As a team, we will work to reach the country with the Gospel and with God’s help, all West Africa.

Then saith he unto his disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
— Matthew 9:37-38

We would love to partner with you in the Great Commission! The need for laborers is great and there are few (if any at all) other church planting missionaries in this country. Please pray for us and the people of Sierra Leone, and prayerfully consider supporting us as we move forward.

Sending church: Florence Baptist Temple, Florence, SC

Our web address: www.evans5insierraleone.com

Email: evansfamily.sierraleone@gmail.com

Peper’s web address: www.saltandlightforafrica.com

Remarks From The Pastor - October 28, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Good morning, TBC Family and Friends! To those who are visiting today, we are so pleased that you chose to worship here. It is my hope that you experience a kind reception and are blessed with the variety of music and the hearing of God’s life-changing Word.

Jesus told His followers to “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” – Luke 14:23

This Wednesday night, our church family will be doing two special events. Our teen Ignite group will be knocking on doors with bags filled with a New Testament, a Gospel tract, information about our various ministries, and candy. When the homeowner answers the door, our teens will say, “Tract and Treat!”

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

The second event will take place in front of the church building. We are calling it “Trunk or Treat”. Several of our adults will be parking their vehicles in formation with their trunks decorated for the fall season. Each driver will have candy to give to the children as well as TBC Ministry information and a Gospel tract. It is not too late to enter your vehicle in the Trunk or Treat decoration contest! Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place! There is a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center.

We want parents and children who come on our campus to sense that our church cares for their soul. As the teens visit people at their homes and as people come to Trunk or Treat, it is our prayer that souls will read the Word of God in the Gospel tracts and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. Please pray every day for these two outreach events!

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Re-Solved Podcast - #40|3 Important Things to Young People: Lust

This is our podcast called Re-Solved.

It is a part of TempleBC’s digital ministry.

On these programs, Pastor Porter discusses many issues and challenges that we all deal with and what God has to say about them.

Program #40 is entitled:

3 Important Things to Young People: Lust

Enjoy!

 
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MISSIONS MOMENT - Paul & Gail Tipton - Missionaries to Nicaragua

September 2018

We are looking forward to returning home in October for one week, then returning to the states to finish our furlough. We are going back in January to stay. It will be good to see our preachers and let the dog know we are not dead. I had planned to make the trip alone, but we found out a bit of information we did not know. If we are out of the country more than six months without returning, our resident visas will expire. Therefore, we both need to make the trip in order to keep our visas active. I would hate to start that process from scratch again. It is great to see how the preachers stepped up during our absence. All our churches are doing well.

We were involved in an accident recently on a Sunday night. We were returning to Fort Pierce on I-95 south when a deer ran onto the road and was hit by a semi truck and flew into the center lane where we were traveling. I swerved to the left to keep from hitting the deer and side-swiped a car on the inside lane. Two other cars also hit the deer and received some damage. It could have been bad, but God was with us. Nobody was injured. We had to put our car in the body shop for repairs; praise the Lord we had the rental car insurance.

We have had some good meetings. If all the churches whose pastor indicated they would likely support us follows through, I think we should be close to the $500 mark of the $1,000 goal we have set. Although I have learned, we cannot count on anything until we start receiving it. We need an additional $1,000 a month to fully support the pastors’ school and increase our enrollment. Please pray with us about this.

We got a real surprise when my interpreter Carlos told me we received an electric bill for three months totaling over $600, and another one for over $300. It seems that one of President / Dictator Ortega’s methods for recouping some of the lost revenue due to the uprising is to triple everyone’s electric bills.

Prayer Requests

Brother Carlos took the bill to the electric company to find out what is going on, and when he arrived he said the building was full of people there to protest their bills. It seems their complaints were falling on deaf ears; no one was leaving happy. This is a lot to absorb; guess we will have to learn to live without air conditioning.

Please continue to pray for Nicaragua. Ortega has used his hired hoodlums, armed with AK47s to put the fear of Ortega in the protestors after over 500 people have been murdered. They have torn down the road blocks, and the traffic is flowing, though things are far from normal. The political climate is still very tense, and we know things can flare up at any time. We just have to keep our noses clean and do the job we are there to do and stay out of their politics.

Thank you for all your prayers and support. Serving until He comes or Calls, Paul and Gail Tipton.