Devotional- October 17th, 2019: Disaster Response to Sin

Submitted by dbrewer on Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:56

Sin Biohazard

If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. -Matthew 5:29-30

I learned this summer what it means to be a nitpicker. While vacationing in D.C., I discovered that my daughter had lice. Our “disaster response” was immediate! We left the Smithsonian, took the Metro to the Walgreens in Chinatown, stocked up on lice-killing shampoo and nit combs, and spent nearly 4 hours in the hotel room meticulously combing through the hair section by section. We didn’t do this just once. The regimen was repeated again and again in the days (and weeks) that followed.

While working to eliminate the lice, God reminded me that He commands us to deal with the sin in our lives similarly. Sins can be small and hidden, but once the Holy Spirit brings sin to your attention, the “disaster response” needs to be immediate.

Once we recognize that we have a problem, we need arm ourselves accordingly and deal with sin aggressively! Throughout scripture we are admonished to put iniquity far from us (Job 11:14) and put to death the misdeeds of the body (Romans 8:13, Colossians 3:5). If we fail to be completely surrendered to God’s will in our lives, if we overlook even one seemingly insignificant sin, disastrous consequences will follow. Consider the Old Testament account of Saul (1st Samuel 15). He was commanded to blot out Amalek from the face of the earth. He utterly destroyed most of the Amalekites, but left their king (Agag) alive. Saul failed to deal ruthlessly with Agag and for this disobedience, God removed Saul from his throne. This seemingly small sin had disastrous consequences for God’s people too. Descendants of Agag continued to wreak havoc on the nation of Israel for generations. Sin is the same.

Eradicating sin from our lives is not a one-time deal. I had to comb out my daughter’s hair again and again so that no hidden nits were able to grow to maturity. Jesus asked his disciples to watch and pray to avoid temptation and we must do no less. Satan is prowling around constantly seeking whom he may devour, so we must be alert and willing to prayerfully examine our lives. Do you have any nits of sin hiding in your life?

Prayer: God you know where I stumble. Deliver me from evil. Convict me of my hidden sins and help me live a victorious life in Christ! -Amen

Author anonymous (per daughter’s request)

The Red Box Ministry

Submitted by lbrown on Mon, 09/30/2019 - 20:25

Red Boxes for the "Women's Prison Ministry" are now available at the Buncombe Baptist Resource Center. If your church is interested in participating please call and reserve the number of boxes you need. Boxes must be packed with only the items and size requested so the inmates will receive identical gifts. All boxes should be brought to the Resource Center by Monday, November 18th. Items to include are listed below:

  • MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS (5"x7" or smaller) Stationery or Tablet with Envelopes, Journal Book (No metal spirals), 2 Transparent pens (must be clear), Pocket Calendar, Choose one 5x7 game magazine (word games, crossword puzzles, Sudoku)
  • COSMETIC & HEALTH/BEAUTY: 2 Individual packs of tissues, 2 chapsticks, 1  Liquid body wash & 1 Lotion (not trial size), Make up cotton pads (not cotton balls), Scrunchie Bath Puff

Remember: No glass bottles, mirrors, stamps, etc.and no sharp items

Pastor Appreciation Month

Submitted by lbrown on Mon, 09/30/2019 - 20:20

October is "Pastor Appreciation Month" and is a significant month for pastors, This is a time to honor our beloved pastors and recognize their service and many contributions. You are encouraged to honor your pastor in some special way during October.

Christmas Backpacks for Appalachia

Submitted by lbrown on Thu, 09/26/2019 - 18:54

If you or your church would like to provide backpacks, sponsor a party with a church in Appalachia or travel with a mission team to West Virginia in December 2019, contact Beth Rogers (828-775-3434).For more information or details on how to pack a backpack please visit: https://baptistsonmission.org/Missions/United-States/Appalachian-Coalfields/Appalachian-Christmas-Outreach Our Associational goal is 700 backpacks.Bring filled backpacks to the Baptist Resource Center at 227 Hazel Mill Road on Saturday, November 2nd, 9 am - 3 pm.

Refresh 2019 Seminar: Advancing Deacon Leadership

Submitted by lbrown on Wed, 05/15/2019 - 16:54

Advancing Deacon Leadership

Open to: Deacons, Pastors and Ministry-team Leaders

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - (6:00pm -8:00pm)

Buncombe Baptist Resource Center - Begins With FREE Light Meal

Facilitated By: Gary Odom - BBA Hispanic Church Plant Strategist

Call 252-1864 for more information and to register

Register by: Wednesday October 16, 2019

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Need Help With Hispanic Ministry?

Submitted by lbrown on Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:10

Do you have Hispanics living near your church and want to find ways to reach them? Gary Odom is available to meet with pastors, church leaders or come and speak on a Sunday evening to help you map out a simple plan. Gary has been a missionary with IMB in South America for nine years and has also started Spanish speaking churches in the U.S. He is currently contracting with the Buncombe Baptist Association to help churches in this area. You may call Gary at 828-620-1265 or text him. Gary is looking forward to hearing from you.

Recycle Your Literature

Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 19:37

Bring your used Sunday School Literature, Bibles and tracts to the Resource Center.  The materials will be transported to Harvest Seed Ministry of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Shelby, NC where it will be processed for shipment to English speaking countries throughout the world.  

Like Materials should be sorted together.  Each box should be labeled with the quantity and contents of the box.  We will accept the following items:

  • Bibles:  New, used, any translation, in any condition
  • Tracts:  All tracts
  • Sunday School Supplies:  Quarterlies, teacher books, teaching packets, teaching pictures, etc. for all ages and all publishers,  Children's packets should include just teaching help items and be in the plastic cover sealed shut.  Do not send any handiwork or crafts the children have made.

Sorting Used Literature & Bibles: (Local Volunteer Work that Impacts International Missions)

  • We are receiving several boxes of used Sunday School literature from churches across our Buncombe Baptist Association. Come help us sort and box this material, devotionals, and Bibles so that we can transport them to Shelby, NC. From there they will be shipped to many countries where churches need these "Love Packages" to lead believers in a deeper study of God's Word.
  • Sorting Dates for this Quarter: Tuesday, September 24, 2019; Tuesday, October 29, 2019 (Each sorting date begins at 10:00 am)
  • Please call the Baptist Resource Center at 828-252-1864 to let us know you are coming (individual, small groups)

Thank You, Roger Rearden, Missions Mobilization Coordinator

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