Calvary Baptist Church
Calvary Baptist Church (803) 222-4028
Pastor Elwood L. Seamster
“There’s no place around this place quite like this place, so this must be the
From the Pastor’s Desk
“Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! And ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts;
and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering;
should I accept this of your hand saith the Lord.” (Malachi 1:13)
Malachi the prophet had some pretty tough things to say to the people of his day. But they
deserved it, for they had gone far from God. In our verse Malachi summarizes the spiritual
decline of the people. It speaks of the heart, head, and hands of the people.
Heart. “Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it.” The people were not interested in the
things of God. It was boring to them. Their poor affections here for God do not indict god but
reveal the poor condition of the heart of the people. We have many folk like this today. They
are not interested in God. They get quickly bored and tired of listening to a sermon, but the
same people can sit for hours in inclement weather in a sports stadium to watch a game and not
get disinterested. This reflects a serious spiritual heart problem which if not corrected will bring
eternal judgment to the soul.
Head. “Ye have snuffed at it.” This speaks of the mocking and ridicule the people had for the
things of God. This scorn is often done in the name of intellectualism. Folk mock sin, ridicule
holiness and God’s moral laws. People think so little of God they want to run our institutes of
education without mention of God. One wonders what kind of leaning we get when we exclude
God from our thoughts. It is all so stupid. When the head leaves out god, it produces nothing but
Hands. “Ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick, thus ye brought an
offering.” The people had brought inferior offerings to the Lord with their hands. God
demanded the best, but they brought the torn, lame, and sick. That will not pass muster with
God. Some folk think they can give God trash and when they die He will open the glories of
heaven to them. But it does not work that way. This verse warns of cheap dedication. It is not
acceptable to God. And it will result in your rejection by god.
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Birthdays and Anniversaries
Jason Ballard 5/4 Van & Linda Barnhill 5/8
Wayne Ballard 5/11 Fred & Diane Dover 5/15
Juanita Childers 5/3 Brian & Lynn Jefferies 5/9
Robert Ferguson 5/2 Mike & Cathy Parker 5/2
M Gheorge Galan 5/25 Nick & Pam Schronce 5/12
Jim Harris 5/2 Dennis & Bobbie Valk 5/26
Jesse Hester 5/15
Y Kenneth Messer 5/21
Tammie Moss 5/15
Tim O’Linger 5/16
Nikki Seamster 5/10
Wilson Smart 5/21
Andrea Todd 5/21
Hannah Wilson 5/17
Ed Vervoort 5/7
Monday, May 4 Mother-Daughter Banquet
June 21-24 Jubilee meeting
(4 Preachers – one each night)
August 9 (6pm service) The Rowlands
August 16-19 Revival – Dr. Ron Lovins
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If there’s one attitude families are guilty of more than any other when it comes to
mothers, it’s presumption…taking them for granted…being nearly blind on occasion to
the load moms carry. Look through the plethora of greeting cards and you’ll see that
time and again the joke in the card drew its humor from this obvious attitude that
pervades a household. Forget the housework, Mom. It’s your day. Besides, you can
always do double duty and catch upon Monday!
Jimmy Dean, the country-western singer, does a number that will leave you with a big
knot in your throat. It’s entitled “I Owe You.” In the song a man is looking through
his wallet and comes across a number of long-standing “I owe yous” to his
mother…which he names one-by-one.
Borrowing that idea, those of us who have been guilty of presumption unfold some of
your own “I owe yous” that are now yellow with age. Consider the priceless value of
the one woman who made your life possible – your mother.
Think about her example, her support, her humor, her counsel, her humility, her
hospitality, her insight, her patience, her sacrifices. Her faith. Her hope. Her love.
Old “honest Abe” was correct. “He is not poor who has a godly mother.” Indebted,
but not poor.
Moms, on Mother’s Day Sunday we rise up and call you blessed. But knowing you,
you’ll feel uneasy in the limelight. You’ll probably look for a place to hide. True
servants are like that.
You’re probably going to be taken out to eat (which will add to our indebtedness!).
But in all honesty, it won’t come anywhere near expressing our gratitude.
So live it up on Sunday. It’s all yours.
Advice? Shake up the family for a change. Order steak and lobster!
Happy Mothers Day, Mom
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Vies on Marriage
Good news or bad news? It depends on how you see things. You can be bitter after
being cheated. Or you can choose to move on with your life…
Robert De Vincenzo, the great Argentine golfer, once won a tournament and, after
receiving the check and smiling for the cameras, he went to the clubhouse and
prepared to leave. Some time later, he walked alone to his car in the parking lot and
was approached by a young woman.
She congratulated him on his victory and then told him that her child was seriously ill
and near death. She did not know how she could pay the doctor’s bills and hospital
De Vincenzo was touched by her story, and he took out a pen and endorsed his
winning check for payment to the woman. "Make some good days for the baby," he
said as he pressed the check into her hand.
The next week he was having lunch in a country club when a Professional Golf
Association official came to his table. "Some of the boys in the parking lot last week
told me you met a young woman there after you won that tournament." De Vincenzo
nodded. "Well," said the official, "I have news for you. She’s a phony. She has no sick
baby. She’s not even married. She fleeced you, my friend."
"You mean there is no baby who is dying?" said De Vincenzo.
"That’s right," said the official.
"That’s the best good news I’ve heard all week." De Vincenzo said.