LIFE’S SONG OF THE ROCK HILL BAPTIST CHURCH 1034 SHIVERS GREEN RD RIDGEWAY SC 29130 REVEREND JOSEPH ROBERTSON, PASTOR MINISTER VERA STONE, ASSOCIATE MINISTER MINISTER ORENTHAL ROBERTSON, ASSOCIATE MINISTER www.rockhillbaptistchurch.net Life is a song written and produced by God, But arranged by you. It may be long and melancholy, or brief and joyful. Sing of love, Pain or anger, bitterness or regret. Sing a beautiful and special song of strength and hope That moves others who witness it, Or hum it softly to yourself. Life, like a song, has high notes and low notes And wrong notes. No song is perfect, but with dedication and practice, You‟ll learn from any mistakes. Keep practicing, And never give up. This life is your song. How your song is heard is of your discretion. But remember, you only get one song, Make it memorable, because when you are gone, Your song will still live on And Forever linger in someone‟s heart. *SLB* VOLUME XVI FEBRUARY 2008 NUMBER II Inspirational Thought: Whether we obey or rebel, God loves us. Dog shows on TV can be entertaining. The dog owners are impeccably dressed and trot along with Man looks at the their pedigreed pooches as they show off their unique canine beauty. The dogs have been trained to stand outward confidently with chins lifted high, their shiny coats appearance, but the Lord looks at carefully brushed and styled. To me, they all look like winners. the heart. —1 But I wonder sometimes, when their audience is Samuel 16:7 gone, what are these dogs really like? Do they ever relax and let their sleek fur get so matted they‟re mistaken for mutts? Does their doggie breath start smelling foul? More important, what are we really like when nobody‟s watching? In Matthew 23:2-7, Jesus rebuked those who were interested in how they looked in public rather than how they were seen by God. He wants us to be obedient, faithful, and committed to Him—even when nobody else sees. The Pharisees focused on the way they were perceived by other people. God‟s focus is on what we‟re like inside. His desire is for us to look like His Son. We‟re not in a competition with other Christians. God will never ask us to compete for “best in show.” He measures us by the perfect standard of His Son (Eph. 4:13). And in love, He provides the righteousness we need so that we can be blameless before Him (Col. 1:21-23). —Cindy Hess Kasper Just live your life before your Lord, It matters not what others do— Your actions will be weighed by Him Who metes out judgment just and true. —Roe Living for God’s approval is better than living for man’s applause. Best in Show THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY (Taken from Our Daily Bread and The Upper Room) 1…Shaun Butler 2…Arissa Nelson 5…Joseph Belton 6…Andrew Harris 6…Trent White 7…Margaret O‟Neal 10…Ethel Tucker 13…Lucile Johnson 13…Sidney Butler 20…Reecy Thompson 26…English Jones 27…Sarah Robertson 28…James Roseborough Happy Wedding Anniversary to three couples this Month: Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Harris on February 6, 2008; D. J. & Emma Harris on February 14, 2008; and John & Reecy Thompson on February 16, 2008. Congratulations and Best Wishes to these Couples. CONGRATULATIONS: Gerell L. Lawhorne received the Superintendent‟s Honor Roll for making all A‟s; Perfect Attendance; Star Student Award; and a Blue Ribbon for participating in the Science Fair for the 2nd nine weeks. Gerard O. Lawhorne received the Superintendent‟s Honor Roll for making all A‟s; Perfect Attendance; Math Award; Certificate of Achievement Award from the Junior Achievement; and a Blue Ribbon for participating in the Science Fair for the 2nd nine weeks. No day is dark when you live in the light of God‟s Son. The new birth takes but a moment; spiritual maturity takes a lifetime. Start each day with your armor in place and your marching orders in hand. Christ‟s sacrifice was what God desired and what our sin required. People don‟t care how much you know unless they know how much you care. God doesn‟t ask us to bear tomorrow‟s burdens with today‟s strength. A Christian‟s life is the window through which others can see Jesus. Only Jesus, the Living Water, can satisfy our thirst for God. Thankfulness depends on what is in your heart, not what is in your hand. The Fear of the Lord can deliver us from the Fear of Others. There are no shortcuts to Spiritual Maturity. God can weave the thorns of life into a crown of glory. You are one of a kind - designed to glorify God as only you can. We would not delight in sin if we were not deceived by sin. To be under Christ‟s control is to have true Freedom. We plant the seed, but God gives the Harvest. With God‟s Arms beneath us, we need not fear what lies before us. It‟s not how long you live that counts, but how well you live. Christ‟s Empty Tomb is Full of Hope. To recognize Satan‟s lies, focus on God‟s Truth. To trust is to Triumph, for the Battle is the Lord‟s You can have Tons of Religion without one ounce of Salvation God works through the details to complete the big picture. By living in love, every believer can bring glory to God. The Lord can restore any broken life. The family of God always has room for one more. Have faith in the Lord; the Lord has faith in you. God will finish the good work begun in us, even if it takes eternity. We follow God not because of what we see but because of what we believe. A Pledge Campaign is under way with March 1, 2008, as the deadline to pledge. Each member is asked to Pledge a minimum of $1,000 each year with all funds going towards the Building Fund. If you need a Pledge Form, see the Ushers or request one from any person on the Finance Committee (Nathaniel Long, Sidney Butler, Marie Tucker, Liza Tucker, Patricia Belton or Tealie Edwards). This is an INVESTMENT in our FUTURE. --The Finance Committee PHARAOH’S HEART Find each word listed below. After you have found all the words, the leftover letters spell a Mystery Word. ___________________________ WHAT IF THERE WERE NO BLACK PEOPLE? T K N E A D I N G T R O U G H S A S S E M B L Y D R O L F F G H T A C O N G R E G A T I O N R A N O R A A B K B N H R U I E E O N A I M N O A T P S N R D R V V N A A M V N U L T D E N T R O H T I R E N M A B A F U N Y C S N E E L E A I O T F H E D A A S T E T R G R R I O T E E T D R A S T D I O N O T B F I I U V U P A L C M Y N N D O A O E D O G C I I E R E R N M F N P O S S Y H A M O X U A S E R V A N T S C N H L O B H D E G Y P T I A N S N G I S AARON ABOMINATION ASSEMBLY BEDCHAMBER BURNTOFFERINGS CATTLE CHILDREN CONGREGATION CONVOCATION DAY DUST EGYPTIANS ENTREAT FEAST FIRSTBORN FOUNDATION FOURTEENTH GLORY GOD HAND HYSSOP KNEADINGTROUGHS LORD MAGICIANS MAIDSERVANT MEMORIAL OXEN PASSOVER RAIN SERVANTS SIGNS STANK THUNDER UNLEAVENED his is a story of a little boy name Theo who woke up one morning and asked his mother, Mom, what if there were no Black people in the world? Well his mother thought about that for a moment, and then said Son, follow me around today and lets just see what it would be like if there were no black people in the world. Mom said, now go get dressed and we will get started. Theo ran to his room to put on his clothes and shoes. His mother took one look at him and said Theo, where are your shoes, and those clothes are all wrinkled son, I must iron them. But when she reached for the ironing board it was no longer there. You see Sarah Boone, a black woman, invented the ironing board and Jan E. Matzelinger, a black man, invented the shoe lasting machine. Oh well, she said, please go and do something to your hair. Theo ran in his room to comb his hair, but the comb was not there. You see, Walter Sammons, a black man, invented the comb. Theo decided to just brush his hair, but the brush was gone. You see Lydia O. Newman, a black female, invented the brush. Well, this was a sight, no shoes, wrinkled clothes, hair a mess, even Mom‟s hair, without the hair care inventions of Madam C. J. Walker, well you get the picture. Mom told Theo, let‟s do our chores around the house and then take a trip to the grocery store. Theo‟s job was to sweep the floor. He swept and swept and swept. When he reached for the dust pan, it was not there. You see, Lloyd P. Ray, a black man, invented the dust pan. So he swept his pile of dirt over in the corner and left it there. He then decided to mop the floor, but the mop was gone. You see, Thomas W. Stewart, a black man, invented the mop. Theo yelled to his Mom, Mom, I‟m not having any luck. Well son, she said, let me finish washing these clothes and we will prepare a list for the grocery store. When the wash finished, she went to place the clothes in the dryer but it was not there. You see, George T. Samon, a black man, invented the clothes dryer. Mom asked Theo to go get a pencil and some paper to prepare their list for the market. So Theo ran for the paper and pencil but noticed the pencil lead was broken. Well he was out of luck because John Love, a black man, invented the pencil sharpener. Mom reached for a pen, but it was not there because William Purvis, a black man, invented the fountain pen. As a matter of fact, Lee Burridge invented the type writing machine, and W. A. Lovette the advanced printing press. HAPPINESS TIPS I CAN USE: Never let a day go by without giving at least three people a compliment. Happiness is an inside job. Happiness is a byproduct of service. Success comes in cans; failures come in cants. The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Black History Information: Bessie Coleman (1892-1926): Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was born on January 26, 1892, and is popularly known as "Queen Bess." She was the first Black woman to become an airplane pilot, and the first American woman to hold an international pilot license. Arthur Ashe (1943-1993): Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. was born July 10, 1943 and was a prominent Black tennis player who was born and raised in Richmond, Va. During his playing career, he won three Grand Slam titles. Ashe is also remembered for his efforts in social activism. Ruben Britt, Jr.: Ruben Britt, Jr. is a native of Roxbury, Massachusetts, who has over thirty-one years of experience in education as a teacher and as a career planning counselor. Mr. Britt has written several articles related to career development, higher education in a number of publications including Upscale Magazine, Black Collegian, Equal Opportunity Magazine and Black Issues In Higher Education. Currently, he is the Assistant Director of Career and Academic Planning Center at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. Also, he is the founder and CEO of the Brick Empowerment Foundation, which is a non-profit community action organization. Rebecca Cole (1846-1922): Rebecca J. Cole was the second of two Black women to qualify as a physician in the United States in 1867. Cole was born in Philadelphia, in 1846. Rebecca Lee was the first Black female physician and graduated three years earlier than Cole from New England Medical College. Although Rebecca Cole practiced medicine for 50 years, few records survive to tell her story, and pictures of her are even scarcer. She went to the Institute for Colored Youth in Pennsylvania and graduated in 1863. Her medical thesis was titled “The Eye and Its Appendages.” Charles Drew (1904-1950): Dr. Charles Richard Drew was a Black physician and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions; he developed improved techniques for blood storage and early during World War II applied his expert knowledge in developing largescale blood banks. He protested against the practice of racial segregation in the donation of blood from donors of different races since the idea that races had different blood types lacked scientific foundation. In 1943, Drew's distinction in his profession was recognized when he became the first Black surgeon to serve as an examiner on the American Board of Surgery. Love makes the world go „round, but laughter keeps us from getting dizzy ************************************************************ Drowsy Driver Quiz M any of us will be traveling to see friends and family. Sometimes we drive too long and too late at night and may become sleepy. That can be very dangerous. Many car and truck accidents happen each year because a driver goes to sleep at the wheel. Here are the warning signs that might help you realize if you are a drowsy driver: Your eyes close or go out of focus. You have trouble keeping your head up. You can‟t stop yawning. You have wandering, disconnected thoughts. You don‟t remember the last few miles You drift between lanes, tail gate or miss traffic signs. You keep jerking the car back into the lane. You have drifted off the road and narrowly missed crashing. It’s pretty scary when you see these warning signs in cold, hard print, isn’t it? Who is Jesus? HE IS JESUS WHO IS HE? IN CHEMISTRY, HE TURNED WATER TO WINE. IN BIOLOGY, HE WAS BORN WITHOUT THE NORMAL CONCEPTION; IN PHYSICS, HE DISPROVED THE LAW OF GRAVITY WHEN HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN; IN ECONOMICS, HE DISPROVED THE LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURN BY FEEDING 5000 MEN WITH TWO FISHES & 5 LOAVES OF BREAD; IN MEDICINE, HE CURED THE SICK AND THE BLIND WITHOUT ADMINISTERING A SINGLE DOSE OF DRUGS, IN HISTORY, HE IS THE BEGINNING AND THE END; IN GOVERNMENT, HE SAID THAT HE SHALL BE CALLED WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, PRINCE OF PEACE; IN RELIGION, HE SAID NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH HIM; SO. WHO IS HE? HE IS JESUS! ************************************************************ CLEANING HOUSE FOR 2008 Last Week I threw out worrying, it was getting old and in the way. It kept me from being me; I couldn't do things God's way. I threw out a book on MY PAST (Didn't have time to read it anyway). Replaced it with NEW GOALS, started reading it today. I threw out hate and bad memories, (Remember how I treasured them so)? Got me a NEW PHILOSOPHY too, threw out the one from long ago. Brought in some new books too, called I CAN, I WILL, and I MUST. Threw out I might, I think and I ought. WOW, you should've seen the dust. I ran across an OLD FRIEND, I hadn't talked to in a while. His name is GOD the Father, and I really like His style. He helped me to do some cleaning and added some things Himself. Like PRAYER, HOPE, FAITH and LOVE, Yes... I placed them right on the shelf. I picked up this special thing and placed it at the front door. I FOUND IT- it‟s called PEACE. Nothing gets me down anymore. Yes, I've got my house looking nice. Looks good around the place. For things like Worry and Trouble there just isn't any space. It's good to do a little house cleaning, Get rid of the things on the shelf. It sure makes things brighter; maybe you should TRY IT YOURSELF. BE BLESSED AND BE A BLESSING TO SOMEONE ELSE!!!! May the Lord open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that you will not have room enough to receive it all. Malachi 3:10. May the Lord bless you exceedingly abundantly above all you could ever hope for. --Philippians 4:19. ************************************************************ “If it is in the Bible, it is SO.” “If you want the right answer, it’s in the Bible.” “You can learn a lot from studying the Bible; you can learn still more by practicing it.” If you will become saturated with the knowledge of the Bible, you will have God’s answer to every important question of men today.” IN GOD I'VE FOUND EVERYTHING! The Greatest Man in History Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master. Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. I feel honored to serve such a Leader who loves us! 'We exist to share the good news of Jesus Christ'