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									                     Giving Thanks
                                                                      The Rock Hill BAPTIST CHURCH
  For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
  For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
    For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
                                                                     REVEREND JOSEPH ROBERTSON, PASTOR
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home --           MINISTER VERA STONE, ASSOCIATE MINISTER
                Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!                    MINISTER ORENTHAL ROBERTSON, ASSOCIATE MINISTER
                                                                VOLUME XVI NOVEMBER 2008 NUMBER XI
  For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,       Inspiration Thought: When you count your blessings, it adds up to
 For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand,                                 thankfulness.
   For the good that our artists and poets have taught,                            Many years ago a magazine related the story of a young
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought --   An                    man by the name of Ben who had a habit of grumbling.
               Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!
                                                             Ungrateful            He complained about the weather, found fault with his
                                                             Grumbler              family and friends, and allowed the smallest things to
                                                                                   upset him.
   For the homes that with purest affection are blest,       READ: Psalm                   Then one day he read this rhyme: "When you
    For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,         103:1-5, 22           have truly thanked the Lord for every blessing sent,
                                                                                   then you'll have very little time to murmur or lament."
      For our country extending from sea unto sea;           He realized that his spirit of discontent had made him overlook the gifts
   The land that is known as the "Land of the Free" --       God was constantly showering on him.
               Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!                            Ben determined that with God's help he would rid himself of this
                                                             habit. So whenever he became irritated or began to complain, he would stop
                                                             and thank God for the many good things he was enjoying. It worked! By
                    ~Author Unknown                          centering his attention on praising rather than pouting, he found it much
                                                             easier to avoid a grouchy mood.
                       ~~~~~~~~                                       As Christians, we have so much for which to praise the Lord.
                                                             Thankfulness and an attitude of gratitude ought to be characteristic of every
                                                             believer (Ps. 34:1; Eph. 5:20).
                                                             All of life takes on a different hue when we spend our time counting our
                                                             blessings rather than airing our complaints. Let's be grateful! — Henry G.
                                                                                     A grumbling mood of discontent
                                                                                        Gives way to thankfulness
                                                                                     When we consider all God's gifts
                                                                                      And all that we possess. --Sper
                                                                            Blessings hemmed with praise won't unravel.
                                                                                Should I Give To The Church?
                   BIRTHDAYS:                                          let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: For God loveth a
                    2…Frances Brown                                             cheerful giver. --2 Corinthians 9:7
                    4…Gerard Lawhorne
                    6…Yvonne Nelson                                             I always thought that what I did with my money and my time was my own
                    6…Stacey Nelson                                             business. Then I happened to read a passage in the Bible and realized I had
 9…Willie M. Brown                                                              forgotten about God.
10…Quinterius Stith                                                                      But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that
14…Reverend Joseph Robertson                                                             giveth thee power to get wealth . . .
16…Deacon Melvin Butler                                                                   --Deuteronomy 8:18
16…Mavis Butler                                                                 I studied some more and discovered that in the Old Testament, God used
18…Evelyn Hudson                                                                the 10% rule (commonly known as the tithe) to fund the work of the
21…Nickley Hudson                                                               church. It was a law, and every believer was required to set aside 10% of
29…Esther Brown                                                                 all income for the work of the church. That 10% was so important to God
                                                                                that those who used it on themselves were actually stealing from God.
November 4, 2008…Election Day. Remember to go out and cast your                          And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of
Vote. Remember: Segregated Classrooms; Freedom Riders; Fire Hoses;                       the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD. --
Attack Dogs; Clubbings and Bombings? If not, it’s because our Ancestors                  Leviticus 27:30
went out and fought and voted so changes would take place.                      When I searched the New Testament about giving I discovered that the rule
November 11, 2008…Veterans Day. Veteran's Day is dedicated to honor             of law was replaced by a rule of gratitude.
all men and women, both living and deceased, who have served in the                      Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in
nation's armed forces. It is a legal federal holiday in the United States.               store, as God hath prospered him . . . --1 Corinthians 16:2
Veteran's Day is always celebrated on November 11th, regardless of the                   Every man according as his purposeth in his heart, so let him
day of the week on which it falls.                                                       give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: For God loveth a cheerful
November 27, 2008…Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving Day, legal                              giver. --2 Corinthians 9:7
holiday in the United States, first celebrated in early colonial times in New   I discovered that in God’s economy, He wants every believer to take a part
England. The actual origin, however, is probably the harvest festivals that     in advancing his kingdom.
are traditional in many parts of the world. After the first harvest was                  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and
completed by the Plymouth colonists in 1621, Governor William Bradford                   all these things shall be added unto you. --Matthew 6:33
proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and prayer, shared by all the colonists        So I tried it, and discovered that giving time and money to the church was
and neighboring Native Americans. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln             good for me - I was never happier than when I was involved in doing what I
appointed a day of thanksgiving, and since then each president has issued a     could to help the church. I learned that God delights to use my gifts to
Thanksgiving Day proclamation, generally designating the fourth Thursday        cause his kingdom to grow. I discovered that by giving both money and
of November as a holiday.                                                       time, I received so much more than I ever gave. Then I found out why. I
                                                                                was on the receiving end of another one of God’s great promises.
To get something you never had, you have to do something you Never did"                  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat
When God takes something from your grasp; He's not punishing You, but                    in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of
merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on                    hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you
this sentence.... 'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of                out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. -
God will not protect you.'                                                               -Malachi 3:10
Good Advice                                                                  A Prayer for THANKSGIVING

                                                                                       O God, this Day we dedicate to thanks and gratitude. Give us a
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is      deep spirit of communion with Almighty God. In the midst of plenty, may
the ultimate anti-depressant.                                                we have an abundance of spiritual resource, too. We thank thee for the
                                                                             plentiful harvest, for the abundance of friends, for the happy association of
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have
                                                                             family and community and church. May these become a symbol of the
to.                                                                          abundance of divine love. As we see the flocks and herds flourishing on
3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement,         our countrysides, may we be conscious of the shepherding of Thy Spirit
'My purpose is to __________ today.'                                         beside the still waters of life, restoring our souls.
4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is              Teach us the secret to which Christ referred when He said: “When
manufactured in plants.                                                      thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father which is in secret.” We pray for
5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli,           the peace of companionship with God. Illuminate our minds. Lead us to
almonds & walnuts.                                                           see the abundance of eternal life as we have never known it before. May
6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.                         those who are ill in body, sick in spirit, or frustrated by the confusing voices
7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues       which clamor for attention find the “peace of God which passeth all
                                                                             understanding” at this Thanksgiving time.
of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead
                                                                                       We thank Thee for the fellowship of our friends, for intimate friends
invest your energy in the positive present moment.                           who can overlook our faults and who can understand us and pray for us
8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a          and expect the best in us. We thank Thee for Christ, who, when we were
college kid with a maxed out charge card.                                    yet in sin, loved us and drew us to Himself.
9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.                                               At this season we thank Thee for the fellowship of our homes, for
10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.                           the children who surround us. Make us conscious of the little joys which
11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.                      mean so much in our lives. Help us that we may not be selfish, but that we
12. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.                 may be understanding of the interests of others. May we apply the Golden
13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.                 Rule to our lives until it becomes a practical ideal, when we “do unto others
14. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their          as we would have them do unto us.”
                                                                                       We thank Thee for the fellowship of the Church. We think today -
journey is all about.
                                                                             not of the imperfections and the errors of holy people, but we think of those
15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.                        who have an inner drive to make the world better after the image of our
16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will    Lord. We thank Thee for hospitals built, for colleges constructed, for
this matter?'                                                                missionaries sent out, for rescue work for those deepest in sin, for thrilling
17. Forgive everyone for everything.                                         interpretations of the Word of God, for the brilliant testimonies of those who
18. What other people think of you is none of your business.                 know Thee intimately. Surely we have a goodly heritage.
19. GOD heals everything.                                                              We thank Thee today for our nation, for the measure of respect for
20. However good or bad a situation, it will change.                         Almighty God which is evidenced in our national leadership. We thank
21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends          Thee for spiritual awakenings, even in our national capital, for our Senators
will. Stay in touch!!!                                                       and Representatives who gather for prayer. We pray that future leadership
                                                                             may be equally dedicated to Almighty God.
22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
                                                                                       We praise and magnify Thy name, O Lord, on this Thanksgiving
23. Each night before you go to bed, complete the following statements:      Day. Surely goodness and mercy have followed us all the days of our lives,
I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.                and we thank Thee in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.
24. Remember that, you are too blessed to be stressed.
EATING FRUIT                                                                        I BELIEVE

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just                 I believe - That just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they
popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think. It's important to              don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't
know how and when to eat.                                                                 mean they do.
                                                                                         I believe - That we don't have to change friends if we understand
What is the correct way of eating fruits?                                                 that friends change.
IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! * FRUITS                                    I believe - That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to
SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. If you eat fruit like                                hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a            I believe - That true friendship continues to grow, even over the
great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.
                                                                                          longest distance. Same goes for true love.
        FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD. Let's say you eat two
                                                                                         I believe - That you can do something in an instant that will give
slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go
                                                                                          you heartache for life.
straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from
                                                                                         I believe - That you should always leave loved ones with loving
doing so. In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to
                                                                                          words. It may be the last time you see them.
acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach
and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.                           I believe - That you can keep going long after you think you can't.
        So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals!              I believe - That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how
You have heard people complaining - every time I eat water-melon I burp,                  we feel.
when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like                  I believe - That heroes are the people who do what has to be done
running to the toilet etc - actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit         when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and                  I believe - That money is a lousy way of keeping score.
produces gas and hence you will bloat! Graying hair, balding, nervous                    I believe - That it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others.
outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will not happen if you                Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
take fruits on an empty stomach.                                                         I believe - That no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world
        There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are                  doesn't stop for your grief.
acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr.                 I believe - That our background and circumstances may have
Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the                 influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity,                  I believe - Two people can look at the exact same thing and see
health, energy, happiness and normal weight. When you need to drink fruit                 something totally different.
juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't even drink                I believe - That even when you think you have no more to give,
juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get              when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.          I believe - That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent
But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice.                               human being.
        If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly,             I believe - That the people you care about most in life are taken
because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can                from you too soon.
go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit
juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell
you how radiant you look!
                           THANKSGIVING                                        THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
                                                                               (Taken from Our Daily Bread and The Upper Room)
        E   Y    A   D    S   R    U   H   T    U   O   M    Y   L   P
        P   O    T   A    T   O    E   S   T    O   R   R    A   C   S            If God doesn’t give us what we ask for, we can be sure that He has
        U   G    D   H    U   G    D   S   E    U   C   O    R   N   E             something far better.
        M   R    A   O    F   S    N   A   T    I   R   U    P   G   D            Careful meditation on the Scriptures makes for a closer walk with the
        P   A    L   L    F   A    P   I   E    L   A   I    A   F   A             Savior.
        I   C    A   I    I   G    I   G   S    R   N   B    E   S   R
        I   E    S   D    N   R    H   R   H    S   B   S    P   Y   A
                                                                                  Look for ways to make obstacles into opportunities
        N   L    N   A    G   A    S   A   O    A   E   A    V   H   P            God strengthens us in all the seasons of our lives.
        P   I    I   Y    P   T    R   T   C    V   R   R    T   E   R            Open your eyes to God’s works around you.
        R   N    F   V    R   E    O   I   I    A   R   V    D   R   O            Praying for our children is a first step in protecting them.
        A   C    F   A    A   F    W   T   G    U   Y   R    E   B   A            No matter what mistakes we have mad, God offers us the freedom of
        Y   O    U   R    I   U    A   U   P    E   C   A    N   S   S             forgiveness.
        E   L    M   G    S   L    S   D   D    E   S   S    E   R   T
                                                                                  Take time every day to give thanks for God’s blessings.
        R   N    O   V    E   M    B   E   R    F   A   M    I   L   Y
        S   M    I   R    G   L    I   P   F    E   A   S    T   B   S            Since God is always with us, we do not have to fear life.
                                                                                  God can accomplish far more than we can ever hope.
                                                                                  As a Christian, you are ―God’s advertisement.‖ Do people want what
        ASPARAGUS                 GRATITUDE                 POTATOES               they see in you?
        BISCUITS                  GRAVY                     PRAISE                God stretches our patience to enlarge our soul.
        BREAD                     HARVEST                   PRAYERS               In God’s service, our greatest ability is our availability.
        CABBAGE                   HERBS                     PUMPKIN               We invite defeat when we remember what we should forget.
        CARROTS                   HOLIDAY                   PURITANS              The cross of Jesus is the supreme evidence of the love of God.
        CORN                      INDIANS                   RELATIVES
        CRANBERRY                 LINCOLN                   ROAST
                                                                                  The Bible is old, but its truths are always new.
        DESSERT                   MUFFINS                   SALAD                 We are saved not by what we do but by trusting what Christ has done.
        DRESSING                  NOVEMBER                  STUFFING              The greatest aspect of heaven will be spending eternity with Jesus.
        FAMILY                    PARADES                   THURSDAY              Integrity means never having to look over your shoulder.
        FEAST                     PECANS                    TURKEY                The best time to stop an argument is before it starts.
        GRACE                     PILGRIMS                  WORSHIP               Facing an impossibility gives us the opportunity to trust God.
        GRATEFUL                  PLYMOUTH
                                                                                  A church with one heart and one mind will make for a won world.
             Reflection for the Day: God Has Your Answer
                                                                                  The wonders of the universe compel us to worship our wonderful God.
                                                                                  Let God do the holding and you do the trusting.

J    oshua was an obedient servant of the Lord. The decisions he made
     were normally made as the Lord directed him, but occasionally he
     acted without first checking with the Lord. That is how he entered into
an agreement with the inhabitants of Gibeon. He asked without the counsel
                                                                                   Christ releases us from sin’s slavery into salvation’s liberty.
                                                                                   For the Christian, thanksgiving is not just a day but a way of life.
                                                                                   Control your anger, or it will control you.
                                                                                   Faith in Christ is not just a single step but a life of walking with Him.
of God and was now committed to keep his word.
         Decisions must be made on a daily basis, many of which have              No one is strong enough to bear his burdens alone.
serious consequences. It is essential before committing yourself that you         We can never sacrifice too much for the One who gave His all for us.
pray first. It is unwise to rush into any decision before seeking God's           In a world full of bad news, our only hope is the good news of Jesus.
will. He has the answer to every situation.                                       In prayer, God hears more than just words – He listens to your heart.
                                                  November 2008
     SUNDAY          MONDAY             TUESDAY            WEDNESDAY        THURSDAY           FRIDAY              SATURDAY

                                                                                                              Aide Committee

2               3                  4                   5               6                  7                   8
                Advisory Council
                Meeting @          Election Day        Bible Study
                7:00 p.m.                              @ 7:00 p.m.

9               10                 11                  12              13                 14                  15

                                   Veteran’s Day       Bible Study
                                                       @ 7:00 p.m.

16              17                 18                  19              20                 21                  22
Jubilee Choir
Anniversary                        Missionary          Bible Study                        Brotherhood         Ministers &
Nursing Home                       Auxiliary Meeting   @ 7:00 p.m.                        Auxiliary Meeting   Deacons Meeting
Ministry @                         @ 7:00 p.m.                                            @ 7:00 p.m.         @ 10:00 a.m.
2:30 p.m.

23              24                 25                  26              27                 28                  29

                                                       Bible Study     Thanksgiving Day                       Sunday School
                                                       @ 7:00 p.m.                                            Bible Camp –


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