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					  From The Pastor’s Desk
              Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Martin’s Chapel General Baptist Church
                Rev. Terry Howser, Pastor
      112 Old Martin’s Chapel, Portland, Tennessee 37148
                      Phone 615-325-4335

              Prayer Requests
               Family and Friends that are in sin.
                Family and Friends that are sick.
Edna Earl and Virgil Cook, Paul & Nadine Crowder, Barnes Family,
 James Perry, James & Siliva Brown, Carlene McGuffey, Johnny
       Jenkins, Tommie Brown, and Minnie Lee Perdue.

                 Upcoming Events
      Wednesday, August 10 Danelle Duffus from Jamaica

            Myrtle Walker Society Meeting August 11
                 Promise Keepers August 12-13

                      Sunday, August 14
    Pastor Stoney Fairweather, Guest Speaker, from Jamaica

            Pastor’s Family Cook Out, September 3
       Singing On The Grounds, Saturday, September 10
                         Just For Laughs
   A very dirty little fellow came in from playing in the yard and asked his mother,
    "Who am I?" Ready to play the game she said, "I don't know! Who are you?"
  "WOW!" cried the child. "Mrs. Johnson was right! She said I was so dirty, my own
                              mother wouldn't recognize me!"
         A new business was opening and one of the owner's friends wanted
  to send flowers for the occasion. They arrived at the new business site and the
                      owner read the card; it said "Rest in Peace".
           The owner was angry and called the florist to complain. After he
          had told the florist of the obvious mistake and how angry he was,
the florist said. "Sir, I'm really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting angry
you should imagine this: somewhere there is a funeral taking place today, and they
                            have flowers with a note saying,
                         "Congratulations on your new location".

Letters to God
Dear God, Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? Norma

Dear God, Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't You
just keep the ones you have now? Jane

Dear God, Who draws the lines around the countries? Nan

Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay? Neil

Dear God, Thank you for my baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. Joyce

Dear God, It rained for our whole vacation and is my father mad! He said some things
about you that people are not supposed to say, but I hope you will not hurt him anyway.
Your friend (but I am not going to tell you who I am)

Dear God, Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before. You can look it
up. Bruce

Dear God, I think about you sometimes, even when I'm not praying. Elliott

Dear God, If you watch me in church Sunday, I'll show you my new shoes. Mickey
                 From The Pastor’s Heart…
             Let us continue to pray for our church. I feel that
     God is ready to pour out a blessing on Martin’s Chapel unlike
     any of us has ever known. The Holy Spirit is strong within
     our recent services, people are praying, things are happening.
     Look around the church and see the difference God can
     make. Continue to focus on Jesus and pray.

                         Pray Heaven Down!

                     Each One Reach One!
                  Missionary Update
        Just a little information about our speaker on Sunday,
                  Bro. Gladstone “Stoney” Fairweather.

He was born in Jamaica. He moved to America and lived here for a number
 of years, receiving training in the medical field. He worked for Meharry
Medical Center in Nashville. God spoke to his heart about the ministry in
  Jamaica. He returned to Jamaica and began Lord’s Chapel Church. He
   started a number of churches in Jamaica. He serves now as a pastor’s
 overseer. He also started a Ministry School much like CTI. He receives
    his financial support from shareholders in the ministry just like our
  missionaries. He main support comes from this area in Tennessee and
Kentucky. His wife Evelyn also serves in the ministry. Our team worked
      closely with them while on our last missionary trip to Jamaica.
                         Quotable Quotes
                   In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is
                called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares
                  for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with
                nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose
                     in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive
                      because there is nothing for which it will die.

                                       Dorothy Sayer

                             Daily Devotion
                                 By Ron Newhouse
And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. (John 1:16:)

Around the time of World War I there was a girl with a lovely voice who couldn't afford
vocal training. But she kept right on singing anyway, and gave such joy to the members
of her little Philadelphia church that they raised $126 in pennies, nickels and dimes and
called it "The fund for Marian Anderson's Future."

So Marian Anderson started taking lessons, and when she was 18 her high school
teachers arranged an audition with a world-famous singing instructor. Again the church
folk raised money for lessons. The future looked bright, success assured. And then she
A group who believed in her sponsored a concert in New York City's famed Town Hall.
But Marian Anderson was not yet ready for Town Hall, either in experience or personal
maturity, and the critics flayed her. She felt she could not take it; she felt she had let
down those who believed in her.
For over a year she wallowed in self-pity, and would not go near her teachers. Then one
day her mother said to her, "Marian, grace must come before greatness. Why don't you
think about this failure a little and pray about it a lot?"
Later, Marian Anderson, who helped many another young singer survive the kind of
despair she tasted in that first bitter defeat, said, "Whatever is in my voice, faith has put
it there. Faith and my mother's words: grace must come before greatness."
Grace does come before greatness. Grace comes from the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
                Church Website
       back up and running…check it out!

           Christmas in August
 Over the next few days, that a moment and stop by
  the bulletin board in the hall (toward the pastor’s
study) and sign up for a T-shirt. The pastor and his
family wants to give their usual Christmas gift early
 this year. We love each of you so much we want to
give back. Just write down your name and shirt size
           and we will take care of the rest.
              Thank you all for loving us!

  More Laughs….
  The archbishop had been invited to a dinner at a local church. Having
  had a busy schedule that day, he was famished.
  As he moved down the serving line, he asked the woman behind the
  counter, "Excuse me, do you mind if I have a second pudding?"
  The woman replied, "Sorry, it's only one pudding per person."
  "But I'm STARVED!" said the archbishop.
  "I'm sorry," said the woman, "only one per person."
  The archbishop was normally a modest man, but he decided that if
  there ever was a time that he should use the weight of his office, it was
  "Madam!" he said. "Do you know who I AM? I am the
  The woman replied: "And do you know who I am? I am the lady in
  charge of the puddings! Now move along!"
  A Sunday School teacher asked her class why Joseph and
  Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem. A small child
  replied: "They couldn't get a baby-sitter."
                              Teacher’s Corner
          …helpful ideas for the classroom
Prepare for the Future Now—
in Sunday School
Statistics indicate that churches lose nearly 50 percent of graduating seniors who enter the work
force and close to 90 percent of those who attend a secular college. For all the activity and
challenge churches have been providing for teens, Christian service has not been embedded in
their priority structure. Of all the avenues our students will travel in pursuit of "success" the local
church may not even be on the map.
Some leaders refer to this as a 'black hole" in youth ministry. While no ministry will totally fill this
void, Sunday School may be as effective as any at closing it. After all, strong commitment to
Sunday School often indicates greater involvement in other aspects of ministry.
By taking advantage of the opportunity we have each week in Sunday School, we can work our
way into a future where students' faith will be active and vital. Here are some ways Sunday
School can help keep students involved in ministry and prepare them for the future in several
aspects of life.
For students to identify with the church in their future, the church must identify with them now.
Young teens are looking for somewhere to belong. They should find it upon their arrival at the
junior high scene. A memorable reception for these new groupies in Sunday School is a must. In
the fall, a back-to-school event with upper-grade students sharing creative, Scripture-based
"survival tips" and personal invitations to the younger students to attend can pull in a few kids
who haven't been involved.
By making Sunday School a primary avenue of pursuit of regular attendees and guests from all
youth contexts, the relational element of classes will become intrinsically tied to the overall
ministry. You tend to get what you talk about, so promote Sunday School extensively in all youth
settings. Make it the youth group "place to be" on Sunday morning. Deeper levels of involvement
in all areas will likely follow.
Although most students are eager to move up the ladder of seniority, those inadvertently lost over
time slip through the cracks during times of transition. Immediate attention must be given to
students apprehensive of the change. Reception events and personal encouragement will nudge
them to the next level.
Individual focus is enhanced with classes broken down as much as leadership and facility allow.
Younger students may seek inclusion with the older, but upper grades will perceive that they have
"outgrown" a class if age range is too broad.
If students don't learn to connect their faith to the outside world, they may eventually put it aside.
Campus life definitely tests one's dedication to Christ, but class time in church can prepare
students for class time out of church. They'll pay attention to leaders who, from a biblical
perspective, deal with issues they face Monday morning.
Get families, and you'll get students. Work to develop relationships with parents and family
members who don't attend. Sunday School is the best channel of pursuit since it coincides with
the main family gathering—Sunday morning worship. Don't breeze over conversations with
parents when calling for students. Plan events that need parental assistance. Eventually, they
may accept invitation to service and Sunday School.
We help students keep church in their future by helping them prepare for their future in church.
Vocation should not be a separate issue from spiritual life. Whether planning to attend college or
enter the work force, graduating seniors will benefit immensely from a study that helps them deal
with pertinent topics from finding God's will to money management to effective decision making.
What will it take to stand for Christ on a secular college campus—or serve Him "full time" in the
work place? Make your class a forum for guest teachers—perhaps former students. Talk about
students' current intentions. Help some find places of service before they graduate, and
encourage others to tie into fellowship wherever they go. Keep in touch for accountability.
You've said it yourself, "Teens are not the church of tomorrow. They are the church of today." So
don't wait to plug them into overall church life. Some of the most unlikely students are begging to
be a significant influence on the lives of others and will jump at the chance to be equipped for
service in the main church setting.
Help students understand spiritual gifts and discover where theirs might apply. Teach on tithing,
respect for authority, requirements for service and leadership. Invite staff members to teach and
appeal for involvement in areas like children's outreach, drama, sound, or ushering. Vitality will
pervade the congregation as they see youth serving the church. When you see students "on the
job," commend them for their faithfulness.
Through hands-on participation in the life of His church, service to Christ can become second first
nature to youth. When students' faith becomes inseparable from life outside the church—at
school, home, and work—their future will be blessed, as will yours, because you prepared for it—
in Sunday School. Now.

Carey Huffman is youth editor of Radiant Life Resources, Springfield, Missouri.

                               Food For Thought

                        IT'S WHAT YOU DO--NOT WHEN YOU DO IT

    Ted Williams, at age 42, slammed a home run in his last official time at bat.
 Mickey Mantle, age 20, hit 23 home runs his first full year in the major leagues.

             Golda Meir was 71 when she became Prime Minister of Israel.
       William Pitt II was 24 when he became Prime minister of Great Britain.

      George Bernard Shaw was 94 when one of his plays was first produced.
           Mozart was just seven when his first composition was published.

     Now how about this? Benjamin Franklin was a newspaper columnist at 16
            and a framer of the United States Constitution when he was 81.
     You're never too young or too old if you've got talent.
      Let's recognize that age has little to do with ability.

                  Promise Keepers 2005
                      The Awakening
                    Nashville, Tennessee
                     August 12-13, 205
                Gaylord Entertainment Center

                      Bible Trivia
Where did David keep the 5 smooth stones he
          chose from the brook?

 Answer for Aug 3---5 smooth stones, I Sam. 17:40

          Scripture of The Day
Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in
his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his
   might, let not the rich man glory in his riches
                      Jeremiah 9:23

         Each One Reach One!
                      Have A Great Day.
                See You In Church On Sunday.
                 Invite Someone To Church,
   You Might Be Surprised.
 In His Service,
Bro. Terry Howser

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