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Prayer from Elder Bill Pritchett on 5/1/2016

Father God,

We have sung this morning about Your goodness, Your sovereignty, Your faithfulness. Father, we thank You for these and all of Your attributes. Your name is to be praised. Father, You are good, You are holy, You are just, You are gracious, You are faithful. As David says in Your word, ‘Everyday I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.’ This morning Lord, we praise Your name. We praise You because we are in awe of who You are. We praise You because we recognize the overwhelming amount of Grace that You continue to show us everyday. We praise You when we think on the work of Jesus on the cross on our behalf. We praise You when we are going through hard times because we know and trust in Your Sovereignty.

In that same Psalm, David continues and says ‘One generation shall commend Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.’ Lord, Your mighty Acts…thank You that nothing that we might be going through is outside of Your control and nothing is outside of Your power. We are comforted by the fact that we don’t have to question if You can handle our situation, we don’t have to question whether or not Christ’s blood is sufficient for us. Father, You are mighty and great is Your faithfulness.

Lord, I pray for our hearts, that they might be even more inclined toward You. I pray for our singing that these will be much more than just words on a screen, but that we are singing in worship to our great God.

We come before You now and we recognize that many of us are tired, we are weak, we are broken. Yet You have made a way for each of us, no matter what our circumstances are, we can give and contribute to the work that You are doing. We are thankful for the gifts that allow us to meet in this place each week and all that is involved in that. Lord, we trust You and Your plans for each one of us as we give.

Father, we pray these things in humble worship to You, and it is in Jesus’ name that we pray, AMEN

Brink’s Outreach to Malawi – April 2016

“For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”

– 1 Cor. 9:16

 Malawi leadership team

From right to left are: Mildred and Pastor Sam, Pastor Lichapa, Pastor Gibson, and Kenneth Kulupane – a deacon at Pastor Lichapa’s church.

This is the foundational verse that the Brink team clung to as they headed to central Malawi. Pastor Sam, Mildred, Pastor Brian, and Esinathy traveled 350 miles across eastern Zimbabwe, through Mozambique to Liwonde, Malawi to begin their 10 day outreach of encouragement to the Baptist fraternity of pastors, elders, deacons and their wives.

Canonicity: Why These 66 Books? – by nathan busenitz

Have you ever looked at your Bible and wondered, “How do we know that these 66 books, and no others, comprise the inspired Word of God?”

That is a critically important question, since there are many today who would deny that these 66 books truly make up the complete canon of Scripture.

The Roman Catholic Church, for example, claims that the Apocryphal books which were written during the inter-testamental period (between the Old and New Testaments) ought to be included in the Bible. Cult groups like the Mormons want to add their own books to the Bible—things like the Book of MormonThe Doctrines and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. And then there are popular books and movies, like The Da Vinci Code from several years back, that claim later Christians (like Constantine) determined what was in the Bible centuries after these books were written.
So, how do we know that “all Scripture” consists of these 66 books? How do we know that the Bible we hold in our hands is the complete Word of God?