North Baptist Church - Ottawa, KS   

"Where Everyone Is Treated Like Family"

From the Pastor’s Desk – March/April 2018 

         

          It’s time for the next newsletter. As I pondered about the March/April Newsletter, I thought – I wonder what is the definition of the word – Newsletter? Lucky for you, I looked it up and here’s what I found: Newsletter – [noun] 1.) a bulletin issued periodically to the members of a society, business, or organization. 2.) a written report, issued periodically, typically by a business, institution, or other organization, that presents information and news to people with a specific interest in the organization.

          So, this Newsletter (the whole newsletter, not just my part of it – the Pastor’s letter) is a noun. Being a noun, it’s a person, place or thing, so the Newsletter comes to you as a thing. A thing that comes to you in written form, issued periodically, by this institution that presents information and news to people – friends and family of North Baptist Church – with a specific interest in the organization.

          That for me is where the problem seems to begin. I continually hear people say, “I didn’t know that was happening” or “I didn’t know anything about it,” yet more times than not, information on the very thing that person didn’t know about was in the Newsletter – Hmm?

           This Newsletter is your information highway for what’s happening in and through North Baptist over the next couple of months and sometimes even farther out than that.

            It just makes me wonder, if we’re not reading the Newsletter which has direct information on and about North Baptist – Are we reading God’s Word (which has direct information on and about every individual) and preparing ourselves for what is to come. God’s Word tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 NKJV “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

           2 Peter 3:10 NKJV “…the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night,”

           1 Corinthians 15:52 NKJV “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.”

           Jesus is coming again! We celebrate that fact every time we have Communion. On April 1, 2018 we will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and look forward to His certain return.

            I’m afraid (even though God’s Word tells us not to be afraid 365 times, one for every day of the year) that as we don’t read the newsletter and don’t know the events that are coming up and are not prepared for them – That we don’t know what God’s Word says and are not preparing for the events that are lined out in it that are yet to come. I pray that each and every one who reads this Newsletter makes me out to be a liar, one who was not informed, but if I’m not, you still have time to prepare. Prepare for the events that are coming up at North Baptist that are outlined in this Newsletter – And ultimately preparing for the events that are outlined in God’s Word about what is to come. Contrary to belief in the movie from several years ago – You do not want to be Left Behind and face what is to come!

           Just as this Newsletter tells you of things to come – God’s Word does even a better job of lining out not only the events to come, but what you need to do to be apart or avoid certain things that will be coming.

           No, this Newsletter isn’t giving you a date of when Jesus will return, but this Newsletter will give you dates of a lot of things that you can be a part of that might even help others that you know avoid a costly mistake of being – Uninformed.

          Hey, see ya Sunday – if not before!

It’s because of Him that we Serve,

Pastor Kim