North Baptist Church - Ottawa, KS   

"Where Everyone Is Treated Like Family"

From the Pastor’s Desk – May/June/July/August 2019 

 

          This is going to be the Summer Edition of the newsletter. This will be the only newsletter you receive this summer. Spring and summer seems to be so busy for everyone, including myself. This is why this newsletter is late now. We have three girls in school and in sports. One of our girls was promoted from 8th grade into High school and one of our girls graduated from High school. Along with activities at The Light House and the new opportunity we have through LifeCare called, Birth of a Family, we understand busyness. Even though we’ve been busy, everything has been good, except for the timely manner in which you received your newsletter. I apologize for that and will work diligently to make sure your next newsletter, the September/October edition will be on time.

          We all need to be careful that we don’t get to busy, especially too busy for the Lord. Proverbs 30:25 (NIV) Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;” – We (even myself) need to make sure we’re not too busy and that we continue to spend time, quality time with the Lord. We need those times that we spend with the Lord, because it provides strength, stability and encouragement (as well as discernment). We also need those times with the Lord, because when the hard, cold times come, we need to be able to draw upon His strength to get us through. We need to have something in the storehouse (like the ant) to draw from. The Monthly Daily Bible Readings are still available. Be sure you pick one up or check it out on Facebook or email, that way you can keep up. It’s really been good to see how those scriptures have been appropriate to some of our own situations. It really is just like God and His Word, to provide exactly what we need, when we need it.

          Well, here’s an update on the Wilcox Journey through 2019. Shelley and I have been on a low-carb diet since the beginning of the New Year. I thought I (we), would be at a much greater weight loss by this time, but I cannot complain, the weight loss is gradual and has continued. I know, just like my doctor always tells me, exercise would make a big difference, recently I haven’t been doing to good at getting exercise. I do have to confess to you all, I had a small piece of cake at Rachel’s graduation party. That’s the first piece I’ve had in 2019. Whew, I have to be really careful, because it was REALLY GOOD! (Capitalization intended) And I could easily fall back into eating things like that all the time, I really liked it. You could say that I’m a Dessert-oholic, yes, I am addicted to desserts. The best thing for me is to not have any, even a small piece, because it makes me want even more of what I cannot (should not) have.

          1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” This year has been an eye opener for me. Yes, it’s important to take care of our Spiritual Bodies, but we also need to take care of our physical bodies. We need to watch what we put into our physical body, We can sometimes be so careful about what we put into our Spiritual body, through our eyes, ears and what we do with our hands, but yet, we are not near as careful what we put into our physical body. Being Born Again, means that our bodies, our lives, everything that we do and everything that we are, are not our own. Being Born Again, means that we are not our own, we’ve been bought with a price and we are to honor God in everything we do.

          In the sermon series from May – Church – We found out that everything we do as individuals is important and it reflects upon us as the Church. We need to get ourselves in the right position before God, so that it makes a difference in the Church. Remember, we are the Church, it’s not a building and the people we come in contact with need to see us representing Jesus Christ in the most positive way. There is no Christianity without Christ and no Christ without His Church. We, the individuals who are the Church, need to be the best Christians, the best Church that we can be.

We need to be the Church, and we also need to go to Church.  

          See ya Sunday – if not before!

It’s because of Him that we Serve,

Pastor Kim