2013 Christmas Break – Office Hours

If you are in need of assistance in the offices of either South Charlotte Baptist Church or South Charlotte Baptist Academy, please take note of the following schedule for the 2013 Christmas Break. You may call and leave a message at any time. The office staff will be checking their voicemail during the Christmas break.

South Charlotte Baptist Academy: (704) 544-7323

  • Mr. Bailey, ext. 1701 (nbailey@cleaninter.net)
  • Miss Wells, ext. 1700 (swells@cleaninter.net)

South Charlotte Baptist Church: (704) 542-5536

  • Pastor Campbell, ext. 1101 (pastorcampbell@southcharlottebaptist.org)
  • Pastor Bishop, ext. 1102 (daniel.bishop@southcharlottebaptist.org)
  • Miss Chavez, ext. 1100 (echavez@southcharlottebaptist.org)

If you visit the ministries of South Charlotte Baptist Church during the Christmas break, please come to the double doors located halfway between the main auditorium entrance and the entrance to the Academy. There is a “doorbell” located to the right of those double doors which will page the offices.

  • Monday, December 23 – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, December 24 – 8:30 AM to Noon
  • Wednesday, December 25 to Friday, December 27 the offices will be closed.
  • Monday, December 30 – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, December 31 – 8:30 AM to Noon
  • Wednesday, January 1 the offices will be closed.
  • Thursday, January 2 and Friday, January 3rd – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Regular office hours will resume on Monday, January 6.

How Do You Give a Gospel Tract Out At Christmas?

Christmas card - snowflakes and bulbs

Let’s get down to the “nitty-gritty.” Every Christian knows and understands the fact that they should be giving the Gospel out to those around them.

Probably a high percentage of Christians actually desire to give the Gospel out. However, many times the question is,  “How do I give them out?”

Most people feel a little awkward simply shoving a piece of paper in someone’s face and saying something along the lines of, “Here, read this!”

Well, if you really desire to give out the Gospel, Christmas is probably one of the best times of the year to do it! (Although we should do it all year round!) Christmas Time is that time of the year when a vast majority of people are a little “softer” and a little more receptive to receiving a Gospel tract or invitation to your church.

Allow me to set the stage a little. Many of the opportunities that we will have to give the Gospel out will be to store clerks, whether at the grocery store or at the shopping mall, so most of these suggestions are designed with that in mind.  So, how do you do it? Here are some tips that may be of help to you as you seek to give the Gospel out at this time of the year.

  1. Be prepared.  (I am assuming that you actually have tracts with you. And, may I suggest you use a Christmas themed Gospel tract?This goes without saying but if you are going to give the Gospel out, you need to be prepared.  When you go through the drive through at McDonald’s, you will see a sign that says you should have your form of payment ready when you get to the window. In the same way, get your Gospel tract ready to give out. As soon as you get in line, go ahead and pull a tract out of your pocket or purse and have it in your hand along with your money or credit card.
  2. Smile. This is another “no-brainer.” Individuals are much more likely to accept a Gospel tract from you if you are smiling and look pleasant.
  3. Use their name. People enjoy hearing their name. Most store clerks are required to wear name tags. They don’t do that because they need to remember their name. They do it so that you can use their name! Be personable! When you first walk up to the counter, or are seated by your waitress, look at their name tag and greet them by name. “Hello, __________, how are you today?” Using their name shows that you are actually interested in them. And aren’t we supposed to be interested in others and show them that we care?
  4. Ask a question. So how do you go about giving a Gospel tract without it seeming awkward? Something that I have done this Christmas time is to ask the clerks a simple question. (I ask this question after I have used their name and greeted them.) Recently, I have simply asked, “What’s your favorite part of Christmas?” While you don’t need to use that question, asking a question helps to brake the ice and it also sets the other individual a little at ease and may even make them a little curious. The other day while I was in the grocery store and I asked the clerk that question. (He was a young adult man probably in his early 20’s.) He said, “Food.” After I handed him a Gospel tract and he had a chance to check it out he asked, “Will there be food there?” I said, “If you come to church with me, I’ll take you to lunch!” I’m praying he’ll come to church! On another recent occassion, I asked that question and, after the store clerked answered, they turned it around and asked me the same question which gave me the opportunity to respond, “It’s the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ!”
  5. Be creative. While you need to be creative with the questions you may ask, I’m thinking a little more “out of the box” with this. Let me give you an example. The other day I went through the drive through at BoJangles. I had just paid for my food and given the young man a Gospel tract. I then pulled up to the next window to get my food. When the young lady opened the window to hand me my food I immediately began singing a verse of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas!” She was taken back a little bit but very quickly a smile came to her face. Even one of her co-workers came over to investigate what all the “noise” was. After I finished, she readily accepted the Gospel tract I handed her. I guarantee you that she will remember that encounter for awhile.
  6. Pray. There is no one Who is more interested and desirous that people get saved as is God! Therefore, let’s pray that God will bless our efforts and that God will allow us to see fruit for our labor. What better gift could we give to the Lord than to bring someone to Christ and see them except the wonderful gift of salvation!

Looking Forward to 2014

Even though it is not yet Christmas, I am eagerly working and planning for 2014! I am looking forward to Sunday, January 5, 2014 – Vision Sunday! Please make your plans to attend all the services on that day. The church theme for 2014 will be unveiled and I will be sharing many things that I believe the Lord has given to me to give direction to the ministries of South Charlotte Baptist Church!  Please be in prayer for 2014! God has tremendously blessed South Charlotte Baptist Church and with those blessings come tremendous responsibilities!

Give Thanks “For” All Things Versus Give Thanks “In” All Things

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” Ephesians 5:20

 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

 While we many times might try to look at these two verses as being distinct, they really are not. Although written to two different churches, they both are the words of God that Paul, under the inspiration of God, penned. As the two sides of the same coin we must look at these two thoughts collectively – not only giving thanks in all things but at the same time giving thanks for all things.

Giving Thanks Always – Giving of thanks is a command. Giving of thanks should never be dependent upon our circumstances and should never be dependent upon a feeling.

 “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1

 “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 136:1

For All Things – Regarding this verse, one commentator wrote, “…And for all things – Prosperous or adverse, since all work together for good… (Romans 8:28)”

 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

 Unto God and the Father – Whether we realize it or not, our thanksgiving will always have an objected that it is directed to. Gratitude has been defined as “a fundamentally social emotion:  you are grateful either to other people or to some sort of higher power with whom you can communicate.” As Christians, our thanksgiving should always be directed toward God. Many times people simply say, “I’m thankful for…,” without really directing their thanks to anyone. In essence, without realizing it and without possibly meaning to, they are directing that thanks back to themselves.

  • “I’m thankful for my job.” (Which my great resume and work ethic got for me!)
  • “I’m thankful for my good health.” (Which my exercise, good eating habits, and vitamins have produced.)
  • “I’m thankful for my family.” (Man, I picked a beautiful wife and we’ve got some great kids that we’ve done a pretty good job at training!)

While that may be an exaggeration, I think it gets the point across. Our thanks must be directed to God.

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.” Psalm 68:19

In the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ – It is because of Christ’s death on the cross, His burial, His resurrection, His ascension back to Heaven, and His soon return, that we are able to develop and maintain this grateful spirit.

The question has been asked, “So should I be thankful for sin?” Well, according to Colossians 3:17, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” As long as I am doing it in the name of the Lord Jesus, it is ok to sin?!?! I believe that most of us understand that is not a correct interpretation of Colossians 3:17.

In all reality, most of what we face in life today is a result of sin – death, sorrow in conception and child bearing, the cursing of God’s creation (Genesis 3:14-19). However, sin in the world today does not come from God.

 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:” James 1:13

 Sin comes from our own selfish desires.

“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:14-15

To answer the question, though, I believe the “simple” answer would be, “Yes.” But allow me to explain.

In John chapter 4 we read of the encounter between Jesus and the nobleman from Capernaum:

 “So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.

“When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.” John 4:46-47

I will not belabor the point but I want to ask you, “What was it that brought this nobleman to Christ?” It was the fact that his son was at the point of death! This would also be a situation where he could be thankful “for” and “in” all things. He could be thankful for the physical condition of his son because it brought him – and eventually his entire household to faith in Christ.

Dr. Richard Swenson, in his book, “Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives,” states:

“At times it appears as if the cumulative weight of suffering and sorrow will sink the entire world. People hurt, families hurt, friendships hurt, churches hurt, communities hurt, nations hurt. What should we do about all this pain? First, let’s thank God for it. Anything that redirects us to Him is of benefit!” (Italics added.)

 Allow me to finish with a personal illustration. Eleven years ago God blessed our family with twin boys – Logan and Titus.  On Friday night, August 2, 2002, I placed the boys in their crib for the night. The next morning, August 3, 2002, when I went to get the boys in the morning, I found Logan dead, face down in the corner of his crib.  Death – a result of sin. That was the most tragic and spiritually difficult times of my life. Am I thankful for my son’s death? While I would wish to have my son with me today, I am thankful for his death. Why?

  • Logan is with Jesus Christ.
  • Logan will never have to deal with the pain of this life.
  • Heaven is that much sweeter to me knowing that my son is there already.
  • Many of God’s truths which had just become “mechanical” for me suddenly became real.
  • God used Logan’s death to bring my oldest son to salvation.

God, although not the Author of sin, does allow us all to experience the consequences of sin. We must determine how we will respond.

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” Ephesians 5:20

11/19/13 Philippine Update from Operation Renewed Hope

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Dear Friends,
We just received this from our friend David Harris..  He is a wonderful veteran missionary with his finger on the pulse of the situations in the Philippines for BIMI.  We worked with Brother Harris in Japan for the earthquake/tsunami.
“Bro Milton,
 
We have heard from all of our missionaries now and they are telling of massive needs. Many churches distroyed, areas that look like war zones, and needs for food, clothing, fuel, etc.
 
If you have been able to generate funds, we could use all you may have.  We have three families working to rebuild churches.  One missionary is now aware of 91 national pastor’s homes destroyed and 90 church buildings.  
 
Thank you for your help.”
ORH is offering to rebuild 10 national pastor’s homes at $250.00 each.  Also, our ministry will help 4 churches at $500.00 per church to rebuild.  We know the need for food is great, so we hope to help them with food and supplies.  This is a beginning commitment of at least $5000.00 – $6000.00.
I hope that before all is done that ORH will meet this need completely by helping all the pastors and churches spoken of in the communication.  We can only do this, if you help us.
These cries for help must not go unanswered.  Please help us to help these people rebuild their homes, churches, lives, and economies.  We can do this with God’s help.
ORH is committed.

Please pray for ORH.  Please consider this “open door”, and let’s not hesitate to go to the harvest.

If you would like to give by debit or credit card, please go to www.operationrenewedhope.org and choose Network for Good.

If you would like to send a check, please send to Operation Renewed Hope, P. O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC 28309.  Please mark the check “International Relief.”

God bless all who try to help us with the suffering of others and the salvation of their souls.

Jan Milton

Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27610
910-987-5072
www.operationrenewedhope.org
orhus@aol.com

11/18/13 Philippine Update from Operation Renewed Hope

Sunday November 17, 2013
Dear Friends,
Please read abouit the last 24 hours

First Doctor

The first doctor from ORH will reach the Philippines on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

Dr. Greg Waller will be working with Eric and Dan on the Island of Panay.  We have several medical professionals who have volunteered and ORH is attempting to place each of them at the right time and place for maximum effort.

Dr. Waller is an extremely gifted physician with knowledge of tropical medicine after many years in Guyana, South America as a missionary doctor.  He also has many years of travel to many nations as a medical missionary, and leads his own medical mission.  His love for people being saved, the preaching of the gospel, and the establishing of believers in churches makes him both doctor and missionary.

We are going to purchase at least $1000.00 of medicines for him.  His air tickets were about $1400.00 all the way to Iloilo City, Panay.

We will post you as other professionals follow his lead and help the people of the Philippines.

Rebuilding Economy

Operation Renewed Hope wants to rebuild a lost or badly damaged economy to help the church.  Therefore, we have hired our first 5 men out of a church to help work in the community around their church.  In each village, where a church exists, ORH hopes to hire at least five men from the church to go through the neighborhood helping the locals clean their property, dry in damaged buildings, and eventually repair homes.

Why do we do this?

The church can never be any more stable than the people who attend.  If the church people have no work, the overall ministry of the church is weak and suffers.  The church people are willing to help freely, but that does not stabilize the church.  We must stabilize the church, assess the needs, and then empower the church so it can once again minister and flourish.  In the process, the entire village around the church is blessed.  The people see that as the church prospers and ministers so does the overall community prosper.

The only way to do this is to get money flowing in the community.  What better place to start than the church.  Pray we will have the funds to stabilize the church families.  We do not want to give a handout; we want to give a hand up; empowerment, not entitlement, is our goal.

Please pray for ORH.  Please consider this “open door”, and let’s not hesitate to go to the harvest.

If you would like to give by debit or credit card, please go to www.operationrenewedhope.org and choose Network for Good.

If you would like to send a check, please send to Operation Renewed Hope, P. O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC 28309.  Please mark the check “International Relief.”

God bless all who try to help us with the suffering of others and the salvation of their souls.

Jan Milton

Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27610
910-987-5072
www.operationrenewedhope.org
orhus@aol.com

Philippine Typhoon

On the same weekend that a powerful typhoon hit some of the Philippine Islands, we had the opportunity to learn about Operation Renewed Hope, a Christ-centered nonprofit medical missions and disaster relief agency providing relief at home and abroad to those in need.

We just received the following update from Operation Renewed Hope concerning relief efforts in the Philippines:

Saturday November 16, 2013
 
Dear Friends,
 
Please read this entire report from Eric Hatfield and Dan Cadavos.  They are in among the people of the villages helping the churches to reach their entire village.  This action is the result of all the work done for years by nationals and missionaries.  This is the local church in action.
“We just returned from the northern part of Panay Island and saw the unbelievable devastation.  I can only imagine what Tacloban, Leyte, and Samar look like.  It was a sad sight. Looking at many of the faces you see very few smiles, but you see a determination.  A determination to get through this calamity and continue on with life.  We heard an article title that said: “Strongest Typhoon Meets Strongest People”. The Filipinos certainly are strong.
 
…we met with some pastors, deacons and church members of some good churches in the area.  Many of them were church plants of Doane Baptist in Iloilo.  We worked with Pastor Jun from that church today.  He was able to make part of the trip with us.  He also has offered to help us with manpower to help pack our supplies into smaller packets to give to the churches to distribute.
We visited Benate Fundamental Baptist Church (Pastor Gilbert Leving) who had some roof damage to his church.  Pastor Jun knows this man well and knows we can trust him so we felt led by the Lord to give him some money (3000 pesos – about $65 USD) to help with a temporary roof.  We also gave him some gospel tracts.
We visited Doane Baptist Church of Viejo.  We didn’t get to meet the pastor because he is doing relief in another area but we did speak with a deacon.  Their church is in great condition and their people’s houses are fine, but they have a lot of sickness in their area.  They have also been without power for over a week now.
We visited Ajuy Fundamental Christian Church where Pastor Jun used to pastor.  Pastor Charlie Parrenio is the current pastor.  This pastor was not available because of relief work as well.  The church building was fine, but they had a building in the rear they used for a Sunday School class as well as storage that was completely destroyed.  They had lots of gospel tracts and “John and Romans” booklets destroyed with the building.  A deacon in the church lives in front of the church and his house also was completely destroyed.  This may be a good place for a construction team to come and help.  We gave them some gospel tracts to be distributing.
We visited Doane Baptist Church of Carles (ground zero for this island).  The pastor is Joseph Alcubilla.  This is a new church plant in the area.  The church building is fine, but all 10 families had everything destroyed.  We felt led to give 500 pesos (about $11 USD) per family to help with basic food, water and shelter until we can get back with more.
There are two other church we are interested in possibly helping:  Doane Baptist Church of Distancia and Conservative Bible Baptist Church also in Distancia.  This city is declared as 80% destroyed by the local government.
Tomorrow after church, we will purchase food and other basic needs to give to the churches to distribute.  After the evening service here in Iloilo, we will be using Doane Baptist’s people to pack into small, easy-to-hand-out packages.  We have a plan of giving rice, sardines, soap, shampoo, laundry soap, candles, matches, and toothpaste to distribute.  We have calculated a cost of 160 pesos (less than $4 USD) per family for these needs which should last at least a couple days.  We plan on putting together 250 of these packages (all with a gospel tract) for distribution.
We plan on heading back into the areas on Monday to distribute the packages.
This is our plan for the next couple days.  It is hard to plan any further than that.  We are also still awaiting to hear concerning a medical team.
Keep praying that we will be able to make a dint in the needs here.
Eric”
 
Eric and Dan are doing a wonderful job.  Pray for their safety as they work and travel.
 
We are now starting an outreach to Tacloban and Leyte.  Please pray for the efforts of missionaries who have contacted us there.
 
This now means we are working to the north of Cebu City through National Hoops.  They also want to go to Taclaban, Leyte.
 
Eric and Dan are on Panay Island which is hit very hard. 
 
Now we are beginning to make efforts on Tacloban. 
 
These are all the hardest hit area.  Our local well established churches are our main source of labor and distribution.  Pray we can sustain all the help to these islands.
 

Please consider this “open door”, and let’s not hesitate to go to the harvest.

If you would like to give by debit or credit card, please go to www.operationrenewedhope.org and choose Network for Good.

If you would like to send a check, please send to Operation Renewed Hope, P. O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC 28309.  Please mark the check “International Relief.”

 God bless all who try to help us with the suffering of others and the salvation of their souls.

Jan Milton

Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27610
910-987-5072
www.operationrenewedhope.org
orhus@aol.com

2013 Church Wide Picnic

Andrew Jackson State Park, Saturday, October 5th, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM

This picnic is open to all members and visitors of South Charlotte Baptist Church.

A church bus will leave from the church parking lot at 10:30 on Saturday morning, October 5th. Seating on the bus will be “first come first serve.” You may follow the church bus to Andrew Jackson State Park or you may meet us there.  We will be meeting at the “Meeting House” which is located next to the main parking lot of the park.

Lunch will be served around noon with activities after that in the afternoon. Families do not need to stay for the entire event.

The church will provide the hamburgers and hotdogs along with all the paper plates, napkins, etc. Each family is asked to bring three things to share – canned drinks, a side dish, and a desert.  Families should also plan to bring their own chairs to sit on and any lawn games they may have.

Everyone is asked to follow our dress guidelines:

  • Modest
  • Illustrating Godliness
  • Loose fitting
  • Knee Length
  • Appropriate

 If you have any questions, feel free to contact the church office at (704) 542-5536.

The Challenge of Parenting

 “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” Proverbs 22:9

 Biblical parenting should be viewed as preventative and not necessarily “a rescue effort.” It is better to place barricades along a cliff, keeping people from falling over, than it is to build a hospital at the bottom of the cliff to pick people up after they’ve gone over the edge.

The biggest obstacle to parenting is “change.” Learning Biblical truths about parenting is not enough.  We must allow these Biblical truths to change us first before we will be able to effectively implement them into the lives of our children.

 “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” Proverbs 9:9

 There are at least 5 prerequisites to change:

  •  Be Teachable

 “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” Proverbs 29:1

 Every person has a set of preconceived ideas about parenting.  Some of those ideas may follow Biblical patterns; some may not.  Pray for an open, teachable spirit that is willing to put aside those ideas that do not align with Scripture.

  •  Be Consistent

 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8

 Consistency is the key to good parenting. As parents, we should strive for consistency in at least three areas:

  •  Consistency between what we say and what we do. “No” should mean “No” each time.
  • Consistency from one day to the next. “No” today should be “No” tomorrow.
  • Consistency between husband and wife. A child should know that a “No” from dad will also be a “No” from mom.

Admittedly, we will not be perfectly consistent parents. But though we fail, we must be committed to being as consistent as possible. We must be committed to starting over again as many times as we fail in order to establish consistency.

 “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” Proverbs 24:16

  •  Be Alert

 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

“Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9

 Among other things, we must be alert to the pervasive and persuasive influence of worldly philosophy that is seeking to infiltrate our families and homes.

  •  Be Accountable

As parents discover Biblical principles of parents, they must also be accountable for putting into practice.  Parents must realize that they are now planting the seeds for the fruit your children will bear later.

 “He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.” Proverbs 22:8

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7

 Remember that we must not focus simply on our children’s responsibility to obey.  We must focus on our responsibility to train them.

 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

 As a parent, I am not primarily accountable for the obedience of my children but I am accountable for how I train them and my faithfulness in training them.

 “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12

  •  Be Committed

 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

 Making a decision to do something about training your children is not enough – you must commit yourself to it. Parenting is difficult and long-term.  God’s way may sometimes seem difficult in the short-term, but it is best in the long-term.