The South Carolina Baptist Fellowship
ALPINE BAPTIST CHURCH
"The Old Country Church"
The ministry of Alpine Baptist Church of Columbia will host the SCBF August 10, 1998. The services will start at 2:00 p.m. The church families will provide a delicious meal at 5:30 p.m. The evening service will be a 7:00 p.m. The Trumpet readers will enjoy the music of "The Old Country Church'.
Dr. J. Earl Green has been the pastor of The Alpine Baptist Church since November 30, 1997 after twenty-two years at Calvary Baptist Church of Belton.
Brother Alvin Fleming, spent thirty-six and one-half years in the ministry at Alpine. He retired from the pastorate in April of '97. He and his wife of fifty-four years, have maintained a full schedule of meetings featuring Brother Fleming's singing and preaching. He will be one of the singers and speakers for the fellowship.
Brother Larry Pearson of Temple Baptist Church in Anderson has been asked to preach, along with Brother Bill Cole of the Bible Baptist Church of Simpsonville, and Brother Mays of Faith Baptist Church of Laurens. Others will be called from the floor to preach a brief message. There will be beautiful singing throughout the afternoon. The families of Alpine and Brother Green invite the preachers of the SCBF to our state's capital for a day of old fashion preaching, singing and just good fellowship.
Coming to the church travel 1-20 toward Florence. Take the Alpine Road Fort Jackson exit (76). Turn right at the red light and "The Old Country Church' is one half mile on your left at the comer of Alpine and Percival Roads. If more information is needed the church phone number is (803) 7882626.
If you would like to host the Fellowship, please give Pastor Ricky Browning, Secretary to the South Carolina Baptist Fellowship, a call at (864) 3386696.
Editorial UpdateBy Dr. Ernest Lundy
Friendship is a subject that isn't often discussed. Having friends seems to be very important for many people today. In the outline I have submitted for use by anyone who desires, we find that Jesus is the friend that sticketh closer than a brother. In scripture, we find that friends come when we are friendly. However, we can be friendly with people without becoming close friends. It has been said that if at the end of our lives we have five real friends, we are rich.
Most people who call us their friends base that upon an action or an attitude they perceive about us. Many churches today have become friendly with worldly and unscriptural music. Music that has no Biblical correctness is teaching our people error, James 4:17. One excuse given me recently for using unscriptural music is, "it helps us reach certain people that we otherwise could not reach". The question we need to ask ourselves is, Do we have God's nod of approval on this philosophy. I think not!! If we need to guide our churches by the Word of God, then our music needs to agree with the Word as well. "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God" Rom. 10: 17
Prayer and FaithBy Dr. John Waters
A re-printed article by the founder of the Trumpet
I John 3:22 & 23 says, "And whatsoever we ask we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight And this is His commandment, that we should believe on the Name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment "
Keeping His commands involves love for Him, as well as doing the things pleasing in His sight. Love for Him and our brother is mentioned two or three times more in the block of Scripture. (Verses. 16-24 of I John 3).
We love Him because He first loved us, and that love leads us to pray to Him and expect great things from Him. Would we do less for our own children? God is a good God and a loving and giving God, and prayers are expected to flow freely to Him and from Him.
What else are we to expect since we 41 assure our hearts" before Him? We need things from time to time and He needs to show us of His love without any grudging. He has plenty, although His plenty does not encourage waste. Phil. 4:19 says, "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Let us encourage our hearts in Him, believing He loves us and wants to build up our confidence in Him. Let us ask and keep asking, knowing that He will yield to our coming to Him.
UP DATE ON DR. JOHN WATERS
Daddy remains in the Martha Franks Retirement Center in Laurens. His condition physically is about the same. I, personally, would like to thank each one of you who have prayed or sent cards or visited him to encourage him. Keep praying for him and my mother, if you will, for strength.
You may send cards or letters to Dr. and Mrs. John Waters, 308 Crescent Drive, Laurens, S.C. 29360.
November 3 Trumpet Tour of Israel
For those of you that have shown an interest in the tour and are planning on going, please send in your deposit of $300.00 by the end of July. This confirms your reservation. We are beginning to make the final preparation in seating as well as room accommodations. We can not wait until the last minute, as you know. We try to hold approximately thirty spaces but with the interest shown we may have to get a few extra spaces. The response has been great and we THANK YOU!!
Jerusalem and Israel Inseparable
Why? He does not know, but he feels that somehow Jerusalem is inseparably linked with the survival of his people. And so every Jew from time immemorial has hoped, prayed and worked for that survival. We repeat: has another people on earth a claim like to this city? The sweet singer of Israel called it the City of God, the City of the great King. It was also called the Holy City, Zion of the Holy One of Israel. See Psalm 46:4; 48:1, 2; Nehemiah I 1: 1; Isaiah 48:2 and Chapter 60.
Christianity could well exist without earthly Jerusalem but not so Judaism. With the prophecies about it, this city is the very life blood of true Judaism, even of that which came into being because "blindness in part is befallen them. " The very fact that the Israelites could encircle and wrest the city from enemies who outnumbered them fifty to one, proves that the Lord God was with them as He promised Moses: "And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. Any five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. " Leviticus 26:7, 8. See Isaiah 62:1-7.
Finally, as I know my people, I can assure the adherents of the other religions that they will never be denied peaceful access and worship at their holy places. Had not the Jewish prophets envisaged all nations coming to Jerusalem to worship God? Let us all pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
"PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM" PSA 122:6
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