THE SOUTH CAROLINA BAPTIST FELLOWSHIPTABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH
47TH ANNUAL HOME COMING REVIVAL
Pastor Dr. Melvin Aiken
July 12, 1999
Dr. Melvin Aiken and the fine folk of Tabernacle Baptist Church invites everyone to attend the South Carolina Baptist Fellowship Meeting on July 12th. The services will begin at 2:30 PM with all afternoon speakers being called from the floor. So be prepared and ready to preach the Word. There will be an evening meal served around 5:30 PM. The evening service will start at 7:30 PM with guest speaker Dr. Ralph Sexton, Sr.
This fellowship will be in conjunction with their 47th Annual Home Coming Revival starting on July 11th. The services will begin at 7:30 PM each night. Dr. Ralph Sexton, Sr will be the speaker Sunday night through Wednesday night with Dr. Ralph Sexton, Jr. speaking Thursday and Friday.
We still need a host church for the DECEMBER meeting for this year. Call now and book your fellowship meeting for next year. If you are a small church and not able to have an evening service or provide a meal, this is acceptable. The meetings are held in your church, you plan the meeting. We want to get as many churches involved as possible. The fellowship is for worship, preaching, singing, and for encouraging the family of God!!! All churches started with just a few faithful members!!!
If you would like to host the Fellowship, please give Pastor Steve Mays, Secretary to the South Carolina Baptist Fellowship, a call at (864) 984-4277. The following months are booked for the Fellowship in 1999 : 2nd Monday in August, Alpine Baptist, Columbia, SC, Pastor Earl Green; September, Calvary Hill Baptist, Pacolet, SC, Pastor Bill Pickel; October, Eastside Baptist, Greenwood, SC, Pastor E.A. Cooper and November at Open Bible Baptist, Sumter, SC, Pastor Larry Humble. Mark these dates on your calendar and plan to attend.
Reprinted Article by Dr John Waters
It is human to stand with the crowd, it is divine to stand alone. It is manlike to follow the people, to drift with the tide; it is God-like to follow a principle, to stem the tide.
It is natural to compromise conscience and follow the social and religious fashion for the sake of gain or pleasure; it is divine to sacrifice both on the altar of truth and duty.
“No man stood with me, but all men forsook me,” wrote the battlescarred apostle in describing his first appearance before Nero to answer for his life for believing and teaching contrary to the Roman world.
Truth has been out of fashion since man changed his robe of fadeless light for a garment of faded leaves.
Noah built and voyaged alone. His neighbors laughed at his strangeness, and perished in style.
Abraham wandered and worshipped alone. Sodomites smiled at the simple shepherd, followed the fashion and fed the flames.
Daniel dined and prayed alone. Elijah sacrificed and witnessed alone. Jeremiah prophesied and wept alone. Jesus loved and died alone.
And of the lonely way His disciples should walk He said: “Straight is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Of their treatment by the many who walk in the broad way, He said: “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
The church in the wilderness praised Abraham and persecuted Moses. The church of the Kings praised Moses and persecuted the prophets.
The church of Caiaphas praised the prophets and persecuted Jesus. The church of the popes praised the Saviour and persecuted the saints. And multitudes now, both in the church and the world, applaud the courage and fortitude of the patriarch and prophets, the apostles and martyrs, but condemn the stubbornness or foolishness, like faithfulness to truth today.
Wanted, today — men and women, young and old, who will obey their convictions of truth and duty at the cost of fortune and friends and life itself.
THE 52nd ANNUAL GREER CAMPMEETING
Bro. Larry Brown from North Augusta, SC, will start the meeting off on June 28th through July 2nd at 7:30 PM. There will be no meeting on July 3rd or 4th. Bro. Lavone Boatner from Philadelphia, Ms, will begin on July 5th through July 9th at 7:30 PM. The July 5th meeting will begin at 10:30 AM with singing, preaching and worshipping the Lord. All speakers for the morning service will be called from the floor. The BBQ lunch with the famous Billy Kelly lemonade will be served at 12:30PM. There will be no afternoon service. Don’t forget to return for the evening service at 7:30 PM with Bro Boatner. For more information or directions call the camp at (864) 879-7716. Plan to be there and encourage Camp Director Dr. Joe
From Evangelist Ernest Lundy
As I write this article, we are in New Jersey and grateful to be alive in the service of the Lord.
Recently while studying through the book of I Thessalonians, I re-discovered the reason for Paul's success. He was an"appreciation expert." When you open up this book, you come into the company of folks whose faces shine with the joy of gratitude. Paul said in verse 16 of chapter 5 that "we should rejoice evermore." That just simply says be thankful in all circumstances. Thankfulness is a mark of mental and moral growth. You don't expect the appreciation from babies that you expect from mature adults.
As I am writing this, I am reminiscent of the men who have been a blessing and an influence in my life, who influenced my youthful days and my adult life as well. Men like Evangelist Fred Brown; Evangelist John Rice; Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., Dr. Lee Robertson; Dr. John Waters…….and now I am embarrassed because there are so many other men that I cannot name them all. Those who took the time to encourage me like Paul of old who, because of the thankfulness of life, shared the spirit of gratitude.
Gratitude also is a mark of joy. No matter how full your days are, if you have no gratitude, no appreciation, you are still in poverty. It is equally true, no matter how empty your hands may be, no matter how many sorrows or mis-fortunes you may have experienced, if you still have a firm hold on gratitude, you are still very rich. James said, "to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
So Paul gives you good advice in I Thessalonians; advice that should keep us going no matter what the circumstances. It is more than advice, it is a command. He is saying that we can be grateful and if we are not grateful, it is not so much our misfortune as it is sin. Paul said, " in everything, give thanks." He is laying on us the command that we can and should obey by the grace of God. God help us to cultivate the habit of gratitude for salvation and for the privilege of service. God help us in our daily lives to express our gratitude by lip and by life.
PROMISEKEEPERS NEAR DEATH AND BROKE
Promisekeepers has scaled back its plans to gather men and their families at the state capitols on January 1, 2000.
Instead .... they will provide materials for “in home gatherings” on that day.” (The Baptist Standard, Feb 17, 1999)
The Carmel ridge, 32 km long, 8 to 10 km wide and up to 1790 ft in height, gradually rises from the SE to the NW and divides the Yesreel plain from the Sharon plain. Numerous caves with traces of human settlement from the palaeolithic period are to be found on those slopes of Mount Carmel which face the sea.
Mount Carmel (orchard) bounded the territory of the tribe of Asher in the N. (Joshua 19:26). It is not only the name that refers to the abundance of trees on Carmel and to that mountain’s fruitfulness; the prophets frequently allude to it (Isaiah 33:9; 35:2; Jeremiah 50:19; Amos 1:2; Nahum 1:4; Song of Solomon 7:5. It was on Mt Carmel, probably on the summit, that the contest between the priests of Baal and the prophet Elijah took place in order to determine whose prayer would be heard by God. Elijah’s pupil Elisha was also on Mt Carmel (II Kings 2:25; 4:25). God’s judgement upon Carmel (I Kings 18): In the third year after a famine broke out, God sent the prophet Elijah to King Ahab to order the 450 prophets of Baal to gather on Mt Carmel, called the Israelites thither and arrived, with the people’s agreement, at the following arrangement: The idols’ prophets, and Elijah as the representative of belief in Yahweh, should each prepare a bull for the sacrifice and lay it on wood, but should not light any fire, but rather each call upon the name of his God. The God that answereth by fire, let him be God. After the prophets had failed to make the wood burn by their rites and evocations, Elijah went up to his sacrificial bull, made some preparations and, at the time of the meal offering, called upon God as follows: Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. “Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God and that thou hast turned their hearts back again. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.” Elijah utilized the people’s mood and ordered the prophets of Baal to be led to the brook Kishon and be killed. A little later the rain fell; it had been the third year of no rain. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee.” Psa. 122:6
NOVEMBER HOLY LAND TOUR
November 1 - 9, 1999
Due to circumstances beyond our control we will not be able to go to Jordan. We will be going through Athens and Corinth, Greece spending the night in Athens.
The price remains the same $2095.00 plus $100.00 taxes and tips. Our departure city will remain Charlotte, NC or we can add on from your local airport.
Deposits are now coming in for this Tour. Please get your deposits in as soon as possible. We hold out a certain number of seats from the airlines and they call asking us to confirm the number that we will need. If we hold these seats too long they will expect us to purchase them. This is the purpose in getting your deposits in as soon as possible. Thank you for the good response for this tour and also for the up coming tour in March of 2000. The New Millenium. We have to have a deposit in order to reserve accommodations.
Deposit is $300.00 per person. Send to Bro Lindsay at address below, a receipt will be returned to you. Looking forward to seeing you in JERUSALEM. Check your passports!!!!!!!!!!!!
HOLY LAND TOURS FOR 1999
MARCH HOLY LAND TOUR
Dr. Melvin Aiken, Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Greenville, SC and Rev. Raleigh Lindsay from Trinity Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC, will be hosting this tour. We are planning to tour the Red Rock City, (Petra) in Jordan spending one night and remaining nights in Israel. Price for this tour will be approximately $2195.00 plus taxes and tips. Brochures are now in the making. Please call!!!
A trip to the Holy Land will make the BIBLE COME ALIVE!!
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