Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church

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Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church
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629 Allen Chapel Rd
Batesville, AR 72501
(870) 251-1278
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Wild Game Supper & Youth Expo is tomorrow (Saturday-25th). Youth Expo from 3-5 pm. Supper at 5:30 pm & speaker "Wild Man" Steve Wilson at 6:30 pm. Tickets for adults are $10.00 & Kids 6-15 tickets are $5.00. Kids 5 & under are free. You'all come on now!

But God Can When you feel helpless, where can you turn? I suggest you turn to one of Jesus’ most intriguing teachings about prayer! Luke tells the story of a persistent neighbor looking to borrow bread at midnight. Imagine it’s you ringing the doorbell. The door opens. “What are you doing here?” he asks. You answer, “A friend of mine has arrived for a visit, and I’ve nothing for him to eat.” Finally he takes you to his pantry. And, as a result, your surprise guest doesn’t have to go to bed hungry. All because you spoke up on behalf of someone else. This is intercessory prayer at its purest. This prayer gets God’s attention. If your cranky and disgruntled neighbor will help you out, how much more will God do? From God is With You Every Day

Idolatry is huge in the Bible, dominant in our personal lives, and irrelevant in our mistaken estimations. — Os Guinness Imagine a man who has been coughing constantly. This cough keeps him up half of the night and interrupts any conversation he has that lasts more than a minute or two. The cough is so unrelenting that he goes to the doctor. The doctor runs his tests. Lung cancer. Now imagine the doctor knows how tough the news will be to handle. So he doesn’t tell his patient about cancer. Instead, he writes a prescription for some strong cough medicine and tells him that he should be feeling better soon. The man is delighted with this prognosis. And sure enough, he sleeps much better that night. The cough syrup seems to have solved his problem. Meanwhile, very quietly, the cancer is eating away at his body. As a teacher and church leader, I talk to people every week who are coughing. Struggling. Hurting. Stressing. Cheating. Lusting. Spending. Worrying. Quitting. Medicating. Avoiding. Searching. They come to me and share their struggles. They unload their frustrations. They express their discouragement. They display their wounds. They confess their sins. When I talk to people, they point to what they believe is the problem. In their minds, they’ve nailed it. They can’t stop coughing. But here’s what I’ve discovered: they’re talking about a symptom rather than the true illness — the true issue — which is always idolatry. CASE STUDY: No Big Deal She’s a young woman who grew up in our church. Her family wants me to meet and talk with her. They’re concerned because she’s about to move in with her boyfriend, who isn’t a Christian. This ought to be a fun one. I call her twice and leave messages, but she doesn’t return my call. The third time she picks up. She knows why I’m calling and tries to laugh it off. “I can’t believe my parents are making such a big deal out of this,” she says with a nervous laugh. I can picture her rolling her eyes. In her mind this whole thing is a mild cough and nothing to worry about. “Well, I appreciate your talking to me for a few minutes. But I have to ask, do you think it’s possible that you’ve got this backward?” “What do you mean?” “That instead of making a big deal out of nothing, it could be that you’re making nothing out of a big deal?” More nervous laughter. “It’s not a big deal,” she says again. “Do you mind my telling you why I think it is?” She sighs deeply and proceeds to give me her prediction of all the reasons she thinks I’ll produce. I interrupt her with a question. “Have you thought about how much moving in together is going to cost you?” “You mean the cost of the apartment?” “No, I’m not necessarily talking about money. I mean the way your family feels about it, and the pressure you’re getting from them. That’s a kind of price, right?” “Yeah, I guess it is, but that’s their problem.” “And what is this going to cost your future marriage?” “I don’t even know if we’re going to get married,” she responds. “I’m not necessarily talking about your getting married to him, because statistically speaking, you most likely won’t.” She understands what I’m getting at, but I push it a bit farther. “How much is this going to cost your future husband? What price will he have to pay for this decision?” She has to stop and consider that one. I continue to count the ways that this decision is a big deal, because it’s costing her more than she knows. “So here’s what I suggest. If you’re willing to pay a price, then this must be pretty important to you. It must be a fairly big deal if you’re willing to go through all of this.” I take her silence for reflection, and I finally get to my point. “When I see the sacrifices you are willing to make, and the fact that you are willing to ignore what God has to say about all this, it seems to me that you’ve turned this relationship into a god.” “What do you mean by that?” “A god is what we sacrifice for and what we pursue." "From where I sit, you have the Lord God on one side saying one thing, and your boyfriend on the other side saying something else. And you’re choosing your boyfriend over God. The Bible calls that idolatry, and it’s actually a pretty big deal.” No nervous laughter this time. She confesses, “I’ve never thought about it like that.” What Lies Beneath Idolatry isn’t just one of many sins; rather it’s the one great sin that all others come from. So if you start scratching at whatever struggle you’re dealing with, eventually you’ll find that underneath it is a false god. Until that god is dethroned, and the Lord God takes His rightful place, you will not have victory. Idolatry isn’t an issue; it is the issue. All roads lead to the dusty, overlooked concept of false gods. Deal with life on the glossy outer layers, and you might never see it; scratch a little beneath the surface, and you begin to see that it’s always there, under some other coat of paint. There are a hundred million different symptoms, but the issue is always idolatry. Idol Makeover One of our problems in identifying the gods is that their identities not only lack the usual trappings of religion; they are also things that often aren’t even wrong. Is God against pleasure? Sex? Money? Power? These things are not immoral but amoral; they are morally neutral until they are not. You could be serving something that is, in itself, very commendable. It could be family or career. It could be a worthy cause. You could even be feeding the hungry and healing the sick. All of those are good things. The problem is that the instant something takes the place of God, the moment it becomes an end in itself rather than something to lay at God’s throne, it becomes an idol. When someone or something replaces the Lord God in the position of glory in our lives, then that person or thing by definition has become our god. So to identify some gods, look at what you pursue. Another way to identify the gods at war in your life is to look at what you create. Remember your commandments. First: no other gods. Second: no making other gods to worship. The profound wisdom of that second commandment is that anything in the world can be hammered into an idol, and therefore can be a false god, if misplaced at the top spot of our affections. It’s DIY idolatry: choose from our handy assortment of gods, mix and match, create your own. When God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, the people waiting below whined because it was taking so long. Moses had left his brother, Aaron, in charge, and the people began clamoring for a god to lead them. They gathered everyone’s gold, put it on the fire, and made a golden calf to worship. A little bit ironic, don’t you think? The very moment God was telling Moses about having no other gods before him, the people were down below rigging up a god. From later in the Bible, here is a reflection on what these people did: The people made a calf at Mount Sinai; they bowed before an image made of gold. They traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating bull. — Psalm 106:19-20 That’s not a good trade. They traded the Creator God for a god of their own creation. Are we really any different? We replace God with statues of our own creation. A house that we constantly upgrade. A promotion that comes with a corner office. Acceptance into the fraternity or sorority. A team that wins the championship. A body that is toned and fit. We work hard at molding and creating our golden calves. I already hear what you’re thinking. “You could say that about anything. You could take any issue, anything someone devoted anything to, and make it out to be idolatry.” Exactly. Anything at all can become an idol once it becomes a substitute for God in our lives. * * * Forward to Friend Excerpted with permission from gods at War by Kyle Idleman, copyright Zondervan. Your Turn Does this one hit home for you, too? What immediately comes to mind for you as you read about idolatry? Finances? A relationship? A job? Success? Popularity? An activity? We'd love to hear from you! Join the conversation about how we choose to devote ourselves to things other than God and how we can root out our idols with His help! ~ Devotionals Daily Comment

12 Tips for Helping Your Child Memorize Scripture by Holly Hawkins Shrivers, author of I Can Learn the Bible Holly Hawkins Shrivers Dear readers, I am so excited that you have downloaded the I Can Learn the Bible scripture memorization cards and other printables from my friends at Tommy Nelson and FaithGateway. Thank you! Some of you have asked, do I need the book if I'm doing the Bible verse challenges with my kids? Good question! It's not a requirement, but the book is designed for you and children to read together as you're learning the scriptures. Each week in the book there is an accompanying devotion, questions, and fill-in-the-blank statements to accompany the verse. Your weekly schedule may look something like this: Monday: Read the devotional and have your child read or repeat the Bible verse. Tuesday: Have your child memorize the first phrase of the verse. Talk about what it means and ask questions. Wednesday: Memorize the middle part of the verse. Talk and ask questions while you work on saying the first and middle part of the verse. Thursday: Memorize the last part of the verse. Talk and ask while you work on saying the entire verse. Friday: Reread the devotional and recite the entire verse. Saturday and Sunday: Continue to review and recite the scripture until it is sealed forever in that little heart and mind! In the I Can Learn the Bible devotionals your child will hear one particular truth over and over again until she can say it backward: "God's Word is for me and to me, it is in me and working through me, and just like His love, it goes on and on forever!" May the Lord Himself go before you on this journey as you give your child something so valuable... that no one can ever take away!" Here are 12 other tips for helping your child memorize scripture: 1. Take one phrase at a time and repeat it over and over with your child. Once he has mastered that phrase, move on to the next one, building on each one until he can say the entire verse. 2. Put a dry-erase board (or chalk board) in a high traffic area of your home and write the verse of the week on it. This will serve as a reminder to you and your child to keep reviewing it. Have the board within view of your dining room table so you can talk about it during meals. 3. Use a dry-erase marker to write the verse on your child’s mirror. 4. Write the verse on an index card and keep it in your car. Start the verse by saying the first word, then take turns with your child, each of you saying a word from the verse until you have said the whole verse. 5. Scramble the words of the verse on a piece of paper and have your child unscramble them, putting them in the correct order. 6. Put the words of the verse to a simple tune. Sing this tune each day and during bedtime routines. 7. Use small rewards when your child can recite the verse for you without any help. 8. Bounce a ball to your child saying one word of the verse and have her bounce it back, saying the next word, and so on. 9. Use sign language or make up motions to go with the words. Have your child sign with you. 10. Have an older child write the verse in a journal, maybe even using colored pencils and color-coding certain words. 11. Use websites or smartphone apps to assist your child in memorizing the verse. 12. Most importantly, discuss the verse with your child. Talk about how he can incorporate it into his daily activities, and have him brainstorm ways to a

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. — Hebrews 4:16 Thought for the Day: Today is a beautiful time for grace. I wanted to pinch the two girls sitting on the front row of our church service. Pinch them, I tell you. But they were five rows ahead of me, and my arm couldn’t quite reach. Since I couldn’t physically get their attention, I prepared my “look.” You know, the one that says a thousand corrective statements with just a cross expression and a raised eyebrow? Yes, that one. The minute one of them stole a glance in my direction, they were gonna know exactly how I felt about their wiggling and obvious lack of attention during the service. Oh, and might I mention, these two girls belonged to me. Well, at least one of them did. The other was my daughter’s friend, who sometimes goes to church with us. I don’t think anyone else really noticed them. They weren’t being disruptive to other people. But they weren’t acting the way I wanted them to. I wanted them sitting up straight, drinking in the message, and taking pages of notes. Thank you very much. Suddenly, an annoying little thought started to tug at the corners of my mind. You want your children to act perfectly because it makes you look good. Let that go. They don’t need to be sitting up straight, furiously taking notes, to hear God’s message. This is a beautiful time for grace. And when you give grace . . . you won’t come unglued. Ouch. I don’t much like the Holy Spirit speaking to me the kind of truth that hurts. I was in the mood to pinch somebody. Two somebodies. Give grace? Now? It wasn’t what I wanted, but it was exactly what I needed to do in that moment. Soon my daughter’s friend peered back to look at me. Despite my feelings, I made the choice to smile, wink, and give her a little wave. Then this wiggly, usually not-very-affectionate middle schooler got out of her seat, walked back the aisle five rows, threw her arms around me, and gave me a hug that preached a thousand sermons right then and there. Indeed, grace was exactly what was needed in that moment. And that’s what makes this parenting thing so stinkin’ hard. There are really no textbook answers. Only God can prepare me with the wisdom and discernment necessary for each and every potentially unglued parenting moment. It’s such a moment-by-moment balancing act of loving, shepherding, disciplining, extending grace, molding, modeling, loving some more, and maybe having to give a few pinches along the way too. God, I pray that today You would give me the strength to stay close to You to experience Your grace and give Your grace. Open my eyes to the challenging situations around me that need a dusting of Your grace. Amen. Excerpted with permission from Unglued Devotional by Lysa Terkeurst, copyright Zondervan.