AM Sermon Passage, May 20th – Galatians 4:8-21

Adopted SONS should not desire to be SLAVES againFormerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10  You observe days and months and seasons and years! 11 I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.

The Shepherd once RESPECTED is REJECTED12 Brothers, I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong. 13 You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first, 14 and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. 15 What then has become of your blessedness? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?

Be zealous for TRUTH and not charismatic PERSONALITIES17 They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them. 18 It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you.

We must PERSEVERE with believers led ASTRAY by false teachers19  my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you! 20 I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

Personhood by Daniel Becker

Instead of the contemporary political approach of seeking legal limits and regulation of abortion, Daniel Becker proposes a strategy for prolife activism that is based on an uncompromising biblical principle, known as “Personhood”.

Personhood is defined as:

“… the recognition by our culture and our government that each individual human life has an `unalienable’ right to life from its earliest biological beginning. This right to life extends to natural death, regardless of one’s disability, gender, race, dependency or manner of conception. The `unalienable’ right to life comes from God by virtue of the fact, that we have been created in His image and are thus imbued with a unique worth and dignity not found in the rest of creation.” (24)

Daniel Becker asserts that Personhood is defined by God (not governments) and is based on divine law, which declares that God is the creator, sustainer and ultimate determiner of when life begins and ends. Divine law is contrasted with natural law, which “… draws its authority on a presumed absolute demanded by Reason and supposedly shared by all humans, not on a moral absolute whose authority is God the Creator.” (37)

The book presents a history of Personhood from the first century onward, noting legal and theological literary sources. Becker powerfully explains what happens when government usurps the right to define who is to be considered a person and who is not. Of the many historic examples of slavery, suffrage and eugenics, Becker particularly notes the following: the 1858 Virginia Supreme Court ruling that a slave was not considered a person, but property; 1935 Nazi Germany`s legislation that Jews were subjects, not citizens; and the 2008 Cornell University declaration that crossing human genes and fluorescent Australian jellyfish genes (and then killing the resulting embryo) was acceptable because the test-tube embryo (child) is not considered a “person” under the US Constitution.

Bulletin for May 20, 2012

Sound Upgrades Complete!!

Members of Woodland Baptist, we have great news!  The massive upgrades to our sound system are complete and have been fine tuned to take our worship to a level never experienced.  Please come this Sunday and hear for yourself!  The only thing that remains is the acoustical sound material for the back wall of the sanctuary, which should be installed the first week in June.

A huge thank you to Sound and Communication, Inc., out of Jackson, MS for their stewardship over this delicate project and a big thank you to one of our  deacons, Tim Chaltry, for taking time out of his busy schedule to oversee the project to completion.


Mother’s Day Message – 1 Samuel 1 – Hannah’s Heart for God

Please consider this a personal invitation by me to come join us this coming Sunday morning for a thorough exposition on 1 Samuel 1.  We will study the life of Hannah, the mother of Samuel.  We will look at her life, while married to Elkanah, her prayer, her interaction with Eli the Priest and how God answered her prayer and used her to establish the monarchy in Israel.

One of the primary things we will consider is the pain that Hannah experienced, as most all mothers are well acquainted with pain in child bearing.  Come and join us and be encouraged in the Word of God for Mother’s Day 2012 and learn that the pain that we experience has a very special purpose and is used of God to mature us into healthy, humble Christians.

Also be assured of our prayers for you on this your special day!

Shelby Hazzard, Pastor

Wednesday Night in the Word Notes – Acts 16:11-24

Come join us for next Wednesday night as we travel with Paul as he is directed by Christ through receiving the Macedonian vision that leads him and his mission team to minister in Philippi.  Go to the river outside the city and meet Lydia and be refreshed by her kindness to Paul and the missionaries and watch as Paul frees the slave girl from the “spirit of divination.”  Then watch in amazement as Paul is mercilessly persecuted for freeing the slave girl and put in jail.

Today we hear from many talking heads that “if God is truly in a work it will be free of conflict and trouble.”  That, perhaps, we are doing something wrong if our ministry methods and teachings cause problems and bring conflict.  Ask Paul that question after you honestly read and evaluate Acts 16.  Sometimes God sends us directly into conflict for reasons that only He knows that are hidden in His divine plan.

Please come and join us for Bible study and experience the life changing, soul filling gospel of Jesus Christ only found in His church.Acts 16, 11-24