It’s a great day to give praise and glory to God for all He’s done! See you tonight at 6:00.
Christmas reminds us of the importance of pursuing after God.
by Sabrina McDonald
My family and I were listening to Christmas music in the car when these lyrics caught the attention of my 6-year-old son: “He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.”
“Mom,” he said from the backseat, “Santa knows everything. He’s like God.”
“No, that’s not really true,” I said. “Santa is just a man. Only God knows everything, and God really does see you when you’re sleeping and awake.”
“Does God know what you’re doing and thinking always?”
“Well, I’m going to pray and ask God to know everything, too,” he said.
If only Ben could realize at his young age that far better than knowledge of this world is the wisdom of God. No man, not even Santa, can know everything, but God promises to give wisdom to all who ask. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
Knowledge is a wonderful gift, but unless it is paired with wisdom, it has little value, like a man who has millions of dollars and no idea on how to invest it. Without wisdom, the knowledge is wasted. Very intelligent people run around trying to figure out the purpose of their lives, yet the answer lies plainly in front of them if only they would seek the source.
During this time of year I think of the three wise men who looked at the sign of a king in the heavens and set their hearts’ desire to find Him. They weren’t satisfied just knowing that He existed. They wanted to see him face to face, and traveled great distances until they located him. Then they bowed their knees, and offered the greatest gifts they had to Him.
The old saying is true, “Wise men still seek him.”
How do you understand God’s will for your life? How do you find your purpose? How do you find wisdom? Seek God. Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).
Read and memorize the word of God. Everything He wants us to know is revealed in those pages. Spend time meditating and hearing the words of God. Talk with Him in prayer, and listen with the ears of your soul.
So many people say they love God and know God, but they don’t read His word. They don’t listen for His voice. They worry and think and seek the advice of friends and even read books from leading experts. They hoard knowledge, but lack wisdom, which only comes from God. “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me,” (Proverbs 8:17).
This Christmas season recommit yourself to seek the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. To know God’s will is to know His heart, and in order to know His heart you must seek to know him face to face. Leave behind your own kingdom, as far as it takes to adore Him, and bring your finest gifts. Do this, and you will receive one of the greatest gifts of mankind—the wisdom of God.
Sunday, January 11 in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm
The Women’s Ministry of First Baptist Cabot would like to invite you to a Night of Worship during SHE, our quarterly women’s event, as we explore many expressions of thanksgiving and praise. We’re gathering in the Fellowship Hall at 6 pm where we will begin with food and fellowship. Childcare is provided.
The evenings events will include a time of singing, interpretive reading, dance, art, and the written word. You don’t want to miss this inspiring experience!
Cassie Hemphill, the Women’s Bible Study Coordinator, needs your help. Please see her message below and click on the link to fill out this quick survey:
Hey Cherished Sisters! I pray that the Christmas season is bringing you the Joy it promises this time of year. The end of the year always brings busy schedules and it’s own special type of stress, but I am praying over all of you that Hope and Joy overwhelm you instead.
Your Women’s ministry team is hard at work already planning for the new year. 2015 is literally right around the corner and we need some feedback from you in regards to bible study. We are already planning studies for 2015, but you can help us even more by completing this very short survey as soon as possible. We want to be the best at serving each of you and doing this survey will takes us one step closer!
Merry Christmas ladies!
For His Kingdom,
Bible Study Coordinator
Here is the link!
It is my hope that a number of you will take the opportunity to visit the new First C.A.R.E. building located adjacent to the Family Life Center. On Sunday evening, November 2nd, I took the opportunity to visit the new and expanded home of our benevolence ministry as they were celebrating their Grand Opening. The first thing that I noticed was the improved curb appeal and building access. Donations may now be made on the northeast side of the building, freeing the front entrance for First C.A.R.E. clients.
Upon entering the main doors visitors are greeted by a warm and inviting waiting room. Clients simply have to express a need and show proof of residency for the cities of Cabot, Austin, or Ward in order to receive aid. Ninety-five percent of the benefits that the ministry offers are non-income based. A small income based portion of the ministry operates under the guidelines of the US Department of Agriculture.
That being said, clients do undergo a brief counseling session in one of the three new interview rooms. Interviews are conducted by trained ministry volunteers who inquire about the clients living arrangements, discuss income and spending habits, and assess their physical and spiritual needs. This time also offers an opportunity for the ministry staff to present the gospel. Bibles are available to any who desire one at no charge. Upon completion of the interview, clients may obtain food and/or clothing through First C.A.R.E.. Additionally, volunteers may direct clients to other services that are available to them within the community.
Gone are the cramped quarters of the Pine Street locations (2 buildings)!!! The spacious, well lit clothing room affords the center the ability to display a larger selection and wider range of sizes. First C.A.R.E volunteers clean, sort, and arrange shoes and clothing articles in an appealing and well organized fashion. On the occasion that donated items are found to be soiled, the inclusion of a washer and dryer in the new facility is a blessing!
If you had previously visited the Pine Street kitchen and pantry, then be prepared to rejoice over the expanded food storage area. One freezer has been added to accommodate more cold storage items. Large shelving units have been purchased to welcome more non-perishable food donations. They will also make the job of clearly displaying and rotating stock much easier for the volunteers.
Patty Riggs, the director of First C.A.R.E., commented that over 50 people came through the center last Monday when the doors opened to the public. The volunteer staff was astounded by the number of clients they were able to help that day because larger space allows for more fluid and time-saving movement through the center.
A great deal of prayer, planning, and hard work went into the new First C.A.R.E facility. I encourage you to visit the center and see the potential it has for reaching others in our community with the love of Christ. By your prayerful and financial support of the benevolence ministry you are ON MISSION in Cabot, Austin, and Ward. Perhaps God is now calling you to step out and volunteer in the ministry, below you will find additional opportunities to do so.
The new address is 404 E. Olive St.
After the New Year, First C.A.R.E. would like to expand its operating hours to include Tuesday evenings. They are currently open Monday and Thursdays 9 am – 2 pm. The addition of evening hours would allow them to accommodate clients who work during the day who are in need of assistance.
- Clothing Room Attendant
- Clothing Sorter
- Food Sorter
Items in critical need:
- Diapers sizes N, 4, 5, 6
- Razors (men and women)
- Feminine care products
Do you hunt? You can donate venison and other wild game to First C.A.R.E. through the Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry program. More information can be found at www.arkansashunters.org
Kroger Community Rewards Program: If you are a Kroger shopper with a Kroger Plus Card you could be earning rewards for the First C.A.R.E. ministry simply by doing your regular shopping. For more information and to register your card click here.
The First C.A.R.E. organization number is 81045.
First C.A.R.E. is a joint undertaking between First Baptist of Cabot and seven other local churches. Financial support comes primarily by the benevolence offerings and other contributions received from the membership of First Baptist. Regular financial support is also received from Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Fellowship Bible Church, Faith Baptist Church, Bible Church, Our Savior of Lutheran Church, New Life Church (NLC), and Austin Station Baptist Church.
C.A.R.E. = Christian Assistance, Resources, and Encouragement
Last night at our Women’s Ministry dinner, The Cherished Table, a special announcement was made. The women’s ministry is giving away 2 tickets to see Kari Jobe and Warren Barfield in concert October 17th. Details on how you can enter can be found on our Facebook group page. If you are not already a member of our group, click over to join http://www.facebook.com/groups/CherishedWomenatFirst/. Our Facebook group and the giveaway are restricted to the women of First Baptist Church of Cabot, AR.