Bible Baptist Church
11 Lakeview Ave.
St. Charles Missouri
What difference can just a ‘little’ make? Consider this at 211 degrees water is very hot, but at 212 degrees – just one degree more, water boils and when it boils it makes steam. And with steam you can power a steam engine and a steam engine can move a train! That’s a lot of difference from one little degree.
If you are a sports enthusiast then you are aware that a mere fraction of a second can make the difference between a gold medal and a bronze medal in Olympic track events. Athletes train for months (even years) to improve just ‘a little’.
How about us as God’s people are we willing to put forth the effort to improve our relationship and our service for Christ ‘just a little’. If we all do just a little more we might very well be surprised what an impact it could have on our walk for the Lord and our impact as a family of faith. The challenge before us this year is to do a little more in 2024. We’re not asking for a gigantic commitment of time or energy (though God may lead you to do a bit more), we just want all of God’s people to set their sights a little higher this year than last.
Just think if you would commit to just ten minutes more time in prayer each day by the end of 2024 that would total 3,660 minutes (this is a leap year) or a whopping 61 hours. Do you think 61 hours of prayer might make a difference? That was a rhetorical question. OF COURSE IT WOULD!!!
For about $1.64 a day or $11.48 a week our church could support another missionary family to take God’s word to a foreign field. It’s hard to buy lunch at a fast food restaurant for $11.48 these days.
Just a little could make a big, big difference. If just twenty member invited one person a month to church, by the end of the year that would be 240 people would have received an invitation to hear the gospel. If just one of those people trusted Christ, Jesus says it would be worth more than the whole world!
It is my conviction that God saved you on purpose for a purpose! Are you investing in God’s work to discover your purpose? It might take just a little more.
To help you begin this New Year right we are going to begin a new bible study together on Sunday Evening at 6:00 called the Foundations (in Genesis). This will include a video message from Ken Hamm, perhaps the leading Creation Scientist of our day. I think that you will find that creation, far from being anti-science is completely scientific in nature. I believe it was A W Tozer who stated “if you can accept Genesis chapter on verse one as literal, then everything else in the Bible is not only believable but to be expected.”
We will also be engaging in a study of the book of Ecclesiastes on Wednesday night to discover the ‘Meaning of Life’. Taken together that is two major questions in our world today: “Where did I come from?” And “Why am I here”? The Good News is… the Bible has the answer! Join us won’t you?Check out the calendar page for updates or further additions to our schedule around the church, if you need more information feel free to call the church office at 636-947-0367 or send us anemia through the contact us tab.
What is the Opposite of Love?
I would suggest to you today: The opposite of Love is not Hate. Indeed sometimes when you love someone or something deeply enough you will ‘hate’ anything (or the circumstances) which would threaten your loved one. I love my wife, but a few years ago she was diagnosed with cancer. I deeply love Paula but I have to say I ‘hated’ the cancer that had invaded her body. Thankfully that has been five years ago and she is ‘cancer free’ today.
So if hate is not the opposite of love, what is? It is my conviction the attitude opposed to love is ‘apathy’ a spirit of not caring. If Paula had received her diagnosis and it did not affect me in any way, she could have legitimately questioned whether I truly loved her.
Jesus asked a penetrating question of Peter after His resurrection. After they had finished a breakfast on the beach The Lord asked the big fisherman (not once but three times) “Peter, do you love me?” As a result of that encounter and Peter’s confession Jesus recommissioned him to feed His sheep. It is love for the shepherd, not love for the sheep, that qualified Peter to be a leader in the early church.
I was reminded of hearing about a conversations between two pastors when one of them stated “I really love to preach!” His fellow minister responded by asking, “Yes; but do you love those to whom you preach?” Love makes a world of difference in carrying out our service for the Master. This month we are going to encourage the church family to increase more and more in the matter of love in our personal and faith life. I hope you will be able to join us for this necessary and helpful study into the ‘heart’ of our discipleship.
On Sunday evenings at 6:00 we are engaged in a video Bible study on the reliability and relevance of the Genesis account of creation. The speaker (via video) is Dr. Ken Hamm, a foremost expert in this subject. The video session is followed by a lively discussion time in order to clarify and verify the topic. Join us so that you can have your confidence in God’s word strengthened.
During our Midweek Refresh Time we are continuing to explore the book of Ecclesiastes: Solomon’s journal of his search for the ultimate meaning of life. Taken together with our Sunday evening study you will be equipped to answer two of the most important questions people have about life: ‘Where did I come from?’ And ‘Why am I here?’
In addition to these times of learning and fellowship there are various activities planned throughout the month. Click on the ‘calendar tab’ to see our schedule for the month (this is automatically updated as the church calendar is updated.) We look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any further questions or need additional information don’t hesitate to contact the church office at 636-647-0367.
God bless you with His abundant, overflowing love,
Your's for a Little More in 2024
Pastor Steve Parks