Shallowford Free Will Baptist
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For the Glory of Christ Alone
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                                                                                                                                                                                   May 22, 2018

 

Then [Joshua] spoke to the children of Israel, saying: "When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, 'What are these stones?' then you shall let your children know, saying, 'Israel crossed over this Jordan on dry land'; for the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over, that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever."

~Joshua 4:21-24

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                When Israel entered the Promised Land, the Lord parted the waters of the Jordan River so that they might cross over. The parting of the waters revealed many large stones. Joshua commanded the children of Israel to carry 12 large stones over to the other side of the Jordan and set them up as a memorial for future generations. These subsequent generations, their children, would hear of the mighty deeds of the Lord and how He had brought Israel to that place. The point was that the deeds of the Lord were not intended to be for the benefit of only one generation. The faithfulness of God was to be memorialized so that future generations might believe in Him. The grounding of the future in the faithfulness of God in the past was extremely important to the biblical testimony. The future was only possible because of the ground work of the past. And both the past and the future were dependent upon what God’s people would do in the present. And so, I ask you, what will we do right now to contribute to the faith of our future generations?

                I am so blessed to be able to speak at the Twin Cities Youth Camp beginning this Sunday afternoon. I am also REALLY, REALLY excited that we’re taking 9 of our own children to be campers. I spoke with Sis. Heather Ransom this afternoon and she said that 53 campers had registered. Of that number, nearly half will be first-time campers!  That’s almost half that will be experiencing this blessing for the first time. The group of camp workers there are just average people who, out of their love for God, carve out time in a week to minister to these special young ones. There are no evangelists of notoriety; there’s only the body of Christ banding together in the present to promote the success of our future. It is about them and us…and the Gospel. Yes, they’ll have fun. Yes, they’ll stink! Yes, they’ll eat and tell spooky stories and fish and play games. But the main thing will be that they will be introduced to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. This camp is memorial stone for future generations. And as they ask us why we do such things, our answer will be that the Lord has done such marvelous things for us!

                Here’s what I’m asking you to do for me this week. First and foremost, pray for our camp!! Prayer costs nothing but time and energy, but it accomplishes much more than you could ever imagine. Not because of prayer…but because of the God to whom we pray. Pray for the safety of the campers, there at the camp and in transit. Pray that they will be receptive to what is done at the camp. But more than anything, pray that they will all be open to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in a special way. We had one little girl give her life to Christ last year; I hope we can leave this year with every single camper having a relationship with Jesus Christ!

                Secondly, I’d also ask that you encourage our campers before we leave on Sunday. Let them know that you’re excited for them and that you’re proud of them. Ask them if they’re ready to go. Should they express some fears or anxieties, do your best to give them strength through your words. Help them to realize how great of an experience that this can be for them. If you went to camp, share with them some of your favorite memories from the camp. Be a part of this for them, with them.

                Thirdly, once they get back, open up dialogue with them about the things that they did. It is not enough for us to see spiritual decisions made. We also need to assist in making sure the discipleship process is important to us. Ask them what their favorite parts of camp were. Find out what they learned and what they remember about the lessons. See if you can get them to open up to you about their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ or decisions that they made. Ask them what you can do to help them. And promise them (and mean it) that you will be supportive in prayer for their lives.

                And lastly, get involved in their lives. There are so many opportunities that we have to minister to our kids and teens. And it does matter to them that they know they matter to you. Get involved with their lives. I can promise you that your investments into their spiritual future will not be empty. You love and care towards them can be the guiding light that they might need to hold them on their course in the future. We all need to band together and give our best efforts for them and the Lord’s work in them.

                I know we’re not setting up stones for our future generations to look at, but we are building a memorial. I pray that it is a memorial that will last hundreds of years into the future. Yet I firmly believe that extinction for us is always only one generation away. The church is losing her young to the world. Did you know that the fastest growing religion in the world is Islam? How is it that so many of our youngest and brightest are not simply abandoning our church, but they are abandoning our faith altogether?? Something has to change! Again, we are the link between our past and their future. What we do right here and right now can make all the difference in the world. I hope and pray that our church will see a renewed interest and passion for ministry to our young. I hope that we will continue to support our VBS efforts and other “kid-friendly” outreach activities. That is a decision that we must all make. You can sit idly by and leave it all up to chance…or you can help carry those heavy stones to the other side and remind our children of just how great and powerful our God is! Which will you choose?

                Have a great week!

 

 

 

~Bro. Benjamin

 

SCRIPTURE CHALLENGE

What was the first battle Israel faced in the Promised Land?


 

Previous Postings                                                                  This Week's Sermons
May 22
May 15                                                                                              May 20 (AM)
May 8                                                                   "New Testament Christians" - Rev. Ronald Wallace
May 1                                                                                              1 John 2:12-17       

April 24                                                                                       
April 17                                                                                                                             May 20 (Devotion)
April 10                                                                           "More Than We Could Ever Imagine"
March 27                                                                                       Ephesians 3:20-21
March 20                                                                                 
March 14                                                                                          May 23 (WED)
March 7                                                                                             Acts 11:1-14
February 27                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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May 20 (AM) "New Testament Christians"--1 John 2:12-17 - Rev. Ronald Wallace
May 20 (AM) "More Than We Could Ever Imagine"--Ephesians 3:20-21
May 13 (AM) "Moms After God's Own Heart"--Hosea 11:1-11
May 6 (AM) "Great Grace for the Least of These"--Matthew 9:9-13
May 6 (PM) "Becoming the Church"--Ephesians 3:14-19

April 29 (AM) "When You're Tempted to Worry"--Psalm 37:1-9
April 22 (AM) "Can You See His Face?"--Luke 22:54-62
April 22 (PM) "Grace Is Worth It All!"--Ephesians 3:8-13
April 15 (AM) "What's It Really About?"--Mark 3:1-6
April 15 (PM) "The Way Is Open!"--Ephesians 3:1-7
April 8 (AM) "Is Salvation Fair?"--Matthew 20:1-16
April 8 (PM) "The Greatest in the Kingdom"--Matthew 20:20-28
April 1 (AM) "The Resurrection & the Life"--John 11:1-44
April 1 (PM) "Today in Paradise"--Luke 23:39-43
 
March 25 (AM) "It Is Finished"--John 19:29-30
March 18 (AM)
"Father, Forgive Them"--Luke 23:32-38
March 18 (PM) "I Thirst"--John 19:28-29
March 11 (AM)
"Forsaken for Us"--Mark 15:34
March 11 (PM)
"We Are the Church"--Ephesians 19-22
March 4 (AM) "If It Be Possible..."--Matthew 26:36-47
March 4 (PM) "The Peace of Christ"--Ephesians 2:14-18

February 25 (PM) "Remember Who You Were"--Ephesians 2:11-13
February 11 (AM) "Faith Is a Family Affair"--Deuteronomy 6:1-9
February 11 (PM) "There Are NO Inactive Church Members"--Ephesians 2:8-10
February 4 (AM) "The Glory of Christ"--Matthew 17:1-8
February 4 (PM) "Prepositional Christianity"--Ephesians 2:8-10
 
January 28 (AM) "Lord of All Creation"--Psalm 102:25-28
January 28 (PM) "Great Reasons to Be Thankful"--Ephesians 2:1-7
January 21 (AM) "I See the Lord"--Isaiah 6:1-6
January 21 (PM) "All in All"--Ephesians 1:22-23
January 14 (AM) "Let's Make 2018 All About Him"--Proverbs 3:5-6
January 14 (PM) "What Paul Prays For, Part 2"--Ephesians 1:15-21
January 7 (AM) "Time to Start Over"--2 Corinthians 5:14-21
January 7 (PM) "What Paul Prays For"--Ephesians 1:15-21
 
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About Our Pastor
 
 
Bro. Benjamin Miller began his ministry at Shallowford Free Will Baptist Church in August, 2011. Prior to pastoring our church, Bro. Benjamin pastored at New Home FWB in Colquitt, GA. He received his B.A. in History from Welch College (formerly Free Will Baptist Bible College) in Nashville, TN. He then received his M.A. in Biblical Studies from Lipscomb University, a Church of Christ graduate school in Nashville. Bro. Benjamin enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and fellowshipping with the people of the church. He is a HUGE Braves fan! Our pastor has dedicated himself to becoming a student of the Word and to preaching the Word with passion, integrity, and real-life applications.
 
Bro. Benjamin married Jara in June 2002. She is a special educator at Mount Bethel Elementary School here in Marietta. She is a tremendous part of his life and quite active in our church. 
 
They had their first son, Thomas, in June 2008. Thomas was born prematurely, and is a testimony to God's amazing grace and provision. He is now a 3rd grader, and does well in school. His greatest ability is to reach out to those in his class in concern and in love.
 
Bro. Benjamin and Sis. Jara welcomed Nathanael in March, 2014. His name means "given by God" and he is absolute reminder of God's ability to bless individuals beyond measure.
 
We hope you'll take the opportunity to get to know our pastoral family!