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Word From the Pastor

Posted Sunday, December 09, 2018

09Dec

Rev. Dr. Wesley Granberg Michaelson

"WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?"
Malachi 3:1-4, and Luke 3:1-6

Greetings, Beloved.

“God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you. . .”

We are richly blessed here at White Rock this Lord’s day. First of all, we are privileged to be able to assemble for worship this morning, for a meal at midday and for a time of prayerful thought sharing about our faith and the future this afternoon. Additionally, we are favored by God to have Brother Wesley Granberg Michaelson sharing in each of these events. He is the preacher for the worship occasion and the presenter/leader in our 3:00pm gathering. Let us praise God for the challenging opportunities given to us.

Thank you, Wes, for consenting to be with us today.

I trust that all have worked together to plan and present our reports for our various activities of ministry for 2019. Continue to pray for the Spirit’s enabling. Be reminded that the work is the Lord’s, but He has chosen to use us as agents/witnesses to what He is doing. What a challenging and humbling thing this is. How marvelous is our God!

Joy! We are one in the Lord. Let us give unto Him nothing less than our best.

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Word From the Pastor

Posted Saturday, December 01, 2018

01Dec

Isaiah 11:1-9

EXPECTATIONS SATISFIED AND STIRRED BY CHRIST’S COMING

We have entered into the season of Advent—the four Sundays preceding Christmas. Christmas is the day the Christian tradition has designated to mark and celebrate the fact that Jesus Christ was born. The season of Advent is the beginning of the Church calendar. Is it not noteworthy that the Church calendar begins in the very month that the secular calendar ends. Just think of the message that this coincidence might bring to us.

As we take note of this overlapping and time here at White Rock, may we order our steps and minds accordingly. By next Sunday all of our auxiliaries/department reports on the endeavors of 2018 and all of our plans/visions for 2019 should have been turned in to me through the Church office.

We are encouraged also to gather for worship on next Sunday at 10 am and assemble again at 3:00 pm to dialogue with the Reverend Dr. Wesley Granberg Michaelson regarding “Faith Future: Ten Challenges reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century”. This is the title of a book by Dr. Michaelson just published. Copies of the book with be available for purchase and autograph at the cost of $15.00.

The Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. will make the afternoon event the kickoff of its Annual Foreign Mission Financial Drive. Other Christian faith bodies have been invited as well.

The discussion will be timely for us because we are now involved in, by the Spirit of God, assessing how we are challenged by the era to give faithful witness to our Christ. Let each member fervently pray daily for receptive openness to the Lord’s revealings and requirings. Pray that we will see and hear the Lord’s Will and will be strengthened in an obedient response to Him.

“God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you. . .”

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Thoughts

Posted Saturday, December 01, 2018

01Dec

The LORD's call is not a call controlled by our conditions. It's a call from the ONE that changes conditions.
Sermon: Is GOD Pleased With Our Praise? - Pastor William J. Shaw


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Word From the Pastor

Posted Sunday, November 25, 2018

25Nov

I wonder just how many persons were fed in the miracle that Matthew records: 5000 men PLUS women and children. What did they think? What did they do? How many spoke to Jesus? From our perspective they all should have been grateful for what they had experienced.

There is no direct connection between the miracle of Jesus and the countless numbers of persons who shared in a meal on last Thanksgiving Day. But a number of questions have occurred to me as I reflected on this nationally observed day. I mentioned the queries in last Sunday’s “word”. I want to raise these again on this first Lord’s Day since Thanksgiving. Let me ask you to give to yourself a “Thanksgiving Self-Exam”. Only you can grade yourself. But join with me in the assessment. For WHAT are you thankful? For WHOM are you thankful? TO WHOM have you been a blessing? How do these come to life in your thanksgiving to God?

Next Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. What sacred anticipations are stirred in you?

Be reminded that two Sundays from today we are asked to gather in a special hearing/experience concerning the directions of the faith we hold across the globe. What role are we playing? Let us come to worship at 10 am and then reassemble at 3:30 pm for a question and answer exchange with our special guest—The Reverend Dr. Wesley Granberg Michaelson. He is a noted man of faith, learned about the global picture and a personal friend/colleague. Invite others to both assemblies. A serving of food will be available between the two services so that you don’t necessarily have to go home but can remain in fellowship.

“God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you . . .”

Joy!

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Word From the Pastor

Posted Sunday, November 18, 2018

18Nov

Thursday of this week we celebrate a day observed by both the sacred and secular communities in America—Thanksgiving Day.

Three questions have been confronting my mind as this day of Thanksgiving draws near. The first is “for what do we give thanks?” The second is “for whom do we give thanks?” The third is “to whom have we been a blessing?” Answering these questions requires us to consider the context of time which informs our response—what is the frame of time, the extent of days and years, at which we look when we formulate our answers.

Our answers to these three questions will determine several conclusions: (1) to whom ought we to give thanks? (2) how will we give thanks? (3) when will we give thanks?
These questions and conclusions lead to a fundamental recognition that as believers we are called upon not just to receive blessings with gratitude but to be blessings with Thanksgiving.

I trust to see and meet with you on Thursday at 11:00 here at White Rock when we share in Thanksgiving worship with Monumental Baptist Church.

“May God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you. . .”

Joy! We are one in the Lord.

P.S. Let us give liberally to the Alzheimer’s offering.

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Thoughts

Posted Thursday, November 15, 2018

15Nov

The purpose of the church is to be the people and place where GOD's likeness is visible, his witness to the world
Sermon: People and Places - Pastor William J. Shaw
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Thoughts

Posted Sunday, November 11, 2018

11Nov

"The Kingdom of GOD is at hand" - here on the earth where people live. Who wins if GOD gives up on this world? Jesus was focused on this world. Jesus talked about the perfection of GOD's intention for this world.
Sermon: People and Places
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Word From the Pastor

Posted Sunday, November 11, 2018

11Nov

NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT
Philippians 1:12-26

On yesterday I met with a core group of the Church leadership to help lead our entire church fellowship into a clearer focus on our guiding light in 2019. Strengthened by the celebrations of our 120 years throughout 2018, we ought enter now into 2019 with greater clarity about God’s love for us and His calling to us. Please join with them as they move among you and seek your sharings. On the 5th Sunday of December, following our 10:00 worship hour, let us prayerfully and enthusiastically gather for a table fellowship and a Congregational Business Meeting to commit the full year ahead as our offering unto God. May it be an acceptable presentation in His sight.

In the meantime, be reminded of our Joint Thanksgiving Day worship with Monumental Baptist Church here at White Rock on Thanksgiving Day at 11:00 am. What a testimony of gratitude would be reflected in a house filled by God’s people united in joyful praise. You can help make it happen.

Recall also our worship on December 9 at the regular 10:00 am service and the very special 3:30 pm coming together—both focusing on the “global” presence of our faith. The December celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ who’s coming was to all people is a fitting setting to take this worldwide look and to surrender ourselves anew to our worldwide mission.

Joy! We are one in the Lord.

“May God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you. . .”

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Word From the Pastor

Posted Sunday, November 04, 2018

04Nov

God be praised for the manifestations of His Spirit and the participation of you His people in our Anniversary celebrations to date. As the under shepherd of the Lord here, my heart is gratified and encouraged. May God’s grace and peace be truly multiplied unto you.

Including today, nine Sundays or 51 days remain in the 2018 calendar year. There may be one or two more events acknowledging our 120 years; continue to support them. One special “happening” ahead is a focusing on the global face of our faith in Christ. This will take place on Sunday, December 9 at 10 am and 3:30 pm. Our challenge from the Lord is to be witnesses unto Him here and all over the world. I ask you to add this “happening” to your “must attend and participate in list;” more information will follow shortly.

In the meantime, each of the two months remaining has a regular moment of high calling. In November there is Thanksgiving Day. In December there is the observing of the Birth of Our Messiah. It is clear that the year does not wind down. It concludes in a crescendo of praise even as we would launch into 2019 with a renewed commitment to “push on” towards “perfection” in the Lord. We have not arrived, but we are propelled and attracted by our faith in God, our hope rooted in His promises and our love for Him and for each other.

Joy! We are one in the Lord.

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Thoughts

Posted Saturday, November 03, 2018

03Nov

We move and are enabled by GOD's promises, and GOD's promises are big promises. God meets us in the everydayness of our lives and calls us to commit to his future.
Sermon: Footsteps of the Faithful - Pastor William J. Shaw