January 1, 2012 – Vol. 7, Issue 1
1. Pastor’s thoughts
Well, here we are in 2012. This year has so many possibilities. Could this be the year that the Rapture takes place? 2011 was a year in which many hinted that December 21, 2012 would be the end of the world as we know it. I always find it amazing how Hollywood belittles and makes funs of Christianity and its beliefs, but somehow, tries to make a profit out of it. The movie 2012 that came out last year centered on the end of the world. However, Hollywood discounted God and allowed mankind to survive and start all over again. And what is sad about what I just said is so many believe that we don’t need God and can take care of it all without Him. The Bible tells us of those days that will come. Jesus tells us, “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold…” (Matt. 24:10-12). Paul told young, pastor Timothy, “The Spirit clearly says, that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (I Tim. 4:1). “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than God-having a form of godliness, but denying its power…” (2 Tim. 3:1-5). I have long been drawn to the words of Jesus in Matt. 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14). This is an interesting verse. Many have claimed that every human being must hear the Word of God before the end. But, does He say “every human being? No, He says, “Will be preached in the whole world.” Even most liberal news media have reluctantly agreed that the gospel has been preached to all nations. Well, whatever your view, I think that we can all agree that time is running out for planet earth. Are you ready for His return? Do you have unsaved loved ones and friends who are not ready? I encourage you to be the best example for Christ as possible this year. Be in church when the doors are open, unless providentially hindered, read the Word, pray, share Jesus with the unsaved and make a commitment to tithe this year, and start giving the Lord His 10%. Don’t worry about God’s tithe you haven’t paid. Start fresh! Follow I John 1:9 and make a commitment to trust God with His money and just wait for the blessings described in Mal. 3:10. “Maranatha!”
2. Something to think about
Top 10 Predictions for this year:
1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
2. Prayer will still be the most powerful thing on Earth.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still honor the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you. 10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him.
~ Author unknown ~
3. Take time for a smile
Things you would love to hear at church in 2012
Hey! It’s MY turn to sit on the front pew!
I was so enthralled; I never noticed your sermon went over time 25 minutes.
Personally, I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf.
I’ve decided to give our church the $500.00 a month I used to send to TV evangelists.
I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the Junior High Sunday School class.
I love it when we sing hymns I’ve never heard before!
Since we’re all here, let’s start the worship service early!
Pastor, we’d like to send you to this Bible seminar in the Bahamas.
Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like our annual stewardship campaign!
After a very long and boring sermon the parishioners filed out of the church saying nothing to the preacher. Towards the end of the line was a thoughtful person who always commented on the sermons.”Pastor, today your sermon reminded me of the peace and love of God!” The pastor was thrilled. “No-one has ever said anything like that about my preaching before. Tell me why.” “Well – it reminded me of the Peace of God because it passed all understanding and the Love of God because it endured forever!”
Meeting of the Board
There will be a meeting of the Board immediately after the service,” announced the pastor. After the close of the service, the Church Board gathered at the back of the auditorium for the announced meeting.
But there was a stranger in their midst — a visitor who had never attended their church before. “My friend,” said the pastor, “Didn’t you understand that this is a meeting of the Board?” “Yes,” said the visitor, “and after today’s sermon, I suppose I’m just about as bored as anyone else who came to this meeting.” Author is Unknown
A little boy was kneeling beside his bed with his mother and grandmother and softly saying his prayers,
“Dear God, please bless Mummy and Daddy and all the family and please give me a good night’s sleep.”
Suddenly he looked up and shouted, “And don’t forget to give me a bicycle for my birthday!!”
“There is no need to shout like that,” said his mother. “God isn’t deaf.”
“No,” said the little boy, “but Grandma is.” Author is Unknown
A very religious woman went into the local pet shop to buy a parrot for company. She selected a beautiful bird, but the pet store owner said he didn’t think she’d be happy with this particular parrot because he had belonged to a salty old sailor who used very bad language.
She replied that she knew with love and care she could break the bird of his bad habits and have a wonderful companion.
Well, the bird was not to be broken of his blue language and the woman had to hide him in the spare bedroom every time she had visitors. Finally, in desperation she told the bird she was going to put him in the freezer for 10 minutes every time he used bad language. Sure enough in just a couple of minutes the bird let out a string of obscenities. She put him in the freezer with him hollering and yelling his head off. After just a minute or two it got very quiet…..afraid that something bad had happened to the bird, she opened the door.
Out stepped the parrot, shivering and most pleasantly and politely he said “excuse my prior behavior, madam. I regret any dismay I may have caused you and promise never to use improper language again.” Well, the woman was thrilled to hear these promises and was about to say so when the bird interrupted to say “by the way, madam, what’s the chicken in for?”
4. Nazarene and related websites:
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene: www.rosehillnazarene.org
South Arkansas District: www.Southarkansas.org
Southern Nazarene University: www.snu.edu/home.asp
Nazarene Headquarters: www.nazarene.org
Bible Gateway: www.biblegateway.com
Focus on the Family: www.focusonthefamily.com
5. Rose Hill News
On Sunday, January 1st there will be no Sunday school services or Wednesday night service on January 4th so you can spend quality family time. Dr. Joe Lee Tompkins will be our guest speaker on January 1st at 10:00 AM.
The Needhams will be in Concert-Sunday, January 8th at 10:00 AM followed by a great Nazarene potluck lunch. If you like Southern Gospel/Bluegrass type of music then you will love this family group. Mark your calendars so you won’t miss this great group and invite a friend to come as your guest. This is our 6th year to host the Needhams.
Regular Sunday and Wednesday service schedules will resume on the week of January 8th.
Tribe of Faith small group will start meeting again on Monday, January 16th at 6:30PM with a new study.
Church Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11th at 8:00 PM.
Sunday School Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18th at 6:00 PM.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be Saturday, January 21st at the church at 8:00 AM
Rose Hill Birthdays include: Rebecca Melson (2nd), George Bratton (4th), Collin Pollich (16th) and Kristy Pollich (30th)
Anniversaries include: Terry & Stefania Baldwin (10th), Riley & Katherine Gill (11th), George & Bonnie Bratton (17th), Mark & Crystal Melson (27th) and Larry and Pam Mattingly (28th)
Please let us know if we missed your birthday or anniversary or have listed an incorrect date.
Are you ready for 2012? If the Rapture takes place in 2012, do you have family and friends who would miss it? Will you covenant with me to at least share your faith with one unsaved person this year? Will you make a covenant with God to be the best possible Christian you can this coming year? If you know someone who is a prospect for our church, please get the contact information to the Pastor, he will call on them.
Thanks for reading the Rose Hill Herald.
Pastor Steve Comeans
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene
11101 Kanis Road
Little Rock, AR 72211