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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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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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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
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Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2018

31Oct

Abide in God’s love. Love is not a visitation thing. We have to stay in God’s love – nurtured by his love. Jesus’s love is stronger than someone else’s hatred.
Sermon: Challenge? You Can Make It - Pastor William J. Shaw
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Word From the Pastor

Posted Sunday, October 28, 2018

28Oct

We gather today in a service of celebration which is well justified and incentivized by our history over 120 years. God's grace is the only factor that can explain our beginning as a congregation, our journey over mountain tops of growth and joy, and our preservation in and through valleys of trauma and testing. Amazing grace! Grace has surely brought us, saliently so. We sing as our celebration theme song "Through the Years I Keep on Toiling. . .Until!" God causes us to arrive at the points of His own planning and promising. Our cups of rejoicing overflow.

What a witness is incased in our years past. I am favored by God to have been a part of that testimony for better than one half of the years span. I marvel at what God has done. That witness, however, is not a finished one. God has preserved us to evidence His continuing presence and purpose in THE FLESH in the world now at a crucial point of its needs. We look with openness to His Spirit's leading us as we move beyond our 120 years into the future. Let us pray for each other that we will truly be one in Him and with each other.

Welcomed to our worship is the Reverend C.L. Bachus, a close friend of mine and the White Rock Family. We bless the Lord for His presence. Our hearts are open to the voice of God in/through his preaching.

Thank you, White Rock, for your response to our financial goal and to the summons to deepened spirituality in the faith.

"May God's grace and peace be multiplied unto you. . ."

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Posted Monday, October 22, 2018

22Oct

If we see that what God says and is doing, is directed to us, then the next question is “What should we do?
Sermon: Asking the Right Questions - Pastor William J. Shaw
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Posted Sunday, October 21, 2018

21Oct

I'M SMART ENOUGH!?
Hebrew 6:1-3

Beloved, may God's grace and peace be multiplied unto you. . .

Thanks to all who prayed for and participated in our Bible reading the past week. Let the "happening" be an event of real listening to and submitting with sincerity to the Word/Will of God. The sermon today highlights how essential that attitude of receptive openness to our God really is.

Next Sunday is our 120th Anniversary day of climatic rejoicing and should be claiming us with a magnet power that is irresistible. May we remind ourselves and each other to gather to worship at 10 am. Let each of us do our best to bring an extra offering to meet our financial goal. Join in asking God for a powerful outpouring of the Lord's Spirit. DON'T FORGET THAT DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT.

Two weeks from tomorrow (Tuesday, November 6) is ELECTION DAY. I urge each of us to become an active committee of one-urging every eligible voter to cast his/her ballot and cast it early. Your vote is one sure step in breaking the power of racial animosity, visible and hidden, within the nation's soul.