It has been referred to as the “Most wonderful time of the Year,” many people today may not have an accurate understanding of why. Sure, there are the visits with family and the giving of gifts, and let us not forget about the meals and delicious deserts that will be offered, the decorations, the songs playing on the radio and I am sure we could go on, but none of those are the real reason for the season…
Why is Christmas the most wonderful time of the year? In my opinion it is because the whole world (practically anyway) are knowingly or not acknowledging the Creator, Jesus Christ the Lord. Many do not acknowledge Jesus as God or Saviour, or at all, but they celebrate Christmas in one form or another and this holiday (Holy Day) has been set forth for as long as any of us have been alive as Christ’s birthday. Whether the dates are accurate or not, that is what December 25 is celebrated as.
Years ago a friend of mine produced a video about the true meaning of Christmas and I believe it does a good job of pointing us back to the true reason for the season. He has given me permission to post it here and share it with you so pop some pop corn (eat it or put it on a string for decorations) and gather the family around to learn about the “Greatest Gift.”
Psa 105:1-5 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. (2) Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. (3) Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. (4) Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. (5) Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
For the past seventeen years we have invited the community to join us in giving thanks on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It has been a great time and opportunity to share the blessings of the previous year with each other as well as enjoy a wonderful meal together. This year we are again inviting the community to join us for the celebration.
There won’t be anything fancy but should you decide to join us you will find good food and friendly people. In the old facilities we could only plan for 50 to 60, but now that the Lord has provided the new building we have plenty of room for 100-120 folks to join us.
We will open the doors at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Opening prayer will take place about 6:15 and we will begin going through the buffet line. The meal is always pot-luck style with the whole church family pitching in their favorites. Guests are welcome to join in by bringing their favorites as well.
Following the meal there will be opportunities to give thanks to the Lord for what He has done in your life or for you and a brief thanksgiving message by our pastor.
If someone in our community would like to attend but does not have transportation please call the church office to arrange to be picked up in time for the meal.
We are sending out our first missionary!
The pastor’s daughter Rachel has been called to be a missionary in the country of Honduras. She will assist church planters as a teacher in their efforts to reach the children and ladies in their towns and villages. She is currently seeking supporting churches and hopes to be in the country early in 2020. If you are interested in supporting this godly young lady you can send your support to Heartland Baptist Church, 829 W. Saint Joseph St, Perryville, MO 63775 designated for Rachel Kiefer. If you have questions feel free to contact the church office at (573) 547-8960.
This Sunday will be a special day at Heartland Baptist Church! The Pastor’s daughter Rachel has been called to be a missionary in the Country of Honduras, South America. She will be presenting that work and explaining her calling and mission in Adult Sunday School at 10 a.m. In addition, the Anner family, Missionaries who already serve in Honduras will be present to update us on their ministry in Honduras following Rachel’s presentation.
The morning service will start at 11 a.m. as usual with Pastor Jim Kiefer preaching from the book of Matthew, presenting another message from the “Kingdom of Heaven” series.
As the final Sunday of the month we will be having our traditional fellowship with a pot-lock lunch right after the morning service.
The day will close out after the afternoon service which will begin at 1:30 p.m. with Brother Seven Anner preaching.
We hope to see you there!
You may now download the sermon audio from the sermons page. To do so right-click on the title (those that are blue) and choose “Save Link as”. A window will then open allowing you to choose what folder to save the MP3 file to on your computer. From there you are free to move it to an MP3 player, phone, or other device.
I trust that God will bless you as you seek Him and learn of Him.
Pastor Jim Kiefer
Last Sunday evening I delivered a message to the congregation of Heartland Baptist Church that I believe is very important. The truth is God’s desire (will) for each person is good. He is not out to get us or seeking to condemn us, 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” And John 3:17 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
In the first chapter of Ephesians Paul shares that God’s will for us is good and that everything God allows or brings into our lives is good. It was God’s will that Paul become an apostle. God willed grace and peace to us, all blessings for us, and chose to allow us to come before Him blameless and in Love. God willed our adoption into the family of God and made us accepted. He chose to redeem and forgive us and cause his blessings to abound toward us. God willed that in the future (in the fullness of time) that we come before him to receive an inheritance. God’s will toward us is very good.
Listen to the full message and understand that there is only one thing that can cut off the goodness of God’s will your life.