Life and living is made up of relationships. The difference between looking at your life and saying, “I have a good life,” or “I have a rotten life,” is the difference of relationships. If you have good relations with people you will perceive your life as good, and if your relationship with people is rotten you will have the perception of a rotten life.
The Bible says, Proverbs 18:24a A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly… so… generally speaking, how you treat others will to a large extent determine whether you have a “good” or a “rotten” life.
Sure, just because you treat people the right way does not guarantee that they will treat you right, but, treating people rotten is almost a guarantee that they will not treat you good.
Over the next few months I will be sharing what the Bible says about how we should be “one-to-another” on Sunday evenings. Last Sunday’s sermon on Loving one another is currently available to listen to on our sermons page.
After several requests and a few years we are finally set up to accept on-line donations. The Donations page is set up to accept donations in $1 increments that will go directly into the bank account of Heartland Baptist Church.
It looks as though the weather will prevent us from having services on Jan 20. The road crews have a nearly impossible job ahead of them clearing the ice so we will be forced to cancel our services.
As an alternative to getting out on the slick road ways you can listen to one of the previously recorded sermons on our sermons page or you can go to www.fbtministries.org and watch their services live at 10 a.m. Eastern/9 a.m. Central time.
Here is a list of upcoming events and activities. If you have questions about an event call the church office. Remember to let it ring, someone will answer or you can leave a message.
Friday, Jan 25 at 6:30 P.M. – Women’s Meeting and fellowship
This will take place in the fellowship hall. A discussion of chapter three of “The Choice is Yours” by Terri Chappell.
Friday, Jan 25 at 6:30 P.M. – Men (and youth)
We will be cleaning up the church basement and setting it up for a youth activity happening in February.
Friday, Feb 15 at 6:30 P.M. – Couples Night – Free to all
This will be a catered event so please let the church office know if you and your spouse will be attending. Everyone is welcome whether you are a church members or not. There will be a nice meal, an encouraging challenge by George Smith, Some games and fun activities and some gifts.
Friday, Feb 15 at 6:30 P.M. – Youth Night – Free to all
While the couples are being encouraged and having fun the youth will be having an activity and pizza night. There will be games, prizes, and lots of fun. The Single Ladies will be supervising this activity.
Friday and Saturday, Feb 22, 23 – Branson Couples Retreat
We will be headed to Branson MO again this year to attend the Four State Couples Retreat hosted by United Baptist Church of Springfield MO. This activity does require you to sign up ahead of time. Sign up sheets are available in the church Foyer or you can go to the Retreat Web Site and sign up there. Several couples will be going a night early to spend time getting to know one another. We will enjoy a meal together Thursday evening. (Make sure pastor has your cell phone number if you want to be included in the meal and any activities they do together in Branson)
Sunday December 23
Bible Study for all ages: 10 A.M.
A.M. Worship Service: 11 A.M. – The Choir will open the service with special music followed by other special music. Pastor will present a message about God’s Gift for you.
P.M. Worship: 6 P.M. – The choir will again bring special music as will many other groups and individuals. A special message about the true meaning of Christmas will be presented in the form of a skit. There will be refreshments following the service in the Fellowship Hall.
Click here to download the special music from that evening.
Sunday December 30: Fellowship Sunday
Dr. S.M. Davis will join us to share some special messages throughout the day. Dr. Davis’ ministry of “Solving Family Problems” has made him a very desired speaking in our day of troubled homes. Come listen to him share practical Bible teaching and preaching that is sure to help you. He will also have tables set up to purchase all of his messages in DVD, MP4, and MP3 formats.
Bible Study – 10:00 A.M.
A.M. Worship – 11:00 A.M.
P.M. Worship – 1:30 P.M.
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.