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Hope is On the Horizon 2/23/16

Good morning,

I’m sending this out on Tuesday, a day early, to make sure that you have a little warning.  I want to talk to you about Hope Harbor/Puerto Esperanza.  I’ll begin with a little background.

In 2011, the year before the Little Bear Fire, we began to seek God for His direction for the future concerning a project so big ONLY God could do it.  Out of a lot of discussion and conversation came the concept of Hope Harbor/Puerto Esperanza.  We originally called it Puerto Esperanza, which translates to Hope Harbor, but were given some good advice that if we really wanted to catch people’s attention, Hope Harbor was clearly easier to understand.

Hope Harbor will be a Transitional Home for women coming out of Domestic Violence Shelters and for young men and women transitioning out of Foster Care.  The home will be a place where they can live for 2-3 years while getting an education and job skills to be able to provide for themselves and their family, instead of simply a minimum wage job with no job skills.  A lot of work has gone into this project over the last almost 5 years and while the going has seemed slow we want to be sure and do this the right way.  We still believe that God is directing this project and it is a ministry that is only going to happen if He provides what is needed.

You are going to be hearing a lot more about this in the coming weeks and months and one of the things that you are going to hear about is that we are looking for people who are willing to volunteer and get involved.  There will be numerous opportunities for anyone who has interest to get involved and this can become an amazing way to touch a real need in our world today.

Over the next couple of weeks we will have two opportunities to learn more.  We would love to answer questions, share the dream and talk to as many as we can about Hope Harbor to begin to get the word out.

Along that line we are going to have an informational meeting this Wednesday, tomorrow evening February 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the church in the room next to the nursery.  Lorna Fike who is a part of the Board of Directors will be heading up these meetings.  Come and get something to eat at 5 and then join Lorna and others to learn more.

The second meeting will be on Sunday March 6th immediately following the early worship service, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the gym.  We’re hoping that those who might be interested from our Sunday services will perhaps find this time convenient.

These meetings are open to everyone and we hope to have you there!  If you have more questions contact the church office and we’ll be happy to answer those questions.



  Upcoming Activities

Wednesday February 24 – We have our dinner tonight at 5:00 and then we will have our regular Wednesday evening activities.  Also we will have the informational meeting concerning Hope Harbor at 6:00 p.m. in the Sunday school room located next to the nursery.  Hope to see you here!

Friday February 26 and Saturday February 27 – Feed My Starving Children Mobil Pack at First Baptist Church in Ruidoso.  You can go onto the website www.fmsc.org and sign up for a time to go and pack.  If you can’t find an opening but you still would like to go, we’ve been told you can simply show up and they will find a place for you to be used.  I hope you’ll do that!

Saturday February 27 – First Baptist Church Ruidoso had to cancel the Seder Meal they had planned for this Saturday.

PRAYER NEEDS – Mike Rankin has been in the hospital in Roswell the last couple of days due to a very low oxygen count in his blood.  The doctors have determined that Mike’s heart is strong and that he is most likely dealing with sleep apnea which is treatable.  He is also dealing with some blood sugar issues and we need to continue to pray for him.

Please be in prayer for Hank LaPointe – Hank was placed on hospice yesterday.  Please also be in prayer for his wife Nancy and also for her parents as well.  This is a time for the body of Christ to support and love this family through prayer and words of love.

They Will Know 2/17/16

Good morning,

There was a popular song that we sang in youth groups and churches in the 60’s and 70’s “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord; we are one in the Spirit we are one in the Lord . . .” and then there were other verses that went with that as well, but it is the last line of each verse that strikes me this morning . . . “and they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”  (Some of you are already humming that tune in your minds . . . some of you are singing it out loud!  J)

The idea of those words is taken from a verse in John 13, verse 35 when Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  Now when we see a verse we always ought to look at and be aware of the context of the verses around it; what was going on when this was said . . . who is speaking and to whom are they speaking . . . why was this said in this context?  So, what is the context of these words?

First, Jesus is with His disciples.  He has just finished the celebration of Passover, He has washed their feet and talked to them about what it means to be a part of this team and in the middle of all of that Judas slips out to go and betray Jesus.  After that takes place Jesus talks about what is coming and the fact that He is about to not be with them for much longer.  Then He says, “A new command I give you; Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  CONTEXT!  Then, (please don’t miss this), then He tells Peter that Peter is going to deny that he even knows Him before the night is over!

Ok, Passover, washing feet, being a part of the team, Judas slips out (and Jesus knew why he was slipping out), “I’m going where you can’t . . . and, oh, by the way, you must love each other like I love you.  And be aware that everyone in the world is going to be able to tell that you are on my team because of the way that you love one another.  Oh, and Peter, you’re going to deny that you even know me!”  “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes they’ll know we are Christian’s by our love!”

Now please get this, they’ll know we are Christians by our love for one another!  I made a statement on Sunday in our combined worship service, “There is no such thing as a selfish Christian.”  Well, here’s another . . . “There’s no such thing as a Christian who can’t stand to be around other Christians – who doesn’t love other Christians.”  Talk about a simple concept, love starts here in the body.  Now it doesn’t end here, but according to Jesus, this is where it starts.  Does that mean we never have any differences of opinion?  No.  Does it mean that we are going to always agree about everything?  No.  Does it mean that we are never going to get frustrated with fellow believers?  No.  Does it mean that we are always going to love one another?  Y.E.S.!!!!!!!  I don’t see any other option here.  Just sayin’ . . .  And for those of you who are inevitably going to say (oh, not out loud, but you’re going to say it in your mind), “Well, you don’t know what they did to me!”  I would say to you, have they slipped out of the worship service to go and take money to betray you to be killed yet?  Judas did that to Jesus and I’m convinced that if Judas would have come back and asked for forgiveness, Jesus would have given it and there would have been absolutely, positively NO hesitation to love him!



  Upcoming Activities

Wednesday February 3 – We have our dinner tonight at 5:00 and then we will have our regular Wednesday evening activities.  Hope to see you here!

Friday February 26 and Saturday February 27 – Feed My Starving Children Mobil Pack at First Baptist Church in Ruidoso.  You can go onto the website www.fmsc.org and sign up for a time to go and pack.  If you can’t find an opening but you still would like to go, we’ve been told you can simply show up and they will find a place for you to be used.  I hope you’ll do that!

Saturday February 27 – First Baptist Church Ruidoso is hosting a Seder Meal, led by Jim Fox from Chosen People Ministries.  The Seder begins at 4:00 p.m. and all Christians throughout Lincoln County are invited to be part of this special time.  If you are interested in going we NEED to know TODAY so that we can make reservations with FBC.  Please call the church office TODAY, 575 336-8032, and let us know so we can let them. Know!

PRAYER NEEDS – Mike Magill has liver disease and the medicines he’s been taking have not been working.  The doctors have looked at a new medication/treatment that has just come out but is extremely expensive.  They have contacted the Insurance Company to see if they would cover it and the Insurance Company has denied it.  Please pray for Mike and Laci as they seek God for direction – God HAS the answer that they need, whatever it is, and we need to pray that they find it.



Words 2/3/16

Good morning,

I am struck by the power of words.  We know that words can impact us in so many ways but let me just point out two verses from the Bible, one in the Old Testament and one in the New Testament, that remind us of the incredible power of words.

“The tongue has the power of life and death . . .” Proverbs 18:21.
“They overcame him [the accuser of the brothers] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony . . .” Revelation 12:11.

I cannot confirm this statistic, but I heard it from someone this morning that has done some research on it.  The statistic quoted said that each day there are 190,000 messages that ISIS puts on the internet in order to recruit men and women into their agenda.  Now that seems like an incredible amount of messages, but I want you to think about this.  If that number were only 190 messages a day, do you realize that the total of that is 69,350 message a year.  If the statistic is correct then that number is 69,350,000 per year!  In a day when social media is exploding exponentially around the world both of those numbers are staggering.  And we know that some of those messages have an effect on young men and women right here in the United States.  I have read stories of young women, not reared in Muslim homes but reared here in the United States who leave family, security and everything to go to the Middle East and join their ranks.  And the reason that I mention women is because the way that women are treated in that culture is basically as objects.  In a nation and culture where women’s rights are being trumpeted everywhere, why are young women willingly putting themselves into those situations?  The answer, I believe, lies in the power of words.

The Bible is very clear about the power of words and we see it every day.  But if you will just focus on the two verses that I’ve quoted above for a few minutes I’d like to challenge us to recognize that we too have power that God can use exponentially if we will let Him.

I am one person, but what am I posting on social media, in emails or notes or letters, what am I saying to people that I speak to every day?  What I’m asking you is, how do you use words?  Sadly, too many times Christians use their words on social media or in other forms to put down other Christians who don’t agree with them.  We take the opportunity to make fun of, ridicule or viciously undermine what other Christians believe that is different from us.  And it isn’t just differences in theology, but differences in culture, politics, music, even age related differences.

If it is true, and I believe that it is 100% true that there is the “power of life and death in the tongue” then I want to challenge you for the next week, then for the next month, then for the next year and ultimately always to use your power to lift up Christ.  SURE there are problems in the church today; of course there are people who have different opinions and beliefs than you do; and of course there are those who are radical in their beliefs in wrong ways; but instead of pummeling them with your words, what if, instead, we choose to speak life?  What if, instead, we choose to talk about what Christ can do in your life?  What if, instead of pointing out why “they” are wrong and “you” are right, we simply disregarded what “they” are saying and we instead choose to speak about what God in doing in a positive way in your life?  Why if we would do that then it seems to me that we could “overcome the accuser.”  (Can I just say that when we “prove” others wrong we seldom if EVER convince them or for that matter ANYONE over to our side; all we are doing is saying that what we believe is more important, more right and that everyone who disagrees with us is wrong.  I don’t know of ANYONE, EVER, who has argued someone into the Kingdom of God and it MOST certainly doesn’t happen on Face Book, Twitter or any other forms of social media.)

Words are powerful.  Use yours to lift up Christ rather than putting someone else down.  We’ll explore this much more in depth this Sunday!



Upcoming Activities


Wednesday February 3 – We have our dinner tonight at 5:00 and then the adults and teens will come together to engage one another and encourage one another!  Seems to me like this might be an EXCELLENT opportunity for us to use our words for good!  Hope to see you here!


Friday February 5 – First Baptist Church Ruidoso is hosting a “Turn Hunger Into Hope” evening of fun, games, great food and fellowship to benefit the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack that will take place at the end of February.  This event takes place Friday evening from 5:30 until 9:00 p.m.  Why not take some time to go out and be with fellow believers and support a great cause!


Sunday February 7 – This coming Sunday we are coming together to celebrate what God wants to do in us.  We are going to be beginning our journey toward Resurrection in both the 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. services and our Hispanic Congregation will meet at 1:00 p.m.  You don’t want to miss this amazing day!




PRAYER NEEDS – Angie Fowler, Charlotta Stewart’s niece, is undergoing surgery this morning to amputate more of her leg.  Please pray specifically that the doctors will be able to get rid of ALL of the infection!

Keith Robert’s mom passed away yesterday.  Please keep this family in your prayers.

Isaiah Heltzel is in the hospital with pneumonia and RSV.  Please pray for this little guy for God’s healing on his body.