Determination

“Then Paul answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’ And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, ‘Let the will of the

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Don’t Give Up

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We

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Survival

How fitting is today’s O.D.B. devotional for Northside, a church in its infancy!  There are times we cannot help but wonder whether the work will survive.  How fitting are the words of the hymn, “Day by Day:” Day by day, and with each passing moment, Strength I find to meet

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How human is Jesus? Can we really be like Him?

Jesus was fully human. Scripture shows the full and true humanity of Jesus. First, he was made flesh and lived among men (John 1:14). Second, he demonstrated human emotions (Matthew 8:10; 26:38; John 11:33-35; 12:27; Hebrews 5:7). Third, he demonstrated human body experiences such as being born (Luke 2:7); physical

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Does God reveal Himself to everyone?

Yes. I believe that God reveals Himself to everyone. First, God reveals Himself through creation. Psalms 19:1 says that “the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiworks.” Paul also made this clear in Romans 1:19-20 where he says, “For what can be known about God

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A Survey on Malachi

Malachi, which means “my messenger,” is the last book that closes the Old Testament canon. The book is classified by scholars as one of the post-exilic writings along with Haggai and Zechariah. However, among the post exilic writings, Malachi was probably written on a later date between Nehemiah’s return to

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Hello!

Hello! It’s been a while we have not posted some blogs in our website. But we are here; my wife and I have had our hands full lately. Especially, when you have a 3 year old, an infant and another “one” coming… hmm…. Yes, Lord willing this November 2013 Anna

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Nahum – “The LORD is our Stronghold”

In Psalm 62, David explains why he rested on GOD’s protection from his enemies. With GOD as his “rock”, “salvation”, “stronghold”, and “refuge” (Psalm 62:2, 6-8), David found comfort and confidence in GOD saying, “I shall not be greatly shaken” (Psalm 62:2, 6). Similar to the message of Psalm 62

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Jonah – “The Runaway Prophet of GOD”

Jonah is often identified with the big fish which swallowed him. For this reason, some assert that Jonah is a fictional character. However, 2 Kings 14:25 and Christ Himself (Matthew 12:39-41; 16:4; Luke 11:29-32) confirm the historicity of Jonah and his experience. The Biblical narrative begins with GOD commanding Jonah

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Obadiah—“Bad News for Edom”

How do you feel when you receive bad news? Anxious? Fearful? Uncomfortable? In the book of Obadiah, God’s prophet had the task not of receiving but of delivering bad news. Obadiah delivered a message Edom was not expecting to receive—the bad news of judgment and destruction from the LORD Himself.

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Amos – “Prepare To Meet Your GOD”

The world believes that power, wealth and intelligence is might. However, the Bible says that the Lord puts to shame the mighty, the powerful and the wise of this world as He accomplishes His plan. In fulfilling His will, He uses individuals who are insignificant and ordinary before the eyes

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God Makes Things Grow

When we arrived at the Community Center last Sunday to set up the room for worship, we found the doors locked.  It just so happened that we had 3 attendees visiting that day for the first time.  Thankfully, chairs were spotted just outside the Center and preaching from the book

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2012 GARBC Conference

We praise the LORD for the men and women who have labored to make the 2012 GARBC Conference possible. Tuesday evening of the Conference, Northside Harvest Baptist Church was received into the Association. Like the many who attended, we have been spiritually fed and encouraged. We were especially blessed by

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The Resurrection of Christ

The man most well known for the grievous trials he faced asked this question– “If a man dies, will he live again?” (Job 14:14 a). If answered from one’s own view or understanding, the response will vary (ranging from the belief in purgatory or rebirth or to the annihilation of

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Proverbs – “A Book on Wisdom”

If the book of Psalms reveals the religious side of humankind, Proverbs reveals another human aspect that separates us from the rest of creation–the desire for knowledge. Without a doubt, man thirsts for understanding. In fact, his pursuit of knowledge has brought him to a point where he has forgotten

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“The Story of Job’s Trials”

When one thinks upon life’s trials, pain or suffering, one cannot help but remember the book of Job. The book begins by giving a description of the man who is perhaps one of the most beloved characters in the Bible. Unbeknownst to this man, Job, God says to Satan, “Have you

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Esther–“A Queen Who Saved Her People”

Belief in “luck” or “chance” is seen even among Christians who make mention of “accidents” and “good or bad fortune.” Some may even be tempted to ascribe such beliefs on the events described in the book of Esther, especially because God’s name is not mentioned there. In reality, making no

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What is Baptism?

What Is Baptism?             Baptism is one of the ordinances that a biblical church observes (the other is the Lord’s Supper or Communion). Baptism is never taught in the Bible as essential for one to be saved or have eternal life. Salvation is always by grace through faith in Jesus

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Our 1st Baptism!

We praise the Lord for our first baptismal service held at Sunrise Valley Baptist Church, our sending church.  After Pastor Shaw preached on the meaning and significance of baptism, Pastor Sidney baptized Jimmy, Marlene and Jennifer, who were saved within a week of each other, respectively.  What a privilege we

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Nehemiah–A Leader and a Builder

  President’s Day, commemorated just this past Monday, is a special holiday dedicated to honoring our country’s leaders. As Christians, we are called to pray for those in authority, for this “is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and

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Ezra: “A Fresh Start”

Ezra—“A Fresh Start” As a result of sin, Israel and Judah were ravaged by the Assyrians and Babylonians, respectively. The people of God were scattered and Jerusalem was destroyed, including the Temple. Guilty of the sins of idolatry, spiritual adultery and moral corruption, the people of God received God’s righteous

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United Kingdom, Divided Home

“From a United to a Divided Kingdom” (A Study on 1 Kings) During David’s reign, the kingdom of Israel experienced its golden age.  Israel’s territory expanded as David conquered and subdued the surrounding nations. Without a doubt, David was a “success” as a king. Sadly, the same cannot be said

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What is Your Goal for 2012

Out of 3 New Year Resolutions from which to choose, a Yahoo survey indicated that 45% and 35% of those surveyed chose “losing weight” and “getting out of debt,” respectively, as their top priority. Surprisingly, only 20% chose “spending time with the family” as their number one resolution. Yahoo’s survey

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Stay Tuned!

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day have come and gone … and you may be wondering what has happened to our weekly blog.  My family and I have been adjusting to a new schedule, as my wife into labor 12/20 and delivered 12/22 to a baby girl!  Thank you for

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A “Ruth” in the making?

Sunday Worship Message in a Nutshell: “Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence” (Ruth 3:11, NASB). This outstanding commendation was given to Ruth the Moabite. This attention given to her character,

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Learning from the book of Judges

“…. and there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10). The book of Judges paints a sad picture of what happened to Israel after Joshua died. The generation that followed him and the elders who witnessed

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What is your Definition of Success?

After giving an overview of the book of Joshua, Pastor Sidney focused on chapter one. Two questions he posed remain in my mind: (1) “What is ‘success?'” and (2) “Who is your ‘God?'” Think about it: your definition of “success” can actually reveal who your “God” is.  For example, if

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Thanksgiving Love

In answer to a lawyer’s question concerning the greatest commandment in the Law, Jesus said, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR

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Only a Few Weeks To Live…

“What if you only had a few weeks to live? What would you do?” This was my opening question today, a question that created a moment of deep thought among the people. In the book of Deuteronomy, we find Moses, God’s great prophet, who knows of his impending death. After

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Faithfully Coming…

Have you ever prayed, “Thank you, Lord, for this food,” and then later complain about it? Have you ever praised God one day and then doubt Him the next? In the book of Numbers, we find the Israelites complain time and time again, doubting God and His promises, even though

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What makes Nov. 1st so special?

November 1st is a special day, and here’s Kathleen who will “tell” you all about it through song! During our worship today, Kathleen sat quietly (for a few minutes) on the first row, which was quite a feat for a toddler.  Three of the four families who regularly attend were

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Once upon a “Box”

Before I begin “Once upon a Box,” let me first give a brief glimpse into this morning’s message.  In a world that would have us believe that truth is a matter of opinion, the Word of God makes clear that absolute truth exists. In Exodus 20, God Himself spoke saying,

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“God Can Do Anything But Fail”

We were eating supper when our hearts were uplifted with our toddler’s rendition of “God can do anything.” Our little Kathleen has apparently learned the song from our worship service on Sundays!  Yesterday, we were 11 all in all. Before the service began, we passed out invitations to coffee drinkers

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“Going Public” Soon!

“Going Public?” What does this mean? You’ll just have to check back when this event finally takes place (very soon, Lord willing). In the Lord, despite the trials of life, we always have cause for rejoicing. Indeed, it is through the hardships that we have the awesome opportunity to see

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October Blessings

This first Sunday of October, we were blessed with the presence of dear friends we have not seen for some time, a Christian couple who continue to be an encouragement to us. We praise the Lord for a total attendance of 14 this morning, with families who have repeatedly blessed

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