College and Singles Weekly Update: November 23rd- 30th

Sunday Night Worship:

Worship services on Sunday Nights at 6:00 pm.

Join us this fall for worship and the word.

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

The Men will be going through a men’s leadership study on how to be a Godly leader in a four-part series. This study is designed to help men grow in their ability to be Godly leaders in the church, their work/school, their families/relationships/friendships, and in the community. 

The next men’s group will meet on December 5th. 

Location: Going shooting- text Philip to reserve your spot!!

Contact Pastor Philip if you have any questions: pbrown@naobc.org

 

The women will be going through a study on Hospitality. This study by Carolyn Lacy is designed for the ordinary person and gives 7 ways to “welcome like Jesus”. The book called Extroidianry Hospitality can be purchased at Amazon here.

Location: Jenna’s house (check GroupMe for address)

Time: 6:30

Contact Melanie Cox if you have any questions:  melc14@hotmail.com

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

Serving During the Break:

Well, College Night was a hit! What a great time of fellowship we enjoyed coming out of the Covid shutdown. Now it is time to do something that many of you have desired to do while on break and even next semester. You want to serve!!

The college group will be doing some service projects during the winter break.

We are planning to do these every other week till we start back Wednesday nights at the end of January. Our plan is to do 2 service projects that are around the church and then do 2 projects that serve the community. We are also looking to partner with some other BFGs. Times and dates for the other 3 are going to be posted soon. 

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Philip Brown, our college and singles Pastor.

A Thanksgiving Message:

Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is here.  For you students who have been so focused on finishing up papers and preparing for finals, you can take a breather. And for most of us who take a breather from school and or work at least a day or two this week, let us be sure to not take a breather from our walk with Christ. Just like retirement doesn’t mean we stop being a good believer, we don’t stop believing and serving our savior during our “time off”.   

My family will fight to keep our devotions and personal quiet times strong around vacation from school for the kids and a week-long vacation for all of us in South Carolina. We have just made a transition from the book of Philippians to the book of Psalms. We went there this week due to how much we see thankfulness embedded into the heartbeat of the book. The perfect chapter for us to start in is Psalm 136. Here we see the phrase “His steadfast love endures forever” repeated. The bookends of this Psalm has another phrase, “Give thanks to the Lord.”

If you have time to share with your family or friends on Thursday, here is a good place to get a kickstart of what we should be thankful for to God. 

Verse 1 reminds us that no matter what, God is good. Then in the next few verses, we are reminded He is the Lord of lords and God of gods.  The end of the chapter in verse 26 caps the book by saying he is the God of heaven. If you just see these 4 verses as what David is thankful for, you miss that the other 22 are also things about God we should be thankful for.   

These verses really tell the history of God’s provision to His people and affirm the truth that is repeated, “His love endures forever”.

This is a good example for us. Maybe this can be a jumpstart for us to be more thankful. We too can take time to list what God has done for us to this point in our lives in some one-liners and then stating “his love endures forever”. I have attempted to do one for myself as an example for you and those you might share this with around your thanksgiving table on Thursday:

He has given me health and life

His steadfast love endures forever

He has given me salvation from my sins 

His steadfast love endures forever

He guides me to shepherd by his spirit and word

His steadfast love endures forever

My wife and children give me joy and encourage my heart

His steadfast love endures forever

Give thanks to the Lord

For His steadfast love endures forever

 

Have a great Thanksgiving

Pastor Philip

College and Singles Weekly Update: November 17th-24th

Sunday Night Worship:

Worship services on Sunday Nights at 6:00 pm.

Join us this fall for worship and the word.

Building Community Night this Sunday following our evening service!! We will also participate in the Lord’s Supper during the evening service. Pastor Philip will be preaching.

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

The Men will be starting a men’s leadership study on how to be a Godly leader in a four-part series starting on Nov 15. This study is designed to help men grow in their ability to be Godly leaders in the church, their work/school, their families/relationships/friendships, and in the community. 

Location: Philip Brown’s house

Time: 6  

Contact Pastor Philip if you have any questions: pbrown@naobc.org

 

The women will be starting a study on Hospitality on Nov. 18. This study by Carolyn Lacy is designed for the ordinary person and gives 7 ways to “welcome like Jesus”. The book called Extroidianry Hospitality can be purchased at Amazon here.

Location: Abigail Johnson’s Apartment – 1848 Frankfort Ave.

Time: 6:30

Contact Melanie Cox if you have any questions:  melc14@hotmail.com

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

Serving During the Break:

Well, College Night was a hit! What a great time of fellowship we enjoyed coming out of the Covid shutdown. Now it is time to do something that many of you have desired to do while on break and even next semester. You want to serve!!

The college group will be doing some service projects during the winter break.

Our first service project is TONIGHT (Nov 17th).

Location: At church

Time: 6:30 PM

We are planning to do these every other week till we start back Wednesday nights at the end of January. Our plan is to do 2 service projects that are around the church and then do 2 projects that serve the community. We are also looking to partner with some other BFGs. Times and dates for the other 3 are going to be posted soon. 

Our Week in the Word segment this week is a repeat from many months ago. Dr. Howell, one of the college BFG leaders wrote this timely message that is good to be reminded of in seasons of disappointment or frustration.

Psalm 112

Psalm 112 is an excellent example of a wisdom psalm. It begins with the concept of blessedness (cf. Ps 1), fear of the Lord (cf. Prov 1:7; 9:10), and delighting in God’s commandments (cf. Ps 1 again). Verses 2-5 describe this wise person as mighty, upright, and prosperous (though not in a prosperity gospel kind of way). Verses 6-9 provide the ground for why the wise person is this way; “for…his heart is firm (v. 7b)…his heart is steady (v. 8a). Finally, verse 10 describes the wicked who will ultimately perish, a common theme in Proverbs and other related wisdom literature.

 As we consider this overall concept of “wisdom,” I want to focus on Psalm 112:7 this week; “He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.”

Many of us shudder at the thought of bad news. We don’t want to hear that things are not going well or that some kind of difficulty has just been announced. It seems in our world today that everywhere we turn, we are getting bad news. We have largely become a pessimistic society that loves to dwell in the mire of bad news. 

Psalm 112:7 teaches us that the blessed person, i.e. the person who flourishes in this harsh world, is not afraid of bad news.

It’s not that this wise person is oblivious to it or just ignores it. No, the wise person takes bad news into account, considers it, and then lives in light of it. However, this wise person is not afraid of it. Why? The next line answers this question; “his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” I would argue that the logic of this verse goes like this: The blessed/wise person is not afraid of bad news because his heart is firm by trusting in the Lord. In other words, the wise person shores up his or her confidence in the power of God such that no bad news can derail the firmness of his or her heart. “A mighty fortress is our God; a bulwark never failing!!!”

Indeed, bad news comes to us all, but the wise/blessed person has no need to fear because our God is a great King who gives strength to his people to endure every hardship. This kind of confidence in the power of God through Christ will give us firm hearts such that when bad news comes, we can rest securely in the arms of our Father rather than spiraling into despair.

As you walk your daily life this week, dwell on the goodness and kindness of God to you in Christ Jesus such that your confidence in his power to save bolsters your spiritual vitality.

Do not fear the bad news; rather, receive it in the confidence of a firm heart, trusting in the Lord.

College and Singles Weekly Update: November 10th-17th

Sunday Night Worship:

Worship services on Sunday Nights at 6:00 pm.

Join us this fall for worship and the word.

Our next Building Community Nights will be November 21 and December 12.

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

The Men will be starting a men’s leadership study on how to be a Godly leader in a four-part series starting on Nov 15. This study is designed to help men grow in their ability to be Godly leaders in the church, their work/school, their families/relationships/friendships, and in the community. 

Location: Philip Brown’s house

Time: 6  

Contact Pastor Philip if you have any questions: pbrown@naobc.org

 

The women will be starting a study on Hospitality on Nov. 18. This study by Carolyn Lacy is designed for the ordinary person and gives 7 ways to “welcome like Jesus”. The book called Extroidianry Hospitality can be purchased at Amazon here.

Location: Abigail Johnson’s Apartment – 1848 Frankfort Ave.

Time: 6:30

Contact Melanie Cox if you have any questions:  melc14@hotmail.com

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

Serving During the Break:

Well, College Night was a hit! What a great time of fellowship we enjoyed coming out of the Covid shutdown. Now it is time to do something that many of you have desired to do while on break and even next semester. You want to serve!!

So, the college group will be doing some service projects during the winter break. We will be starting the first one on Nov 17th at the church at 6:30 pm. We are planning to do these every other week till we start back Wednesday nights at the end of January.

Our plan is to do 2 service projects that are around the church and then do 2 projects that serve the community. We are also looking to partner with some other BFGs.  Times and dates for the other 3 are going to be posted soon. 

Our Week in the Word segment this week is a repeat from many months ago. It is easy to get caught up in school, work, getting ready for the holidays…so much so that we get burnt out. We forget that God is all we need and sometimes we even lose sight of the fact that God loves us. We feel the need to toughen up, keep pushing through, and take care of ourselves…this couldn’t be further from the truth! Our Heavenly Father cares for us!!

Timothy Babatunde wrote this piece for our blog back in April, be reminded and encouraged again by this truth:

Consider the Lilies

As a new interest, I have gone around taking pictures of flowers and identifying them by name through an application. So far in my unprofessional floral explorations, Cinnamon Rose and Begonias are the most popular around Louisville. It is unmistakable that the detailed fabric structures and pigments of the blossoms reveal a microcosm of the excellence of God’s beauty in creation. The multifaceted colors of some flowers are simply mesmerizing.

But why did God create flowers with such intricate pure beauty? I ask myself. He could have chosen to not make the Peonies, Petunias, Roses, Buzzy Lizzies, and Lilies, to name a few, as beautiful as they are. Truly, man wouldn’t have known it at all, if God chose to not make flowers as aesthetically pleasing as they are. Why did the Lord God, in His inscrutable wisdom, put so much detail into flower plants to make them grow to display such a beatific sight?

I believe Jesus Christ answered these questions in his words to the disciples. In Luke 12:27-28 Jesus said to them, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!”

Aha! That’s it! We can infer from Christ’s words, that God created and caused flowers to grow with such pure beauty as a signpost, with an inscription, “TRUST THAT I CARE SO MUCH MORE ABOUT YOU, MY CHILDREN!” Beloveds, God’s love for us is true, real, and unending! He cares for us so much more than we can ever conjure. He created flowers of the field beautiful, for our enjoyment of them in him. Therefore, in dire situations and frustrations of our daily lives, in all forms of worries and anxieties that the days might bring, in rejection and perplexing feelings of being unloved, let us pause to ponder and consider the lilies of the field and let them remind all of us of God’s promises that we belong to him.

He loves us. He is near us. He is taking care of us. Brethren, let us trust him and take him at his words. We can join the psalmist in saying, “This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life” (c.f. Ps. 119:50). If he lavishes his care upon his creation, how much more will he lavish his unending love on his children as he promised.

College and Singles Weekly Update: November 3rd-10th

FALLVEMBER!!

Join us this Saturday, November 6th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm for our annual College and Singles Bonfire/Fall Event. 

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS NIGHT!!!!

There will be Hayrides, Cornhole, and other yard games played around the light of the fire. We will cook hotdogs on the fire and have s’mores for dessert.

If you would like to help bring some of the items for the event. Please click on the link here!  

Sunday Night Worship:

Worship services on Sunday Night will begin November 7 at 6:00 pm.

Join us this fall for worship and the word.

We’ll also enjoy Building Community Nights on November 7, November 21, and December 12. Our first BCN is a Chili Cook-off! Do you have the best chili recipe? Let’s find out!

 Register here to participate and bring your best chili on November 7.

SINGLES GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) Sunday Morning 10:30 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM

The Men will be starting a men’s leadership study on how to be a Godly leader in a four-part series starting on Nov 15. This study is designed to help men grow in their ability to be Godly leaders in the church, their work/school, their families/relationships/friendships, and in the community.   

Contact Pastor Philip if you have any questions: pbrown@naobc.org

The women will be starting a study on Hospitality on Nov. 18. This study by Carolyn Lacy is designed for the ordinary person and gives 7 ways to “welcome like Jesus”. The book called Extroidianry Hospitality can be purchased at Amazon here.

Contact Melanie Cox if you have any questions:  melc14@hotmail.com

COLLEGE GROUP:

  • BFG (Bible Fellowship Groups) Sunday Morning 9:00 AM, RM 202
  • Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

Serving During the Break:

Well, College Night was a hit! What a great time of fellowship we enjoyed coming out of the Covid shutdown. Now it is time to do something that many of you have desired to do while on break and even next semester. You want to serve!!

So, the college group will be doing some service projects during the winter break. We will be starting the first one on Nov 17th at the church at 6:30 pm. We are planning to do these every other week till we start back Wednesday nights at the end of January.

Our plan is to do 2 service projects that are around the church and then do 2 projects that serve the community. We are also looking to partner with some other BFGs.  Times and dates for the other 3 are going to be posted soon. 

Our Week in the Word segment this week comes from Philip Brown, our College and Singles Pastor.

Thankfulness with No “buts”

Well, it is almost Thanksgiving, but many of you have already started listening to Christmas music. Now I know that I have already offended many of you, including my wife and kids but I am going to challenge us all to be extra Thankful this year. (You can still listen to your Christmas music before Thanksgiving and decorate your house, dorm, or apartment early)  

Well, my challenge starts with us saying we like Thanksgiving but being able to prove we like it for the right reasons. I, for many years, as a college student, would love Thanksgiving because it meant I got to eat my favorite food till I was gorged. But I also missed out on the things that I took for granted.  Things and people that God had put in my life. I also just made it one day. I don’t know if you ever thought about getting in the Thanksgiving spirit but I think we should give it a try.

For the past few years, our family has made a Thanksgiving pumpkin. We use a big pumpkin and write what we are thankful to God for each day of Nov till Thanksgiving day. What is amazing is how hard it can be to list things on the 4th or 5th day. It is a reminder of how unthankful I can be. It also shows how critical I can be as well.   

One of the things my family decided to do this year was to read in Philippians leading up to Thanksgiving. In Philippians 2:13 Paul reminds the church of Philippi to do everything without grumbling or complaining. I’ve realized much like an apology that has a caveat at the end, my thankfulness with a but to follow doesn’t carry much weight. I find myself even saying to God that I am thankful for my kids…but they complain too much! I don’t know about you but my challenge this year is to be thankful but leave out the conjunction at the end.  

So, I am thankful for Ninth and O’s college and singles ministry….but…..oops! Love you all and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Pastor Philp