GPBC is Celebrating the Family on Sunday July 30, 2017

Posted in E-News Alert, GPBC Events, Pastor's Notes

The theme for this meeting says it all! “You Belong!”

Here at GPBC we love you and your family! No matter who you are, or how large or small your family is, you are precious to God and GPBC!

Our special guests for this great day are Sam and Debbie Wood! They are the founders of Family Fortress Ministries, in Jamestown, Tennessee. The mission of Family Fortress Ministries is “to exhort families in all aspects of family life to passionately fear God and to live according to His Word, so that they will experience the abundance that God desires to bless them with.”

This meeting will help each of us to honestly examine our current relationships with God and family members by explaining God’s plan for the family through His Word. 

Every family must understand the fact that Jesus Christ is the foundation of the home and that families should take heed how they build upon that foundation.

These services promise to help each of us to grow our family to a higher plane of living before the next generation.

Every family should make plans to attend every service.  I also want to encourage you to invite other families and couples that you know who may not attend GPBC but are struggling or looking for a home church.

Remember on Sunday July 30, the place where “You Belong!” is here at GPBC!

Pastor Rick Adams

God bless you!

See you Sunday!

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Summer Is Nigh!

Posted in E-News Alert, GPBC Events, Pastor's Notes

In Matthew 24:32 Jesus said, “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:”

Some have taught, incorrectly, that Jesus is saying that the seasons are indistinguishable except by the budding of trees! No, what Jesus is actually teaching is when a fig tree’s branch has become tender and puts forth leaves, we know “that summer is nigh.”

He is simply using the budding of the fig tree to illustrate the truth about His second coming.

When spring comes and the trees put out new leaves, we know that summer is not far off!

In the same way, we will know Christ’s return is near when we see the events that He mentions earlier in the chapter begin to occur.

In the day that we live, it is evident that Christ’s return in nearer than most believe!

The wars, earthquakes and of course the budding nation of Israel all speak of that wonderful day when Christ returns!

Matt 24:33 provides the key to His parable: “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.”

However, Jesus warns that we will only know the approximate time of His return, that is, that it is close. He says in verse 36: ” But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

I believe that time is quickly approaching, but we have no idea how soon it will be.

Let each of us heed Christ’s instruction in Matthew 24:44, Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

The best approach for Christians is found in Paul’s admonition to the Romans in Rom 13:11-14, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

If we live as if Christ could come today, we will always be striving to be prepared for it.

Yes, thank God, “Summer is nigh!”

Pastor Rick Adams

See you Sunday!

Preacher

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Camp Northwest and GPBC Activity Permission Slip

Posted in Camp Northwest, GPBC Events, Greg Adams, Youth

CAMP NORTHWEST REGISTRATION:

 

August 7-12 – Senior Week (6th-12th Grades)

Registration Cost for Camp is $220/Camper

Early Registration Cost for Camp is $210/Camper (by June 5 for Junior Camp and July 17 for Senior Camp)

Late Registration Cost for Camp is $230/Camper (after July 5 for Junior Camp and August 2 for Senior Camp)

A $50 non-refundable down payment must be paid for each registered camper to hold their spot.  

DOWNLOAD the 2017 Camp Northwest Brochure

 

HOW TO REGISTER FOR CAMP

1. Complete the ONLINE REGISTRATION form for Camp Northwest.

2. Pay the Registration Fee or $50 Non-Refundable Down Payment to Greater Portland Baptist Church. (IMPORTANT NOTE: Please include an additional $15 to your total camp fees which is used by GPBC to cover the costs of transportation and food on the way home from camp.)   (Fees may be paid with a check or through the church website or mobile app.  Select “Activity Fees” under Fund, then on the memo line, please indicate “Camp Northwest for [name of youth attending].”)

3. Download and print the GPBC Permission Slip.  Please complete the form and turn in the completed form to Pastor Scott McFeters or Pastor Greg Adams.

 

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“Being Dead Yet Speaketh!”

Posted in E-News Alert, GPBC Events, Pastor's Notes

In Hebrews 11:4 we are told that “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”

On January 26, 1949 one of the most godly influences in Washington DC, Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall, died and went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Sixty-eight years later, his voice still resonates not only of the freedom that we enjoy but also of the responsibilities that we have as a nation.

Peter Marshall was asked to preach the 1938 Christmas sermon to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family. After World War II ended and as the Korean War began, the U.S. Senate appointed Peter Marshall to be their chaplain on Jan. 4, 1947.

It was the end of two World Wars and most hoped finally peace was on the horizon. However, the war clouds of Korea and Vietnam were gathering. With a broken heart and humility he prayed: “O Lord our God, even at this moment as we come blundering into Thy presence in prayer, we are haunted by memories of duties unperformed, promptings disobeyed, and beckonings ignored. Opportunities to be kind knocked on the door of our hearts and went weeping away.”

Later on Jan. 13, 1947, Chaplain Marshall stated: “The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration.” He said, “I am rather tired of hearing about our rights. … The time is come to hear about responsibilities. … America’s future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God’s government.”

On May 22, 1947, during the 80th Congress, U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall offered the prayer: “God of our fathers, give unto us, thy servants, a true appreciation of our heritage, of great men and great deeds in the past, but let us not be intimidated by feelings of our own inadequacies for this troubled hour. Remind us that the God they worshiped, and by whose help they laid the foundations of our Nation, is still able to help us uphold what they bequeathed and give it meaning.”

On July 3, 1947, the day before Independence Day, U.S. Chaplain Marshall prayed: “God of our Fathers, whose Almighty hand hath made and preserved our Nation, grant that our people may understand what it is they celebrate tomorrow. May they remember how bitterly our freedom was won, the down payment that was made for it, the installments that have been made since this Republic was born, and the price that must be paid for our liberty. … May freedom be seen not as the right to do as we please but as the opportunity to please to do what is right. May it be ever understood that our liberty is under God and can be found nowhere else. May our faith be something that is not merely stamped upon our coins, but expressed in our lives. Let us, as a nation, be not afraid of standing alone for the rights of men, since we were born that way, as the only nation on earth that came into being ‘for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith. …’”

Peter Marshall concluded: “We know that we shall be true to the Pilgrim dream when we are true to the God they worshiped. To the extent that America honors Thee, wilt Thou bless America, and keep her true as Thou hast kept her free, and make her good as Thou hast made her rich. Amen.”

As we prepare for the celebration of our nation’s 241st Birthday let us return to our God, and may we listen to those voices “being dead, yet speaketh!”

Pastor Rick Adams

God Bless!

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