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Thanksgiving
Nov 24, 2021
Thanksgiving, the holiday, is almost here. Hopefully, thanksgiving, the attitude of gratitude in our hearts and minds, is with us every day of the year. There are approximately 138 references in the scriptures concerning giving thanks and being thankful. Almost every verse directs our thanksgiving to God or Christ Jesus our Lord. We have so much for which to be thankful. First and foremost for Christians is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and His salvation for those who believe. Romans 7:25 tells us “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord,” and 1 Corinthians 15:57 says “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 
 
We are quick to add to our gratitude list family, jobs, home, food, freedom, relationships, church, health, and so many other people, things and situations. Feeling and expressing thankfulness is easy when our circumstances are positive and full of joy. However, how often do we thank God when life is full of trouble, heartache, grief and pain? Do we stop to consider that our burdens sometimes may be blessings in disguise? How often do we thank God for unanswered prayers or prayers that are answered in ways much differently than we had hoped? 
 
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul exhorts us to “give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Please note that he says IN everything, not FOR everything. The Hebrew word for IN used here means “in the middle of” or “during.” Some things we can thank God for, regardless of our circumstances are:
 
God’s goodness and His love that lasts forever. “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever 1 Chronicles 16:34
 
God’s amazing grace. 
  • It saves. “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
  • It sustains. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9.
  • It strengthens. “And the God of all grace who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10
God’s unconditional love. “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind.” Psalm 107:8
 
Other believers who encourage and support us. “I thank my God every time I remember you”. Philippians 1:3
 
I pray that each of you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, has a happy and blessed Thanksgiving all year long!
 
 
Becky Daugherty

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Retirement???
Nov 17, 2021
Retirement ???
 
As I look ahead to retiring in a few weeks, I have a lot of mixed emotions. I have had many moments to reflect on the past 35 years of my life, and I can vividly remember the day I visited Woodmont Baptist Church. Somehow, I knew that I was where I was supposed to be. Peace was what I needed…. peace was what I experienced that day. This was when my journey towards spiritual growth began. I found out gradually that God had a plan for my life that I had never thought possible. As I walked through hurt and shame from a sad divorce, I found a support system...people who accepted me and a church family whom I grew to love dearly.
 
God was …and is… so merciful and kind, and He loves me in spite of my failures. He even called me to serve Him in a ministry that was such a blessing to me as a Single Mom. I found out that He uses us even though we aren’t perfect. He also uses those hard things we go through by allowing us to help others who are going through the same thing. Second Corinthians 1:3 tells us how the Father of compassion and all comfort comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others with the comfort we have received from God.
 
Now, the devil will tell you that God could never use you with your past failures. The devil would try to make you believe that you are weak and will never overcome that stronghold in your life. However, the devil is a liar, and he doesn’t want you to understand that we are new creatures in Christ Jesus. We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. We can’t even imagine how wonderfully God can redeem a life.
 
After almost 27 years of ministry at Woodmont, I am so grateful to the Lord for redeeming my life. I will definitely miss working with the wonderful Single Adults at Woodmont. We have had amazing times together on trips and many other exciting times of ministry. I have been so blessed to be a part of this ministry.
I hope the Lord continues to use me in this next season of my life. I keep reminding myself that God uses old people in the Bible to do big things…so maybe He has something for me to do in this next season of my life. I’m listening, Lord.
 
Love and blessings,
 
Belinda

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The Road Back from Nowhere
Nov 03, 2021
The Road Back from Nowhere
 
My latest writing project is a book with the working title, “The Road Back from Nowhere.” None of us ever intend to get to Nowhere, but unfortunately, many have found themselves there before. And for some, it is often. You can find yourself in Nowhere and still be in the middle of your everyday routine.
 
It is similar to a sailing term known as the “doldrums”. Occasionally, a sail boat will hit a patch of water where the winds just stop blowing. Without wind in the sails, there is no way for the vessel to continue on the journey. It can last a short time, or in some cases, a very long time. Those onboard the boat have no recourse except to wait it out. Hopefully, they have enough supplies of food and fresh drinking water to make it.
 
As Christians, we have a clear directive from scripture, given to us by our Creator, as to how to escape the drifting in the doldrums, or how to navigate our way home from Nowhere. It’s called prayer. It’s the lifeline we have, 24/7, to reconnect to the very One who gives us life.
 
The parable Jesus shared that has become known as “The Prodigal Son,” even though Jesus never called it that, gives us some clear insight as to what we need to do if, or when, we find ourselves in Nowhere: return back home to Father!
 
One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite groups from the ‘70s and ‘80s speaks to this very thing. TRUTH used to sing a song called, “All the Way Home”, written by Bill and Gloria Gaither. Read the lyrics below and then listen to the song. I hope, like the prodigal, we find ourselves heading back toward home. Father is always waiting.
 
Blessings!
 
Dudley Harris
 
All the Way Home
 
My rebellion I called freedom took my birthright in its hand
And I woke up in the pigpen of a distant alien land.
But I saw myself this morning, dared to see what God can see,
And admit I’m lost and lonely, so tomorrow, tomorrow I will be
 
On the road back home to Father, I’ll not stop along the way;
I was born for higher purpose. I’ll not waste another day.
Won’t be camping on the border just inside of what I’ve known;
It is all the way or nothing, all the way back home!
 
Never been a halfway person, all or nothing is for me;
When my footsteps lost direction. I was lost as lost could be.
But at last I’ve learned my lesson, learned from many a troubled day;
Now that I have started homeward, I’ll be goin’ all the way
 
On the road back home to Father, I’ll not stop along the way;
I was born for higher purpose. I’ll not waste another day.
Won’t be camping on the border just inside of what I’ve known;
It is all the way or nothing, all the way back home!
 
Words by Bill and Gloria Gaither
© 1979 by William J. Gaither (ASCAP)

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Why Preach
Oct 27, 2021
Why Preach
 
The Apostle Paul wanted to preach in Rome because he knew it would advance the gospel throughout the world. The goal is to advance the gospel. When we preach, God speaks. God uses preaching as a way to change people. God has chosen man as His instrument to spread the gospel. The Father does not need us but has chosen to use us. We preach because God has spoken to us, and we cannot stop speaking about it (Acts 4:20). God has placed a call on the preacher’s life to preach, so people will hear and believe. 
 
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” (Rom. 10:14-15). 
 
Preaching is a calling of God, an honor, and an act of obedience to God. A burden for the lost should drive the preacher to action. Paul was troubled and concerned at the thought of His Jewish “brethren” being separated from Christ. Listen to the extremes Paul went to when talking about his burden for the lost:
 
I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh(Rom. 9:1-3)
 
Paul would rather take the punishment for his earthly brothers than for them to spend an eternity in hell. Paul is saying he would sacrifice himself and be willing to be separated from Christ to save others. That is how significant it was to him for people to come to know the Lord. We preach because we know God changes lives, and we want to see lives changed. As Christians, we must share the good news of Jesus with those around us!
 
Do we have the same kind of burden for the lost that Paul had?
 
Jarod Grimes

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Hess's Headlines October 2021
Oct 20, 2021

Dear Woodmont,

 In 1957 the Soviet Union successfully launched the first satellite into space: Sputnik. Less than a month later, they launched a more substantial satellite. However, this satellite held something within it that made this launch even more interesting. Inside this satellite was a dog named Laika. This dog was selected off the streets and sent into space. Amazingly the dog, affectionately nicknamed Muttnick, traveled at a speed of over eighteen thousand miles per hour. This flight proved that space travel was possible. Now in 2021 we are witnesses to billionaires traveling to space and trying to experience what Laika experienced way back in 1957. Well, not exactly what Laika experienced. You see, the Soviet Union had not yet developed the satellite to safely bring the dog back from space. The oxygen ran out, the dog passed away, and the satellite eventually burned up and reentered the earth’s atmosphere. Perhaps, this was easier for people to accept since the dog was just a mutt from the streets. The Soviet Union knew this would ultimately end badly for the dog.

 Aren’t you thankful that God, in His infinite wisdom, thought more of you than that? Instead of allowing you to live in earth with no plan to get you back, He had a plan from the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1). He, being eternal, did not start something without thinking through to the end. He, being the benevolent Creator, created us in His image and to enjoy the goodness He had created (Genesis 1-2). Even after the fall in Genesis 3, we see His provision as He sacrifice an animal to become a covering; a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of Jesus in the New Testament. Laika was just a mutt. We were objects of wrath (Ephesians 2). The explorers did not care enough to rescue Laika from death. God not only rescued you from death, but sacrificed His own son so you may have life! As billionares rush to explore the depths of space, may you spend some time exploring the depths of the Father’s love for His children! As Paul writes in Ephesians 3, “For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through His Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:14-19).

May God Bless You,

Chad Hess

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