On the move ...

God has been so good.

Since leaving Maine again in early April, God has given us one good meeting after another. Everywhere we go, the Spirit is already there preparing the way and ordering our steps.

 

Living and Loving Again: Life After Abuse, by Pastor Don Woodard

Pastor Woodward's latest book, Living and Loving Again: Life After Abuse, fills a critical void for pastors and counselors -- and the victims themselves -- who are dealing with people that are victims of abuse. It is a powerful tool in the counselor's toolbox and a lifeline for victims.

In our independent Baptist circles, we tend to be really good at "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression." And, in 21st century America, we need to be good at that.

However, we tend to not be so good at the grace, patience, meekness, and lovingkindness that is necessary in helping an abuse victim not only heal, but learn to live and love again. Sometimes, it almost seems as if those traits are counted as weakness. Yet, they are biblical and necessary when helping somebody who has come from an abusive background.

Living and Loving Again helps fill that gap, making it possible for any preacher, any counselor, to help victims by giving them this book, or reading it themselves and using its Bible-based information as a basis for counseling sessions.

How Our Clothing Preaches

I have just come off of several days on jury duty.  This was my first time, so it was an interesting experience.  The hours were long and sometimes mind-numbingly boring, but overall it was interesting to see our legal system at work from that perspective.

One very interesting fact was that the guidelines given to us as jurors actually included a dress code.  We were to avoid wearing things such as shorts, halter tops, and immodest or overly-casual clothing.  Why? We were to dress appropriately in order to show respect for the judge, the court, and the judicial process which goes on in the courtroom.

Gratitude Forsaken

I was made to think, today.

I had finished a graveside service over in Madison and was driving home in pouring rain across a little country road. There was a couple walking along the road in the direction I was going. I had seen them walking that same road, a little further up, on my way to the service earlier in the morning.

I never stop for hitchhikers unless they are somebody I know. It's just not a safe thing to do these days. If you don't know who you are picking up, then you don't know what their moral compass is (or if they even have one), whether they are high, or what their intentions are.

But, I stopped this morning for this couple in the rain. I asked them if they needed a ride. They were so grateful as they climbed into the Jeep.

They were a younger couple. Well, late 20's or early 30's -- that's "younger" to me now. He looked like someone who had done physical labor at some time, looking at his hands and his build. She was pregnant.

Pastor's Help Fund: Filling a need for a rural Pastor

We are trying to help a "small church" preacher this week.

This preacher and his wife, and older couple, took a rural church here in Maine a couple years ago. If you are in Maine, you probably know them. They are KJV, fundamental, independent Baptists.

Within the last 30 days, they have moved from an apartment where they had no heat for 4 weeks and had to use an electric heater to heat just one room which they sat, ate, and slept in. Last year, they were without heat at the same apartment for two months before the landlord took care of it. They are still paying on an enormous electric bill from that episode.

They are now in their new place and are financially very tight. They can only put in 50 gallons of heating oil at a time, and ran out once during this last cold snap. It's hit 20 below zero twice already this year.

They have stayed faithful through all of this trial.

My desire is to get them "over the hump" by helping them out with their heating situation this winter. My goal is to raise $1,000 for them to help heat their home this winter. With the extra expenses they have had this year, I know this will be a big blessing to them.

If you would like to help out, you can give toward the fund on-line using the form below. Everything we receive through this will go directly to the Pastor and his wife. Our ministry will keep nothing of it. Giving on-line will help us get the funds to them immediately

Enter amount:
(type in the amount you wish to give)

 

You may also give by mail:

Make check payable to "Baptist Ministries" and mail to:

Ron Meldrum
2393 New Vineyard Rd
New Vineyard, ME 04956


Please mark it for "Pastor's Help Fund")

If you would prefer to send directly to this pastor, please contact me at ron@BaptistMinistries.us for their information

 

Thank you for your consideration.

Video DVD: Discovering Bible History

Discovering Bible History

Discovering Bible History: an exciting look at how archaeology and history prove the accuracy of the Bible.

Finally, a documentary that looks at history through the lense of the Bible, instead of looking at the Bible through the colored lense of academic understanding of history.

In this documentary, learn how archaeology, history, and other sciences support the Bible.

When we look at the world with the assumption that the Bible is true, everything falls into place.

Planting a Church in Lovelock, Nevada

Pastor Scott Davis

Scott and Andrea Davis left Michigan in November of 2010, and headed west to start an Independent Fundamental Baptist church in the small ranching community of Lovelock, Nevada. Lovelock is a town of about 2000 people. There are 13 other churches in this town and they are the only King James preaching, Gospel witness there. Needless to say, it has been a tough row to hoe.

Finally, something to help our youth

Yes, there are other tools that help the young people in our families and churches, but "Sharpened Arrows" fills an important gap in the toolbox.

"Sharpened Arrows" is a digital publication edited by Pastor Simeon Western of Northside Baptist Church, Australia. As a Pastor's son, Simeon's desire in starting this publication was to encourage the next generation of young people to stand for Christ with a particular emphasis on (but not limited to) being a blessing to kids from ministry homes (e.g. pastors, evangelists & missionaries).