""Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” - 2 Timothy 2:15, KJV
At first glance, it looked like a sports magazine. Then I started reading it and read the article entitled "Training Partners" about the Philadelphia Eagles. The article's author, Joshua Cooley, reported that they went "beyond surface-level Bible study and immersed themselves in the intricacies of Scripture...they perused biblical commentaries and examined keywords in the Old Testament Hebrew and New Testament Greek." It was inspiring to know that these professional football players are as committed to their spiritual training as their athletic training. Here are some of their testimonies on the importance of Bible study.
Carson Wentz (starting quarterback) - "[The Bible] is really the secret to life. If you're not rooted in God's word, this world will eat you up...I'm thankful that God has given us his word. His word is true. He's got a pretty good track record in keeping his promises."
Nick Foles: "Obviously [God's word] fills your heart. It changes you. Reading Scripture...allows you to grow in wisdom and humbles you."
Trey Burton: "We love the word...we could talk about it all day long."
Carson Wentz "avoids social media...instead he finds a quiet spot to read his Bible. He believes that "It really comes down to prioritizing things." He raises a good point: What are our priorities? Who comes first in our life? How does our schedule show these priorities?
The apostle Paul reminded Timothy that spiritual training, especially the study of God's word, is a high priority in the life of Jesus' followers. Fast forward to the 21st century, Paul's instruction to "Study to show thyself approved unto God..." has not changed. Christian professional football players, such as Wentz and Foles, take Paul's teaching seriously. They make it a priority to read and study their Bibles (alone and together); worship and pray together and with their families; and even find time to do local and overseas mission work.
This January, I pray that individually and as a church, we will take the time to renew our commitment to spiritual training. May the testimonies of the Eagles Bible study group members inspire us. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus, the Living Word; and be open to the instruction and guidance of the Holy Spirit, our spiritual coach.
May God Bless us all as we continue our spiritual training starting this January 2018!
Have a Blessed and Healthy New Year!
Yours and Christ's,
*Bible Study Magazine, November-December 2017, "Training Partners" by Joshua Cooley, 16-22.
Thank you very much for your Christmas cards, your generous gifts, and your loving support through your presence, prayers and service in the past year. Looking forward to loving and serving the Lord with you throughout the new year and beyond.
Love in Christ,
Pastor Carla and Family
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Sunday School Hours - 9:00am Opening Exercises
9:15am Sunday School Classes Begin
Sunday School Classes are available for ages: 4 through Adult.
Morning Worship Service – 10:30am
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10am. to 2 pm. * Please contact Pastor for appointments at other hours as necessary.
If there is an EMERGENCY in your family or you know of a need please call at any time:
- Pastor Carla (610-659-0314)or Parsonage (856-579-4767)
- Heidi Louis, Moderator (856-371-8791)
- Pat Moore (856-430-0685)
Meet on Sunday, January 14th @ 7:30am at the Piston Diner. Any questions, please call Don @ 856-845-3959.
will meet January 10th, 7pm. at the Snow’s home, and then on Wednesday, January 24th at which they have not determined the location yet.
The Owls Lady’s Bible Study will resume ‘HOOTING” again on Wednesday Mornings beginning on January 17, 2018. All ladies are welcome to join us for that hour of joy with God, starting at 10am.
In order to help you keep up with recent announcements and the focus of our Worship Service, on any Sunday that you are unable to attend church, please feel free to contact any of us to send you a copy of the bulletin and any inserts that might have been included. Joan Moyer, Chair, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Corann Okorodudu, V. Chair: Email: email@example.com
The Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries Food Bank, located at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on the corner of South Barber and Evergreen Avenues, is collecting food and household goods. Please donate food and/or non-perishables to the Food Bank, and they will joyfully take them. If you are able to purchase extra while out shopping, please bring to the Food Bank, from 9:30am to 11:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or please put them in the box in the Narthex. ** Also, remember that you can make a monetary donation to the Food Bank, and they will purchase the much needed food.
PRAYER REQUESTS- Please do not hesitate to call with any requests for prayer. Contact Diane Bradley or the church office to start the Prayer Chain.
Your CBC Library has a wealth of Christmas books to enhance your enjoyment and understanding of Christmas time. There are many children’s books AND nearly 100 adult Christmas books! Do come and feast on some these wonderful books!
CBC Family: Anyone interested in contributing financially towards the cost of snow removal for the upcoming winter for the church, please mark your envelope accordingly so that is goes into the correct fund. Thank you!!
Work officially began on the new heating system for the Sanctuary end of the building on December 18th. I am praying that it will be completed by the end of January, and we will again be worshipping in the Sanctuary. Thank you for all of your generous donations, tithes, prayers and continued faith that we will make our goal of $160,000.00! God continues to bless us at Central Baptist Church. Thank you! – Heidi Louis
Anyone interested in joining us, we will be meeting on Thursday January 4th and January 18th, in the Lower Fellowship Hall at 5pm. Any questions please see Boyd Fox.
Our Christmas Cantata is now past, and we are awaiting completion of the sanctuary heating system and our return to worship there. And, with the new year, it is a great time to say thank you to all who contributed to our 2017 worship music program:
Instrumentalists: Ralph Buck, Heidi Louis, Emily Nicholl
Senior Choir: Sopranos – Jennifer Anne Platt Childs, Teresa Grant, Jessica Levy, Pastor Carla A. Romarate-Knipel, Faith E. Myers, Debbie Snow, Carolyn S. Thomas; Altos – Diane C. Bradley, Christine E. Fox, Roxanne Belle Eldridge Long, Libby Sellen, Marilyn R. Thomas, Heather S. Tierney; Tenor – William B. Long, William M. Mays, Jr.; Bass – Larry Grant (and, when available, Garrison Grant).
Youth Choir: Emmy Childs, Maggie Childs, Maya Dove, Nicholae Hussey, Jennifer Levy, Jessica Levy, Erin Mays, Kyle Mays, Maura Mays, Elijah Moore, Cierra Moss.
The AB Women of Central Baptist – Kristal Bell ringers; the AB Men of CBC – men’s chorus; those who joined our pick-up choir during summer worship; and the entire worshiping congregation playing Kristal Bells on select Sundays.
If I have omitted anyone, please let me know, and accept my apologies.
We are always ready to welcome new persons to join us. If you have an interest, please speak to me.
A reminder – if you have a favorite hymn, please let me know, and I will schedule it for worship when I can. Please do not assume that, because you told me once, I will remember it forever. Also, please write down your requests. When you speak to me on Sunday, I may smile at you and nod, but I have no idea what it is you’re talking about, because I’m focused on the worship music for that day.
Wishing you a healthy, peace-filled, prosperous, and joyful new year.
Boyd Fox, Music Director
My cousin, Maxi Mouse (Mini’s husband), subscribes to the ‘Annual Update’ of the Oxford Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language for Bilingual Mice in the United States of America. (You may not be aware, but American mice do not naturally speak English, but Mousish. It is actually impossible to replicate Mousish for humans, because so much of the language involves ear-wiggling, nose twitching, and whisker-shaking; but I digress.)
Anyway, to communicate with humans (as I am doing here), mice must be bilingual. Thus, my reference to cousin Maxi and his annual update. Each year’s update includes submissions, from both humans and mice, for potential new words to include in the English language. There is only one rule: take a currently accepted word and alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, then supply a new definition.
Last year’s entries are:
- Bozone: The substance, surrounding stupid people, that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
- Cashtration: The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
- Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
- Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
- Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
- Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
- Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
- Sarchasm: The gulf between the author’s sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.
Wishing you a prospero ano y felicidad. (I don’t know how to do the little squiggly thing over the ‘n’.)
Your friend, Chubby Church Mouse
I wonder at times how words written long ago can still be true today. In one of my journals, I found these words that I had written down on November 29, 2010. They are:
Sleep as Jesus slept through the storm.
"Sit at my feet." (Jesus, speaking.)
Be bathed in God's light.
I can't remember the circumstances and did not write down what was happening at the time these were written. But I find that these words are true for me today as they were in 2010. May these words speak to you as well as you begin 2018.