Grace Notes
August 5, 2018

 

 

From Our Pastor –

We welcome our visitors today and invite you to worship with us again next Sunday.

It is our privilege to have missionaries Alex and Elisabeth Holowaty as our guests today. Bro. Alex will speak this morning. This evening he will speak and give an audiovisual presentation of their ministry in Argentina. Please do plan on coming. Also, Susan said that there will be a morning tea for our ladies at church 9 AM Tuesday morning and Mrs. Holowaty will give her testimony.

Pastor and Susan want to thank every one who prayed for us regarding Pastor’s surgery. Please do remember to pray for Wendy and Arthur Cassimatis as her cancer is now in her eye and will require further surgery and treatment. Pray for Cam and Lauren as they are returning home from Katherine this week. The Dagans fly into Cairns on Friday and Bro. Chris will preach next Sunday morning. The Himsworths are due home this week so pray for safe travel for them and for Sheila’s health.

Grace Singers practice for the OzCare program is at 4 PM and choir practice is at 5 PM today. ______________________________________________________________________________

Deacon True Sez,

Me and Ma wuz in the grocery store t’other day to grab a loaf of bread. The checkout line has a big red sign, “SIX ITEMS EXPRESS LANE”. Yep, you guessed it, there was a shopper with her nose in the air, completely ignoring the sign, with a trolley piled halfway to the roof with all sorts of stuff. You oughta seen ma’s face when the cashier beckoned the woman to come forward, looked into the cart and asked sweetly, “So which six items would you like to purchase?” 

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The Roman Catholic Fable

A pretty maid, a Protestant, was to a Catholic wed;

To love all Bible truths and tales, quite early she’d been bred,

It sorely grieved her husband’s heart that she would not comply,

And join the Mother Church of Rome and heretics deny.

So day by day he flattered her, but still she saw no good

Would ever come from bowing down to idols made of wood.

The Mass, the host, the miracles, were made but to deceive;

And transubstantiation, too, she’d never dare believe.

He went to see his clergyman and told him his sad tale.

“My wife is an unbeliever, sir; you can perhaps prevail;

For all your Romish miracles my wife has strong aversion,

To really work a miracle might lead her to conversion.”

The priest went with the gentleman — he thought to gain a prize.

He said “I will convert her, sir, and open both her eyes.”

So when they came into the house, the husband loudly cried,

“The priest has come to dine with us!” “He’s welcome” she replied.

And when, at last, the meal was o’er, the priest at once began,

To teach his hostess all about the sinful state of man:

The greatness of our Saviour’s love, which Christians can’t deny.

To give Himself a sacrifice and for our sins to die.

“I will return tomorrow, lass, prepare some bread and wine;

The sacramental miracle will stop your soul’s decline.”

“I’ll bake the bread, ” the lady said. “You may” he did reply.

“And when you’ve seen this miracle, convinced you’ll be, say I.”

The priest did come accordingly, the bread and wine did bless.

The lady asked, “Sir, is it changed?”

The priest answered, “Yes”. It’s changed from common bread and wine to truly flesh and blood; Begorra, lass, this power of mine has changed it into God!”

So having blessed the bread and wine, to eat they did prepare.

The lady said unto the priest, “I warn you to take care”,

For half an ounce of arsenic was mixed right in the batter,

But since you have its nature changed, it cannot really matter.”

The priest was struck real dumb — he looked as pale as death.

The bread and wine fell from his hands and he did gasp for breath.

“Bring me my horse!” the priest cried. “This is a cursed home!”

The lady replied, “Begone: t’is you who shares the curse of Rome.”

The husband, too, he sat surprised, and not a word did say.

At length he spoke, “My dear, ” said he, “the priest has run away;

To gulp such mummery and tripe, I’m not for sure, quite able;

I’ll go with you and renounce this Roman Catholic fable.”

The Missionary Who Wouldn’t Give Up! –

Many years ago a missionary told us of his ministry of tract distribution to sailors. Ships docked at the wharves from all over the world. One day he boarded a freighter and met an officer from India and told him of Christ. He had never heard of eternal life, nor had he ever met a Christian. My friend told him of Bakht Singh, the Indian evangelist, a Sikh by birth, converted to Christ in Canada, and used greatly by God in India. The ship’s officer showed interest in reading the life of Bakht Singh so my friend promised to find a tract that told his lifestory and send it to him at the next port the ship landed. Would you believe that, by the time the tract came and was sent on, the ship had sailed, and it was forwarded to the next port, and the nex, and the next, …until it finally caught up with the ship, and the sailor read it and was converted to Christ. He then wrote to our friend and told him of his salvation. Oh, you ask, “Who was the missionary who wouldn’t give up?” It was the little tract that followed the needy sinner around the world until it finally caught up with him, and showed him the way to Heaven.

Grace Notes
July 22nd, 2018


Grace Notes
 From Our Pastor  –
   We welcome our visitors today and invite you to worship with us again next Sunday.

    We are privileged to have Alex and Elisabeth Holowaty, missionaries to  Argentina to speak at GBC in two weeks’ time, on the 6thof August. He will speak in both services and present their ministry in the evening service. Please do mark your calendars and plan on attending.

    Our missionaries to PNG, the Dagans, will be returning for a short furlough on the 10thof August. We need someone to take their vehicle down to the airport that afternoon so they have wheels. If you are interested in serving the Lord’s servants, please let pastor know.

    Pastor is scheduled for surgery on a foot the 31stof this month and would appreciate your prayers for it to go well, and so I can be more mobile than I have been. Please keep in mind that Youth Camp will be here before we know it. The dates are September 24-28. Camp forms will be posted on the church website shortly. If you would like to help with cooking (cakes and biscuits, etc.)

   Grace Singers practice is at 4 PM and Choir practice will be at 5 PM. 

Ladies meeting is Tuesday night at 7 PM here at church.
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  Quotable Notes and Notable Quotes –
   * The branch of the vine does not worry, and toil, or rush here seeking for sunshine, or there to find rain.
No; it rests in union and communion with the vine; and at the right time, and in the right way, the right fruit is
found on it. Let us so abide in the Lord Jesus.  – Hudson Taylor.
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  Deacon True Sez-  If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
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Therapy For the Funny Bone   –
    (Charles Spurgeon was criticised for his judicious use of humour in the pulpit. His reply? He said, “You ought to hear the ones I don’t tell you!” – Ed.)
    A Baptist church member was shipwrecked for several years on a desert island. One day, he saw a ship sailing by and lit a big fire in hopes the captain would see it and send a boat ashore to rescue him. Sure enough, a lifeboat was soon rowed ashore and the poor old, skin and bones, bearded fellow was rescued. As he was being rowed out to the ship, the first mate asked him, “Are you the only one on the island?” “Yes, the only one,” he replied. “Well, why are there three grass huts?”  “Oh, well, you see the one on the left is my house, and the one on the right is my church.” “Ok,” the mate said, “But what about the one in the middle?” “Oh, that’s church I used to go to.”    (He would have to be a Baptist, don’t you reckon? – Ed.) 
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Fundraising Letters From Missionaries and Pastors’ Replies to Them – Dear Pa$tor Flintheart, I am $eeking engagement$ for fund rai$ing for our mi$$ion$ team’$ trip in $eptember. It i$ our de$ire to lead a group of $oulwinner$ to the de$perately needy field of the $un$hine Coa$t in Queen$land. Our worker$ 
are all graduate$ of the Mi$$iology $peciali$t$ $tudies cour$e taught by Pa$tor $am Money$pinner, who head$ up the $outhern Bapti$t $eminary in
$owbelly, Mi$$i$$ippi. We are pre$ently $tirring the $aints to $upplicate, $trive, and $upport thi$ worthy project $o that we can $torm the gate$ of Hell, and $eek to $ave $ouls in one of $atan’$ $tronghold$. In order for u$ to be $ucce$$ful we are a$king pa$tor$ and churche$ to $upport u$ and $tand 
with u$ in thi$ worthy $oul $aving project. If you can fit u$ into your $chedule, plea$e give me a call on _______________.           $igned,  Rev. $ydney Grabbuck$, Mi$$ionary to the up and out $inner$ on the $un$hine Coa$t.

      Dear Missionary Grabbucks, We appreciate the NOble project your kNOwledgeable team is undertaking. I have heard that the overheated ecoNOmy of that part of the state is a large part of their igNOrance and igNOble behaviour. The casiNOs have put an astroNOmical financial burdeN On the poor 
dowNtrOdden workiNg class peOple living there. UNfOrtunately, we have NO dates available in September. In fact, the earliest available date is in NOvember, 2025.We thaNk yOu for NOtifying us. If you are iN Our area, be sure to phoNe Our uNlisted church phOne number. Like I always say, Be ye warmed and filled,
                                           SigNed, PastOr NOel FliNtstOne, NO Way Baptist Church
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       Does God Exist ? A man went into a barbershop for a hair cut. As the barber worked, they talked about many things.
But when he mentioned God, the barber said: “I don’t believe God exists.” “Why do you say that?” asked the customer.
“Well, you just have to look around you to see that there is no God. Tell me, if God existed, would there be sick people?
Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, would there be suffering or pain? A loving God  would never allow
such things.” The customer thought for a moment, and remained silent. When the barber was finished the customer paid
and left. Outside the shop he saw a man with long, stringy, dirty hair and a shaggy, untrimmed beard. He was dirty and unkempt.
The man quickly turned back and entered the barber shop again, and said to the barber, “You know what? Barbers do not exist.”
“How can you say that?” asked the surprised barber. ”I am a barber, and I just cut your hair!” “No!  Barbers don’t exist!”
Then, taking the barber by the arm he led him out the door and pointed to the man with shaggy hair, saying, “Barbers don’t exist!
If they did, there wouldm’t be men with dirty, long hair and shaggy beards, like him!” The barber replied,“Ah, but barbers DO exist!
He is that way because he will not come to me.” “Exactly!” affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God DOES exist! Bad things
happen when people will not go to Him and ask Him for help. That’s exactly why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.
God does exist, but men will not come to Him!” –