This week I am studying on Noah's life in order to teach my midweek elective class here at Liberty Baptist in Sweetser. I love studying about the great heroes of the faith. We learn much from their lives, things we should do and things we need to avoid that they did do. We can learn much about the life of faith as we follow the footprints of the faithful. Noah was one of those faithful. He was a man of faith who trusted the Lord and His Word.
God spoke to Noah and told him to build an ark because He was going to destroy the world with water. Now that would have been hard to believe because it was the invisible God who spoke to Noah's heart and the thought of such power to destroy the world must have seemed impossible to the human mind. Yet not seeing God with the visible eye and in the midst of such improbability Noah moved with fear began a 120 year "Building Campaign". In the midst of scorn and mocking Noah and his family obeyed and built an ark that would be the salvation of humanity and all animal life. The seed of man would survive and the SEED of MESSIAH would still prevail as promised.
Noah's faith was not without opposition, in the forms of doubt, temptation, hardship, endurance, mockery and so much more. Yet the ark was finished, preaching repentance accomplished, entering in of the ark obeyed and riding out the storm was survived. All by faith! Faith in the Lord and His word and will.
Oh how we each need to live by faith and not by feeling. Faith pleases God! Faith is the Victory! Faith Cometh by the Word of God!
In my study I found the following "Lessons Learned" I had filed away in one of my folders on Noah! It is humorous but as you think on each lesson you will find there is some real practical truth to each lesson. They are truths worth pondering! Hope you enjoy and find encouragement to LIVE BY FAITH!
LESSONS FROM NOAH!
One: Don’t miss the boat.
Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Three: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
Four: Stay fit. When you 600 yr. old someone may ask you to do something really big.
Five: Don’t listen to critics, just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Six: Build your future on high ground.
Seven: For safety’s sake travel in pairs.
Eight: Speed isn’t everything. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
Nine: When you’re stressed, float awhile.
Ten: Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals.
Eleven: No matter the storm, when you are with God there’s always a rainbow waiting.
I want to share the following words which are from the heart of our Children's Ministry director Megan Hollars. Our church is so blessed to have great leaders who serve alongside so many committed servants of the Lord Jesus Christ! As we are soon to conclude our regular school year calendar and move forward with our summer schedule for our children's activities we want to show our thankfulness to each and every one who serve in this very important ministry at Liberty Baptist Church! Each and every week they serve so faithfully and sacrificially. Only in heaven will the eternal results of such labor be revealed. To our AWANA Team, Sunday School Team, Junior Church Team, Sunday Eve Team, Nursery Team, Director and Department Heads and all others who are a part of the Children's Ministry may you receive proper PRAISE as we pray for and praise you along the way!
Children's Ministry Director at The Grove
Liberty Baptist Church
I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a HUGE Thank You to all of you who gave of your time and talents to serve in the AWANA program throughout this past school year. We are so blessed to have volunteers who will come to church each Thursday night to help these kids grow in their knowledge and faith by memorizing the scriptures. We have awesome teachers that come prepared to teach the children stories from God’s word that will change their lives. And best of all thank you to those of you who come to love on the kids each week. Again I will say that we are greatly blessed to have this team of volunteers that work with children starting at nursery age and going all the way up through 6th grade.
I would ask each of you reading this if you would consider joining us in the fall for our next AWANA year. We would love to have you come help these kids learn their verses, sit with them during story time, or help with the games. Please take some time this summer to pray and see if God is calling you to help train up the next generation in God’s word.
While we are on the topic of prayer, I also want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who participated in our Pray for Me Campaign this year. We had a huge amount of participation here at Liberty and I was excited to hear all of the stories come back to me from those praying as well as those being prayed for. I am so proud to share with people that I belong to a church that believes in praying for the teens and children of our church.
This Sunday night we are using the evening service to celebrate the next generation of our church. We will be sharing those who have achieved awards this year during the course of our AWANA program as well as recognizing those of you who have faithfully served in the AWANA program. We will be sharing about our Pray for Me Campaign and honoring those who have taken time each day to pray for someone that is the future of this church and nation. And we will be honoring those who have graduated high school and college, which is also a great achievement.
It is my hope that you will join us as we celebrate as a church family the great ways that God has been at work during the school year. Even if you weren't involved in any of the ministries I have mentioned, come and show your support to those who were. It is our job as a family to celebrate along with each other, raising each up as they achieve, encouraging as they struggle, and prayerfully, faithfully living life together in unity.
Terry has been the Senior Pastor of Liberty for 30 years. He and his wife, Karen, have 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 1 spoiled dog named Cooper.