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March April 2011

March April 2011

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Published by Cara Kimbrough
Temple Compass March April 2011
Temple Compass March April 2011

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Published by: Cara Kimbrough on Feb 28, 2011
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is the ocial magazine o Temple Baptist Churchlocated at 1500 Kingdom Way . New Bern.North Carolina.28560.p.252.633.3330  .252.637.1802  emergency ater hours.252.349.0230www.templeonline.net
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and onearth has been given to me. Thereore go and make disciples o allnations, baptizing them in the name o the Father and o the Sonand o the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I havecommanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very endo the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
To teach those we reach how to live in the Kingdom o God NOW asapprentices o Jesus Christ.
To invite people to receive Jesus Christ and incorporate them into Hisamily, acilitate  their spiritual growth into His image, cultivate theirministry in His Kingdom, in order to celebrate the joy o God’s glory.
God initiatedPastor led staf / staf led churchDeacon servedTeam implementedCongregation approved
Senior PastorSteve CobbMinister o ChildrenLisa BricePastor o WorshipKerry BuckDirector o IT and MediaJohn CookExecutive PastorJoe DavisWorship and Technical AssociatePhillip DavisPreschool Ministry AssistantAnne DeBruhlBusiness and Financial AssistantSally GerraldAdministrative AssistantAnnette HillEducation AssistantStephanie HoltMinister o PreschoolMarion HowellCommunications and Ofce ManagerCara KimbroughPastor o EducationAllen McClurePastor o Lie Groups and SOARRob PateFacilities AssistantMarcus PiggsKingdom Prayer Coordinator/CounselorJackie PuzReceptionistJane QuidleyDirector o Sports Outreach and RecreationRandal QuidleyAssociate PastorDarryl RadordBusiness AdministratorBarbara SaundersPastor o StudentsJason SmithKitchen CoordinatorPenny SumrellFacilities AssistantDavid TurnerFacilities ManagerLenny ValentiPastor o Senior AdultsRay Whitby, Sr.Membership AssistantDonna Wind
easter egg hunt
consignment sale
orange parent
upcoming events
appalachian outreach
 Lie Groups
problem with change
power point prayer
Women’s Ministry
extraordinary aith
Education Ministry
i love this church
cilantro lime dip
The Compass
March | April  2011
Decision Making
Sometimes we’re reluctant to make decisions becausewe don’t want to ace the consequences.  At othertimes, we’re reluctant to make decisions becausewe’re not sure o the consequences or the possibleinvestment.  We don’t like making decisions that havecertain, or even potential, consequences.  Perhapswe’re not interested in making good decisions, butpainless ones.  Unortunately, ew decisions are madewithout some consequences.  The political system haslearned this well.  The principle o political decision-making is built on the acts that since you can’t pleaseall the people all the time, at least please most o thepeople most o the time.  We have a local colloquialismor this:  “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”As Christians, we can’t simply base our decisions onthe path o least resistance, political expediency,or lubricating squeaky wheels.  All o our decisionsmust be vested with moral integrity, regardless o the consequences.  It’s helpul to realize that we havea sizeable reedom to make decisions within thesovereign and moral will o God.  It’s good to knowthat God gives us clear principles in His Word to makeinormed decisions.  But what about those areas inour lives where God doesn’t specically spell out whatwe’re to do?  Are there any urther principles to guideus in making these dicult decisions?Matthew reveals that love is to be the motive behindevery decision we make.  At least eight times, Scripturetells us to love God and to love our neighbor.  Jesusmakes one o the most startling statements aboutthis matter in Matthew 22:34-40.Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,the Pharisees got together. One o them, anexpert in the law, tested him with this question:“Teacher, which is the greatest commandmentin the Law?” Jesus replied:  “‘Love the Lordyour God with all your heart and with all yoursoul and with all your mind.’ This is the rstand greatest commandment. And the secondis like it:  ‘Love your neighbor as yoursel.’ Allthe Law and the Prophets hang on these twocommandments.”Don’t mistake the term love or the drivel this culturecalls love.  The love we’re to show to God and others isagape, a love that seeks the highest good o another(I Corinthians 10:24; Philippians 2:3, 4).  ImmanuelKant once took issue with Jesus and said, “You cannotcommand love.”  And he is right i love is nothingmore than an emotion.  We can’t command ourselvesto eel love (Mattthew 5:44).  Jesus taught us that loveis an act o the will in which we put the interests o others beore ourselves.The Sermon on the Mount taught us that someactions are made right and wrong depending on themotive behind it.  Love must be the motive behindevery decision we make.  Our decisions must honorGod and seek the highest good o others.  Beoreevery decision you make, ask yoursel, “Does thisdecision honor God?”  And when making a decisionthat eects others, ask yoursel, “Does this decisionseek the person’s highest good?”  Decisions will stillbe dicult, but easier when the motive is love – thehonor o God and the highest good o others.  Basingyour decisions on the motive o love or others helpsyou to know that you’re doing what God wants you todo.  Imagine what this would do or the Kingdom, thechurch, and the world.Recklessly abandoning to Him,

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