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201112 Baptist Bridge

201112 Baptist Bridge

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Published by Jonathan Villers
Monthly addition of the Philippi Baptist Church
Monthly addition of the Philippi Baptist Church

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Published by: Jonathan Villers on Dec 01, 2011
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By the grace of God, the Philippi Baptist Churchshall
Embrace, Model
, and
the love of Godthrough Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit
Philippi Baptist Church 107 Church St. ♦Philippi, WV 26416 (304) 457
Catch us on the radio live every Sunday morning 10:30a.m. WQAB 91.3 FM
107 Church Street
Jon Villers, Pastor Eddy Poling, Praise and Worship Leader Jud Bracey, Choir Director 
Lisa Dadisman, Secretary Zvezdana Vlasic, Custodian
The Baptist BridgeThe Baptist Bridge
 Inside this Issue
 From the Pastor…2,3
 Prayer list…4
Officers, Boards, and 
Committees for 2012 ..7 
 RMMO News...8
 Letter from Pastor Cheeseman...8
Getting to Know..9
December 2011 Edition
Advent Season is upon us!
It is a time when we remember the first Advent (coming) of Jesus as we anticipate the secondAdvent in His time and in His way!Isaiah Chapter 9 says it best:
For to us a child is born,to us a son is given,and the government will be on his shoulders.And he will be calledWonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peacethere will be no end.He will reign on David's throneand over his kingdom,establishing and upholding itwith justice and righteousnessfrom that time on and forever.The zeal of the LORD Almightywill accomplish this.
Emmanuel has come! God with Us! I find every day is an opportunity to live in His peace whilethe world spins out of control around us. We are privileged to have several reminders during thisseason to pause and give thanks.
Here is a devotional thought on the matter:
"He is the Prince of Peace. Think of individual life today. Was it ever more restless than it is now?What are the causes of unrest in individual life?… The Bible teaches that it is lack of God. I takeany individual life you please, and where there is no recognition of God, no practical, everyday,actual, positive traffic with God or commerce with eternity, then you have a life hot, restless, fever-ish. And by way of contrast, find me the man, or the woman, or the little child, who knows God;and I will find you a life of quietness and peace, in spite of all the circumstances of stress andstrain and conflict. Oh, do we not know them! How they help us, the quiet saints of the most highGod, many of them devoid of all the things that minister to man’s supposed well
 being, but whosehearts are firm and steady.…
What is the way of peace?… It is the heart undivided in allegiance to God. So the Prince of peacecomes.… He comes to say, I have brought a sword, and I have come to war against the things inyour life that shut God out.… There are men and women who will yield to Him, and hand over toHim their sword of rebellion,… and to such men and to such women He will bring the peace of God which passeth all understanding."
G. Campbell Morgan, The Westminster Pulpit.
And I'll let a pastor from Pensacola, FL have our last word this month. Peace to you All!!
"Of all the names in the Bible that refer to the promised messiah, during the past two or threeyears the title Prince of Peace has taken on new meaning for our family. Through our years of marriage, we have been blessed with good health, supportive congregations, and encouragingfriends. However, during the past few years, we have been smitten with barrage of health issueson both sides of our family.
When a family member is being treated for a catastrophic illness, you learn to be extremely flexi- ble. You learn to pray in deeper ways than you have prayed before. You learn not to panic whenthe phone rings in the middle of the night. You strive to keep all of your family members on thesame page regarding care and treatment. You take time to treasure your phone calls and visits withthem because you are more aware of the uncertainty of the future. Such circumstances tend to in-tensify your stress level and keep your emotions on edge.
God has promised never to leave us but to give us strength in times of adversity. The prophet Isai-ah told of a coming messiah who would be an insightful counselor, a proactive God, an ever 
 present father, and an ambassador of peace. As Christians, we believe that these attributes describethe life and ministry of Jesus.The Apostle Paul encouraged believers to look to the Prince of Peace in every season and everycircumstance:
 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, withthanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all under- standing, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
. (Philippians 4:6
When unexpected difficulties and challenges come your way, invite the Prince of Peace to guardyour emotions and guide your decisions.
God of peace, thank you for promising to be with us in all of the seasons of life.Whether we are on the highest mountain or in the lowest valley, grant us inner peace throughour companionship with Christ. Amen."http://bayhillrev.blogspot.com/2007/12/advent 
 Pastor Jon

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