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12/11/2017 12:03 AM
"Everyday Blessings" - Monday December 11, 2017

“Everyday Blessings”

We’ve all heard the saying, “You don’t know how well off you are, until you lose something.”  Perhaps you’ve heard that the Metro-Atlanta area was hit by a snowstorm last Friday.  This was of Midwest or maybe even Northeast proportions.  Some areas received as much as 12” of snow.  That’s a lot for the South!!  Businesses, schools and churches closed with thousands losing power in their homes.  Many of our families have been without electric for three days now.  Prayer has been offered for the Power Company workers and that their work can be accomplished safely.  The warm temps Saturday afternoon melted a lot of snow, but a deep freeze that night caused everything to shut down on Sunday.

 

Now, back to the opening statement.  Heat may not be appreciated until you don’t have it.  Transportation is taken for granted until it’s too dangerous to drive and you’re forced to stay home.  Your health doesn’t cross your mind until you can’t get out of bed.  Sometimes we get so busy that loved ones living in the same home treat one another like strangers.  Something good can come out of a storm that brings normal living to a halt – it helps us realize the things (and sometimes people) we often take for granted are very, very special blessings.

 

You will receive this Monday.  If you live out of the area, perhaps you enjoyed a wonderful weekend.  Those dealing with the storm may be back to a sense of normalcy today.  The roads are better, maybe you can go to work, some schools will be open and hopefully power is restored in all homes.  James wrote, “Every good and perfect gift comes from above (God)” (1:17).  Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the daily grind so much that you fail to appreciate what you have.  Every single day God provides you with blessings, many of which we don’t even think about.  Like your next breath, your family, and a warm home.  When was the last time you seriously thanked Him for your daily blessings?  Take time to do so today.

 

Pastor Carnes

 

 


12/09/2017 05:07 PM
ALL SUNDAY SERVICES CANCELLED

ALL SUNDAY SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES CANCELLED FOR TOMORROW (SUNDAY 12/10):

 

I really hate doing this especially with the sun melting the heavy, but very beautiful snow received yesterday and last night.  While the main roads are pretty good (according to reports), nearly everyone has mentioned they are wet, slushy in places and have areas where the sun did not hit making for possible black ice spots.  Many have said while conditions have improved greatly, with the heavy freeze expected tonight (low 20”s), what is wet tonight will be ice in the morning.  Len Empie was kind enough to send me pictures of the church parking lot.  Still lots of snow, but what has melted will again create ice by morning.  If an err is being made, I prefer it to be on the safe side.  So, stay home, safe and warm.  By the way, we still have quite a few families without power.  Pray for them.  Two extra activities had also been planned for tomorrow – see below.

 

SINGLE LADIES LUNCHEON…Sue Lake contacted me early this morning anticipating several women most likely could not make it in tomorrow.  This event is cancelled.

 

APPLE-FEST at Calvary Children’s Home:  Weather is expected to be good tomorrow afternoon, but our event was to start at 5:45 which is dark and temperatures dropping again.  Len is contacting the Director and postponing this event.  NOW – if you already have your dish made, can get out and want to swing by the Children’s Home and drop it off, that’s up to you.  But – the event itself is cancelled for tomorrow.  Thanks for your understanding.  Stay safe and we’ll see you soon!

 

If you know of someone that does not receive emails (or doesn’t check them often) please call them with all this information.  Thank you.

 

Pastor Carnes


12/08/2017 07:28 PM
Children's Event Postponed

Children’s Event Cancelled for Tomorrow:

Well, the snow wins this round.  It’s necessary to cancel the Children’s craft, music and game day scheduled for Saturday morning.  A big, big thanks to Jo Williamson, Marilyn Converse, Janice Pelfrey and a host of others who’ve worked hard planning this event.  It’s everyone’s desire this can take place at a future time. 

 

Sunday Services…The winter storm alert is supposed to end at 10:00am in the morning.  We’ve had a large snow fall with most roads covered and dangerous.  What this means for Sunday - I’m not sure yet.  For now, stay in, keep warm and enjoy your family.  Watch for an email tomorrow containing information about our services Sunday.  If anyone knows of someone that can plow snow, could you send me a name and contact number?  Thanks.

 

Pastor Carnes

 

Pastor Carnes


12/08/2017 09:26 AM
Things You Should Know

Happy snowy Friday everyone.  Drive safely and stay warm.  Please read all of this email as it gives information about the weekend and weather alerts going forward.

 

Saturday…Could be icy in the morning, but with our Children’s Fun Day starting at 11:00am roads should be fine by then.  Should there be anything you need to know, check your emails.  If no posting, the event is on.  This is for all children 4 years old through 5th grade.  There will be crafts, games, music and lunch.  To help, or if you have any questions email Jo Williamson at willianson.jo@gmail.com.  This event is held at the church between 11:00am and 3:00pm.  Helpers come early.

 

Sunday…regular morning services.  Sunday School at 9:30am and Morning Worship with our second Christmas service starting at 10:45am.  Once again, we’ll look at Christmas in a different way and learn how the very first Christmas applies to us today.  Bring your friends.  Also, remember the Christmas Card for a child at Calvary Children’s Home.  Just bring the card and you’ll receive instructions when you arrive.

 

Sunday Evening at 5:45…No evening services at the Church.  This is our Apple-Fest at the Calvary Children’s Home on Lost Mountain Road.  It’s maybe 1 to 1 ½ miles from Dallas Hwy on the right.  Enter the drive and stay to the right, go down the hill to the buildings entrance.  Have your dish there by 5:45 so eating can begin at 6:00pm.  Contact Len Empie (678-733-1302) with questions.

 

IF SERVICES ARE CANCELLED:

We are not anticipating any problem this weekend, but you never know what will take place over the next couple months.  If you ever question whether a weather related service will be cancelled, always check your email.  Services will always be cancelled a minimum of two hours before starting time.  If you can’t get an email, call me, Pastor Joel or the leader of the particular service or event you are going too.  Don’t take chances even if we are having a service should the roads be dangerous where you live.  Extreme caution will always be given involving our evening services.

 

Prayer Requests:

Mike Boling…had chest pains this week and spent a night in hospital.  Home now, but needing our prayers.

 

Jamie Vaughters…had a back procedure and surgery on her hand this week.

 

Stephen Kutas…still battling high blood pressure.

 

Larry Barnett… recuperating in Augusta VA Hospital.

 

Continue to pray for all our services this special time as year.  God is doing some great things and people you invite will be encouraged.  Try to bring someone with you.  Stay safe and I’ll see some of you tomorrow and everyone Sunday morning.  AND – thanks to everyone who brought in sleeping bags last Sunday.  Somewhere between 25 – 30 was distributed or will be distributed to people on the street by 7 Bridges Ministry.  It was great to be a part of this effort.  See you soon!

 

Pastor Carnes

 

 


12/08/2017 12:00 AM
"The Yoke Destroyer" - Friday December 8, 2017

“The Yoke Destroyer”

A yoke is commonly known as a piece of wood so constructed that it fits over the heads of two oxen binding them together.  Harnessed in this way allowed the farmer to keep the animals headed in the same direction.  In the Bible, the “yoke” signified bondage, burdens, a heavy load, oppression and sin.  In other words, all the things holding a person captive could be referred to as a “yoke around their neck!”

 

Someone reading this today is being held hostage because something or someone has slipped a yoke over their head.  I have great news!  “The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery (afflictions) of my people in Egypt.  I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I  am concerned about their suffering’” (Exodus 3:7).  If you are a person living under some type oppression, God not only knows your situation – He has come to set you free!!

 

Perhaps you’ve felt this way for so long, feeling miserable has become a way of life and you feel things will never change.  My friend, in your own power things will NEVER change.  You need help and help is available in the powerful name of Jesus Christ!  You’re thinking, “I’ve tried before, but nothing happened.”  That may be true, but it’s time to draw the line and allow the “Yoke Destroyer” to do His thing!  “Nothing is impossible with God!”  It’s Christmas time and every event surrounding the very First Christmas involved a miracle.  God hasn’t run out of miracles – He has one, two or as many as you need to set you free. 

 

Are you hurting?  Lonely?  Discouraged?  Depressed?  If you are within driving distance of Marietta First Church of the Nazarene (4341 Dallas Hwy; Marietta, Ga) come worship with us at 10:45am this Sunday.  You will enjoy and be encouraged by the music and message on “The Power We Receive From ‘Looking Up!’”  If you cannot attend, watch on livestream.  Go to www.mariettanaz.com and follow the prompts.  God is the “Yoke Destroyer!”  He has come to deliver you.

 

Pastor Carnes


12/06/2017 01:06 PM
Apple-fest Addition / Prayer Request

This Sunday evening a number of people will be taking an apple dish to the Calvary Children’s Home on Lost Mountain Rd.  There 30 some children plus house sponsors who live on site.  We would like a personal Christmas Card taken to each resident when we go Sunday night.  If you would like to participate in this, please bring a Christmas Card with you Sunday morning.  You will be given the first name of a child or sponsor.  You are asked to write a short note in the card expressing your love and commitment to pray for this person over the next year.  After the cards are completed they will be given to Len Empie who will see that they are delivered to the Director at the Children’s Home.  You’ll have opportunity to fill the card out during Sunday School, before or after church.

 

Prayer Requests:

Stephen Kutas…son of Bob and Joann is very, very ill with dangerously high blood pressure.

 

Be praying for our Children’s Craft Day Saturday from 11am – 3pm and for our Sunday morning service.  Help make this Christmas Season personal by inviting someone to come with you Sunday. They will not only enjoy the service, but leave feeling encouraged and with a sense of hope.  God will do His part – we must do ours.

 

Pastor Carnes

 

 


12/06/2017 12:42 PM
"When God Says No!" - Thursday DEcember 7, 2017

“When God Says ‘No!’”

Disappointments and heartache are hard for everyone to take.  No one likes them and they often come without warning.  Even when we are doing “right” things we sometimes are heard stating, “I can’t see where any good will come out of this!”  Some things happen that create the question, “Why?”  We’ve prayed and prayed and the answer has not come.  “Why?”

 

You’ve heard it said, sometimes God answers with a yes, no or not yet.  We can cope with two of those, but the “No” is much more difficult.  At the height of his success King David wanted to build a temple and place the Ark of the Covenant in it.  Great idea and even better motive.  But God said, “No.”  You can read about this in II Samuel 7:1-17, but I want us to learn from David on what to do when God tells us “No.”

 

In verses 12-13, the Lord says, “When your days are over I will raise up your offspring and he will build a house for my Name.”  Why not David?  At least two reasons: 1) God has a better perspective.  Hebrews tells us, “Everything is uncovered and laid before the eyes of God” (4:13).  God sees things and knows things we do not.  Proverbs says, “He guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones” (2:8).

 

The second reason God says “No” is because He has a better plan.  We don’t understand this because at the time nothing makes sense.  We see the value of today.  God sees the value of eternity.  Everything about the Christian life involves faith.  We believe the Bible is true.  We believe in creation, the virgin birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.  We believe Jesus can and does forgive our sins.  So – we must trust Him in our daily living.  We trust that He knows what’s best for us and that He really is in control.  We don’t have to understand, but we must know He is holding our hand.

 

Pastor Carnes


12/06/2017 12:20 AM
"Your Life As A Container" - Wednesday December 6, 2017

“Your Life As A Container”

Recently Chris and I returned from a trip and realized the date on some milk in the refrigerator had expired.  You know what this means?  The milk had soured and was smelly.  I took the gallon container, dumped the milk, rinsed the jug out and put it in the trash.  If I’d had a use for it, I could have kept the container and put something into it that could have been used at a later time.

 

It crossed my mind while dumping the milk  that our life is actually a container.  It is filled up with everything we put into it.  Unfortunately even the best of people put things in that soon sours and gets smelly.  Some individuals may have 20% worry, 10% anger, 15% bitterness, 20% jealousy, and 12% anxiety, 10% fear and who knows what the other 13% is.  Here’s my point.  Too often we hang on to things that sour our life. 

 

Allowing these things to dwell in our hearts and minds creates negativity and unhappiness.  For some of you, it’s time to empty the container.  You do that by offering or accepting forgiveness.  Once you dump that, you’ve just made room for God’s peace.  Dumping jealousy allows more room for God.  So what if your co-worker got the promotion you deserved (so you thought)?  Don’t be bitter.  Congratulate and be happy for them.  Dumping these feelings gives more room for God’s grace.  What are you allowing to fill the container which is your life?   Things which clutter and occupy the space eliminating what God wants to give you?  You are in charge -–starting dumping so you can start receiving the favor of God!

 

“…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  -Hebrews 12:1

 

Pastor Carnes


12/05/2017 12:14 AM
"The Power of Remembering" - Tuesday December 5, 2017

“The Power of Remembering:

Anyone who knows me will tell you, “I LOVE Christmas!!!!”  Always have and always will!  Christmas brings the best out of people.  Christmas brings love, hope and as with our Christmas Services this year, a revelation of how the very first Christmas applies to each of us today.   You should come worship with us this Sunday at 10:45am.  It’ll be different from what you are used too, but you’ll leave with something you’ll remember a long, long time!

 

All that said, there is something about Christmas that makes me sad.  Even this Morning (Monday), I spent time with two people spending their first Christmas without their spouse.  This is heartbreaking and sorrowful.  I truly feel for every individual that has suffered a loss this past year.  It may be the result of a death, breakup of a relationship, severe illness or any number of things.  Folks – as you read these lines think of someone you know that has experienced a tremendous blow this year and pray for them.  If possible, drop them a note or place a phone call letting them you know you care. 

 

I think doing the above is important, but there is something everyone of must and can do.  Remember the blessings God has bestowed upon you in previous days.  You may have lost a loved one, but remember the days the Lord allowed you to have together.  Would trade those so you wouldn’t hurt today?   I don’t think so.  Ask God to help you NOT to focus on the present circumstances and pain, but help you remember the good times.  There may be someone feeling alone, rejected and depressed.  You may or may not even know why you feel this way, but think back – my guess is there were some Red Seas in your life that God parted allowing you to cross safely to the other side.  The God that helped you then is the God that will help you now.  Proverbs 18:24 tells us your, “God is closer than a brother!” We need to remind ourselves of that fact.

 

Pastor Carnes


12/04/2017 05:00 PM
Additional Prayer Request

My apologies for a second email today, but I failed to mention an important and urgent request on the prayer list sent earlier.

 

Linda Morris has a Granddaughter who was 16 weeks pregnant and lost the baby Saturday.  This is a crushing blow to this young couple.  Please remember them.  Thank you.

 

Pastor Carnes


12/04/2017 12:43 PM
Prayer Request - Weekend Reminder

Please remember the following people in your prayers:

Jerry Bell (Heather Fletcher’s father)…lost his wife Melody last night after a lengthy battle with cancer.

 

Scott Kenerly…beginning chemo treatments today.

 

Charlotte Stafford…loss of her sister-in-law.  Second death in family in two months.

 

Jamie Vaughters…recuperating from back procedure.

 

Jeannie Haines…home from hospital, but prayers needed.

 

Quida Nelson…eye procedure this Wednesday.

 

Larry Barnett…in Augusta Ga VA Hospital and actually stood on Saturday.  Unable to walk yet, and still no feelings in his legs.  Has greatly improved, but a long way to go for recovery.

 

A beautiful card thank you card was received from John and Edy Carlton of Florence, Al.  It was their son that picked up a strange virus or bacteria in Florida last summer.  He was hospitalized and placed in isolation.  This was an update along with thanks for all your prayers during that time of crisis.  Their son is very much improved, but not quite back to where he wants or needs to be yet.  Still improving.  I thank you for your prayers for this young man as well.

 

Pray for all of our Christmas Services – Each one is unique and very personal relating to every individual.  But as much as we plan, they go for naught without God’s blessings upon them.

 

Weekend Events:

Saturday – 11am – 3pm…Children’s Fun Day while parents take some time for themselves.  There will be crafts, games, music and even a provided lunch for all children 4yrs of age – 5th grade.  Please pass the word to your family and friends.  Registration is helpful, but not necessary.  If you reply to this email I will pass the reservations on to Jo Williamson and Marilyn Converse.

 

Sunday – Come expecting a terrific Christmas Service with great music and a message on how the very first Christmas relates to each one of us today.  Invite your family and friends.  Service begins at 10:45am (Sunday School at 9:30am).

 

At 5:45pm everyone interested in participating is invited to bring a dish made out of apples and meet at the Calvary Children’s Home on Lost Mountain Road.  Contact Len Empie with questions.  There will be No Evening Service at the Church Sunday night.

 

Pastor Carnes


12/04/2017 12:42 AM
"Im Gonna What?" - Monday December 4, 2017

“I’m Gonna What?”

In talking about Mary yesterday, I tried to share how she literally was blindsided when an angel confronted her as a very young girl.  The angel informed her she would become pregnant.  By the Holy Spirit no less and give birth to the Son of God!  Say what you want, I’m not convinced Mary woke up that morning anticipating this angelic visit.

 

The context of my message was how God wrote the Christmas Story.  It’s such an “unbelievable”, event, one must believe it by faith.  The same God who wrote the Christmas Story is writing your and my story today.  There are times when all we can do is live the moment by faith.  We did not choose the circumstance or situation.  In our wildest dreams, we NEVER expected to face such a time.  But then, we aren’t writing our story – God is!  When our faith is shaken and we wonder if we’ll survive, it’s by the grace of God we manage and become stronger because of the experience.

 

After Jesus was born, the Shepherds came to the stable.  People marveled at what they were saying and the Bible says, “Mary pondered these things in her heart” (Luke 2:19).  David Jeremiah says, “This visit was the world’s first evangelistic service.  The shepherds were the congregation, the angels were the preachers.  The birth announcement was the gospel in all its beauty, and the invitation was responded by everyone who heard it.”  Two things to remember:

 

1)   You may be going through an unsuspecting trial.  It surprised you, but does not surprise God.  He’s writing your story.  Keep your eyes on Him and He will guide you through the difficulty.

2)   You and I are more aware of the Christmas Story today, than Mary was on the very first Christmas.  It’s our responsibility to share this “Good News” with others.  You will have opportunity to do so this week.  Encourage someone. Share your story and invite them to church this Sunday.


Pastor Carnes

 

 


11/30/2017 11:58 PM
"Daily Marching Orders" - Friday December 1, 2017

“Daily Marching Orders”

Sometimes the Bible points us in the right direction by telling us“what not to do.”  Psalm one is a prime example.  The writer says in the first verse, “Blessed is the man who DOES NOT walk in the counsel of the wicked or STAND in the way of sinners or SIT in the seat of mockers.”

 

This verse plainly teaches, if we want a “Blessed” life, there are certain things we should do on purpose and that is AVOID certain people and/or things.  We must be very careful who we receive advice from.  We will not hang around with those who ridicule or who try tempting us to do things we know we shouldn’t.  This does not mean we should never be around non-Christian people – we need to be so we can be a blessing and a Godly witness to them. But, we must guard against their influence drawing us away from our relationship with the Lord.

 

We don’t “sit in the seat of mockers,” to me gives instruction that we do not participate in bashing another person.  This means we protect the words that come out of our mouth, what we listen too, what we watch, read, and write whether in a letter, email, twitter, Instagram, or post on Facebook.  The “Blessed” man is not only one who does not personally do these things, but does everything within his power to eliminate the influence of those who do. 

 

“Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.”  - I Corinthians 15:33

 

Pastor Carnes

 

 


11/30/2017 06:13 PM
Updates - Prayer Requests

This Sunday – 10:45am:

Join us for our first Christmas Service of the year.  We’ll look at the Christmas Story through some different lenses discovering how the very first Christmas applies to every one of us today. “This Christmas is just for ‘YOU!’”  You will go home with something that will cross your mind over and over throughout the week and when things get tough in the future – your mind will take you back to this thought giving help and hope.  It’s just for “YOU!”  NOW is the time to start bringing friends.  Sunday School begins at 9:30am and we will have a 6:00pm service.

 

This Sunday morning, we’ll also have a special guest sharing a brief message about the 7 Bridges Ministry in Atlanta that reaches out to the Homeless.  If you wish to participate, bring and adult size sleeping bag.  There will also be some envelopes on a tree of individuals you may wish to help for Christmas.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS:

I was working in the church last night and received a phone call from Frank Barnett (Larry’s brother).  Frank said, “Hold on a minute, there’s someone here who wants to speak to you.”  It was Larry!!!  Shocked and amazed, Larry and I visited for almost 10 minutes and his voice then weakened so we hung up.  Larry is in the Augusta (Ga) VA Hospital which I’ve learned is regarded as one of the best, if not the best, spinal injury treatment and back rehab centers in the world. I’m not sure if feeling has returned to his legs yet, but yesterday he was put in a wheel chair and was able to push himself around the hospital wing.  Larry has a long, long way to go for recovery.  He wanted me to thank you for your prayers and concern, but asked for you to please continue.  Another answer to prayer is that Frank was offered a place to stay in a Fischer House next to the hospital - free of charge.  All of this is great news – but please continue to pray for Larry.

 

Jeannie Haines – was in Kennestone Hospital over the weekend, but discharged on Monday.  She is home, but requests your continued prayers.

 

Scott Kenerly – no updates here, but know he and family need our prayers.  Thanks for caring!!

 

Pastor Carnes


11/30/2017 12:03 AM
"Thoughts in Action" - Thursday November 30, 2017

“Thoughts in Action”

Jeremiah said, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (17:9).  Solomon said  the heart is where all things develop and come from, calling it the “Wellspring of life.” So the “heart must be guarded” (Proverbs 4:23).  The point is, what’s in the heart of an individual is what eventually comes out.  This outward thrust will be with words or action. 

 

It’s interesting that Jeremiah said, “…there is no cure!”  In other words, you and I are powerless to change our heart (the wellspring of life) because there is no cure.  You and I were born with a sinful, depraved heart.  Everyone has a natural bent toward sin. Therefore, in our own strength, we cannot change who we are. The only remedy for sin is to admit we are a sinner asking Jesus Christ to forgive us.  There was no known cure for leprosy, but Jesus had the power to heal a leper (leprosy in the Bible was also a symbol of sin) through cleansing. 

 

The answer to an unclean heart is Jesus and Jesus only.  You may be trying your best to act better and even talk better – it may work for a while – but without a cleansing, what’s in your heart is what you will be.  A surrendered life to Christ however, is a life with thoughts upon the Savior.  There’s an inward desire to live a Godly life and do what’s right.  A heart surrendered to God is a “changed” heart providing good thoughts leading to good actions.  Here’s a great verse to memorize:  Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing IN YOUR SIGHT, O Lord, my Rock and my redeemer.”

 

Pastor Carnes


11/29/2017 12:14 AM
"No Place To Hide" - Wednesday November 29, 2017

“No Place to Hide”

Have you ever tried running away from God?  When a person is running from God it’s usually because they have messed up in some way.  Something I’ve learned about running from God, you always run right into Him!  I know this first hand, because I tried living my own way before becoming a Christian, then ran from the ministry for years.

 

You may sense a reason to be running from the Lord.  The faster and longer you run, the more frustrated you get because you can’t get away from Him.  Jonah ran from God only to find God uses a variety of resources to remind him he couldn’t escape.  In Jonah’s case, the Lord used the wind, waves, a storm, and a fish to declare His presence.  You see, Jonah had given up on God, but God never gave up on Jonah.

 

The story of Jonah is more than a man being swallowed by a big fish.  It’s a story of how much God loved him.  What I want you to realize is that God didn’t love Jonah any more than He loves you.  Whatever you have done, wherever you may be at this point in your life, I promise you, you’ll NEVER get away from God.  You’ll only run into Him at every turn because He is pursuing you with a love that will never end.  He not only sees where and what you are, but God sees what you can become.  I bet you’re tired, weary and worn from trying to get away from God.  It’s time to stop running and let yourself be caught.  There has never been a person that came to Christ without stopping to wave a flag of surrender.  Today is your time.  You may have given up on God, but He has NOT given up on you!

 

“Where can I go from Thy spirit?  Or where can I flee from thy presence?”  Psalm 139:7 (Look up and read this whole chapter)

 

Pastor Carnes

 

 

 


11/27/2017 11:56 PM
"Complete Trust" - Tuesday November 28, 2017

“Complete Trust”

Francis Schaeffer said that, “When we lack proper contentment, either we have ceased to believe that God is God, or we have failed to be submissive to Him.”  When someone promises you they will do something, do you question their integrity in keeping that promise?  Obviously, the person’s track record has much to do with whether you actually believe they will follow through.  Let me add here, we can’t make decisions on what another person will do or not do, but we can determine we will keep our word.  Deliberate broken promises are lies, and lies break a trust relationship.  When that trust is broken, it is very, very hard to restore a relationship.  Not impossible, but hard.

 

We’re all thankful for the person who never wavers.  They always keep their word.  There’s a story about a little girl who climbed on her father’s lap and begged him to build her a doll house.  Finally he promised to do just that.  He however, had been distracted during the conversation with his daughter because he was engaged in a TV show.  Consequently he forgot his promise entirely until he walked into her  bedroom and saw all of her dolls  and doll furniture packed up and ready to move into the new dollhouse.  When he questioned his daughter about what she was doing, she simply replied, “I know you haven’t started building the dollhouse yet, but I know you will because you promised!”  His word was enough for her.

 

Thankfully, we all know people who keep their promises.  Their word is good enough for us.  But, more importantly we have a God who NEVER has broken, nor will ever break a promise He has made.  Believing that God is God requires that we believe He is faithful and just.  Faithfulness is part of His character and that can never change.  The point is, you can trust Him with anything, anywhere, anytime.  He will ALWAYS do what He said He’s do.

 

“His work is perfect; for all His ways are just; a God of faithfulness and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.”  (Deuteronomy 32:4)

Pastor Carnes


11/27/2017 12:08 AM
"It's beginning to look a lot like... - Monday November 27, 2017

“It’s beginning to look a lot like…”

Go ahead – finish the line and let the melody sink into your mind and heart as you go about your day.  For some, Christmas is the LAST thing you want to think about right now.  However, if you clear the thoughts about the busy things of Christmas like decorating, shopping, travel plans, extra responsibilities at work, getting the kids from point “A” to point “B” at a certain time – well, Christmas will be more enjoyable.

 

Take a deep breath, thank the Lord for this special time of year and enjoy its beauty.  Let the songs of Christmas lift your spirits.   Marvel at the decorated homes and stores.  Determine to enjoy the season of Christmas.  When your tree is decorated, turn down the house lights with carols being sung softly in the background.  Relax and thank God for sending His Son as the most precious gift to the world.

 

  After Church Sunday, lots of people went to work making our Worship Center look like a winter wonderland (without the snow).  Something like 20 trees or so were decorated with I’m not sure how many thousands of lights.  Hundreds of feet of garland was strung and wreaths hung inside and out of the building. 

 

When people walk through the doors of our Church we want them to sense something special is about to happen – and that is our expectation with every service and every event taking place in December.  If it’s a Christmas tree, lights, a star, a person or something else, our mission in everything we do is pointing people, young and old alike, to Jesus as we march toward Christmas.  You are invited to join us next Sunday and bring a friend with you.  I promise, you will not be disappointed.  The Church is beautiful, the music will be uplifting and the message one of hope and encouragement.  As you look at the things “like Christmas” this week, look also for someone to encourage in some way.  You have the power to lift the spirits of another.  Enjoy your week.

 

Pastor Carnes


11/24/2017 05:02 PM
New Request / Sunday Reminder

Prayer Requests:

Jeannie Haines was admitted to Kennestone Hospital last night.  She was having a variety of issues, but in our visit this morning it seemed the major problem was severe back pain.  Doctors will be running tests that hopefully will find the cause and they can do something about it.  John is on his way from Kansas City with expectations of arriving sometime this evening.  Pray for Jeannie.

 

Larry Barnett is expected to be transferred from the Gainesville Medical Hospital to a VA Hospital in Augusta, Ga on Monday.  This will be a good move as this hospital specializes in severe spinal injuries and re-hab.  Larry is still in very serious condition, but has passed the threshold of his injury being life threatening.  Recovery is expected to be a very long time with heavy doubts of a full recovery.  Urgent prayer needed.

 

SERVICES SUNDAY:

Join us at 9:30am for Sunday School and 10:45am Church.  Opportunity will be given in the service for anyone wishing to share a brief testimony of “Thanks” to the Lord.  Also, over the next two Sundays we are collecting “Adult Size Sleeping bags” which will be delivered to the homeless.  Bring a bag with you either Sunday is you wish to participate.

 

Christmas Decorations will go up after this Sunday morning’s service and you are invited to help.  Pizza and soda will be provided, but it will helpful to know you are planning on staying.  Simply hit “reply” to this email and let me know the number staying.  (Helps in purchasing food).

 

Attention Single ladies:  Sue Lake is hosting a Christmas luncheon at the Church after our morning service on Sunday December 10th.  All single ladies are invited.  Meat is provided with each lady asked to bring a side dish.  Bring a Christmas ornament is you wish to participate in an exchange.

 

Remember – apples are available for pick up this Sunday morning for those making a dish to take to the Calvary Children’s Home Sunday night December 10th.  See you all Sunday.

 

Pastor Carnes

 

 

 

 


11/24/2017 12:00 AM
"Don't Forget" - Friday November 24, 2017

“Don’t Forget”

Thanksgiving Day has passed, but I know your thanks for the God’s blessings will continue.  I received an devotional response on Thursday that said, “We don’t need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful.  With an attitude of gratitude and God’s grace to sustain us.”  What a true statement!!

 

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with an opportunity to spend with family and/or friends.  A huge thank you to so many in our church who helped in providing a nice Thanksgiving dinner for several families who are going through a rough time right now.  I’m certain a number of folks reading these lines helped someone in some way through the Thanksgiving holiday.  What we must remember though is, the folks that the folks needing help before Thanksgiving, most likely will still need assistance after Thanksgiving. Rarely is there an immediate turn around and finances stabilized.  My point is, we must consistently be alert for an individual or family we might be able to help.

 

The Bible says, “Thank the Lord!  Praise his name!  Tell the world about his wondrous love.  How mighty he is!”  Isaiah 12:4 (TLB).  We thank the Lord by telling Him “Thanks” for all He has done for us.  But, perhaps an even greater way to give thanks and show His love is by sharing with someone who is struggling what God has done or is doing for us!  Everyone’s thoughts are turning toward Christmas now.  Whether it’s buying someone a cup of coffee, a meal, helping with a project, or simply being friendly – there are a lot of hurting, lonely and needy people around us every day.  As a Christian we have the joy and peace only God can give.  Use the opportunity of this special time of year to let someone know what the Lord has done for you, He can do for them.  Invite them to come to our Christmas services starting December 3rd (10:45) informing them, This Christmas is going to be different – every service is personalized.  This Christmas is for “YOU!”  Give someone an encouraging word today.

 

Pastor Carnes

 


11/23/2017 12:09 AM
"HAPPY THANKSGIVING" - Thursday November 23, 2017

“HAPPY THANKSGIVING”

Chris and I wish you and yours the happiest Thanksgiving ever!!  This has been a year with lots of twists and turns.  Serious illnesses, loss of loved ones and friends along with other things bringing heartbreak and sadness.  But God is still God and He still loves you.  We read in I Thessalonians 5:18, “In ALL things give thanks…”.  Whatever your plans for today, things will go better every time you pause to think of Jesus.  We all have lots of reasons to be thankful!!  Let the Lord know how thankful you are for Him.  I will be thanking Him for you.

 

You’ll probably be busy, but deliberately take a few minutes to pray for the men and women in our armed forces, our police and everyone in law enforcement, firefighters, and others who serve every day doing their best to keep us safe.  Doctors, nurses, and all medical people should be added to the list plus others that may come to mind. 

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

 

Pastor & Chris


11/22/2017 06:43 PM
Prayer Requests & Sunday News

It’s Thanksgiving Eve and I know there is lots going on, but here’s a reminder of people counting on your prayers and things you should know about our Sunday services in December.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Larry Barnett – Gainesville Medical Center, serious condition.

Scott Kenerly – home but needing prayers as waiting for best treatment possible for brain cancer.

Dawn Smeltzer – has been suffering some time from chronic pain and has not been able to sleep.  Anxiety has also become an issue.  Doctors unable to pinpoint problem at this time.

Sandy Kroese – severe pain in hand, wrist and arm. 

Victoria – Jolene Hagan’s granddaughter had successful surgery today.

Thanksgiving is the first major holiday some individuals will be celebrating without their mate.  This is a difficult time for many.  Remember to pray for them.

 

Join us this Sunday at 9:30 for Sunday School and 10:45 for our morning worship service.  We’ll spend time giving thanks to the Lord “For All He Has Done.”  Maybe you would like to give a personal testimony this week.  You will be given an opportunity.

 

Following the morning service this Sunday all who can are invited to stay and help decorate the church for Christmas.  We need lots of help and you will enjoy being a part of the activities.  Pizza and soda will be supplied, but it will be helpful to know you are coming as pizza will be ordered in advance.  Hit the “reply” and respond to this email stating we can plan on you.

 

SLEEPING BAGS – In our service last week I shared the need for sleeping bags to be distributed to the homeless in the Atlanta Metro Area.  If you would like to support this cause, simply bring an Adult size sleeping bag this Sunday or next.

 

Paulding County “Helping Hands” is also in need of blankets, hats and gloves of all sizes, socks and jackets.  Children’s clothing of all sizes also.  If you want to help, bring what you wish to church and it will be delivered.  A Christmas “wish list” from school children and families in need will be hung on a tree ready for pick up one week from this Sunday.

 

APPLE-FEST at Calvary Children’s Home Sunday December 10th.  Make any dish out of apples and have at the Children’s Home on Lost Mountain Rd December 10th by 5:45pm  (No PM service at the church that night).  Apples will be provided and can be picked up at church this Sunday morning.

 

This Christmas is for “YOU!”:

That is the theme for our Christmas Season with our Christmas Services beginning Sunday December 3rd and each Sunday through December starting at 10:45am.  Invite friends, family and strangers to come sit with you and enjoy viewing the Christmas Story in a way you (and they) may never have before.  Every service is personalized – just for – YOU!   Identical Christmas Eve Services will held Sunday the 24th starting at 11:00am and 6:00pm.  (No Sunday School that day).

 

KID’S FUN DAY – Here is an opportunity for Parents to take a break.  Shop for a few hours, have lunch, get coffee with a friend or kick back and relax.  Jo Williamson and Marilyn Converse have put together a special day for kids 4 years through 5th grade.  It’s Saturday December 10th from 11am – 3pm.  Kids will enjoy lunch, crafts, games and music.  Pass the word to everyone you know.  Registration is not necessary, but very, very helpful.  Email Williamson.jo@gmail.com.  If parents/guardian wish to stay with children they may do so.  Helpers are also needed.  Contact Jo or Marilyn.  This email has lots of information, but it’s a busy and EXCITING time of the year.  There are people you know wanting to go to church this Christmas Season, but don’t know where to go.  Invite them to come join us and emphasize, of all the Christmases they have experienced, This Christmas is Just for “YOU” (Them).  See you Sunday.  (Remember, we’re decorating and want you to help).

Pastor Carnes

 

 


11/22/2017 12:10 AM
"An Interesting Trilogy" - Wednesday November 22, 2017

“A Psalm Trilogy” 

Psalms 22, 23, and 24 were all written by David. These chapters are interesting because we find the writer relating to his God about his Past, Present and Future.  These chapters remind us that God knows and is interested in our Past, Present and Future.  God who knows our Past and loved us enough to die for all our sins so that we may be forgiven.

 

In Chapter 22, David feels rejected by friends and God.  That’s the feeling one has when carrying a heart filled with sin.  The good news is, when we call out to God in repentance, He hears and answers our prayers.  This chapter describes Jesus coming and laying His life down for the sins of the world.  The Psalm was written around 950 BC.  David mentions the crucifixion which didn’t take place until about 500 BC. 

 

Most of us are familiar with Psalm 23.  David writes it out of experience as a Shepherd.  Sheep are totally dependent on the care and protection of a Shepherd.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd, caring for and protecting His people.   Even on his darkest night, David said, “He is with me” (v 4).  Psalm 24 mentions the “King of glory” (v 7) who is none other than Jesus Christ. He is coming one day to set His Kingdom up on earth and we shall reign with Him forever. 

 

Personalize these three Psalms.  As you read them, meditate upon the God who knows everything about your past, everything about your present and everything about your future.  Whatever you are experiencing at this season of your life, “He is with you every step of the way.”  Your God is interested in YOU!  Your Past – Present and Future.  Give Him thanks and praise!!

 

Pastor Carnes

 


11/21/2017 12:08 AM
"Thankful For God's Surprises" - Tuesday November 21, 2017

“Thankful For God’s Surprises”

Several places in the Bible mention the times God “Opened the floodgates of heaven.” Perhaps the most familiar is Malachi 3:10: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”  Here’s what I know about God opening Heavens’ floodgates.

 

The first time it’s mentioned is in Genesis 7:11 when the floodgates were opened and it rained for 40 days and 40 nights.  Isaiah mentions the, “windows above were opened and the foundation of the earth shook” (24:18).  Here’s what I’ve experienced.  When God opens the floodgates of heaven He is doing something major.  The gates are opened unexpectedly and amazing things are about to take place.  When God opens the gates (windows), only He can close them.  Nothing, nor anyone can prevent their opening or closing.

 

This Thanksgiving Season, let’s be thankful for the blessings God has given us throughout our life and especially this past year.  Maybe you don’t feel particularly blessed this season, but you can give thanks for what God is about to do in your behalf.  You feel stuck by what you see, but you’re moving forward because of what you know (God’s promises).  When God opens His windows, amazing things take place.  It happens suddenly, without warning, but it’s always powerful.  It may be a healing, an addiction about to be broken, a promotion, an extra sense of peace, joy and happiness.  It’s something you can’t explain.  Keep your eyes on the Lord and stand on His Word.  Continue to give praise to Him – not just for what He has done – but for what He is about to do!!  Remember, “Praise is what causes the heavens to open.”  I believe God is about to do some amazing things for those who are faithful and continue to praise Him whether they are experiencing good or difficult times.  I’m thankful for God’s surprises!

 

Pastor Carnes


11/20/2017 12:10 AM
"We Are All Pregnant" - Monday November 20, 2017

“We Are All Pregnant”

Just hear me out.  An interesting verse is found in Psalm 7:14 which says, “The wicked conceive evil; they are pregnant with trouble and give birth to lies” (NIV).  The Message is a little more emphatic, “Look at that guy!  He had sex with sin, he’s pregnant with evil.  Oh, look!  He’s having a baby – a Lie-Baby!”

 

Are you familiar with that verse?  Probably not, but here’s my take on it.  First, it is referring to the “ungodly”.  The ungodly conceive evil and the result is they become impregnated which leads to evil deeds.   BUT, this is NOT referring to you if you are a Born Again believer in Jesus Christ.  The “ungodly” are pregnant with evil which gives birth to trouble and leads to lies.  Again, this is not referring to the Christian.

 

If the ungodly are pregnant, then as Christians, are we also pregnant?  I think we are!  Not with evil, but something else.  As believers we are all pregnant with a number of things.  New possibilities, new dreams, new hopes, and new opportunities.  Becoming a Christian makes us pregnant with righteousness which leads to Godly living.  As we follow God’s direction He allows us to give birth to a whole new way of life and living.  You are not a wicked person that gives birth to trouble or lies.  God has put something inside of you that takes away the old things of life and allows His Spirit to start growing within you.  I’m thankful for the faithfulness of God and the opportunities He provides us. There is something good growing within each of us – it’s time to give birth and let God lead you to heights you’ve never known.

 

Pastor Carnes   


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