M A G A Z I N E MARCH 2013 EDITION
Issue No. 5
BOULEVARD BAPTIST CHURCH
Mission Statement: To develop our spiritual lives, evangelize the wider community and influence the world through Christ by organized preaching, public and private worship, Christian education and fellowship, while co-operating with other Christian bodies.
Boulevard Baptist 44th Anniversary Message Dear Preacher: Should the Church be involved in Politics?
Lest We Forget Sermon: “Boast about God” (Editor’s pick of the Month)
God’s People Living in Peace
Simone Collings (Youth Inspiration)
Marriage in the Danger Zone (Your Counsellor)
“Living lives that make a difference” (Sunday School Emphasis Month)
Financial Mistakes to Avoid
Your Lawyer’s Advice: Wills and Lands Kings Manor Development
“ The only source of knowledge is experience.” Albert Einstein
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By: Sophia Williams
Guest Preacher: Bishop Alfred Reid, retired Anglican Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands The forty-fourth Anniversary of the Boulevard Baptist Church is a significant and appropriate moment for meditation. Such an important period for the Church concurs with the Biblical significance of forty year cycles. So said Bishop Alfred Reid, retired Anglican Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, guest preacher for the occasion. He highlighted several events in Biblical history which pointed to the importance of forty years, as he guided us through Acts 7: 17-34. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Reid cited the case of Moses who fled to Midian at age forty. Forty years later, God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. The Bishop declared that Moses’ life was transformed at the burning bush in Midian, not in a Church or Cathedral. He asserted that this is an important message for the Church: to witness to the whole world. In emphasizing this point, he referred to our Pastor’s public witness in a local newspaper. He pointed out that Moses’ first forty years were important as years of growth. Rev. Luther Gibbs and Rev. Dr. Devon Dick charted the way in laying the foundation at Boulevard. As with Moses, the next forty years for Boulevard are for decision and action. We must know what is going on in the world, in order to deal with it. If our work in the Church is easy, it is not God’s work, as God’s work always seems impossible - frustrating and very difficult. But God’s “grace is sufficient.” At the end of Moses’ life he had the impossible task of conquering the Promised Land. Moses lamented, “Why have you laid the burden of these people on me?” We don’t have to give up as God will work His purpose out. Press on through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Should the church be involved in Politics? There are some who would want to confine Christians to voting as their only role in governance. Some claim the Church should have no part in politics, and justify their responses based on the doctrine of separation of State and Church. There is a misunderstanding of separation of State and Church as developed and practised in the United States of America (USA). The idea of the founding fathers of the USA is that there should be no State sponsored Church. The State should not favour one denomination over another. People must be free to express their religious beliefs once the practices are legal. In England there is no separation of Church and State since the Queen of Great Britain is both head of the Anglican Church and also Head of State. The recent election of the Archbishop of Canterbury was done after Prime Minister David Cameron recommended three names to the Queen who made the decision. In Jamaica the Church as the collective Christian membership should monitor legislations to ensure just laws are passed. The Church should lobby the government to enhance competition, accountability and honesty in public contracting and to ensure compliance with the governmentâ€™s procurement procedures in the award of contracts. The Church should also have a voice on issues related to poverty alleviation, job creation, debt reduction and management, easing the tax burden on persons who are poor, the terms and prior actions demanded by the IMF, etc. Because Jn. 3:16 says that God loved the world then the church must be interested in politics and how the country is organized and managed. And as the church prays for Godâ€™s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven it means that the Church must be involved in politics making Godâ€™s will apparent there also.
Lest We Forget For the atheists and others among us who think that all Christians were and are fools let the records reflect that some of the pioneers in the major disciplines of the academy were serious Christians. I illustrate from the field of Science using material drawn from Alvin Schmidt’s 2001 book Under the Influence: How Christianity Transformed Civilization. This fascinating book was the main source behind my CD The Church’s Impact on Western Civilization. The inductive, experimental method in Science was first proposed by Robert Grosseteste (c. 1168-1253), a Franciscan bishop and the first chancellor of Oxford University. This method was further advocated by his student Roger Bacon (1214-94), also a Franciscan monk. Yet another Franciscan monk deserving of mention here is the natural philosopher William of Occam (1285-1347). Francis Bacon (1561- 1626) who systematically recorded his scientific experiments was also steeped in theology and even wrote treatises on the Psalms and on prayer.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was a scientific genius and master in the field of human physiology and an ardent Christian. Other Christian pioneers in science were Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) in Genetics; in Astronomy, Nicolaus Copernicus (14731543), Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) and Galileo Galilei (1564-1642); in Physics, Isaac Newton (1642-1727), Gottfried Leibniz (16461716), Blaise Pascal (1623-62), Georg Ohm (1787-1854) and Andre Ampere (1775-1836); in Chemistry, Robert Boyle (1627-91), Antoine Lavoisier (1743-94) and the Black American George Washington Carver (1864?-1943). We have left out many names. Neither should it be forgotten that right now some of Jamaica’s most learned are professing Christians including at least two Rhodes scholars, the clergymen Ronald Thwaites and Earl Thames. Respect Due! Clinton Chisholm (Rev.) Lecturer, Jamaica Theological Seminary
Editor’s Pick of the Month
“BOAST about God” “It is a danger when we boast about human beings… ‘the arm of flesh will fail you, you dare not trust your own’ ’’. While highlighting instances and examples of great men and women in society whom we have boasted about, and who eventually become a source of disappointment, Rev. Dr. Devon Dick provided us with indisputable reasons why we should boast about God rather than human beings. In a gripping sermon delivered to the Boulevard Baptist Church congregation, referring to Galatian’s 6:14, Rev. Dick proclaimed that Paul boasted about God for his (Paul’s) successes and victories: “May I never boast except for the cross of Jesus Christ.” Rev. Dick argued that some of us boast about talents, treasures, our connections and who we know. When we boast of our accomplishments, we have an exalted opinion of ourselves and how we look. The Pastor lamented the fact that we are also carnal and interested in what gives us pleasure (Romans 5: 8-16) at the expense of others. Rev. Devon Dick charged the young people not to boast about deejays, instead boast about what God has done for us: “… not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:9). Therefore “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord” (1 Cor. 1:31). Boast about God’s Salvation that is full and free. He implored us to testify about God, his goodness and greatness; not to put our trust and confidence in politicians, spouse or our children. They can be an important part of our lives, but not the centre. When trials and crosses come our way, trust in God. Boast about the one who has never failed us yet!
“God’s People Living in God’s World Living in Peace”: Forgiveness “We are part of God’s family; therefore we are called upon to love each other.” This was the theme for the exhortation delivered by Deacon Emeritus Fay Corothers at a special service culminating our “Day of Fasting and Prayer”, January 9, 2013. Focusing on forgiveness, she reminded us that when we come to the Cross, we confess our sins and become God’s people. She encouraged us to live in peace through forgiveness and emphasized the fact that un-forgiveness corrodes the vessel in which it is stored and so hurts the unforgiving person. She explained that Jesus taught us about forgiving and loving through The Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12. Deacon Corothers advised that when people hurt us we must bear the hurt through the power of the Holy Spirit,
and not become angry or retaliate. She cautioned the audience not to judge or criticize, but rather help by showing love. Peace, she emphasized, is something we must pursue. Drawing on Jesus’ teachings - “…blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew. 5:9) and “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34) - she explained that loving one another is not something we can do in our own strength. Jesus wants us to follow his example. He will give us the strength to do it. We must also pray for peace and forgiveness. Finally, Deacon Corothers beseeched us to let the peace of Christ rule our hearts, for we are called to the peace of God. If we are to live in peace we must surrender to God: “My stubborn will at last I surrender!”
By: Sophia Williams
Simone Collings BBC Mag.: How long have you been a member of Boulevard Baptist? Simone: I have been a member for seven years. BBC Mag.: What led you to give your life to the Lord? Simone: I started reading the Bible for myself and received counselling at Church. BBC Mag.: Your life has been changed considerably since 2011. Explain what happened? Simone: On my way to work one morning I was approached by a gunman and shot multiple times, in my head and shoulder damaging my spinal cord, leaving me immobile from my chest down. BBC Mag.: What is the reason for this attack? Simone: I do not know. BBC Mag.: To what extent has this affected you? Simone: It has robbed me of my self-esteem and courage. BBC Mag.: What is your occupation? Simone: I am an accountant. BBC Mag.: Have you reached the point of forgiveness to who has or have done this to you? Simone: I have already forgiven him
BBC Mag.: Looking back what would you have done differently to avoid this? Simone: Pay attention to my surroundings. BBC Mag.: What plans you had for the future that cannot be realized as a result? Simone: Having children. BBC Mag.: What kind of advice would you give to someone who may find themselves in the same situation you are in? Simone: Even though itâ€™s hard and sometimes depressing it will eventually get easier. Your condition is not your conclusion, just keep fighting. And in everything you do, keep God in the midst of it. BBC Mag.: Describe the journey from the incident in 2011 up to this point? Simone: Slow, depressing at times, but fulfilling when a goal has been realized. BBC Mag.: How difficult it is accepting your present situation and how are you coping? Simone: It is very hard to accept, especially with my limitations, but more and more I am learning to, especially with lots of support. BBC Mag.: Is there anything positive or good resulting from your situation? Simone: The positive thing is that I have met a lot of supportive and encouraging people, and I have been classified as being a source of strength to others when dealing with their problems. BBC Mag.: How has the support been from friends, family and at Boulevard Baptist? Simone: It has been wonderful. BBC Mag.: How do you see life now, and in the future? Simone: I see it as being delayed now, but very accomplished in the future, especially as a chartered accountant and having a family. BBC Mag.: Thank you for sharing, Simone.
Marriage in the Danger Zone ~ Carol Bernard Madden
Greetings! As the pressure in our lives builds, so too does the need for a means of escape. There may be greater involvement in activities away from home or even at home, but in isolation to avoid family members, eg. watching lengthy sporting activities on television, extensive reading or use of the computer. Unfortunately, involvement in this way may cause a greater rift in the marital relationship. The confusion between wanting to be alone and also wanting affection and attention (which may not be forthcoming from our spouse) may also elevate the risk of getting involved in an extra-marital affair – the Danger Zone. But there is help available if we find ourselves in these situations. Since stress is almost inevitable in our lives today, it is important to remain focused on what our roles are as God’s creations and as married couples. There is no doubt that the dreams of the future we had at the time of our wedding have made a paradigm shift to what has now become a reality. Going to God in prayer with our spouse to better understand what God wants for us is fundamental. Communicate with God and develop a closer relationship with Him as a couple. Consistently communicating our concerns with our spouse may provide less chance of either of us being taken by surprise by our new visions for each other and for the marriage. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matt. 6: 33) Continue to seek God’s guidance in the marriage. If, however, the problems seem insurmountable, and discussing the topics with your spouse without tempers flaring is impossible, it may be time to seek counsel from a trusted Christian marriage counsellor who can help you in finding solutions. Where both parties are willing to fight for their marriage, divorce will not become an option. May God bless you as you seek to guard your marriage.
“Living lives that make a difference” Sunday School Emphasis Month Deacon Patrick Anderson, while delivering his sermon to the Boulevard Baptist congregation referred to his Sunday School class, where the students were asked what they needed to get ahead in life. The popular responses were: getting rich,’ ‘a career,’ ‘education’ and ‘work’. They believed that these were what would make them someone of significance rather than an enriched spiritual life of regular church attendance, prayer and Bible study. Deacon Patrick stated that all parents wanted their children to grow up and make a difference. As a result, Parents ensured that their children are placed in the right school and get the right education. In his estimation however, wise parents send their children to Sunday School to learn about Jesus, fellowship and salvation. “Accepting Jesus in our lives is an excellent avenue in making a difference,” Deacon Anderson opined... He exhorted the congregation to commit themselves to living the kind of life that Christ lived, a Christian life. This, according to Deacon Anderson, is a life that would be empowered to make a difference; one of repentance, change
of attitude and actions against sin. “We become somebody in our community, school and anywhere we live as Christians; living lives of example to others,” he stated. Deacon Anderson posited that Christians are put under pressure by both Christians and nonChristians. Pointing to Matthew 24, the Deacon explained that Jesus told his disciples that they would be persecuted. He warned us to be careful of the evil one who knows our weaknesses and to guard against the devil putting a foothold and preventing God, arming ourselves with the spiritual armour. We are called to be salt of the earth, and the light of the world. (Matt. 5:13-15). Why not let our light shine for Jesus. When we are like these our Lord will empower us to live a life that will make a difference.
FINANCIAL EDUCATION MINISTRY Brother Hugh Reid Chairman, Financial Education Ministry and President of Scotia Jamaica Life Insurance
What can I do to manage my finances more effectively? MISTAKES TO AVOID continued Continuing from last month’s article, the people who have the most success managing their finances generally avoid most of the mistakes noted below. Mistake #4 Time....As an Enemy Time is also an enemy for most people. They procrastinate in terms of executing their plan. If you spend more time to look for a new stereo, refrigerator, or car than you do managing your finances in a particular year, then time is probably an enemy. Mistake #5 “Chasing” Mentality Too many people have a “chasing” mentality - chasing the latest, greatest, best idea or investment. To determine if an idea or product is appropriate for you means determining whether or not it contributes to the achievement of your financial plan - means you need a plan to even know if you have this problem. Mistake #6 I Can Do It Myself Most people need professional advice to manage their finances. Whether it is tax, investment, legal or other advice, most people cannot do everything themselves.
Too many people try and do everything because they think they can or they don’t want to pay the professional fees. Don’t be foolish - know your limitations and get help. You wouldn’t perform open heart surgery on yourself, would you? Mistake #7 It’s My Money This is a mistake some couples make. For reasons that are usually non-financial (probably emotional) many couples manage their money separately. There are a number of reasons to look at the total resources of a family, not the least of which are tax reasons. The best reason to manage your money together is to ensure you achieve your shared goals and objectives. Mistake #8 “Lock-In” Remaining flexible is very important. Many people make decisions that they cannot get out of or if they can it is very expensive to change. Setting up your plan to achieve your goals while maintaining flexibility is very important as both your plan and your goals will change over time.
Your Lawyer’s Advice
Wills & Lands Presenter: Gloria Brown-Mills, Attorney at Law
Attorney at Law, Gloria Brown-Mills, a deacon of the Sligoville Baptist Church, in her presentation at the Annual Jamaica Baptist Women’s Federation Conference, made reference to Hebrews 9: 16-17, which states: “In the case of a will it is necessary to prove that the person who made it has died, for a will means nothing while the person who made it is alive; it comes into effect only after his death”
Some legal tips she shared are as follows: • You must be 18 and over to make a Will • A Will must be written • It must be signed by the testator with two witnesses present at the same time • The Executor gets six percent of the Will • A beneficiary cannot be a witness • A beneficiary who witnesses a Will loses all benefits • Beneficiaries can be Executors • The Court will validate Will shortly after death • If you have squatted on a land for a number of years and have been paying the tax you can apply through the Titles Office to gain ownership of that property • To be on the safe side it is wise to include a Last Clause on your Will, example: I will give all I have not disposed of to John Brown. (Always write this as a last clause).
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