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AASBC MOBILIZER

MAY 2012

Atlanta Association of Southern Baptist Churches Together Making Jesus Known

4528 Rockbridge Road Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083 www.aasbc.org 770.957.8774 aasb2001@gmail.com Dr. Keith Pisani, Director of Missions Haven Brownlee, Ministry Assistant

"Now it came to pass in those days that He [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God." (Luke 6:12) Do we pray enough? Do we have specific times of prayer? When we do engage the Father in prayer, what do we pray? How do we pray? To Whom do we pray? Have we been taught to pray or did we learn to pray, through osmosis, by listening to others pray? If so, like Whom/whom do we pray? Since prayer is the hand that moves the heart of God, why don't we pray more? We know that God is an 'omni-God', but, when we take the time to pray, do we really believe that our omni-competent God can handle our requests? Prayer is the believer's declaration of dependence on God. In discipling His followers, Christ did more than model prayer. He taught them to pray (Matthew 6:9-13). In doing so, Christ used one of the New Testament's seven terms for prayer. He could have said, "Throw it out there and make a wish to God," or "Ask, as a servant to his Master, and present specific requests," or "Come to God - pursuing God as a place of refuge for your soul and present an olive branch of peace seeking forgiveness or protection," or "Intercede, dialogue, and converse with God as you build and enjoy your relationship with your Father." But Christ used the term for directing a strong desire toward the only Person in the universe Who understands our deepest needs and guarantees an answer to our prayers. When God on earth talked to God in heaven, in prayer, Jesus looked beyond Himself and was pre-occupied with the Father. When we pray, are we? When Christ prayed, He praised. Do we? The entire Godhead gets involved when we pray (that truth alone should impact our prayer life and attitude toward prayer). We present our requests in Jesus' name (John 14:1314). When the Holy Spirit presents those requests to the Father, God talks to God about you "in groanings that cannot be uttered" (Romans 8:26-27). The groanings of God, that 'cannot be uttered', are prayer requests that will not be denied. I live near Stone Mountain. As time allows, I go to the top of the mountain to pray. As your Director of Missions, I take along our list of churches and pray for you. As I look out on the neighborhoods and geographic regions that extend beyond our horizon, I've wondered, "When it comes to reaching souls, impacting our communities for Christ, and seeing God's hand at work, how neglected is the most powerful methodology in our arsenal - prayer?". We want to pray for you. If you have specific requests, please let us know by submitting those requests to the AASBC office. Let us, as an Association, be people of prayer.


Praise God for the recent Discipleship Seminar, the Pastor's Fellowship, the Missions Open House (FBC of Atlanta), and the Church & Community Ministries immunization shots events. Each gathering impacted our lives in positive ways. Here is a listing of upcoming ministries.

MAY 19 - AASBC PREACHER'S CONFERENCE: Have you ever needed encouragement and an uplift for your soul? Hosted by the Clairmont Baptist Church of Atlanta and beginning at 6 PM (6 PM - 8:45 PM), three of our own AASBC pastors will develop the theme of "Encourage Me" at the May 19 FREE Preacher's Conference. The conference features music, preaching, and fellowship. The preachers include Chris Jordan of Christ Church of Metro Atlanta, Johnny Beasely of Greater Fellowship Church, and the host pastor J.B. Brown of Clairmont Baptist Church. Please bring your congregation to this event of encouragement. Clairmont Baptist Church of Atlanta is located between Buford Highway and Dresden Drive near Plaza Fiesta and the Fiesta Farmer's Market at 3542 Clairmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30319 (404-636-1406). Come and support your fellow pastors! JUNE 9 - ETHNIC CHURCHES CONFERENCE: Fifteen ethnic churches are members of the AASBC. Other member churches either host and/or sponsor additional ethnic congregations. The Atlanta Association of Southern Baptist Churches is partnering with Dr. An Van Pham and the Georgia Baptist Convention by sponsoring an Ethnic Church Conference on June 9 from 10 AM to 3 PM in Building 'D' at Pine Lake Baptist Church. The conference is designed to address the needs of Ethnic and Language churches, as well as the needs of individual internationals who are assimilating into American society. This FREE conference features a general assembly, break-out sessions, FREE food, and a panel discussion with questions and answers. English church sponsoring pastors, ethnic church pastors and wives, church leaders, and all who are interested in reaching Atlanta for Christ are invited to attend. Pine Lake Baptist Church is located at 4528 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (404-292-2100) and can be reached through the Association's contact information (PLBC provides space for the AASBC home office). The church is located across from Allgood Road and the Post Office in Pine Lake. JULY 28 - ATLANTA PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER 'DIVERSITY NEXT DOOR' PANEL": (Details TBA: 'To Be Announced') SEPTEMBER 9 - AASBC ANNUAL MEETING: At Morningside Baptist Church (5 PM - 8 PM) OCTOBER 29-30 - 9MARKS CONFERENCE: At Mt. Vernon Baptist Church (Details TBA) FEBRUARY 18-27, 2013 - ISRAEL TRIP WITH DR. KEITH & BETH PISANI: Join your Director of Missions on a tour of the holy lands. Call 404-824-4528 for details.


APRIL

YTD

1027 Church

$410.06

$1,412.02

Apostles Korean Church

$19.00

$80.00

Bethesda Empowerment Center

$200.00

Bezalel Church

$185.86

Blueprint Church

$.00

Brookhaven Baptist

$100.00

$400.00

Brown Memorial Baptist Church

$135.00

$405.00

Caring Believers Bible Fellowship

$.00

Chapel First Baptist

$.00

Christ Church of Metro Atlanta

$75.00

Clairmont Baptist Church

$314.06

$651.33

Clarkston International Bible Church

$345.51

$1,489.39

Cornerstone

$.00

Decision Point Faith Community Church

$.00 $75.00

Faithful Friends Baptist Church

First Nepali Baptist Church

$300.00 $132.12

First Agape Baptist First Baptist Atlanta

$600.00

$.00 $3,750.00 $159.92

French African International

$7,500.00 $243.75 $.00

Gospel Baptist Church

$108.00

$226.00

Greater Fellowship Missionary Baptist

$145.00

$290.00

Iglesia Bautista Vida Abundante

$40.00

Immanuel Baptist Church

$.00

Life Church of Athens

$600.00

Mission Evangelique d'Atlanta

$.00

Morningside Baptist Church Mt. Vernon Baptist Church

$1,433.56 $500.00

North Peachtree Baptist Church North Peachtree Vietnamese Baptist

$2,000.00 $774.59

$33.48

$87.84

Pine Lake Baptist Church

$25.00

$100.00

Rehoboth Baptist Church

$200.00

$600.00

One Heart Church

$.00

Rehoboth Ethiopian Evangelical

$.00

Sanctuary of Atlanta

$.00

Smyrna Word of Life Baptist

$.00

Sudanese Christian Fellowship Templo Hispano Bautista

$.00 $86.66

The Midtown Bridge The Praise Factory

$.00 $25.00

Voices of Hope

$215.00 $.00

Westhills Total Contributions - Churches

$389.98

$.000 $6,506.69

$20,356.44


May 2012 Mobilizer