FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ** 712 RANDOLPH ST NW, WASHINGTON, DC ** REVEREND DR. FRANK D. TUCKER, SENIOR PASTOR
PASTOR’S PEN During this month of August we are mindful that God has blessed us to come to the eighth month of another year. As a result, we have experienced some difficult challenges during this period. Not the least is the travail of sickness and death. We have learned afresh that God is a healer and deliverer. God’s grace and mercy have provided us the strength to endure the ongoing challenges of living. Indeed, looking back over just this year to date, we see that many of our obstacles have melted by the divine heat of the Holy Spirit. With renewed and reinforced faith, we honor God for His goodness. Challenges of mental, spiritual and physical sickness among our membership during the first half of the year have made us more conscious of the need to be vigilant, faithful, and hopeful. While we are on this side of Heaven’s Gate, this increased consciousness will enhance our ability and determination to achieve our goals and fulfill our divine purposes. Vigilance requires attention to positive and negative events and experiences that influence our lives. Do not ignore the signs and signals that inform us of pending dangers. Often the hardships we face are only warnings to look with care and wisdom to make sure we are making correct decisions and moving in the right directions. On the other hand, do not become so overwhelmed by blessings that we
feel invincible and self-righteous. called to watch and pray.
Faithfulness calls for steadfast commitment to what God has called us to do. It requires daily seeking of the will and purpose of God. Ours is a journey of faith. Do not give up on God. Every effort must be caught up in the desire to stay on course and abide in the work and mission God has called each of us to do. Sometimes following God and being obedient to Him requires us to do a new thing—to leave our comfort zone and embark upon a different experience. Our faithfulness is to God—not to our desire or tradition. Each day we must live in hope. We have every reason to be hopeful. In spite of the darkness that often smothers our day, maintain confidence in the future. As children of God, we are confident that He will see us through. Remember, the victory has been given to us by way of the Cross. Christ gave His life on a cruel cross to provide hope for eternal life. As the hymnist declared, “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.” Yes, my friends, we are charged to press on through the challenges ahead and to know that we are not alone. Our faith is grounded in the knowledge that we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us. Meanwhile, we are committed to forge on as we receive God’s vision for our lives, even in these challenging times!
“GETTING TO KNOW GOD THROUGH PRAYER AND REVIVAL” ACTS 1:7-14, 2:1-4 By Reverend Donald Robinson and Deacon Bruce Roberson Recently I had a conversation with a younger Christian, he was lamenting how tired, weary and disenchanted he was with God. He said when he prays, he doesn’t think God hears him or cares enough about him to respond. He went on and on telling me how disconnected and empty he was. I thought about what this young man was saying, I prayed to God about him and moments later God revealed a few things to me about the young man. God revealed to me that maybe the young man needed to have a closer intimate walk with “The Lord” that he can be “Revived”! It then dawned on me, in these lazy, hot humid days of summer (especially during July and August) how many others feel drained, empty and weary and are in need of a “Personal Revival Experience”! Often we talk about “Revival,” but we usually mean “Revival” in a corporate, collective spiritual renewal and revitalization context. However, the God we serve will gladly give any of “His” children a sense of “Revival,” whenever they ask “Him” for it. Therefore, we don’t have to wait for the Evangelism Team or Revival Committee to organize a church-wide “Revival Experience,” we can call on God personally, asking “Him” to send “Revival” to us, even now! Therefore, as we prepare our hearts, minds and spirits to be re-energized and refueled through “Revival,” let us also make a commitment to get closer to God daily, as we pray and seek “His” face through our personal, spiritual journey’s!. For the record, the most important ingredient in a revival is prayer. You can have everything else, but without prayer there will be NO revival. You can advertise. You can have a great choir. You can even raise large sums of money. You can have overflow crowds. You can have great gospel preaching, but none of these by itself, will bring a revival. Revival must be prayed down from heaven, not worked up from earth. Jesus is our best example of the power and effectiveness of prayer. After his baptism and before he entered His public ministry, He went into the wilderness and fasted and prayed for forty days. He even prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, and then later He hung on the cross, where He suffered physically, mentally and spiritually. As He hung on the cross, He said, “Father, Forgive them for they know not what they do!” He then gave up the ghost, was buried….but early on Sunday morning, He rose from the dead. He then circulated among the disciples and others, letting them know “He is Alive” and the Son of God with all the power of both heaven and earth in “His” hands. What can we learn from the example of Jesus and how can we “get To Know God Though Prayer and Revival? First, We Are To Pray For Ourselves. The disciples came to the Upper Room to pray. They were told by Jesus to wait on the Holy Spirit and when the Holy Spirit would come, they would receive power to do His will. God’s will of teaching, preaching, evangelizing, comforting, caring, nurturing, forgiving, loving, reconciling and getting people ready for revival. We can’t do God’s will until we first let Him have access to our hearts and minds. In fact, God says to us in II Chronicles 7:14….” if my people who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal
“GETTING TO KNOW GOD THROUGH PRAYER AND REVIVAL” CONT’D the land.” This means we have to get ourselves right with God first before we can pray for anything or anybody else. Unless we are living wholesome, consecrated lives ourselves, we can never expect to influence anyone for the cause of Christ and Kingdom building. Secondly, We Have To Pray For The Power Of The Holy Spirit. The disciples knew they had no power to do what they were commanded to do. Jesus told them to go to the Upper Room, pray diligently and wait on the Holy Spirit. Jesus says when the Holy Spirit comes, it will give you power to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the world. If we want true “Revival,” we have “To Get To Know God Through Prayer and Revival.” We have to pray for the Holy Spirit. The Bible says “Not by power, not by might, but by the Spirit, sayeth the Lord of hosts.” In other words, we must have the power of the Holy Spirit or all we’ll have is a nice meeting and not a revival. Therefore, we must pray that the Holy Spirit would fall on the ushers, the congregation, the singers, the musicians every member and the preacher! Additionally, we have to pray that the Holy Spirit would break down strongholds, barriers, obstacles and walls which hinder us from experiencing the great outpouring of God’s love and power. Thirdly, We Are To Pray For Lost Souls. In our business life, on our jobs, at our schools, in our neighborhoods, in our families are people who don’t know Jesus as their Savior. The question is, “do we storm the gates of heaven with our earnest prayers on their behalf?” Many persons who have been lost to the world have been brought to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the prayers of Mothers, Fathers, friends, brothers, sisters and neighbors. We have to remember, people who are lost to the world don’t know they need Jesus. Therefore, we have to pray that God would direct them to Him. Thus, change their hearts, minds and lifestyles! When we look at Acts 1 and 2, we see what happened when the Holy Spirit came, when Christians prayed for themselves, their friends and family The Bible tells us that many lost souls came to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. In fact, in Acts 2, the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples like tongues of fire, thus they were so stirred up, Peter started teaching, praying and preaching. Then people start testifying about the goodness of the Lord, they had experienced for the first time in their lives. Yes, many miracles, signs and wonders were wrought…. People were so profoundly impacted, that day, that they started sharing and giving generously because God had been so good to them. This is what happens when we, “Get To Know God Through Prayer and Revival”….unusual, amazing, dynamic and wonderful things happen… The saints are revived and sinners come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. Let’s continue to pray for ourselves, the Holy Spirit and Lost Souls. Let us draw closer to God vertically and one another horizontally, as we “Journey in Faith,” while “Getting To Know God Through Prayer and Revival.” Don’t let these lazy, hot and humid days of summer get you down, join the men as we pray and seek God’s face, asking “Him” to individually, grant us a season of personal spiritual Revival!
See you in September
“YOuTh NEwS, YOu CAN uSE” By Sister Kareema Robinson and Minister Reggie Williams When you go home today, go and clean your mother's hands One young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview. The director discovered the youth's academic achievements were excellent. He asked, 'did you obtain any scholarships in school?' The youth answered, 'no'. Was it your father who paid for your school fees? My father passed away when I was one year’s old. It was my mother who paid for my school fees, he replied. Where did your mother work? My mother worked as a clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show him his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect. Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before? Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, my mother can wash clothes faster than me. The director said, “I have a request. When you go home today go and clean your mother's hands and then see me tomorrow morning.” The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back home, he asked his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her son. The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His tears fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled and there were so many bruises on her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother winced when he touched it. This was the first time the youth realized, it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fees. The bruises on the mother's hands were the price the mother had to pay for his education, his school activities and his future. After cleaning his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother. That night, mother and son talked for a very long time. The next morning, the youth went to the director's office. The Director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes, when he asked: “Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?” The youth answered, “I cleaned my mother's hands and also finished cleaning all of the remaining clothes.” I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, I would not be who I am today. By helping my mother, only now do I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done on your own. As a result, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of helping one’s family. The director said, “This is what I am looking for in a manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others who get things done, and a person who would not put money first, as his only goal in life.” Young man, “You are hired.” Congratulations to all of our students who received awards and accolades at our 2017 Excellence Awards program, for their many outstanding accomplishments this school year. We are extremely proud of all students, especially those who pushed themselves to obtain above average grades. Kudos to Nya Simone Spann who earned a 4.13 Grade Point Average (GPA) and to Kaiya Best who acquired a 4.0 GPA. In addition, several other youth obtained GPA’s of 3.0 and above. We are also full of pride to report; Kaiya
“YOuTh NEwS, YOu CAN uSE” (CONT’D) Best, Chyna Holloway and George Hancock are all headed to Middle School, while Kendall Spann and Charles Brooks are off to High School in the fall. And of course, we’re proud of Daniel Anani and Dorsey Spriggs, who are both attending college starting in September.
(Pictured above left to right: Kaiya Best, Chyna Holloway, George Hancock, Kendall Spann, Curtis Brooks and Nia–Simone Spann) As part of our end-of-school year celebration, our youth ministry visited the SkyZone, an indoor trampoline park, which was recommended by 98% of our young people. Needless to say, it was truly an exciting afternoon of fun, fellowship and exercise. In addition to individually spaced trampolines, we were also able to participate in trampoline dodge ball and shoot basketball hoops, while jumping on the trampoline. This was truly an experience our youth will not forget and will likely want to repeat in the near future. During this summer vacation season we encourage all youth to continue to engage in reading and other educational activities that they can continue to stimulate their minds and grow academically, even while school is out. Parents: We know there are many children in our church who are doing awesome things in their school and the community but we can’t share the information if you don’t inform us. Please let us know, so we can share their accomplishments with our church family. Please forward the information to Sister Kareema Robinson or Minister Reggie Williams.
Upcoming Youth Events 12:30 PM- Saturday, August 26, 2017 – Back to school Total Youth Experience 7:00 PM – Friday, September 8, 2017 – Bible Jeopardy Contest at Edgewood Baptist Church 3408 C Street SE, Washington, DC "Those who achieve success do not stop. They never become complacent, they keep learning and looking for the new knowledge. Never think you have made it, there is always more to learn and do." Catherine Pulsifer
“OVER COMING whEN wE hAVE FAILED”! By Brother Kevin Shamblee for Christian Education
It is not difficult to fail in a number of life’s ventures. If we’re honest, we can testify that we sometimes fail during the pathways of life, when the road appears unmanageable. Sometimes new recipes cause us to fall flat. Sometimes plants wither away in our pots; career goals are hard to meet; investments or even relationships seem to collapse on us. Failure also occurs at times even when we have had high hopes for success. We pour in every ounce of our efforts, we dreams, we utilize all of our resources and yet the boat of hopes sinks when launched. Any way we look at it, there are just too many times when failure seems to have our number. In the Old Testament Book of Judges, there is a story of a nation and a man who failed in a significant way. We are referring to the Children of Israel and the man by the name of how Gideon, a Judge, overcome failure. In the Book of Judges chapter number 6, this is a wonderful story of overcoming failure. The story begins with the failure of a nation. Here, the Children of Israel did every evil in the sight of the Lord. The Lord gave this nation a list of commandments to follow; they ignored these commandments and “The Lord”! What they didn’t realize was, if they had followed the commandments it would have meant a life time of prosperity. The Children of Israel were delivered from starvation, famine, violence and slavery, yet the commandments of The Lord were still not obeyed. This recklessness and disobedience led to Israel’s failure. Yes, the consequences were of their disobedience meant they were overrun by neighboring nations. In other words, they were left in misery and they were hungry. This simple story of Gideon and the nation of Israel remind us of the consequences of not following the pathway given by the Lord. It always leads to self destruction and failure. As we can see, the failure of a great nation also becomes the failure of its people. The nation failed and Gideon, God’s man also failed. Gideon’s story is a case in point. He did not even know the commandments of the Lord were not obeyed. He did not know why his nation was suffering at the hands of neighbors. He only knew that the former land of milk and honey had failed. The failure was so bad, just imagine, that this mighty warrior stayed hidden with what little amount of food he could gather. Can you imagine that, a warrior of God was hiding and hungry? This is a result of this painful series of events and circumstances occurred because of disobedience and failure! Sometimes, early in our walk with “The Lord” we were told, failure is lurking everywhere. In fact, it often seems that there are times in life when failure has our number. Here at First Baptist Church, there are many opportunities whereby we can learn how to avoid failure before it strikes or before we have fallen into its grasp. There are consultations, counseling sessions, workshops, intercessory prayer activities, worship services, Bible studies, Church School classes and prayer meetings. All of these activities are available to strengthen and reinforce our spiritual “walk with The Lord”! In the case of Gideon, he began to recognize his failure and through God’s grace made some changes in his life, then began to shine like a warrior. We too at First Baptist Church can shine as mighty warriors for the Lord, as we get closer to God, examine ourselves and overcome our failures. Just like the children of Israel, we too can cry out unto the Lord for mercy, grace and forgiveness, as well as pray for the strength to overcome our failures. Meanwhile, let us enjoy the remainder of this summer and take time to visit the story of Gideon in the Book of Judges. It’s a great story of failure, sacrifice, victory and triumph!
Are you a DC Senior resident (60+) who sits at home with nothing to do?
Why be bored at home when you can have lots of fun with other Seniors at First Baptist Senior Center 715 Randolph Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 * (202) 723-4313 This is the place to be for free entertainment, fun trips and fellowship City Tour and Movie Trips Walking and Drama Clubs Art Therapy Special Pal Group Community Meeting Trips Games (Bingo (on and off site), Word Games, Puzzles, Trivia, etc.) Daily Mini Breakfast and Daily Nutritional Lunch Market and other Shopping Trips (Dollar Stores, Thrift Stores, etc.) Art-n-Crafts and Card Making Body Toning and Sit-a-Cize Exercising Weekly Blood Pressure, Water and Weigh-In Monitoring Intergenerational Activities with Community Youth Field Trips (Museums, Restaurants, Site Seeing, Plays, etc) Free transportation available to and from the Center Aging Service Information/Referrals, Etc…
2017 Upcoming Events: o August – FBSC Annual Picnic and Great American Steak House o September – Seafood Fundraising Luncheon
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“MISSIONARY MINISTRY”! By Missionary President, Colleen Sweatt
I was walking along the beach one day with my Lord and I experienced spiritual revelations. For instance, some interesting health professionals suggest that people who want to become physically fit should try a consistent program daily of exercising your muscle mass, that you can be toned and your heart regulated. You can do this through taking short, brisk walks, jumping rope, swimming or some other aerobic related physical activity. Spiritually speaking, the Bible reassures us that our spiritual lives will also reap significant benefits when we are consistent in our daily walks with “The Lord”! Look at the many benefits short walks with God can provide…Let’s say we stay on the path that the Lord our God has commanded you to follow. Then you are assured to live a long and prosperous life in the land you are about to enter and occupy. (Deuteronomy 5:33) I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people. (Leviticus 26:12) For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and you will multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you, as well as the land you are about to enter and occupy. (Deuteronomy 30:16) Spiritually, if you observe the requirements of the Lord your God and follow all his ways, keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses, you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go. (1 King 2:3) And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David did, I will give you a long life. (1 King 3:14) Then, if you listen to what I tell you and follow my ways and do whatever I consider to be right, and if you obey my decrees and commands, as my servant David did, then I will always be with you. I will establish an enduring dynasty for you, as I did for David, and I will give Israel to you. (1 King 11:38) For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. (Psalms 84:11) Joyful are the people who have integrity and who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. (Psalms 119:1-3) How joyful are those who fear the Lord ---all who follow his ways! In fact, when you trust The Lord you will enjoy the fruit of your labor. You will be joyful and prosperous! (Psalm 128: 1-2) I will teach you the ways of wisdom and lead you in straight paths, and then you will enjoy the fruits of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! (Proverb 4: 11-12) And those who trust in the Lord will find new strength, they will soar high on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31) This is what I told them: “Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Do everything as I say and all will be well!” (Jeremiah 7:23) The God we serve, He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. (Proverb 2:7) Oh, the Joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on “His” word day and night. They are like the trees which are planted along the riverbank, they bear fruit each season, their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. (Psalms 1:2-3) Page 9
“MISSIONARY MINISTRY”! (CONT’D) And what union can be between God’s temple and Idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live and walk among them, I will be their God and they will be my people”. (II Corinthians 6:16) This is what the Lord says: Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, Godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But perhaps you might reply, “No, that’s not the road we want!” (Jeremiah 6:16) But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we will have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, from his Son, will cleanse us from all sin. (John 1:17) That great writer of so many hymns of the Church, Fanny Crosby once said that the LORD “lovingly” guards our footsteps and gives us songs in the night. A joyful heart is the mark of one who has a consistent walk with the Lord, one who follows in the footsteps of the Master. Take strength then, and be blessed in your close walk with the Lord, for “He” will strengthen us in the Lord and in His name we will walk, in “His” security declares the Lord. (Zechariah 10:12 NIV). Recently the FBC Missionaries attended a Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, July 22, 2017, 9:00 A.M. --12 Noon: at Israel Baptist Church, 1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, 20018. The Theme was: The People of God Standing Firm in Prayer. On the First Sunday in August (8/6/2017) the Missionaries will not be attending the Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home. We will re-convene our visits there on the first Sunday in September, 2017. Meanwhile, The Missionaries will continue to make calls and visits to our sick and shut in members The Missionaries are requesting canned meats and canned vegetables for our food closet, that we can meet some of the needs of families in crisis. We are able to help them when you help us by donating these much needed food items. We thank you in advance for your generosity, thoughtfulness and compassion. The FBC Missionary Society will not be meeting in August because of summer vacations. Enjoy the rest of your summer and may God Bless You, as we look forward to seeing you in September!
~ AUGUST Events 2017~ VACATION MONTH Saturday, August 5, 2017 Outreach Ministry to College Students (8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.) Deacons Meeting (10:00 A.M.) Sunday, August 6, 2017 Communion Sunday Saturday, August 12, 2017 Quilting, Arts and Crafts Ministry (10:30 A.M.) Sunday, August 13, 2017 Youth Sunday – (10:00 A.M.) Sunday, August 20, 2017 Men’s Emphasis Sunday – (10:00 A.M.) Sunday, August 27, 2017 – 4th Sunday (10:00 A.M.) First Baptist Church 712 Randolph Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20011 (202) 541-5000 ~ Fax: (202) 291-2565~Email: email@example.com
FBC Newsletter August 2017