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Sunday, April 29, 2018
Our blog has found a new home....
www.antiochbaptistliveoak.com is our new blog address.
The new place offers an easy format for visitors to find information about our church.
Regular blog posts will be posted there. Look for 'blog' on the columns on the left.
Come on over and take a look around!
Thursday, April 26, 2018
God is great. But what makes Him great? There is nothing impossible with Him, but beyond what He can do, is the powerful reminder of who He is. Here are a few amazing attributes of God to ponder.
1. God Is Infinite – He is Self-Existing, Without Origin
"And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together." - Colossians 1:7
“Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure” – Psalm 147:5The fact that God is self-existent -- that he was created by nothing and has always existed forever -- is perhaps one of the hardest attributes of God for the believer to understand. In our limitedness, grasping the nature of our limit-less God is like holding onto water as it rages down a river.
2.God Is Immutable – He Never Changes
“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” Malachi 3:6
God does not change. Who he is never changes. His attributes are the same from before the beginning of time into eternity. His character never changes – he never gets “better” or “worse.” His plans do not change. His promises do not change.
4. God is Omnipotent – He Is All Powerful
“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” – Psalm 33:6
Omnipotent means to have unlimited power (omni = all; potent = powerful). God is able and powerful to do anything he wills without any effort on his part.
5. God Is Omniscient – He Is All-Knowing
“Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please” - Isaiah 46:9-10
God is omniscient, which means he knows everything.Because God is all-knowing, we can trust that he knows everything we’re going through today and everything we will go through tomorrow. When we meditate on this truth, especially in light of his other attributes of goodness and love, it makes it easier to trust him with all we have going on in our lives, from the very serious to the silly and mundane.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
This Sunday is a 5th Sunday and we will celebrate with a 5th Sunday Night Sing at 6:00 PM.
All are welcome and encouraged to share a talent, testimony or favorite Scripture. May the blessings we receive be used to bless others.
Following the sing will be a time of refreshments. Please plan to bring a finger food or dessert to share.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Family Ministries Meal will be Wednesday at 5:30 PM. The menu will be Baked Ham, Sweet Potato Dumplings, Vegetable and Dessert.
Following the meal will be ministries for all ages: youth, children, ladies Bible Study and prayer meeting which begin at 6:30 PM.
We hope you will be a part of growing in the Lord as a family and part of the family of God.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Please pray for the family of Crystal C. She was removed from the ventilator this afternoon and passed away soon after that.
Her service will be Monday at Antioch at 11:00 AM with lunch to follow. Church family is encouraged to bring a covered food dish to minister to the family through food.
The baby shower scheduled for Tuesday night has been cancelled. If you have already purchased a gift, please hold it and we will make arrangements to get the gift to the family.
Thank you for your continued prayers for all.
Posted by Joyfull at 9:11 PM
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
A baby shower will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 PM in the church fellowship hall. We will be showering blessings and gifts for baby Amy Kay C. This sweet bundle of joy was born early and weighed 3 lbs. Please join us in sharing the joy of her arrival and blessing the family with needed items.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Family Ministries Meal for this week will be Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls and Dessert.
Meal begins at 5:30 PM. Ministries for the entire family begin at 6:30 PM. Come be a part of discipleship, fellowship and growing in the Lord!
Monday, April 9, 2018
In times past (the good ole days), weekly church attendance was much more common than in today's world. Many things compete for our time and attention and Sunday morning often becomes the battlefield. Regular church attendance is no longer gauged by how many weeks we attend, but rather how many times a month.
But there is great value and blessings in faithfulness to church attendance. Here are a few reasons to attend church weekly:
1. So You Can Enjoy Community
There is a reason why Scripture refers to members of churches and “brothers and sisters.” Church is not just a place to go to on Sundays, but rather a gathering of people who have committed to walking their spiritual journeys interdependently rather than independently.
2. So You Can Use Your Gifts
God has gifted each one of us not only with natural talents, like singing or playing an instrument, but also with spiritual gifts, that when used, build up the church body in unique ways.
3. So You Can Discover Your Purpose
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God has a plan for all of us. He knows the hairs on our heads and has ordered every one of our steps. But finding out what that purpose and plan is easier said than done. As members of your church get to know you, they can speak words of encouragement and affirmation into your life. They can help navigate through the muddy waters we call life. Seeking wise counsel is one of the many benefits of being a part of a church, and something that is difficult to find outside family members and close friends.
4. So You Can Find Connection
We get the chance to meet and connect with people we wouldn’t have met otherwise if it were not for being a regular church attender. Being in relationship with people who are the opposite of us can be frustrating at times but it helps us work on making us better because of those relationships.
5. So You Can Worship
Worship can happen any time of the day and any day of the week. we can worship in the car, in our room or when we're feeling down. But there is nothing like getting together in a room full of other worshiper and singing our heart out to God with others who share that same desire. Our life is enriched when we worship with others and we can’t do that sitting at home by our self.
6. So You Can Learn the Word
When we go to church on Sunday, we get the opportunity to hear the Word preached in ways that help us understand it better and in unique ways we may not have seen studying on our own.
7. So You Can Participate in Missions
When we regularly attend church, we get to share the good news with people to whom the name of Jesus is foreign.
8. So You Can Practice Generosity
When we give money, we often think of how far reaching our money goes. Just imagine getting to heaven and meeting people we never met on earth whose life was touched because we gave to a missions. Where else can I allow my dollars to create such an impact on others’ lives?
9. So You Can Forge Lifelong Friendships
Scripture references church members as the body of Christ. Once you make friends at church, you are forever bonded to them through your desire to follow Jesus. Even if you don’t attend that church anymore, there is a special connection you share because of the Savior. Who can’t use another friend or two in their lives?
10. Bonds Formed Around the Table
Church dinners bring a sense of coziness and family like nothing else. Coming to church with a dish you learned from your grandmother and having the opportunity to share it with the people we love not only lets us practice hospitality but also share the intimacy that comes from sitting around a table eating and getting to know those around us.
Be encouraged to get in the habit of going to church regularly. The positives outweigh the negatives and you never know what opportunity God may present you with because of your attendance.
Posted by Joyfull at 10:13 AM
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Our ladies will be having a ministry work day this Saturday beginning at 11:00 AM. The ladies will be ministering to Crystal C. who is undergoing cancer treatments and a brand new mommy by helping do some spring cleaning in her home. Meet at the church by 10:45 to carpool over to Crystals house.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Please join us for an Easter Sunrise Service at 8:00 AM Easter Sunday - April 1.
We will gather in the church courtyard for a time of celebration in song and Scripture. Following the service a light breakfast will be served. Be encouraged to come out early and enjoy the majesty of Easter Sunday!
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
Easter is this Sunday (April 1). It will be a special day at Antioch as we begin with a sunrise service at 8:00 AM. A light breakfast will follow.
Sunday School will be at 9:45 AM, Morning Worship begins at 11:00 AM. There will be no evening service. Be encouraged to come and this week be open to opportunities to invite others to join us!
Friday, March 23, 2018
Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy Week. It is the day that we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Savior and King. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving Jesus royal treatment. The hundreds of people shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
On the heels of Palm Sunday, as we begin this Holy Week, may we constantly be reminded of its significance and value for our lives today. That very important day in history, when Jesus began His journey towards the cross.
5 Things about Palm Sunday that Remind Us Christ is King
1. God's Word tells us the people cut palm branches and waved them in the air, laid them out on the ground before Jesus as He rode into the city. The palm branch represented goodness and victory and was symbolic of the final victory He would soon fulfill over death.
2. Jesus chose to ride in on a donkey, which directly fulfilled Old Testament prophecy of Zech. 9:9. In Biblical times, it was common for kings or important people to arrive by a procession riding on a donkey. The donkey symbolized peace, so those who chose to ride them showed that they came with peaceful intentions. Jesus even then reminded us that He is the Prince of Peace.
3. When the people shouted "Hosanna!" they were hailing Christ as King. That word actually means "save now," and though in their own minds they waited for an earthly king, God had a different way in mind of bringing true salvation to all who would trust in Him.
4. The Bible says that Jesus wept for Jerusalem. In the midst of the praise of the moment, He knew in His heart that it wouldn't be long that these same people would turn their backs on Him, betray Him, and crucify Him. His heart broke with the reality of how much they needed a Savior.
5. Palm Sunday reminds us that the reign of Christ is far greater than any the mind of man could ever conceive or plan. Man looked for someone to fight their battles in the present day world. Yet God had the ultimate plan of sending His Son to fight the final battle over death. This is the greatness of why we celebrate this week. Because of Christ's ultimate sacrifice, we can be set free of death.
In this Holy Week, may God direct our thoughts and attention towards what matters most, Jesus Christ our King...
Let's choose to focus on worshipping our Lord, thanking Him for the gift of His sacrifice, celebrating the power of the Resurrection, and the new life found in Him alone.
"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" 2 Cor. 9:15
Posted by Joyfull at 12:17 PM
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Family Ministries Menu this week will be:
Meal begins at 5:30 PM. Ministries for the entire family begin at 6:30 PM.
Youth Class/True Love Waits Emphasis
Ladies Bible Study
We hope you will be a part of Family Ministries!
Monday, March 19, 2018
We are all a community in the Body of Christ, and we are called to intercede on behalf of each other to keep the body holy. If one member of the body suffers, we all suffer; prayer requests are not just for healing an illness; they can be made for any reason.
Antioch has had a telephone prayer chain in effect for many years. It is time to do some revising and also a great time to add some improvements.
We are implementing a recorded broadcast option. In just a fraction of that time, a broadcast message sent to the entire list which will receive the message to pray at the same time. Imagine the power of your entire prayer chain list suddenly stopping and praying all at the same time for the same purpose. This will offer a quick outgoing message to be received and prayed for immediately. There is also no action needed such as calling the next person in the prayer chain. A text option is also available if you would prefer to receive prayer requests through text.
The traditional telephone prayer chain will still be an option for those who enjoy hearing and communicating with one another.
There will be a sign up sheet available for a few weeks if you would like to be a part of this vital church ministry. Please sign up with your preferred method of receiving calls and your phone number.
Posted by Joyfull at 9:54 AM
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
This week's Family Ministries Menu will be a Pasta Bar, various pastas, sauces and meats, corn, salad and garlic bread. Something for everyone!
Meal begins at 5:30 PM, ministries for the family begin at 6:30 PM.
Thank you for your support for Family Ministries as we seek to grow in the Lord in our church and families.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Last Saturday, our children gathered at church to bake cookies and write notes of appreciation for our local nurses. This act of service corresponded with Children's Ministry Day, a day set aside to engage our children in mission activities. A basket was prepared and delivered to our local hospital. The nurses loved it and deeply appreciated the gesture of service and love.
Posted by Joyfull at 1:28 PM
Friday, March 9, 2018
Last Sunday, the sermon reminded us of the blessing that God speaks to us. Why is it important to hear God's voice?
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT THAT WE KNOW GOD IS SPEAKING TO US?
1. Hearing God’s voice assures me that I’m in GOD’S FAMILY.
This shows that God speaks to His people.One of the proofs that you are a Christian is that Jesus speaks to you. That shows you are in God’s family.
2. Hearing God’s voice helps protect me from making MISTAKES.
God is there trying to lead and guide us. The only way He can do that is if we listen to Him. The question is, “How much do I listen to Him?”
3. Hearing God’s voice is the secret to a PRODUCTIVE LIFE.
The more I listen and obey God’s voice the more successful I am. Success is knowing God’s will and being right in the center of it. If you want to be successful in life, if you want to be productive, if you want to be effective, tune into God, listen to what He says and do what He has asked you to do.
Posted by Joyfull at 11:07 AM
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
We love Family Ministries! This week we are excited with some new things coming our way.
We begin with a meal at 5:30 PM
Menu will be Baked Ham, Macaroni & Cheese, Cabbage, Bread and Dessert.
Ministries begin at 6:30 PM.
NEW Ladies Bible Study - The Quest by Beth Moore.
*This week we will begin at 6:15 PM and will meet in the fellowship hall.
True Love Waits- a study for our teens about the importance of purity.
Prayer meeting for adults
We hope you will come and be a part of Family Ministries where we grow in the Lord as a family.
Monday, March 5, 2018
Sunday morning we were reminded of the importance of God's speaking to us. Here are a few ways God speak and how we can listen better.
1. God speaks through THE BIBLE.
This is the number one way that God speaks.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
Circle the word “inspiration”. The word literally means, “God breathed.” The Bible is not just a collection of wonderful thoughts. It is the inspired Word of God. There is no other book in the world like this book.
As you read God’s Word, God will speak to you. He will give you comfort. He will correct you. He will guide you. He will help you but you must read His Word. That is why it is so important that you have a daily quiet time.
2. God speaks through FELLOW BELIEVERS.
God often speaks to us through fellow believers. In fact God has put special people in the church to instruct and teach us. God speaks through teachers, preachers and pastors and it changes our lives if we listen to them.
3. God speaks through INSPIRATION.
God puts thoughts in our minds. When God puts a thought in your mind its called inspiration. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.” John 14:26 (HCSB)
Look at the word “remind”. This means that God will bring scripture and teaching back into your mind. God gives us ideas. He gives us hunches. He gives us insights. Some of the most brilliant ideas you have had weren’t yours. God loves you and cares for you. He is interested in all the details of your life, so He gives you direct thoughts.
Posted by Joyfull at 11:13 AM