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Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Sylvia Baptist Church 
1415 Old Sylvia Rd.
Dickson, TN 37055
ATTENTION YOUTH LEADERS

Make-A-Difference Planning Day
February 3, 2019
Misty and James Wyatt's Home

(120 Shane Lee Circle, Dover, TN)
Lunch is provided at 1:00, Meeting at 1:30

Items To Be Discussed:
1. Dates for MAD week
2. Project Planning
3. Kickoff to MAD Week
4. Making disciples during MAD week


For more information on MAD week please click here, or contact James at (406) 599-6051 or Misty at (931) 539-3741.
Brother Jerry Neal 
January 27
Council Meets at 2:00 
Service begins at 2:30
Carlisle Baptist Church
(3485 Highway 49, Dover, TN 37058)

All Ordained Deacons are Invited
Trace Creek Baptist Church
 Revival Services
February 3rd-6th
Speaker: Clay Hallmark, Pastor of FBC Lexington
Full-Time Youth Pastor Position
Parkers Creek Baptist Church
Burns, TN
Job Description is here.


Please contact Mike Eiras at 615-815-4628 or mike.eiras@gmail.com for more information.

"Titans punter shares 'what makes me tick'"

Click here for the article.
Click here for more details.

MEN OF MEMPHIS CONFERENCE

FEBRUARY 1–2, 2019

Register now for the 2019 Men of Memphis Conference here.

Speakers are listed below.

Attention Youth and Youth Leaders
January 24-26, 2019 - Chattanooga, TN
Click here for more details.
Looking for opportunities in Tennessee to serve? Checkout this link.
For more details click here.
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JST Baptist Association

Meetings for 2019


 
Executive Board Meeting
 
April 4: Faith BC at 7:00p.m.

            4908 Highway 49W

            Vanleer, TN 37181


Annual Meeting

Oct. 3: Yellow Creek BC

            Meal at 6 p.m.

            Meeting at 7 p.m.

            4506 Ellis Mills Rd.

            Cumberland City,TN 


            37050
Author: James Wyatt
Pastor of New Haven Baptist Church
Dover, TN


I want to share a personal experience from this past November that has truly altered the way I approach each day.

Monday, November, 12 2018 was the Veteran’s Day holiday, and I was off from my secular job. I’m bivocational and serve as a project manager for a contractor.  My wife, Misty, and I were able to sit together that morning and have Bible study together. She was reading from Psalm 119, and came upon a verse that intrigued her, Psalm 119:164. 

 In the ESV, the verse reads, “Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.”

So why did the Psalmist write specifically that 7 times a day he praised the Lord?

We did some research and found a couple of suggestions.

One was that the number 7 represents perfection, and the Psalmist was expressing his devotion to try to perfectly praise His perfect God. Any time we meditate on the perfection of Christ, it should leave us in awe like that!

Another pointed us to the ancient Hebrew practice of praise and reading of Scripture that went like this:
  1. First thing in the morning - Offer a praise, read the ten commandments, and offer two praises. 
  2. Last thing at night: Offer two praises, read a Scripture, then offer two more praises for a total of 7 praises. 
I really liked the idea of that - waking up and praising God and placing His law before my eyes as I enter the day, then doing the same thing as I go to bed each night. What a wonderful discipline. We are opposed to discipline, I think, because we don’t want to get caught up in hollow religion. But just as we exercise, get enough sleep, eat the right foods to attain physical health; so must we practice certain disciplines to achieve spiritual health. 

As we researched, we also found several quotes from Bible scholars concerning this Scripture, one from Richard Sibbes who spent most of his life writing about having a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. He said that “It is by praying that we learn to pray, and by praising that we learn to praise.” Meaning this - If I try to play piano, I won’t be able to do it because I don’t know how. But if I ask my daughter Cassie to play, she will be able to do it because she has practiced and played for several years. Likewise, when we are called upon to pray and we aren’t comfortable, or we have a chance to praise God and the words don’t come; it is probably because we have not made a practice of doing either. I found that very convicting. Richard Sibbes also asked this question: “Do we praise God seven times a day? Do we praise him once in seven days?” WOW!

So as we discussed this, we decided to challenge ourselves to an experiment. We set 7 reminders in our phone to praise God beginning at 8:00 AM and ending with the seventh reminder at 8:00 PM. We began to do so and have not stopped yet. We have no plans of ever stopping. Sometimes we find ourselves in places like a shopping mall and we stop mid-store and give public praise to God. Sometimes we are with one or more of our four children or our Thai exchange student, sometimes they have friends with them, sometimes we are with friends of our own. When this happens, we offer an opportunity to those we are with to offer praise also. Sometimes the reminder comes while I’m  on the phone working, and I have to give a silent praise. Oh, the lessons God has given during this time, and the way this impacts the heart! Through it we have become thankful for things we would have ordinarily complained about, like work or paying a bill - because each of these things actually points to God’s abundance in our lives.

I’m telling you, I encourage you to do this. It will change your life. I know it has changed mine. It has been extremely humbling, and also extremely joy giving. It draws me back to the Father over and over again throughout the day. 

Praising God is the key to contentment. And it is also a commandment. If we love God, Jesus says we will obey Him; and obeying Him means making a disciplined effort to praise Him; despite our circumstances. 

Approximately 260 times in the Bible we read commands and declarative statements regarding praising the Lord. There are around 180 references to singing unto the Lord. It is really profound how much God expects these two things to be part of our lives as believers. We enjoy life the most when we enjoy the giver of life; our heavenly Father! 
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